Help a College Student With Medical Bills

Tinnitus is a condition in which a person hears noise or ringing in the ears that isn't there. Almost always, individuals with tinnitus have some level of hearing loss as well. The severity of the perceived noise can vary from mild to severe. Additionally, tinnitus mostly affects people between 40-60 years old. A study in Sweden showed that even people with mild tinnitus are more likely to commit suicide because our brains interpret it as chronic pain. This rate decreased when these individuals were able to receive treatment for their condition. While almost 20% of the population suffers from this condition, it's hard to get the required treatment to feel like yourself again. 

I'm Madilynn Comeaux and I've had tinnitus for as long as I can remember. At a very young age, I had to have tubes surgically put in my ears due to multiple ear infections. This surgery left slight scarring in my right ear but didn't have any severe side effects. As I grew up, I remember thinking that everyone heard what I did. It wasn't until I was around 13 that I finally realized that I had an incurable condition that I would live with forever. I didn't tell anyone about what I was experiencing out of fear that someone would think I was crazy. Unfortunately, I was 19 when I had my first anxiety attack because I couldn't fall asleep due to the ringing. This went on for the next week until I made an appointment with my family ENT. After the appointment and a hearing test, I was told that there was nothing they could do for me and that they were going to get an MRI as a precaution. The scan came back clear. I felt as though I had been given up on. I didn't advocate for my treatment for 6 months until I decided that I wasn't done. I went to another ENT for a second opinion and tried every treatment. I was on Prednisone for about 2 weeks to see if the problem was nerve inflammation - it didn't work. I tried Fluticasone Propionate nasal spray to fight eustachian tube dysfunction - it didn't work. I tried acupuncture, a CT scan, meditation, an assortment of vitamins and changing my diet but the ringing still continued to get worse. I felt as though my future had been taken away from me. I can't focus on my schoolwork because the ringing is so loud. And now, the last thing my doctors have recommended is a masking device that isn't covered  by my insurance. It's going to be at least $5,000 on top of paying for college and other medical expenses. Zero coverage. I'm now on Sertraline for the debilitating anxiety and depression that I endure everyday on top of the ringing.

With your help, I can get the treatment I've been deprived of. I've tried every treatment that I know of and still can't find relief. Please help a 19 year old college student get comfort that will allow them to work hard and earn the future they deserve. 

Below are the sources used for information in this fundraiser:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/fullarticle/2732497

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5187663/#:~:text=Tinnitus%20has%20been%20reported%20in,60%E2%80%9369%20years%20of%20age.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156#:~:text=Tinnitus%20is%20the%20perception%20of,or%20a%20circulatory%20system%20disorder.
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