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    Sufferers of tinnitus can hear noise within their ear or head that is not coming from an outside source. Read more →

    i have had ringing in the ears since around 2005 or 2006 or so and i did eardrops years back and nothing change still got ringing in ears for all these years i like if i could get rid of this problem forever what should i do?





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    I am 24 years old nd have suffered two perforations in each eardrum over a span of ten years and countless infections ,my last perforation and infection in both ears being two weeks ago resulting in loss of hearing and now the ringing in my ears is so loud that I feel I am shoutin over it and am unable to sleep ,will this go away? Thanks from haylie I need answers as my doc isn't helpful and am a single mum of one and hearin isn't good along with high pitch ringing





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    I have had tinnitus for i don't know how long. I'm a 30 yr old female. i do like loud music... not thrash though. My tinnitus can range between ringing, druming, humming, buzzing etc and can get louder suddenly and then disappear and also be very loud after a concert or going to a pub that plays live music. I am used to it now and can ignore it but i have a question... i get really itchy ears and i create a suction with my hand over my ears and the rub it to relieve it. It does the job but is this making the tinnitus worse? and do you get dizzyness with it also?





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    I have had a problem with my left ear for some time. It has been blocked on and off for over a month - I visited my doctor at the start who said there was no need for ear syringing at the time. A week ago, ringing started in the ear which has not subsided. I have since got my ear syringed (it was full of wax apparently) but again, the ringing has not calmed down. Is there any other reason for this ringing - and any way to deal with it? I'm finding it so hard to sleep and my concentration levels are suffering as a result.





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    i dont really know what is wrong with me but i looked all over and i saw an episode of embarrassing bodies where this girl had a terrible time with her ears where she could hear a ringing sound in both ears when she was in a loud room, i am worried because i have the same problem but ALL of the time and its really affecting my school work and my concentration at school and it affects my balance as well, the diagnosis for the girl on tv was tinitus, but i dont what it is and i was wondering if anyone could tell me??? i have lived with this permanent problem for fifteen years, i'm getting desperate!!!





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    hiya maria i have had the same problem as u i have had this continues lous ringing in my ear since before christmas just gone,an it really gettin on my nerves,and i carnt sleep of a nite it drives me mad,i went the docs 3 times an he just gave me antibiotics,i did say to him people have said to me its tintitus,he said i dnt think it is,so eventually i eneded up goin the hosp an they said it is tinitus,i just dont know wot to do anymore,it really gets me down,i am 32 years of age,it really gets me down,

    Hi i have had this problem for over four years, every minuet of the day and through the night. Even when its loud my ears buzz. I have gone from a bubbly person to a quiet can't be bothered type, it awful but i look at my family and feel grateful they don't have it. I tell everyone i have it so they understand when i am in a mood from lack of sleep. i am 49 years old and it ruins my daily work.

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    I've had an ear infection for 11 days, doctor prescribed me a 5 day course of amoxicillin. I saw my gp again today as I still have a ringing in my ear, ear feels slightly clogged, and it pops and crackles when I swallow or yawn. My doctor said my ear canal was still a bit red, and maybe I've had a virus, he also said there is no fluid behind my ears. How long will these symptons last?





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    hi there if i was in shoes i would go to my gp and and tell it is still hurting

    I am 17 and i have been having a few problems with my ears i have been gettin bad neck ache, headaches, dizziness, nausea, upset stomach, breathing difficulties and aching muscles in my arms and legs, tiredness and sore ears and it feels like liquid is coming out of my ears but i do not have a fever i do not know what is causing this. Is this an ear infection or is it something worse? xx





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    can u help plz for a number of years my son has had bad ears he has alot of runny wax n it smells he can clean his ears n then half hour later he has to do it again





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    hi i have eczema in both ears which is really itchy and my ears get so inflamed that the tubes swell and i'm almost deaf my doctor just gives me cream which does not work it keeps me awake at night and drives me mad during the day.





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    I have the same problem as you. The key is not to get the insides of your ears wet it is hard but I have had no pain for a lond time because of it. When you have been swimming or washed your hair if you just dry your ears with a hairdryer. The other thing that has helped me is I am homeaoathic treatment and after that I have had no pain or flare ups so I hope you find this usefull and that you are not alone it is very painfull

