Tinnitus is common and can be a symptom of almost any ear problem, including ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, and injury from loud noises. Alcohol, caffeine, antibiotics, aspirin, or other drugs can also cause ear noises.
Diagnostic tests include:
* Audiology/audiometry to test hearing loss
* Head CT scan
* Head MRI scan
* Blood vessel studies (angiography)
* X-rays of the head'
I'd suggest you check out the link above, and then seek help from an ENT specialist to discuss diagnosis and treatment plans. In the meantime, you can learn ways to relax, avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoking and be sure to get enough rest. Does this help?
I have had tinnitus for so long I canât remember when it started. For many years I tried to find an answer. I had all the test done that rooted mentioned. All tests normal besides a cyst in my sinuses found in MRI.
My hearing test came back as super sensitive. The hearing is way to perfect. I can hear dog whistles and small metal objects being dropped from across the house. The sound of a heavy duty metal chain being handled is very painful.
The (I guess itâs called) pressure test in audiology did show signs of microscopic damage to the ear. All I know is they plug your ears up and your ear fills with pressure. After that the computer shows two lines that look like a stock timeline chart.
The ringing/buzzing is probably going on 24/7. You just donât notice it until you are in a quiet room. Which is usualy in the evening getting ready for bed? For me the ringing/buzzing is louder some nights than others. It can keep me awake. I wake many times during the night. I hate being in quiet areas or where high pitched sounds will occur. I canât stand the sound of a hundred or so people talking at the same time. Turn on a CRT TV/Monitor and I can hear it squealing. A flash in a camera charging is also irritating. I canât determine what makes it louder some nights.
So this is where I am at with it now. Sleeping an issue? Turn on a fan or get one of those sound generators (the ones with waterfalls, birds chirping, rain, etc....) That will help out a bit. Concentration an issue? I have not figured that one out yet. Through the VA I am trying out a new to the US treatment for this issue. Not even a year old in US yet. The Aussies have had it for awhile. It is called "Neuromonics tinnitus treatment" It is not a for sure cure to make it go away all together. It is intended to make it manageable. It seems to be helping a bit. Unfortunately for people like me there is no cure.
With all that said it is important to know that some medical issues can cause ringing. Mainly things having to do with the head (everything about it) and brain. Thatâs why it is important to get those tests. You are more than likely to end up like me. No medical issue causing the problem and no cure. When talking with a GP Doctor stress the fact that your ears are not in pain you just hear buzzing. For some reason they like to think it causes pain. When you get to the audiologist they will know exactly what you are talking about. There are even doctors that only deal with tinnitus. My doctor is one of those.
Interesting fact I discovered. 9 times out of 10 people with ringing/buzzing in the ears also have ADD/ADHD or bipolar.
Finally! You are the first person Ive heard explain me! I know your post is almost 4 years old now, but have you found relief with the treatments. Ive had my ENT actually say "I can't find anything wrong with you. Are you certain it's that bad and not just in your head?" Ya think? My response wasn't so sarcastic but I was argumentative. At the end of all the testing with normal results, the final diagnosis was tinnitus and there's not a cure or anything we can do.
I do have a couple of specific questions since you've described by hearing so well. Can you adjust the pressure in your ears by "making them click?" It's about the same as holding your nose and blowing to adjust your ears in a plane. The difference is I can do it in my head and have to many many times a day. Talk about causing anxiety. Click click click. I've even has friends put their ear to mine to see if they can hear it. Some have said they can but most not.
I always, 24/7, have two different tones but more often I have three and sometimes four. I've used a tone generating app on my iPad and replicated two of the tones and was almost startled both times when I actually heard it from another source constantly. The third is alway present and can only be described is similar to the noise you may hear on a very quiet night near or in the woods.
The fourth one is the oddest and doesn't happen all the time and the worst one to explain to people without being assused of it "is all just in my head". It's usually a midrange tone but laying quietly in the bed, or with ear plugs in, I can make the tone get louder with focus. If my focus is interrupted then it goes back to normal. I've had that tone so loud before to say its almost deafining. Talk about making a guy feel crazy!
I'm 41 now but this has been happening all my life. Before I attended loud concerts or had that "booming" car in high-school. Usually it's all chalked up to that but I don't buy it.
I hope this reply does reach you this many years later and I'm glad Google was bright enough to find it for me. And by the way, two years ago I was diagnosed with extreme ADHD. Two years if treatments have yet to make any difference yet but I now can put a name on what's been haunting me forever. I just wish the ringing would too - other than calling it tinnitus.
Believe it or not I just found the E-mail saying there were new posts to this. Was doing some E-cleaning and found this. My ears still ring. I just learned to realize it is not a major health issue and learned to ignore it. Still have to run a fan at night sometimes. I sought no other treatment since my mentioned visit to VA. The device I mentioned turned out to not really help at all. It was the understanding of the situation that made it manageable. It is also important to note that ADD/ADHD is not a defect whatsoever. It's just another thinking process. Once that is understood for yourself you can then control what is known as ADD and do amazing things with it. For another topic I guess. Still I urge for someone with Tinnitus to have those test run to rule out a medical problem causing the ringing. If nothing is found at all then choose to simply ignore it as best you can.