Main Article on Tinnitus (Ringing, Clicking, in the Ears) Question: What was the cause of your tinnitus? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Barbie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 02 I have had tinnitus since I was a child. I am 78 now and completely deaf. All I hear is different sounds in my ears. I have a hard time going to sleep and staying asleep. I have had over 20 ear operations. I now have a screw behind each ear. I have a bone anchored hearing aid. I depend on lip reading along with the Baha implant I have caption on the TV, no sound. I feel isolated. I feel lonely. As a child I had ear infection all the time and it continued through adulthood. I wish I didn't have this. Comment from: amandagreen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 14 My tinnitus started after a summer vacation in Hawaii. I was out swimming all day every day for at least 5 days straight. I wasn't just going to stop enjoying my vacation because of a little pain in my ear... well, that was a mistake. I basically started feeling lots of pain plus ringing in my ears for the next couple of weeks or so! The pain went away after but the ringing never did until about 2 months ago when I started using Lipo-flavonoid. It really helped to reduce the pain. Comment from: greenamanda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 08 My tinnitus started on a summer day in 2008. I went to a music festival and after that, we went swimming in the lake close to my house. On that day, I felt my ear hurting from probably the water. I got an ear infection a couple of days after that and I went to the doctor immediately because the pain was unbearable, so he gave me a couple of antibiotics and that's when it all started! The only thing that helped me find relief was an OTC tinnitus supplement called Lipo-Flavonoid. Comment from: ebrar, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 02 The first time my ears were infected by a fungal attack, using ear drops. Then I lost my hearing due to blockage of infected materials inside the ear. Then both my ears were cleaned through a sucking machine. From that time I feel ringing in my left ear and now I feel sound in my head region. I hope my tinnitus can be cured. Comment from: Awsomestuff12, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 01 I heard a heartbeat sound in my right ear and went to many doctors for my tinnitus before seeing a brain and spine doctor. They sent me for a lumbar puncture and found that my spinal pressure was 3 times higher than a normal person. They said I had cranial hypertension so I had 3 stents placed in my transfer sinus, but that didn't cure it, so they placed a peripheral vascular stent in my brain and it drains fluid off my brain. The sound went away when I woke from surgery, it was the best day ever; the heartbeat sound was gone. Comment from: Alice , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 04 My problem is one side of my head, the right side, has a lot of noise. I even sometimes lack sleep. I don't know what is causing the tinnitus, and I have no pain. Comment from: g808, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05 I am not sure when my tinnitus actually started, perhaps a month ago. There are two noises I am dealing with; a high pitched steady echo ringing in the right ear and a constant chirping cricket sound in the hollowness of my head. Both are constantly on but I am trying to will them away or just ignore them so not to go crazy. It doesn't affect my sleep when I do sleep. But I have noticed tiredness throughout the day and a little bit of depression but I don't allow myself to fall into those patterns or I don't know how I would survive. I have also noticed that I have a harder time thinking of the right words to use when speaking but that could be natural aging. I am suspicious of my Wi-Fi and our electrical meter that pings out information constantly because I am a homemaker and I use my tablets a lot. I also was wondering if it could be from the Russian shungite stones I have been using to clean my water; perhaps a little Chernobyl runoff! I am thinking it could also be caused by my mercury fillings and/or fluoride. Also wanted to note that I am a long time smoker and I am also experiencing neck problems and pain in front of the bottom of my heels. Comment from: DDBEAR, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 19 My tinnitus originated after an illness contracted from my mother-in-law. My wife and I both got the same illness from her. It included both diarrhea and vomiting over a 2 or 3 day period. We battled dehydration and nausea for the three days. I was clean enough for a colonoscopy. On Monday, feeling like I was going to survive I woke with a throbbing headache. I tried several medications and even a prescription pain pill. Nothing provided any relief. As evening approached we had our supper and while we were watching the evening news my headache was suddenly gone! I was still sitting on the couch watching the news when I became aware of a noise I thought was coming from the kitchen. I asked my wife if she had left something on in the kitchen because I could hear it. She assured me everything was turned off, and she didn't hear anything. I got up and went to the kitchen to investigate the noise. No matter where I checked the noise wasn't getting any closer. I opened my mouth to speak and discovered that the pitch of the sound changed. It was then that I realized that the hissing sound was in my head. The best was to describe what I hear is closest to the sounds of bugs in nature just after it rains during summer in the evening. It has been 9 months now. My hearing and health have both been checked by 3 medical specialists with no other suggestion but to learn to live with it. Not an option in my world. My temperament and attitude have become much less tolerant and I am now easily irritated by most people. I am not sleeping at night. I have had to move to the guest room and try to sleep with the TV on for background noise. SLIDESHOW Ear Infection Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment See Slideshow Comment from: