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Question
Posted by: Tilla | 2011/09/19

Q.

Ringing in my ears

Hallo. I have been struggling with my ears since I was a child (I am now 39). I use to swim all the time and have been diagnosed with " swimmers ears"  many years ago. I have been to several doctors and several specialist over the years. Everytime there is a solution for the problem (it is usually either an infection or terrible itching). The last time I had middle ear infection was about 3 weeks ago. I believed that the infection has clear up. The problem now is that I have a constant ringing in my ears. Although it is not painfull, it is driving me nuts. My problem is that my medical aid has been exhausted and I can not now afford to see a specialist until next year. Is this ringing dangerous or can I live with it?

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Hi Tilla!

Based on the presenting concerns it seems no adequate and appropriate diagnostic conclusion can be concluded without a consultation. Unfortunately {better to be safe than sorry}, based on your briefly described history {and recent middle ear infection}, it seems that it would be in your best interest to visit an Ear Nose and Throat {ENT} specialist, Physician or General practitioner.

The objective would be to determine if the possible tinnitus you are experiencing has any possible diagnostic significance. Tinnitus is usually at its worst early in the morning and late at night, quiet environments also make tinnitus seem worse. Hence, try reading a book before going to sleep, listen to the radio or a sound spa sound machine. Try to temporarily avoid quiet environments. There are other solutions that an Audiologist may recommend to you, after an appropriate assessment.

Kind regards,
Tasveer
{Audiologist}

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Posted by: Hearing Care | 2011/09/22

Hi Tilla!

Based on the presenting concerns it seems no adequate and appropriate diagnostic conclusion can be concluded without a consultation. Unfortunately {better to be safe than sorry}, based on your briefly described history {and recent middle ear infection}, it seems that it would be in your best interest to visit an Ear Nose and Throat {ENT} specialist, Physician or General practitioner.

The objective would be to determine if the possible tinnitus you are experiencing has any possible diagnostic significance. Tinnitus is usually at its worst early in the morning and late at night, quiet environments also make tinnitus seem worse. Hence, try reading a book before going to sleep, listen to the radio or a sound spa sound machine. Try to temporarily avoid quiet environments. There are other solutions that an Audiologist may recommend to you, after an appropriate assessment.

Kind regards,
Tasveer
{Audiologist}

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