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I wanted to post this to make myself feel a little calmer because I was freaked out this morning.<br><br><br><br>
As some of you whom have read some of my posts before may know, I have tinnitus in my left ear and hearing problems. I have come to terms and become used to the fact fact that I can deal with the tinnitus even though I hate it.<br><br><br><br>
This morning when I woke up, my right ear was buzzing SO loud! I almost had a heartattack. I never had any tinnitus in my right ear! (every once and a while I have a little ring that suddently appear and than I pop my ears and it goes away). My left ear was going nuts too (normally that is worse in the morning so I am used to that). I think I must have a bad dream too because I sat straight up when I woke up- although I can't remember it.<br><br><br><br>
The ringing in my left ear is like a little snake hissing but the right ear was like a buzz like the alarm clock going off. Ugh! I don't know what is worse - having two ears with tinnitus and the same sounds or two ears with different sounds.<br><br><br><br>
Anyhow, I was all worried and upset. Why? Because when you have tinnitus, you never know if it will go away. You can't control it for the most part and there is no universal cure really. They are not even sure what causes it - there are a zillion things it could be ( I have some theories about mine but who knows). So, the prospect of having tinnitus start in my other ear is not something I welcome (it is one of things I fear happening to me).<br><br><br><br>
I realize tinnitus is not a life or death thing and there are much worse things to have wrong with your health and I am grateful I do not have them but to me it is a big deal.<br><br><br><br>
So, I basically cried myself back to sleep (bf was no help - he got mad that I woke him up and went to sleep elsewhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> ) and the sound did lessen a few hours later when I woke up again. Right now, I can still hear it - although faintly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I am crossing my fingers that it goes away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br><br><br>
I did eat too much cooked food yesterday and I am was stressed out about money (might have bought it on because my jaws feel tense). I noticed that my tinnitus feels better and my ears 'clearer' if I eat more raw food and drink more juice. So today, I am just having raw food, less chewing, more liquids.<br><br><br><br>
Plus, I feel like i have too much wax in that ear as it feels more 'plugged' so I am going to lay around with some wax remover in it. (normally, i would go to my audiologist to have it removed but since I got laid off, I have no health insurance).<br><br><br><br>
Anyhow, if anyone else needs to cry about their tinnitus, I am more than happy to 'listen' (ha ha...listening to other things makes the tinnitus seem less obvious as anyone will tinnitus knows) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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First of all, *hug* <-- sounds like you need one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Secondly, try not to stress over it... I mean it may very well go away on its own.<br><br>
I have ongoing problems with hearing and tinnitus in my left ear as well. I hate it. I always have this kind of "heavy" hissing sound like white noise. I'm a musician so sometimes it can be very depressing because it impairs my work - on a particularly bad day I cannot really hear anything in my left ear at all! It feels/sounds like alf of my head is underwater. I think for me it's more to do with wax build-up than a permanent hearing problem - I notice you said that you have problems with clogged ears too. Do you often have them syringed? Just wondering if this helps, and if the tinnitus is a temporary problem related to the wax or one that continues even when your canals are clear...<br><br>
I don't really know much about tinnitus other than my own experiences, which vary from day to day but the buzzing does sound horrid and I sympathise. Considering that it did lessen I would imagine it will subside. Try not to flip out too much (easier said than done, I know! It can seem very doom-and-gloom-ful sometimes but as you say there are far worse things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Relax with a yummy drink and a duvet watch a movie or something. that's what I'd do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)
 

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First of all, *hug* <-- sounds like you need one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Secondly, try not to stress over it... I mean it may very well go away on its own.<br><br>
I have ongoing problems with hearing and tinnitus in my left ear as well. I hate it. I always have this kind of "heavy" hissing sound like white noise. I'm a musician so sometimes it can be very depressing because it impairs my work - on a particularly bad day I cannot really hear anything in my left ear at all! It feels/sounds like alf of my head is underwater. I think for me it's more to do with wax build-up than a permanent hearing problem - I notice you said that you have problems with clogged ears too. Do you often have them syringed? Just wondering if this helps, and if the tinnitus is a temporary problem related to the wax or one that continues even when your canals are clear...<br><br>
I don't really know much about tinnitus other than my own experiences, which vary from day to day but the buzzing does sound horrid and I sympathise. Considering that it did lessen I would imagine it will subside. Try not to flip out too much (easier said than done, I know! It can seem very doom-and-gloom-ful sometimes but as you say there are far worse things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Relax with a yummy drink and a duvet watch a movie or something. that's what I'd do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)</div>
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thanks so much! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"><br><br><br><br>
I am much calmer now and as far as I can tell the new sound in my right ear seems to be almost gone! *WHEW!* Yes, it is hard not to freak out - my first thought was "Please don't be permanent! No! No!"<br><br><br><br>
My permanent tinnitus in my left ear is like what you described. Also reminded me of a little snake hissing softly (sometimes louder!) On my bad days, I can still hear (I have permanent equal hearing loss moderate in both ears) but the tinnitus seems louder than the rest of the noises around! Some days it almost seems like it is gone and I have to listen for it. It is almost completely 'quiet'!<br><br><br><br>
For me, I think I have a little extra wax build right now. I don't normally have my ears syringed - I have the audiologist remove the wax with a special tool - safer than syringing. (I used to have a lot of wax problems - not much any more) But my ears always feel 'clogged up' - even when there is no extra wax in them. My doctor said that is how it feels when you lose your hearing. You always have that clogged up feeling. For me, I can tell if my ear might be a little irratated by extra wax was just by feeling the area right behind my ear lobe. Right now, it is a little tender - I believe that is where some of the ear canals are.<br><br><br><br>
I know that some cases of tinnitus can be temporary because of wax. If you have a lot of wax build up and then have it removed, the tinnitus can go away. If your ears are clean and it is still there, the cause is something else. My doctor said it is part of the hearing loss. This I don't believe - I have equal loss in both ears. Why didn't I develop it in both ears at the same time than? I feel mine is related to a TMJ problem and some fluid somewhere in there (I can often hear it swish around after I wake up)<br><br><br><br>
I had some really bad ear infections about 10 years ago because of extreme wax build-up. There was so much wax that the ear got infected (happened in both ears) and I had to have drops to bring the swelling down before they could get at the wax to get it out. After this, my ears always felt 'clogged up' and this is when I believe I damaged my hearing. (so my advice to you - get that wax cleared out!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">) I had perfect hearing and no tinnitus before that. (actually the tinnitus didn't start until many years later).<br><br><br><br>
thanks for listening and the advice - I am going to do some curling up with a movie, a drink and also keep myself busy with some cooking! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I dont have any advice for you, but, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> that seems very scary.
 

