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Ringing in one Ear

tb7108ttb7108 Posts: 35
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi Everyone,

I updated a post that did not get any responses, cant blame anyone it was an ugly ride.
After my last 2 cervical surgurys I have a constant ringing in my left ear that never goes away and will flucuate from loud to louder. Anyone have this issue with cervical spine trauma?

Thnaks Todd


  • I have the same thing in one ear after having surgery at C1 and C2 twice. Initially after surgery it felt as if I was getting an ear infection with that "full" feeling and muffled sounds. After a few days I started experiencing horrible vertigo and nystagmus (uncontrollable eye movements). The determination was that there was vascular injury to the vestibulocochlear nerve as a result of the surgery. It took about 6 months to heal enough to where I regained some hearing and balance (along with vestibular rehab) and am now left with constant ringing in my ear. It seems that certain noises like the fans in my computer, can cause an increase in the ringing. It has now been 3 years since the surgery and the ringing is constant.

    When this all happened, I was examined and evaluated by a neurologist, an ENT, audiologist, neurosurgeon and Vestibular Rehab Specialist. Bottom line was short of doing the rehab and allowing time to heal what it would heal, there's not much that could be done.

    Sorry to hear that you are experiencing this. I have found that after a while it gets a bit easier to deal with. It cannot be ignored (how I wish), I have just learned to live with it.

  • I haven't had spine surgery but the ringing in one of my ears is up and down in volume as well. Neurontin makes the ringing unbearable so I can't take it.

    I'm not a doctor.
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    Thanks, I'am a network engineer and spend more time than I care to in noisy server rooms your comment about computer fans causing an increase in the ringing.... I can relate. Not much hope from the Dr's on this one they act as if it was unrelated to the surguries.
    I will just have to learn to deal with it and maybe someday it will stop.
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