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A week ago i either started getting tinnitis or i just started noticing it and have been suffering from the "noticing". i don't have health insurance.?

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OTC treatment: It is easy to pay a lot of $ for a tinnitus work up, but it very rarely uncovers anything sinister (this isn't chest pain....). Start with plenty of sleep, avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, excess sodium, and loud noise; hydrate, and turn on some static on the radio or a fan at night. You might try otc lipo-flavonoid, arches tinnitus formula, or tinnitusdx.

Answered 1/31/2015

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Tinnitus: Even though the sounds in your ear are of recent onset, it is important to know if it is on one side and if there is a hearing loss associated with it. Although it is true that tinnitus as an isolated symptom is rarely associated with a serious disease, certain ear diseases such as acoustic tumor can very rarely be associated with unilateral tinnitus. See an ENT specialist.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Tinnitus: Be sure to avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds (i.e., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.). Tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok. When possible see ENT for evaluation/hearing testing. Also, see web site: entnet.Org which has information on tinnitus and all common ENT problems.

Answered 1/31/2015

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