    I am seventeen years old, I have had constant and recurrent ear infections in both ears for the last eleven years. My ears become blocked with thick sticky fluid which varies in colour from clear to dark brown - it oozes out overnight and often smells quite pungent. I loose hearing in both ears and they are painful to touch. I prevent all water from entering my ears by wearing silicone earplugs. The hearing loss is beginning to affect my ability to concentrate in college and I recently had to do a music exam with both ears completely blocked. The pain and oozing prevent me from sleeping (on bad days I take up to 2500mg of painkillers per day). When there is not pain there is constant itching. Recently I have started to hear a faint but constant whistling. I have had every drop, spray, and cream available (I have even been prescribed nasal cream to put in my ears). After having my ears syringed for the sixth time, I was referred to an ENT specialist who performed numerous 'Micro-Suck' treatments, but nothing can clear the infection for more that around eight days. I know that the infection is in the outer ear, but I'm not sure if there is anything in the inner ear, although a while ago it felt like my Eustachian tube was blocked. Is there anything else that I can do to either get rid of the ear infections all together, or reduce the impact that it has on my hearing?





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    I went to a concert and woke the next morning with ringing ears (wasn't too alarmed as this has happened before and disappeared )The same day I came out in a cold.After two weeks my ears were still ringing.I visited my Gp who saw water in my ears,said that was probable cause of ringing and prescribed nose drops.After 5 days ringing is sill present and although it's not distressing me as much as before I'm still terrified I will have this for life!The Gp said she saw no damage to ear.Would she be able to see damage to the hairs that cause tinitus just through her implements present at surgery?Will it definatly be water causing this?Should it not have cleared after 5 days of drops? Please help me!Francesca.





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    hi im polly ive got a ringing in my ears and sometimes during the day i have this long whistle sound.i use to go night clubbing alot and one night i was in the club and my ears just went bang!sinse then ive had this bad ringing noise in my ears it gets me down sometimes, i avoid loud places as this has a bad effect on me when i came home and try to sleep.





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    i watched embbarassing bodies last night and now im worrying that i have tinnitus! im only 14 and yes i have been to many concerts but never any really extreme ones, and i dont play my music too loud! i dont suffers from colds alot but for ages like literally since i can remember i can hear really high pitched ringing sound in both ears! i dont know if if it actually is tinnitus or just me imagining it - that sounds really weird but i think its ringing now but i cant be sure! its always at its worst when its quiet! if i do have tinnitus is that it or can it be a sign or something else or anything else! i really dont know? is it bad or is it literally the fact that i have some ringing going on in my head? also is it only tinnitus sufferers that hear ringing in the ears or can it just happen to any normal person and just be a one of? someone please help me answer these questions im getting worried!!





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    I am in the same situation as you. My mum says it's just my imagination but she's not a doctor so how can she know for sure. I have had a buzzing since I was around six but didn't tell anyone until watching Embarrasing Bodies the other night. Its really frustrating not knowing if you have tinitus or if these are symptoms of something else.

    Hi, I'm 23 and I think I've had tinnitus for a couple of years now. It started with me getting a loud ringing in either of my ears or both at the same time, maybe 2 or 3 times a month, any time of day, especially noticeable at night and can't get to sleep because of it. But now I can guarantee I get it at least once a day and now over the past year, the ringing will start and I'll go deaf for a few seconds, the ringing comes back and then stops. I just want to know if I am actually going deaf or if it is tinnitus and there's is nothing that can be done about it? I've never really had my headphones on too loud, try to make sure I get rid of any water from my ears after a shower, don't go out to loud clubs very often either. Just want to know if there's anything I can do, or if there's any info on what's happening to me. It's affected my balance as well. Any help would really appreciated! :-) x





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    I'm 37 and was diagnosed with tinnitus about 7 years ago. I had a hearing test at my hospital which was fine and then spoke to a specialist who explained what tinnitus was and that there was no cure, it may come and go itself and different ways to try and cope with it. To start with it was really upsetting and frustrating especially when trying to get to sleep at night, it nearly drove me mad for the first 3 years. Now although it is always there and never goes, I have learnt to live with it and seem to be able to ignore it/blank it out, basically just get on with things. My hearing is very sensitive to loud and high pitched noise, the tinnitus is worse after a loud noise like a smoke alarm or if someone is clapping near my ear. My husband asked me the other day if I could hear a faint ringing noise of someone's house alarm going off? My reply "honey, its me your talking to, I hear ringing all the time!". You will learn to cope with it, your doctor can refer you to your local tinnitus clinic and you can always look on this website www.tinnitus.org.uk

    Hi, I have always suffered with my ears with wax build up etc., in addition to sinus problems. My ears started ringing exactly two weeks ago today. I dont know what may have caused it (I did go away for the weekend, and done swimming, and a lot of running in the cold air (not sure if this can trigger it)) or is it sinus related?, but I know my left ear contained a lot of wax, and I had it syringed a week after the ringing started. However, the ringing is still here, and I thought the syringing/removal of wax, a week ago, would of caused the tinnitus to calm down. I was just wondering does anyone else have any experiences similiar to mine, and how long did their tinnitus last, or is it long-term? I am just getting a bit stressed out by the situation. Thanks





