• What can I do about the terrible ringing in my ears?

    Asked by 1BowHunter on Sunday, August 25, 2019

    What can I do about the terrible ringing in my ears?

    I have had this ringing in my ears since the day after chemo. They told me it should get better and the dosage will be adjusted for the next treatment. If it doesn't go away I don't know that I will have them give me another treatment.

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      There are a couple more posts about this, scroll down a ways in the questions and you should find them, or just enter ringing in ears in the search box on top of this questions page. You will get lots of information returned. Mine ring a little bit, I honestly believe mine is from 4o years of playing drums and lots of loud rock and roll music. But, who knows?

      26 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I wouldn't stop treatment over this. And it is common, as we get older too. Try some OTC meds first. I just ignore mine.

      25 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I have ringing in my ears. I can't remember when I didn't ... so I can't remember if it is a result of my cancer treatment or if I already had it ... whatever ... until I read a question about it, I mostly ignore it. Ringing in the ears is DEFINITELY something that is mind over matter ... you can train yourself to tune it out. It will be there, but you won't hear it.

      I would rather have ringing in my ears that lose my life, but if it drives you so nuts that it makes life unbearable, then I can understand stopping treatment. I had pain in my arms at one point that was so bad I wasn't sure life was worth continuing so there are things that can ruin the quality of life to the point that it is not worth going on. And what that is varies for every individual.

      25 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Since your ears are already ringing, you might as well finish your treatment. If you try to turn the clock-the only thing turned back will be cancer remission-cancer cure--but you'll still have ringing in the ears.

      What helps-- some people say acupuncture, meditation, white noise-nature sounds-for me it's 1950 Doo XXX and a good string quartet, engage your mind-I find jigsaw puzzles, anagrams, crossword puzzles, having company, going out, quilting, knitting, crochet, etc circle, taking your dog for a walk- grooming your dog, cleaning the stove-oven-anything that engages you- makes you think or move.

      My personal is hypnotism- I use self-hypnotism. I've had this since I was 7 or 8. I'm 77 now, and I have the 3 sounds-buzzing, ringing, frying Right now I have medium loud buzzing in my left ear, and light frying in my right ear..

      Try OTC- sometimes they help.

      25 days ago
    • valeriet's Avatar
      valeriet

      Bowhunter, unfortunately, the ringing probably won't stop, but after a while you'll get used to it, and will forget about it most of the time.I'm a 20yr survivor of stage III tonsil cancer, and still have hissing in my ears. DO NOT STOP treatments. If you do, you may not have to worry about tinnitus because you might not be here. Good luck.

      25 days ago
    • MerryMaid's Avatar
      MerryMaid

      I have not had it yet, and hope I don't I was told that it could happen.

      24 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      @MerryMaid-----sometimes it's not that bad. It gets loud for me when I have a fever.

      24 days ago
    • 1BowHunter's Avatar
      1BowHunter

      Update and thanks to all of you.
      It isn't just the ringing. It is the intensified sound at certain frequencies that instantly send me down. Some I sound I can't distinguish from true sound and the ringing.
      The oncologist said the he couldn't give it to me again for fear of total hearing loss.
      I have seen a audiologist and he has put me on steroids to see if it will clear up.
      I literally can't be around my wife because of the pitch in he re voice.

      23 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I'm sorry- At least you are getting the attention of your doctors. I know that's not something that makes things a bit better, but it's still better than having to move into an Urgent Care or ER before someone realizes that you need help.

      23 days ago
    • 1BowHunter's Avatar
      1BowHunter

      I went to ent and they confirmed what I had been saying. My oncologist now wants to use a different chemo (taxol). It will be administered weekly for 6 weeks, extending my treatments 3 more weeks.

      8 days ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      I got tinnitus after cisplatin and it doesn’t go away so since it’s louder now and I am constantly cupping my hand behind my ear to try to hear better, I’m going to get me a hearing aid...as soon as I save up 5k $.

      6 days ago
    • valeriet's Avatar
      valeriet

      KB2013 checkout hearing aids at Costco, if you have one near you. I found them to be the most reasonable. Certainly not 5K. Good luck.

      6 days ago

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