Alcohol ABOLISHES My Tinnitus

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    1. dudeguywithstuff

      dudeguywithstuff Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      anxiety
      Can someone please explain how the erratic chirping / ticking noise in my ear disappears completely when I get drunk?

      Sure, my ears will "ring" when I'm drunk. Probably just the effect of blood rushing through my ears. Or higher blood pressure which is just what happens when you're drunk.

      I don't have a ringing noise, and I wish I did because it's hard to get used to a bird chirp every 3-4 seconds. It's like my ear saves up the ringing over the past few seconds and then releases it all at once.

      I guess I could keep drinking 5-7 drinks every night to continue abolishing my condition. I think we all know where that would end up.

      Has anyone else experienced something similar???
       
    2. MikeP505
      Curious

      MikeP505 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Ontario Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Punishment for being so darn good looking!
      @dudeguywithstuff

      Never experienced the chirping symptoms you have. I have however been a little tipsy a couple times in the past and my T was still as loud as ever. I'm actually happy that's the case or I would be a raging alcoholic instead of a raging tinnitisoholic!!
       
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    3. dudeguywithstuff

      dudeguywithstuff Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      anxiety
      For the record, the chirping symptom IS my tinnitus.
       
    4. MikeP505
      Curious

      MikeP505 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Ontario Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Punishment for being so darn good looking!
      @dudeguywithstuff

      Ah OK. Mine is just a steady super high pitched screech in each ear. At least with Tinnitus, if I get pulled over by the coppers while driving, I can't charged with Tinnitus-and-driving!! Or DWT driving while tinnitusing! lol Be careful with the alcohol.
       
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    5. dudeguywithstuff

      dudeguywithstuff Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      anxiety
      That's why I'd really like to know if anyone has something similar. The members of this forum tend to be fatalistic in the sense that if you have a sound in your ear, it is almost certainly cochlear damage that can't be cured and will continue forever. But the folks here also acknowledge that tinnitus has many causes. We of all people ought to be able to figure out what types of noises mean what and what changes in tinnitus lead to what future outcomes.

      My noise is intermittent in the sense that I can still hear silence...it just gets interrupted by a chirp, kind of a WWSHH noise, and sometimes just a tick / click, every few seconds. If it's not constant, it seems like it shouldn't be cochlear damage. But it IS constant in the sense that it never stops sounding off every 3 seconds. (Unless I get drunk)

      I would just love to hear someone comment on this. I've heard tinnitus described as "ringing, rushing, whooshing, tea kettle, jet engine", which all sound like constant noises. Then I hear it described as "chirping" or "clicking" which are INTERMITTENT noises. Can intermittent noises still be cochlear damage and be permanent? Does ANYONE have any expertise on this?
       
    6. stophiss

      stophiss Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      too full a life
      Wow 5-7 drinks a night. Consider what that would do to your life long term...though for right now maybe you are more focused on the noise in your head.
      Will give you the counterpoint to your question. First, there is no medical expert that can answer it with certainty. Second, there is no cure for tinnitus of any variety because it is a brain processing issue. Cochlea damage doesn't necessarily precipitate tinnitus. A person can be hard of hearing and not have tinnitus. Nobody yet has unraveled the mystery of redirecting the brain which creates an illusionary sound whatever hardware issue you may or may not have...cochlea, the analog to electrical signal creator or auditory cortex which processes the sound. I believe one day, this mystery will be solved and/or shorter term in next few years symptoms will be reduced. Only speculation and greater research needed. Meanwhile, consider reducing your drinking for your long term health. The noise in your head may even subside with time or you will habituate to it and it won't bother you as much.

      Good luck.
       
    7. Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      Is it possible that the alcohol thins your blood enough to temporarily treat whatever it is thats causing your ticking/clicking?

      If so, I wonder then if another type of blood thinner would cause the same thing to happen.. perhaps.. gingko biloba, or vinpocetine?
       
    8. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      I don't know for certain but maybe because it is an NMDA antagonist and I believe it also has an effect on GABA as well.
       
    9. ToniDennington

      ToniDennington Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6-7 weeks
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      anti depressant withdrawal
      I'm not much of a drinker. however in the past week I've gotten drunk twice and both time my T disappeared. unfortunately, life's not about staying drunk, not for me anyway.
       
    10. Jason C

      Jason C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29 May 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Burgler Alarm
      Alcohol used to have the same effect for me but not now, I drink too get drunk every night now just too deal with the tinnitus, hearing loss, balance issues and destroyed life. Then I wake up with a slight hangover into a massive panic attack and struggle threw another horrible day.
      7 months today.
       
    11. RaZaH
      Barefooter

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      Same here , if i get drunk my T is effectively gone.
      However, for some reason i never drink these days , guess I cant handle T and a hangover.
       