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    Hi this is basically what has happened to me. If your still on here can you reply and tell me if your tinnitus eventually went. Thanks

    Hi there. I've had exactly the same thing. Can you tell me if it has subsided at all? And how are you dealing with this> Many thanks for any help

    Hi, Im 19 and have had a horrible ringing in my ears for 5 years now which im guessing is tinnitus. :S it was when i went to an all day indoor festival. i have had the ringing ever since then. it stops me from sleeping some nights and i was wondering if there is anything i can do to stop it??





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    i have had tinnitus for 10 years now, i got it at 20 years old basically there is no cure and over time you learn to cope it is very hard to except that it will never stop but until there is a cure people will have put up with it

    Unfortunately, tinnitus is incurable, it's a very annoying condition and it can prevent you from hearing properly, as for night times, trying to sleep with it can be hard and i find that listening to relaxing soft music at a very low level will help to sleep, but you need to consider seeing a specialist like an audiologist to determine if your hearing has gotten worse, or if it could be an infection. For me, I've had it for as long as I can remember, I'm 25 and it seems to be getting worse in my left ear lately. To cope with it, it's best that you don't think about it, and you try to ignore it and eventually you wont't notice it but do take care of your ears. I'm 25 and I've had a hearing problem all my life and I live in fear that it will get worse and eventually I wont be able to hear at all

    I have a high- pitched ringing sound in my ears sometimes, but it's only when everything else is reeeeeeeally quiet (usually at night) and then I can only just hear it. Is this an early sign of tinnitus or something everybody has? Should I take more care of my ears?





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    I find that sometimes but I don't think it is anything to worry about as sounds are naturally amplified when in a quiet situation. If you are still worried go get a check-up

    I am 16 and I have had tinnitus ever since a bullet for my valentine concert at Wembley arena in December last year. I can't remember where I found it, but for short term relief, Something you can do is place the palm of your hands against your ear, with your middle fingers at the back of your skull/top of your neck. Push onto your ears so there is a seal around your ears (not too hard though!). Now what you have to do is take your first finger and place it on top of your middle finger and then snap it off of your middle finger so it hits your head. This should sound fairly loud, like someone banging a drum next to your ear. Do this for about 30 seconds and then the ringing should be gone for a while. It works for me, but I'm used to the ringing now. Hope this helps!





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    OMG! I just tried it! it does work! not for long, but it does! it feels like whole new world, not hearing that noise for a while, wow. thanks

    I've had tinnitus for a few years, mine is because I have an underactive thyroid, I'm also a musician (guitarist) in a rock band. I always use earplugs in loud environments. I feel like my tinnitus is getting worse - my ears are so sensitive to noise, the ringing gets louder with stress. I used to go to gigs without earplugs before I had tinnitus and came home and my ears were ringing deafeningly loud. I've seen a doctor, I know that there's no cure but I need some more techniques (I mask the noise at night with White noise from an untuned radio station). I don't want tinnitus to prevent me from pursuing a career in music (I try not to let it get in the way)





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    I have had tennitus for i don't know how long. its started to irritate me because now im in secondary its hard to get to sleep on the night because of the ringing and beeping in my ears. It once happened when I left my Radioo on andd it beeped fro ages and i didn't realise then I turned it off and the rest of the time i've just heard ringing and beeping please help me.. :)





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    Hello am 23 I been getting ringing in the ears. I had problem with my left ear and after I had it washed out, I found Cotten wool stuck down it from when I clean my ears. My brother seems to think am getting early signs of going deaf. Listening to this loud, asking people to repeat themselves and watching peoples mouths when they talk. Help please want to prove him wrong





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    I have quite a lot of earwax. My ears feel as if they are 'full' if you know what i mean, almost as if i constantly NEED to pop them. I once used an ear bud (never again!) and went deaf in that ear, I had some wax removed by a specialist. I was left with tinitus in my ear, I went to see the ENT team and they did a few tests (never told me the results) then referred me to a centre to have what I think is syringing (hot and cold water onto the ear drum?) anyway, the clinic was miles and miles away and transport was a major issue, i was put off by having hot water poured into my ear also, so i never went. I still suffer with the constant ringing in my ears and feeling of fullness in my ears, i'm 28 now and old enough to realise this needs sorting out, but im not sure where to start?!





