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4isenuf 01-09-2001 03:58 PM

High Pitched Ringing
Hello, this is my first time on this board. Last night while watching T.V. all of the sudden I got this very high pitched sqeal in my left ear. I was almost as if someone put something right next to my ear and turned it on full blast. It only lasted a few seconds, but afterwards my ear felt stuffy. This morning I had almost forgotten about it when I felt a little dizzy and thought I could hear a slight ringing. Then I went to my aerobics class and have been fine since. Does anyone have any idea what this might have been? I have never had a problem with wax buildup, and have always had excellent hearing. I am 33 years old. Thanks in advance for any replys! Janet

sspeedy 01-11-2001 07:47 AM

Well, I wish I could tell you what it is. I have had a simalar problem except mine happens when I go to bed. Almost every time I go to bed my right ear rings. It rings until I fall asleep. I don't understand it myself. Even when I woke up this morning it was still ringing and I am only twenty years old and I have clean ears. I wish I knew what was going on. I just thought you might like to know my experience. ;)

4isenuf 01-11-2001 09:57 AM

Thanks for your reply. Actually, my ear does this when I go to bed, also. I wonder why this is? Maybe we are so busy during the day, with so much noise around us, that when we go to bed it is "too" quiet! Thanks again, Janet

wildflower 02-08-2001 09:54 PM

Hi 4isenuf. I can relate to your situation. When you have noises in your ear it is called Tinnitus. The American Tinnitus Society can help you to learn more about this or if you are Canadian (I am) then contact the Canadian Hearing Society. As well, look in your library for more information. I have had Tinnitus for 2 years now, with moderate hearing loss in both ears. I am 40 now. It can be frustrating until you realize and recognize what it is. Go for it girl. check it out

Lizzie 02-08-2001 10:22 PM

Hi wildflower, and fellow Canadian!

Do you know what is causing your tinnitus, and hearing loss? I'm 38, and suffer from tinnitus in both ears, as well as hearing loss. My ear specialist figures it's caused by an autoimmune disorder of the inner ear.

wildflower 02-09-2001 04:16 AM

Hi Lizzie and fellow Canadian as well. I was told by my specialist that sometimes with hearing loss, tinnitus does occur. Why, they do not know. As for an autoimmune disorder, my specialist said that to test for that you have to have the kit sent over from Boston. He tried to get the kit to find out if it is an autoimmune but O.H.I.P. wouldn't pay for it and it costs around $160.00 U.S. I was tested for everything, as to why I lost some hearing but to no avail. Frustrating isn't it!!! I wouldn't worry though Lizzie. My specialist said that it is rare to have an autoimmune disorder and hearing loss. Do you have a family and are they supportive and understanding? Since you are from Canada, call this number 810-547-4177. This excellent company, Personal Growth Technologies has this CD sampler for tinnitus sufferers and it is free. This sampler will help you to decide what CD is best for you and then you can order it (Tinnitus Relief System). It is fantastic. I listen to it everynight in bed and it really helps. I sometimes figure that with the tinnitus, it sometimes helps to give it a name, something special to just you. I call it my friend and then it is easier to accept. I don't know if that will be acceptable to you. It never hurts to try. Do you wear hearing aids and if so, do you find it helps? Well, fellow Canadian, I must log off for now and hope to hear from you again. Take good care and relax as much as possible. I do know for sure that stress aggravates tinnitus. By the way, did you get a major snow storm. We most definately did.

wildflower 02-09-2001 12:46 PM

Hi to all. It's me again. I am writing today to wish all of you a good day. Today try and make sure that you do something nice for yourself and that you can cope with all you have. And if you can't, that is okay too. Just go with the flow and let it be. Talk to you later. Peace

Lizzie 02-10-2001 12:33 PM

Hi wildflower..
Yes we did get a snowstorm (Lower Mainland), but the snow is all gone now!

Interesting information on the tinnitus. Thank you very much.

Getting back to my ears again. I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease 10 years ago. My left ear was the only one affected, with hearing loss, and tinnitus, until just a few months ago. My right ear started to buzz, and I have hearing loss in that one as well. I am currently on medication of Pred/MTX to help stablize my flucuating hearing loss. In the past few months my hearing has been very muffled, with strong tinnitus. It's very frustrating! There's no talk of hearing aids, until we see how the medication is working. So far, it has improved my hearing quite a bit.


wildflower 02-10-2001 04:10 PM

Hi Liz,

Thanks 4 getting back. Poor you. It must be so maddening for you. I find that if you try and sit down and just say to yourself that this is ******* me off but that is okay. I think i will sit here and just go with the flow because at this time I am unable to do anything else. Also, have you ever had a second opinion about your ears? I have been to a lot of corny doctors who have diagnosed the wrong things. eek!!! My ear, nose, and throat specialist is excellent and I really trusted him. He came highly recommended. I don't know though about yours. He could be the best. If you doubt him of any sort, please get a second opinion. I am so glad for you that the medicine is helping. Did they say how long you have to be on the meds and what happens when you stop? It sounds as though you are quite positive about it all. I imagine it can get feeling helpless. I have been there so many times. Well, take good care. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Till we meet again.

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wildflower 02-12-2001 10:17 PM

Hey there. It is late at night and I am sure that you shall read the message tomorrow. I was just wondering if you have any troubles sleeping because of your tinnitus? If so, what do you do about it? Luckily, I do not have trouble sleeping but sometimes I lay in bed, my hearing aids out and all I can hear is my tinnitus. My tinnitus is like a vacuum cleaner turned on sound. It never goes away. eek!!!! What does your tinnitus sound like? What joy we have eh! (spoken like a Canadian). Well, let me know Liz okay. Today I wish for you to have joy and peace in your discomfort. Peace, till later.

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maxee 02-16-2001 06:39 PM

Thought I'd share my experience with you. I am 37, my ears have been ringing for at least 5 years. In my 20's i listened to loud music and was highly strung. My ears still ring with intermittent big 'squeals'. I have had my ears checked with some hearing loss being detected but I have resolved myself to having Tinitus. In my studies I have heard this condition is linked to the nervous system which is worth investigation. I now practise yoga and meditation, this helps a lot. I have learned to not react to the ringing, the hearing specialist agreed this as a good action, teach the mind to accept. I hear it is very common for people in their 30's and up to have tinitus. When my ears ring really loud, I take it as a sign I am stressing, which is a great reminder and indicator to take proper action (ie let go, sleep, exercise, eat good foods, give up stimulants ie coffee and take better care of myself). I have done Vipassana meditation and recommend it strongly. Details are available online. I hope this is of help.
Kind regards

choose peace

KelceyB 02-23-2001 02:08 PM


I have had problems with tinnitis and hearing loss in my ears since May 2000. My ENT was thinking I had an autoimmune disorder. I recovered all my hearing and the tinnitis went away when I was given 60 mg of prednisone a day. As soon as I tapered down from the medication the tinnitis came back, even stronger than before. I have not been back to the ENT lately. I have been trying other alternative medicine things. I am curious about the medication Pred/MTX because you said it helped you. Maybe it would help me. Do you know what kind of drug it is or what is in it?

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