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more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"><br><br><br><br>
Feel better!
 

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I heard that if you make a sound which is at the same pitch as your own tinitus, that that helps. You probably heard this before anyway.<br><br>
Perhaps whistling at the same pitch might help.
 

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I have tinnitus too, and it also sounds like a hissing in my ears (my left ear is worse). It's because I suffer from chronic sinusitus and I used to have operations to put grommets in my ears to drain them. One episode of ear infection was so bad that my ear drum burst, so I have ended up with tinnitus. It gets worse for me when I have a cold or sinus infection.<br><br><br><br>
So I know how you feel. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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queenfluff, that sucks. I understand quite a bit, because I suffered from a patulous eustachian tube (some info here: <a href="http://www.doctorhoffman.com/patul.htm" target="_blank">http://www.doctorhoffman.com/patul.htm</a>) in my left ear for a few years. It's not the same thing exactly, but i remember when I'd go a day or two without it I'd freak out when it came back. It was starting to make me go out of my mind. I always lived in fear of my right ear "popping."<br><br><br><br>
(Finally I found the main cause: the birth control pill. Going off the pill has all but eliminated my symptoms. Since I was having 3+ "attacks" every day and some days spent most of my waking hours with my ear "popped" it was a tremendous relief).<br><br><br><br>
On occassion I have a little attack (stress-induced it seems) and it takes me back to that very bad place of frustration, panic, and irritation for a while. So that's where I think I understand where you're coming from.)
 

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thanks everyone for your hugs and comments! I really appreciate it. It is nice to know I am not the only one who has to deal with this weird problem. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Blobbenstein: What you are talking about is what they refer to as a "tinnitus masker" - basically just a way to turn your mind to other sounds so you don't hear the tinnitus as much. I haven't tried the humming but having the TV on or music or putting my hearing aids in makes the tinnitus seem 'blend' in with other louder background sound.<br><br><br><br>
Black Heart: Funny that you mention the ear drum thing. When I first got my tinnitus, I went to a new doctor and he said I had a inverted eardrum? Basically, my ear drum (my left ear) was turned inside out and there was fluid inside. He gave me some antibiotics and said if it wasn't gone after I finished the medicine to go and have my hearing checked. He didn't even want to check to make sure the fluid was gone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I didn't go back to him and went to my old ENT. He didn't see any fluid. I don't know if the medicine did anything - except give me the worst yeast infection I ever had!<br><br><br><br>
meatless: I have heard that persons who have tubes often have tinnitus too. I wish I could find the real cause of mine. My ears pop loudly when I swallow - I can actually feel the insides of my ears move. I actually swallow alot just so they pop because it some way there is a tiny second of relief (like when you blow and pop your ears) like my ears 'opening' up or something when the move inside. There is nothing worse than wondering if the condition will come back or get worse. I am glad you found what was causing yours. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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*hugz*<br><br><br><br>
I have pretty bad tinnitus in both ears, and have for over a year and a half. It's constant and never stops not even for 1 second. I haven't found the cause of mine yet, but am pretty sure it's permanent. I had blood tests done and found I have high cholesterol (which my ear/nose/throat doctor wanted to check for it-apparently it can contribute to tinnitus) I often break down and cry cuz it's just sooo annoying. Mine is a major ringing (sometimes out of nowhere one ear will go off & ring really really badly for awhile) and it sucks because most my friends and family don't take into consideration I need to avoid loud music/tv/etc... and when they talk low it can be hard to hear what they're saying & they sometimes get frustrated when I ask them to repeat themselves for the 3rd or 4th time-but I can't help it! I always always always have to have something in the background to keep from me going nuts (weither it be the radio, tv, a fan, etc..) I just can't sit in silence and nothing helps. Anyway, you have my sympathy, I know what it's like. I constantly tell myself that at least I still can hear, yadda yadda yadda, but I also allow myself to break down every so often.<br><br><br><br>
Hopefully you'll find exactly what's causing yours and be able to make it go away or at least greatly improve!
 
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