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    This could be caused by tinnitus. Like a ringing noise in your ears? I get that sometimes. I put it down going to gigs and the music is just unnecessarily loud. This is in a lot of clubs now a days. All those warnings about your ears being damaged by loud noises (phones, ipods etc.) are there for a reason. If it is seriously bothering you, go to your doctor. Please don't be embarrassed by seeing them, they have seen everything under the sun and are there to help you. Promise. :)

    Im 13 and I have had a ringing in my ears almost as long as I can remember. It doesn't bother me that much, only sometimes when Im going to sleep which can stop me sleeping. It'a more noticeable in quieter rooms and the ringing is not very loud, but I can still hear it. I don't listen to loud music very often, I normally have my ipod almost completely quiet. The only music I listened to when I was little was Steps, Britney Spears and the Cheeky girls, and I don't think any of them are that loud. Is this tinnitus? :)xxxxxx





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    I have the same problem - I really never listen to music very loud, but when I am trying to get to sleep I can just hear a long ringing noise and it has stopped me sleeping for hours a night - Is there anything I can do to help?

    I suffered from a blow to the head in an accident 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with concussion. I thoufht I was getting better then after a few months the ringing in my ears started followed by severe dizziness to the point of sickness and stumbling/acting drunk. The worst and most annoying and upsetting part is that as well as the ringing I hqve a weird clicking noise in my right ear which doeant go away, its really loud like bubble wrap popping in my ear and other people can hear it so unlike the tinnitus its not just in my head and isnt helped by the tinnitus masker hearing aid which helps the ringing. This is driving me crazy, im missing parts of conversations and just plain fed up as specialists dont seem to be able to give me any answers. Has anyone else ever heard of anything like this?





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    To me it sounds like vertigo. Something to do with your sinuses being blocked. I got vertigo after a bad head cold one time, felt sea sick and had 'glugging' in my ears. At the time I was given tablets by my GP and it cleared the vertigo up quickly. I still get glugging when I reach down for things on the ground but I've learned to live with it. I do know someone who had stents put in for glue ear when he was an adult. Just wondering if you have something similar going on?

    Hi, thanks for replying, I've since been diagnosed with a vestibular disruption and possibly some type of tonic tensor phenomenon, I'm due to have surgery to put botox in my ear on the stapedius muscle to see if that stops the clicking, I know this glugging noise you mean but its not that, I do get that sometimes, its like someone popping bubble wrap in my ear and other people can also hear it, drives me mad so hopefully the surgery will help.

    i hear a ringing noise, ive had it for almost as long as i remember, im only a young adult nd i wouldnt consider myself to have abused my ears with music although i used to listen to my i-pod a lot on full volume, but it was no where near loud enuf surely to bring this on, i cant think wot caused it for me, i also hear like a pumping in my ears when tryin to sleep, not realy relative to my heartbeat although similiar, the other thing i find is when theres a lot of noises for my ears to filter i.e a party it causes me a short term head ache/whining noise over the top of it all which is very distracting

    was nice to see that episode on loss of balance the other week it made such a difference to me been suffering vertigo,sickness,ringing in my ears as well as severe pain in both,dull hearing,stiff neck and the migrane thats been with me for 3 months now.so far iv had ct scan which was normal and a visit to ent who thought it was migrane related i am currently on amitriptyline for just over a week now and its certainly dulled the headache but its still there along with ringing in my ears and constant unsteadyness but the tablets can take a while to take affect so its a waiting game.dont think most people realise how this can affect your life am a single mum with 3 kids 1 of which is disabled and needs constant care which i simply couldnt cope with for 7 weeks and got very little sympathy from my doctor it was always wait another week,i have to say this has changed my life from being out going to a vertual recluse.





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    well so much for my medication iv been taken off it because it didnt agree with me not that it was helping,iv to wait a week now to see my gp for more medication but what i want is to be seen by neurologist or someone who can look into this for me instead of guessing whats wrong so this is what am going to ask when i do finally get to see my gp because this has ruined not only mine but my kids and familys lives,silly to say but am almost hopeing they find something so at least il know.

    Iv suffered tinnnitus in both ears for about 6years now and it was due to working in very loud clubs.Its a shame a job has caused me a lifelong and untreatable condition but i forget its m mthere half the time.I thankfully no longer do that job and the ringing has def improved.The worst it got was when my ears made all different noises like music and it was getting harder to hear people.Im 30 yr old female





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    hi am 18 girl who has eis ringing noies in my ears hate it .can u help me what is please





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    I've got this ringing in my ears and Ive had it for a long time, and I'm kinda used to it ow, but I was wondering, am I just overreacting? Or is it a more serious problem?





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