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Old 03-02-2011, 05:18 AM   #1
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Very loud ear ringing at Night

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An older friend has developed some loud ringing in one ear, & at night its alot worse. He is finding it hard to sleep. The doctors say its the obvious tinnitus & just gave some ear drops, he is soon to visit the ear specialist. although its only an apparent hearing test from last i heard. Hearing is the same, just the very loud ringing. he works with loud machinery like mowers etc, But he has always worn ear plugs & ear muffs. They also say stress & caffeine can be worse, two things he recently has alot of. (well coffee has always been the same).

But wondering why its worse at night? And what to do to make it better? Usually i never hear people's ringing to be this bad at night.

Any input would be great. thanks

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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

I too have this ringing and am about 90% sure the cause. It's my back and it seems louder at night because that's all I am concentrating on.
If I am doing my yoga and keeping my back fit, the ringing goes away, but if I get lazy and start sitting too much the ringing comes back....but that's just me.

 
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hmmm, interesting. thanks . this person doesn't workout, but isnt overweight & is quite lean & in shape. He has lost a bit of weight too as the stress makes it harder to eat. Wonder if weight loss could contribute? Or something simple as wax buildup deep inside over many years?

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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

The ringing I experience (happening right now, in fact) is coming not really from the ear drum but much deeper inside. I am sitting in a twisted position with my laptop to my right, on the sofa arm. I am not overweight either and I'm tall, which I feel has contributed to my having back problems. You're friend might try some yoga exercises and see if it helps. It sure can't hurt him. I do know that the ringing can drive one batty.

 
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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

thanks.

if you don't mind me asking, how old are you? don't have to be specific, my older friend is late 50's. Does your ringing get to the point it sounds like a sharp piercing? did your ringing just start or gradually occur? does it vary? like get louder in quiet situations or when around people talking?

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thanks.

if you don't mind me asking, how old are you? don't have to be specific, my older friend is late 50's. Does your ringing get to the point it sounds like a sharp piercing? did your ringing just start or gradually occur? does it vary? like get louder in quiet situations or when around people talking?

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I'm 63 and yes, it will get to a very high pitched ringing at times. Right now, in the sitting position I am in, it is extremely loud, while earlier when I first got out of bed it was hardly noticable. Not sure if it just starts or gradually occurs. Because it varies, it again leads me to believe it's related to a pinched back or neck nerve. As a test, your friend might try sitting in a hot Epson Salt bath and see if by relaxing his back and neck the ringing stops.

 
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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

Tinnitus can be extremely annoying, as like SnowBunny I have it almost 24/7. I can't really pinpoint exactly what sets mine off as I have gotten so use to it over the years I guess it is second nature to me.

Usually they say it is a sign of hearing loss, yet my tests showed my hearing to be VERY sensative and I tested above average..go figure. Right now it is also in both ears but usually it is mostly in the left. I'm a coffee and tea drinker, usually 3 cups a day, but years ago I drank much more so I'm ruling that out. My Dr. has no idea what is setting it off either. The ENT told me he sees my ears being very dry, especially in the winter and told me to put a dab of Cortizone in them, especially the left. Haven't done it, so don't know if it works or not. Guess I'm just use to it and not as annoyed as I was years ago.

I think maybe your friend notices it more at night as it is quiet? I have a disk problem both in my lower and upper back so they think maybe that could be it, but at present it is just quesses.

I'm 69 but have had this since early 30s, so I don't think age is a factor for me.

Let us know what your friend's Dr. says, we all might learn something..JJ..

P.S. Meant to ask if your friend is on any new meds. that might be causing it?
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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

I have a high pitched ringing in my ears that comes and goes. I have periods of times when it is much worse and keeps me from sleeping. With everything so quite and nothing else diverting the sound it seems even louder at night. I also wonder if my positioning when I lay down makes a difference, but I've tried different pillows with no success yet. With all the ringing keeping me up Sunday night, I didn't fall asleep until 5:30 a.m. and my alarm went off 45 minutes later. This was on top of other nights that were short of sleep last week. I finally called my ENT who gave me a prescription for low-dose Elavil. It does help some. White noise helps some as well.

