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Microsuction has made my ear worse

Purity76
Purity76

I'm gutted as I have made my left ear worse by stupidly agreeing to have microsuction, and this has now caused hissing (like crickets) in my ear 24/7.

I can hear it above everything else, and it is really bad when quiet like when sleeping. It also seems that the procedure has made my ear very sensitive to sound. A rattle of keys or cutlery can be unpleasant.

I have had a history of issues with my left ear. Tinnitus first started for me in early 2018. I think this was caused by anxiety medication that I took for a short time.

I then went to a very loud concert in summer that year and the really bad damaged started then. I remember also having hissing in my ear which settled after about 5 weeks, and then a high pitched whistle.

I was grateful when the high pitch whistle stopped after a year. Either I was used to it or it resolved.

Then all of a sudden about 5 weeks ago I partially lost the hearing in my left ear. I had this checked at a walk in center, and they thought I might have an infection as my ear drum was dull. It improved over 4 weeks, but they also noted that my right ear was compacted with wax so I arrange to privately have that removed

The wax was removed but I stupidly said it was ok to do my left ear, as they noted a few bits of fluff in there.

The microsuction could only be done for about 30 seconds. I said twice that it was painful, and it was not continued. Immediately I felt a dullness in my hearing, and a hissing which has not gone away

I am hopeful in time it will improve, and I am so annoyed with myself that I made this stupid decision in the first place when I knew my ear was already compromised, and it didn't really need suctioning. Clearly the noise from the procedure was just too much for it

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I'm so sorry this has happened to you and know how you feel with the regrets and anxiety. I am sick with worry about the microsuction being used on my left ear three weeks ago. I called out to stop as it was so noisy, so it only lasted about 6 seconds.

I told my full story on here last week and numerous people came on to tell me that they regularly have microsuction and it doesn't increase their T, so I am trying to stay hopeful, but anxiety and I have a long relationship and my stomach is a constant knot of fear.

How long was the microsuction done in your right ear? Has that ear been fine since?

Purity76
Purity76 in reply to Mikkijan

I'm sorry you have experienced a similar situation. I will read your story.

The right ear was a bit longer. Maybe a minute or so? I have actually now noticed that my right ear also has a high pitched ring, so that looks damaged as well but it is mild compared to my left ear and it took about a week for me to notice. The left ear has been hissing 24/7 for 10 days so far, with no let up and I also have a high pitched whistle in that ear. I pray that both ears recover given time, and I hope this becomes a lesson to me that I can not tolerate any loud noises in my ears anymore, rather than a massive regret. The hiss causes worry and anxiety because its a sound I am not used to. I am trying to get my head round the fact that this might be it, and I'm stuck with the hissing.

Purity76
Purity76 in reply to Mikkijan

To give you some hope, I have recovered from ear damage before if you see my story so it is possible. I hope this is true this time around. I never thought microsuction would be so loud and damaging

Mikkijan
Mikkijan in reply to Purity76

Yes I have recovered from ear noise damage before, it was in 2012, so I hope we are both lucky again this time. I will go and find your other posts. Please keep in touch with me and we can cheer each other along.

Purity76
Purity76 in reply to Mikkijan

I guess there is nothing we can do now apart from wait and see if this ever calms down. I do have an ENT appointment, but am not hopeful this will make any difference apart from tell me if I have any hearing loss. I'm not sure I'd be willing to do an MRI scan if that is suggested as that is incredibly loud and would compound issues for me.

One thing I'm struggling most with is the sound sensitivity that I now seem to have. This is not good even when hearing everday sounds. I am just trying to avoid any loud noises at the moment

Mikkijan
Mikkijan in reply to Purity76

I know, it's all we can do. Good luck with your ENT appointment and I would also be wary of an MRI, I had one in the past and thought it was horrendously noisy. I know I am also very sound sensitive and have been for a long time. We both improved last time so here's hoping we can do it again.

Hillman51
Hillman51 in reply to Mikkijan

Hi , I saw your post was 11 months ago.... but I had Microsuction 10 days ago, ny left ear has not stopped ringing since 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️... did yours ever get any better ? 😊😊

Purity76
Purity76 in reply to Hillman51

Unfortunately not. I still have hissing in my left ear after 11 months, but I've got used to it. It doesn't bother me as much now. I had a CT scan done on my ear and nothing found, so they have just put it down to being tinnitus.

