Deafness/Hearing Impairment/ear noise

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I have a constant hissing sound in my left ear.I went to a ENT specialist and to my surprise he said my hearing was fine.What could the noise becoming from if I have no hearing loss?Plus he said that I have no wax in front or behind the ear drum.My biggest problem is that I haven't sleept in 4 weeks.What brought it on was allergy symptoms.I went into a dusty crawl space underneath the house.I was sneezing and coughing and developed ear wax that was removed by my primary care physician.I had wax in both ears but I was left with a terrible hissing sound.The ENT specialist put me on steroids but that did nothing but make me hyper.Any questions that I should ask my ENT doctor the next time I see him?Also,what possible problems might I still have?I`m on high blood pressure and cholesterol medicine.

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Dan,

Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, is a symptom of something else happening in the body.  That is why there is no cure or treatment for it.....we have to find the cause of the tinnitus in order to control the tinnitus.
Hearing loss is the most common reason for tinnitus, and you have already had that checked and all is normal.  I would then look at medication and/or medication combinations.  That is the second most common reason for ear noises.  It may be something you discuss with your pharmacist.  Include all supplements and prescriptions and see if there are any of the combinations that might be triggering the noise.  Also, circulation and blood pressure problems can trigger tinnitus.  You might want to have all of that checked to make sure everything is stable.  Possibly the allergies caused some disruption in your blood pressure issues.  
On occasion, tinnitus will happen for unknown reasons.  Certainly monitor it and if it changes, gets worse and/or louder, let your doctor know.

Thank you for your question.
Kelley Linton, AuD
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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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