It sounds like your friend just had his hearing tested. Was it with an Audiologist? Has he been to an ENT? Some people just go to those hearing aid places which don't do thorough testing like Audiologists do. I've been working with an audiologist and an ENT.

Stress can impact tinnitus. So can hearing loss. Sometimes just a random sound triggers mine. I have TMJ and major neck and shoulder tension at times that triggers more ringing. I think a majority of the time the doctors just don't know the cause though.
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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

My ENT also suggested I might have a slight case of TMJ, but I don't think so. Have no idea what mine is, but when it isn't there I feel lonely...NOT!!!..

Had the hearing test done etc. etc. and noone really comes up with an answer. They said my hearing was excellent. Will have to do a search on that Elavil. How long have you been on it? Many days mine isn't even noticeable or I'm just use to it, and others it is constant.

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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

I only take the medication as needed when the ringing is at its worst. I'm one of those few who sometimes get side effects even with very low dosages. Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant. Normal dosages can be in excess of 100 mg. I take 5 or 10 as needed in an "off label" use of this medication. My doc told me I could take up to 20 mg, but there is no way I could handle that. If you search Elavil and tinnitus, you will find it is about 50% effective for the tinnitus.

I was actually diagnosed with TMJ due to ear pain and stuffiness. The ringing sometimes accompanies the ear pain for me.

I've had hearing loss in my right ear since birth. My ENT suggested my ringing could be because if the hearing loss, but I'm 40 and only really started in with periodic extended periods of ringing a couple years ago so I don't buy that.

I sometimes get eczema in my ear canals. (Dry itchy ears). The cortizone creame really doesn't do anything in my opinion. There are some prescription ear drops for itchy ears that are fairly new on the market. I can't remember what they are called though.

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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

I didn't recognise the name Elavil but when I looked it up I saw it is Amitriptyline. They gave that to my husband for his PN which he has very bad.

Like you said, a lot of Drs. are guessing when they try to figure out what you have. I get it mostly in the left ear but many times both. I know it isn't hearing loss or TMJ so I just live with it, have for so many years. It could be the dryness, as it really has been overly dry here with all the snow and freezing temps., so the heat is on a lot more then usual. I don't get the itchy ears it just seems everytime my Dr. looks in my ears both my PCP and ENT say it is always a bit red due to dryness, as I have no infection. After my showers at night my ears feel better until of course they totally dry, must be the nice humidity from the shower. Oh well, as long as it isn't making me nuts, I'll deal with it.

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P.S. Meant to ask if your friend is on any new meds. that might be causing it?


Hi. He suffers from rheumatoid arthritis & so is on a variety of medication. Not exactly sure what stuff. And I read on wikipedia that it can be side effect from medication.

 
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I have a high pitched ringing in my ears that comes and goes. I have periods of times when it is much worse and keeps me from sleeping. With everything so quite and nothing else diverting the sound it seems even louder at night. I also wonder if my positioning when I lay down makes a difference, but I've tried different pillows with no success yet. With all the ringing keeping me up Sunday night, I didn't fall asleep until 5:30 a.m. and my alarm went off 45 minutes later. This was on top of other nights that were short of sleep last week. I finally called my ENT who gave me a prescription for low-dose Elavil. It does help some. White noise helps some as well.

It sounds like your friend just had his hearing tested. Was it with an Audiologist? Has he been to an ENT? Some people just go to those hearing aid places which don't do thorough testing like Audiologists do. I've been working with an audiologist and an ENT.

Stress can impact tinnitus. So can hearing loss. Sometimes just a random sound triggers mine. I have TMJ and major neck and shoulder tension at times that triggers more ringing. I think a majority of the time the doctors just don't know the cause though.
I think his going to a specialist in a month, prob get a hearing test too, but his hearing is pretty good. He uses mowers & brushcutters with loud high pitch noise alot of days for far few years now. But always ear plugs & ear muffs on top.

 
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Re: Very loud ear ringing at Night

Hopefully a specialist will give him some answers. It could be the medicine side effect or also him being around such noisey equipment. It seems Tinnitus is one of those problems Drs. don't always have an answer for.

That was very nice of you to ask and do searching for your friend to try and help. Good luck to him and hope it all works out.

Keep us posted and maybe we can learn something as well...JJ..
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