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Should I Dive With Tinnitus
I have normal/sensitive hearing but i can barely hear in crowds, with background or ambient noise. Should i be concerned?
Have an audiogram: To see if you in fact have any hearing deficits. ...Read more
Hi Doctor, I have mild tinnitus. I'm thinking of using noise cancellation headphone. Will this worsen my tinnitus?
Depends.: The key with tinnitus (ringing/noise in ears) is to try to mask it with background noise. Simply put, it becomes harder to hear the tinnitus against more background noise. If you use headphones to listen to low level music/sound, then tinnitus is improved during this since it gets masked. If you simply cancel out all ambient noise resulting in silence, tinnitus becomes more noticeable instead. ...Read more
Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms. ...Read more
I have a mild-moderate degree tinnitus. I can understand almost every conversation. Im also a drummer. How do I prevent further hearing loss/tinnitus?
Nerve Injury: The chronic exposure to intense, loud noise trauma has likely caused sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). You need to protect your ears from loud noise using ear plugs. You also need to follow with your ENT for surveillance audiograms. You can decrease your tinnitus by using a hearing aid specific to your frequency loss. ...Read more
I heard a loud ringing in my left ear today. I have OCD and an Health Anxiety Disorder. Now I am unsure if this ringing is Tinnitus or make believe?
Key signs: Watch out for prolonged sounds (mmmmay), signs of the child reacting to the stuttering (eye blinking, looking to the side, raised pitch of the voice), and repeating sounds 4 or more times (a-a-a-a-as). For more about difference between normal speech dysfuency and stuttering that should be addressed, check my full article: http://www.Drgreene.Com/azguide/stuttering. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very common: You see, the loud music is measured in high decibel levels, and persistent intense noise causes immediate tinnitus, but repetitive occurrences can lead to permanent high frequency sensorineural hearing loss. Hate to "rain on your parade", but might consider using small insert in external ear for protection. Available in numerous sporting goods stores. Also, headphones can adjust for frequencies ...Read more
I saw neuro for dizziness. Outcome was take meclizine until dizziness went away. Dumped him. Also have numbness and tinnitus. Should i see an ent?
See a PCP: I suggest that you see a primary care doctor. She can help guide you to the right specialist for your condition. She'll also make sure that the specialist is following up with you, and can refer you to a physician she knows and trusts. Feel free to contact me at my office in sugar land if you don't have a pcp. Good luck. ...Read more
Ear wax removal: As long as your ear is not occluded with hard, compacted wax (cerumen) ear wax removal systems can be quite beneficial to clear wax from ear canals. You may however, need the assistance of a otolaryngologist to clean your ears with specialty instruments for best results. Some primary practitioners are able to irrigate the ears. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have tinnitus fir over 3 years and nothing seems to work. I can't stand loud music or be in a place with different atmospheric pressure like flying?
Unfortunately: Tinnitus is recurrent and incurable. It's caused by repetitive and constant exposure to noise, be it soft or loud noise . Certain people are more prone to it because of their occupations - pilots, musicians, telephone operators (phone keeps on ringing!) golfers; exposure to boisterous nagging from a spouse etc. Remedies include just ignoring it , masking the ringing with soft music, hypnosis etc. ...Read more
Get back on it: Give it a while to make sure it is not just your body's withdrawl from the drug. If it persists, get back on it. Thats why they make it. ...Read more
Should i be concerned if I have dizziness and vertigo every time driving is attempted. Meds not helping. Please help!?
That's odd: Does the vertigo come when you are turning your head or just at the prospect of getting in the car and driving. If it is the latter then I would suspect that the dizziness is a symptoms of anxiety. If it is vertigo that occurs when you turn your head then I would recommend evaluation by an ENT specialist. ...Read more
TINNITUS: Tinnitus is often associated with conductive (from obstruction of ear canal) or sensorineural ( damage to nerve) hearing loss . May be first sign of a serious condition schwannoma ( inner ear tumor ).It may occur with ear infection also. Causes are many. If prob continues consult an ENT doctor. Prob may be very simple or complex. Good history, exam, hearing test and MRI may be necessary ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The drum is fairly tough and a bump wouldnt do much harm. ...Read more
I had from Barotrauma last Jan during a dive as I didn't equalize my ears effectively. Ended with partial hearing loss and tinnitus. Can I dive again?
If tinnitus was caused by a medication/s then should it disappear when the medication stops (been more than 1 year)? -Risperidone, Cetalipram
Maybe: I know that's unsatisfying - but true. Most providers say it should go away or diminish greatly. But 'may' is not for sure. It also could be that there's other reasons for it too and they remain after side effects are gone. Be examined for the simple wax type causes and ask that provider for ideas. Psych (and other) meds have side effects. Only use w/ care. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus ...Read more
Problems inner ear: Tinnitus is located usually within the inner ear auditory apparatus, but referred sounds could be due to extra cranial vasculature stenosis, or even transmitted cardiac sounds. Rarely, arteriovascular malformations cause tinnitus-like issues, and hyperthyroidism may cause venous hums. ...Read more
No specific cure yet: There is no specific cure yet for tinnitus, however, it is important to make sure the tinnitus is not being caused by an acoustic nerve tumor. Additionally, one needs to keep the blood pressure under good control, and to make sure the tinnitus is not being caused by one's medications. Some reports show benefit with melatonin and acoustic therapy, but this is very preliminary information. ...Read more
Yes: Sinusitis can block the eustacean tube in one or both ears and cause a change in inner ear pressure. This, or general ear, nose, throat inflammation and swelling may trigger tinnitus. Otc treatments like temporary (3 days) use of nose sprays (except nasal saline which can be used for long periods), anti-histamines and mucus thinners can help. Otherwise, see your primary care doc or an ENT doc. ...Read more
Whooshing: It can be a low hum, a high pitch whooshing sound, it can be in one or both ears, it can be pulsatile (synchronous with the heartbeat), it can be loud like a locomotive, and sometimes it can be heard by others (especially your doctor if a stethoscope is used). ...Read more
Tinnitus: There is no standard cure for tinnitus, but fortunately, it can go away on its own after a while. If you have seen a physician already, follow their instructions for monitoring this. If the tinnitus is only in one ear and lasts for a long time, a scan is sometimes ordered to look for an acoustic neuroma that is pressing on the eighth cranial nerve (responsible for hearing and balance). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Silence causes incre: Tinnitus is more prominent in a silent room and you probably nap in a situation where there is little noise so you become more aware of it when you wake up . Tinnitus can be related to loss of hearing and you might want to have an audiologist look at this. Tinnitus is less prominent during the day when there is other noise in your environment to mask the ringing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some : Ringing in the ears is usually due to hearing damage caused by exposure to loud noises over many years. Some people "go crazy" because of the ringing in their ears. Unfortunately, there is not a direct cure for it that we know of now. You can mask the ringing with other noise. For instance, you may keep a fan running while you are in bed so the ringing does not disturb your trying to sleep. ...Read more
Probably: If the noise has produced a permanent high frequency hearing loss, then this loss of hearing will result in increased neuronal excitation in the central auditory nervous system. This is the cause of the tinnitus. The ringing in the ear is the perception of sound arising from the auditory nervous system in the brain. Masking, electro-magnetism and rarely anti-anxiety drugs may help. ...Read more
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