Carole, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 23 I developed tinnitus about three weeks into taking a drug called tolvapton for my polycystic kidney disease. My blood pressure medications were also changed just before starting on tolvapton. I had never had any problems with tinnitus before but, also suspected that it may have triggered a side effect from the amitriptyline that I have been taking for many years. I stopped taking the tolvapton and the beta blocker, as advised by my nephrologist, and, after speaking to my pharmacist, will be taking a different drug for my insomnia, depression and anxiety attacks. I'm awaiting referrals to an ENT, and an MRI to determine if there is a biological reason for the tinnitus. Meanwhile, the ringing is almost constant and causes headaches and sleeplessness. I'm really hoping we can find the source of the ringing so that I can start taking the tolvapton again because I really need to take it so that my cyst growth will slow down. Comment from: Afzaal, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 03 I got an ear infection, which lasted for two months. When it was getting better, I started hearing the noise (non-tuned TV channel) in the same ear internally. Later I developed neck pain along with tinnitus. I want to highlight that I took two courses of antibiotic (ciprofloxacin and Augmentin) with no effect early into my ear infection. Later I used Polydexa and Candazole. My ear is fully recovered now but the noise and neck pain are still there. Also I want to highlight that during this I used to play squash and during the game I collided with my friend and felt a jerk in my neck. Comment from: Rulex, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 17 I have an arterial blockage and it might be the culprit from what I've read so far, I'll see when I get the stenting done and see if it goes away. I've had the worst habits for a long time and I think it's catching up to me. I love salt, I've been smoking for too long and lived a sedentary life for quite a while. I feel for you all, this thing is very annoying. Comment from: migmix, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 12 Yeah, once you have tinnitus it is about keeping it from controlling your life. Mine is quite loud... funny how you can put a man on the moon, but you can't stop a noise from disrupting your life. Comment from: Val, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 20 I have never not had the ringing in my ears. It has been since I was tiny. So I know not what the cause is. At 58 it would be nice to finally know. Comment from: Jen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 07 I am in my late 60s and I have had this tinnitus problem for years. I have had both ears tested, and my inner ear is damaged. The hearing aids only help for certain sounds. My family is trying to be helpful every time I say, 'what did you say?' Certain words when they speak I cannot understand, thus sometimes the whole sentence is lost to me, sad. Like all the others, night time is the worst. Thank goodness for closed captioning! Now that I have read all the other testimonies, I can accept it a little better. Comment from: joyanne042, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 13 I fainted and fell on my back hitting my head on the concrete and causing a cut on the middle of my lower head. It has never healed properly and I have ringing in my ears, can't sleep well, have bloating in bowels, eyes are always tired but the eye doctor says they are very healthy. Thank you for any help you can give me, my doctor appointment is over a week away still although I have been waiting several weeks now. Comment from: badf15, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 25 Childhood head injury caused hearing loss in both ears. Due to the various symptoms of Tinnitus (lack of focus/concentration, dizziness etc). I have had to stop working. The loud sounds have caused vertigo and have brought me to tears. I am taking medication for the vertigo and am told it should eventually help the tinnitus. I am striving to be more mindful of my activities and what I eat etc. I think about people who are dealing with worse and resolve that I can strive to deal with this until I am healed. Comment from: Linda L, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10 I wonder if anyone has tried asking for prednisone pills to help ease or lessen their tinnitus. Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory steroid so I thought perhaps this could be helpful. I saw someone on here posted they took Flonase in the morning, as it's a nasal steroid and an antihistamine as well. If just a dose of prednisone was given, perhaps this might really help with tinnitus or keep it at least at bay. I have had it for 4 months now and am awaiting my MRI results in a few weeks. QUESTION Ear infection or acute otitis media is an infection of the middle ear. See Answer Comment from: grandma4, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 09 I developed tinnitus after an upper respiratory infection. I was given an antibiotic for the infection. A few days later I woke hearing the ticking of a clock. I had no ticking clock. I went to my internist and he said I had fluid in my middle ear. Months later the noise was still driving me crazy. I went to 3 ear specialists, they all said no fluid. I had CT, MRI and some other tests; all negative for anything. I only hear the noises in my left ear. I hear every heart beat and every skipped or rapid beat. I went to my cardiologist. He can find no connection. It's worse at night when I lie down so I sleep sitting up and take an over the counter sleeping aid. That works. At least I get a few hours of sleep. I also hear static when I touch my ear or pull on the ear lobe. I do wear hearing aids. It's driving me crazy. I tried Lipo-Flavonoid. That didn't help. Comment from: Daisy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 22 My tinnitus started 10 years ago and I do not know the cause. From the outset I decided that I would take control of the situation and not let the tinnitus take control of me; now I only hear it when I speak about it. Comment from: