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17 year old new sufferer please help

Hi, about 3 days ago I took out my earphones and began to experience ringing in my ears. I still have the ringing but it is not noticeable when out of the house, however in silence it can become overwhelming. The main part that is bugging me is that occasionally I will get dizzy and hear a crunching sound in my ear - I am also more sensitive to sound. Does this sound like tinnitus? If so, how can I prohibit it from getting worse - I have music concerts coming up so can someone recommend good earphones etc. thank you for reading this

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I am not a Dr.but understand that one of symptoms of Menieres disease and vertigo are dizziness...Worth checking it out with your GP...

Carol.

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I suggest, like Caromia, you visit your GP in the first instance asap.. Don't do anything to your ears or anything else that may aggrevate things before having this check up.

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It may be something (fairly) simple like BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). From talking to friends who’ve had it, I recall it starts more with dizziness, but your doctor will know. The good news is it’s easy to treat. I hope you find out soon so you can get back to concerts! Let us know if you can and good luck.

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Hey so I'm still struggling with the T but have habituated to it really well. Invested in some earplugs so I can go clubbing but am gonna give concerts a miss for the next couple of months :)

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I'd advise seeing your GP and give the concerts a swerve for now.

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The crunching sound and dizziness may be due to inflammation or fluid in the ear. Ear infections and congestion can contribute to this condition. My tinnitus started after ear bud caused accoustic trauma. Be careful to listen at minimal volume and use ear plugs at loud concerts

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Hey how's your ear now ?

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Thank you all, I have booked a GP appt today and will let you all know how it goes. Any tips on how to prohibit the tinnitus from getting worse? I have my a levels next year - this couldn’t have happened at a worse time

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I have just had a thought the crunching sound may possibly be from the mandibular joint at the side of ear which makes you think it's in the ear..Do you have Bruxism by any chance this is grinding of teeth mainly when sleeping..This could put stress on joint..

Good luck with Dr.

Carol

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Hi carol I have just been to the doctor and he informed me that I have wax in my ear and am going to start a course of ear drops ASAP. Hoping this helps

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Oh that's excellent news as now you can stop worrying and concentrate on your study's and exams..

Wishing you good luck.

Carol.

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Glad to hear it, no pun intended! I know BPPV has little crystals, like calcium? And they roll around in there. (That’s what I thought of when you said “crunching” sound...) Glad your doctor is on it. And I hope you can enjoy music 🎶

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Thank you! Hoping that the ear drops work but it should take about a month or two for them to do so - I will keep you all updated. Trying to stay positive about the whole thing as I have anxiety and tinnitus has really accelerated in spite of me only having it for 4 days so far.

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It is quite anxiety producing and don’t let anyone tell you you’re bonkers! Your body likes to know where it is in space if you have vertigo, and tinnitus tends to make us feel not well in space too. It’s just my opinion, I’m not a doctor - I just know the weird panicky feeling. Take care.

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Hey guys. No improvement 😭 I feel so depressed

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Wilma if you are getting dizzy and hear a “crunching” you need to see a doctor. There may be a simple solution. Everyone who has tinnitus does not have dizziness.

As I just wrote to Rick (hope you will read my lengthy post to him) , it’s very important that you DONT let the tinnitus “overwhelm” you. Our thoughts are so powerful and we can control our thoughts. You are actually telling yourself that tinnitus is overwhelming you. Do the opposite. Change your thinking and try to relax anyway you can.

Also my 10-year battle with tinnitus was cured by getting severely impacted ear wax removed. If you use earphones, chances are you have a lot of ear wax.

When you see your doc about the dizziness which may be related to the tinnitus, have your ears examined.

I have a feeling your tinnitus can be alleviated.

Good lunch and keep me posted. Helping you helps me. I’m just so grateful to have gotten rid of my tinnitus.

See your doc about your dizziness please.

Bye for now

Richard

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First thing , cancel the concerts and don't ever use headphones again. You are 17 and you can be fine In the future but if you don't you will regret it and remember my words.

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Hi Wilma, just read your post and noticed you haven't said if you've fixed it. I'm a bit early with my choice of user name. But I 109% believe I ha e found a way to fix my tinnitus. Had it for eleven years and could never find what's wrong with me. Now I know. Its vestibular neuritis. Four years ago I had stuff coming out my ears, fullness and clicking In right ear stopped and left ear got considerably better. Then all the stuff stopped and clicking returned in right ear. Still felt fullness ever since. Recently figure out why stuff came out and what was wrong with me. I had an accident months before stuff came out. Was given antibiotic. By time stuff came out I had tried other things and couldn't work out what I had done. Forgot about antibiotic. I figured out recently it was antibiotic that did it. So got more and can definitely feel it working g on me. Also found out it is vestibular neuritis I have. Look it up and see if symptoms match yours. Then see a doctor. Other thing to look at is tmj disorder. I can crack my jaw really badly and briefly thought it might be that. But know 100% its vestibular neuritis. I hope this helps.

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I have had tinnitus since the age of 11, then I stupidly went to a concert at 13 and made it worse. Some people just have a much lower tolerance for sound and I happened to be one of them. I highly recommend that you do not use earphones, and don’t go to anything loud without wearing hearing protection. The general rule is if you have to raise your voice for someone to hear you it’s too loud. That may not be great to hear at 17 when this is a world of earphones and music shows, but it’s the best advice I can give you. I am 54 and I have never exposed my ears to noise after that one concert. I still have tinnitus, but I also have perfect hearing — especially compared to my peers. Best of luck, I hope yours goes away right away, but please protect your hearing.

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