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Jun 18, 2018 06:37PM
Jun 18, 2018 06:48PM
Quinn let's drop back.
Around XMAS day - came with annual allergies to the conifer Incense Cedar. One of the worst 2 years in 35 years here. Cedar allergies are gone by mid-February so I logically thought this would go away too. Never did...have had 24/7 It was like a one for one allergy and tinnitus.
Onset of symptoms after which drug or event?
I usually never take anything for this allergy (my only allergy) but took benedryl, allegra? and zyrtec every day when this started. It was a bad year and my eyes itchiness was driving me crazy. I've read about Zyrtec and people complaining about Tinnitus. Perhaps it could be drug related. But I've stopped the drugs a long time ago....this year later....around Feb 20 (I know because my hiking partner was in Hawaii when I noticed the cedar not affecting me anymore).
I changed my diet on XMAS day too. I consistently make a small pizza from scratch almost everyday. i'm not a big bread eater, so all of a sudden I am having more white flour - i.e. gluten than normal. I've even wondered if this was a reaction to gluten. My trigger fingers are also back since my diet change. One day I ate bread, not pizza, great bread - best bread outside of SF, so had more than usual and I my whole right hand was a trigger mess. That really got me thinking about gluten. But why just one ear?
The effect of a gluten-free diet on a patient complaining of severe tinnitus.
I also found this:
"Is gluten a neurotoxin?Gluten Causes Nerve Damage. Another study links nerve damage to glutensensitivity. Gluten has been identified as a potential neurotoxin, and many with gluten sensitivity do not manifest symptoms of classic celiac disease, but instead develop nerve damage."
Describe loudness with an adjective?
Noticeable when sitting down and watching TV, or lying in bed. Use to sound like sitting on a commercial airplane flight, now has a little whistle with it.
I have no idea how to judge that. It got louder after the audiologist poked around in there and never went back to the lower volume. .It's doable if the alternative is AN or cancer or immune disease. I'm not thinking about suicide because of it (I hear it drives some people to suicide). It is just 24/7. Once it started, never stopped. I had intermittent tinnitus before that....in both ears, but more so in this ear and I remember more of that intermittent stuff before the full-time stuff. Sadly, I cannot remember if that was pre-allergy or not.
Variations of noise?
As described above.
Anything make it better?
Other than distraction, no.
Anything make it worse?
Audiologist poking around trying to get a seal.
History of aspirin use?
I rarely get headaches. Since seeing the ENT I've had very slight headaches every day so I take low dose aspirin. Not everyday..maybe once or twice a week. 3-4 aspirin (low dose). But I take aspirin and never tylenol.
History of NSAIDS use?
I take Celebrex on occasion, but it's been a few months now.
Hearing loss hx?
Lost some hearing in tinnitus ear in 2005 standing next to a bass during an INXS concert without earplugs. Had an ocean in my ear that night and fullness. Have used the other ear for telephone since. I expressed a 30% difference in my hearing between ears to ENT. My hearing test only showed a slight difference and I had better word recognition with the bad ear - go figure. The ENT took that as "sudden sensicneurol hearing loss," with emphasis on "sudden" saying what I perceived counted more than what the hearing test measured. Problem is, I'm not sure what I have is sudden or what I've had since 2005. Sudden with tinnitus >>> Acoustic Neuroma and Immune-mediated disease. I also have had some balance issues, but I think that started with chemo. (I have permanent neuropathy in my feet, but at one point, my whole body, in retrospect.) The headaches came after I saw the ENT.
I think what might have happened vis a vis noticing the hearing differential more so lately was that my bursitis in right hip has made it difficult to sleep on right side (when my good ear would be exposed), so recently I've noticed I can't hear my XM radio at night and constantly changing the volume when I turn over from bad hip to ok hip. I can only stay on the bad hip for a few minutes and its the side I prefer to sleep on. I usually don't lie on my left side (with bad ear exposed), so I'm just noticing this hearing loss more, though I've had this hip thing since early 2017, so not sure if the dramatic difference was only recently observed (really bad memory) or has been this way since early 2017? Or perhaps, the tinnitus made my hearing out of right ear worse. Or my hip became worse at the end of 2017 (it's the worst today from too many days in a row hiking). Too many variables there.
From XMAS to after Incense Cedar allergies should have been gone (usually early Feb), I assumed it was allergies and then after that fluid stuck in my ear. ENT saw no fluid. I'm not sure how conclusive that is - can he see every speck of fluid in my inner ear?