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Ma91

425d

I am suffering from tinnitus. It’s been 7 weeks now. I’ve consulted both GP and ENT, and both say that my ears are fine and while the tinnitus might have been caused by a viral infection I had at the time it started, they basically said that my anxiety plays a major factor in it. Now, provided that anxiety may certainly be a contributing factor, what I do not understand is how can anxiety determine feeling of fullness, clicking and tingling inside my ears. Because other than the sound - which varies considerably in frequency and intensity - most of the times I have a feeling of pressure inside both ears, as if there were something trapped and moving inside. Yesterday the ENT has performed a tympanometry test - ironically, as I was being tested the pressure and ringing were very low, almost absent - according to which the pressure is normal in both. So he excludes that it is Eustachian tube dysfunction. However, now both ringing and feeling of pressure are back and really annoying. Further to that, I have noticed that as I lay down in bed either in reading position or supine, the tinnitus changes sound from a close ringing to a distance kettle-like sound, as if this were happening in the next room. This is especially annoying during the night, as I keep waking up at 4/5am and because of this incredibly weird and loud noise (and the subsequent anxiety) I can’t really get back to sleep. I am kind of suspicious that given the changing kind of sound according to the head position, there might be some connection with my neck. Is anyone experiencing the same? Especially the feeling of come-and-go fullness/pressure and changing sound according to the position of the head/neck?

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    • georgia22

      157d

      I'm going to ask about cervical disc disease as a cause. I had it more than 15 years ago so it couldn't be better. The shoulder/neck area is very tight. Did you have an mri to check your arteries in the brain?

    • georgia22

      157d

      I'm going to ask about cervical disc disease as a cause. I had it more than 15 years ago so it couldn't be better. The shoulder/neck area is very tight. Did you have an mri to check your arteries in the brain?

    • Ma91

      415d

      I understand. Mine told me to try “to relax” and “think positive”. I dare them to do try and relax when you wake up at 3:30am - as I just did - and the ringing is so loud you almost wish you could rip your ear off. I also think mine was caused by a viral infection. As such, I initially thought it would clear up on its own within a couple of weeks. But turns out it’s been almost 9 weeks now. I also thought I give up, but while I can say accept to live with it during the day I can’t really imagine myself getting using to having middle of the night awakening for the rest of my life

    • Johnj

      415d

      To me my tinnitus was caused my that rat COVIX virus

    • Johnj

      415d

      I had fluid in my ear he gave me drops for 7 days cleared up, only to come back again , the ringing is terrible and my ear feels clogged again.. I give up I truly give up , 2 ent visits and Y GP. Tell me same thing, same shit you hear as well , they probably have a script to read all these docotors .. no answer try acupuncture my ent suggested

    • Lino26

      420d

      Hi, I have (some) of your symptoms, in particular the ear pressure and tinnitus, for about 2 months now. Lots of anxiety… I also have dizziness at times and realised how much my neck and movements are involved in these symptoms. I we t to a couple of ENT as well, everything fine apparently, I’ve been told it may be a labirinthytis possibly caused by an ear infection but I am now investigating if cervical instability and/or TMJ can be responsible. Hopefully we’ll get to the bottom of this..! 🙏

      • Ma91

        415d

        @Lino26 I can relate! I’m also suspecting that my tinnitus could be related to TMJ, as I can hear a crack in my left jaw (the same side as my ringing ear) every now and then , and when I swallow I almost always ear a clicking/popping sound in my left ear. I don’t know what to do, every doctor that I’ve seen tends to get away with “it’s anxiety”. But I’m convinced it’s due to some somatic underlying condition. Did your doctor prescribe you anything for the alleged ear infection?

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