Need help ASAP

Discussion in 'Support' started by Natalie, Jan 21, 2013.

    1. Natalie

      Natalie Guest

      Hello my name is Natalie and for the past 3 days I have been experiencing unbearable tinnitus. I have had it mildly since I was 14 but now at 19 it suddenly has increased five times. I have not slept properly and it is very hard to focus on anything at all. I hear it ALL the time. I went to the movies last week and the theater was pretty loud. I have hyperacusis. However the person I was with tolerated it well. I got the extreme ringing about 2 days after going. I don't know for sure if this is what caused it but its the only thing I can think of. I feel like I can actually feel the T and not just hear it. I am dead tired and can not fall asleep at all. I need help, something has to change.
    2. Markku

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Tech Team Research Team Awareness

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      You need to go to a doctor.

      Preferably an ENT.

      For starters, it's very much possible the tinnitus will go down to its baseline level you are used to. Although nobody can predict the future with 100% certainty. Whatever the case, do not think you are doomed.

      I'm not sure how much steroids at this point would help - if at all, but ask your doctor about it.

      Also HBO (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) could be an option... Maybe ask your doctor about that too?

      This thread is still undergoing change, but there's something here:

      Sleep you need most. Some people need Xanax, Valium, Clonazepam or such to get through the beginning. I think this also applies to some cases where mild tinnitus has increased to all new level.

      At this point there's only so much we can do here on the forums, you just need to see a specialist who can check your hearing, do the usual tests, ask you the questions and prescribe you what you need right now.

      Update us soon!

      You are always welcome here.

      Healing wishes your way.
    3. Petloy

      Petloy Member Benefactor

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      Welcome Natalie, it may still go down to baseline, Markku is right see an ENT and get a hearing test too. From now on get some ear plugs, protect yourself if you are in a loud situation.
    4. Karen

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

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      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, Natalie,

      I agree with the above. Your tinnitus may go back down to what it was before, but going to a doctor is the best bet.

      I've been to several movies recently, and have noticed that the sound level seems to be louder than ever --- especially the movie trailers! What I've been doing, so as not to make my tinnitus any worse, is to put in my earplugs from the very start. Sometimes I've left the earplugs in for the entire movie, and could hear it just fine through the earplugs. That will tell you how loud movies are these days!! We need to start a grass-roots effort to get theatre owners to turn down the sound.

      Best wishes, and let us know how you are doing.
    5. Natalie

      Natalie Guest

      Thanks for your replies.
      Tinnitus is still going on today, loud and clear. I went to the doctor soon after posting the message. It was not an ENT, just a regular doctor. He checked inside both my ears and said everything looks fine so that rules out the possibility of an ear infection. I'm still hoping that it will go down.
      I have a long history with tinnitus. It started out as occasional buzzing in my ears when I was younger. When I took benadryl a couple of months ago it really aggravated it for a couple of days but it went down soon after. I have not taken any OTC stuff lately although I recently started taking vitamins. I doubt that vitamins could be causing this.
      I remember being barely able to tolerate a high school classroom because when it got a little too loud my ears would react by buzzing. Sometimes I would be on the verge of tears.I remember being baffled by this and when I told my parents they told me it was not big deal. I can't help but feel like there is a connection there...
    6. dan

      dan Member

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      Hi Nat, what does it sound like?
      Is it maskable? - if you can mask it with a fan or a tabletop sound machine, it could help you to sleep.
      Do not stay in total silence while you sleep for a little while.
      Tinnitus onset is complex. Given your prior history with tinnitus, its very likely that you have exacerabated it with the movie, various meds can be part of a global trigger.
    7. Natalie

      Natalie Guest

      hi dan it just sounds like a high pitched noise. it is very flat and doesn't really change.
    8. Markku

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Tech Team Research Team Awareness

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      How are you doing now? Has the tinnitus got better?

      I saw you were online and thought I'd ask :)
    9. Natalie

      Natalie Guest

      Yes it actually went down a lot a couple of days after my last post and I was able to sleep normally again. It has however increased this past week again and has managed to ruin my sleeping. I went to the ENT and he wants an MRI done which scares me. I don't really see the point of that. I mean how is an MRI going to help?
      Overall its not as bad as it was when I first posted here and I expect that if it continues like this I will one day get used to it. I think this forum is great by the way, I"m so glad I found it.
    10. Emma

      Emma Member

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      Is the MRI for the head or for the ear? the reason i ask is i needed a head mri. i told my ent i had gotten one recently. but he wants an mri of the ear specifically, he said it would show more detail.
    11. calin

      calin Member Benefactor

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      Oct 2011
      I had a brain MRI. Everything checked out just fine.

      One needs to rule out tumors and such which is the main reason for the test.

      If you have it done, then you can rule out brain abnormalities.

      Oh, take a relaxing drug (or happy drug) if you are not ok about being in close quarters! ;) But since you already had one, you know what to do.

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