So I'm 14. I constantly have music in my ears all the time. I use earphones. I always had the volume up all the way. Anywhere I go I always have my music in my ears on a high volume. All of a sudden something I watched on TV triggered a ringing in both of my ears. I was panicking and freaking out and worried id have tinnitus for life . Then I go to the doctors the next day. My GP looked in my right ear and it's fine. Then she checked my left ear. She said it's an ear infection then I was given steroid spray to spray into my ear because it was swollen or something and ibuprofen. She said its not tinnitus .My ear was getting better after a few days and I was calming down. And now for the past 3 days the ringing ha's got worse. All my medication is used. The ringing is now high pitched whistling and ive had no sleep at all. I'm up all night crying and crying worrying that it's permanent tinnitus from the music I used to listen to Or could it be the ear infection. It's really stressing me out badly. I'm so scared. My parents tell me that if the GP said it's an ear infection then it is and that I shouldn't self diagnose myself and that I should stop looking on the Internet. I'm starting to freak out so much. Has anyone got any advice or anything on what it might be. Please reply asap if so. The noise is unbearable. I don't want tinnitus at this age. Please reply
Sorry for whats happening to you, I'm in the same boat almost the same thing minus the young age. I'm 33 and have had the ringing for a while. I was given an antibiotic spray and then some antibiotic medicine and then another course and now a third. I've still got the ringing and seeing an ENT doctor this week (Wednesday) my ringing is also constant unless I'm listening to music and or talking to someone, I basically stop noticing it at that point. While I can't help in the sense of easing your fear because I have, am and probably will continue to do so until the noise in my ear/head either stops or I'm told whether it'll be long term or not, I can only give you tips that have worked for me to deal with the noise -
Listen to some white noise music to sleep to. I've had running water, rain storm running almost night and day since it started. Have the television up a little louder than you normally would so you can enjoy your shows. Try to keep calm, it's something that I've been trying to do to keep the noise down. I really hope you get help, keep pushing your parents and Doctor, even if you have to demand it because its your hearing and your life that will be effected in the long run.
Thank you for your post and welcome to the forum. My name is Rachel and I work on the Information Line here at Action on Hearing Loss.
We are really sorry to read how you are feeling at the moment. Please remember you are not alone and there are professionals that can help you.
We would encourage you to speak to your GP again to see if you need more medication for your ear infection. It would be wise to tell your GP about how you feel and that you have high pitched whistling in your ears which is affecting your quality of life. Your GP may be able to make you a urgent referral to the local ENT (Ear Nose and Throat Department) at your local hospital. At the appointment a full assessment would be carried out to help identify your condition and get further support from the department if required such as Hearing Aids/ Hearing Therapist for support management such a TRT / CBT or Mindfulness for your tinnitus.
Although there is currently no single treatment for tinnitus that works in the same way for everyone, and research to find a cure is on-going, there are many different therapies and self-help techniques that may help you to manage the tinnitus and reduce its impact on your life. Please feel free to read our tinnitus factsheets for further information.
Your parent may also wish to read our factsheet ‘How to help friends and family with tinnitus’ which will explains what tinnitus is, how it can be managed, and how they can offer you support .
Please note, Tinnitus can worsen when you are worried or tired, which can increase your stress and anxiety levels and trigger a cycle of stress and worry. It usually settles down with time- I do however understand it’s a lot easier said than done.
The internet can be a very scary place when looking at tinnitus and other symptoms so I would suggest that now you have found a place to discuss your symptoms in a safe environment try not to trawl through numerous pages where you may come a lot of negativity. Hopefully other forum users, will be a long shortly to offer their support and share their experiences with you too.
Our Helpline is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm so please do not hesitate to contact us on 0808 808 6666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to talk or have any questions.
The most important thing to try and remember is to remain positive and continue doing the things that you enjoy in life.
Please keep in contact with us and we hope you start to feel better soon.
All the best
Rachel on behalf of the Information Line