#1 20-11-2014 00:38:32

david42
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New to tinnitus

I started getting ear ringing a few weeks ago.  I was using headphones for a Web training at work and while the volume was not super loud, it seemed like it caused some sort of effect of my ears as I started getting a loud ringing (hissing) for a few seconds that happened several times that week but dissipated to lower levels.  I was taking a couple of meds for my anxiety issues (I've had since last year) and thought one of them was causing it (Buspar).

On any rate, over the last 4-5 days the ringing has gotten worse.  It's been really bad at night.  Interestingly enough, I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and it was almost non-existent or very low, but then after I got back up it came back louder.

I went to my regular Dr. today and he said it's tinnitus.  He gave me a basic screening test to test my hearing and said there is some hearing loss which is often the cause.

I am going to make an appointment for an ENT doctor, but just wondered.  I used to listen to loud music when I was 18-20 (I am 42 now).  I do watch a lot of movies and have a home theater system, but I don't keep the volumes vevels up to any level that seems hard.  I do have anxiety issues with probably don't help either, but am hoping this either goes away or at least goes down to lesser levels.  I've been using Klonopin at .5 mg which I am not sure is helping it or hurting the issue.  I've heard Xanax can help.

I also have TMJ and use a mouth guard and night for grinding my teeth.  The areas near my ear have also been hurting and I've had minor headaches.  Dr. said my ears looked good although I do have some light drainage from sinuses.

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#2 20-11-2014 22:07:58

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Re: New to tinnitus

Hi David,

Welcome to the forum.

I doubt that having listened to loud music would cause any tinnitus 20 years later. The most likely contributors are the headphones (which also caused my own tinnitus; see http://forum.mytinnitus.de/en/viewtopic … 24&p=2 ) and the anti-anxiety drugs. Maybe reducing the dosage of the drugs or switching to a different one could help.

In any case, don't put any pressure on yourself to get rid of the problem in a few days or weeks. It takes usually months before your nervous system adjusts itself. Just take it from day to day at the moment and try to figure out how to keep the tinnitus at the lowest possible level (that may include adjusting your food and drink habits (caffeine, alcohol, spices) but also keeping your noise levels in check that you expose your ears to)

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#3 21-11-2014 03:58:15

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Thanks, Thomas.

From what I have just been reading, Klonopin can help with T, but I am going to switch to another benzo just to see what happens.  I might also try low dose of Amitriptyline.

I was also taking Prilosec for my stomach, but quit taking it around the time this occurred as I felt like I didn't need it any longer...although I doubt that would suddenly trigger it from quitting the med. 

I forgot to mention I have been using a Nasal spray prescription (Flonase) for my sinuses on and off for the last several years.  I have been using it more the last couple of months.  I am going to try to stop it for a bit.

I was practicing some Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help me with anxiety as well as some sleep issues I was once having (from anxiety) since last year.  I am trying to apply those principles to this new issue.

Also, how do I know how loud I can play movies?  Do I just go by what seems too loud?  I want to make sure that is not worsening the issue.

I am seeing an ENT doctor on Monday.

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#4 25-11-2014 00:35:56

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Went to an ENT Dr. today.

I had an hearing test and I do have some moderate hearing loss.  I'm around 40 where as 0 - 20 is normal.  At the very low end, I am at 60.

It kind of surprised me.  My hearing seems pretty good except when someone is whispering or speaking really quiet.  Still, I don't feel the need for a hearing aid as I am not feeling the need to ask people to repeat themselves.

The ENT Dr. also thought my TMJ was playing a major factoring in my Tinnitus.  I wear a nightgaurd at night as I clench my teeth in my sleep, but the guard has been weaering down and I have been getting pain in the jaw joints near my ears.  He said that is also why I have been getting some minor ear pain and minor headaches.  Time to get a new guard - I might even see a TMJ specialist.

The ringing continues though pretty much 24/7.

Last night for an hour or two, it actually decreased by 75% but then came back...almost more like a bee buzz now vs that hiss sound.  Very prominent.  I woke up at 3:30 am to it, but got back to sleep.  I might try one of those sound  machines for noise at night.

There is also a Henry Ford Hosptial which specializes in Tinnitus - including TRT and Neormonics.  Thoughts on this?  Or should I just give it more time?

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#5 25-11-2014 22:30:40

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Re: New to tinnitus

David,

TRT is usually recommended only for habituated tinnitus sufferers, that is after 6 months or so.

As for the Neuromonics, there are many similar programs around that are much less costly. See the top entry in my blog http://www.mytinnitus.me.uk/ .

Anyway, don't overdo it by trying too many things at the same time. It takes time to get the adjustment right, and too many factors will only make it more difficult.

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#6 26-11-2014 03:04:48

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Thomas,

Do you think TMj could be contributing to my Tinnitus?

My general doctor said no, the ENT doctor said yes, and the TMJ dentist I went to day said possibly.

My joints near nears are sore and I am getting minor occasional ear aches which are said to be from TMJ.  My ears look good otherwise the doctors said.

The TMJ dentist suggested I use a different type of nightguard and says I have quite a bit of joint loss from years of clenching my teeth at night.

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#7 26-11-2014 21:37:09

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Re: New to tinnitus

David,

If there are any health issues (be it TMJ or whatever), then you should have them treated if possible, if only for their own sake. Whether or not this will affect the tinnitus is impossible to say in advance. You should really consider it merely as a welcome bonus if it does..

However, with things like TMJ you have to consider that this is in many cases only part of a wider problem, often of a psychological nature. Specific TMJ measures might thus only aim at one of the symptoms of your overall condition (of which the tinnitus may just be another one) rather than at the actual cause(s). So whilst you should take any specific measures you feel might have an impact, you should also try to think holistically and adapt your life in various supporting ways as well (which don't neccessarily have to be of a radical nature, but could be as subtle as you want; but you have to be consistent in your approach).

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#8 29-11-2014 15:52:50

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Thomas, I agree.  And I have been doing that.

I've been clenching my teeth in my sleep since at least high school (maybe even earlier?).  For the last 10 years I have been wearing a nightguard which has significantly helped the issue, but every 1-2 years I need it replaced as I wear them down.  My current one is at that stage wear it needs to be replaced, but I decided to get a couple of opinions from TMJ experts instead of just going to my regular dentist for it again.

The cause of my clenching in my sleep is probably related to anxiety although even when I had no anxiety in the past, I still did it.   

The other day I noticed when I bit down hard on a piece of fruit, the sound of the Tinnitus changed a bit as did when I pushed against my lower jaw and upward.  This in combination of my jaw pain, minor ear and headaches, along with sore teeth made me wonder if the TMJ is related to the T.

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#9 04-12-2014 03:20:43

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Re: New to tinnitus

My Tinnitus dropped by about 80-85% yesterday!  Felt great and could hardly hear it...back to loud buzzing today. sad

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