Temporary Tinnitus

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I have had tinnitus for 6 weeks 5 days now, and three doctors have told me it will go one hundred percent. Has anyone else been told this before? They say minimum 6-8 weeks, no longer than a year. I'm really struggling to live with this, and I will never accept it if it is permanent. If it is still here in 5 years time I won't be here anymore. It is noise induced by the way: I was listening to music pretty loud with new headphones, FLAC format which means lossless audio, for just under an hour, when the fire alarm went off. I am in uni halls so I have a fire alarm in my room. I could hear the fire alarm whilst the music was still playing directly in my ears. I took off the headphones and went outside. When I came back in I didn't notice the ringing in my ears if it was there. So, I continued to listen to music through my headphones for 20 minutes or so. When I finally decided to go to bed I took the headphones off and straight away noticed the ringing. Having heard it before for a few seconds/minutes after music, I thought nothing of it and assumed it would go in the morning. I woke up, and it was there. I was incredibly anxious and all the rest of it, here I am today, having been told it will go one hundred percent and will last no longer than a year. I should be positive right? but I am not - I can't stop worrying that this is permeant and will be one of those people that has to learn to accept it will be there for life and get on with it. Well, I am not prepared to live with this for the rest of my life, and yes, people do live with MUCH worse i.e. no legs, arms, sight, hearing, etc, but I simply will not live with this if it is permanent. Therefore, I have decided to give it 5 years. The doctors say no longer than 1 year so I shouldn't even consider that but I am just that anxious and it is bothering me that much that this is what is has come to. I know about white noise and trying to keep your mind off of it by keeping busy, I have to sleep with a fan on and the TV and the sound of rain and leave the window open so I can hear the cars on the motorway faintly and not sleeping with my ears against the pillow and trying to get to sleep itself, I'm tired of it. Anyone else been told it will go or anything similar? I'm due at the ENT in 2 months. I'm 19.

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    Hello John,

    I know just how you feel. Three weeks ago I had a myringotomy for pressure in one of my ears. Immediately following I have had this screaming tinnitus in that ear. Ent doesn't know what to think. I didn't have it before the procedure. I would have thought that it would have left by now if it was just temporary. I do know that eardrums take 6 weeks to heal and close. I don't know if that caused it or if the anesthetic topical got down in my inner ear and damaged it. Does anybody know anything about this? Has anyone had it happen to them before? It's bad enough having the muffled hearing in the ear from the cut eardrum let alone this tinnitus. I cannot tell if it has gotten any better or not. Is it both your ears or just one? Where did you get info about tinnitus being temporary? I don't know who to ask or what to do. I don't want to live like this.

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      I know its hard to accept it but time will give you healing in your brain, it takes time to accept it, i have it bad, this is my second onset and its terrible, i live a day at a time but i know from my first experience that it will get better and unfortunately we need to accept it first then habituation kicks in, believe me i have it real bad and jt was noise induced as well as John but we will get better, it take a couple of months to a year and its unbearable but our brain learns to live with it, just be patient, May God give you comffort and heal quickly, habituation comes in time, no matter how loud it is, just be patient oh and by the way ENTs dont know about it, neurologist be better and meditation therapies i havent had it yet but im thinking about it, just fight it in a positive way...God loves you guys, be strong, i feel your pain....
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    Hi Marie!

    Looks like we are gonna have to cope for the long term but I am sure both of ours will go. A doctor said to me permanent tinnitus is caused by exposure to loud noises for years. As I said before a doctor (I say a doctor as I've seen three) said it will last no longer than a year, if it is still here in a years time I don't have a clue what I am going to do. I think people underestimate tinnitus, I feel with technology etc today we should have a simple cure for it, because I bet in 20 years time there will be a cure and it will be so simple to carry out and stop the ringing but 'they' haven't looked into it enough, almost putting it aside. I have the ringing in both of my ears although seems to be more on the left. All of the three doctors I have seen have told me it is temporary and I have not caused any permanent damage. Life has suddenly become ridiculously hard, I just wish I had never listened to music that loud, but then again, i wish that false fire alarm was not set off by a drunken student at 3am in the morning!

