I've had tinnitus since a family party in a hotel with live music in 2012. That was in October, but by Christmas it had quietened down and no longer caused me any distress.
This summer it has increased slightly just by attending a couple of social events that weren't particularly loud. On 20th July I was invited to a friend's lunch party at her house, 15 people talking, no music. I was a little anxious because of the slight increase, so wore ear plugs, Stoppers, squashy ones you mold to shape.
Straight after that the T was much worse, making me feel quite distressed. I read that I could have compacted my earwax by shoving the earplugs in. I used olive oil ear drops for nine days but it was still the same so I went to an Audiology Clinic for earwax removal. I knew I had a lot of wax as I've always been that way. Hadn't had them cleaned out for years though as scared of noise in my ears.
I explained I wanted a removal without any sound because of the tinnitus. As soon as he started I thought the sound was too loud for me and called out to stop. I think 5 or 6 seconds was the most it lasted.
He referred me to the clinic in the city to get the manual removal I was asking for. I went there 3 days later and that was great. The manual removal was carefully done without going near the eardrum and I agreed to irrigation at the lowest level to dislodge the wax that was close to the eardrum. So with a combination of those two things my ears are now perfectly clear of wax. I was shown before and after photos and the difference was amazing.
That was on 1st August and since then my right ear has felt perfect but the left one has felt full and blocked and my T, which was mostly in the left ear, is still the same. I'm worried that the short spell of microsuction noise has not done me any favours.
I went to the Doctors on 7th and he said both my ears are perfect and clear and no sign of any fluid in the middle ear on the left and told me it should all settle down. He didn't think the brief microsuction was anything to worry about. He gave me Amitriptyline to help me sleep and treat my anxiety, which I admit is off the scale.
I would love someone to reassure me that the 5 or 6 seconds of microsuction couldn't have made things any worse, and that there is a good chance this T will quieten down again like it did in 2012. Thanks very much for listening to my woes.