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post #121 of 253
Hi All,

A couple of weeks ago, I started to get a blocked up feeling in my right ear along with a high pitch tone that varies in volume & pitch - it is has now become really annoying as it is constant 24/7. I thought it was probably due to a build up wax so did not worry too much & I have not really abused my hearing as far as I know.

I went to the doctor & after looking inside, he said that the ears were completely clear of wax & there was no obstruction. I asked him, how was it then that it feels so blocked up & why am I getting this god awful high pitch noise. He told he that it is most likely Tinnitus & might indicate the first sign of hearing loss which really hit me for six. He told me that some times these things just clear up by themselves & gave me a nasal spray to try for ten days to see if that might help.

If it doesn't, then I will have to go for a hearing test & he told me if it is Tinnitus, then there is no cure & the noise will not go ever away & hearing loss is most likely in time. This has me crapping bricks & tbh, I am pretty upset about it. The noise & blocked up feeling is already driving me crazy & really affecting me badly - no way in hell I can deal with this for the rest of my life.

In view of this, just wanted to ask, has this sort of Tinnitus resolved itself for anyone here - just appear out of the blue & then go away by itself in time? If so, then it will at least help to tide me over & not worry so much until more detailed tests are done.

I recently got some new speakers & as my luck would have it, my new AV Receiver was delivered only yesterday & was really looking forward & excited to setting it all up - I did try but I just can't hear properly which has really ruined things for me!

Bazzy!
post #122 of 253
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Originally Posted by Bazzy View Post

Hi All,

A couple of weeks ago, I started to get a blocked up feeling in my right ear along with a high pitch tone that varies in volume & pitch - it is has now become really annoying as it is constant 24/7. I thought it was probably due to a build up wax so did not worry too much & I have not really abused my hearing as far as I know.

I went to the doctor & after looking inside, he said that the ears were completely clear of wax & there was no obstruction. I asked him, how was it then that it feels so blocked up & why am I getting this god awful high pitch noise. He told he that it is most likely Tinnitus & might indicate the first sign of hearing loss which really hit me for six. He told me that some times these things just clear up by themselves & gave me a nasal spray to try for ten days to see if that might help.

If it doesn't, then I will have to go for a hearing test & he told me if it is Tinnitus, then there is no cure & the noise will not go ever away & hearing loss is most likely in time. This has me crapping bricks & tbh, I am pretty upset about it. The noise & blocked up feeling is already driving me crazy & really affecting me badly - no way in hell I can deal with this for the rest of my life.

In view of this, just wanted to ask, has this sort of Tinnitus resolved itself for anyone here - just appear out of the blue & then go away by itself in time? If so, then it will at least help to tide me over & not worry so much until more detailed tests are done.

I recently got some new speakers & as my luck would have it, my new AV Receiver was delivered only yesterday & was really looking forward & excited to setting it all up - I did try but I just can't hear properly which has really ruined things for me!

Bazzy!

For over 2 weeks now I have this ringing in my right ear. The ringing at times is not noticeable other times it goes from a hiss to buzz. I went to a doctor and told me it was fluid in my ears this was 2 weeks ago and nothing has changed. Then I went to a different doctor last Friday and told me I have an ear infection and could be the cause for the ringing. He also put me on antibiotics and steroids and still it comes and goes. The interesting thing about it when I jump up and down or move my jaw back and forth I hear a loud hiss out of the right ear and for a short while it does go away and I find relief. Anyways I made an appointment to see an ENT and have a hearing test done to check for damage. I do watch a lot of movies and listen at moderate levels but at this point it does not really matter how I got this the important thing is to rule out problems that is causing the ringing. I would make an appointment to see an ENT and to get a hearing test done if I where you.
post #123 of 253
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Originally Posted by asere View Post

For over 2 weeks now I have this ringing in my right ear. The ringing at times is not noticeable other times it goes from a hiss to buzz. I went to a doctor and told me it was fluid in my ears this was 2 weeks ago and nothing has changed. Then I went to a different doctor last Friday and told me I have an ear infection and could be the cause for the ringing. He also put me on antibiotics and steroids and still it comes and goes. The interesting thing about it when I jump up and down or move my jaw back and forth I hear a loud hiss out of the right ear and for a short while it does go away and I find relief. Anyways I made an appointment to see an ENT and have a hearing test done to check for damage. I do watch a lot of movies and listen at moderate levels but at this point it does not really matter how I got this the important thing is to rule out problems that is causing the ringing. I would make an appointment to see an ENT and to get a hearing test done if I where you.

