Tinnitus Began with ECT

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    1. MichaelO
      Angelic

      MichaelO Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      My tinnitus started after waking from an Electroconvulsive Shock treatment. It is about 11 KHz and has been with me for years now. I am interested in speaking with others who have had ECT induced tinnitus and any possible treatment.
       
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    2. backsmith

      backsmith Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I created an account to ask if anyone here has had success in treating tinnitus with ECT.
      Here is a study that suggests that some have had positive outcomes from it:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7552051
       
    3. Aaron123

      Aaron123 Member

      Well, the paper is a single case study from 1995 that has been cited 5 times since then, and it appeared in a journal published by the Association for Convulsive Therapy. As a counterpoint, here is another case study that attributes chronic tinnitus to ECT: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crips/2011/607061/ Neither of them qualify as anything resembling scientific proof one way or the other. I guess I am a little surprised that someone somewhere hasn't done a tiny trial with ECT.

      I will be interested to see if anyone weighs in with personal experience, but it does not look promising.
       
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      MichaelO
      Angelic

      MichaelO Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      Thanks, I reviewed the abstract. It doesn't state whether the improvement was in the depression or the tinnitus, though.
       
    5. Aaron123

      Aaron123 Member

      Good catch! The abstract really isn't that helpful.
       
    6. backsmith

      backsmith Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      No, it's not and it's definitely not clear if ECT is even that helpful for depression. I figured someone on here might have some experience with it though.
       
    7. Thebeanlady

      Thebeanlady Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Late 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      After having 7 ECT treatments
      I had seven ECT treatments, I developed tinnitus and my memory and concentration have been greatly impacted. It's been 4 months now, silence is deafening. My physicians seem to think that having tinnitus is nothing but an annoyance that can be dealt with using noise machines. Sometimes it's so much worse than others, I'm not sure what makes it worse. It's really difficult to concentrate with this constant noise in my head. How do you cope?
       
    8. Ian Dennis

      Ian Dennis Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication
      I had reoccurring low tinnitus in my left ear, caused by taking medication, for several years which was not bothering me at all most of the times. Sometimes I would go a weeks without any noise. My life was good.
      Over one year now, when I admitted myself to hospital for Benzo detox after experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms of anxiety, psychosis and depression while I was in hospital, I was forced to have a ECT without my recollection or my permission.
      When I waked up, my whole head and both ears were hissing loudly and never stopped hissing since.
      On my better days I would have bothersome tinnitus - hissing in my both ears, manageable with masking generators. On my bad days, once or twice a week, my whole head and both ears are hissing so badly, nothing is helping to mask the noise. It is very debilitating and my life is ruined since.
      Most of the doctors I have seen so far keep still telling me ECT is harmless and all my symptoms I am complaining about are not related to it. I don't think most of the doctors are educated enough to know what ECT can do to some people. So far I am not recovering from the ECT's harmful effects, especially the hissing is getting worse.
      My other problems since are constant headaches, numbness and memory lost I have never had problem with before. ECT is not a cure. It is torture with lasting brain damage.
       
    9. Crock

      Crock Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ect
      Mate I had the same thing done to me love to speak to you I'm suffering bad with noise in head ringing all day with headache all day
       
    10. Crock

      Crock Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ect
      What country you from mate I'm in Australia
       
    11. Crock

      Crock Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ect
      Had your ringing got better
       

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