Had Tinnitus for Years, But Now Loud "Engine Idling" Sound in One Ear!

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    1. Canyonmom

      Canyonmom Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I’m a 55 year old woman. I’ve had high-pitched tinnitus for several years now and I’d gotten used to it. But just recently, I developed a low-frequency “engine idling” sound in my right ear. It is much louder when it is quiet in the room. It is there all the time, even when I put earplugs in my ears! The earplugs seen to quiet it a little bit, but it is still there!

      It isn’t a flutter (I’ve had the flutter occasionally in the other ear and that is much louder). This is more like hearing a car or truck outside of my house idling its engine — low frequency and constant. It is NOT my heartbeat. It is a constant low frequency motor-like sound — similar to a piece of equipment that is always running. It is there in addition to the high-pitched buzzing I’ve been hearing all these years.

      Can hyperthyroidism cause this? After I got off hormones (I’m now post-menopausal), I had to adjust my level of Synthroid. I have Hashimoto’s (hypothyroidism) and suddenly on my last blood test, my TSH was extremely hyper (0.08) when it is usually around 1.50! I’m taking less Synthroid now, but it takes weeks for the body to adjust.

      Can SSRI’s cause this? I have been taking a small (15mg) dose of generic Celexa for years with no problems. Now I wonder whether it (along with taking no female hormones) may be causing this? I plan to talk to my doctor about possibly reducing my Celexa dose. Many years ago, I got really bad tinnitus (loud high pitched whooshing sound) when I had gotten off Zoloft. It took many weeks to disappear, but it did go away.

      I had a sinus infection last month, but antibiotics cleared it up. The doctor looked in my ear with a scope and said it looked OK to him — no fluid as far as he could see. However, he is specifically a sinus specialist. I have not seen an ENT or hearing specialist yet about this problem. This problem developed shortly after my sinus infection went away. But I was on Prednisone for a couple of weeks due to bronchitis that remained. Can Prednisone cause this????

      I’m hoping that the sound will go away once my TSH gets back into the normal range, but if it doesn’t I plan to see a doctor. Should I see an ENT or a hearing specialist or both?

      I appreciate your advice. Thank you in advance for your help!
    2. Lorac

      Lorac Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden profound hearing loss in left ear.
      Hi @Canyonmom,
      We have some things in common...I am also a 55 year old female with tinnitus. My tinnitus is due to a sudden loss of all hearing in my left ear a couple of years ago. Aside from the prednisone, I have no experience with the meds you have mentioned and I don't know whether or not they could cause tinnitus problems. I would visit an audiologist if you haven't done so yet. Hearing loss and tinnitus seem to be pals. Anyway, welcome to Tinnitustalk and I hope your tinnitus goes away like it did for you before.

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