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Hello, my name is Sandy and i have a question.
I am 50 yrs old i am completely deaf in my left ear an ent told me years ago that i probably had been since birth.
I have recently had a ringing in my only good ear kinda low but i know its there and driving me insane.but my question is the doctor said there is no infection but my ear drum has some pressure so she told me to continue with my allergy meds and take flonase everyday and if that doesnt clear up the ringing i should go to an ear doctor..please tell me that this is why i could have this noise in my ear and that it can ho away.2
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Hello Sandy, and welcome.

Thank you for your interesting question.

Please help me understand something so I can better answer your question. You say that you have recently noticed some soft ringing in your right ear, and it is driving you “insane.” How long ago did you first notice the soft ringing, and how exactly is it driving you insane?

Looking forward to your response,

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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Sandyj

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The ringing has been going on for a little over a week and there is discomfort down deep in my ear (doc said no signs of infection) and it makes me crazy because that all i can seem to concentrate on.
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Sandy, you're new here - so I want you to know that you only need to submit a post once. Nothing appears on the board until after I've seen it. Sometimes that can take up to a day or two. I deleted your duplicate. Not a problem; just wanted you to know.

So back to your response to my question ...

I totally understand that you are especially concerned about "ear stuff" since you are deaf in one ear - but what you are experiencing in your hearing ear is really quite common. Lots of folks experience tinnitus without apparent explanation - and most of the time it just seems to fade away on its own after a while. You don't read about the fact that it usually goes away on Internet tinnitus boards, of course, because those boards are virtually entirely populated by the distinct minority of folks whose tinnitus has remained.

Regarding whether or not you should see an ear doctor - and when - I suggest you go ahead and make the appointment for three or four weeks from now. (It can be tough to get a last minute appointment.) Then, if it fades away as it probably will, you can just cancel.

Last point. Your tinnitus is upsetting you and is causing you concern. I totally understand that. But it is not driving you insane - and using emotionally-charged phrases like that can serve only to upset you more than you are already upset!

For some basic information about tinnitus CLICK HERE. (Pay particular attention to Message Number Two.)

All the best -

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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I would sincerly like to thank you for your advice it makes me feel alot less anxiouse. I notice that alot of the noise has lessened mostly the loudest first thing in the morning and if im really trying to concentrtrate on it. But i feel comfort it the fact that you think it will go away eventually. Thank you, thank you!!
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... and even in the cases where it doesn’t “go away,” most folks become less and less aware of it over time. Consider the chair you are likely sitting in right now. You were not aware of the pressure of the chair against the back of your thighs until just this second, when I mentioned it. Same idea. The brain tends to filter out stimuli it determines are of no consequence. When your brain begins to realize that your tinnitus is of no consequence, it will tend to filter out your tinnitus as well - unless you check. Like with the chair example.

Regards -

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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