I am a long time musician and have been pounding my ears for years with amps headphones ect... never any problems, one day I was out shopping and felt a wild sensation in my ear almost as if it was getting swallowed, and them a loud and I mean loud ringing went off, and it has been going now for 3 weeks, and its maddening.... I went to 4 doctors, the last one was an ear only specialist, he said that they way it came on he does not thing it has anything to do with the music, it would not have come on like that so sudden and without any sound around to finally cause it, he said that it is most likely a virus that got into my ear, does anyone on here have any knowledge of inner ear viruses, I am getting some info from my doc, I just want to find someone out there that has had a similar situation, the ringing has gone down a little bit, at first I was crazy I wanted to jump out a window, I have to take sleeping pills to sleep, he said it can take up to 2 months to slowly go away, and that i wont even notice it going away, it will just slowly move to the background.
I have had a ringing in my ear for over a year. I have not seen a doctor about it. It doesn't bother me that much. I guess I sould check it out with a doc.
It isn't real loud but can get louder at times. I looked on the internet and it says it bothers some people more than others.
I've had ringing ears for about 7 years now. I went to an ENT and he said, that I have problems with my middle ear. That's why I have hearing loss as well. 40% on each ear. Go check it out. Some of them can be fixed, some of them can't. If it's the middle ear, then there's nothing you can do. My ENT told me to get hearing aid, but I'm only 25. There's no way i'll use them now. I'd rather tell people to speak louder.
I am not sure what kind of ear specialist you have seen...but I would recommend seeing an Audiologist (certified as an AuD. - which means that have their doctorate) because they are specifially trained on various ear disorders. I would say it sounds a lot like tinnitus (which differs from person to person - loudness, frequency, etc.), however getting it evaluated would be your best bet.
I have seen a specialist and he seems to think its an inner ear virus, I am long time musician, with years of headphone and amplifier use with no protection, he still seems to think beacause of how accute and quick it came on, it came on while shopping at the grocery store, just out of the blue, felt like a 600 pound flying saucer was in my head, he seemd to think its not noise related but I dont know it was alot of years under those headphones.
I cant sleep at night, I am a sober guy as well as everyone is suggesting medication, so I am trying to stay away from that for now, it lessened a bit so during the day I can go out and distract it, but at night forget it, even in the day if i just lay back and try to nap, forget it no chance, I kinda feel like my life ended 3 weeks ago! when this happned!!!!!
I had the same thing happen about 3 weeks ago. All of a sudden a loud tone with about 50% reduction in overall hearing in my left ear. The hearing returned almost completely within an hour, but the ringing persisted. Went to the emergency because some websites say this could be a blood flow/clot problem that can kill the cells in the inner ear. The ER doc looked in my ear and said it was infected. I was surprised because I felt no pain at all.
He prescribed zithromax for 5 days and then I went to an ENT for a hearing test. He said the infection was cleared and I had about a 20% loss in the left ear with no sign of mechanical obstruction. So its a nerve thing and probably due to the infection inflaming the inner ear. Its not so bad to drive me mad and I can sleep, I just hope it slowly fades away.
I'm in the same boat as you ipanza. I am a long-time musician whose ringing in the ear came on about a week after a bit of bronchitis. I took Zithromax, which I've read can cause ringing in the ears, but it's been three weeks since I took that. Although I started using hearing protection the last 5-10 years, this came on too quickly to be music-related, especially since I was sick.
According to sources online (Mayo clinic, etc.) ear infections often follow an illness.
So far I've only been to a physician (my regular one was on vacation) and he didn't see anything wrong at all with the otoscope. My next move is to make an appointment with my regular doctor to get a referral to an ENT or audiologist.
The ringing is rather loud. Not sure if it's quite as loud as you are describing, but definitely distracting! MAKE IT STOP!