Struggling to Understand Cause of My Tinnitus — Why Would the Noise of a Night Out Affect Me Now?

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    1. Zigs

      Zigs Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Hello All

      I am wondering / hoping if anyone with more knowledge than me can help me understand why my tinnitus has got so much worse. I’ve had tinnitus for ten plus years in both ears at a very mild level and had fully habituated. It was never noisy enough for me to hear other than in bed really.

      Just over a week ago I flew back from Spain and had some irritation in my left ear. I thought it might be ear wax as I’ve had issues with wax before so I used some warm olive oil and booked a GP appt. Around the same time my ear felt blocked and my face around my ear was sore. The GP said it was infected and gave me some steroid drops. My tinnitus was still normal at this point. That weekend I went on a night out which is a totally normal thing for me to do, and woke up on Sunday with extremely loud tinnitus in my left ear which hasn’t reduced at all. I’m struggling to understand why noise levels on a night out would affect me now and never in ten years before, and also why just my left ear. I feel it must be linked to the infection but an ENT has said since my ear looks fine, although my ear drum is apparently slightly red and there’s some liquid behind the drum.

      Could the warm olive oil have damaged my ear? I don’t know how to approach treatment as I don’t know what the cause is and I feel I’m losing my mind.

      Thanks so much in advance x

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