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Zippy

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Hi again Dr Nagler

I posted a few weeks ago regarding the return of my tinnitus after some 15 years. Whilst my horse hasn't returned to the barn, I can say that tinnitus is now not bothering me for around 80% of the time, I am sleeping ok and good/bad days no longer depend on what my tinnitus is doing, but rather on what "I" am doing. I no longer feel the need to have the TV on constantly in the bedroom, and I use the Simply Rain app (recommended by Frosin on here) on my iPad throughout the night. My husband occasionally asks me to turn it up a little as he can't hear it; he finds it soothing too. Cool.

When I first got the tinnitus all those years ago, I did all the things that I imagine most people do if their tinnitus is intrusive and bothersome to them. I saw the doctor to check for wax. I was referred to ENT and also for an MRI scan as the tinnitus was one sided. ENT appointments showed nothing specific & the MRI came back "reassuringly normal".

In my initial panic this time (just under 3 months up to now) I saw the doctor who ruled out wax. He said to give it some time and to go back for referral to ENT if my tinnitus didn't "clear up".

I'll be honest, I don't really feel any inclination to go back. I am worried that it will bring about a sense of trying to find a reason, that could maybe set me back a bit in my habituation journey.

So that's my question really. Am I supposed to rule out physical causes via doctors/ENT? Would I be foolish to assume that what happened in the past will likely dictate what happens this time?

I am comfortable enough right now to accept that if the tinnitus is present throughout the rest of my life, then that's ok. My day to day behaviour now is no different to pre-tinnitus with the exception of one thing; I am mindful of noise that could damage my hearing. I don't avoid anything that only exacerbates the tinnitus, but I am cautious about anything that could potentially harm my ears (or anyone else's for that matter).

Thank you once again for your support on here, and apologies for the long post to get to a two line question!

Zippy.
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Hi Zippy -

Thank you for your excellent question.

If your recurrence after all these years is unilateral or significantly asymmetrical - or if you have asymmetrical hearing loss - I would probably err on the side of caution and see an ENT consultant. On the other hand, if your tinnitus is bilateral and roughly symmetrical - and if you do not have asymmetrical hearing less - given that you are doing quite well by your own account, I feel that there would be little to be gained by seeing an ENT consultant at this point in time.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Stephen Nagler
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Zippy

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Hi Dr Nagler

Thank you once again for your answer.

The T is definitely left sided.

I do have hearing distortion in the left ear, which in effect equals hearing loss in that ear. I also get siren-like spikes from time to time, which I seem able to just ride out now, rather than flap about.

So, I guess I will probably go back for referral in the interest of erring on the side of caution.

Your support is very much appreciated.

Zippy
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Your support is very much appreciated.
 
Glad to help.

All the best with it.

stephen nagler

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