Can Tinnitus Become Worse After One Night of Heavy Drinking?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Andy Nine, Dec 24, 2013.

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    1. Andy Nine

      Andy Nine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2006
      I have tinnitus... If one night I went binge drinking, is it possible that my tinnitus gets permanently worse after that night?
      Thanks in advance :)
       
    2. Carlo
      Balanced

      Carlo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2013
      Very unlikely. You can get a spike, but - basing on common experience here around - not a permanent worsening.
      I'd not worry.
       
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    3. seal

      seal Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      only if you would do it (almost every) day for a long period of time aka abusing alcohol. alcohol is then known to be ototoxic but certainly not from drinking from time to time even if it's heavy drinking I would say.
       
    4. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Andy, I'm a heavy drinker, when i first got tinnitus last year I got drunk every night for 6 months, my tinnitus stayed the same, didn't change a bit, have fun, give the tinnitus bully 2 fingers , Merry Christmas.
       
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    5. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Heavy drinking, even everyday for a year never affected my tinnitus, only loud noise has done that so far!
       
    6. seal

      seal Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      as I said before, you don't really know about that. maybe alcohol did damage your cochlea. Alcohol is known to be ototoxic just as many other medications, too, so I wouldn't risk it with my Tinnitus to go on and drink heavily for years, but of course everybody thinks about this topic differently and everybody can choose what to do or not to do with their Tinnitus. Also what helps one Tinnitus sufferer or makes it worse for one doesn't need to have the same effect on someone else. I can say for myself that I wouldn't risk it.
       
    7. Andy Nine

      Andy Nine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2006
      Thanks guys... I just wanted to have an idea about how much alcohol really affects tinnitus...Probably I'm not the only one, but I do get paranoid after doing an activity (one which I don't do often and normally a little self-harmful) thinking that my tinnitus might have gotten worse...Normally it doesn't and it's just me being paranoid. It's just that (as you all know) tinnitus is at its worst when you're obsessively thinking about it.
       
    8. Sean

      Sean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01-01-2011
      I had few drinks last night and T has spiked lil bit .
      Last night I was in the car and some one closed to door very loudly ..so I am not sure of slamming door caused it or alcohol .
      I hope I don't get increased T like mick had gotten after he slammed car bonet .
      What do you Guys think ?i hate worrying about this kinda stuff ..I was so annoyed that I wasn't ear plug when i knew I should have worn it when I sit in some ones car !
       
    9. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Mine usually spikes when I have a few drinks, it may even last into the next day but then returns to normal
       
    10. carol kane
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      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
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      11/13
      Sean,i think a little bit of both, alcohol always spikes the t, well for me anyway!!! i know you're thinking of Mick regarding the car door slamming and it might have a part to play in your spike let's hope not!!! this is why i never leave my house without being plugged, others say well your asking for trouble ie hiperacusis etc, but i know how easy it is to come across loud noises that will put me over the edge!!! so i choose to plug, I hope your spike has lowered by now as you posted hours ago, let me know as i'm sure it was probably the alcohol that spiked you.
       
    11. Sean

      Sean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01-01-2011
      Carol- thank you .
      I think I will find out tomorrow .i don't think closing car door will spike ..that just doesn't make sense ..I think I am being paranoid .
      I just hate that we have to worry about stupid things like this .
      Thank you for your reply .
       
    12. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Sean, I don't want you to be paranoid because my tinnitus increased from a car bonnet slamming shut, I was fine with shutting car bonnets 50 times before, doors slamming shut, balloons popping, plates smashing, didn't affect my tinnitus. It happened because the bonnet was very heavy, it was that loud when slamming shut it sounded like a shotgun going off, my brother who was in the house thought it was a car crash outside. It would have increased anyone's tinnitus, it sounded easily 120 decibels, maybe more. I dropped it to high up, totally avoidable.

      A car door slamming shut wouldn't increase my tinnitus, getting drunk every night for 6 months straight never affected my tinnitus, the noise that increased my tinnitus sounded like a gun going off, I'm confident I'm not going to come across a noise like that again, that is why I never wear earplugs walking down the street anymore, there's no need, the only possible noise that could affect my tinnitus is a siren going past but normally you can see them coming so you can stick your fingers in your ears.
       
    13. Sean

      Sean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01-01-2011
      Thanks mick- I feel lot better now .
      I am also so glad to hear you are doing better .i knew you will cope and you did !

      Have a blessed 2014.
       
    14. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Also, I got blocked ears for a week after, just like when I first got tinnitus through fire alarm exposure, what the blocked ears are is temporary threshold shift, temporary damage to your hearing, that's why I knew this spike was permanent, very loud noise the brain notices!
       
    15. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Thanks sean, have a happy new year yourself, I am used to this increased tinnitus now, I can sleep fine, I'm no longer depressed, anxious, once a little time passes your reaction dissapears, the brain ignores the noise, back to normal. Take care buddy.
       
    16. Andy Nine

      Andy Nine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2006
      I admire your way of looking at tinnitus Mick... What I'm worried about is that most people are focusing on not worsening their tinnitus and not doing much to actually decrease it...which is possible. Last summer I went to the gym everyday and the tinnitus decreased noticeably. This gym thing was combined with eating a lot of minerals and vitamins and avoiding stuff like sugars, fats, all the soft drinks and caffeine... I don't know about the diet but the gym definitely made an effect...I believe that anyone can decrease their noise. Next summer I think I'm gonna try scenar treatment...looks promising :p
       
    17. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Hi Andy, the reason I don't change my diet is because I have found no difference in stopping caffeine, alcohol, sugar etc, plus life would be pretty dull without a lovely cup of tea/coffee or a nice pint of beer or 4. The exercise part, I find my tinnitus is louder after a long walk, only for an hour after, that's why I have been put off running etc, increased circulation of blood in the ear maybe making it worse for a while. But that is just in my case, everybody is different, people do what is best for them.
       
    18. CantHearUknockin

      CantHearUknockin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Definitely Spikes the next day. Usually Drinking is borrowing happiness from the next day, well with tinnitus it's just a wasted day! But hey, everybody is different
       
    19. Beste
      Disappointed

      Beste Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/16/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo/Clonazepam, Stress
      One of my friend got permanent increase in his T after got very drunk. He got his T from benzo w/d and I think his T got worse since alcohol and benzos are doing their things on the same GABA receptors.
       
    20. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      people with a history of benzo use probably process alcohol differently, long term. I don't drink to intoxication anymore.
       
    21. Engineer
      Creative

      Engineer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/20/15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely acoustic hearing loss
      I've drank plenty with T, and in my case it helps put it in the background while imbibing, but in the morning the anxiety and perception can increase temporarily. I've observed no long term effects.

      Perhaps a greater danger is that your threshold for loud noise shifts when intoxicated, and the response of your tensor tympani muscle is muted. Both of which can lead to more hearing damage if you are intoxicated in a loud environment such as a club or concert.
       

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