22 Years Old... Where Did This Come From?

Discussion in 'Support' started by North0House, Jan 28, 2016.

    1. North0House

      North0House Member

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      Hello, I have been lurking this thread for a few weeks and wanted to say that it has been very helpful in this time of my life. I finally decided to make an account and start asking some questions. I turned 22 last month and take good care of my ears.

      I'm really perplexed. I developed tinnitus in my right ear around 4 weeks ago. I wasn't doing anything. I was just at work, wiring a hot tub circuit. I got into the truck to take a break and noticed a hiss in my right ear. I had headphones in at the time, but they were hanging out of my ears and at a low volume. I am an electrician, so I do hear things like nail guns sometimes, but they are far away and I take good care of my ears.

      I didn't really care or notice for a week or so, until I started dwelling on it. Now, it has grown to be something I hear most of the time. It drives me insane and I can't relax. It has not changed and it remains a singular low hiss, but it still is enough to drive me crazy.

      I have tight shoulders, mediocre posture, and my jaw has popped in the right side of the joint as long as I can remember. When I rotate my neck to the left (tensing the right side of my neck muscles), the hiss gets louder. As soon as I relieve pressure, it decreases.
      I squat at my job a lot, and I know that I have poor posture. So is there any chance that this situation could be muscular/skeletal? If so, would stretches and muscular therapy make it go away potentially?

      I do not take pain killers or any drugs of any kind. I never have smoked and have never drank any alcohol. I've never been to a concert and I never go to bars or clubs. The loudest volume I'm ever exposed to is that of the occasional lawnmower or motor. I highly doubt I have hearing loss...

      I'm honestly so unsure as to why this has happened, or where it came from. I was not exposed to any loud noises or acoustic trauma at all when this started. I was just quietly working on a deck alone in the mountains.

      Any ideas? Will it go away, maybe?

    2. billie48

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      You may want to get a referral to see a TMJ specialist to see if your T is caused by that. Hearing loss can occur for continuous usage of earphones but the best thing is to get this checked out by an audiologist. I have hearing loss in the high frequency, so my T is ultra high pitch dog whistle. If the low hiss is giving you trouble, perhaps try masking it until you get more used to this. The new and alien nature of T can cause the brain to think it is a threat. As such it will zoom in on it causing a magnified effect on the loudness of T. If you want to try masking, here are some suggestions:

      At bed time masking can be done by a sound machine, or sound pillow, or a computer with speakers. For masking on the go, try ipad or smart phone. On PC or laptop, here are some good sites:

      TT’s own excellent masking sounds:

      If you need more masking sounds, here is free ‘aire freshener’:

      Mix your own rain sounds with this rain generator:

      Search youtube with ‘masking sounds’ and you will also get lots of different nature sounds, such as rain, waves, waterfalls, running brooks, insect sounds, even shower & faucet etc.
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    3. baz 22

      baz 22 Member

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      Im 22 and got it a month ago as well. What a coincidence:). I think a lot more people have tinnitus than statistics suggest. Just most people keep to themselves about it.
    4. Jeffrey Rookard

      Jeffrey Rookard Member

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      I wonder if the tinnitus is due to your poor posture and neck issues? Do you have any cervical issues? Bulging disc, degenerative disc? Etc???

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