Anyone's Ear Fullness Disappeared After a Year? Looking for Success Stories

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    1. makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have had intense aural fullness for almost a year and I’m losing hope. Most accounts I read say that their ear fullness was only an issue early on, and resolved relatively quickly - within a few of months.

      Have any members had fullness for over a year and improved? Did you find anything that helped? I have just started bioflavonoids, any other suggestions are welcome.

      I had no issues with pressure until i developed pulsatile tinnitus - a month after my ‘normal’ tinnitus appeared.
       
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    2. NYCGuy
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      Location:
      NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck, Jaw or Stress, who knows.
      Mine went away after 6 months but it still comes and goes. I found out that the hearing loss makes the ear create that fullness sensation, at least for me.

      When I feel my ear is full, I put my hand over that ear or the other ear and the sensation goes away.
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      That’s interesting, covering my ear does help the fullness feeling, but it doesn’t make it go away completely. I’ve had this fullness pretty much 24/7, it’s driving me a bit crazy tbh.

      I’m worried the fullness will be permanent if it’s caused by hearing loss, particularly because there has been no improvement. My right ear is worse hearing wise, although I only have mild hearing loss. I also do ok in speech recognition, that’s within normal range. I just don’t feel like the level of hearing loss I have should create such an intense pressure.

      Do you have pulsatile tinnitus and does it correlate with your fullness?
       
    4. Mi1

      Mi1 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 months
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      firework
      Mine went away after 2,5 years...
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      So happy to hear it resolved for you. Sorry it took you 2.5 years though.

      Do you have any hearing loss? I see your tinnitus was caused by acoustic trauma. I’m not sure what caused mine.
       
    6. NYCGuy
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      Location:
      NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck, Jaw or Stress, who knows.
      I hear people saying hearing aids stop the fullness feeling instantly.
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Have you tried hearing aids @NYCGuy? How bad is your hearing loss?
       
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    8. carlover
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      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      Get your hearing tested. When I put my hearing aids in, the fullness instantly goes away and when I take them out, within a few seconds it is back.
       
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    9. Benjaminbb

      Benjaminbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely long term noise exposure, combined w pandemic stress
      Mine faded over 18 months. That was 13 years ago.

      Didn’t correlate with hearing loss at all. As far as I’m aware, fullness is some kind of symptom/reaction that most commonly comes on with a sudden change like acoustic trauma.

      Many people who have regular hearing loss don’t get fullness whilst many people without hearing loss do. Really depends on the cause.
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I’m thinking that the fullness might be because I lost a fair chunk of hearing in one go. I hope my brain can figure it out soon(ish). The pressure can be painful at times.
       
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    11. Juan

      Juan Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      My ear fullness comes and goes depending on noise exposure, and sometimes there is just ear fullness for no apparent reason.
       
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    12. Benjaminbb

      Benjaminbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely long term noise exposure, combined w pandemic stress
      Why do you think you lost a fair chunk of hearing in one go? Is there a test you’ve done to support that?

      I’ve had moments where I’ve (crazily) believed that before during an anxious period, however it’s close to impossible unless you’re talking an explosion or 150 dB. It likely wouldn’t leave a significant permanent mark once recovered from the trauma.

      As mentioned, lots of people have fullness from different ear issues.
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Yeah so I had an audiogram done in July and all frequencies were between 0 & 10 dB. A few months later another test showed a dip from 4-8 khz - all frequencies below 15 dB, with the biggest dip at 4 kHz being 35 dB.

      I had no significant noise trauma which is the most scary part.
       
    14. TomBradyGOAT

      TomBradyGOAT Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows
      Have you tried to get your neck muscles checked? There could be tension you don't know about.

      Honestly I find the Tympanic Resonance Hypothesis to be very fascinating. Look it up and see if it matches you. It is a long read, but described me and most of my symptoms to a T. If you have a fear of sound, honestly who wouldn't after being on here, I wonder if some people have a knee jerk reaction to clenching their muscles in response to sound. Dry needling of Trapezius/occipital have really shown me, how much, lower muscles can affect the upper ones. I interacted with the author. He said it could be a three way relationship. If this isn't you, I am sorry.
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Very interesting, this actually sounds like me. When my tinnitus began, I became increasingly aware of the tension in my jaw and neck, particularly the right side where I get the fullness. No matter how much I massage it, the tension remains.