Hi asere,

I really hope all goes well with you & am sorry that like me, you too are going through something similar. I have an appointment to see the GP again next week as he is hoping that the nasal drops might just do the trick but if not, he will then refer me for a hearing test & will have to wait for that appointment to come through - hope it will be sooner rather than later! In a way, I am hoping it might be due to just an infection as at least that can be treated with antibiotics rather than damage to my actual hearing - I'll keep my fingers crossed fro you & would be grateful if you would do the same for me!

Bazzy!
post #124 of 253
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Originally Posted by Bazzy View Post

Hi asere,

I really hope all goes well with you & am sorry that like me, you too are going through something similar. I have an appointment to see the GP again next week as he is hoping that the nasal drops might just do the trick but if not, he will then refer me for a hearing test & will have to wait for that appointment to come through - hope it will be sooner rather than later! In a way, I am hoping it might be due to just an infection as at least that can be treated with antibiotics rather than damage to my actual hearing - I'll keep my fingers crossed fro you & would be grateful if you would do the same for me!

Bazzy!

I will! Wish you well too and let me know what you find out.
post #125 of 253
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I just watched my brand new Fostex Th-900 (Headphones) go back to the store where I bought them. Ironically, they were supposed to be my "end game" and I guess they were. My Signature DJs and my Amp are gone too. I've been told in no uncertain terms by the Doctor that my Headphone days are over.

In short, I have permanently screwed my hearing. I apparently have a harmless sounding little thing called "Tinitus". Permanent ringing in the ears. That's what I have and according to the Dr. it's what I will have to live with the rest of my life. There is a high pitched hiss in my ears that never stops and I hear "clicking" noises though the day and night. I can't tell you guys how depressing this is and I hope to God it never happens to any of you. People have committed suicide over this, and I can certainly understand why. It's enough to drive you insane.

I debated whether or not to post about this, but decided if I can stop someone else from making the same mistakes I made then It might at least give the situation some meaning. If you have the urge to chime in and tell me what an idiot I am and I should have known better, well, you're preaching to the choir. I screwed myself and I know that. My only defense is that I honestly did not know this could happen. I thought at worst case that loud music may eventually lessen my hearing a bit. I'm quite sure if someone had told me that I'd be living a life of constant torment and that I'd have to give up headphones entierely I would have done things much differently... It doesn't take much to get Tinitus apparently, and the most common way is with Headphones. So word to the wise....I have to live with this the rest of my life but you don't have to... Keep the volume way down. I was told just a tad louder than when you can clearly hear it.

I'm gonna have to leave the Hobby and that's going to leave a big hole in my life. I'll miss talking to you guys. I really expected to be in this Hobby for the rest of my life. I wish things had turned out differently for me.

Please tell your friends about Tinitus if they don't know. It's truly a harsh punishment for what seems like harmless fun. It's very difficult to reconcile once it actually happen to you and the reality sets in. I hope none of you have to suffer these harsh consequences. I would also like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to the friends I've made here, and not just disappear.

That was a post I made on my Headphone Forum when I first became aware of my Tinitus. It's been a little while now, and I'd like to say, that It does get easier to ignore. I had my first full day yesterday where I completely forgot about my Tinitus until it was almost bedtime. Compared to how I felt when i first got it, that's progress. I hope everyone who is suffering from this can find peace. Just wanted to post that, because I know how it feels when you first find out. It's really tough.... but it does get better. Keep that in mind.
post #126 of 253
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

That was a post I made on my Headphone Forum when I first became aware of my Tinitus. It's been a little while now, and I'd like to say, that It does get easier to ignore. I had my first full day yesterday where I completely forgot about my Tinitus until it was almost bedtime. Compared to how I felt when i first got it, that's progress. I hope everyone who is suffering from this can find peace. Just wanted to post that, because I know how it feels when you first find out. It's really tough.... but it does get better. Keep that in mind.