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    12. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      Wow that is terrible. You might benefit from having hearing aides with maskers. It can help calm you down some to hear something besides ringing and also the amplified hearing could take some of the ringing away. In the temporary, have you thought about taking some Xanax to see if that will take the volume down a notch and help with panic? If it does, there may be something else that could help because Xanax is an addictive drug and should not be taken long term. I think they said Valium (other benzodiazepine) has the longest half life so I am not sure if that would be better or not. Right now, I am taking Lamictal for depression and Klonopin (wish I could get off the klonopin but long story there) and am thinking about adding in some lithium orotate right now but don't know how well that will do for me. I think I have a circadian rhythm disorder and have had depression issues for years before T. I hope you find something to help.
       
    13. Jason C

      Jason C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29 May 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Burgler Alarm
      There is nothing that can help the self hate, along with the tinnitus, balance problems and hearing loss it really is a losing battle. My life has been destroyed. I did it all on my own and I am too blame. I went too see a show on Boxing night with my family and the T has been worse ever since, I used plugs but didn't help. Hearing is worse in the left ear and the fullness is back.
      Anti depressants won't help me with all of this. A bottle of wine helps take the edge off and helps
      me get too sleep. I can't keep doing that forever though so I guess things will come too a natural conclusion at some point. We shall see.
       
    14. Fungus
      Dreaming

      Fungus Member

      Location:
      Wild, Wet and Wooly Wales
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus?
      Jasons.....I feel for you both. I also think it CAN get better for you both.
      My tinnitus (24/7 high pitched hiss plus intermittent PT) started with a very mild virus in Oct 2014. Eustachian tube dysfunction, grommets, T-tubes, severe depression,panic attacks, deafness, vertigo (unrelated ....Benign Positional) all made their way into my life and almost took it. But not now...though I have tinnitus as bad, or worse than ever.
      Sound-generating hearing aids helped quite a bit, but I use them less now as the tinnitus no longer really bothers me. Anti-depressants drove out the 'black beasts' of depression and panic. Alcohol makes me forget about the tinnitus (but I think it's probably there at the same volume)....I enjoy wine and drink it quite often, but don't enjoy being drunk or getting hangovers, so am a moderate drinker. I go to the cinema, music gigs etc (plus good quality earplugs)....tinnitus stays the same.
      I think you are probably suffering from the mental health issues that tinnitus brings with it....tailored help from professionals is the way to go.
      If, actually I mean when (but in the first year or so of tinnitus you may not see this) you can ignore the tinnitus, the tinnitus will improve. It IS there, it is always there, but with neglect it improves.
      I really do hope that I don't sound like I'm smug/preaching etc. That's not my intent. What I'm trying to do is to say that life/tinnitus etc will improve, but, like those things/people etc you love, tinnitus thrives on attention, it rolls up when neglected.

      Fungus
       
    15. Jason C

      Jason C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29 May 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Burgler Alarm
      I hope you are right but I am 7 months into this and not even slightly better with it.
       
    16. Fungus
      Dreaming

      Fungus Member

      Location:
      Wild, Wet and Wooly Wales
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus?
      Jason C, 7 months may feel like an eternity to you, but it often takes a while longer than that to come to terms with the changed reality that tinnitus brings. Eventually most of us reach a state whereby we'd love to have silence back, but tinnitus just becomes another part of what we identify as 'self' and the intensely negative connotations mellow into disregard.

      Tinnitus is a slimy little b******d which is like an unwanted guest who, never invited in the first place, then refuses to leave. Don't waste your time on him. Maybe he will leave of his own accord from lack of attention,or, if he stays, will be totally ignored.

      Good luck,

      Fungus
       
    17. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      booze helped me a ton during my worst stages. in my opinion its better to have 2-3 glasses of wine than take benzos, and that's exactly what I did.

      My T has gotten pretty mild lately. Right now I have a very gentle buzz in my left ear that if i stretch my neck a certain way - will go away for a minute or two. Some days I have total silence. The only time I seem to have full blown T like my first 4-5 months these days is when I've got a bad hangover, so ironically what helped in the beginning is now a trigger.

      thankfully I have to drink a ton to be hungover. Yesterday I had 4 glasses of wine and a cocktail (I'm on vacation)and I'm feeling pretty damn good right now. About to hit the gym.

      to anyone reading this - just be sure to not use tonic water as a mixer if you do decide to drink with tinnitus. quinine is well known to cause T, it just doesn't say so on the bottle. I wish I knew this, as I was drinking almost 2 liters of it a week in the 6-8 months leading up to my acoustic trauma as GnT had become my drink of choice. Can't say that's what caused it, but im sure it didn't help.
       
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