It Comes and Goes In Phases!

Discussion in 'Support' started by FuzzyFrey, May 12, 2015.

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    1. FuzzyFrey
      Dreaming

      FuzzyFrey Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sustained loud noise through headphones
      Hey guys, long time no speak! Last time I frequented these boards I was going through some new T phases and symptoms. Sometimes this 'new' ringing comes in my right ear, sometimes my left. I had a hunch my middle ear was something to do with it.

      I finally got to see an ear/nose/throat specialist in April. She did some hearing tests (came back fine!) and also removed ear wax to rule out the 'blocked' feeling I've been having. The blocked sensation is still there, so it only confirms my latest T is middle ear related. Other symptoms that assume this are that I occasionally get ear pressure pains - and also whenever I suck my ears in, the tinnitus noise either disappears - or disappears from one ear and appears in the other ear! When I return pressure to normal - it goes back to what it was. It is bizarre - does anybody else here experience similar symptoms?

      I've had an MRI scan as well but haven't got the results yet. One other bothersome symptom is that sometimes I hear a whistling sort of noise (usually in one ear) that accompanies noises coming in - be it people talking, listening to music or even the tapping noises from me typing on this computer keyboard. I'm sure I'm not the first to experience a symptom like this, but I don't know what it's called. It's hard enough to describe as it is!

      The ENT suggested that these symptoms are all cyclical, and this is definitely true. On some days I am not bothered at all by the symptoms as they are minimal, but on other days they are more pronounced and that gets me stressed out again. I'm not sure what my next step will be other than to tell this to the ENT when I next see her but that won't be for a fair few weeks. Thanks for reading :)
       
    2. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2011
      Did the ENT perform a tympanometry test? This tests middle ear function.
       
    3. FuzzyFrey
      Dreaming

      FuzzyFrey Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sustained loud noise through headphones
      She did yes. The left ear and right ear both reacted differently.
       
    4. marqualler
      Nerdy

      marqualler Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      Hi @FuzzyFrey--I have had somewhat similar symptoms with my tinnitus--it appeared with an ear infection and lessened in intensity over time but has remained. Although I had heard numerous accounts that unilateral tinnitus will eventually turn into "full head" or both ear tinnitus, that has not happened to me yet. I also continue to have some "autophony" symptoms in my left ear (the tinnitus ear) that are less than they were months ago but still persist. I am planning on going back to the ENT I originally saw who insisted that surgery on my left middle ear could resolve these symptoms and possibly ease or resolve the tinnitus as well as I continue to have mild middle ear pain that feels like inflammation in that ear. I definitely have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction in both ears so that is a factor.

      Best wishes to you!
       
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    5. FuzzyFrey
      Dreaming

      FuzzyFrey Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sustained loud noise through headphones
      Thank you Marquallar, glad you understand where I am coming from :) I guess I just allow myself to get upset about these things because I am not the patient type - though when I am in a good mood I don't let myself get bothered too easily anyway. I don't know what started these middle ear problems last autumn, they just sort of came and have developed since then - but I have had a long history of middle ear issues I did not get properly diagnosed with by the audiologist. One of them was autophony like symptoms but present in one ear. It hasn't got better or worse in the five years I have had it (five!). So the ENT is definitely the person to speak with on this one.

      She didn't think grommits or surgery may be necessary. She asked me if I thought a nasal spray could work - but I am dubious as to whether it can or not. I guess we're just going through a long and drawn out process of elimination.

      Best wishes to you too!
       
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    6. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2011
      How so? Different pressures or peak intensities?
       
    7. FuzzyFrey
      Dreaming

      FuzzyFrey Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sustained loud noise through headphones
      I don't remember. I think it was peak intensities but don't quote me on that.
       
    8. RicoS
      Confused

      RicoS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress or Acoustic trauma

      I view days back I posted the same thing I also have this blocked sensation and the "how you call it" whisteling noise that comes in together with other sounds. In a silent room it seems like my middle ear goes in hypermode and make the inside of my left ear feel warm. I only have it in on ear though.
       
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    9. FuzzyFrey
      Dreaming

      FuzzyFrey Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sustained loud noise through headphones
      Of course! It is hearing distortion.... I should have realised this. I already had a different kind of hearing distortion in my other ear for nearly six years. It's caused by something entirely different, but the same rules apply to how it affects me.
       
    10. RicoS
      Confused

      RicoS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress or Acoustic trauma
      Yes I also think it is hearing distortion. I also notice that to much focus on it makes it worse. :unsure: So better not do that o_O
       
    11. FuzzyFrey
      Dreaming

      FuzzyFrey Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sustained loud noise through headphones
      Yes, I know ^^. Focusing on it makes a big difference. Problem is when you get stressed or angsty about it you focus on it more! Hehe. :p
       

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