• ringing and buzzing noise in your ears

    Asked by MerryMaid on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    ringing and buzzing noise in your ears

    I have this ringing and sometimes buzzing sound in my ears since chemo. Does anyone else had this? It is worse if I lay down and put my head on a pillow or on the bed with no pillow, either way I still hear this never ending noise. It's driving me crazy and keeps me from sleeping.

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    • Bengal's Avatar

      OMG!!!! This is truly bizzare that this question comes up just now. I have been finished with chemo for just over a year. Last night, as I was lying on the sofa I started hearing a humming sound. It sounded like an electrical hum so I started conducting a thorough search of my house to see if it was the water pump, a fan had been left on, or some electrical appliance was making this sound. I finally left the house and went outside. The humming followed me. I finally came to the conclusion of was coming from inside my head (ears). Seemed worse when I went to bed and put my head down on the bed. It's been less than 24 hours and is already really starting to get to me. Coincidentally, I have an appointment with my Primary today. I will be asking about this!

      4 months ago
    • BobbyZ's Avatar

      I have this too. One night I got up and walked into the kitchen searching for it just like you did Bengal. I thought it was our refrigerator.

      4 months ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I'm not a patient but I can tell you that platinum based therapies will cause ringing in the ears (Tinnitus). So if you were on Carboplatin, Cisplatin, or Oxaliplatin that could be the culprit. Best of luck to you all.

      4 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I've had this since I was 7 or 8. I have the 3 sounds-ringing, buzzing, and frying-that sounds like frying bacon on a really hot griddle. Right now I have ringing in my left ear and buzzing in my right ear.

      For awhile ENTs were severing the ear nerves to get rid of Tinnitus. People lost all of their hearing, but many still had Tinnitus.

      Your best bets, in my opinion, is to have acupuncture, meditation-as mind over matter seems to be the only thing working-in that vein-hypnotism. White noise-soft music-nature sounds while you are sleeping. Leaving the TV on at night helps me, especially if I'm in a hospital. Also see if any meds make it worse, and avoid those meds--for me it's NSAIDs.

      Good luck-

      4 months ago
    • Berton's Avatar

      I have this in both ears. It is non stop and has made it difficult to hear others at times and hard to concentrate. Some days are worse than others, and sleep sometimes is a lost cause.

      4 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I think that I hear you. My hearing isn't that great-according to hearing tests-but hearing aids magnify the tinnitus. I tell my ENT- why spend thousands so the buzzing is louder.

      4 months ago
    • bsbard22's Avatar

      My husband has loud ringing in his ears since finishing Cisplatin chemo treatments for his tongue cancer. His oncologist says hopefully it will lessen over time.

      4 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I have had it for a long, long time. I can't remember if I had it before chemo or not, but definitely since. I generally tune it out but like now, because we are talking about it, I hear it loud and clear. I usually tell people it keeps me company because it is constant and loud. I am sure it makes my hearing worse - people have to compete with the ringing in my ears.

      You might be able to get some anti-anxiety meds. It won't help with the tinnitus, but it might help calm your nerves enough to deal with it and be able to sleep.

      4 months ago

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