Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Causes

What caused your tinnitus?

Comment from: Clyde, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 18

I just acquired mine after a nurse removed hard wax from my ear. I was having an ear ache and the doctor looked in and said my canal was plugged with wax. Nurse came in and force flushed it out with a syringe and water peroxide mixture. Hurt like he'll. She got the clump of wax out but I know have a constant high pitch ring with crickets in the background. Driving me crazy.

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Comment from: penn07, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

I worked on the railroad for 36 years. Lots of air exhaust, lots of train horns and lots of noise. I have tinnitus in both ears. I do take over the counter sleeping pills so I can sleep at night. It seems that the quieter it is the louder the ringing in my ears. I feel for anybody that is suffering with this noise. I pray that soon they can find a cure for it.

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Published: November 28

I was in a manufacturing plant. I was wearing ear protection when going through a stamping room. I removed the ear protection after leaving the room, but then realized I had left something in the room. I went back in without ear protection and that did it. This was 25 years ago and I've had the loud ring non-stop ever since.

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Comment from: terri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I believe my tinnitus was caused in childhood by my parents "boxing" my ears as a punishment. I have had the tinnitus for years and years, all my life, I'm sure it was exacerbated by loud music in my teens. When I am sick and have a fever the ringing is almost intolerable. I wish I could have peace from this condition.

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Comment from: Aussie Lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I also stopped taking vitamin E the end of 1010. The tinnitus attacks stopped but the so called tinnitus was still there--that I can live with. Recently the attacks have started up again and I'm wondering if perhaps I'm over doing it with fruit smoothies I've been having. These attacks began after I had surgery for a Cochlear Implant over five years ago; I had mild tinnitus before that. The attacks were and can be severe. I am taking vitamin D, Soy & B-6 along with Ginko Baloba and also do a weekly bio-feedback.

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Comment from: Worried Wife, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 08

My husband suffered a severe blow to the face and head. He now has a ringing in his right ear and doctors say it will never go away. It is driving him crazy, he can't rest, sleep, etc.

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Comment from: Rumiko341, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

So one night I got real sick, throwing up. One particular heave was real bad and my jaw opened really wide and my body tensed, pressure built up in my head and suddenly I heard this 'pop'. No pain, just....'pop'. Then the tinnitus/ringing started! It's been over four months now and I still don't know what I damaged!

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Published: July 19

I'm not very old but the loud ringing in my ears has been there as long as I can remember. I always thought it was normal. I asked my mom about it one day and she said it was just me, I dismissed it as I have gotten older its gotten worse so I decided to do some research on after seeing what I have found I think I need to talk to a doctor.

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Comment from: Thankful it works., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I damaged my right ear at work from loud noises from a box baler. The ringing stopped when I was sleeping but would resume when I got up in the morning, it went from a slow ding ding to a fast ding all day driving me crazy. MY doctor prescribed anti-depressant and they worked for me by lowering the volume of the ringing so I was able to function mentally. I am taking Bupropion Hydrochioride 100 mg. I was able to quit smoking on this drug and it has been five years since this has all started.

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