Hello, I have had tinnitus for as long as I can remember, it does not bother me though it's just a little noise in my ear after all. However sometime last year - probably around May/June I started having pains in my ears, hard to describe but sometimes it is an ache that is there for a day but gone the next, but almost always my ears seem to react strangly to sound, I often find normal sounds somewhat irritating, mildy painful at times to my ears. Also they seem to almost cause an echo, i'll hear one of these irritating/painful sounds and as I hear it there is a low thump-like sound in my ears.
This is very hard to explain but I think I have worded it as best I can, the issue also went away after a few months last year, but within the last month or so it has returned. It seems worse when it is quiet and there is little background noise. I am hoping it will go on it's own again but it is very irritating, I went to my doctor, and was referred to a specialist last time who after giving me a hearing test said my ears were not too bad, but slightly damaged (hence the tinnitus) almost certainly this damage has been noise induced.
My own research has not come up with any definitive results, 4 in particular stood out however:
Post viral fatigue syndrome - Some of the symptoms of this are ear related and similar to mine, I happened to have the flu only a month or so before both emergences of the ear problems, possibly a coincidence of course, but still.
Hyperacusis - A rare condition I found, linked to tinnitus and noise induced hearing damage. Some symptoms are the same, however there are a good few disimilarities.
Magnesium deficit - Similar symptoms of the ear area, but none of the others (I don't think) I found this last year too and had myself eating 1-2 packets of dried apricots a day for 2 weeks or so as they are high in magnesium apparently. This may or may not have helped in the problems dissapearance.
Tonsil Stones - I don't remember their proper name, but I get them sometimes, referred ear pain is a symptom - specifically in adolescents (which I am) yesterday I checked for them and there was infact really quite a big one which I have now removed.
Well, that's it, any help you could give I would be really grateful for! Thanks.