      Really appreciate the suggestion. I will read up on it. A long read actually sounds quite nice, these days I have too much free time on my hands.
       
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    16. TomBradyGOAT

      TomBradyGOAT Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows
      If I massage my neck muscles enough, fluid drains, from ear/sinuses.
       
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    17. Benjaminbb

      Benjaminbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely long term noise exposure, combined w pandemic stress
      Yeah that is exactly where a 'noise notch' appears after years of abuse, not suddenly.
      This is strange.

      It's quite possible you've always had it or it was an incorrect audiogram. Not sure how else that could happen, either way if it was hearing loss, fullness could still fade as it's usually correlated with the initial cause, not the hearing loss itself.

      Re: this 4-8 kHz dip suddenly appearing, this exact scenario happened with me, but it turned out to be the audiologist added a 25 dB noise notch at 4-6 kHz in one ear that wasn't there. I don't know if their intention was to sell a product or they were lazy, but ultimately they were wrong.

      I had 3 other audiograms at different locations that ear was at 0 dB - 5 dB across that range. Like you, I was obviously confused and upset when I found out, but quickly learned it was false.

      In your case, it is also possible that with the first test you had, the audiologist was lazy and kinda skipped over the bad ear after seeing the first was good. Thus the 2nd audiogram discovered the truth.

      Have you had a second opinion?

      I've never seen someone getting a sudden noise notch over a short period without an explosion or acoustic trauma (usually temporary hearing loss). You can obviously get other types of hearing loss suddenly, but a noise notch is very specific.

      Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
       
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    18. ZFire
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      ZFire Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011 (mild) & 04/2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      I’m starting to notice I get ear fullness if I’m wearing earplugs for an extended duration (1 hr at least). Once I take the plugs off, the fullness in my left ear sets in.
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      So at my first audiogram, my right ear had the worst tinnitus, but my hearing was better in that ear regardless. Both ears were measured and a conductive hearing test which was in line with the other test done through headphones.

      Obviously, I cannot speak for how well the audiologist did her job, but she herself had tinnitus and I felt she was quite thorough and probably gave me some of the best advice I’ve had to date. This was at a private place who are quite keen to get people hearing aids for obvious reasons, so it would seem a bit unusual.

      I then had my second audiogram done, and a third one shortly after with the same results - the notch from 4-8 kHz.

      I might be completely wrong, but I believe my hearing loss happened around a month after my normal tinnitus, and it was accompanied by the fullness, sever nausea, and pulsatile tinnitus. This might be unusual, but it sits best with my experience. I think my normal tinnitus was the precursor to my hearing loss.

      I have found myself turning up the radio slightly when there are other noises around& things sound pretty dull out my right ear now, when they didn’t at onset.

      I am pretty confused tbh, and very upset that after 10 months of waiting on an ENT I have now been discharged without even being seen. I’ve been left guessing what happened to my hearing, seems like I’ll never get the answer.
       
    20. AUTHOR
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Yes, my ear fullness improves with earplugs, and is far worse after I take them out.
       
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    21. TomBradyGOAT

      TomBradyGOAT Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows
      I have done about four audiograms over 3 years. It is scary how mine match exactly the same over three years. Basically perfect, even the extended have matched. No hyperacusis. LDLs we're up 100+, yet I have intrusive tinnitus. Kinda throws a dent in the only reason intrusive tinnitus happens is because of hyperacusis.
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Can you link your tinnitus to any major noise event? Given how unique each individual case is, it’s no wonder they haven’t fully figured it out yet. I’m hoping that at least one of the treatments in the pipeline at least helps lower the volume. Trying to manage expectations though.

      In order to move on from this I’ve decided that I either need the volume to decrease, or the fullness to go away. Although obviously I’d prefer both lol.
       
    23. TomBradyGOAT

      TomBradyGOAT Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows
      No, no noise events. I don't wear headphones, I hate concerts, I listened to sports talk. I really feel it was from Prozac or weaning from benzos or Anafranil.
       
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