I created this account because im really desperate and can really use some positivity to help me keep my sanity.This might be long so please bear with me.I've had tinnitus since forever,i cant exactly remember when i got it but probably quite young.At first it was mild and i actually didnt think it was a condition untill i was 14 when i asked some friends whether they heard a ringing noise in their ears in silent environments.As years went by due to listening to loud music with headphones with also developing TMD and ETD my tinnitus got worse and eventually reached moderate levels.Howether it still didnt bother me and i was able to live a tinnitus-free life.That changed about two weeks ago or so i think...Now i have allergic rhinitis which in turn gives me ETD.Due to that i have two different noises in my ears( one in my right and one in my left) but both distinct from my high pitched noise induced tinnitus.I know the allergy causes them because once it subsides(usually during summertime) the two noises fade away.Now i went to an ENT to get some meds for my allergy,he gave me medrol (methylprednisolone) and a nasal spray for 8 days and told me to phone him after the course to inform him on my situation.What that butcher also did was clean some wax that had been built up on both my ears via microsunction.He did 5 minutes each ear and the noise was insanely loud...i told him it bothered me but he reassured me the noise was harmless to my ears and me like the fool that i am believed him and just stood there.After the procedure we did a hearing test and a tympanometry,both came up fine.So i took the cortisone and the spray and although the two noises almost dissappeared as my stuffy nose unclogged,on the last day of the course of the therapy all of the sudden my ''normal' tinnitus got extremely loud,its almost unbearable,it has never been like this,it used to be a 5 now it got to a 10.What can i do?Is it because of the microsunction?(i may have suffered what called ''hidden hearing loss"" because ive noticed i have difficulty hearing conversations even in medium-noised environments,when i had no trouble with such thing in the past)i called the ENT to ask him about it but he said that the microsunction had nothing to do with my tinnitus spike,,,i dont think i believe him...should i go to another ENT to ask for another course or prednisolone and maybe some vasolidators to help my ears heal or is two weeks after the loud noise exposure already too late??Also can the tinnitus spike be due to hormone changes(i havent have acne since i was a teenager but it returned to a small degree during the cortisone course)...I'm way too young for this...i have been very miserable these days and tired probably because i barely get any sleep...any advice and support would be greatly appreciated.
Good morning everythingblack20,
We are sorry to hear of the difficulties you have been experiencing. It looks as though you have done your research and are being proactive with trying to find what works best for you. Unfortunately we are not medically trained on the info line and could not say what has caused a spike in your tinnitus.
It’s also known that stress can sometimes worsen existing tinnitus. So when you worry about tinnitus, you focus your attention on it and a vicious cycle arises: stress makes tinnitus worse, which, in turn, leads to greater stress. It is important to still take part in activities that you enjoy to help reduce tinnitus.
It is always worth getting a second opinion as one doctor could look and see something different than the last. Have you looked at Tinnitus support group in your local area? This might help you to be able to share your experiences with others and them to share their ideas with you. You can also view the information we keep on tinnitus here.
Please keep us updated on your progress.
Ashleigh on behalf of the Info Line.
I've actually gotten better...went to another ENT last month to ask for help with my situation,He agreed with me that the microsunction was probably the cause of my my spike,seeing me the mess that i was he was supporting and told me that it will eventually calm down but it might take some time,he also prescribed sibelium 10 mg for 1 month.Thank god my tinnitus has calmed down,still not exactly to my previous baseline but enough for me to be able to sleep and study without much struggle.
This is great news that you are receiving the support you need and the tinnitus has seemed to calm down.
Please keep us posted on how you get on or if you need anymore information.
Ashleigh Information Line