OT-Tennitus?

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    OT-Tennitus?

    Has anyone hear ever had experience with Tennitus (or ringing in the ears)? DH think he's got the condition and he's got an appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat dr on Thursday but i'm a little skeptical. He's been sick since Friday afternoon, he left work early actually and has basically been parked on the couch from Friday night to this morning except for when he got up to go apple picking on Saturday and when he went to sleep in bed. He's basically been sleeping since Friday. He's got the ringing in the ears but he's also wicked sleepy and just generally feels bad with some naseau. All I have gotten him to eat is soup. but then again, if all you are eating is soup and sleeping all day it's just going to make you even more sleepy and sometimes when i feel sick, eating real food helps because i'm sick from an empty stomach but hey, i'm no Dr. I took him to urgent care on Sunday since he wasn't any better and I wanted him to start on some meds if they thought he needed it.

    So I guess what I want to know is, has anyone ever dealt with Tennitus? Does this sound more like an ear infection? He says his ears don't hurt, they just ring and he had no fever at the dr's but that doesn't mean he didn't have a fever before that.
     
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    Re: OT-Tennitus?

    Hi Northern,

    I don't know if I can be much help, but I have tinnitus.  I started noticing it a couple of years ago - I'm pretty sure mine is a symptom of being a Boston band groupie in my 20's and not wearing earplugs religiously :).  Did your DH notice it before this sickness, or did it start with the other symptoms you mention?  If it just started with these other symptoms, it might not be tinnitus.  But if he's gradually noticed it over time, it probably is.  I'd be curious to hear how his doctor's appointment goes, if you feel like sharing.  I actually never even thought to mention it to my doctor!  I think I heard somewhere that there isn't any kind of cure, so I never pursued it, but I could be wrong!

    Good luck to him - hope he feels better soon!
     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from NorthernLghts. Show NorthernLghts's posts

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    hey heather-are you sick all the time or do you just hear light ringing?

    He went to a concert last weekend (the 12th) but the ringing didn't start until Thursday. The ringing started Thursday night and then all the other symptoms started Friday.

    I hope he feels better soon too, because him sleeping all day and feeling bad is no fun. I can't but think of the long term affects of being like this ya know?
     
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    Sounds more like an inner ear problem more than tinnitus (no pun intended)

    My Dad has tinnitus, he doesn't experience exhaustion or nausea from it. But he does have to wear hearing aids. His is brought on from sustaining mutiple concussions over his lifetime and attending many loud 70's concerts.
     
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    Thanks pink, i think it's something to do with his inner ear and the ringing is just a symptom. Urgent care said middle ear infection and gave him a z-pac. I'm hoping the ENT doctor comes up with something more, since it's their speciality and all :-)
     
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    No, I don't get sick - just very annoyed.  I hear ringing all the time.  If it is this middle ear infection thing I hope his symptoms all clear up with treatment.  It's not fun to sit in a quiet spot and not get to experience the quiet!

     
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    Wow, I can't imagine how awful it must be to hear a ringing all the time. Is it hard to sleep, difficult to focus?
     
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    I have tinnitis. It's a pain, but not painful.  I never get nausea or sleepy b/c of it, which is good b/c it generally happens a few times per week.  I got it after I developed a sinus condition back in 2003. It sounds like he may have a sinus or inner ear problem.  If that clears up, the ringing may go away. My sinus problem was misdiagnosed for several months, so now it's permanent, and I get the joy of ringing in the ears as well. You learn to ignore it, but if it's bad and you are in a place w/ bad acoustics, you sometimes have to ask people to repeat themselves.  My hearing is perfectly fine otherwise. 
     
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    my dad describes his not so much as ringing, but as a static-y white noise. It makes it hard to hear people, soft noises, or movies, when people are speaking softly.
    His work is very detailed oriented, if anything the white noise helps him block out the distracting sounds of the office around him.


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    [QUOTE]Wow, I can't imagine how awful it must be to hear a ringing all the time. Is it hard to sleep, difficult to focus?
    Posted by WhirledPeasPlease[/QUOTE]
     
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    Re: OT-Tennitus?

         Anything which causes a little inflamation near the nerves can cause it, and often a middle ear infection, though a mild one, causes enough internal inflamation for trouble.

