Can a Doctor Tell If Your Tinnitus Is Permanent or Caused by Drugs?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Bobby Sinatra, Oct 19, 2019.

    1. Bobby Sinatra

      Bobby Sinatra Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ambien Windrawal Suspected
      Hi everyone. I'm in my 3rd week trying to come to grips with my tinnitus.

      I am in benzo withdrawal, 7th week, and like many I've developed tinnitus. It came in week 4 after I went out to a club, it slowly started creeping on me and settled in.

      I will be seeing an ear specialist, just waiting for an appointment.

      Question for those who know - will the doctor be able to tell if the damage is permanent to the cochlear hair cells (can they look at it?) if I indeed damaged it by being in a loud club? Or is the diagnosis based strictly on subjective feedback?

      Thanks.
       
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    2. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
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    3. Star64
      Kick ass

      Star64 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Hi Bobby, sorry to hear you are experiencing tinnitus, it is a well documented symptom in benzo withdrawal. Have you currently finished your taper? I had noise induced tinnitus which was made worse by my current benzo withdrawal, I also have hearing loss.

      Have you experienced any hearing difficulties prior to benzo withdrawal? You should probably get your hearing checked out just in case, but there is a chance it maybe just due to withdrawal and that you have not damaged your hearing. However, if you frequently visit night clubs and have been exposed to other loud noise exposure you may well have damaged your hearing. Things could still settle down for you though, it is hard to tell.

      Glad you are going to get it checked out though, and in the meantime I would protect my hearing in noisy environments such as night clubs.
       
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      Bobby Sinatra

      Bobby Sinatra Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ambien Windrawal Suspected
      No difficulties prior to the benzo.
       

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