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ghost1774 posted:
My right ear has been ringing for about three month nonstop 24/7. It all started when I used Debrox to try to remove ear wax, but nothing really came out of my ear. Then, when I woke up the next morning, I was in an extreme pain with a constant ringing noise in my ear. I would describe the sound as a constant high pitched sound.

So, I went to see an ENT specialist. He examined my ear and told me something was blocking my ear canal and that may be the reason for the pain and the ringing noise. Obviously, I failed to remove the ear wax build-up by using Debrox. Anyway, he flushed out my ear and everything. But I could still hear the constant ringing in my ear. My doctor told me that the ringing noise would go away in few days to a few weeks. So I waited and waited...

After a month, the pain in my ear is totally gone but not the ringing noise. So I went to see my doctor again for check-up. He told me nothing was wrong with my ear and suggested I should wait a little longer.

It has been three months now, and I'm now really concerned. I can't sleep at night. I can't concentrate at work. The ringing sound is driving me crazy and bothering me a lot.

I think the Debrox ear drop somehow got passed through the ear drum and therefore is causing the ringing noise maybe, because I kind of had a little bit of bitter taste when I put drops of Debrox oil in my ear and tried to flush out with a syringe. I'm just thinking all kinds of possibilities because I'm going crazy with this ringing sound.

Dr. Moser, please help!!
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Well, welcome to the Tinnitus Club....I have it myself.

I don't think it is likely that the tinnitus was caused by the Debrox leaking through the (intact) eardrum, but I guess it could be possible that you had a rupture at the time. Even if you did, the Debrox should not have caused this problem.

So what caused it? I really wish that I could answer that for you. There can be hundreds of causes of tinnitus, and finding the source(s) can be very, very difficult. There are many things that your doctor can give you to help you cope with this noise. Since you are going crazy, it would be best to try something, at least for bedtime when you will notice it more.

I think I have an FAQ on tinnitus. There is a link located on the main page of this board for you to review. If it isn't there, let me know and I will post it for you on Wednesday or Thursday when I return from my trip.

Tinnitus is so unpredictable. It can just go away spontaneously, or it can hang in there for years, unfortunately.
 
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ghost1774 replied to Rod_Moser_PA_PhD's response:
Dr. Moser

It has been 3 years since I posted on this page, and I still hear the ringing noise in my ear. I have not gone back to the doctor all these years because I thought the noise would go away someday.

Now, I am thinking that maybe my ear drum was ruptured at the time but my doctor couldn't see it. Could it possible if the ear wax build-up inflated when I put the Debrox liquid in my ear and caused a damage?

Please help Dr Moser!
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to ghost1774's response:
As you know, there are so many causes of tinnitus, but I don't think you caused it from the Debrox, even if your eardrum was ruptured. Although I don't do it, many ENTs are recommending peroxide in the ears when people have tubes (an opening to the middle ear), in order to clean them. Peroxide can have some adverse tissue effects, but for some reason, this practice is being used by some specialists now.

Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather as symptom. It is the brain that interprets some signal as "ringing", and most of those aberrant signals come from the INNER ear. Even if you did get Debrox in your middle ear, it would not make it to your inner ear.

You saw an ENT. If you had a rupture at that time, it should have been obvious (unless it healed by the time you saw him). I know you are grasping at straws trying to find a reason, but in most cases we never know what caused the tinnitus. I suspect that my own tinnitus was an inner ear viral infection since it was intially accompanied by vertigo (now gone for the most part).

At three years, it is not very likely it will spontaneously resolve, so it will likely be a permanent part of your life. Treat it like a bump in the road, and try not to let is rule you (I have a blog on Family Webicine about "bumps in the road" that you might enjoy reading). You can try and see a tinnitus specialist -- usually an ENT or neurotologist who specializes in this area, but miracle tinnitus cures are extremely rare.

Thanks for checking back after three years. It is time to forgive yourself...I don't think you did it with the Debrox.
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Here is your Family Webicine link....

http://blogs.webmd.com/all-ears/2012/05/bumps-in-the-road.html
 
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vic_ferrari replied to ghost1774's response:
ghost,....I have an almost identical story. It all started with wax buildup in my right ear (no ringing), to some water in the ear combination wax buildup leading to reduced hearing in the right ear (no ringing), followed by the use of debrox, then ringing! The debrox softened the wax and the wax came out after a few days on its own...but the ringing has stayed for 3 months now! Unfortunately I used the debrox in my left ear just in case there was build up there, but all it did was cause ringing in that THAT ear too! I saw an ENT and he said the debrox shouldn't cause it...however the coincidence is too high.
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to vic_ferrari's response:
I agree with the ENT. Coincidence or not, as long as you have an intact eardrum, there is not way for the Debrox to cause a problem in your middle or inner ear. The ringing in your one ear could just spontaneously happen, even if you didn't use the Debrox.

How is your hearing in the right ear?
 
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James replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Hello,

A year ago i noticed a mild loss of hearing in the right ear, and from a month till now a whispering in the right ear like tinnitus symptoms and the sound will only go when i lie down and sleep on my left ear. No indication of wax or anything after i checked at the doctor. The sound is really annoying and disturbing and i m not been able to focus. I only relax when lie my head and sleep on my left ear.

What can be the problem Doctor, middle ear ?? And you sleeping on the left ear make the sound disappear in the right
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to James's response:
James, there can be hundreds of causes for tinnitus or hearing aberrations. It would not be prudent for me, or any medical provider, to make a blind guess as to the reason for your symptoms, over the Internet, based solely on your brief description. If you primary care doctor could not determine a cause, I would strongly suggest a referral to an ENT for a higher-level evaluation.


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