I wrote on here for the first time a week ago to say that although suffering from tinnitus for 30 years, I was worried about an impending ear syringing procedure. I received many supportive responses which I appreciate.
I have had a terrible 8 days using drops to soften wax in one ear, leading to partial deafness which meant my tinnitus was screaming.
I had my ear syringed yesterday and explained all my reservations to the nurse beforehand (fear of worsening the tinnitus, only partially working, which has happened before). She set the machine to half the power which was gentler and a bit quieter. She stopped whenever I asked and spent a long time removing dead skin from around the ear canal with tweezers.
The relief was brilliant. It was strange to hear my own voice properly instead of in my head! I walked home in busy London traffic and had to cup my ear at times as it seemed so loud.
I knew the real test would be when I got home where it is quiet. I was dreading my tinnitus still being deafening. I knew it would probably be louder if only because I couldn't avoid focusing on it for the previous week. I was so relieved to find it was back to normal, acceptable levels.
I just wanted to post in case anyone out there was worried about their tinnitus getting louder when using ear drops. Rationally I knew why but my paranoid self panicked. I'm also aware of the debate about the safety/effectiveness of syringing v microsuction ,(I have had both procedures over the years). All I know is, I'm prone to wax build up and have a lot of dry skin in my ears, so I will be following the advice to use use olive oil once a month to keep it at bay. Also, I have very hairy ears apparently!