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    1. Mikki

      Mikki Member

      Location:
      Wales UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear wax embedded in ear canal
      Hi all, my symptoms started in the first week of 2019 after months of ear wax build up. It started with a very mild hiss in my right ear. Initially, it was a muffled sound as the wall of wax kept it at bay. At this stage, I could manage sleep by pressing my ringing right ear hard against the pillow.

      Eventually, I went to my doctors and had both ears irrigated. My left ear cleared completely however my right ear kept ringing constantly. This caused me great anxiety and a certain amount of panic set in and I began to struggle to sleep. At this point, I started to read about the subject on the tinnitus.org.uk site. This gave me hope but still the noise dragged on and on. The tips to control my condition did help. I stopped the booze and started drinking decaf tea and coffee.

      As suggested online, I bought a sleep mask with-in built speakers to aid my sleep. These worked a treat for a couple of weeks but eventually the heat generated by my face and forehead disturbed my rest so I pushed the boat out and bought a set of Sleepbuds. These really helped my sleep patterns (in my opinion). Although I tend to wake up briefly every couple of hours during my sleep, I do manage to get a good seven hours or so most nights which is a godsend. Without sleep I really don’t believe I could function.

      My next move was to visit my doctor once more to remove excess wax deep inside my ear canal (right ear). The irrigation made me very dizzy so it was stopped before I keeled over. I then paid to visit an ENT Consultant at a local hospital to get the offending wax removed by suction. This was successfully done but my ears and headspace felt full of a kind of electrical field. This lasted for a couple of weeks. Eventually, the sounds scaled down to a point where I could happily ignore for most of the time but not during sleep.

      However, around 10 days ago I was lightly sanding a floor in my home and wore over head and over ear noise protectors. After half an hour I removed them and the head and ear blast returned and I was back to square one.

      The odd day in seven my symptoms mildly annoy me but for the rest it’s constantly there, affecting everything and anything I do or watch. As I’m retired, I find myself clock-watching all day and really try hard to do the stuff I like to do like walking, diy-ing, gardening and listening to music etc. I’m now a stickler for ear protection measures. I love attending live music events and have bought a set of “Earpeace” devices (Silicon) to filter the sounds. I hope they work.

      Finally, I have an appointment at my local hospital this Friday for an audiology test. I’m almost wishing they find a problem so I can take steps to minimise this constant companion.

      Thanks for bending your ears - so to speak.
       
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    2. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
    3. Contrast

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Retrovile
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      injury from noxious noise
      If ear wax is removed and tinnitus doesn't goes away then ear wax was only a trigger but not the tinnitus root cause.

      Do you have a history of noise exposure, loud music, concerts, loud cars?

      Any medications recently that may have caused it?

      Any history of head trauma?

      Any genetic hearing loss in your family?

      There are rare cases where removing ear wax through irrigation can go wrong and damage hearing which causes tinnitus.
      http://www.tinnitusjournal.com/arti...resulting-from-cerumen-removal-procedures.pdf
       
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    4. Cape crusader
      Cool

      Cape crusader Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/18/18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction ear wax removal
      Don’t ever get microsuction for ear waxing removal. Ruined my ears.
       
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      Mikki

      Mikki Member

      Location:
      Wales UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear wax embedded in ear canal
      Thanks for responsing.

      Since retiring I’ve used a lot of power tools. I have almost always worn ear protection. But not always. I’ve also been to quite a few live concerts over the preceding two years. No head traumas though.

      My ear wax build up problems have been with me for most of my adult life. They came to a head when I took a long haul flight last October (12 hours). I couldn’t hear properly for a month or so. My tinnitus ear (side) definitely struggles with high pitched sounds so my audio test hopefully will reveal something.
       
    6. Contrast

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Retrovile
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      injury from noxious noise
      Audio test aren't even accurate. Hearing loss is always worse then what they are revealing because synapses and nerves in the inner ear are more vulnerable than the sensory hair cells. But you successfully confirmed your tinnitus stems from hearing loss.
       
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