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I have been living with Tinnitus in my right ear for the better part of 8 years. It started one day when I put my head on the pillow and I could hear a quiet noise. Over time that noise got louder, split into a high pitch ringing and a tinny noise along with a feeling of fullness in my right ear that never goes away. For the most part I live with it and aside from some nights I am ok. I have been to two doctors and they can find nothing wrong with me. No tumor, fluid, diet problems. I never went to concerts, wore headphones, listen to loud music, or even worked with loud machines.
I was told it might be TMJ, but after taking 800mg Advil and using compresses it never changes. I saw a dentist and he told me I do not have TMJ. So I guess that rules that out.
I then went and saw a specialist and had my ears tested. The results were pretty odd. I hear at 0db levels which I am told is rare. My left is perfect across the board and my right is slightly off ranging from 0 to 5 depending on the pitch. I also have pressure in my right ear. I will say that I do hear very well, I can hear my wife's watch tick across the bedroom at night!
Now the doctor said that the reason for the ringing is due to how my body is reacting to the pressure in my ear. That the ringing and noise is the brain trying to compensate for the non-perfect hearing in my right ear. He went on to recommend having a tube installed in my ear to relive the pressure and hopefully that will end the ringing.
Has this ever happened to anyone? Anyone have these tubes installed and did it provide any relief?
I do know that when my allergies kick in and the pressure outside is bad that my ringing can spike temporally until I take decongestant or the pressure outside has changed.
I am very nervous about having someone operate on my ear and I don't want to make this worse.
What do you all think? Is he grasping at straws or is this a real medical condition?
Thank you in advance!
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