Seriously Worried: Tinnitus Has Gradually Worsened — ENTs Have Got No Clue

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    1. Ronert

      Ronert Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Greetings.

      Please, any comments or suggestions would be helpful. I am not ashamed to say I am seriously worried.

      ......

      November, 2020: I had slight buzzing and decreased hearing in left ear. Right ear was fine.

      I went to primary care, ears were full of wax. Water pressure was used to clean ears.

      I went to an ENT, and had a hearing test. Moderate high frequency hearing loss in left ear. Right ear was fine.

      December, 2020: I had an MRI. All fine. I was told to get a hearing aid. Nothing else was done.

      Since then the tinnitus has gradually increased and now affects BOTH left and right ears. I hear a low hum in left ear and high pitch buzzing in right ear.

      During the first few months the tinnitus would reduce during the night, I could mask it with radio playing etc, but now it is 24/7 in both ears and can no longer be masked. This is scary and makes life a challenge.

      I went to another ENT, and had another hearing test with the same results. No suggestions on why my tinnitus is getting worse. They told me it’s a symptom, not a disease. No idea what ENTs do.

      ......

      Some comments:

      I developed a cold, last week, headache, sinus issues, cough etc. The amazing thing was that my tinnitus was gone during the cold, but returned when I recovered.

      I am 4 years out from cancer treatments, which included platinum based chemo. I asked the cancer hospital if the chemo could cause this problem after 4 years and was told no.

      I live in a rural area and have had ticks during my life. I got tested for Lyme disease but that was negative.

      I had a COVID-19 anti-body blood test in March, that was negative.

      ......

      With so many conditions that can cause tinnitus, no idea why ENT do not have a cheat sheet, of items to test for, seems so simple.

      ......

      Please. Any recommendations.
       
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    2. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      The fact you got sick and it went away is a huge clue and you're lucky to have one.

      It could be sinus pressure related, ETD, or immune related. I'd try some Neti Pots and see.
       
    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Ronert

      Ronert Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Greetings.

      I suffer from severe anxiety and stress since October 20th due to loss of home, abandonment, and even my dog which was my best friend passed unexpectedly.

      Starting November 20th, I began having hearing loss and slight tinnitus in one ear. It slowly progressed to full loud tinnitus 24/7 in both ears 7 months later with no end in sight.

      Please, my questions are: Can anxiety actually CAUSE tinnitus? Can anxiety cause tinnitus to SLOWLY progress over time?

      I have scanned lots of articles and forums, even doctors and can not find a consistent answer.

      Thanks for any response.
       
    4. Rick T-137

      Rick T-137 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      01-2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      adhesive otitis
      Hi Ronert,

      I can only share with you my personal experience with tinnitus. I have found that yes - my anxiety can make my tinnitus much worse. My "baseline" is a hum in my right ear - but once my anxiety ramps up, it becomes a loud squealing in both ears.

      An ENT's job is to make sure there's nothing physically wrong with you. No tumours. No ETD. No polyps. That kind of thing. I know my ENT did listen to my complaints about tinnitus, but he assured me it would get better and likely go away when my particular issue clears up (glue ear).

      I hope that helps a little.

      Take care!

      Rick
       
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    5. Exit

      Exit Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Sorry for your troubles. Chemo and noise exposure can gradually give hearing loss and for some people result in tinnitus one day. Do you have high frequency loss? Did they measure up to 8 kHz or 16 kHz?

      People get tinnitus from stress, anxiety, loss of loved ones etc. Then it can help relaxing, exercising and going to a physiotherapist of some sort. Some specialise in tinnitus problems.

      Unfortunately for some this disease progresses without any reasons. But it’s motivating to hear it went away with a cold, you should try some months on a cortisone nose spray. I do not agree with the rough manoeuvres some do with nose sprays; be careful with blowing. I would just spray and then very lightly try to get it up in the system. Perhaps hold on to your nose and blow very gently out so the stuff goes up. Very carefully. Or just lie down for a while let it go up before blowing your nose. Aim the spray outward inside the nose, aim at the ear. :)

      Avoid loud noises too the best you can. Headphones and concerts and construction work... Keep windows closed when you drive.
       
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Ronert

      Ronert Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks for the response and suggestions. Hearing test was up to 8 kHz. I will try Flonase, for a couple of months, to see if it helps.
       
    7. GeorgeLG
      Busy

      GeorgeLG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Leaf blower incident after years of rock guitar playing
      Yes our emotions can make tinnitus worse. Some get relief by exploring this further.

      George
       
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