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I have had tinnitus for the last 15 years. No doctor seems to give a care and tells me to live with it and they ignore my complaints. I have been told to live with it, use herbal remedies, you have a Eustachian tube disorder, you have sinusitis/rhinitis. It all started when I had a really bad respitory virus. I complained to the doctor and he said it would go away. Well it did not. A year later (14years ago) I had septoplasty and my turbinates trimmed by an ENT. He said I would have to live with the tinnitus and he said it was because of my blood pressure which is being treated and he said it was my stomach which its not. The level of noise at the time was a constant hissing in both ears. I had a long history of sinus problems with ear pain and post nasal drip. When I got a cold I was plugged for weeks.
Since 14 years ago I learned to live with the hissing and sometimes roaring noises 24/7. 4 years ago I started flying a lot and experienced increased tinnitus and sinus issues. Saw an allergist who said I didn't have allergies at least common allergies. Have had terrible ear aches, chronic post nasal drip of many colors, feeling crappy all the time. Saw an ENT who prescribed prednisone which I was to take after flying. It did nothing. I used sudafed an Afrin when I was going to fly and that helped. For the last 3 years I continue to have tinnitus which is mostly a hissing sound but could be a pounding roaring sound. My right ear has the biggest problems and I have a 24/7 high pitched sound that sometimes becomes a constant whine. The change in tinnitus is disturbing and depressing. I have not had a good nights sleep in months. Yes, I have had a hearing test and at 62 it showed a decrease in hearing though I don't notice it.
I am now using Allegra, Nasacourt and a baby shampoo saline rinse twice a day. The saline rinse with the baby shampoo is supposed to flush out bacteria from the nose as I have chronic post nasal drip of various colors which by the way the ENT said was not an infection. None of this has any effect on the tinnitus. Though after irrigating I notice a slight decrease in the tinnitus.
I am at my lowest point in 14 years. I could live with the subtle hissing but I cannot live with the roaring or high pitched whine. Thanks for listening!
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