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.
djv1985 niamh18 did either of you have any luck with the tinnitus/infection? I'm 2 weeks into a similar thing, it's worrying