Brood X Cicadas Are High-Pitched and Loud — Could Not Take a Walk without Earplugs

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jen67, May 27, 2021.

    1. Jen67

      Jen67 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Anyone else dealing with the hell-on-tinnitus-sufferers that are Brood X cicadas? I actually like the bugs, but we live in the woods and they are high-pitched and loud as hell.

      As of today I realized I could not take my daily walk on our road without earplugs. Looking forward to July when they depart for another 17 years.
       
    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Canada
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      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Did you have a spike or develop hyperacusis lately? High pitched cicadas sound is not friendly to our ears when that happens. Usually cicadas is great for masking high pitched tinnitus.
       
    3. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      You'd think so, but did you know these little buggers can actually be 100 dB plus?

      I remember visiting Roosevelt Island off DC during a brood year; that's directly in the flight path of DCA which is only 2 miles away so you have airplanes overhead in the 85 dB range, and the cicadas completely drowned out the planes, it was unbelievable.

      I agree with you that this can often be a real nice masking sound, from a distance, but even for people without hyperacusis these little guys can just be too loud to be in the thick of them without earplugs! Absolute insanity, louder than a lot of rock concerts I've been to.
       
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      Jen67

      Jen67 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Yes, @linearb is right! The periodical cicadas come out literally in the billions and get up to 90-100 decibels. So yes, they *caused* the hyperacusis/tinnitus spike! But after one bad day I started the earplugs and it’s been ok. They will be gone by July, thank God (though I do find them fascinating as a phenomenon otherwise).

      Am I really the only one on this board dealing with this?
       
    5. nocticolor
      No Mood

      nocticolor Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Well, cicadas aren’t common everywhere. The first time I heard cicadas was on vacation in Greece when I was 23. My friend and I had to use Google because we were confused by the noise :D
       
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      Jen67

      Jen67 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      No, they are not common everywhere. But parts of the US are currently experiencing a once-every-17-year massive (e.g., trillions, literally) emergence. So I thought that some others on the board might be dealing with this problem also.
       
    7. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      03/2009
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      That is really what I mean. I had to use cicadas sound to mask my ultra high pitched tinnitus during the worst initial period. My other masking sound was squeaky faucet.

      Lol.

      Sorry I don't mean this applies to everyone especially with real cicadas close by.
       
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    8. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      1999
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      karma
      Oh yea to be clear I didn't take it that way, I was just personally shocked to find out how loud these little critters actually are.

      I'd been using cicadas on tape for masking for a while at that point back when I used masking sounds.
       
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    9. twa
      Studious

      twa Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      We've just had our usual summer cicadas here. I did recently see this story about the Brood X cicadas in Cincinnati, Ohio in the U.S.

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