“I am not able to undergo this once more:” Lady recognized with tinnitus after COVID vaccine – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A North Hills woman who said she was diagnosed with tinnitus or ringing in the ears after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine shares tips with others who may experience the same.
Sally Sinagra said she received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in March and noticed two days later that her ear felt clogged.
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“It didn’t go away. The sound started and got worse and worse and worse, ”Sinagra said.
She said she went to an ear, nose and throat doctor who told her she had tinnitus.
“They did some hearing tests and of all my symptoms it is tinnitus. I also have Meniere’s disease, it’s like a compromise that results from it.
This ringing is known as tinnitus.
The Allegheny Health Network’s infectious disease physician, Dr. Nathan Shively said it was a rare side effect, if the vaccine was the cause at all. There are currently no widespread reports of the phenomenon.
“It’s so sensitive, as if crumpled paper almost hurts. It affects so much of your life, ”Sinagra said. “It’s not just that annoying noise in the ear. It changes your diet. It changes the way you sleep. It changes everything. ”
Sinagra is not the first person to experience this after being vaccinated.
KDKA interviewed another Pittsburgh man who said he noticed a ringing in his ears just hours after the booster.
Doctors have yet to confirm that this was due to the vaccine, but the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency have reported that tinnitus is a possible side effect of the Janssen vaccine.
Sinagra said she hopes to help others who may be experiencing the same thing and shares tips on what helped her get the ringing relief.
“You have to go low in sodium. Very low sodium because the blood pressure makes the sound louder, ”Sinagra said. “I notice when my blood pressure rises the sound gets louder.”
She said she also found a chiropractor in Bethel Park who helped.
“I saw a chiropractor who helped me a lot, I heard about him, and that he helped other people with tinnitus and had great success,” Sinagra said.
The chiropractor she went to is Tranquility Specific Chiropractic.
She said sleeping with a fan was also helpful.
She said that based on her experience, she was now afraid of getting the booster vaccination or the flu shot.
“I just want people to know that there is help out there. It’s a real thing. Don’t make others feel guilty or bad about you if you don’t get another shot. Because that’s the other thing, we are told that if we don’t get the booster, we’ll be selfish. Well, I’m not ready to go through this again. I stay in my own little part of the world when people are scared of me, but I can’t risk that again. I’m finally getting to the place where I can live my life, ”said Sinagra.
The State Dept. of Health said anyone who has experienced a side effect after receiving the vaccine should report it through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), also known as VAERS.
VAERS is jointly administered by the FDA and the CDC. After a VAERS report is filed, the CDC and the FDA can further investigate the side effect to see if the vaccine contributed to the event.