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Constant ringing

I'm 18 years old, female, and I have a constant ringing in one of my ears. It's been like this for 2 weeks now and it doesn't stop. I'm scared it's gonna last forever:( I'm also worried it's self inflicted because I often listen to loud music, especially at clubs. It's really hard to not focus on it and I have to go to sleep with music on atm. luckily I can only hear it when it's quiet, but I'm worried it's going to get worse and I don't think I could cope with it any louder. I'm going to the doctors on Tuesday but I'm just so upset over it. I've already purchased some ear plugs for when I next go out, and havnt listened to music loud.

I want to try and train my brain to not hear it anymore but because I'm so anxious I can hear it constantly atm.

Can tinnitus be temporary? or is there anything I can do to minimise it/get rid of it.

I'm also getting abit of pain in my ears, and they feel quite blocked, but the sound is only in one.

I can best describe the sound as when you rub your fingers around the rim of a wine glass, it's high frequency but the sound goes up and down abit.

Please help. I'm only 18 xx

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I also take 10mg of amitriptyline a day for around a year now x

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Keep your fingers crossed that it's a blockage or infection in the ear - if so, once that situation resolves, the tinnitus should fade away in time. In the meantime, try not to focus on it - stressing about it only makes it worse unfortunately.

Make use of all the BTA leaflets available via their website, there's loads of useful general info on there.

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Thank you, I hope so, my fingers are crossed, I'm hoping it's just wax or something. I've just tried out my earplugs and when they are in I seem to have it in both ears. I'd of thought this would have made it worse but for some reason, having it mild in both ears now I hear it helps distract me from the other side, so it kind of sounds a little better, balancing it out.

Although I really hate it, I guess I just have to be positive and grateful that it isn't a lot worse, because some people have it awfully loud. Hopefully if I protect my ears from now on it won't get any worse. And from reading up on it, even people who have it really bad can get used to it and live happy lives. Xx

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Hi Alice ¡ When you see the doctor try as best as you can do to describe the sound your hearing in your Ears or head. It is very important because there are many other condions other than Tinnitus that generate noise in the head. Furthermore, I read you go to venues where loud music is playing and this is probably the source of noise in your ears, a condition called "Acoustic Trauma " which is usually temporary and very common in young people after pop festivals. But it can be permanent in some people and there is no cure so best to take precaution like ear muffs at your next gig. Finally, the noise you describe doesn't sound classic Tinnitus it could even be "Hyperacusis " a condition similar to Tinnitus generating a buzzing or humming noise in the ears and leaving sufferers ultra sensitive to external noises rather than internal noise from within.

I'm sure you'll be fine, your dilemma is not unusual and will fade in time.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I will be wearing earplugs next time I go, 100%. I can't help but think this is never gonna go away because I've had it for 2 weeks and & it's the same sound, never stopping, it's not getting any quieter:( now you've said that, although the ringing is in my head, other sounds our sounding so much louder and making me jump when I hear something. normal sounds are hurting my ears, like knifes being put back in the draw or shutting doors, even normal talking sounds too loud. but this is happening to both of my ears, not just the ringing one. xx

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Hello and a (belated) welcome to the British Tinnitus Association forum. - I've been away on leave.

Do feel free to ask any questions, I hope that you find this a helpful and supportive place to help you manage your tinnitus.

Tinnitus caused by one off exposure to loud music is often temporary, but it is wise to protect your hearing, and you've done the right thing getting some ear plugs for future nights out.

The sensitivity to sound you're describing sounds like hyperacusis, and again this can be temporary - my own is more noticeable when I'm tired or stressed. You can find out more on our website at tinnitus.org.uk

/hyperacusis

We have some resources that you might like to check out in addition to our home here:

tinnitus.org.uk

takeontinnitus.co.uk

Helpline 0800 018 0527 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) (outside the UK you can call +44 (0)114 250 9933)

Warmest wishes

Nic (BTA Communications Manager and Forum Administrator)

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