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02/08/2010 06:41 AM

Irregular cricket chirps, one ear

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For decades I've had very mild tinnitus, not a problem, that sounds like a continuous high-pitched tone like TV sets used to make. I've suddenly started to hear something new. It's not a problem in itself if it doesn't get worse. My concern is whether it's a sign of anything else that might need followup.

It consists of noises like a cricket chirp, or like running a thumb across the teeth of a comb. I hear it only in my right ear. It is about as loud as actually running a thumb across a comb a foot away from the ear, loud enough to hear over the background noise of a quiet house (fans from nearby computers). Ticks occur as single ticks, pairs, or sometimes a short sustained even buzz lasting maybe five seconds.

Timing is irregular. It is very reminiscent of the irregular timing of a muscle twitch or tic. I cannot correlate the noise with anything I do (body position or tensing any specific muscle or poking-prodding). I cannot find any way to evoke it deliberately. The timing is not rhythmic and is not correlated or synchronized in any way with my pulse or heartbeat.

The ticks are not loud, but are sharp, distinct, and thus attention-getting. But I am confident I can learn to ignore them. Each tick sounds absolutely identical to every other tick, which is why I suggested the comb analogy. Each tick does have an identifiable pitch, pretty high, maybe 5000 cycles.

I clean earwax out of my ears regularly with an Ototek loop and yesterday I syringed with alcohol. The alcohol drained instantly and was completely clear.

I have high blood pressure controlled by medication and my home reading while experiencing the sound was 130/85. I take Lisinopril for high blood pressure, Simvastatin for cholesterol, and 81 mg of aspirin daily. Dosages have been the same for several years, no recent changes.

I'm in my sixties, in excellent health. An audiologist checked my hearing a couple of years ago and found a slight hearing loss that he said was normal for my age.

I have an email message in with my primary care physician. I don't care about treating it if it doesn't get worse, only in seeking appropriate followup if I should be screened for any neurological or other issues. What sort of specialist would be the right step after my primary doc--an otolaryngologist? How would I identify tinnitus-shrewd practitioners in the Boston area, or can I assume any ear doctor would know all about it?

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02/16/2010 02:18 PM
AfflictedRican

YOu can go to www.ata.org. First you need to make a donation to become a member. Once your a member you can view a list of Ent's and Tinnitus' specialist in your area. Also, you can Google, Tinnitus specialist - Boston.

Post edited by: AfflictedRican, at: 02/16/2010 02:20 PM


04/21/2010 08:15 AM
cptblack
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I have what sounds identical to crickets when I yawn or move my jaw. I was hoping to find something new here. Thanks guys.

04/24/2010 05:17 PM
crosby
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what the heck?

have to pay to join an organizaton to find out who are the specialists?

is this as messed up as it sounds? or am I missing some information that makes sense of it?


04/24/2010 06:09 PM
cptblack
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Try asking your family Doctor to get you a list of Audioligist who might be able to help.

10/02/2012 06:14 AM
Hulagirl1
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Hello, I am new to this group. I just happened to see your post and you may as well have been describing my EXACT symptoms too! I have had tinnitus for about 4 years and a week ago I started having chirping in my right ear! I have it only at night and only in my bedroom! I have gone through different routines like plugging my ear and it stops. I have gone outside to listen for actual crickets and there are none. I removed all electronics from my room. And I searched my room. Completely for a live cricket even though I know there really isn't one there! I don't have it in my left ear . I am also in my 60's. I don't take a lot of medication. Baby aspirin ( which I've heard could be the culprit !!! I've taken it for about 8 years now. Also, a pill for nerve pain called Gabapentin& Cymbalta for depression from chronic pain for many years! I've had neck, hip & spinal surgeries in the last 3 years. All successful & I'm now able to have a much better quity of life. But, this chirping is extremely disturbing at night when I am ready to go to sleep. It only occurs at night. I've never had it during the day or in any other room. It's very very odd . So, I'm interested to see any replies we may get to learn more about it. Thank you for your post.

10/04/2012 11:55 PM
Hulagirl1
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I saw my Dr. Today for a sinus infection and when I told him about the cricket chirping in my right ear only at night. He said that if the problem occurs only in one ear, it generally means it is in the ear! Not outside factors ie: electronics etc. he irrigated my ear and so far tonight I have NOT had any chirping. He said that even a tiny piece of wax can cause problems such as this.Wink

11/03/2013 09:52 PM
Queenie
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I was so glad to find this posting. About a month ago I told my husband there was a cricket someplace in the condo. Then I thougt there might be a bird in the chimney, then I thought smoke detector batteries needed changed . You get the picture. It was a low but high pitched chirp chirp. Then I realized I was only hearing the noise out of my left ear. I thought I was losing it. My blood pressure is normal. Slightly low. Just had a physical. Low VitD levels. Common in Ohio, my cholesterol came back high and I do smoke. Not on any meds.

I can live with it, but just curious what caused this sudden strange oddity. I am glad I am not alone in this.


01/19/2014 05:28 PM
Sistrozzie
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I am pretty certain I got my tinnitus from attending a Vince Gil concert many many years ago. The music was so loud, we could not hear his voice. When I left the concert, my ears felt full and then I began to notice the ringing in my ears. At first it frightened me but I am well used to it now. In fact, I cannot hear it now as I am writing this. I do hear a noise though, don't know how to describe it. Do you ever feel like someone has clapped a hand over one ear? I get that a lot. I'm just trying to live with it and not seeking any treatment. I might add that when I hear a real noise, I usually think it's coming from the different side of the room than it actually is. Strange, huh?

01/27/2014 06:32 AM
DLW12345
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Where would we be without the internet! I hear the chirps at night, too, and did the same thing, Put my ear against the wall thinking there was a cricket in there, got up on a ladder and listened to the smoke alarm, unplugged the clock-radio. Now I found the cricket. Thank you all for sharing.
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