Do I have tinnitus?

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Hello Everyone,

                       I am a thirteen year old boy and have been hearing a ringing noise in my ears since before I can remember. It's not that loud, but I can hear it if it is silent, I can hear it if I try and focus on it with moderate ambient noise levels (i.e. a conversation with one other person) but I cannot normally hear it with higher ambient noise levels, such as in a classroom where a group discussion is taking place, around moving cars or listening to music. I've never noticed it before because I just assumed that's "The Sound Of Silence" (Simon & Garfunkel). And I only descovered that there may be a chace of this not being normally in science class today where we were doing sound and hearing and miss talked about Tinnitus. I, ofcourse put my hand up and said that I thought that it was normal and she replied that all she can hear in silence is the sound of her own heart. Some of my friends agreed with her and one or two said that in complete silence they can just about hear a slight ringing or hissing. My mother said that in silence she can also hear a slight ringing or hissing but she does not believe it to be Tinnitus but the transfer of fluid because, like some of my friends, it is very quiet and she can only hear it in silence. So, with everyones opinions divided, I am really looking for another opinion. To be honest, at the moment it doesn't really bother me but I know that these things can only get worse.

Thank you very much for reading this post, and if you reply thank you very much aswell!

-Billy (13)

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    Hi Billy, your a little young for tinnitus, but you may have been listening to loud music ? Maybe through ear phones ? Turn the volume down or you could damage your inner ear, Tinnitus is not a nice thing to live with, it normally effects older people and normally to the ones who have had ear problems in there younger days, but you may be luckey with having youth on your side, keep the volume down Billy.
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      I never listen to the volume on my ipod aboye about 35%. And I don't think that this could be the cause as I remember having this since before I can remember. Also, if it makes a difference, upon further research I think that the ringing in my ears is a lot quieter compared to tinnitus sufferers and between the several hours since starting this disscusion I managed to forget about and baisically just did not hear it. The second I think about it again however, I remember it. This was particullarly hard for about the first hour after starting the disscusion because I was thinking about trying to forget it, which of course made me remember it. But once I forgot about it I was fine. Another thing, I'm not sure if this is related or not but when I yawn I hear a low rumbling noise. I can also hear this by being able to flex/tense the inside of my ears. Again I'm not sure if this is normal or not, and the best answer I could find was that Ringo Starr wanted to be resurected in my head, but the accuracy of that forum could not be confirmed :P 

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      Thanks for the extremely quick reply and helpful answer

      ​-Billy 

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    Ok billy, could it possibly be a little wax build up ??. any how it seem to be a small problem with you, take care and the best of luck.. Malk
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      Yes, I thought that this may be the problem, but I have no idea hot to remove the wax as it seems to be a hard mas in the ear canal. I've tried a cotton wool bud, but that just ended up hurting because as I tried to use it as a leaver I ended up just pushing it. Do you have any ideas on how to remove this?
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    Hi billy, could well be this wax that may be your cause. Dont use cotton buds in your ears, if the bud become dislodgedfrom the plastic stick you could be placed with the problem of getting it removed from your inner ear, and that could be  a A&E visit to the hospital. would be best if your mum or dad could make you a doctors apointment, they can then look into your ears and see what broblem the wax is causing, if wax is confirmed, they can syring your ears and soften the wax,once softened the wax can be removed. this is a painless proceedure, but must be carried out by trained person, much unrepairable damage can be caused if you go pocking around yourself.
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      I've talked to my mum about this and she said that she had her ears suringed as a child. The problem was that it ended up pushing the wax in deeper. But I will definitly go to the docotors anyway. Thank you very much for your time and very informative replies.

      Thanks again,

      -Billy

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