Where to Start — What Doctor to See First?

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    1. whale
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      whale Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/25/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Myofascial crap Bruxism, a jackhammer, stress who knows
      I've had tinnitus for a week now. I believe its Hyperacusis related. I'm under a great deal of stress and have TMJ. What Dr. should I see first? An ENT or Audiologist. I'm so freaked out its not going away.
       
    2. glynis-harbron
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      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Audiology will do a hearing test and advise you if need hearing aids or maskers.
      ENT will check their is no wax in your ears or infection and can refurr you for a routine MRI to rule out other problems.
      In England we see ENT first with a referral to audiology....lots of love glynis
       
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    3. fishbone
      Happy

      fishbone Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      if you have tmj, go see a dentist first. If your tinnitus does not get any better, then an ent and then an audiologist. Tinnitus is not the end of the world, be strong and move forward in life....
       
    4. squeek

      squeek Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise impact/maybe seaborn
      Get your arse to your GP (general practitioner) now.

      You're going to want to be treated with antibiotics immediately for the possibility of ear viral infection. And you want to hurry about it and get treated today or tomorrow as the window for effective treatment is closing up fast should it be infection.
       
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    5. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      What makes you think it's caused by an infection? And antibiotics do not help with viral infections... They can do more harm than good if not necessary.

      Get a doctor to look and your ear, and if you have an infection that they deem could be helped by antibiotics then go for it. If not, if it's sudden hearing loss or caused by an acoustic trauma an anti inflammatory (prednisone) may be more beneficial.
       
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    6. squeek

      squeek Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise impact/maybe seaborn
      We don't know if it is viral infection. That's not the point.

      The treatment for tinnitus caused by viral infection needs to be done within a week on onset lest the damage be permanent. At the very least get advice from his GP for the possibility of viral infection.
       
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    7. Sgguy46
      Jaded

      Sgguy46 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      antibiotics can be used to treat viral infections????? really????
       
    8. whale
      No Mood

      whale Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/25/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Myofascial crap Bruxism, a jackhammer, stress who knows
      I'm seeing an ENT tomorrow. he should check for infection.

      i think?
       
    9. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
      @whale, Like @squeek said go to see a Dr. right away. More likely to be a ear problem than arse though. Could be TMJ disorder? Oh I see you're going to a ENT....better yet! Maybe a short course of Prednisone and/or antibiotics to be safe? I've seen a TMJ specialist also.

      http://www.mncranio.com/
       
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    10. whale
      No Mood

      whale Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/25/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Myofascial crap Bruxism, a jackhammer, stress who knows
      did yours get better?
       
    11. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
      Well it isn't better at the moment. It could be caused by my neck though? Loud hiss right now. How did your ENT visit go?
       
    12. whale
      No Mood

      whale Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/25/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Myofascial crap Bruxism, a jackhammer, stress who knows
      He just told me the T wasn't do to hearing loss or infection.
       
    13. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
      Maybe TMJ disorder then? I seen Dr. Hakala on link. My spine has been bothering and that's why I think mine could be compression in my neck. Surgery upcoming for me on my neck and lower back. Meds that used to work on my noise no longer work.
       
    14. whale
      No Mood

      whale Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/25/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Myofascial crap Bruxism, a jackhammer, stress who knows
      I'v schedule an appt with a TRT dr
       
    15. Cheza
      Wishful

      Cheza Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      You're going to start tinnitus retraining therapy within 2 weeks of acquiring tinnitus without first being reasonably certain of the cause?

      There are close links between the chewing muscles, the ligaments of the jaw, and the nerve supply of the temporomandibular joint with the parts of the brain that process and interpret sound. Your doctor or dentist can help you with the TMJ disorder. If moving your jaw changes the pitch or frequency of your tinnitus, I would suspect TMJ is causing the tinnitus. You need to take care of that problem first. It's certainly possible that your tinnitus will go away.

      The hyperacusis might be related to oversensitivity to sound due to anxiety that the tinnitus will get worse.
       
    16. whale
      No Mood

      whale Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/25/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Myofascial crap Bruxism, a jackhammer, stress who knows
      thanks, my jaw doesn't change the pitch or frequency so I'm leaning to hyperacusis. I'm going to try TRT
       

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