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    I've read on other websites that it is suppose to occur when there has been damage to the cochlea. I don't understand that in my case because the myringotomy caused this tinnitus. I can't prove it but I know as it started immediately after he perforated my eardrum. How could he have done damage to my cochlea by doing that? What about the anesthetic that he put on my eardrum? I wonder if I am having a reaction to that? Why do you think that mine is temporary? If that doctor didn't damage my cochlea then it has to be the eardrum causing the tinnitus because of the perforation. It won't be healed for several more weeks. Is your tinnitus in one ear or both? Is it very loud? Mine is a buzzing noise. God, I hope this shit goes away? I feel like this doctor did something wrong because this is happening. It scares me.
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      Marie dont be scared, time heals everything, whether it is very loud or low pitch, the brain is an amazing thing, look, i had anxiety,depression, i have sinus and allergies, and an infinity of personal problems lol, i have to admit, i would rather have all that than my T, But! On my onset to tinnitus i found out that all those problems i had was nothing compared to tinnitus, and in reality it is! My depression and anxiety went away due ti my constant thinking about tinnitus, it gives no room to any other problems, tinnitus is the king of problems, so here i am, with loud T but im happy my depression and anxiety were beaten by my T, i had already habituated but silly me went to this loud ass place and guess what? A second onset with louder T, i struggle like the first time i got it but i know the process, its gonna take a while for my brain to get used to that hideous noise, but IT will happen just lime the first time, TIME is your best friend, it just takes time, trust me, may God help you on a speedy recovery, be strong and stay strong, there is worst things in life, we can beat T with time and patience!
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      If your hearing is muffled because of the myringotomy, that could be a cause of tinnitus.   Older people who have some hearing loss are likely to get tinnitus as the brain tries to compensate for the loss.  If this is the cause, the tinnitus is likely to clear up when your eardrum heals up in 6 weeks.  In your case, I don't think it is due to damage to the cochlea.
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    Hi John,

    Just wondering if your tinnitus has gotten any better in the last few days. Mine seems to have gotten alittle softer or not as loud. I don't know if that's typical of tinnitus in general or if it means that it will slowly fade. I wish someone would tell me. Do you know anything about that? Have any doctors ever told you that if it stops there is still permanent hearing damage? The buzzing is so bad for me that it makes my ear and the way I hear feel numb. Does it affect you that way? I had a myringotomy before and never had this tinnitus from it. I know the procedure caused it as it started immediately after. I'm just afraid that it won't stop. I have heard that if you have tinnitus for 6 months or more then it becomes chronic. What is the 6 month thing? Why did the doctors say a year for it to stop max?

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    Hi John;

    I am also curious if your T has improved.

    I've been fighting mine for just under 10 weeks. Whats crazy is the way mine started. I had 2-3 nights of restless sleep. I finally realized I had a slight ringing in my ears, some slight pressure under my eyes and my ears felt slightly stopped up. I began using a saline spray to clear my sinuses. 2 days later I was at the doctor because my ears were ringing too loudly to sleep. He said he didn't see any signs of infection, but he gave me a Z-pak and some Robitussin cough syrup. I don't believe the antibiotics did anything, but the Robitussin stopped the ringing immediately. I didn't realize it then, but it has guaifenesin in it. That is all I ever needed.

    As I said, I didn't make that connection until too late. After the antibiotics were done, and the ringing was still comeing back, I went back to using the saline spray. That was January 12th. That is when my descent into hell began. I used it like crazy that night, along with antihistamines, steam and spray and oral decongestants.

    I had no idea that your ears could make noises like that. I felt like I was being tortured. After 40 hours of this I found a friend with some Xanax and managed to sleep. I have seen my GP and an ENT. There is no sign of any infections. My GP prescribed Nasonex in case there was some Eustachian tube inflammation. I used it for a week. It made my ears ring something fierce and I just couldn't take it any longer. My ears/hearing are excellent. Both doctors and my pharmacist say it is a temporary thing, but it will take time to resolve. It is absolutely insane that saline spray can cause this.

    I have had days where my ears were almost normal, followed by days that seemed like I had an alarm clock ringing in my brain for the entire day.

    At this point the spikes are not nearly as severe, but the hissing/ringing has become pretty much non-stop. Sometimes louder, sometimes less loud. I don't know if this leveling out is a good sign or not though. I can not express how badly this sucks.

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      Hi Mike,

      I'm unclear with your comments on Guafenesin. I have just started suffering and seeing a specialist on Monday.

      Are you saying it did work initially, but no longer works.

      Thanks

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    John,

    Did this condition ever go away for you? I started having Tinnitus after a flight I took with an ear infection. Unfortunately every website that I go to is pretty bad news. I am hopping that I don't have to have this for the rest of my life. Just wondering if the Tinnitus ever go away for you. Thanks!

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      Dude, try bonine,dramamine, it contains meclizine and it sounds like you have motion sickness, try it it wont hurt you and it might just help, i read a guy took it and he had gotten tinnitus at a loud concert but would get traveling sickness, try it dude, i hope you get rid of that devilish sound, May God bless you and heel you!
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