Hissing Tinnitus After Nightmare Ordeal — Good Sign? (Photos Included)

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sugarpuddle, Jun 15, 2022.

    1. Sugarpuddle
      Worried

      Sugarpuddle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      So I've been through the war with my left eardrum. I had a sinus infection in November until March 2022. Which then developed into an ear infection which took 4 rounds of antibiotics and several months to get rid of. It was extremely stubborn. This is when the ringing and beeping tinnitus begun.

      I was then told I have a severely retracted eardrum. The eardrum was entirely sucked in. We're talking 95% retraction. The eardrum then blew a hole through itself and the pressure equalised. The perforation took 2 weeks to heal with the help of magnesium supplements which sped up the process a lot.

      Now my eardrum looks like this:

      Bad ear, eardrum bent:

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      Good ear:

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      (I purchased an ear camera from Amazon for £20 which has helped me keep an eye on the progress). I also had an MRI scan which came back 100% positive and clear apart apart from signs of high blood pressure.

      As of the last week, the left eardrum handle is bent (see photo) and I have hissing tinnitus now. The right eardrum which is healthy has a straight eardrum handle. I'm not sure why the problematic eardrum looks bent / sucked in still (if you have any opinions, please feel free to share them).

      I have been taking B vitamins complex which is good for nerve healing, and I have Cryotherapy treatment on Friday this week to see if the intense cold will help the inflammation.

      I'm hoping this isn't permanent. I'm hoping now it's gone down to a hiss / static noise in the last month that it's progress as I am mentally really tired of this. I noticed when I do the Valsalva maneuver my eardrum doesn't inflate all the way, only sections of it inflate.

      I'm just looking for some support really. Does anyone know why the eardrum handle might no longer be straight and seems to be being pinched in?
       
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    2. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Sugarpuddle
      Worried

      Sugarpuddle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      Anyone?
       
    3. Ken219
      Frustrated

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      @Sugarpuddle, you're asking a medical question. I wish you the best.

      "A retracted eardrum can sometimes resolve on its own. If treatment is needed, it may include nasal steroids, oral antibiotics, the placement of a temporary ventilation tube in the eardrum, or the surgical removal of enlarged tonsils or adenoids."
       
    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Sugarpuddle
      Worried

      Sugarpuddle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      Hi Ken. Yeah I've been dealing with these issues for months now. I'm mentally exhausted. From an ear infection, to an extremely retracted eardrum (almost entirely sucked in), to a perforation, to another ear infection, to my eardrum being slightly sucked in again. The tinny static tinnitus is really beginning to get annoying.

      I've sadly tried everything - from nerve medication to steroid tablets, sprays and drops. It's like the eardrum has collapsed and won't return to normal no matter what I do.
       
    5. Joe Cuber
      Irritated

      Joe Cuber Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      My guess is long-term noise exposure from earbuds
      Hi @Sugarpuddle - I wouldn't be able to answer your question. Came by to give you moral support. I hope your eardrum heals well.

      I was wondering if your ENT gave you any reasons. Did they give you a prognosis?
       
    6. cheoingwee

      cheoingwee Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise
      Do you feel any pressure, like congestion of fullness? I hope you won't end up like I did. I am still suffering form this fullness and congestion on and off.
       
    7. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Sugarpuddle
      Worried

      Sugarpuddle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      No prognosis. But I'm guessing ETD. My MRI came back completely normal. No tumours, scar tissue or anything worrying.

      However, since I've posted this I've found relief with antidepressants. I've been taking them for 2 days and my tinnitus has already gone down about 40% in volume. So it must have been some nerve damage from the perforations, infections and retraction.
       
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      AUTHOR
      Sugarpuddle
      Worried

      Sugarpuddle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      No none. Feels completely normal, I just have a sucked in eardrum slightly. However, since posting this, I started on antidepressants and the tinnitus volume in 2 days has already gone down about 40%. There's a noticeable difference in my tinnitus. So I must have had some nerve damage somewhere in my eardrum.

      I also checked with the camera and my eardrum is less sucked in today. It's slowly but surely healing.
       
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