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Low buzzing in right ear

About a week ago, I started having a very low almost vibrating buzzing sound in my right ear only at night while lying in bed. I have lived with high pitched tinnitus for as long as I can remember, but this is on a whole new level. I made the mistake and googled. Meniere's Disease popped up and now I'm terrified. Anyone else have this and not have Meniere's?

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I have similar T to you, I have low humming, high pitch ringing and a very loud hum that switches on and off if no sound or not enough sound goes into my ear. I’m still trying to get answers for mine as I have some swelling and fullness in my left ear. Menieres usually has vertigo with it, so unless the room is spinning for you then I wouldn’t start panicking that it’s menieres just yet.

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Thanks for your reply. Trying to get in today to see an ENT.

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How can you see a ent so quickly?? I’ve been waiting weeks and my appointment isn’t till next month 😩

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Are you in the U.S? Here, if you have private health insurance you don't have to wait. Best of luck to you. I'll update after my visit.

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Ah no I’m in the U.K. so have to rely on our struggling and under funded NHS, which means we have long waits, to see my GP I have to wait 3 weeks before I can see a DR!! private healthcare here is far too expensive

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Well I had my ENT appointment yesterday. He first examined my ear and it looked fine. He then sent me for a hearing test. Everything came back normal except I had asymmetry in one of the low frequency sounds. My affected ear missed the sound while my good ear heard it. He diagnosed me with sudden hearing loss and prescribed two weeks worth of prednisone.

Strange thing... my buzzing has decreased. I only heard it at night in the first place, but for the past 2 nights I haven't heard it and I haven't started the prednisone yet. The weird thing is, I was mildly nauseas today and feeling a little "off" not dizzy, just a little lightheaded. I don't know if this has anything to do with my ear, or my anxiety about obsessing over my ear. I have anxiety, especially about health. I'm so confused.

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Excellent news about the decrease in your humming, let’s hope it stays that way, I understand about your health anxiety, as I suffer badly with that too, which I know makes it worse, but it’s hard to snap out of it.

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Hello and welcome to the British Tinnitus Association forum. Do feel free to ask any questions, I hope that you find this a helpful and supportive place to help you manage your tinnitus.

I'm not medically qualified, and even if I was, couldn't/wouldn't diagnose at a distance, but what I can say is that Meniere's Disease 1. is very rare and 2. is more than tinnitus - you would also be experiencing hearing loss and vertigo/dizziness

Hopefully your appointment has put your mind at rest. For others reading, I'd like to say that tinnitus can change in terms of sounds - it's completely normal and not generally a sign of anything (new) amiss.

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

tinnitus.org.uk

takeontinnitus.co.uk

The Menieres Society has a website at menieres.org.uk

Helpline 0800 018 0527 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) (outside the UK you can call +44 (0)114 250 9922)

Warmest wishes

Nic (BTA Communications Manager and Forum Administrator)

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Hi iam suffering with the same right now. It started in oct as hissing but now its a vibration like someone has put a tuning fork in my ear. The good news is i had it in 2007 for a few months so iam hoping it will go away again. It's like a rumbling/ vibrating. My ENT says it's intrinsic noise in my body and i have to try and ignore it... Easier said than done! Since October i have had hissing and pulsing. Now the vibrating which is much harder to cope with. It seems many tinnitus sufferers get this. I wish i had an answer

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