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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes tinnitus with ear pressure and vertigo?

Hi doc, I am 47 yrs old male, two weeks ago I got ringing noise in my head after taking an afternoon nap. I went to see an ENT doctor and he said my eardrums are clean and there is no infection. Hearing test shows I have slight difficulty picking up sound at 3000hz but I can still hear it at 30db. The doc concluded that I have noise induced hearing loss, I was told to try one month of Tebonin forte (120mg), and do a MRI if my condition doesn t improve. I visited another ENT for second opinion, he said I might have a deteriorated hearing nerve due to aging an prescribed me with Serc betahistine 24mg twice daily for a month. I have history of vertigo but it never really bothers me. Whenever I got one, I will do a rolling exercise taught by ENT and everything will be back to normal within few hours. What s the exact cause of my tinnitus? Is it related to vertigo? Can I take Tebonin and Serc at the same time? What s my chance of recovery? I am also experiencing some pressure in both ears, they seem to be quite sensitive to sounds recently. Currently I also have a very mild flu but not taking any medication. Hope to hear from you soon, thanks!
Mon, 15 Sep 2014
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Yes, the hearing loss could be due to exposure to high levels of noise, especially if it occurs as part of your job, and yes it could cause a ringing sound in the ear.
Tebonin and other Gingko biloba extracts are given with a view to increasing blood flow in the ear and help to improve hearing and reduce the tinnitus, but these as well as betahistine do not really work in noise- induced hearing loss, as evident from your audiogram.
What I do think, given the spells of vertigo and now ear fullness, is that you could be having the earliest symptoms of Meniere's disease.
Get your blood pressure and sugars checked and treated if abnormal, get plenty of rest and reduce stress levels if possible, go easy on salty, fried and processed foods and continue with your exercises for vertigo.
Tebonin and betahistine may both be taken together for Meniere's disease but may cause a lot of drowsiness; the problem is usually progressive though with control of weight and blood pressure and regular medication, you should do well. It is a clinical diagnosis and though an MRI or CT scan could rule out another problem, it is only your ENT who has to tell you whether it's Meniere's or not. Good luck!
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