At home syringing = tinnitus?

 Hey all,

For most of 18 yrs alive, I've been pretty sensitive to most sounds due to ASD. about 2 weeks ago, I was in bed and all of a sudden noticed a loud humming (not sure which ear) that was slightly high pitched. I instantly assumed the worst and thought it was tinnitus or hyperacusis. after seeing the doctor who recommended cleaning out my ears and making an irrigation appointment for 8 days, I returned home where my mum had ordered a Medi Grade ear wax removal syringe from amazon. I was skeptical at first but after reading the positive reviews and evaluating the amount of stress I was in, I thought it was worth a shot. 5 days of olive oil drops and I started flushing my right ear, eventually getting a good amount of wax out. But once I stopped, I could then notice a much higher pitch 'electronic-type' ringing in that ear (it may have quietly accompanied the previous humming). I suddenly started questioning if i was too harsh, whether such a product could cause trauma from excessive pressure, frantically searching for hours.

It is now a few days later, and after irrigation and inspection, professionals have confirmed my ears look clear and healthy, no sign of infection, perforation or trauma. Yet the high pitch ringing remains, leaving me questioning everything.

I know this is still rather early into experiencing this so I'm hoping for the best in the next couple weeks, but I just want to know if anyone has had a similar experience with these type of devices and whether they can actually be harmful enough to cause this ringing long-term. Being a student previously plagued by lack of motivation and depression, this has put me in a complete confused rut, leaving me anguished and suicidal most days.

I hope someone can understand this mess better than I do

  • Hi punkaddict,

    Thank you for your post. We are sorry to read about how you are feeling at the moment.

    We do encourage people if they think they have a wax blockage to seek medical advice and not to attempt to remove it themselves as you risk
    damaging your ears and your hearing. It is good however that your medical professional has checked your ears and they look fine.

    Some people can find that after wax removal their tinnitus can still remain or even increase for a short period of time, this is because your ears have been disturbed. Usually this subsides after a little while.

    If there is no improvement, we would suggest asking your GP to refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat department for further checks. They will be able to examine the ears to see if there is any underlying problems that may be causing the tinnitus. If all seems to be clear, then you can ask to be referred for tinnitus support management. This service may not be available in your local hospital, so you may need to be referred elsewhere for this.

    You may wish to read our tinnitus publications for more information on what you can do in the mean time to help you. 

    If you are ever feeling low, please feel free to contact us on the Tinnitus Helpline. We are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. Alternatively there is always the Samaritans who can be contacted 24/7.

    Telephone 0808 808 6666

    Textphone 0808 808 9000

    SMS 07800 000 360

    tinnitushelpline@hearingloss.org.uk

    Samaritans:
    116 123 (UK)
    116 123 (ROI)
    Email - jo@samaritans.org

    Kind regards

    Vicky on behalf of the Information Line