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    KitKyle posted:
    I'm 26, and my left ear has been ringing since I was a sophomore in High school. Sometimes it's not 'as' bad but it's always there nagging me. The ring is constant like a dull burning roar. Sometimes my ear actually aches like it's burning from the noise if that makes sense. It doesn't 'hurt' per se, nor is it inflamed in anyway it's just a constant annoyance. I've tried over the counter remedies but nothing helps. There are times I feel like it's getting worse. I'm fairly sure I have partial hearing loss in my left ear and to make matters worse I get migraines and I'm certain the meds for that don't help.

    I went to a doctor a few years ago probably closer to still being in high school and he said it was due to acne which is a load of crap because then my acne wasn't that bad and it's totally gone now so yeah. He didn't know what he was talking about at all. he cleaned out my ears a few times but it didn't do any good.

    Is there anything I can do either over the counter that will help ease this or anything from a surgical stand point? I'm desperate for some sort of relief. It's deafening, here lately I feel like I'm starting to get 'deafer' in some cases here last week for nearly two days I felt like everything was muffled in both ears. The right is fine now but the left is ringing worse than ever. Thanks much to anyone who can help at all. ~Kit
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    There is nothing over-the-counter --- no matter what wild claims are made --- that is going to cure tinnitus; especially tinnitus that has lasted about ten years. Stop searching for a miracle cure, even if it has a "money back guarantee".

    There is no way for me to know if you are a surgical candidate --- I do not know anything about you or your particular case. Since there can be hundreds of different causes of tinnitus, they only way for you to know where you stand is to see an ENT that is a tinnitus specialist. You may have to do some research on your own to find one (usually at large, university-based medical center ENT departments), but it would be worth it to get a high level evaluation. Because you seem to have hearing loss associated with your tinnitus, I would advise you to check it out sooner; not later.

    Tinnitus is extremely difficult and challenging to evaluate and treat, so be prepared. In many cases, even after exhaustive and expensive tests, a cause....and a definitve cure is never found, This does not mean your tinnitus cannot be treated to the point where you can have a more enjoyable life.

    By the way, I have had tinnitus for over ten years as well.
     
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    KitKyle replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    Thanks Dr. Moser,
    I didn't think there would be some magical over the counter cure but just something that might help. I appreciate your answer greatly I'll try looking for a ENT, that hopefully will have a better idea. I went to an Ear nose and threat doctor which maybe what ENT means that was the one a few years ago and he didn't know what it was, claiming it was my acne. I never went back after that so hopefully if I can find one specializing in the tinninitus like you said,. I'll do that for sure.again thank you.
    And I feel for you I really do. In some ways i't's good to hear that I'm not the only one with it though I know I'm not. But sort of helps knowing that someone goes through the same thing, ~Kit
     
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to KitKyle's response:
    Do a search on this site....perhaps in HINTS or RESOURCES to the right. I have posted an FAQ on "Tinnitus Treatment in a Nutshell". I think you can find it. If not, post again and I will help you.

    Good luck.
     
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    jamielee66 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    "Tinnitus Treatment in a Nutshell" please re post
     
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    rohvannyn replied to jamielee66's response:
    I found the tip for you, here is the link. Good info. http://forums.webmd.com/3/cold-and-flu-exchange/tip/35


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