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Four weeks ago, on a Friday, I woke up with minor ringing/buzzing in my right ear. Over the course of that day/weekend it got increasingly worse and by the following week, it was so loud that I couldn't concentrate.

I went to an ENT who tested my hearing (it was fine, I'm 37 with no history of hearing problems) and did blood work (also fine). He concluded that it "must be a virus in your ear and will likely go away". He prescribed Prednisone which I took for 9 days and that's all I've done.

It's been four weeks now with little improvement. The ringing HAS subsided a bit (I've even had days of complete silence) and is no where near as bad as it was the first two weeks, but it's still exceptionally annoying (especially at night). I have NO other symptoms (no dizziness, no pain, nothing) and was wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them. That is, constant ringing in one ear for a month.

I understand it takes a while for a virus to work itself out, I just don't want to be sitting idly if I'm risking long-term problems. I'm also trying to get some info on how long these things typically last so that I can keep myself from getting overly-anxious with thoughts like, "oh geez I hope this isn't forever!"

Thanks.
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replied March 6th, 2008
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Strange noises or occasional ringing in the ears can occur temporarily if there is an underlying cause such as a middle or inner ear infection, or a build-up of wax. These conditions are temporary because usually when properly treated the problems disappear. If the ringing re-visits you anytime soon, you might consider tinnitus as a possible cause. Tinnitus can be caused by noise damage, stress, hypertension, allergies or stress, or Meniere's disease.
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replied July 14th, 2010
I have it too I think
Oh my god thAnks for that the same thing jet happened to me I just woke up with a ringing in my eas when I hear high pitched voices it inhances I'm 20 years old and I have been freaking out like thinking I have a toumor or something it dose t hurt well Mabey a little bit I have to sleep wit the tv on so that I can drown the nose out thanks so much for the post pls reply..
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replied July 14th, 2010
yogahoneybunny wrote:
Strange noises or occasional ringing in the ears can occur temporarily if there is an underlying cause such as a middle or inner ear infection, or a build-up of wax. These conditions are temporary because usually when properly treated the problems disappear. If the ringing re-visits you anytime soon, you might consider tinnitus as a possible cause. Tinnitus can be caused by noise damage, stress, hypertension, allergies or stress, or Meniere's disease.
I'm not going to the doc till Monday do u have any sugguestions on what to do until then??
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replied July 14th, 2010
yogahoneybunny wrote:
Strange noises or occasional ringing in the ears can occur temporarily if there is an underlying cause such as a middle or inner ear infection, or a build-up of wax. These conditions are temporary because usually when properly treated the problems disappear. If the ringing re-visits you anytime soon, you might consider tinnitus as a possible cause. Tinnitus can be caused by noise damage, stress, hypertension, allergies or stress, or Meniere's disease.
I'm not going to the doc till Monday do u have any sugguestions on what to do until then??
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replied July 14th, 2010
yogahoneybunny wrote:
Strange noises or occasional ringing in the ears can occur temporarily if there is an underlying cause such as a middle or inner ear infection, or a build-up of wax. These conditions are temporary because usually when properly treated the problems disappear. If the ringing re-visits you anytime soon, you might consider tinnitus as a possible cause. Tinnitus can be caused by noise damage, stress, hypertension, allergies or stress, or Meniere's disease.
I'm not going to the doc till Monday do u have any sugguestions on what to do until then??
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replied July 17th, 2010
Its bad whatever the reason is. Let me tell you,better try & get to the root, cause years later you can still be talking about this. Its serious.
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replied October 17th, 2010
Im 15 and i suffer from this.I have history of migranes but then starting going away until one week i had a massive attack of headaches all week. I went to the hospital for it, but after that week i was left with constant ringing in the ears. That happened in June and it is now October. I have had not one moment of silence and right now as im writing this im waiting to be taken to the ER because it is so loud. I just recently had an MRI and i had tests done and i have slight hearing loss in my left ear. I rarely ever listened to loud music. Im awaiting the MRI result and praying for the best.
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replied March 7th, 2011
I went to the doctor for this. I have a faint ringing in my right ear only, I can really only hear it if it's silent in the room, but it's been about two months, and I'm terrified of losing my hearing. The doc checked my ear for wax buildup, or fluid behind the eardrum, etc, and I was fine.

She said it was probably fluid in the eustachian tube - which is by far the most common cause of these symptoms. She prescribed a nasal spray (your ears, nose and throat are all connected!) If it doesn't go away in a month, she recommended I go to an ENT specialist to get checked for an acoustic neuroma (these non cancerous tumors that form in one ear.) HOWEVER....if tinnitus or ear popping is really the only symptom, it's probably not a tumor or Meniere's or anything like that. My doc said that if something was really wrong with your inner ear, you'd be dizzy, and possibly in pain or nauseous, too.

