Loud ringing in ears after flu, Will it go away?

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I've made another post in the menieres disease forum, but I just had some concerns I wanted to ask to anyone who could answer me. I'm 13 years old right now, came down with a flu about a week ago, and I was experiencing loud ringing in my left ear one night. I hear it in one ear sometimes, and in another ear other times. I was also experiencing unblocking and blocking in both ears a couple of days ago, but it thankfully has stopped. This morning however, the ringing came back really loud. It's really confusing?? Sometimes I can't hear it but my brain starts searching for it and I get all stressed again. Maybe it's just the fact that I can't accept that my ears have  problems. I've heard from the doctor that it was because I had an ear infection (in my left ear) but my dad recently looked into my right ear and said there was no redness inside (I hear ringing in my right ear aswell). My ears don't really hurt at all its just the ringing that gets so loud one day and then almost gone the next. I've heard depression and stress can make tinnitus seem louder and I think that might be the reason why it has gotten louder today. I was really stressed out when I came home because of the loud ringing in the morning and depressed because I had been searching online all last week and reading things about having no permanent treatment, or knowing that there are other possible diseases I could have. I've called a few friends just recently and I've calmed down, and the ringing isn't as loud anymore. I feel like I get really scared all the time when I hear ringing in my ears because I don't know if this ringing is ever going to go away. I really hope it does because I tend to panic and worry a lot and having something like tinnitus and thinking about all the other possible outcomes in having it will be so stressful for me. I've also been prescribed tablets and ear drops from the doctor and he said it should go away pretty soon, but I feel like it's only gotten louder. Could anyone please give me any advice or tips on how to cope if I do have to live with tinnitus for the rest of my life? Do you think this is normal to have after a flu? Do you think this will go away soon?  

 

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    Hi there, I know how you feel.  

    Firstly stress makes it worse so please keep calm.  I got mine for over a year now. Finally coping.

    I heard you can get tinnitus from several things eg. loud noise, head colds, pregnancy, flu etc. etc. 

    Hopefully yours will go away once the flu has gone.  How long do you have it now and is it still there.  

     

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      Hi michelle, thanks for replying. 

      I've had it for about 3-4 days and yes it's still ringing at the moment. It's louder than before and I'm not sure if I should stop the ear drops and tablets or not because it HAS gotten louder. My flu has also gone except for some chesty coughs but that's pretty much it. I really do hope this does go away but if not, I'll just have to cope with it rolleyes 

      Thanks again for replying!! 

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    Im not a doctor but i had a mixture of an infection and noise induced tjnitus and its no fun, there is no cure or treatment but if you have an ENT i suggest you go see him, alot of times tou can be misdiagnosed, it happen to me, so you need a deeper study such as a MRI and see different opinions, i found one ENT in Mexico that is really good and cheap so i go see him when i can and im not working, but if it persist try accepting it, ot will help in you habituation or adaptation, there is no pain and is just psychological, it seems like tou fall into what they call vicious circle and cant stop thinking about it, i went through it and i still struggle sometimes, i really hope it gets better for you since you so young, God bless you and help you little one, but try going to your ENT.
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      Thank you for taking the time out to reply to me!!

      The ringing has actually gone away for a couple of days after my flu had really gone away, but i dont know if it's just my brain making noises up but I can hear things in my head that I can't quite explain? It's kind of like my whole head is hearing different noises and its a mess and sometimes if I really focus (which i shouldnt) i can hear the ringing in my ears. Do you think what I'm hearing is just what silence is? Because sometimes I get so stressed over hearing things and not knowing if it's actually my ears or my brain, I get headaches often. The sounds are kind of like roars and i hear it everytime my heart beats. 

       

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      That is called pulsitile tinnitus, but you have it mild, i have read about it and i would really suggest yo7 see your ENT and ask for steroids to help your ears heal up wuicker, take Ginko Biloba and excersice a bit more, drink plenty of water, sometimes a flue can make tinnitus persist for a bit as far as i know, hopefully it goes away for good but i insist, you need to see your ENT, WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
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      When my eardrum gets inflamated or feel fullnes it means deeper and louder high pitch noise, so I take anti inflamatory medecine called nimesulida in spanish and Actron in spanish as well,for inflamation and 3ar pain,, ginko for better ear circulation, just take care of that flu and take some antibiotics, I drink amoxicilin for infection as well when im sick of a flu.
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      If you get to see a ENT and you get all this medicine it will help depending on your condition, try to google what causes pulsitile tinnitus and it will help you understand this symptom(tinnitus)better! You neex to not fear it or pay attention to it, and when you are in a quiet place listen to it and try to relax, helps the brain accept it, if it goes away for good i will be very happy for you kid!

      By the way my name is Raymundo Osorio and i ave a f a c e b o o k account we can chat about your tinnitus a bit more, gotta ask your parents permission though, and 8 will try and hemlp in any way i can, God bless you kid, and just ask your parents for help and take you to an ENT, it be the best! A encourage anybody to read about it and learn more about it t9 understand this better, dont fear it, and try doing things you like to get off this hateful thought of tinnitus running your life. Keep in touch kiddo, God bless you.

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      Thank you again so much for replying ray!!! the advice is really helpful smile 

      I just have some more questions to ask, please do reply if you have the time to! 

      Is pulsatile tinnitus treatable?? When you say it heals up, does it really go away forever? I also don't know if I'm able to go to an ENT because my mum and dad are kind of in a lot of stress right now and asking them to even go to another doctor would be hard. Do you think I can get Ginko Biloba without perscriptions? Or buy some medication that'll help heal it without having to go to the doctors? Will this heal up by itself or do I really need the steriods? Are the steriods expensive?? I also hear ringing in my ears occasionally, is that apart of pulsatile tinnitus because I've read that people only hear whoosing and not ringing. 

      Thanks again ray!! 

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      Is pulsatile tinnitus also dangerous? Will it lead to any other future problems with my ears like eventual hearing loss, louder ringing, etc? 
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      Also, will leaving it do any damage to my ears? How long do you think I'll be safe for before going to check in with an ENT? I don't think i'd be able to get to one soon. 
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      I am so sorry to hear your situation!

      As far as i know you can buy "tinnitus" ginko biloba on line, you can order it and is made by Arches brand.

      I dont know much about pulsitile tinnitus, but like i said, google it and it will give you alot of info on google, if you are getting ringing wheather is roaring, chirping, high pitch noises etc. Is because it is a symptom of something wrong with your inner ears already and yes, it can lead to hearing loss eventually, hard to say how fast, but dont stress over it, i feel you fear this and i totally understand it, no need to fear it, time is against yiu but also on your side, in time it will start getting better because your brain will start accepting the noise or noises, is called habituation and yiu are still young and the faster you treat it the better, so i would really recomend to see a ENT asap and start the steroid treatment adecuate with your age, im no doctor but i just try to help based on what happened to me and try to tell people the faster you treat it the better, and unfortunatelly i hate to tell you, if you get tinnitus it can disappear depending on the causes but if not is really not the end of the world, dont be scared kiddo, read alot about it and inform yourself, that will help the doctor to know all symptoms and how to treat it, the more info the better.

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      Do you live in UK? I live in USA and can teavel to mexico for treatment everytime i can, is cheapper and very helpful doctor, WHEN HE IS THERE, he is always busy! So i have to call in to see hom before i go into town.
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    Hello Christine I am in Western Australia and and as a previous airline employee I sympathise for you unfortunately tinnitus does not go away and for me at this moment I have flu and have a fever so the ringing ( actually I call it a steam train parked in my head. Anyway I suggest you find a hearing specialist that specialises in this horrible problem..
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