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Hissing in head and ears, have vertigo. Suffered from fibromyalgia and hydrocephalus. What to expect?

I m 67yrs old female. Have many health problems over the years, now lately experiencing a very loud hissing sound in my head/ears. So very annoying. I am on my regular meds and lately new ones. I have ringing in ears for a long time but never had this horrible hissing sound. What s up with that. I used to suffer from vertigo and balance problems over the years also suffer from Fibromyalgia and hydrocephalus , I do have a shunt in my brain. Please if you can shed some light on this annoying hissing sound. Thank you, Thea Terlouw-Hess
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

A hissing in the ear along with vertigo and a history of shunt can be suggesting many causes all centering on to your brain and the ears.
you need to do the following:
1. Get a full neurological work up including CT/ MRI of the brain to rule out any major issues
2. Get a full ENT consult and get your audiometry and CT of the brain/ Temporal bone done to rule out the contribution of the ears in your malady
3. Google for vestibular rehabilitation exercises and do them regularly in consultation with your doctor

remember that you need to constantly exercise your brain so that you can overcome your problem. Just do everything in a slow and steady manner

take care and get well soon

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Thu, 22 Aug 2013
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