Thank you for the kind words. We all need to hear it gets better even if it does not disappear completely. Right now I can barely hear it. Like I said I am getting over an ear infection and hope that is all it is but I question it now because it is day 5 on meds and so far same trend from noisy to clam at times.
post #127 of 253
I was told to use an spl meter to adjust to 75 or so. What I want to know is if you set the sub to 75db can it actually exceed that when watching a movie? If so won't that defeat the purpose of using the spl meter? How can you play it safe and keep no higher than 75-80db. I wonder if the sub pressure messed me up even at low/moderate volumes.
post #128 of 253
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by asere View Post

The interesting thing about it when I jump up and down or move my jaw back and forth I hear a loud hiss out of the right ear and for a short while it does go away and I find relief. .


I have heard that issues with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) can cause tinitus, you may want to look into that since you mention jaw movement affects it.
post #129 of 253
I’m Sorry that your going through that Bazy..(and other members) It would be very hard thing to go through. I know I have had a few scares after going on many bass binges, but nothing permanent thank God! It’s ironic that it was my ex-wife had the same problem instead of me, but she learned to live with it quite well. Some days were good, other days were a little harder. I’ll hope for you man.
post #130 of 253
Hi everyone, Tinnitus is incurable as I've been to Mayo in Rochester, MN. Went thru a battery of tests for a day and a half. Bottom line, live with it is what the Drs told me. Or I could go on one of several antidepressants, not likely. My frequency is 4000 Hz, constant and fairly loud. I deal with it, sometimes get headaches or mental fatigue from compensating. My name is Keith and I live in Wisconsin. Its called a phantom pain by several studies .
post #131 of 253
I've had tinnitus for over 35 years .. back in the day, hearing protection for musicians was generally not used and then later, as a front of house sound man, I don't even think it had a name .. it's something that you just learn to live with .. mine is in the upper registers .. there are masking devices available ..

Oddly, at least in my case, if I listen to anything loud or use headphones, when I stop listening, it disappears for a while ..

My Doc told me a long time ago that my pack a day smoke habit was not helping it any .. but I did not quit until many years later ..

After a while, it just becomes something that's there ..
post #132 of 253
With me its a faint hiss like speaker with no sound.
post #133 of 253
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Originally Posted by Audionut57 View Post

Hi everyone, Tinnitus is incurable as I've been to Mayo in Rochester, MN. Went thru a battery of tests for a day and a half. Bottom line, live with it is what the Drs told me. Or I could go on one of several antidepressants, not likely. My frequency is 4000 Hz, constant and fairly loud. I deal with it, sometimes get headaches or mental fatigue from compensating. My name is Keith and I live in Wisconsin. Its called a phantom pain by several studies .

Lol, this thread is sounding more like a support group with every post. Anyway, our ears are not designed for constant bombardment of loud noises. Think about the difference in loudness exposure between us and our distant ancestors from where our hearing evolved. If were are to assign intentionality to biological functions, than our ears have evolved to hear rustling in bushes a hundred yards away, which would have been a faint sound, naturally. They would rarely have hear anything like a feature length film at reference level volumes. Probably the loudest thing they were normally exposed to were their own vocal communication, with exceptions such as waterfalls. There are loud things in nature, such as volcanoes, but not a lot of them, and I think the fragility of our hearing reflects that.
post #134 of 253
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

That was a post I made on my Headphone Forum when I first became aware of my Tinitus. It's been a little while now, and I'd like to say, that It does get easier to ignore. I had my first full day yesterday where I completely forgot about my Tinitus until it was almost bedtime. Compared to how I felt when i first got it, that's progress. I hope everyone who is suffering from this can find peace. Just wanted to post that, because I know how it feels when you first find out. It's really tough.... but it does get better. Keep that in mind.
Glad to hear but I think that you are in the minority. Mine seems to have gotten worse the past few months to the point that it's quite noticeable if I don't have my mind on something else. It seems to be the worst when I'm on the computer in my very quiet office. I don't know if there is any correlation but a few months ago is when I upgraded my sub to a Rythmik FV15HP. I haven't changed the sub volume as it relates to the rest of my system but this sub does dig quite a bit deeper than the 12" HSU it replaced.
post #135 of 253
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Originally Posted by Torqdog View Post

Glad to hear but I think that you are in the minority. Mine seems to have gotten worse the past few months to the point that it's quite noticeable if I don't have my mind on something else. It seems to be the worst when I'm on the computer in my very quiet office. I don't know if there is any correlation but a few months ago is when I upgraded my sub to a Rythmik FV15HP. I haven't changed the sub volume as it relates to the rest of my system but this sub does dig quite a bit deeper than the 12" HSU it replaced.

