Could Fluid Behind Eardrum Be the Cause of My Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Karam, Oct 15, 2016.

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    1. Karam

      Karam Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      22/07/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      So I was at the GP yesterday because I thought I had an ear infection but he looked through my ears and he told me 1 of them has fluid behind the eardrum and the other one is clear also no signs of infection, he told me to wait for the ENT appointment. I'm pretty sure my tinnitus is noise induced but I've got different tones.

      So could 1 of the tones (the low rumbling sound) possibly be caused by the fluid in the middle ear or not possible?
       
    2. GregCA
      Crappy

      GregCA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Possible
       
    3. Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      It could, yep. Best to wait and see what the ENT will say. Do you have edt?
       
    4. Mahr
      Tired

      Mahr Member Benefactor

      Location:
      The Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, probably hair cell damage
      It sure is possible! When is your appointment with the ent?
       
    5. stophiss

      stophiss Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      too full a life
      Unless someone can correct me, but I wouldn't believe an assessment by a GP that you have excessive fluid in your inner ear. Again, if someone can correct me, I would love to here. The reason is...all a GP can do is look in your ears for infection and external anomalies and he can't see beyond the ear drum. I believe an air percussion test is performed by an ENT to deduce excessive fluid in the middle ear.. Fluid is incompressible and changes the force/deflection of the ear drum and how this test works.

      There is probably somebody on here that knows a lot about this and please post to share if you would.
      Good luck OP
       
    6. volsung37

      volsung37 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      @Karam
      Fluid behind the eardrum can cause tinnitus. It is difficult to diagnose though. You can have fluid in the middle ear or fluid in the inner ear or both.
      Another possible cause of low rumbling sound is mastoiditis ie infection of the mastoid bone.
       
    7. Robert44

      Robert44 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud concert
      I have T on my right side. One time I had fluid behind the ear on my left side and had ringing on that side also. the ringing went away when it cleared up
       
    8. Karam

      Karam Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      22/07/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks people sorry for not replying, its best to wait for the ent, i will update when I visit them
       
    9. GregCA
      Crappy

      GregCA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      What the doctor checks is whether you have fluid in the middle ear (behind the ear drum).
      The doctor doesn't check what's in the inner ear. Having fluid in the inner ear is healthy: it's the normal state of the inner ear. The fluid is called endolymph and perilymph. Without it your hearing wouldn't work. Leaking that fluid (if you have a fistula for example) is bad.
       
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