Hearing management

Posted by: X | 2017/02/06


hearing high pitched melody in left ear

Hi I've noticed a lot of questions regarding left ear. I found lately when I wake up, I hear high pitched harmonic sound that repeats consistently in a loop. It seems to go away as I get up to start the day (perhaps because I only hear it when it's complete silence around me upon waking)...my ears in general are very sensitive to high pitched sounds..I know some medication can cause tinnitus (pain killers, benzos).. I wanted to find out if meds induced tinnitus is reversible or permanent. Thank you in advance

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert
- 2017/02/07

Good Day

Thank you for your question.

Indeed, some medications are known to cause tinnitus.  It is generally accepted that most of the time the tinnitus dissipates following cessation of the medication. Please note, however, that one must consult with your doctor prior to changing ahything with your medication (dosage, termination etc).  Also relevant is that some medications can cause hearing loss, so I would recommend that you have your hearing tested. Am I assuming correctly in thinking that the tinnitus is only in your left ear? When one presents with unilateral tinnitus it is worth investigating why it is only on the one side and not the other. A hearing test will shed a little more light in this regard.

Good luck!

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