When I said "it gets better" I meant you can (sort of) learn to ignore it and not notice it every waking moment of every waking day (as it was when I first got it). My Tinitus has not improved from a physiological standpoint at all, and as you say, it may have even gotten slightly worse. It seems to have good days and bad. On days I'm really stressed it seems to get worse or perhaps it just bothers me more on those days.

Either way, don't get me wrong. This thing SUCKS. I've just learned to live with it. It still invades my life regularly and if I could go back in time and not be such an idiot with my headphones you can bet I would. I don't wish this on anyone and I hope threads like this bring awareness.
Edited by bareyb - 6/5/13 at 6:47pm
post #136 of 253
Hi All,

I have only had this a short time but it is really making me quite depressed & despondent - it is constant 24/7 & just freaking relentless - I have even started to get headaches which I have not had for a very long time.

Bazzy.
post #137 of 253
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Originally Posted by Bazzy View Post

Hi All,

I have only had this a short time but it is really making me quite depressed & despondent - it is constant 24/7 & just freaking relentless - I have even started to get headaches which I have not had for a very long time.

Bazzy.

I feel your pain Bazzy. I felt the same way when it first happened. I was sure it would drive me insane. There's a reason people have committed suicide over this and there's a reason they often prescribe therapy or anti-depressants.... Try to hang in there and try to believe you will learn to "tune it out". The brain is a wondrous organ that can do amazing things. If someone had told me a few months ago that I'd have a whole day where I didn't even think about it, I'd have told them they were crazy. I have my fingers crossed for you. You said earlier it might be due to an infection? I hope that the case and I hope it's something they can clear up.
post #138 of 253
I'm having anxiety from it. At home it is the worse it is hard to be around family. I feel different like I don't fit in and I blame myself for this.
post #139 of 253
Thread Starter 
I don't know if this helps, but mine has gotten much better. I used to sleep with both fan noise in the room and one of those tinnitus speaker pillow insert things that you put under your pillow and I had fan noise coming out of that too. When I would have my head side ways so that my ear is on the pillow the ringing used to bother me before I got the tinnitus pillow insert.

However, I haven't used it for the past 6 months or so and I don't even notice the ringing when my ear is on the pillow. I can hear it if I'm listening for it but my brain seems to be starting to ignore it.

Still, every few weeks (sometimes a couple months or more, hasn't happened in probably 2 months) or so I'll get a sudden blast of loud ringing in one ear or the other that comes out of nowhere. Seems to happen most often when I'm teaching... come to think of it that seems to be the only time it happens. It lasts for a few seconds and slowly fades back to normal. I'm sure that's not a good thing...
post #140 of 253
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Still, every few weeks (sometimes a couple months or more, hasn't happened in probably 2 months) or so I'll get a sudden blast of loud ringing in one ear or the other that comes out of nowhere. Seems to happen most often when I'm teaching... come to think of it that seems to be the only time it happens. It lasts for a few seconds and slowly fades back to normal. I'm sure that's not a good thing...


That’s exactly what I go through.. well except the teaching part. I thought it might be a normal thing, but then maybe it’s not?
post #141 of 253
Wow, I don't even have a subwoofer and never go to this part of the forum, but I stumbled here so I thought I'd pipe in as well.

