Author Topic: Tinnitus / Low frequency hearing loss  (Read 4653 times)

Offline HannahBrown1

  • Visitor
  • *
  • Posts: 1
    • View Profile
Tinnitus / Low frequency hearing loss
« on: Apr 25 2012, 11:37 AM »
Hi all, as you can see I am a new member. After doing some Google'ing I came across these forums and thought it was worth a shot to see if anyone has any ideas...

At the beginning of last December my right ear started ringing out of the blue, the following week I came over with severe vertigo and sickness and was diagnosed with Labrynthitis. This carried on right through December, I had prochlorperazine and some other anti sickness tablets.

My ear has never stopped ringing since, I had an MRI scan which was clear. On Monday this week I went to my referral to ENT, and had a hearing test. The result was that I have severe low frequency hearing loss in my right ear. The consultant wasn't very helpful at all, he said it was "like being struck by lightning" and "it doesn't strike twice". He said I have "audiovestibular loss" and there is nothing he can do for me, so I am now back to square one.

The ringing sometimes occurs in my left ear also, it is happening more frequently now than before. It is more high pitched when it occurs in my left ear. I still have spells of dizziness randomly, that can last anything from a few days to a week or so. A couple of weeks ago I had another severe attack of dizziness and nausea through the night - where I am unable to move or get comfortable because I feel so sick from the dizziness. I also get very hot when this happens.

There is nothing visible when my doctor looks in my ears, and my GP himself said he'd be interested to see what the hearing test & consultant came up with... however, it came up with nothing helpful. I am going to make an appointment to see my GP again next week and see if he has any more ideas.

I have researched, and two things I have found are Meniere's Disease, and Cogan's Syndrome (as I also have what my GP said is probably a "caruncula cyst" in the inner of my left eye - but I am awaiting my referral to an eye specialist for more info on this).

If anyone can shed any light I would be extremely grateful :) I am only 23 years old, and was very upset when the consultant told me I would have to live with this for the rest of my life. I worry that as Meniere's is progressive and my left ear does ring on occasion - that I will progress to lose more hearing if I do have Meniere's or otherwise whilst trying to find some answers...

Offline Emma

  • Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 1084
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: Tinnitus / Low frequency hearing loss
« Reply #1 on: Apr 25 2012, 12:12 PM »
Hello and welcome, have you been diagnosed with anything? Menieres is a funny one and won't be diagnosed until everything else has been ruled out - I was only 24 when this all started but unfortunately I have not yet been diagnosed as of yet..
I would say keep a diary of all your symptoms so you have something to go with when you see the ENT as personally I always find I forget things when I am in there and kick myself later haha. I wouldnt worry too much about your good ear, everyone gets ringing in their ears even when they have nothing wrong with them, I used to get it when I was a kid and thought it was my animals trying to communicate with me  :o but my hubby gets it from time to time and I get it in my good ear but never lasts too long and like you say the noise is so different.

I hope you get some worthy help soon and there are medications and more severe interventions which they can do so don't believe the standard ah well there is nothing we can do for you - I have had this a lot and really drives me mad!

SOrry I hope this post makes sense I am having a bad day today and not sure I am making complete sense
Emma xx
Be happy - Keep smiling :-D

Offline chrissieg

  • Trusted member
  • *****
  • Posts: 743
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: Tinnitus / Low frequency hearing loss
« Reply #2 on: Apr 25 2012, 12:45 PM »
Hi Hannah

I think I would ask if they have considered Menieres and whether you could be tested for that. In the meantime, your GP could prescribe betahistine ( SERC) which is a safe drug which can help with dizziness for many people . It is taken long term rather than just during attacks like prochlorperazine and for many people it can prevent attacks or at least their severity.
As Emma says, dont worry about your other ear. I have noises for days at a time which then go in my good ear and decided that if its also going to be affected, there is nothing I can do about it so give up worrying! Stress definately makes tinnitus louder. There are lots of actions/medications/ advice we could give from our own experiences but I think you need a diagnosis first for them to be appropriate. Many medics seem to think MD largely affects older people but there are many on this site who bear witness that this is not the case but I do think doctors dont consider it as a possibility when you are younger sometimes.
Chrissieg

Offline glynis

  • Trusted member
  • *****
  • Posts: 485
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: Tinnitus / Low frequency hearing loss
« Reply #3 on: Jun 17 2012, 12:03 PM »
Hi,
My MD has caused me to have severe Bilateral tinnitus and its constant and wont go and hearing loss.
I wear maskers to help cope with it.
Hope your tinnitus goes xxx
look for the good in everyone and have a good life !!!

Offline John M

  • Junior member
  • **
  • Posts: 12
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Tinnitus / Low frequency hearing loss
« Reply #4 on: Jul 11 2012, 05:43 PM »
Hi folks

My tinnitus is high frequency in my right ear , and appears to be very quiet when I wake up in the morning and then it's back to its usual volume within about 5 mins .
Does any one else experience this

Offline chrissieg

  • Trusted member
  • *****
  • Posts: 743
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: Tinnitus / Low frequency hearing loss
« Reply #5 on: Jul 11 2012, 06:35 PM »
Absolutely- often wake up and idly wonder if its all gone away as I can hardly hear the tinnitus but within 15 mins or so of getting up, its back to normal. I think the silence soothes the damaged ear in the night, then exposure to any level of noise, jolts it awake again.
Chrissie
Chrissieg