2 Months Later, My Tinnitus Is Nearly Gone

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    1. jecamp1
      Curious

      jecamp1 Member

      Location:
      Philly
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Conductive hearing loss; Acoustic exposure
      Hey,

      I got noise induced tinnitus exactly two months ago from a very loud concert. My tinnitus was moderate following the show and stayed that way for the first 5 weeks. Of course I freaked out and it sent me into a mild depression. It was a 5-6/10 on the loudness scale. It only affects my left ear, which is the one I have moderate to severe conductive hearing loss in (~60 dB). I also developed several other tones during that time (left only), but they got pretty quite for a couple days so I decided to see a Dave Matthews band concert. That was two weeks ago (6 weeks after onset) and had a couple days spike but then it went back to baseline... I’m lucky that it did and I’ll be smarter about live music in the future.

      I’ve had very quiet tinnitus for the past 7 days now. It’s only really noticeable when I plug my good ear or smoke a joint. If I stay engaged in anything, I don’t really hear/notice it. It’s a 1-2/10 right now as I type.

      My road to recovery involved nothing special other than time and plugging my ears in loud environments. No supplements or white noise, etc. I still continue to plug at places like restaurants because I still have some noise sensitivity in my good ear.

      I don’t know what to say to those who suffer with chronically loud tinnitus. It’s so awful. I emphasize with you. That said, since I got tinnitus, I have now noticed my eye floaters a lot more so I guess I have a new problem to keep me occupied.

      For some, there is light at the end of the tunnel. For others, there isn’t. Don’t mean to be stoic about it... Tinnitus is so wild and relative to the individual.

      I felt compelled to write even though my quiet streak is only a week long. I know I would have appreciated this post on May 28th after I first got it.

      I’ll be sure to post every week or so.

      Peace,
      Camp
       
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    2. Joe Cuber
      Curious

      Joe Cuber Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gradual hearing loss + a huge amount of stress
      So happy for you Camp!
       
    3. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      I think this is what happens to most new tinnitus sufferers.

      Enjoy your almost nonexistent tinnitus!
       
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      jecamp1
      Curious

      jecamp1 Member

      Location:
      Philly
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Conductive hearing loss; Acoustic exposure
      @Joe Cuber, thanks for your support! Very grateful for your feedback and hope you the best. I’ll be sure to keep you in my thoughts and circle back.

      @ajc, I agree and that’s why I made the post. I, like many, can take things to the extremes sometimes and I definitely did with tinnitus at the start. Hope my experience can bring some others peace. Also for sure, I will enjoy the relative quietness for as long as it lasts and I will be a lifelong advocate for ear protection!
       
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    5. blamingeverything

      blamingeverything Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      high frequency hearing loss
      Dude, same.
       
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      jecamp1
      Curious

      jecamp1 Member

      Location:
      Philly
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Conductive hearing loss; Acoustic exposure
      Yea like what gives. I’ve read a number of us only started to notice our floaters after tinnitus onset. Tried researching an explanation for the correlation, but found nothing so far. I can live with the ones I got now even though they ruin a nice sunny day outside, but I fear they will worsen overtime like tinnitus does for some.
       
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    7. blamingeverything

      blamingeverything Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      high frequency hearing loss
      I went to an optometrist for the first time ever as a result. My vision has always been 20/20 but apparently I do have slight near-sightedness, which increases your chance of developing floaters come to find out.

      She made me feel better about having them, she has them too. Over the last few weeks I've been less focused on it, up to not caring about it at all. It'll pass!

      Sunglasses mask most of my floaters outdoors.
       
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    8. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      You must be young. Young people usually get over it quicker and easier but for us older people it just lingers on. Well done.
       
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      jecamp1
      Curious

      jecamp1 Member

      Location:
      Philly
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Conductive hearing loss; Acoustic exposure
      I am young. Turned 29 this past June. Thanks!
       
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      jecamp1
      Curious

      jecamp1 Member

      Location:
      Philly
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Conductive hearing loss; Acoustic exposure
      I went to a Khruangbin concert in Portland, Maine two nights ago and did not experience a spike. I wore a foam plug in my left tinnitus ear and a custom musician plug in the right ear.

      The decibels averaged 75-80 the whole concert. It was outdoors. Lasted about an hour and a half and it was a blast.
       
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    11. tniuf

      tniuf Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Viral infection
      Just to make sure I got it right:

      So you went to a very loud concert, you developed moderate tinnitus for 5 weeks, at which point it subsided, so you went to another concert 6 weeks after onset, then the tinnitus spiked for two days and then went back to a mild level. Is my summary correct?

      One question, the left ear which was already problematic with conductive hearing loss, did it already have tinnitus or is this your first ever encounter with tinnitus?

