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RINGING IN MY LEFT EAR
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An_250249 posted:
TWO WEEKS AGO HAD A VERY BAD COLD ALONG WITH THE COUGHING, MY DOCTOR TO ME TO TAKE COLD MEDICIAN AND I GOT A SINSUS INFECTION I GOT UP AND BLOW MY NOISE AND GOT RINGING IN MY LEFT EAR. WAS SEEN BY THE ENT DOCTOR WHO TOLD ME THAT I NEED HEARING AIDS IN BOTH EARS. AND THERE WAS NO CURE FOR THE RINGING. MY MEDICAL DOCTOR PUT ME ON A 6 DAY SUPPLY OF STERIOD WHICH I SHOULD FINISH UP TODAY. BUT I STILL HAVE THE RING. I CALLED UP THE PERSON WHO IS PART OF THE TINNITUS ASSOCATION AND HE TOLD ME TO LIVE WITH IT. I HAVE A WIFE AND TWO MIDDLE AGE CHILDREN AND I WORK. I HAVE SWITCHED ENT DOCTORS AND AM SCHEDULED TO SEE ANOTHER ENT ASSOCIATED WITH MY MEDICAL PROVIDER IN A WEEK. THE NOISE IS LOUD AND LOUDER AT NIGHT I TAKE MEDS TO SLEEP AND SOMETIME DURING THE DAY IF I GET TO UPSET. ANY THOUGHTS ON WHAT TO DO?
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Having an ENT tell you to "just live with it" may be a bit premature. If you have not been thoroughly evaluated to find a possible CAUSE of the tinnitus (ringing), then seeing another ENT is wise. Some causes of tinnitus are curable; some are not, but if you happen to have a treatable cause, that would be wonderful. Sadly, many of us (Yes, I have tinnitus, too) must learn to live with it, since some causes are NOT curable, but the are treatable.


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