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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   often I hear a ringing in my ears when there are no external noises. Often when I speak or yawn I hear a clicking in my ears. Sometimes if I exercise I feel like my ears are plugging up. What is wrong?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   may i know your age ?
User :   25
Doctor :   all this is from how many days ?
User :   if you mean how long has this been occurring then I would say I only noticed it a few months ago
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   did you sufer from any infection of the ear ?
User :   I am not sure, about a year ago I was told that I had something called "Labrynthitis", is that an infection?
Doctor :   yes it is the infection of the inner year
Doctor :   Ear*
User :   seemed like an evasive diagnosis, at the time I had EKG and blood sugar done which were both normal
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :   this ringing sound and the click on yawning are due to the labrynthitis you suffered a year ago

Doctor :   the ringing sound is called tinitius in medical terms
Doctor :   is it very troublesome in dayto day activity ?
User :   it's not troublesome, I really only notice it when I'm trying to sleep at night
User :   the ringing at least
User :   the clicking i notice all the time and do my best to ignore
User :   I would not call it debilitating in any way, just causes some anxiety
Doctor :   ok
User :   a few days before the incident a year ago I woke up and my right ear was completely blocked up, then I had a dizzy spell
User :   went to ER and they diagnosed it as "labrynthitis" which I had never heard of
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   this tinnitus and click are the sequale of the labrynthitis suffered and as such they are harmless
Doctor :   if it is not causing any disturbance in day to day activity it can be ignored and over a period of time it will disappear
User :   ok, i was concerned for a while that I had a brain tumor or something but I dont seem to have any real symptoms and have not had an MRI or anything so i decided that was unlikely
User :   I had an MRI about eight years ago for an unrelated issue
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   no it is very much unlikely that you have a brain tumor.
Doctor :   tinnitus usually affects for quite long time, you can get an audimetry test done to know if there is any impairment for the few frequency of hearing
Doctor :   consult an ENT specalist for this.
User :   i have also noticed a generalized tremor that began around the same time, is this possibly related
Doctor :   generalised tremor means ?
User :   just like feeling a little shaky
Doctor :   do you have associated increase in heart beat and sweatingg during that period of tremor
User :   maybe a bit of a stronger pulse, not sweating i would not say
User :   I am thin so my pulse might be more noticeable
Doctor :   no it is not related to the tinnitus

User :   ok
Doctor :   consult an ent specalist and get an Audiometry test done and if it does not have any inpairment in the hearing than no theatment is required for teh tinnitus
User :   ok
User :   thanks
Doctor :   thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye for now
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