      Thanks for sharing your story!
       
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      AUTHOR
      jecamp1
      Curious

      jecamp1 Member

      Location:
      Philly
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Conductive hearing loss; Acoustic exposure
      Yes, that is an accurate summary and the left ear only started ringing on the evening on May 27th this year. The conductive hearing loss has been around for 10+ years. This is my first encounter with tinnitus that has lasted more than a half hour or so after concerts I attended before the one on May 27th.
       
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      AUTHOR
      jecamp1
      Curious

      jecamp1 Member

      Location:
      Philly
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Conductive hearing loss; Acoustic exposure
      Update. Over 100+ days with tinnitus.

      My baseline has consistently settled at around a 2/10, 90% of the time. It only gets louder at night and when I experience some stress. I am a teacher so those spikes come a few times a week while at work. Noise sensitivity in my right ear is still an issue, but custom earplugs have allowed me to resume a lot of social activities and the more I explain my disability to my friends, the more willing they are to accommodate me. Self advocacy is KEY. Don't let your friends or family stick you in environments that could lead to spikes! All that said, tinnitus is still wreaking havoc on my mental health. I miss live music sooooo much. Music is life for me, but were are (slowly) adjusting.

      My biggest health issues are no longer tinnitus at this point. #1 problem is sleeping. My psychiatrist gave me a script for Clonazepam to help with that so I've been taking 0.5-1 mg at nighttime. She chose that because I am in the process of waning myself off smoking pot and due to my new found anxiety (thanks tinnitus!). It's only been three days and it's not been to effective. Might need to try a more traditional sleeping medication like Ambien.

      The other issue I am dealing with is one I already mentioned in a previous post being EYE FLOATERS. They have become the bane of my existence. I see them nearly everywhere. I saw an eye doc earlier this week who took scans and whatnot and said my eyes are fine/healthy and just like tinnitus there is not really a cure so I better get used to it. At 29 years of age, developing these two issues on top of not sleeping more than 4 hours a night has taking me wayyyyy down, but that means there is only one way to go and that is up! Baby steps is the name of this game.

      While I am going through it, I do often remind myself how fortunate I am in other areas of my life. All of us struggling with these conditions ought to count our blessing daily lest to avoid succumbing to absolute darkness.

      That's all of now. Thanks for reading and I hope my thread is helpful to others. I'll make sure to circle back in a month.

      Camp
       
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    14. SmallRonnie
      Ape-like

      SmallRonnie Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Factory noise + Headphones + Clubbing + Vaccine? + Stress
      That's a very extreme solution to lack of sleep. Benzos usually cause more problems than they solve. I'd try to get off them again quickly or at least use them very sparingly but that's very difficult since they are highly addictive.

      How is your exercise and diet? Those are the two best things for sleep.
       
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    15. blamingeverything

      blamingeverything Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      high frequency hearing loss
      I swear tinnitus is the reason I noticed my floaters due to heightened sensitivity, not something that developed in concert. Anyway, sounds like our tinnitus is following a very similar track.

      Since you are using Klonopin I would recommend not doing Ambien and trying Trazodone for sleep instead. Far more sustainable. I also had to wean myself off pot and was off for a good 7 months. Recently started low dosing edibles (2-3mg) and it really suppresses my tinnitus the following day.
       
    16. blamingeverything

      blamingeverything Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      high frequency hearing loss
      Also stress management through the day.
       
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    17. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      Thanks for your story. I needed to read it today.

      I went to an outdoor live concert a week ago with ear protection and am now having a bad spike and some higher pitched tinnitus than normal, so I can’t mask it. I started Prednisone in case I damaged my hearing. Can’t get in to see an ENT for weeks.

      You indicated that you have a 60 decibel loss in your left ear. Was that hearing loss you had prior to attending the concert? Did you have tinnitus in that ear before attending the concert?

      Thanks.
       
    18. Vassili
      Dreaming

      Vassili Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      Maan, I wish I could be that lucky. :)
       
    19. Fields
      Busy

      Fields Member

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      Regarding the eye floaters: I've had visual snow syndrome (+ floaters) since my teens. Up until I developed tinnitus it never really bothered me that much. However, once I did, it somehow became much more pronounced. As a result, I can't really ignore it anymore - as I used to do before.

      Still, because I was already used to its presence, I can manage the visual snow syndrome just fine. Similar to you, it only truly bothers me on sunny days, especially when there are clear blue skies. Looking up at the sky, all I see is millions of tiny grey/black dots. :/
       
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    20. blamingeverything

      blamingeverything Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      high frequency hearing loss
      100%. Sense sensitivity seems to go through the roof with tinnitus onset.
       
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