My tinnitus started last Nov. It was about the time I bought supercharged songtowers, although I can't directly correlate anything with that. I didn't change my listening habits any, never listening too loud. Maybe its just a cummulative effect of my 56 year old ears. It was hell on earth at first. I felt it was a cruel cosmic joke. I get new speakers and wham. I still am not convinced it is a sound issue or perhaps a toxicity issue. Certain drugs can cause tinnitus and are harmful to the cholea. I was taking a fairly strong NSAID drug at the time for a pulled muscle. Who knows, maybe a combination of effects. It was in both ears. Somedays I didn't hear it at all, somedays it was a roaring in my ears so bad I couldn't concentrate on anything else. It also seemed to change in frequency at times. On good days it was a slight high frequency ringing that was easy to ignore. As the frequency lowered it got louder and more of a distraction. At times the frequency was so high it was like off scale and I couldn't hear anything. Also early in my tinnitus I had pretty severe eustacian tube dysfunction and hyper acusis (apparent pain in ears).

My first reaction was I just sell off all my equipment. New speakers, reciever, headphones, headphone amp, etc. I rarely listened to anything. I hated to cut it on. I read everything I could on tinnitus. I even talked to a therapist about it, knowing hte medical community is somewhat at a loss for treatment. The first thing the therapist told me was quit reading everything in the world about it. I had to defocus my mind on it. I tried but couldn't. Prozac was recommended. I found reference to a NIH study that showed some improvement in tinnitus patients taking SSRIs. I had taken Prozac a few years back for a while when experiencing some really difficult circumstances so I went back on it. I don't know if it lowers your perception, or helps you ignore it but it did help me. Particularly on the bad days when the T was roaring in my ears, it helped me to not be so focused on it and continue with my daily affairs. My wife started noticing I wasn't complaing about it much anymore, and I started listening to music again at moderate volumes. I had already started to develop a taste for classical music and jazz so I focused more on that music and less on rock n' roll. I found that a nice relaxing album actually could help. One of the problems of tinnitus patients is avoidance. You avoid anything you think may be a problem and make it worse. The avoidance behavior actually reinforces your fear and makes it worse. So i started trying to just do the things I normally did. If I wanted a glass of red wine, I had one. But I did start wearing ear protection for things such as mowing, vacuuming, leaf blower etc. One thing I did learn in all my reading was to not avoid sound! You need sound. It is sound that will help you habituate (the term they use) over time and make the T seem less relevant. Many of the successful T therapies involve use of sound. TRT is one, using sound in a hearing aid device near your T frequency to retrain your brain. Another common treatment involves using music with your T frequecy notched out of it, again training your brain to ignore it. My quiting music was just avoidance behavior, so I now listen to alot of music. I put it back on in the car, play it at home when I can. Mostly classical and jazz, and a nice 'elevator' music channel on xm in the car. And yes I still like rock and listen to that some. All this music at moderate volume. With an audyssey calibrated reciever, I'm at max about -20 db in volume about 10 ft from the speakers. I'm a real fan of audyssey dynamic eq which gives low to moderate music volumes a fuller sound by correcting for the human perception of loss of bass and treble as the volume is lowered. It allows you to listen to music and get that full sound without having to blast your ears off.

Today, my T has improved a good bit. The eustacian tube disfunction seems to be a thing of the past, the hyper acusis was the first to depart, although on bad days i may notice very mild symptoms of these. My T is quieter and higher frequency. Oddly enough in my hearing test, the doctor said my hearing wasn't that bad. He described it as some typical high frequency hear loss, certainly not enough to warrant a hearing aid. I hear fine and better than my wife. So on that aspect I feel fortunate. Today oddly enough is one of my 'bad' days, but it's still an awful lot better than those early days. I actually had one day, i just left work it was so bad. On another day we were having lunch in a crowded noisy restaraunt and just got up and left. Even the noisy restaraunt couldn't drown it out. In fact it seemed the louder the background noise, the louder my T got. Today, on a 'bad' day, I'm at work and fine. I still think about my T alot, but I don't hyper focus on it. Hopefully as it fades into the background, much the way a noisy refrigerator or airconditioner fades away over time I will think about it less and less. I will probably quit prozac in the near future and see if I still need that. I don't get any bad side effects from it other than some weight gain.

