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Old 08-15-2007, 06:17 AM   #1
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Tinnitus and Vestibular Neuritis


I am in the recovery phase of Vestibular Neuritis which occured 8 weeks back in my right ear. Caloric test showed 75% unilateral loss. I did an MRI and it showed no evidence of neuroma. I am taking betaserc and vinpocetine daily plus some vestibular exercises.

Since last 3 weeeks, I am having mild tinnitus that started in my right ear first and then in my left ear as well.

Only change that happened during this time is my BP medication. I started taking Amlodipine.

My ENT asks me to continue with Betaserc and Vinpocetine and thinks it's due to Amlodipine.

I have already stopped taking Amlodipine, but tinnitus is still there and it's more now.

Did anyone experience tinnitus bilaterally after VN? Is it some secondary symptom/left ear infection/bilateral loss might be developed? For a unilateral loss like 75%, how long normally it takes to recover? Was the recovery pattern like good and then temporary bad or gradually better?

If someone can share some comments, it would be great.


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Old 08-15-2007, 06:32 AM   #2
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Re: Tinnitus and Vestibular Neuritis


I know some people here have experienced tinnutus after the VN has subsided, and while they were recovering -- months into the recovery. For some I believe they say it is the last to go.. Nots ure, maybe someone like Gloria can shed light on this.. I know she has had the issue of tinnitus setting in after the initial attack.

But for alot of us, the tinnitus sets in right along with the other symptoms.... It waxes and wanes with everything else, so if you have a good day, chances are the tinnitus will be less as well.

Old 08-15-2007, 07:58 AM   #3
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Re: Tinnitus and Vestibular Neuritis

Hi tummy2,

Thanks for the information.
Gloria, if you are around could you shed some light on this? Did your tinnitus subside eventually or become permanent?


Old 08-16-2007, 09:45 AM   #4
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Hi rajibm2005,

I can't say weather or not your meds or herbal remedies are contributing to your tinnitus or not. It is very likely it could have been the high blood pressure med but would think that you would have more of a pulsating tinnitus (sounds like your heart beating) which is more associated with blood flow.

Some people have taken Vinpocetine as a tinnitus rememdy but the verdict is out on these herbal remedies for tinnitus.

I'm curious as to why your doctor prescribed betaserc. I'm not real familar with this drug as to the best of my knowledge is not available in the US. It seems to be a Middle Eastern drug used for people with meniere's. Am I correct? VN and meniere's are two different inner ear disorders. Usually meniere's patients are prescribed a dieuretic to help control the fluid in their middle ear (which I'm thinking may be what betaserc is). Did you have any testing that would indicate a problem with your fluid level in your inner ear? I could very well see this med contributing to your tinnitus as well if betaserc does what I think it does.

I believe the only real way of knowing weather or not it is the vinpocetine or the betaserc is to stop the meds all together to see if the tinnitus stops. Have you talked to your ENT after stopping the blood pressure med to let him know you are still having the tinnitus?

From what I know, typically if it is med induced, the tinnitus has a good record of disappearing after stopping the meds. Could take some time to disapate if it is the meds.

I do know of a few individuals that got tinnitus after VN and their tinnitus did eventually go away so stay positive.

Did your tinnitus subside eventually or become permanent
My story is a little different than the norm as I'm not so sure I ever had an inner ear disorder that caused my ear symptoms and dizziness. I am still recovering and am almost 3 years into it. I have many of the symptoms others on the board have experienced but believe mine was the result of a very severe allergic reaction I had to an antibiotic followed by an ear infection. I was diagnosed with brain damage which affected my auditory system causing my tinnitus. I believe my tinnitus is a result of damage to my CNS. I was given a prognosis of 2 - 5 years. I have improved greatly in some areas but my battle is not over yet. One of my hardest symptoms to cope with is the tinnitus. Mine came on about 6 weeks into this whole ordeal. I can not say if mine is permenant or not as no one really knows. I hope the heck it isn't. I do know of people whose tinnitus resolved itself with time. I even met someone the other day that had theirs go after 3 years.

For a unilateral loss like 75%, how long normally it takes to recover?
There are some very good videos in the sticky above the threads by Dr. Rauch that really explains VN well and the recovery period. I really recommend watching them. I don't think anyone can really put a time frame on this junk, but I can assure you that I do know of people who have recovered fully.

Hope the tinnitus resolves quickly for you as I know it is no picnic.


Old 08-16-2007, 11:06 PM   #5
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Re: Tinnitus and Vestibular Neuritis

Hi Gloria,

Thanks a lot for sharing detailed information.

To answer your questions, betaserc has been prescribed because it's proved to promote/make faster neuroplasticity. You might be aware vestibular compensation is an example of neuroplasticity where peripheral vestibular deficit is centrally compensated.

Betaserc has many uses and mostly used to treat endolymphatic hydrops. It's an anti-vertigo agent, a vasodilator (dilates blood vessels of inner ear and thus relieves the pressure), promotes neural adaptation and makes vestibulo-occular reflex (the reflex which stabilizes image on eye during head movement) better.

It's probably a good point to see if betaserc can contribute to tinnitus. Literature actually claims betaserc reduces tinnitus. In my case, I cant see any such effect. Let me try by reducing the dose.

I have already stopped the BP medication since 1 week, but dont see much effect on tinnitus. My neurotologist says it may take several weeks because Amlodipine is a long acting drug. Let's see.

It's good to hear that people who developed tinnnitus after VN has overcome it. I just hope the same is the case for me.

Tomorrow I am seeing a new otologist to evaluate if the tinnitus is VN related or drug-induced.

Thanks for the link to Dr Rauch's otology clinic.

Take care

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