Hillman51
Hillman51 in reply to Purity76

Aahh time will tell then.... after the Microsuction he said my ears looked healthy inside.... I am going to try curcumin and Ginko Biloba supplements , have heard they can lessen it... thankyou..😊

Mikkijan
Mikkijan in reply to Hillman51

It is getting a tiny bit better, but very very slowly. Also, like Purity, I am getting used to it and coping much better than I was at first. I'm so sorry this has happened to you as well.

Mikkijan
Mikkijan in reply to Hillman51

Hillman, I just want to add, both Purity and I had compromised ears already. We both first got Tinnitus years ago and had both recovered well before this happened to us.

10 days is very early and if this is the first time you've experienced T you have a good chance that this will fade so stay hopeful.

Hillman51
Hillman51 in reply to Mikkijan

I hope so... I did have tinnitus before Microsuction , but it was more like a fan in my ear, I could put up with that more than this ringing.... he did work on this ear a long time, because it was so clogged with wax. It’s only just started to feel more normal now... apart from this damn ringing.... thankyou ... 😊

Purity76
Purity76 in reply to Hillman51

Clearly if you have a compromised ear already, microsuction is a very bad idea. Obviously none of us knew this at the time, otherwise we wouldn't be in this situation. I still have faith that it will get better, but as said, I kind of ignore it now. I also had hyper sensitivity to noise and that's calmed down. I had a hearing test and I have slight loss of sound in my left ear, but it's still within normal range for hearing.

If the suction was going on for a while then it might take your ear time to recover. The microsuction on my left ear was literally about 20 seconds. Certainly less that 30 seconds

Hillman51
Hillman51 in reply to Purity76

Mine was a good bit longer, but perhaps I have to be patient, 10 days isn’t long, just seems like forever, that ear is sensitive too , can,t stand the hoover or the kettle boiling (our kettle is quite loud)....😊

Purity76
Purity76 in reply to Hillman51

The sensitivity will get better, if mines anything to go by.

Hillman51
Hillman51 in reply to Purity76

O.k thankyou ...😊😊

Hi Purity,

I’m in exactly the same position as you. I had a constant ring in the left ear and was told it was wax buildup and so decided to have it microsuction. It’s now 4 weeks on from the procedure and I have not only a hiss but the left ear reacts to all vibrations. Sound, walking. It’s like a little sparkle sound each time a vibration happens. Even if I tap the ear lobe or the side of the head it makes this sound. How long did your sensitivity take to subside? Did it go away completely? Thanks

My hiss seems to be worse when I walk as well, so sounds very similar. I would class my hiss as like a sparkle in my ear. I'd say it took a while for the noise sensitivity to calm down. Weeks, if not months. I still have the hiss/sparkle in my left ear after 11 months but I have got used to it. I have had hearing tests, and a CT scan (didn't want to risk an MRI) and they can't find any fault with my ear. Did you previously have any kind of damage to your ear?

No hearing damage at all. The ENT said everything looked perfect. This new sensitivity seems to have been made worse by microsuction I’m sure. I’m just hoping it calms down. My ENT has said its all to do with a fluid buildup in the inner ear and said it can take 2 months to subside. I had an MRI yesterday too which may be useful but not hoping too much from that. I’m also suffering from tinnitus spikes from naps which is hard. If you touch your ear or side of the head do you get the sparkle sound?

My hiss/sparkle is fairly constant. Touching my ear or head makes no real difference. If I lay on the left ear the hiss is more intense.

Purity76
Purity76 in reply to Purity76

Unfortunately I have had a relapse after 1 year. I unfortunately walked past someone using an angle grinder outside at the wrong time, and this has either spiked my tinnitus or made it worse, as it was incredibly loud. So I'm back to square one. Oscillating hissing/sparkle noise has increased and is more intrusive, and I have also been getting the high ptiched whistle sound again that had previously disappeared. This sucks :-( Thing is, this is likely to happen. I cannot shield myself from accidental loud noises

ShakeelaBTA
ShakeelaBTAAdministrator

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.

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

tinnitus.org.uk (information and support details)

takeontinnitus.co.uk (free tinnitus management programme)

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Having an extra sensitivity to everyday sounds might be Hyperacusis. You can read more about that here tinnitus.org.uk/hyperacusis

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