Im really needing some help.
I developed otitis externa in my left ear in Decemeber, it carried on until January this year and throughout the infection I had tinnitus, quite over powering at first and then died down to a dull hiss, after that infection cleared I developed the same one in my right ear, again causing tinnitus and cleared nearly a month ago now. I saw an ENT specialist, who gave me a hearing test which was all fine and said eventually the tinnitus should settle.
Recently the hissing in my left ear has become really intrusive, my ear was popping and crackling, it felt blocked so I assumed it was wax and tried some olive oil, it got stuck in my ear til a few hours later something popped and it drained out again, leaving me with even worse tinnitus. My ear felt stuffy for days so I went to the doctor who said it was clear and it was probaly catarrh behind the eardrum. It got even worse yesterday and my ear felt awful so I went to an out of hours doctor, who said my ear was infected again and has given me some drops.
Basically I had a few questions, is it really possible for tinnitus to go away? Is it normal for infections to cause it and still have it for a few months after the infection has cleared? I've also had a few colds over the past few months, and the doctors have told me a few times they think I have catarrh behind my eardrums.
The T in my left ear is so intrusive at the moment, its overiding everything and im TERRIFIED of it staying this volume for good, or having tinnitus permenantly in general. I'm only 18, no hearing loss and i've been told it will be really unlikely, but i've been lurking around tinnitus sights and have read so much negativity about how people cant live a normal life with it, how its still driving them insane 30years later. I just cant stop crying.
Does it ever settle to a point where you can forget it? I thought it was settling in this ear, It barely bothered me and I could mask it easily, it was more my right ear that has the annoying buzz, but this high pitched hissing I cant cope with for much longer.
The ENT wont see me again till July.
Someone please help