         Too many aspirinn, some other NSAIDs and medications cause it too.  Sometimes it comes and goes with a flu or strep throat or other problem (wisdom tooth impacted) when lymph nodes  at the back of the jaw/throat area cause pressure. 
        These are all transient, ringing goes when the problem does.  Unlike mild buzzing of hearing damage due to either vibration or loud noise.
     
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    Yeah, the sound varies from ringing, whooshing [like wind], static like a radio station that won't come in, or thumping [like a heartbeat].  I wish it would go away, but it's been 6 years, so I think it's here to stay. My medical chart says 'some hearing loss' but I haven't noticed a difference other than if it's loud and I'm in a place w/ weird acoustics. I always know when a front or storm is coming in though, b/c my ears start to ring like crazy. 
     
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    the more and more i talk to him, the more and more i think i have him convinced that the ringing is more a symptom rather than the actual issue, especially when combined with everything else he's feeling. I also told him not eating anything beyond soup isn't going to help his stomach or the exhaustion because when you aren't feeding your body, you're going to sleep more.
     
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    yes, my Dad's had it since his late 30's, but was fine without hearing aids until a few years ago, it just got worse and worse over time. The hearing loss is gradual, and for him the hardest part was not realizing it until several family members had to break it to him that he needed to get an aid.

    Funny about how the barometric pressure affects yours! The human ear is an amazing thing.

    I just saw a TV ad for some tinnitus medicine. It peaked my interest- does anyone know anything about it?

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    [QUOTE]Yeah, the sound varies from ringing, whooshing [like wind], static like a radio station that won't come in, or thumping [like a heartbeat].  I wish it would go away, but it's been 6 years, so I think it's here to stay. My medical chart says 'some hearing loss' but I haven't noticed a difference other than if it's loud and I'm in a place w/ weird acoustics. I always know when a front or storm is coming in though, b/c my ears start to ring like crazy. 
    Posted by ALF72[/QUOTE]
     
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         Residual sinuses- some people have sinuses which actually travel inside over to the sides, like a cave with a side passage.  These are normally closed, open only with pressure and fill, after an infection, so they do not show as hollow sinus places on lots of tests.  Drs  often miss them.  Picture gill openings right where ear folds start - residual sinuses, like the appendix, entend in that direction because once there was something out there, just as appendices indicate once digesting stuff we no longer eat.  Just the trace remains.  But  damage from frequent internal sweelling is right where it affects nerves.  Poor ALF!
        I know someone ( normal pop) who began to hit and slap his face, complaints of pain always dismissed.  They even put him on behavior meds, which stopped it, so suddenly his files had all these accumulating notes on unable to handle stress, questioning underlying psychiatric problems.
         After many years an aware physician said -HM,  Mellaril, old behavior medication, is also a painkiller.  So he sent friend for a full eval at Mass Eye and Ear, contacting a doctor he knew with the background.  Yep - simply chronic infection of part of one sideways sinus  passage, possible in I think they said 1 in 5,000 people.  Very common anomoly.  Cured in 3 day minor surgery.  Effects on hearing, other kinds of damage done by the Mellaril last forever, unfortunately. 
     
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    Yes, Wag, I've been told that they could treat my sinus/ear problem by removing some of the sinus membranes and membranes in the back of the throat, but I don't want to do elective surgery involving my head if I can help it. :-)  My sinus CT scan is scary.  My nasal area is enormous [I don't have ones that look like snail shell like most people do; it's just a huge cavern] and the sinus area inside the nose is so inflamed that the 2 sides touch in one nostril.  The sinus cavities in the cheeks are pretty inflamed too.  The funny thing is, I don't feel any real pain.  Thank God for sinus rinses.  As long as I used a nose hose every day, I'm generally fine.  God, I sound about 95!  lol. 
     
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    It could be vertigo, but I hope it isn't.  I have it and it's terrible... sometimes it's a minor dizzy spell that lasts a few minutes, sometimes a few hours and I'm bed ridden.  My aunt and uncle have it and they have both been hospitalized for a few days on more than one occasion.  Luckily, that hasn't happened to me and I hope it never does.  The sleepiness and nausea are symptoms, although the ringing of the ears hasn't ever been the most prominent symptom in my experience.  I hope this isn't it, because there really isn't much they can do for it. 

