If You Visited an ENT, Were You Satisfied with Your Experience?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Hil, Apr 2, 2016.

    1. Hil

      Hil Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I was not. The ENT only spent a few minutes with me, and didn't want to pursue the issues I brought up.

      A doctor years previously said I still had adenoid tissue -- which could be a factor in Eustachian tube dysfunction...the ENT dismissed it by saying it'd be "next to impossible" for me to still have adenoids as an adult.

      I also brought up the fact that simultaneous with my tinnitus starting (and ear pain & pressure) has been a "cr-crick" noise in one ear immediately following any high, sharp noise I hear. He was dismissive about that too saying that's just a muscle contracting and there's nothing that can be done about that.

      Said I had ETD due most likely to allergies, and to see an allergist. Said my tinnitus is a "quality of life" issue, but nothing is seriously wrong with me, medically. I felt kind frustrated that after waiting 2 months for an appointment, after only a few minutes of talking, I was out the door again.

      Incidentally, I saw an allergist since then, and the whole panel of tests came back negative. Which was confusing since I've had what I thought were allergies all my life. Then I found that allergy blood tests can yield false negatives. Not sure how common that is. There are also forms of non-allergic rhinitis (all the symptoms you associate with nasal allergies, but a different cause.)
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    2. Poyraz

      Poyraz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzos, Stress, Anxiety, Loud Music, Jaw Problems. Who knows
      As a person who has seen 3 different ENTs, I can pretty much say that I'm more educated than them in Tinnitus.
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    3. glynis

      glynis Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      I don't find allergy tablets helping my tinnitus only to help my breathing around pollen and grass and food allergies.
      Oral Steroids help both my lungs and ears but can only have them when my chest is bad but take inhaled steroids daily amongst my other inhalers ....

      It's hard when we gear ourself up to getting help with ENT with tinnitus but audiology seem to be more supportive .

      I can honestly say I had great support for my ears with ENT and audiology with Menieres and tinnitus but was a long time ago..
      I now see Specsavers audiology for my Duel purpose hearing aids that I had on the NHS ......lots of love glynis
    4. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Recurring theme the world over. ENT's aren't worth seeing. They have nothing to offer.
    5. linearb

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I've seen about seven different ENTs over the years.

      I'd say I've been very satisfied with one of them, found two of them acceptable, two of them unacceptable and two of them fairly wretched.
    6. bill 112

      bill 112 Member

      Republic Of Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      Been to multiple Ents and so called ear specialists and all I got was bad advice that I as a kid believed.The last one I seen I had to tell him what Hyperacusis was,I explained in detail what it was,got up shuck his hand and left as I knew he was going to be as much use to me as a snooze button on a smoke alarm.
    7. Dutchy
      Not worthy

      Dutchy Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neuronmodulation suggests noise induced?
      It's a formality basically,unless they can see an actual infection or blockage of your ear canal it's little of use.Even the audiologist was a very disappointing experience,i've learned much more on this forum and got loads of advice on coping and alternative remedies,not to mention people understanding your condition.
    8. Dennis MacDonald

      Dennis MacDonald Member Benefactor

      Bradenton, Fl
      Tinnitus Since:
      20 years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Below is the Google review I wrote regarding my visit to the touted Silverstein Institute in Sarasota, FL. What a joke from start to finish. I now work closely with my primary who has coincidentally has tinnitus. I won't waste my time again on an ENT until someone here get some positive results.

      "I went for TINNITUS or serious ringing in the ears. It was a complete waste of time. The institute talks a game about treating tinnitus but knows nothing at all about this affliction. Silverstein just looked for wax in my ears and ordered up a hearing test (which took a month to get). When I came back armed with some questions on drugs that might help he dismissed me and blew them all off with a shake of the head. He wouldn't even comment on why he dismissed them. He simply stated they would take care of it and wisked me off to the hearing aid center. I had perfect low frequency hearing, 95% in the clarity of understanding of words, and only a 30% loss in hearing in the high frequency hearing which coincidentally starts at the same frequency as my tinnitus. Really? I did try the $4800 hearing aids and returned them within the warranty period as they did absolutely nothing for my tinnitus. Oh, the total time Silverstein spent with me over the two visits was less than 10 minutes. Very disappointment to say the least."
    9. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I saw two shortly after my trauma. The first one was sympathetic and proactive, she put me on oral steroids and offered to do injection steroids in the eardrum (I regret not trying this but I didn't know any better at the time).

      The second one I saw who ironically has tinnitus told me it's likely permanent, get a masking hearing aid and learn to live with it. He told me 'don't bother looking for a cure, there never will be one', and 'we'll see you in a year'. Maybe he was right, and maybe he was a bit jaded since he had tinnitus too, but I liked the more proactive approach. I saw him right after the other doctor because of scheduling, and he just crushed the hopes I had of it going away.

      In reality there is very little help an ENT can do in most cases, and this is frustrating for the patient and the doctor.

      RONNE MARINO Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      My one and only experience with a ENT was a month after my T started Dec. 2015, He walked in said "Want the good news or Bad news first" I dont remember what I said, He said "This wont kill you,but there is nothing we have to offer you" There are lots of gimmicks out there dont waste your money, Nothing works, Just go home and learn to live with it, see you in six months, and by the way People have committed suicide over this condition, I could tell he tried to swallow his words, but I diffidently heard what he said, that was it...I thought he was cold and cruel ,No help at all...I will not be seeing him in Six Months, I am not happy but trying to cope as best as I can, coming to this site helps my anxiety, at least someone understands what I am feeling and I do take comfort in all of your suggestions and kind words...
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