Can Computers Spike Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by PeteJ, Mar 19, 2019.

    1. PeteJ
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      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      I read some posts from 2013 - 2017 or thereabouts but haven't made a conclusion. I am hoping some 'experts' on this can comment.
      Is my life ruined not just from tinnitus but also because the computer(s) I use may spike my tinnitus?

      I am probably not going back to a factory job so I thought if I don't off myself from tinnitus, in general, and by some miracle, I got better/improved/habituated (I hate that word), then I would look at 'quiet' jobs - I was hoping it would be safe to use a computer - maybe data entry in a quiet office or at home?

      But, there is talk about high frequency/RF/EMF etc. causing tinnitus to spike or increase to tinnitus.

      Is there any computer/system I can build that would minimize or eliminate the chances of this?

      Some people have external monitors and computers in another room - using Wi-Fi keyboards and mice - or is Wi-Fi a problem?

      What about Bluetooth versions of keyboard/mice combos?

      What about video cards?

      Do the fans of those cause problems?

      Or would it be better to have an integrated graphics / CPU combo?

      The ITX form factor would usually only have only two fan connectors, one for the chassis and one for the CPU heatsink - I was thinking of this for least amount of noise but now I am wondering if the frequency from these electronics would contribute to tinnitus spikes or increases. I am really hoping it's an overstate factor or something because, honestly, it would be crushing to an already fragile state of mine. But, I want to know (the truth) because I don't want it to get worse.

      If it's not safe or causes/provokes/increases t, then I have to look at what else I can do. I can't imagine that this is yet another limitation / restriction (on me/use) which already includes not going out/not visiting places in case they're loud and mostly living like a hermit and vegetating. :-(

      I don't know what jobs a tinnitus sufferer can do but the only one I could think of involved computers. :-(
       
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    2. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      Who said computer fans (which are usually less than 50 dB) can cause or worsen tinnitus?

      Also, there are no ‘experts’ on here.

      From reading many of your posts I can see that you seem to have an issue with anxiety. I would suggest going to see someone about this to get it under control.

      You know what can and does effect tinnitus directly? Stress! You need to try and get your stress under control because it will and can make your tinnitus perception worse. Once you get it under control it will get better.
       
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      PeteJ
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      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      Well, I read some previous threads on this topic and many went into detailed discussions on frequency emissions, RF, EMF etc.

      I'm trying to deal with my anxiety.
       
    4. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      I have no knowledge of these computer issues and tinnitus. I know many people here who use computers and don’t have any issue.

      Someone else might know more than me on this topic. Overall I don’t think it is much of an issue because I don’t really hear people talk about it ever.
       
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      PeteJ
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      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      I sure hope not. If I ever work again, I would like the option of a quiet office.
      But, for now, computers was my hobby and I was building a new one before my t happened. I explained my concern in the original post.
       
    6. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      I don’t think you should be concerned with computer fans.

      Working at a quiet desk job in an office with computers is perfectly safe for people with tinnitus.
       
    7. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      I have written posts on computers and tinnitus and the way they can make tinnitus worse for some people. I place my computer tower in another room and use and external monitor, keyboard and mouse.

      I have now found out the reason a computer can make tinnitus worse for some people. It is not EMF (electro magnetic field0 that all computers emit. It is the noise from the internal hard drive spinning at 7200 rpm. I was unable to use a laptop for this reason as my tinnitus would increase quite a lot. I now use a laptop that has "solid-state" hard drive so there is no noise heard from the PC and my tinnitus is not affected. The noise from an internal fan in a conventional PC could also be an issue too, something that a PC with a solid state hard drive does not have.

      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/computers-and-tinnitus.12059/

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/computers-tinnitus-part-2.12483/
       
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