Best of luck! I totally relate to the "I hope it's not forever!" anxiety. I'm a musician! I need my ears to work properly.
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replied March 7th, 2011
May I suggest you getting checked for TMJ jaw joint dysfunction? That's the cause of my tinnitus/hearing impairment. I never had any ear problems before. The only cause of them is the TMJ, which is being treated by a Neuromuscular Dentist. Tinnitus is very common, and if, like me, it was an overnight thing where your jaw went out of place and hit an area of blood vessels and nerves just behind the ear, then seeing the Neuromuscular Dentist just for a consultation to rule that out might be your best bet. Some people don't have ear symptoms for TMJ, just pain. I'm the complete opposite, and there are many people like me who have the same TMJ symptoms, as the TM joints are so close to the ear. I've had tinnitus in both ears for over 4 months now, and I'm only a first year university student, 18 years old. If you'd like any advice on how to deal with TMJ, please contact me. I wish you the best, and hope that you fully recover sometime in the near future.
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replied September 27th, 2012
ringign tmj
hi, could the ringing happen with in two hours if it is tmj, have an apt on the 4th any insight would be great
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replied May 1st, 2011
Ringing in ear caused by TMJ
I have been having facial pain, headaches, and muscular pains around my jaw for over 6 months now. And just a few days ago, I have started hearing ringing in my right ear. Doctor said this might be an issue with my TMJ and would like to get any advice to deal with this issue. Will I hear this annoying noise for the rest of my life?
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replied May 1st, 2011
I would like to think that you will not. Honestly, from what I've seen, most people have their tinnitus almost 100% resolved, so you have every reason to stay positive. I'm only 18 and I've had it for 6 months now, and it has gotten so much better, along with exercise, proper eating habits, and a medication from the Neurologist I've been using called Nortriptyline. I went from being suicidal to finding ways to manage and function like a normal human being! You have every reason to look forward to the same results. Please, friend, do not despair. It will become manageable, and I'm sure you will find a proper resolution. Moreover, science keeps improving, and there are really efficient treatments/research coming out. One of the most promising is stem cells. Remember to research the positive articles published about our condition, as they give us a hope for the future. May I ask where you live? If in the states, which state? The reason I am asking is because I know a few places in the states that have Neuromuscular Dentists. You MUST see a Neuromuscular Dentist, not just any TMJ specialist. I saw a "doctor" who claimed to be a TMJ specialist. He was a fraud, and left me suffering further. He gave me tinnitus and hearing loss. If you would feel more comfortable discussing this in private, please send me a private message and I will do my very best to help you. Take care for now.
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replied November 5th, 2011
Right ear ringing
I'm 20 and I have the same problem. The ringing randomly started in my right ear, with a bit of discomfort, which I thought was because I had a cold. The pain and cold went away but I still have ringing in my ear...it's been 2 months now! I've been to 2 different doctors who both checked my ear and said they couldn't see anything and to just ignore it :/ I am getting used to it now, in the daytime any way - but I don't want to HAVE to get used to it! It's worst at night when I'm trying to sleep...it's seems so long ago that I heard silence Sad
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replied November 5th, 2011
samigraham: I have had it for just over a year now. You may have to live with it for a while, but I know that one day, none of us will have to. It will be cured. We just need some patience, and to see the right doctors. It was hard for me, too, but what you need to do is get a medication prescribed that will bring down the volume of it. I was on Nortriptyline, and it brought down the volume by 75-80%. I can now function like a normal person, and it changes all the time (the ringing, that is). It's never the same. And when I start to study, it turns into a "sensation" (fuzzy feeling in my brain) rather than a "sound". Don't give up hope. You have every reason to be look forward to improvement. I didn't want to accept it in the beginning either, but once you do, and once a medication helps you out with it, you can even forget that it's there, most of the time. And even when I know it's there and sometimes it flares up from lack of sleep, it barely bothers me. Meditation helps as well to strengthen your mind and focus. Don't worry. Things WILL get better. I didn't think that they could, even when I was hopeless, and it made me suicidal. It DID get better, and I'm sure it will for you too. Be strong.
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replied November 5th, 2011
Thanks for your wise words Jawzandringing890...I will go to the doctor once again and get some medication once and for all...third time lucky maybe!
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replied December 14th, 2011
HI All. Just wondering if anyone who has the ringing also when they speak too loud, or while they are eating and the knife and fork hit the plate, and or when then hear a moderate level sound get a kind of like Kazoo sound in the ear they hear the ringing in?? even to hum load it is like having wax paper on a tin can buzzing as well as the ringing??
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replied March 21st, 2012
Ringin in ears
Hello Everyone. I have been suffering from Ringing mostly in my right ear for about a month or so. It started with a flight to vacation where I got sick and then flew home sick. I always have bad experiences with ears popping when flying but this time was really bad. When I got home, I started feeling better but developed ringing in my ear. I went to doc and was prescribed antibiotics because she said my ear was infected but they did nothing to help the ringing. That was 2 weeks ago and I just called to make another appointment to go back in. I'm starting to get very scared that this may never go away.
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replied April 30th, 2012
Hello everyone, I'm 14 and woke up with loud high pitch ringing in my right ear, bow, it sometimes gets extrwmly loud for like 10 seconds then visa back to its orifinL annoying ring, this isn't some kind of brain tumor right? O listen to no music or any damage to my ear
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replied April 30th, 2012
Hello everyone, I'm 14 and woke up with loud high pitch ringing in my right ear, bow, it sometimes gets extrwmly loud for like 10 seconds then visa back to its orifinL annoying ring, this isn't some kind of brain tumor right? O listen to no music or any damage to my ear
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replied July 5th, 2012
Similiar Problems...Please Help
I have had this problem for 13 years now, I also get bad vertigo if I over do it on exercising. My right ear is the most affected and loss of hearing already but my left side of my face is what hurts. I have been to allergist, eye specialist, ENT and a dentist (who pulled a tooth thinking that was the problem!) specialist and they all say structurally everything is fine?! If so why then am I still dizzy (on a normal day it feels like I am constantly on an elevator)and the ringing is driving me nuts. The facial pain comes and goes, but I don't understand why I am having these issues if no one can figure out what is wrong. Its very depressing. I go see a neurologist soon and pray that he can give me some answers?! Any other suggestions?
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