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Unread 11-18-2007, 10:29 PM
Tinnitus/Ringing in Ears

I've been dealing with hissing/whistle sounds in my head for years - often comes and goes...nothing seems to bring them on other than if I don't sleep well (which I don't without Ambien) for days and days...then they will get louder.

Well, they have been having a nice little symphony in my head since I got out of surgery and basically it's driving me bonkers. I don't have high blood pressure, it isn't the pulse-type one which maybe be more of a vein/artery issue...it's just this massive cacophony since the operation - moreso when I came home after.

Anyone else dealt with this?
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Unread 11-18-2007, 10:43 PM
Tinnitus/Ringing in Ears

I have ringing in my ears but it is because I have been on high doses of gentamicin.And that med causes hearing issues.I have also been exposed to loud noises since being in the Army.I have found that it is worse when i am in silence and if I leave my radio on real quietly at night it gets better.Good luck,
Unread 11-19-2007, 12:26 AM
Tinnitus/Ringing in Ears

large doses of ibuprofen do this to me...also I sleep with a sound machine to help cover it up.
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Unread 11-19-2007, 10:51 AM
Tinnitus/Ringing in Ears

My mom and I have always had trouble with this - usually when we are especially tired. My mom always drank a small glass of wine and that seemed to help her - I can't stand wine, so no help for me there! I think the idea about having a fan or something on in your room seems like a good idea to try.
Unread 11-19-2007, 12:06 PM
Tinnitus/Ringing in Ears

NP Writer,

Your description and timing of your symptoms reminded me of something.

My DH had an operation when he was in his teens. After he came out from under anesthesia his ears were ringing. Over the years his ears continued to ring. He consulted with several doctors and dentists, most said it was probably a mild form of TMJ, since his jaw clicks when opening & closing, etc.

One day he mentioned it to a new dentist during a regular checkup. The dentist manipulated his jaw and the ringing stopped. DH said it felt like the dentist popped his jaw back into place, sort of like you'd pop a knuckle or something. According to this particular dentist the ringing sometimes results from pressure on the ear canal area when the jaw get misaligned due to being held open for any length of time while someone is tubed during anesthesia.

If this was the case, I don't know why it took so long for a dentist or doctor to recognize the problem and give DH some relief. Maybe this dentist was young, just out of school and up on new techniques, but whatever the reason, my DH ears quit ringing.
Unread 11-19-2007, 09:28 PM
Tinnitus/Ringing in Ears


I've been having some neurological problems for the past year and a half which has caused ringing in my ears off and on for a couple of years, but it would only last for a few days. However, on January 1 of this year, it started again in my left ear and lasted for ten months. Sometimes I could ignore it, but other times it really got on my nerves, and would even interfere with my hearing. It would also get worse when it would rain (for some odd reason.) The only thing I could do was play music to try to drown out the ringing (which actually sounded like a heart monitor when it flat lines.)

In October, my neurologist prescribed Neurontin for nerve pain and trigeminal neuralgia. A few days after I started taking it, I realized that the tinnitus was almost gone. Over the next week or so, it completely stopped. Evidentially, Neurontin has been researched and found to be beneficial in treating tinnitus. It sure helped in my case.

I hope you can get some relief soon. I know how aggravating tinnitus can be.


Unread 11-20-2007, 06:29 AM
Tinnitus/Ringing in Ears

Well, I mentioned the tinnitus at my 6-week follow-up yesterday - doctor said he didn't think it was part of getting a hysterectomy altho I've found many real tinnitus sites (not just "Bob's Tinnitus Site") that address menopause and tinnitus, so perhaps having your ovaries yanked out qualifies. Maybe it will be a short-term thing if I start up on hormones (got a tiny little patch I haven't tried yet - the generic huge one was irritating my skin like insanely).

As I think I mentioned previously, I had been dealing with the noises/ringing on and off for a few years now, been to the audiologist about it, etc., and they never found any bad cause for it...some people just get it. I never really went to a ton of loud concerts or damaged my ears some other way...but they do say all you need is one real bad damaging episode to do it. Who knows - all I know it has kicked up the volume knob in my head to 11 (c'mon...hasn't anyone ever seen "This is Spinal Tap"?).

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