I have a Masters in Chemistry and have become somewhat convinced there is a significant brain chemistry factor associated with this as well, particularly as it relates to brain chemistry and your sleep cycle. I've made some interesting observations over time with this. One quiet day I took a nap, just a short one about 20 minutes. I as I was drifting off all of a sudden it was like someone cut on a switch and my T started! I've noticed this a few times. I've also noted that my T doesn't change much throughout the day even though it changes alot from day to day. If it's going to be different the next day, it will change overnight when asleep and always early in the morning. My aging bladder and kidneys force me to get up a couple of times during the night so I notice the change in T if I'm going to have one is always early morning between my last bathroom visit and finally getting up. Fortunately T has never interuppted my sleep no matter how bad it is and I always am able to sleep.

Well that's about it. I can't think of much more to say right now.
post #142 of 253
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Originally Posted by glangford View Post

Wow, I don't even have a subwoofer and never go to this part of the forum, but I stumbled here so I thought I'd pipe in as well.

My tinnitus started last Nov. It was about the time I bought supercharged songtowers, although I can't directly correlate anything with that. I didn't change my listening habits any, never listening too loud. Maybe its just a cummulative effect of my 56 year old ears. It was hell on earth at first. I felt it was a cruel cosmic joke. I get new speakers and wham. I still am not convinced it is a sound issue or perhaps a toxicity issue. Certain drugs can cause tinnitus and are harmful to the cholea. I was taking a fairly strong NSAID drug at the time for a pulled muscle. Who knows, maybe a combination of effects. It was in both ears. Somedays I didn't hear it at all, somedays it was a roaring in my ears so bad I couldn't concentrate on anything else. It also seemed to change in frequency at times. On good days it was a slight high frequency ringing that was easy to ignore. As the frequency lowered it got louder and more of a distraction. At times the frequency was so high it was like off scale and I couldn't hear anything. Also early in my tinnitus I had pretty severe eustacian tube dysfunction and hyper acusis (apparent pain in ears).

My first reaction was I just sell off all my equipment. New speakers, reciever, headphones, headphone amp, etc. I rarely listened to anything. I hated to cut it on. I read everything I could on tinnitus. I even talked to a therapist about it, knowing hte medical community is somewhat at a loss for treatment. The first thing the therapist told me was quit reading everything in the world about it. I had to defocus my mind on it. I tried but couldn't. Prozac was recommended. I found reference to a NIH study that showed some improvement in tinnitus patients taking SSRIs. I had taken Prozac a few years back for a while when experiencing some really difficult circumstances so I went back on it. I don't know if it lowers your perception, or helps you ignore it but it did help me. Particularly on the bad days when the T was roaring in my ears, it helped me to not be so focused on it and continue with my daily affairs. My wife started noticing I wasn't complaing about it much anymore, and I started listening to music again at moderate volumes. I had already started to develop a taste for classical music and jazz so I focused more on that music and less on rock n' roll. I found that a nice relaxing album actually could help. One of the problems of tinnitus patients is avoidance. You avoid anything you think may be a problem and make it worse. The avoidance behavior actually reinforces your fear and makes it worse. So i started trying to just do the things I normally did. If I wanted a glass of red wine, I had one. But I did start wearing ear protection for things such as mowing, vacuuming, leaf blower etc. One thing I did learn in all my reading was to not avoid sound! You need sound. It is sound that will help you habituate (the term they use) over time and make the T seem less relevant. Many of the successful T therapies involve use of sound. TRT is one, using sound in a hearing aid device near your T frequency to retrain your brain. Another common treatment involves using music with your T frequecy notched out of it, again training your brain to ignore it. My quiting music was just avoidance behavior, so I now listen to alot of music. I put it back on in the car, play it at home when I can. Mostly classical and jazz, and a nice 'elevator' music channel on xm in the car. And yes I still like rock and listen to that some. All this music at moderate volume. With an audyssey calibrated reciever, I'm at max about -20 db in volume about 10 ft from the speakers. I'm a real fan of audyssey dynamic eq which gives low to moderate music volumes a fuller sound by correcting for the human perception of loss of bass and treble as the volume is lowered. It allows you to listen to music and get that full sound without having to blast your ears off.

