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Tinnitus ? - May 7th 2012, 11:09 PM

I listen to my music quite loud or sometimes at a lowish volume for a long time - I get this buzzing in my ear - its not inside my head. I looked tinnitus up online it said for it to be tinnitus it would have to be a buzzing in both ears - I only get this buzzing in one ear :/ its not constantly there either it only seems to happen when I lay down at night ? My hearing is fine I can hear well I often pick up on noises others do not - and it only seems to be in one ear too ? I'm not sure what it is and don't really feel able to talk to my parents about this as they will start telling me how its my ipod that's done this. I don't match the symptoms for tinnitus at all but since I looked it up online I am now questioning it even though I know its not tinnitus due to during the day there is no buzzing and its just in one ear ? I keep telling myself its just me over reacting and since looking it up online despite not matching symptoms I am now somewhat paranoid I have it ? When I know I don't . I don't really know the point in this thread as I know you can't actually diagnose just more I need to know if anyone has any ideas as to what this could be as I only get it at night in one ear when I lay down or sit in certain posistions . I know looking things up online is not wise . Anyone have any ideas what this could be ? Its only been happening the past few days and I have hardly used my ipod ? So I know its not tinnitus but part of me questions it. This makes no sense sorry for rambeling .



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Re: Tinnitus ? - May 8th 2012, 07:55 AM

Tinnitus can be in one or both ears, although when it is in both ears, it does not necessarily have to be to the same degrees. Tinnitus can occur randomly, although occurring at particular positions seems to not be coincidence. It's important to remember that tinnitus isn't truly a syndrome, rather it's a symptom of something and the only way for us or a doctor to determine is to ask question, examine and perform any hearing and physiological tests. So, do you have a muffled hearing or feeling constantly congested when you are not? Are you taking any medications, specifically ototoxic ones? Unfortunately, many syndromes have tinnitus as a possible symptom, although in many cases, it's idiopathic.

Even though you sometimes listen to your music at a low volume, you indicated you listen for a long time, which certainly can suggest noise damage. Another common cause is called acute bacterial otitis media or simply acute otitis media. There is a thin tube connecting the middle ear to the throat called the Eustachian tube. When you have a cough or congestion, bacteria can travel into your middle ear although it usually resolves itself. Sometimes it can last longer and can be associated with "glue ear", which is easily treatable. This is often seen using an otoscope, which just about every doctor has.


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Re: Tinnitus ? - May 8th 2012, 08:45 AM

No my hearing is very good I can often hear noises before others hear them. I do not feel congested either. It just seems strange that I only get it in one ear when I am laying down at night or in a certain posistion. I can lay down during the day and not get any buzzing in my ear .



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Re: Tinnitus ? - May 8th 2012, 07:55 PM

I took a hearing test today, my hearings fine, it's not tinnitus, it was an online hearing test but it was a one where you listened to something being read out and each time they read it out they made it harder and harder to hear and I got each one correct. And with tinnitus it said it would be there constantly, mines not constant and its only there at night so it's not tinnitus.



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Re: Tinnitus ? - May 9th 2012, 09:49 PM

I'm not sure where you're getting your information from but it's largely wrong. Tinnitus does not have to be a continuous sound, in fact it usually is not unless it is quite severe. It can be continuous or it can occur randomly for a short or long duration. The test you described seems like an online audiometric test, which is used to determine the severity of hearing loss (if any) using a specialized decibel scale abbreviated dB HL. If you didn't get a numerical dB HL value or a description of any hearing loss, then it's not an audiometric test. It should look something like this (ignore the blue-ish bar part if yours didn't have it).


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Re: Tinnitus ? - May 10th 2012, 08:00 AM

I got my information from the embrassesing bodies site. and the hearing test said that my hearing was fine and with tinnitus it would cause hearing loss I have no hearing loss, but I have since found out theres a viral infection going round at work and others at work have had a buzzing in one ear at night due to build up of pressure, I do now have a cold and a ear ache in my right ear(the ear which has been buzzing) and that it only buzzes at night because of the build up of pressure.



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Re: Tinnitus ? - May 10th 2012, 04:46 PM

I think you have figured out it is just due to a cold of sorts.

But for future reference, Tinnitus can be in one or both ears. Mayoclinic, webmd, and medicenet are some of the websites I referred to for information and all say one or both. Also, all three websites state that it doesn't HAVE to mess with your hearing, although it can if it is loud enough.

But I will close this now and I do hope you get to feeling better. Try to sleep propped up with pillows. Use a decongestant and antihistamine for your ear. It's due to congestion despite not feeling congested. And try not to lay on the sore ear.
   
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