ATTENTION — Mobile Phone and Tinnitus: My Curious Experience!

Discussion in 'Support' started by Ludwig, Jun 13, 2016.

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    1. Ludwig
      Aggressive

      Ludwig Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      17 february 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Hi!
      I developed tinnitus four months ago, after an acoustic trauma in my left ear (I supposed a choclear damage and a nerve damage because my nerves are reactive to somato sensorial stimuli and some sounds).
      No problem with my right ear: perfect audiometry, no tinnitus.
      I discovered (after having tried and tried again, even giving my phone to my brother that is without tinnitus) that if I call placing the phone near my right ear (the ear without Tinnitus)... some pure tones start with other sounds! I'm scared. Now I always keep a distance from the ear with my mobile phone.
      But is it sure for me. 100% that this happen and it is not the a sound of my phone or an invention.

      Mobile phone + right ear (tinnitus is in left ear) = transient tinnitus in my right ear during the call.

      Anyone notice this?

      Assumption: the rTMS is used to treat tinnitus. And is a magnetic electrostimulazion. The phone emits electromagnetic waves. Some of truth will be there.
       
    2. Karel
      Stressed

      Karel Member

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      I've had T and H in my right ear since 2012 also due to acoustic trauma ([CENSORED] with a megaphone yelling in my ear at close range). I never noticed any sound or discomfort in my left ear.
      About two weeks ago I made several really long (like four or five hours each) phonecalls, one each day for like four straight days. I made sure to keep the phone only at my left ('good') ear the whole time (got quite a cramp in my arm after a while, haha) and to keep the volume down to the lowest setting. This always worked for me before, but normally I don't talk for more than 1 - 1,5 hours at a time tops, and also not every day.

      This time however, not long after those calls both my T and H started going up in intensity significantly and didn't go back down anymore. Now my T is louder than ever, my H much more sensitive too, and my ear even hurts a lot now which is something I never really have before. I'm pretty disappointed and upset by this. Am trying to seek as much silence as possible in the hopes that it will recede again, but so far not really...

      So yes, I can confirm that a mobile phone at one ear can exacerbate the problems in the other. Beats me how that works, maybe because the brain processes the sounds from both ears in the same place, so it's still kind of like the bad ear is receiving the noise or stimulation? It still doesn't really make sense to me. (A problem I have more often with these afflictions.)

      As for electromagnetic waves, I asked my doctor if that was a possibility but he said "I know of no scientific evidence for that". But he also doesn't know much about T&H beyond "hearing loss screws up the brain and there's no treatment other than to just get used to it" so I dunno...
       
    3. Julien87
      Balanced

      Julien87 Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Exposure to loud sound (concert)
      Damn, you must have so much hate against this idiot. What kind of event was it?
       
    4. Karel
      Stressed

      Karel Member

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      It happened in China actually. Beautiful country, good food, fascinating culture, but people there don't really pay much attention to decibel levels.
      I will never go back there again, obviously.
       
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    5. Nick Pyzik
      Depressed

      Nick Pyzik Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/23/15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Listening to in-ear headphones & playing in a band
      Ludwig,

      The paranoia I'm getting off of reading your post is a little too much. Theories are theories. You need at least a small amount of published information to make some sort of sense out of what you're explaining.
       
    6. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      People don't need peer reviewed evidence to believe their own experience. Yes, there are cognitive bias traps aplenty there, but there are also a lot of reasons that cell phones might be bad for your hearing with resorting to woo woo emf stuff.

      I never hold cell phones to my head, I use speaker. I noticed that I was getting loud tone bursts after using phones by my head, so I stopped.
       

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