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Thank you for the question. Just wanted to offer some help. 

I recently started hearing a high-pitched ringing in my ears (to the point that I wasn't able to concentrate in quiet areas). I went to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) who told me it was tinnitus and just to "deal with it," that it was genetic (my father has tinnitus as well) and would get worse with age (and that I should get used to the idea of hearing aides in 10 years or so).

Because I am so young (25 years old) I decided to get a second opinion and ended up going to the Mayo Clinic to see a hearing specialist. I was told that I had Otosclerosis (abnormal growth of a bone in my inner ear) that was causing the ringing and high-frequency hearing loss. This caused my eardrums to not respond normally to sounds.

He told me as I get older, I can opt for surgery as the ringing progresses. I encourage you to sign up on the site and explore our resources and groups around tinnitus. Once you sign up, feel free to message me. I would love to direct you to some other resources on the site (groups, articles, etc). Here is a great article to get you started: https://www.empowher.com/ringing-ears/content/tinnitus-ringing-all-your-...

May 15, 2013 - 12:42pm


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