Today, my T has improved a good bit. The eustacian tube disfunction seems to be a thing of the past, the hyper acusis was the first to depart, although on bad days i may notice very mild symptoms of these. My T is quieter and higher frequency. Oddly enough in my hearing test, the doctor said my hearing wasn't that bad. He described it as some typical high frequency hear loss, certainly not enough to warrant a hearing aid. I hear fine and better than my wife. So on that aspect I feel fortunate. Today oddly enough is one of my 'bad' days, but it's still an awful lot better than those early days. I actually had one day, i just left work it was so bad. On another day we were having lunch in a crowded noisy restaraunt and just got up and left. Even the noisy restaraunt couldn't drown it out. In fact it seemed the louder the background noise, the louder my T got. Today, on a 'bad' day, I'm at work and fine. I still think about my T alot, but I don't hyper focus on it. Hopefully as it fades into the background, much the way a noisy refrigerator or airconditioner fades away over time I will think about it less and less. I will probably quit prozac in the near future and see if I still need that. I don't get any bad side effects from it other than some weight gain.

I have a Masters in Chemistry and have become somewhat convinced there is a significant brain chemistry factor associated with this as well, particularly as it relates to brain chemistry and your sleep cycle. I've made some interesting observations over time with this. One quiet day I took a nap, just a short one about 20 minutes. I as I was drifting off all of a sudden it was like someone cut on a switch and my T started! I've noticed this a few times. I've also noted that my T doesn't change much throughout the day even though it changes alot from day to day. If it's going to be different the next day, it will change overnight when asleep and always early in the morning. My aging bladder and kidneys force me to get up a couple of times during the night so I notice the change in T if I'm going to have one is always early morning between my last bathroom visit and finally getting up. Fortunately T has never interuppted my sleep no matter how bad it is and I always am able to sleep.

Well that's about it. I can't think of much more to say right now.

I hear you. I think I've had it for a long time and never really noticed until 3 weeks ago. For the past few years I noticed a ring on my right ear when I jump or bend down to reach something and maybe I could hear a slight hiss at night but never paid attention to it until the other day at work I heard and felt something different. The room was quiet but I could still hear something that was not there. Anyways I went to the doctor and he told me it was an ear infection and I got treatment and here I am with the ringing that is better at times and not so good other times. I don't know how this happened hopefully it is because of the infection and it will get better or disappear. I do listen to music at moderate levels and watch movies at moderate levels but I am not sure if the sub pressure did this or not. My sub is a year old and it digs deep so not sure if like I said it is something going on for awhile and I am just aware of it more or if the sub did it. At this point I don't use the sub at least not until the ENT see's me to rule out issues. I agree that the more you read on it the worse it is because not every comment or story is a positive one and eveyone is different. The other day I had to get my blood pressure checked at work because I thought I was having and anxiety attack because I was dwelling on the noise and on the future. I am trying to stay focused and positive and noticed the less I worry or think about it the noise is in the back of my head. I wish everyone here well!!!!
post #143 of 253
There are potentially many causes for tinnitus, including ear infections, certain medications, even barometric pressure changes. With some of these causes, the tinnitus may be temporary and disappear once the cause is removed, but if the tinnitus is due to hearing damage, it will never go away.

As folks have mentioned though, take heart (especially you tinnitus newbies), your brain will eventually learn to tune it out so you don't notice it most of the time, and even when you DO notice it, it'll only be a minor annoyance and not the major distraction it is when you first get it.

I've had tinnitus long enough that I don't even remember the cause/trigger event. I recall numerous events that caused hearing damage, but I can't be sure I didn't have tinnitus before those events. Numerous clubs and concerts where my hearing was muffled and ringing for hours afterwards. The one time I was dumb enough to fire 6 rounds from a snub nosed .357 without any hearing protection left my hearing muffled for 2 days. Then there were all the firecrackers and fireworks.

These days, I can go most days with only a couple of instances where I'm reminded of my tinnitus. The less I think about it and the more distracted I am by other activities the more likely I am to forget about it. Even when I do think about it, it's bearable. Sometimes it gets louder, but I know that if I don't focus on it and continue with other things, my brain will tune it out again. The majority of the time, I forget that it's there.

If you don't have tinnitus, consider yourself lucky and protect your hearing. If you do have/get tinnitus, it's not the end of the world. Stay strong and with time, your brain will learn to accept and ignore it.


