Last reply 8 months ago
Can tinnitus be a symptom of MS?

As usual I am unable to sleep due tinnitus which presents in a low pitch sound with vibrations so I can actually feel it in my right ear. I have suffered from this for about 2 years. I also have a degree of deafness in that ear. As I also have MS, it occurred to me that the tinnitus might be connected. I would be grateful for any confirmation.

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8 months ago

I have had repeated episodes of tinnitus. For me it is characterised by a buzzing in one ear only. Randomly intermittent.

It occurs randomly every three years or so and lasts for what feels like forever and then I notice it when it is gone.

I am pretty sure that my deafness in certain frequencies comes from much motorbike riding, use of firearms and loud music when I was younger.

I struggle with the instant desire to blame every physical thing on MS as it is just easy. However, I know that, regardless of MS, we all deteriorate physically as we age so something may not be MS. Hard to tell.

8 months ago

Hi @claudie4 and welcome.

The following article may help :-

8 months ago

A non-MS friend who suffers badly from it has recently undergone sessions of acupuncture from a Chinese Medicine practitioner. It didn’t do much for her swollen ankles – the reason for the treatment – but reports that her tinnitus is very much improved.

8 months ago

I suffere from it ocassionally, mine isn’t the buzzing but at the right frequency, I find running water, screwing up a very thin plastic bag, stupid things but obviously they ‘hit the right note’ sorry for the pun, I assume mine is ms related but luckily so far, it only lasts a couple of weeks and disappears as quickly as it comes. It gives one an insight into the hell of those with it permanently. Never thought I would be grateful to have ms!😍

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