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    1. Flyer

      Flyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2015
      Wow.

      This forum has been so helpful already.

      I truly feel for many people here dealing with T for years.

      I just woke up with T about 2 weeks ago.

      Left ear only (I think)
      - High pitch sound
      - Gets louder if I yawn
      - Gets louder if I jud out my jaw
      - gets louder if I bend down to pick something up
      - gets louder if I turn my head left. No impact turning right....
      - feel "slight" discomfort in left ear...I would not say pain

      sitting at desk , watching tv, not that bad. No issues sleeping. Almost seems good when I wake up but as soon as I start going...it is there.....

      I have my appt with my ENT this week and after all my reading I am getting quite worked up

      - supposedly the 1 sided T is bad ??????


      Reading CT Scan radiation is three the roof, wondering if that is what he will want to do.

      In total freak out mode at the moment (even though I am 48 years old)

      Any coaching/advice would be really appreciated
       
    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Welcome to the forum. As far the reason for your 1 sided T and whether you have some health issue with the ears, your ENT is probably the one to tell you. We can only guess. TMJ? Eustachian tube? But having T in 1 ear only is quite common, or one ear much more than the other. The good sign is that your T though stressful to you is not 7/24 type. It also doesn't bother you to the point you can't sleep. Take whatever positives you can get from this T bully. The struggle with T is often mental as well as physical. Read up the success stories to know that people do get better but it takes time. The initial stage is often stressful due to the fear of uncertainty. Let the ENT examine you and see if there is a medical reason for your T first. Don't panic.
       
    3. James Brown
      Sporty

      James Brown Member

      Location:
      Portugal
      Tinnitus Since:
      09-1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposition
      Your T it's a copy of mine...try to press your temper and you will see the noise increase. Try to press the top of your head. Mine also increases when I open my mouth, turn my head left, when I chew strong and for 15 years I just had it at the left side.
       
    4. Flyer

      Flyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2015

      Thanks for the support....
       
    5. Flyer

      Flyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2015

      If you do not mind me asking, what did your ENT say when you 1st got it ?

      Did they do ct scan and mir ?
       
    6. Kathi
      Balanced

      Kathi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ/USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/30/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      HFHL and stress
      Hi @Flyer --I have unilateral tinnitus--and I am grateful that I don't have this noise in both ears-yet. Tinnitus is so unpredictable--it cycless all the time for me. From ultra high frequency electrical sound, to EEEEE to spiking sound to a little squeak. Sometimes it moves into the center of the back of my head. My second ENT had me have an MRI w/ and w/o contrast. I'm fine. For unilateral T they just want to make sure that there's not a tumor (very rare).

      If I were you, I would do my best to just not pay any attention to it or fixate on it. Do not do anything to reinforce your fears. Stop trying to analyze what makes it worse and get on with living your life. You will most likely get better. If you don't, then we'll still be here to help.

      Best wishes.
       
    7. James Brown
      Sporty

      James Brown Member

      Location:
      Portugal
      Tinnitus Since:
      09-1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposition
      In 1998 my ENT said, learn to live with it. that's what I am doing for almost 20 years. Other thing I have in common with you, I sleep well too. It looks when I sleep my brain disconnects, the problem is when I wake up.
       
    8. Ken219
      No Mood

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      @Flyer , Don't freak out. Go with facts. Get your tests. Protect your hearing at all costs, Concerts, earplugs, events. Sleep is critical and glad you do not have that problem.
       
    9. Flyer

      Flyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2015
      Had my ENT appt today..

      Did a full medical history with discussion. great guy.

      Checked ears. Good

      put pressure on jugular to see if it stopped, it did not....

      gave me hearing test. both ears were great for my age (48) , he did see the slight frequency difference
      in my left ear but said it was nothing serious.

      He asked me if I was stressed b4 this happened (1-2 weeks ago) and I said extremely as I am contemplating
      a new job, since I have wife and kids to put through college is a BIG stress for me....

      His analysis, nothing serious.

      Feels it is/was some type of virus and stress may have triggered it.

      He does think it will go away but gave no time frame.

      Wants me to RELAX, drink 1/2 glass red wine occasionally.


      Anyways....Thoughts on his analysis ???
       
    10. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, Flyer,

      It sounds like your doctor is indeed a good one; you're lucky to have found an ENT who is knowledgeable and understanding of your tinnitus. I've had the "learn to live with it" speech one too many times myself! Your doctor took the time to examine you, to reassure you that it is nothing serious, and to give you some good advice.

      I have unilateral tinnitus, too, and I agree with your doctor -- that you shouldn't stress over it, just relax, and give it some time. Whether or not your tinnitus totally goes away is hard to predict, but even if it doesn't, the best thing you can do is to live your life as normally as possible without thinking about your tinnitus. It may take some time, but one of these days, you'll notice that the tinnitus doesn't bother you so much any more.

      I know how stressful life can be at times, being a parent, starting a new job, and having college-age children. I've been there myself, and I can tell you that the best way to get through it is to simply take it one day at a time. Things will work out for the best, I'm sure! The best advice anyone has given me regarding tinnitus is to ignore it; easier said than done, but occupy your mind and keep yourself busy, and you'll gradually begin to notice an improvement.

      Take care, relax, and please do keep us posted on how you're doing!

      Best wishes,
      Karen
       
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    11. canyonero

      canyonero Member

      Location:
      Eastern US
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma?
      My ENT didn't seem to care either. Normal on standard audio-gram and said there was no need to write me a prescription or schedule an MRI.
       
    12. Flyer

      Flyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2015
      Cannot believe I did not remember this.

      I did not even tell the ENT.


      It is possible that maybe a day or so before my T started I banged my head hard getting in or out of my car.

      Real smacker.

      Any chance this could have caused my T ?

      Does that make it more or less likely to go away (on 3 weeks now).
       
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    13. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Yes, it is possible that a hard hit on the head could cause tinnitus. I've heard of people whose tinnitus started after a concussion.

      So, your doctor must not have examined your head for any sort of injury, is that correct? Maybe you could call the doctor's office, and speak to a nurse, to see if it might be worthwhile to go back for further examination. The doctor could probably not do anything much to treat your tinnitus, unless he chose to send you for further testing.

      I hope it begins to subside for you. Glad you remembered about the head injury!
       
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