A few days ago, I woke up in the earling morning with a hissing sound in my ears. This was terrifying to me because of an experience I had 19 years ago with tinnitus. It took a long time to resolve without any definitive reason. I had been to see many doctors looking for help with this annoying symptom. I also had ear fullness and some pain. The head noise was terrible. One test showed increased pressure in both ears. I was put on a diuretic for a short time. The ear specialist thought I might have the beginning of Meniere's disease. Another doctor told me I had a DET and put me on a decongestant. I tried homeopathy, herbs, vitamins, and accupuncture. It took about six months before I would begin to feel better.
I went to see my doctor on Monday about the recent hissing and to have my ears checked. She told me that the inside of my nose was swollen. She prescribed flonase and loratadine. She also said my ears looked fine upon examination. I have not taken the loratadine because I've read that some people have experienced tinnitus while taking it. I have been taking a lot of vitamin C and drinking more water. I can breathe through my nose better now so I don't know if I shoud use the nasal spray at all. I would prefer to do things the more natural way if possible. I also bought a Neti Pot, but I'm afraid to use it because I'm wondering about the DET. I am also taking quercetin and bromelain. Who should I see to determine if I do have a DET? And because my ears crackle a little when I swallow, is this a sign of DET? Should I be taking a decongestant instead of an antihistamine?
I had a good day yesterday, but the hissing really bothers me when trying to sleep. I also use a fan to help mask the noise, but the hissing seems just a bit louder. It is exhausting to me. Please tell me what you think. Thanks
An ENT is the specialist that would be able to definitively detemine if your have Eustachian tube problems or perhaps, a more difficult-to-diagnose inner ear disorder. Both have the potential to generate aberrrant noises, like this hissing you are describing. Not all tinnitus is ringing....it can be a hissing sound. On examination, a person with tinnitus originating in the inner ear would have a normal-appearing examination.
As far as taking a decongestant vs an antihistamine, I really cannot render a patient-specific opinion since I have no way of confirming or disputing your diagnosis. Your doctor will have to make that determination.
Based on what you have shared, you need to see an ENT.
I'm interested of your case. I may have some similar problems. How did it develope? Did you get swallowing/throat-pain too? (without fever) Where you under a lot of stress, with neck tension, bye the time this happened to you?
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