    I was originally diagnosed by my Ear, Nose Throat doctor, but she sent me to a specialist to confirm.  I hope they can figure it out on Thursday.
     
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    I've had it before as a side effect of an NSAID.  Hopefully it will go away soon!
     
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    Ok, this is very interesting.  I have horrible sinus issues (can rarely breathe through my nose) and never thought it might be linked to the ringing.  (mine's actual ringing - like a hum always at the same pitch - and I can usually only notice it when I'm in a quiet place)  I always attributed it to going to loud concerts, but now i'm wondering if it's sinus related. 

    Alf - what do you mean by "nose hose"?  I'm intrigued.  Have you (or anyone) ever tried a... oh, what the heck is it called, I just had it now I can't remember... a something-pot... netti pot maybe?
     
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    Heather, the netipot scares me. It takes forever to use and is uncomfortable.  My "nose hose", as I affectionately call it, works along the same lines but it's a lot faster and easier to use.  It's basically an 8 oz bottle that you fill w/ warm, distilled water and a premixed saline solution and squirt it up your nose. It's not as gross as it sounds. It generally takes less than 2 minutes to use, including prepping the solution and water.  I do it after I get out of the shower.  I use the one called Sinus Rinse by Neilmed. Here's the link:

    http://www.neilmed.com/usa/index.php

    I was on about 4 sinus/allergy and asthma medications initially, but have weaned off all of them except for the sinus rinse and Claritin.  You can get the rinse kit in CVS or Rite Aid.  It's generally in the cold and allergy aisle on a bottom shelf.  For distilled water, I just use water in the teapot that was previously boiled. You want it warm, but not hot, otherwise you will scorch your sinuses.  Good luck!
     
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    I think she means a nasal rinse.  My DH has horrible sinus issues but it won't be until the winter before he starts to use the sinus rinse again (men!).  He uses Neilmed Sinus Rinse Kit and he gets the stuff at CVS. 

    I think you are talking about a netti pot...and the pot and the Neilmed thing seem to do the same thing, they just have different delivery methods as far as I can tell.
     
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    thanks Alf and Wendy - I might have to try it, but... does it feel like water up the nose??  I hate that feeling!!
     
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    Hubby has tinnitus and have had it for years. The symptoms OP describe does not sound like tinnitus. More like Vertigo. Hubby also have had that twice, that gave nausea and dizziness. His ear doc just have him lay down with the head hanging over the stretcher, then twist his head a few times and it is gone. He explained, that there are some small crystals in the inner ear and when they get loose or out of place, it affects ones equilibrium. So the doc just shakes them right back in.
    Unfortunately there is no cure for tinnitus. All those drops and tablets, they try to sell are just snake meds. We have tried a few of them, never worked.
    We both use the Neti Pot every morning before we shower. Don't understand why Alf thinks it is such a bother. Takes just a few seconds and not uncomfortable at all. In fact it is a very nice feeling to have your nose cleaned out, and we have been able to cut out our daily allergy meds. Just takes a couple of times to get used to. NeilMed sells them along with the salt packages. I order the packages on the net, they are a lot cheaper there. 300 at the time in order to cut down on postage. But one can also use a 1/4 teasp. of kosher salt - the one w/o iodine. Table salt has iodine.
    Good luck with the doc's appointment. We are all anxiously waiting to hear the diagnosis.
     
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    [QUOTE]thanks Alf and Wendy - I might have to try it, but... does it feel like water up the nose??  I hate that feeling!!
    Posted by heatherv1211[/QUOTE]

    No, it doesn't. I hate that too.  It's a little weird at first, but once you learn to keep your mouth open and exhale as you do it, it's fine. 

    BTW, Pingo, I don't think rinsing your sinuses is a bother. I just don't like the netipot. I like the other device. 
     
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    I can't believe I've been complaining to my doctor for years about this and all he's ever done is prescribe nose spray which I HATE!  Had to come to the wedding boards to get some actual HELPFUL information about my stupid nose - go figure!  LOL!
     
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    my friends and family swear by neti-pots. I might actually get one as lately my sinus-related symptoms of allergies and colds have been much more severe.
     

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