rudedog, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 01 I have lived with tinnitus for a very long time and like everyone else my doctor says there is no cure. My head noise resembles high tension electrical wires or defective fluorescent lamps. The noise seems to originate not from my ears, but from my head. I noticed only one other sufferer described his experience that way. Recently I started having bouts with vision problems and my doctors suspect a form of migraine. I was prescribed Nortriptyline which made the head noise much louder. I stopped the Nortriptyline but the noise is still loud. Comment from: old guy, 75 or over Male Published: January 07 I had earwax impacted against my eardrum. I had it removed two days ago. My ear is still ringing. Comment from: dan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 11 I don't have any idea how my tinnitus started. I have had it as long as I can remember. I am losing my hearing now and wearing hearing aids. I lost my hearing when I was in the army and shot rifles on a rifle range at 30 below weather in Alaska. I think the tinnitus started then. I try to ignore it but at times it is very bothersome. There is no solution approved by doctors so we are at a loss to cure it. Comment from: Desperation, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30 I managed a print room for 20+ years until retirement. I have hearing loss and extremely bad tinnitus. I wear two hearing aids. I've had tinnitus for 19 years. Bedtime is the worst as I hear three or four different noises at same time with difficulty getting to sleep. Waking during the night means I don't get back to sleep, so tired I'm tired the next day. Comment from: v65honda5, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 12 I served in the Air Force in Vietnam. I dealt with a lot of jet noise and was very close to exploding bombs. Comment from: 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 27 I have on occasion suffered mild tinnitus in my ears, sometimes after being out in the cold for long periods or after long periods of traveling. The sounds go after a while and all is normal again. However, occasionally I get a pulsing in one ear, as if I can hear my heart beating. Comment from: Gayle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23 I noticed the ringing in my ears after donating platelets. I had donated many times prior to that day without the problem, so I thought it might not be related. The tinnitus diminished and went away after a couple days. I donated again a couple weeks later and this time needed to eat several Tums for the tingling in my lips and tongue. The tinnitus returned and has not gone away. It has been almost 2 weeks. I have another appointment to donate but think I will cancel. I am suspecting the anticoagulant as the culprit. Comment from: Hanah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 09 I have had tinnitus for as far back as I can remember. When I was very young I had some very bad ear infections and also a broken ear drum. I am now 63 and remember the whining noise as far back as 3 or 4 years old. It is quite loud and resembles the noise made by high voltage electrical wires. I listen to the radio constantly to drown it out. Comment from: paolo, 55-64 Male Published: January 06 I injured my back and was prescribed ibuprofen. My tinnitus started after taking it, I have a constant ringing in my ears, bearable only by busying and distracting myself. It does not wake me up but once awake it is a constant nuisance. Comment from: farmway lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 14 I had a severe head injury several years ago and the tinnitus is getting worse and louder. It is in my left ear only and is a high pitch like a fire alarm. Comment from: Phantom ring, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 13 My tinnitus was caused by descending on an airline flight from 12,000 ASL to Sea Level with a plugged Eustachian tube from a common cold. Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 17 Mine started with a car accident when I was rear ended by a truck. I was diagnosed with a whip lash and concussion. The loud noise in my ear was a very high pitch, high frequency squealing mixed in a mass of static. Comment from: theheadtrout, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 11 Woke up and something akin to static or feedback was going on in my left ear. It ceased after 2 - 3 hours. Comment from: canuck, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 08 My tinnitus was the result of whiplash in a car accident. Never had any problems before, but now it drives me crazy and I get dizzy or light headed. Comment from: Paulina, Female (Patient) Published: April 25 I am coping with my tinnitus with noise. It is the most bothersome when it is quiet -- and when I am trying to go to sleep at night...so I leave TV on to fall asleep. I think I had this as a kid and didn't really think there was a name for it. I just remember the sound which is back now that I am in my forties. Comment from: Poppy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 15 Since having surgery for nasal polyps a year ago, I have suffered with blocked ears and a constant ringing which I have been told is tinnitus. Comment from: mld, 45-54 Female Published: September 06 I've been bothered by a noise in my left ear for 3 weeks now. It's similar to that of being plugged or being affected by elavation. However, the easy fix of just plugging your nose and blowing does NOT work nor does chewing gum or yawning and the morning is the worst. At times it feels as though my balance is affected but it just makes me feel stupid or not quite with it. I'm not certain, but I think I had a slightly sore throat just before it came on. Comment from: Shelmy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 I've had tinnitus since 3 months now. It is a nonstop sound similar to high volt electricity in a wire. I have done many tests including audiometry, tympanogram, CT brain and MRI brain and all are within normal. I have noticed it increases early in morning or when I lay down my head. I am not sure if it is related to my hobby of swimming.