Visit to ENT Tinnitus Doctor

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jamclem, May 13, 2016.

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    1. Jamclem

      Jamclem Member

      Location:
      Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flying then Sport (Probs)
      Just thought I would let you how about my visit to the ENT / Tinnitus doctor today. Who knows, perhaps this information is useful to you.

      I have developed pulsilate tinnitus in my right ear after excess push ups (prev had mild t from sport probs). To cut a long story short, I have apparently excellent unilateral hearing. When they put the head set speaker on behind my right ear in the hearing test, the sounds kept going to the left hearing and not the right. Both ears went to the right. When they tried to find my frequency of my tinnitus, the pulsating sound could not be covered with any sounds although it is actually usually not loud :).

      Anyways the doctors seems to think I do not have "real" tinnitus" because it is not where you usually find tinnitus. It is being caused by my neck and tension in it. She showed me a diagram of an ear and showed me how this sound is being created by muscles on my neck and under the lower part of my ear. She said this will go away (reassuring whether it is true or not!) :woot:

      So I have been given some herbal tablets for relaxing and most importantly pretty strong ibuprofen to reduce something or another. Also I am to go to a physiotherapist (one good for tinnitus etc) and acupuncture.

      So yeah feeling positive and actually less bothered by this :)

      Thanks for reading

      Have a nice evening all of you.

      Carpe Diem!
       
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    2. seal

      seal Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      ich nehme an du wolltest ein anderes bild posten :D
       
    3. Jamclem

      Jamclem Member

      Location:
      Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flying then Sport (Probs)
      Man ey, habs gelöscht. Danke
       
    4. Gin
      Curious

      Gin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2015
      Wow. That's great. I think I may have something very similar. I developed what I thought was a low frequency T. Started last July. It's like a humming noise. However, I developed like a tone noise too more recently. The steroids used to knock out this humming. It would go away for like 3 three weeks or so then come back. I noticed my neck muscles started getting really sore and the area under my ears were hurting. My last round of steroids did not work. I was at my witts end. I tried Lipoflavnoids. Not thinking it would do squat. ha. Over the counter vitamins etc. It worked. The noise has decreased by like 80% I take like 2 3 times a day. I noticed that the noise comes back in the morning due to 10 hours without meds but goes away within an hour of taking the pills. I went to the ENT Wednesday. I am being referred to Neurology. He thinks it is a strained Sternocleimastoid muscle causing the noise pain in my neck and below my ears. Just waiting on Neurology to call me back regarding getting CT scans etc. I did notice that now My hands and legs are a little numb. So my anxiety is high but hoping it is something physical that they can fix so I can get my life back on track again.
       
    5. Jamclem

      Jamclem Member

      Location:
      Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flying then Sport (Probs)
      @Gin

      Hey

      Sounds like you have had a bit of journey already looking for answers. I really hope you find something out from your neurologist. I haven't heard of the word Sternocleimastoid muscle before tonight, but I saw a video online and that was the same muscle area my T ENT doctor linked my head noises too. It sounds like you are coping with it all and you are finally getting some answers. That is definitely a sign to get back on with your life and start living it again!
       
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    6. truesilence

      truesilence Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2014
      Blimey! When I suggested that my T could be muscle related, my ENT nearly laughed in my face!! You could try some cold laser therapy which could help with the muscle pain.
       
    7. Gin
      Curious

      Gin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2015
      Yea I'm about to start looking into anything ha! The headaches and numbness is killing me. I'm still waiting on the Neurologist to call me. At this point I am praying he finds something on the CT Scan just so we can have a place to start.
       
    8. truesilence

      truesilence Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2014
      Let me know how it goes!
       
    9. Ohiomix

      Ohiomix Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/11/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Clinching teeth
      I hope it turns out well for you. I felt like my first ENT tried to kill me. I woke up out of a dead sleep at 4:30 am with what seemed like a siren going off in my head! The ENT assumed my T was caused from a tumor so he placed me on 60 mg of prednisone for 9 days in a row and brought me off of it in 3 days. At the end of my 12 day cycle my head felt like it was going to explode and every hormone function I had was shut down. I had no idea the prednisone would have that affect on me. When I returned to the ENT, I asked him if it was the prednisone that caused me to feel so bad. He told me "no prednisone wouldn't cause that but don't worry, I'll give you diazepam". He was wrong, it was the prednisone that wiped me out. I had never taken diazepam before and I wish now that I had never heard of it! It never helped and the tinnitus and headaches kept getting worse. Then, I was sent to a neurologist, he was no help either. Due to the headache and the intense ringing, I was averaging about 3 hours of sleep a night. The neurologist just gave me pain medication to deal with the headaches. After 14 weeks of what seemed like a living hell, my wife got me in to see another, older, ENT. He was an answer to prayer. He explained that the intense, high frequency ringing I was experiencing is only caused by 4 things: trauma to the neck or head, acoustic trauma to the eardrum, a tumor on the auditory nerve, or clinching my teeth at night. He also told me that the clinching will cause extreme tension headaches and neck muscle pain, which I had. Since I had suffered no trauma, my MRI showed no tumor, and I simply woke up with the ringing, my T was caused from clinching. He said all I needed was some muscle relaxers to ease the muscle spasms in my neck and around my head and possibly I may need to get a mouth guard to wear when I sleep. I got both the mouth guard and the muscle relaxers. The ringing started calming down and I was able to sleep again. My problem now is tapering off of the stupid diazepam. Since starting my taper, I found out that I'm sensitive to diazepam and getting off of benzodiazepine drugs causes, guess what....ringing in the ears! Ive been on the taper for over a month and I should be off the taper in a couple of weeks and hopefully the ringing will be completely gone. I thank God every day for my wife getting me a second opinion with an ENT that actually got to the source of the T.
       
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    10. Gin
      Curious

      Gin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2015
      I totally understand where you are coming from, as far as trying to come off of the diazepam. That's why I only took like 1/4 of one. And that is it. I took Effexor for years for panic attacks. It was Hell trying to come off of them. It took like 3 years.
       

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