Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Causes

What caused your tinnitus?

Comment from: parisienne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I've had very mild tinnitus for most of my adult life, and it has hardly bothered me. Six weeks ago I was on a train journey and the train went into a tunnel at high speed. This caused a blocked feeling, which normally I would expect to right itself within a few hours. However, the blocked sensation persists and I'm aware of irritating tinnitus, as a high-pitched noise akin to the whistle when you switch off a TV. I have tried oil drops and earache drops, but they make no difference. Will probably see a doctor if it doesn't clear spontaneously.

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Comment from: grimi, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 30

I caused my tinnitis by firing pistols and not wearing ear protection. This occured at age of 30 and I am now 65. I can hear "it" as I type this note. At least I only have it in one ear.

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Comment from: Cured and happy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

My doctor prescribed Wellbutrin SR(bupropion} also known as Zyban, it stopped the tinnitus ringing so much I was able to live and I also quit smoking by the second week. If I miss taking it within 24 hours the ringing starts slowly. It appears it is not prescribed to people with tinnitus and for me it works. I take 100 mg as 150 mg was too strong for my system with side effects of dizziness. I wish a study would be done to see if I am a rare success story. Because I now have a second chance to live and without smoking I am so thankful.

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Comment from: Love to Garden, Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I have just begun having the Tinnitus a few months ago after taking Steroids for Colitis, the Steroids shot my blood pressure up so I quit taking it! However, at the same time I found that a ringing/like Locusts had started in both ears, especially my left! I thought it would go away after the Steroid got out of my system, however, it didn't! Went to the EMT and am having a MRI in a couple of weeks. What a nightmare! You wouldn't think that something like this would bother you but it will drive you nuts if you let it! I take a low dose of aspirin for Cholesterol problems and sometime Aleve! I wish I knew what I could do to help it before going totally insane! Hopefully after the MRI the doctor can treat it in some way. Luck and God Bless all of you who are experiencing this. It is life changing and not an easy thing to deal with!

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Comment from: shaneblazer1, 55-64 Male Published: May 16

I have had severe tinnitus for 20 years. I have wore hearing aids for 15 years. When I take my hearing aids out it's like putting my head inside a bell and someone hit it with a hammer! I cannot hear without hearing aids so there in until I go to bed. It's a horrible thing to have to live with, and I understand while some people choose the end there life over it. I have wanted to on several occasions.

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Comment from: Smart guy, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

Guys I found a cure!!! All you must do is cover your ears with the skin on the outside of it, sticking your fingers in your ear will have no effect. I tried this and it worked for me. I pray to God that your problems go away. Thanks for reading!

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Comment from: joemeza7, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 27

I developed tinnitus after being treated with Effexor for anxiety. Now I have more anxiety caused by a loud high pitch ringing in my ears. At times the noise is unbearable and I cannot see how people can live their lives with this. It's enough to drive a person nuts!

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Comment from: Journalist, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

I cannot remember ever not having Tinnitus, a high pitched ringing in my ears that sounds like the high-pitched alarm systems used by some fine jewelers. I first remember hearing a high-pitched alarm system at a store and asking about it. I was told that the sound should not be audible to human ears. My ears have been tested and we have done scans to no avail. Although it is overwhelming, I have had to learn to be whelmed, ya know? I'm a sucker for the over the counter relief products but none of them have worked. I live with the horrible noise and pretend that I am a high end jeweler! As a media salesperson early in my career I may have received my tinnitus from a couple of jewelry store accounts in the 1970s.

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