Bummer: Cicadas & Crickets Make My Tinnitus Worse?

Discussion in 'Support' started by David S, Aug 16, 2021.

    1. David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

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      My tinnitus has been progressively worse during the summer. I could not understand why until I realized that our house has been swarmed by cicadas and crickets this summer. I also sleep with open window with cicadas just outside.

      I have high frequency cicadas, electric buzzing like tinnitus. It's also kind of reactive.

      Does anybody know how loud the sound cicadas and crickets actually make is?
    2. 2noist

      2noist Member

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      Cicadas can be very loud. Some larger species up to 120 dB.

      Is it possible @David S that the cicadas and crickets are masking your tinnitus and then the brain tries to amplify the tinnitus signal making it be perceived louder by you?

      Could you stay a few days somewhere else where you are not exposed to those noises so you could test this theory?
    3. Julien87
      Not amused

      Julien87 Member

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (concert)
      From inside a house with open windows? Hard to tell, probably less than 40 dB I would say. Does it cover your voice when you speak? Human speech is about 60 dB at one meter, if I am not mistaken. You can try to compare it to this.
    4. DaveFromChicago

      DaveFromChicago Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      To David S:

      The loudest North American cicada is 105.9 decibels (!).

      They are the loudest insect in the World.

      This is the male's mating call.

      When I first met my wife I imitated this sound in an effort to notify her of my interest.

      She said that I could just cut out this Jim-Carey-like behavior.
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    5. AUTHOR
      David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

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      This was our country house. Just there for the summer. Luckily I am back home now.

      I hope this cools down because it is quite bad now.
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      David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

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      For us with reactive tinnitus it might be a reason to be careful. I believe my tiny hair cells around 8,000 Hz are much more sound sensitive than the recommended 80 dB.
    7. star-affinity

      star-affinity Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1993, increase in 2020, then new in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unsure about the first. Too many beers? Music during sleep.
      Would it be possible to get hearing damage from long term exposure to the sounds cicadas make? If not, why not?

      If they can reach volumes up to 120 dB we would definitely recommend to avoid this if the sounds source was something else.

      Are the cicadas any different?

      The reason I'm asking that a friend argues that my listening to low volume music all night (35 dB average with 55 dB spikes measured) couldn't have been what triggered my latest tinnitus (which actually sounds a bit like cicadas or more like the electric buzz that's heard close to charging station when a electric car is charging). He argues that if such low levels music can damage the hearing people who sleep close to cicadas would all have hearing damage.

      What's your thoughts on this?

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