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Hello dr. Nagler,

I’ve had intermittent tinnitus for about two years. I got used to it and forgot about it. The last two months I’ve been under a lot of stress. I was walking into a grocery store and the wind hit my ear and I noticed a tone in my right ear. I was taking an antidepressant for about 5 days (ciprlax). I got scared it was related and weaned. The new sound in near seemed to cause sensitivity to external sound for a few days. Like my 7 year olds voice was high pitched. Then it subsided. I heard a faint tonal beep for a few days and it went away. This experience caused me to refocus on the sounds in my ears. I started checking all the time going into quiet rooms to find the old t and I was driving myself crazy. Fast forward two months after incident I popped my ears as they felt full one morning a week ago and now for one week I have a noticeable new sound again intermittent. Sounds like a fast paced Morse code. When I plug my ears I do t really hear it that well it’s when I don’t plug them I hear it more on my right side. I’m seeing an ent on Wednesday. Is there questions I should ask to guide my discussion. I don’t want to be dismissed. I’m so worried. :( I just want to focus on my life and family. It sounds like Morse code fast paced. Very odd.

Thank you.

A worried mom on mother’s day :(
Dr. Nagler

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As I see it, there are two questions that should be answered during your ENT tinnitus evaluation. You might have others, of course, but in the grand scheme of things it all boils down to the following:

1) Is my tinnitus caused by something that is a threat to my health or life?
2) Is my tinnitus caused by something that can be fixed or corrected with the expectation that in-so-doing my tinnitus will resolve?

Once these two issues have been addressed, most of what you need to know can be found in my “Tinnitus 101 for Newbies” article in the Frequently Requested Articles section of this board.

All the best with it -

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.


The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
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No bird ever soared in a calm. Adversity is what lifts us.
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