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Tinnitus after ear infection (seven months). Any chance it will go?

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My tinnitus started about seven months ago when I had an ear infection. It has reduced a lot since then but is definitely still there, and pretty annoying! It's only in one ear, and most of the hearing tests I've had have come up 'normal' in both ears. Does anyone know if after this long it can still go?

I'm coping HEAPS better than I was when it first started - partly because the noise is quieter, and partly because my fears have settled a bit. On the positive side I've learned so much about the power of the mind and how to cope when things suddenly take a turn for the worst. Trouble is, I'm still a bit obsessed with this 'will it ever go completely' thing, and was wondering about other people's opinions/experiences.

Many thanks and best wishes!

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If it does brilliant if not you will cope . Keep positive good luck

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As the Audiologist says stop listening for it and you will not hear it.

Hope it works for you,good luck

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I to had ear infection unfortunately ear cleared up still have titinis coping much better with it hospital says due to slight hearing loss hearing aids help but find them irritating have to accept that it won't go away think it might be hereditary but feeling a little more positive hopefully get more used to it soon x

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How much do you mean when you say slight? I have ringing left over from an infection I’ve been told to give it up to at least six months but was told that there was a little hearing loss or weakness in the ear that was infected and have an ent appointment (2nd one) in June and was considering asking but I think you to have a certain degree.

I know as some have said two months since the first infection was cleared up and had a second in the opposite ear but that’s all clear as well now and was just wondering how much loss did u have and also how much volume do the hearing aids take off the T?

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Hi list about 20 % hearing aids help can't wear them all the time irratate my ears

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Sorry meant to say hearing aids block it only when spike happens brings it to a level we're it's comfortable still there but manageable

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Ok. My brother has hearing aids and they irritate his ears as well or did. Doctor took a look and said they were incorrectly fitted. He also bought thin clear medical tape to put over the top of his ear (think butterfly stitches) to stop the irritating and hasn’t said anything since.

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Great thanks

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I had an ear infection over 45 years ago, left with the big T when it cleared up, however up to oct 2018 i probably didn’t notice it for past 40 years, I would like to say it may go for good, mine did not but it was so far back inside my head my brain 99% switched off to it so as I say didn’t even notice it the more you get on with your life the quicker you will “ habituate” and not even know it’s there, though the opposite applies the more you listen the longer it will bother you, worry not you will be fine.

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Thanks

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Thanks! It bothers me a lot less than it did at the start, but it is definitely 'there'. I always notice it, though not always with a negative reaction, but I am really hoping one day I will stop noticing it!

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The strange thing is I actually think I’ve already habituated to it. Even though I’ve only had it a few months I just deal. I mean when it first reared it’s ugly head the T was loud as hell and drove me bananas. I was researching and researching and researching and (well you get the picture lol) just like everyone else I’ve spoken to or read about I was damned if I was going to live with it but within the last month or two I’ve just gotten used to it. I’m back to reading which I love, I’m able to watch television and enjoy what I’m watching, listen to Ricky Gervais torment Karl Pilkington on their old show as I go to sleep so I just get on with my day.

It strange because I’ve read that sometimes it can take months or years to get used to the noise and be able to live with it but for me it was pretty quick thankfully. Don’t get me wrong I’d love for it to go and know that I’ll probably have to deal with a spike or two in the future but other than that I’m doing okay. Also working on an action plan has helped. I mean it’s ringing now as I type but I’m only noticing it because I’m writing about it. (Still would like it go to go though lol 🤞but if not I can cope).

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It's so good to hear that you've habituated! Some people seem to think that it's impossible, or that it takes years. I'm sure that's the case for some people, which is awful, but it's good to know it isn't like that for everyone. I love reading as well, and I'm a student so it's been a blow not being able to do that, but I'm steadily improving again and trying to think positively for the future!

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I'm exactly in the same place right now Sally..been around 7 months plus I got T from an ear infection and my T is fading too..but it is there ..I too get into this dilemma of wether I have to completely accept it or hope for it to go....somehow managing to hang in there...but really really want it to go away for good..:-)

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Wow, that sounds exactly like my situation! If someone had told me before that this much grief could be caused by an ear infection I wouldn't have believed them! Guess we just have to see how it goes - I know it's frustrating!

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Similar to my situation. Got mine after a cold & ears felt blocked.

Have had it for about 2 months and coping a lot better than I first did and hasn't been as bad over the past couple of weeks. Seemed to have spiked a bit today though for some reason.

Like you, I keep thinking 'will it ever go?'.

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Sorry to hear about the spike. I get that too, sometimes for no discernible reason it will flare up just when I thought it was getting better - very frustrating! I'm starting to think that the only way forward for me is accepting that the question of 'will it ever go' is impossible to answer - even more frustrating, but I think 'frustrating' is tinnitus in a word. :/

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I think one of the things that helped was forgetting that question. I kept researching it looking for health tips for ideas of how to trick the brain into ignoring it but at some point after asking six doctors (2 ents, 2 hospital urgent care docs and 2 gps) who all said it would “eventually” I think I just thought you know what plan for the worst and I think accepting that I might be stuck with it forever helped in a strange way.

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I had the long list of doctors too, but bizarrely they all gave me different answers! I had one GP tell me it would probably never go, I had an ENT consultant tell me it would definitely go provided I learn to tame my anxiety about it, and I had another gp genuinely 'prescribe' me a self-help book called 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' - I found that insulting at the time because it DEFINITELY wasn't 'small stuff', more like a blaring siren in my ear, but I see what he was trying to do. I like the idea of 'forgetting the question', and I think the only way to do that is to live life as I used to as much as possible and when I can't do that distract myself with something trivial.

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Agreed. I think distraction is a big help that I cannot back enough. It drove and drives me nuts when someone says “you just have to deal” or when they don’t seem to understand what it’s like unless they have it and just think they’d be able to cope easily. I had one doctor actually say “well at least it isn’t cancer” I swear I nearly went off on one, like I didn’t know that.

When I first got it it was the loudest it has ever been and thankfully has gone down although it still tends to get loud when I first wake up or there isn’t any sound around me so I try not to sit in silence (something I strangle miss lol) I’ve reached that point of being able to deal with it even at its worst. I’m holding hope that it’ll pass but like I said if it stays like this and at this volume then I’ll deal.

Also I’m a stubborn b’stard which helps lol.

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Oh and stumbling across this website has helped as well more than people know.

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