Max
post #144 of 253
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Well that's about it. I can't think of much more to say right now.
You said plenty glangford........excellent post. smile.gif

When I first realized my tinnitus I didn't have quite the same reaction as you in that I didn't want to sell off years upon years of audio equipment aquisitions. But I did suddenly realize that all those years of blaring the car stereo, playing in a VERY loud prog rock band, reckless behaviour when it came to fireworks (had a 16 count string of firecrackers go off in my VW beetle with me in it eek.gif) and unprotected shooting of firearms had taken their toll and I suddenly, with the aid of my trusty SPL meter, became aware of just how loud I was running my system. I now try not to exceed 85dbs with occasional 90db peaks when listening to music. Movies are given more peak volume (105 to 110dbs) simply because the peaks are usually short lived and generally at this volume level the majority of the film doesn't exceed 85dbs. Movies like "The Dark Knight Rises" are a little harder to deal with due to the extreme amount of dynamics presented.

My tinnitus has been flaring up a bit more since about the time I upgraded my sub. Strange thing is that I have it balanced the same as the one it replaced though the new one digs a bit deeper. I'm not sure if there is any correlation or if it's just coincidence.
post #145 of 253
Does anyone have the tinnitus were the sound and loudness is different during the day. I get almost silence to a hiss to fast chirps and that is when the anxiety kicks in and feel like I can't manage.
post #146 of 253
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tinnitus/DS00365

This is a good overview of tinnitus and factors that can worsen the symptoms on any given day. Make sure to read the sections on causes and risk factors.
post #147 of 253
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Originally Posted by asere View Post

I hear you. I think I've had it for a long time and never really noticed until 3 weeks ago. For the past few years I noticed a ring on my right ear when I jump or bend down to reach something and maybe I could hear a slight hiss at night but never paid attention to it until the other day at work I heard and felt something different. The room was quiet but I could still hear something that was not there. Anyways I went to the doctor and he told me it was an ear infection and I got treatment and here I am with the ringing that is better at times and not so good other times. I don't know how this happened hopefully it is because of the infection and it will get better or disappear. I do listen to music at moderate levels and watch movies at moderate levels but I am not sure if the sub pressure did this or not. My sub is a year old and it digs deep so not sure if like I said it is something going on for awhile and I am just aware of it more or if the sub did it. At this point I don't use the sub at least not until the ENT see's me to rule out issues. I agree that the more you read on it the worse it is because not every comment or story is a positive one and eveyone is different. The other day I had to get my blood pressure checked at work because I thought I was having and anxiety attack because I was dwelling on the noise and on the future. I am trying to stay focused and positive and noticed the less I worry or think about it the noise is in the back of my head. I wish everyone here well!!!!

Asere,
There are many plausible causes for Tinnitus. While we have some good theories, no-one knows for sure why it exists. We do know, however, that Tinnitus is a product of the Lymbic system. Accordingly, The perception of Tinnitus is often (most definitely in your case) related to your anxiety levels.
--Find an Audiologist that specializes in the treatment of Tinnitus.
--Undergo a thorough hearing evaluation (if you have not already)
--Undergo cognitive therapy. The more you understand about T, the less you will stress about it, the less you will perceive it
--Treat the hearing loss (if it exists)
--Consider the use of a sound generator (if recommended)

Allan
post #148 of 253
Does anyone have the tinnitus where it gets louder like when you turn your head or when bending over?
post #149 of 253
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Does anyone have the tinnitus where it gets louder like when you turn your head or when bending over?
That's actually not uncommon for tinnitus sufferers. Changes in blood pressure/blood flow can cause apparent changes in the tinnitus. Bending ove etc. can trigger it.

For me, every once in a while, swallowing causes an imbalance in inner ear pressure and it'll get really loud, but if I pop my ears, it's OK. Sometimes turning my head will cause a muscle twinge in my neck that will make it a lot louder till the muscle relaxes.

No, you're not going crazy. No, it doesn't mean it will get worse. What did the ENT and audiologist say?


Max
post #150 of 253
We are spending a few days at the Beach this weekend (happy Father's day Dads!) and man, does it ever exacerbate my Tinitus. It's MUCH louder here for some reason. You'd think the Ocean would mask it but for some reason it seems to make it more pronounced. Kinda sucks to be this aware of it, but the nice view helps make up for it. cool.gif
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