Tinnitus for 7 months. Permanent?

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I woke up after a nap on 1st June with a loud ringing in my left ear with quite bad hearing loss in the ear to match. It lasted for 2 weeks (the hearing loss part) and then it got better. The ringing persisted and often changed in loudness, for the first few weeks it was very depressing and hard to sleep. Doctor booked me in to have ears syringed but that did nothing eventually got appointment to see ENT.

they did an MRI scan of my ear to see if anything wrong so far that's all that's happened in 7 months. I thought I had eustachian tube dysfunction but not sure if I do as that would go away by now. And I think I have developed a ringing in my right ear just now but in a different way. It's not same as left more of like an occasional sound like of waves on a beach or wind. Or maybe it's just in my head I'm not sure yet. I have had quite bad mucus (lots of it) since christmAs day. I read that's related to tube dysfunction. New problems since June 1st with ears are also when I hear certain sounds my ears beat like a drum. Like typing on keyboard it's very annoying. It's like the ear drum vibrates. And second problem whenever I sneeze yawn etc I get a loud noise coming from inside my head like when I suddenly look up with my eyes I get a noise out my right ear. Maybe it's related to tensing muscles in the face. I don't know. When I yawn I get the noise out of both ears. Its hard to describe what it sounds like.

So basically is this permanent or curable? If it is eustachian tube dysfunction. Or did I randomly just wake up with tinnitus that will be with me forever? And if so why do I have these other ear problems suddenly. And I also have visual snow (started same time as tinnitus) just read up that they are linked. Any hope for me?

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    What is visual snow? I too have the symptoms you describe. Over a yr and a half..Sometimes it's like a door cracks for a second or two to allow even a more horrendous noise inside than what I already have 24/7 most if the time, my ears have the sound of like being under water sounds when ya running out if breath. Does that make sense? I also have popping, crackling sometimes like a door slamming in my head sounds..my head always feels like it is buzzing as well..my ENT says ETD can cause that and told me to hold my nose and blow like 20x a day. Can't seem to make myself do that. When I blow, the T gets louder and I fear it staying that way.

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    Hi, I've had Tinnitus for 23 years, I reckon if it doesn't go pretty quick it's not going, my theory is Tinnitus is switched on in the ear, turned on in the brain, then the ears become irrelevant the noise is in the brain, I never heard of tinnitus stopping once you've had sometime, it's a mind boggling thing and takes some mental strength to coup with it.

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    In 2014, after traveling over two mountain passes, ( Fourth of July and Lookout passes in Idaho), I had painful ears, I got an ear infection in both ears, slightly worse in the left. After that cleared up, my left ear started ringing, then two weeks later the right started as well. I went to my doctor, she saw nothing wrong and said it may quit in a few weeks and told me to try allergy meds such as Benadryl and Flonase - they did not do much at all. A few months later she referred me to an ear nose and throat specialist. I also read online about a supplement (Lipo-Flavonoid) to  take that would cure tinnitus. I took it for 30 days and it did nothing. Then I went to the specialist, I had no hearing loss, just the ringing. They told me I would have it the rest of my life and there was nothing that could be done about it. This specialist had been recommending the supplement I was taking, but stopped as it was not doing anything for the tinnitus in any of his patients. I saw something online about tinnitus really being in the brain and that listening to certain music and sounds would rewire your brain and cure it. (http://ttsremediate.com/naturally/#) I was desperate and willing to try almost anything, so I tried that for two months. It did nothing. Whatever you see about curing tinnitus online, it is not true, it is caused by damage to the cilia in your ears and there currently is no way to reverse the damage or repair the damage; there is some small hope of surgery to transplant healthy cilia to a patient suffering from tinnitus, but so far nothing will cure it. There are ways to cope with it such as white noise. I find the listening to the music and sounds helps, but then it does not matter what music or sounds I listen to - audio books, music - any white noise helps. If you have tinnitus and it does not go away within a couple of weeks to up to a month; it is not going to. I do not like that answer, but it is the truth. The people who have curs for it online are just exploiting people with tinnitus to make money. I do not care what they say. Also, I cannot place any comments on their sites, all the possitive feedback on their sites must be what they fabricated and posted.  I found some good information on this website. 

    https://www.quora.com/Why-dont-the-cilia-hairs-in-the-inner-ear-heal-or-regenerate

     

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      Hi Pamela, 

      So the infection damaged your cilia?

      Besides the white noise, are there any other times where you notice your Tinnitus decrease in volume or  that you are so distracted by something that you're able to ignore it fully?

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    well past few days i have had ringing in my right ear now also. how can i have it come on 7 months after my left?! because its different volume and more of a low frequency hum it makes me dizzy. i feel all hope will be lost soon sad
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