Has Going to the Doctor Ever Helped with Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Shrinking violet, May 7, 2016.

    1. Shrinking violet

      Shrinking violet Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection? Maybe.
      I've had tinnitus for 3 years this May and I've yet to see a doctor about it. I've been thinking about it though, and was wondering how other folk got on when they saw their GP. Did it help at all?
       
    2. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      It only helped when they gave me klonopin or xanax or something to deal with the depression. I screwed up by taking klonopin too long and now it increased my T.
       
    3. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      I can truly say My doctor was fantastic.
      My Menieres and tinnitus got fast tracked to ENT and had a MRI and tests and hearing test quite quickly .
      Has given me lots of support and would love him be my doctor for ever.

      I take him lots of info and leaflets and magazines from the BTA and keep him updated with info and the Tinnitus support group I run with another lady so he can refure them to us.
      Doctors get a raw deal but I could not wish for a better doctor regarding my Menieres,Tinnitus and sever asthma...lots of love glynis
       
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    4. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      I felt that I may as well have seen an Obstetrician for what it was worth.
       
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    5. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      Going to the doctor can help in someways, but there is no cure for this thing called tinnitus.

      A DR can help you with:

      hyperacusis issues
      can help you with choosing a hearing aid that can possibly mask the tinnitus.
      possibly seeing if you have an ear infection, that is making your tinnitus louder.

      DRs will not cure tinnitus, but they can help a little :)
       
    6. Purple Parrot
      Bookworm

      Purple Parrot Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015 - 3/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multiple: anxiety, childhood ear infections, loud music
      No. Doctor did nothing - in fact made it worse by making me panic about it and telling me there was nothing I could do about it. An ER nurse rolled her eyes at me and told me to "get over it"...

      I had far more success going to an osteopath and massage therapist.
       
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    7. Dave AUS
      Depressed

      Dave AUS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Adelaide, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Too Loud Indoor Rock Concert
      I got the advice to listen through the ringing and don't play the role of the victim.

      Gave me an ENT referral

      Started me on antidepressants and herbs. Call this help if you want. No fix......
       
    8. annabel16

      annabel16 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New England
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      I live a stone's throw away from an Eye and Ear Infirmary where people come from all over the world to receive the latest and greatest medical care, and I am sorry to tell you that no, I don't think that they helped me at all. I went within a few days of my trauma, perhaps it was too late to respond to prednisone. I'll never know. The only good thing about going is that I feel that I have tried.

      Going to a psychologist who himself has T + H is the very best thing I did.
       
    9. John G

      John G Member

      No help from docs here. My regular doc just pats me on my back and says I am fine. Ent says he cant do anything but prescribe nasal spray and come back in a years time for a follow-up. Although, did have an mri done not long ago. Issues with my neck/skull came up(which I beleive is the T cause) , but I have to wait a year to see a spine specialist . Bs.
       
    10. Natalie Roberts
      Haunting

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Didn't do any good. No one can tell me what's causing my tinnitus except a guess, possibly hearing loss, anxiety and stress. I have never been exposed to excessive sounds or anything else. Doctor's didn't do a damn thing.
       
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    11. Vaba
      Shitfaced

      Vaba Member

      Location:
      New New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Unknown
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Gradual, Progressive
      So far, I've gotten nowhere. I have 1/3rd the hearing loss that most T patients have - my VERY highest loss is 15db at ONE frequency (6kHz) at age 21 which still isn't classified as significant hearing loss - but I still have horrific T. The majority of my audiogram has a 0-5dB hearing threshold up to 16kHz (very sensitive hearing).

      Through extensive testing, I've figured out that there is no underlying pathology, no reason for my T - I just have a constant, meaningless screeching sound in my ears and one-sided (unilateral) agonizing ear pain/fullness/pressure.
       
    12. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Drugs barotrauma
      I went to the doctor when I got T from barotrauma, had a very very slight hissing T (could only hear in silence) with some ear pain, was prescribed ciprodex ear drops just in case there was a infection. A few days taking the drops I lost a lot hearing and from that day forward have tinnitus that has totally ruined my life. Man, if I had just not gone to the doctor or was informed enough to know that meds can cause hearing loss. Still can't believe that you can be handed this shit with absolutely no verbal warning from the doctor. I guess it's my fault for not doing my own research and trusting a doctor. I wonder how many lives they have destroyed.
       
