Tinnitus only at certain places. It is possible

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I have had tinnitus from the time i was 5 years old.

I first noticed the high pitched sound when I was in a Sears store in Dallas, Tx.

Later on I would hear this high pitch constant ring when I was in any large department store.

I tried to tell my mom about the noise, but she said she did not hear it. I tried to duplicate the sound

by trying to whistle in the highest pitch I could muster. It was a poor attempt to describe the sound.

I have it more frequently now that I am older and have just come to accept it, like one would do with eye

floaters, which are small flecks of protein called collagen, I just ignore it.

I wanted to post this to see if anyone else had this experience in department stores.

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  • Posted

    does the noise only happen when you are in a large store? How about when you are home or inside a large movie theater or stadium?

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      I hear it all the time now, but I tune it out by staying busy.

      The department store was when I first heard the ringing. I was 5 years old. I have lived with it for so long that it has become the norm for me to hear the ringing. It is a high pitch sound that is similar to a television station when it goes off the air, but even higher pitched.

      Hope that answered your question.

      Do you have tinnitus? When was the original onset? How old?

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      what does your ENT (ear/nose/throat) doctor say regarding this? Did they give you a hearing test? Have you been tested for allergies? Do you think you have allergies? If you think you have allergies what meds are you taking to alleviate? And are you taking any meds for any thing? Sometimes meds can cause tinnitus. How is your blood pressure? If it is high that can cause tinnitus.

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      I will try to pull up my ENT report, but I do know they did not find anything significant. I was given a full battery of hearing test and again they found nothing wrong. I was then sent to neurologist and they found nothing.

      I do have allergies, but I was never given a specificity test. I take a Loratadine 10mg

      While I appreciate the heads up on medications, that would not have any bearing due to the fact the onset was 5 years of age. I was never on medications as a child.

      I am currently on BP meds, but I was not on them until 10 years ago. How would that explain the ringing from 5 years of age until now.

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      Since all of your audiology tests came back negative it sounds like your tinnitus problem is likely related to your allergies (I have that problem too). I have a couple of suggestions that might help you.

      1. Instead of using Loratadine consider using a nasal spray antihistamine such as Azelastine HC1 (prescription required). But before you use the spray, rinse out your sinus' with an over the counter sinus rinse (this is important because you need to remove allergins from your nasal/sinus area prior to using the nasal spray antihistamine)
      2. Ask your ENT to prescribe Ativan 0.5mg. Ativan can be effective in calming the inner/middle ear and tends to reduce tinnitus. It will not eliminate it but will likely lower the intensity of the noise.

      Let me know how you are doing after these changes.

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      Thank you for the advice. I will discuss this medication with my doctor.

      You still seem to not recognize that these tinnitus symptoms started at age 5 and I only first noticed it inside a Sears department store. What would explain that. Every time I went with my mother from that time on I would hear the ringing intensify inside department stores like J.C. Penny, Sears, etc...

      I doubt it had anything to do with allergies at that age and only noticeable at department stores.

      Please give me your ideas on the early onset.

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      According to: https://patient.info/forums/discuss/tinnitus-only-at-certain-places-it-is-possible-708878?page=0&utm_source=forum%2csendgrid&utm_campaign=comment-notification%2cPatient.info&utm_medium=email%25AppendToUrl%25%2cemail#3566294

      Some of the most common off-label Ativan uses include:

      Mania from bipolar disorder
      Vomiting from chemotherapy
      Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal

      Off-label Xanax use can address:

      Irritable bowel syndrome
      Ringing in the ears
      Severe cases of premenstrual syndrome
      Essential tremor
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      Sorry but I have no idea why you would notice tinnitus inside Sears' stores (and others) when you were a child. But since you still have tinnitus....and I assume you would like to get recommendations regarding that too.... let's try to focus on what you can do now to alleviate the symptoms. I think my suggestions may be a good place to start. Good luck!

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