Anyone Notice This? Ear Infection and Ringing Is Improving or Going Away (but at Night Noticeable)?

Discussion in 'Support' started by castiel141, Jun 17, 2016.

    1. castiel141

      castiel141 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 3,2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ear infection
      Hello everyone, has anyone experienced an ear infection and notice the ringing is improving or going away but when you're going to sleep it's noticeable?
    2. glynis

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Castiel141,
      A warm welcome to Tinnitus Talk.
      Tinnitus for some people is mild and see improvement in the day and with everyday sounds around you.
      At night when it's so quiet tinnitus is more noticeable and for a lot of people require soft sounds on around them or sound therapy downloads but best played on free standing units or pillow speakers and not earphones ..
      Keep posting for support ..lots of love glynis
    3. billie48

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Welcome to TT. Ear infection is quite common cause of T and sleeping time is often a time when T is loudest. Sometimes it is due to the body posture of sleep or blood flow to the ears. Sometimes it is due to the sleepy state of 'Awakening Response'. This is particularly bad for taking short nap. Dr. Nagler has written about this as below quoted:

      “I have always felt it to be due to the role of the reticular formation in tinnitus perception. The reticular formation is a primitive structure in the brain stem. It's a "vital sign monitor." When you wake up, the RF checks to see whether or not you are alive! It looks for heartbeat, respirations, blood pressure, temperature - basic bodily signs. It does not care whether or not these signs are good or bad - just that they are present. And as far as the RF is concerned, tinnitus is part of "expected" body function in an individual suffering from severe intrusive tinnitus. So when you wake, your RF checks to see whether or not tinnitus is present. And if it doesn't immediately find the tinnitus, the RF seeks it with a vengeance - - especially in the post-nap state, when there has been inadequate REM sleep and when, therefore, the RF is on already "high alert" that something might not be quite right. Theoretically - very theoretically - this RF hyperactivity in seeking tinnitus, which in a person with severe intrusive tinnitus it equates with life, results in temporarily markedly augmented tinnitus perception.”

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