Tinnitus - one ear only - TERRIFIED

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I've suddenly developed a high pitched ringing in my right ear.

it began on Monday, was less on Tuesday and seemed to disappear on Wednesday.

However, it is now Thursday and it's back again as bad as ever. I did a little research online and have read that if it's in one ear only it could be a tumour.

i am now terrified.

Can anyone help please??

i am a 44 year old female.

Thank you.

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    I have had this high pitched whistle in my ears for a while but it has suddenly got much worse. i hadn't thought about whether or not it is in one ear or two. in fact i think it is one ear though quite hard to tell.

    I saw the doctor about this, slight loss of hearing and a sort of woolly headed pressure in my head. He didn't suggest any referrals to an ENT clinic but said it was probably allergy related as i do suffer with hay fever etc.  He also gave me some tablets to try which I believe are usually given for meniere disease - no help - in fact probably worse.

    I don't know whether to go back to the doctor and ask for a referral.

    I am a rubbish sleeper at the best of times but this doesn't help.

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    Do yourself a big favor and find a competent doctor to go to who is not going to use you as a guinea pig, trying this and trying that. I've been to doctors like that and they do a great disservice to their patients. The "hit or miss" approach might work at the casinos, but it's not way to do medicine. Hope you find the help you need.
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      Thanks Barbara, I will do just that. I ahte making a fuss when i go to a doctor. I feel as if other people have much worse problems.
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    HI have had Tinnitus on and off for six year, mostly in mymright ear my previous Gp said nothing can be done, today my new doctors reffered me to an ent specialist I Googled or and am now really worriedsad
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    hiii....I read about ua problm in your reply...I m 20 years old girl...m suffering ftm dis tinnitus problm in ma right ear..n wen I read about acoustic neuroma n tumour...m really scared...I dont even feel like sharing it with my parents... please tell me how are u now & do tell me any solution...

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    Hi just seeing this post and wanted to know if you got back your result. I am dealing with this now, and let me tell you I sometimes cause myself to have panic or anxiety attacks because I believe that the noise that I am hearing is in set with my heartbeat so when the noise tend to get loud or beats fast I start to panic and assume something is going on. I have an appointment to see an ENT and I am praying for some relieve. I was told that I had some water in my inner ear behind eardrum was place on adivert and suadfeud but of course nothing helps. I am not sure if you all are still having this problem. Encouraging words on how to cope wit this will be a plus for me 
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      My scan showed nothing untoward. Although I still have this, I have learnt to live with it.

      If I think about it, it's still a fairly loud and constant ringing in my right ear.

      At the beginning I was very scared and thought I'd never get used to it but I did. You do have to try to distract yourself and it can take a while, but it's do-able . Let me know if you want to know anything else ??👍🏻

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    Oh I hope you don't mind me discussing with you. I'm in a state. My tinnitus only start a few days ago but I have already been to see an ent specialist and he has told me I have otosclerosis and it's permanent. I'm inshock and disbelief. I don't know how I will bear this for the rest of my life. And what if it escalates?  I feel already it has worsened but my stress levels are so high now. Unfortunately I am an obsessive person and this is my worst nightmare. I'm. 52 with a lovely family but no matter how much support they offer I'm still "alone" in my head all day with this.  How do you manage?

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      Jayne, I'm so sorry you are going through this.

      I am the original poster. I too am obsessive and thought i would never be able to live with this...

      Over 2 years later - I'm still here and barely give it a second thought! Yes, it took a little time and for a few weeks it was all I could think about.

      I used apps for a while to mask it but gradually needed them less and less.

      You WILL get used to it, I promise you. Your brain will eventually stop paying it so much attention.

      Feel free to message me if you need to - I remember feeling desperate at the start too. Big hugs xx

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      Oh I can't thank you enough for replying.  And it is encouraging to hear I will get used to it.  I have had tinnitus a good while but only really audible at night and not loud (unless a good night out had been had!).  I have downloaded an app and hope that it helps.  Last night my hissing was loud at bedtime and I was hoping it was because I had a couple of glasses of wine.  Tonight it seems even louder but not had any wine. I had read stress makes it worse. My problem is in my right ear.... it feels blocked and so The tinnitus in that ear is exaggerated. I have been offered a hearing aid and I hope this will help, but I have to wait until the end of March for that.  I am still hoping it's just ETD  and it will go away, but the doc seemed confined it was otosclerosis.  I had been hearing slight crackles in my right ear for weeks at night when quiet but this full feeling has only started on Wednesday.   I'm really struggling right now and can't really understand how I will end up not hearing it. Will it be my brain that helps me out or will it depend on my ability to switch off? Thank you so much for listening 

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      Ps. I have downloaded a noise app. Oh what a difference it is making. I can't believe the difference! 

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      Yes, your brain will slowly start to pay it less attention! You do need to find things to distract yourself and gradually the length of time you go without 'hearing' it will increase.

      I really, really do know how you feel because being the type of person I am I did not believe I would EVER get used to it.

      Dont give up - you'll get there. Xx

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      HI,I've been living with tinnitus in my right ear for 2 years and been able to sleep with it but it woke me this morning at 4.30am with the noise changing to this whooshing noise and I got very anxious and was unable to get back to sleep.I do suffer from severe health anxiety as well so am thinking the worst. I read that a tumour is benign and I don't have any of the other symptoms but am still scared. Any ideas what I can do?

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    I have read most of the comments about ringing in the right ear.  I, too, have had this problem since October, 2016.  Along with the ringing, I have had quite a bit of memory loss that began at the exact same time as the tinnitus.  Things I have known how to do for years I now find myself forgetting, such as, how to open a soda can, set an alarm clock, turn on my shower, set the oven on my stove.  I have also been forgetting things like closing and locking my door when I leave home, and once I forgot what to do at a red light.  (It isn't that I didn't see the light, I just didn't know what it was for.  It might as well have been purple lights hanging there.  More frequently, I have memory lose when driving on the same road that I have driven on for 5 years straight, going to work.  All of a sudden, nothing looks familiar, and I don't know where I am.  All this started the same time as the tinnitus.  The last things is . . . along with the tinnitus and memory loss, I have been getting headaches in the back of my head.  It feels like a rubber band stretching across the back of my head. 

    Has anyone else developed any of these symptoms when you first developed tinnitus.      Thank you, kindly.


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