    13. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      On Tuesday my GP gave me otomize ear spray because my ear canal looked red. One of the ingredients is nemeoycon which i beleive is otoxic so i won't be taking my chances with it. It was your story that i remmeber reading about and when she first said ear drops i thought of your story.
       
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    14. Nonna
      Barefooter

      Nonna Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/17/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies
      In the last 20yrs, I have always thought Many. Around here people go in for something else only to catch a deadly staph infection.
       
    15. Florida John

      Florida John Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise, and possible head trauma
      did anti depressant help? which one?
       
    16. Sorien
      Sad

      Sorien Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold?
      I think so, though his attitude wasn't all that great. Gave me medicine that started to help my ears pop. I also saw another dr and she was terrible.
       
    17. MrBonk

      MrBonk Member

      Location:
      Winchester, Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD/Insane sinus congestion/TMJ/mold allergy/dog bark??????
      Totally useless. Not only that, they couldn't even fathom as to where my Sinus issues come from. (I fucking woke up literally the same morning and I couldn't breath at all out of my nose.)
      All the stuff with my jaw and the fact that when I blow my nose a lot of times, the air gets forced directly into my left E.Tube. All i've heard is "You look totally normal, you've got amazing hearing" "Everything else could probably be TMJ related, you've got a really bad bite, you should see your dentist about TMJ"
       
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    18. fhs
      Fine

      fhs Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gun range
      Xanax which is ototoxic for tinnitus? :ROFL:
      They didn't help you.

      Find another doctor and you'll find out that your tinnitus was caused by blowing your nose too hard or depression so you need Xanax.
       
    19. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      The understanding Doctors have of side effects is very limited, and at times almost casual.
       
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    20. volsung37

      volsung37 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      GPs are pretty useless when it comes to tinnitus. They are gateways to ENTs who are also pretty useless when it comes to tinnitus. Basically they know there is nothing they can do and simply go through the motions.
       
    21. Kibakiru
      Magical

      Kibakiru Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 28 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown | PT: Tachycardia (Possibly)
      Eh. My doctor just said i was looking for attention and that my symptoms made no sense. Well, he sent me out the room(though I am 16 and should have been allowed to stay in when he said that) and told my mother that. So in my experience, no.
       
    22. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      Although my doctor wants to help he has no answers and unfortunately that's the truth
       
    23. Tweaker
      Sad

      Tweaker Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I found one doctor really helpful, who has now unfortunately retired. The other doctors I saw were of no more medical help than our refuse collectors.
      My advice is, keep going until you find a doctor who listens and is willing to prescribe medications, when necessary.
       
    24. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      problem is medications are not the long term answer and then most people are faced with other issue's due to the medications prescribed
       
    25. Asia88

      Asia88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      I went to the best guy in the country who's involved in researches, has recognition, etc etc

      he suggested playing music in the background at night and call him when i get meniere's (as if a natural development)

      that's it apart from multiple ENTs and GPs
       
    26. Paul10

      Paul10 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      The people who have been helped generally don't come on this forum (some do, but most don't, since they don't need help). I've been getting great help recently through the health service. I'm speaking to perhaps the top tinnitus specialist in my country. Feel free to PM me.
       
    27. MrBonk

      MrBonk Member

      Location:
      Winchester, Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD/Insane sinus congestion/TMJ/mold allergy/dog bark??????
      I never had the sinus issue with the air going into my ear until I got T. Everything was pretty much 100% normal before. And what's funny about that too, is that my left ear is the least problematic when it comes to T and hearing loss. All my issues are in my right ear mainly...even though my jaw/TMJ are more problematic in my left.
       
    28. Paul10

      Paul10 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      There is very little drugs related to mental health that are not listed as ototoxic. Also, ototoxicity relates more to hearing loss than T, though T can of course be a side-effect which often goes away once the drug is stopped. I really urge against warning people off drugs which their doctor has proscribed, especially in relation to mental health. I fell into this fear myself and avoided treatment. If we all avoided drugs which had the slightest chance of bringing on T, we would take nothing. It's best decided by patient and doctor.
       
    29. Tamalak
      Volatile

      Tamalak Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2011
      In my case, I would have figured out the solution to my T much faster than the 4 YEARS it took if I hadn't seen a worthless ENT.
       
    30. Blackneq

      Blackneq Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I'm sure it does for the majority of people but they don't end up on this forum :)
       

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