Can Tinnitus Caused by Hearing Loss Get Better Over Time?

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Can tinnitus caused by hearing loss get better over time?

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  2. Maybe

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    1. an1992

      an1992 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe antibiotics
      I try to stay positive reading success stories from time to time. They provide me a great help. Habituation, reduction in loudness etc...

      But I was wondering: has anyone with hearing loss & tinnitus had a "success story"?

      Can tinnitus caused by hearing loss arrive to a point which is acceptable (assuming one's hearing loss isn't progressive of course)?
       
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    2. Pulsing Ear
      Frustrated

      Pulsing Ear Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have tinnitus from what I believe is hearing loss caused by exposure to loud music. Concerts and a loud car stereo I played very loud as a teenager. I've had tinnitus since I was in high school back in the 80s. It seems to have gotten slowly worse over the past 30 plus years. I think that's just from accumulated damage over the years.
       
    3. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      I say yes because I have a 30 dB dip around 3-4 kHz but my tinnitus can be really mild some days and others it's moderate and more buzzy.The mild days are a smooth shhh sound. I don't think my hearing has recovered but something is causing good and bad days.
       
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    4. Benjaminbb

      Benjaminbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown - possibly debrox - noticed after debroxing.
      Many people with tinnitus from acoustic trauma improve significantly. So in one sense yes. Gradual progressive hearing loss is more unlikely.

      It's hard to identify the cause for certain in these particular cases, but I know many DJs who had tinnitus bouts for a month or so that went away in their 20s or early 30s.
       
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      an1992

      an1992 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe antibiotics
      @Sam Bridge I have "good" days too, but bad days are the 80%. I have a low frequency hearing loss which is at 60 dB on 500 Hz, then goes up to normal hearing at 1000 Hz. I'm desperate because I'm experiencing hyperacusis and ETD (cracking, pressure, my own voice in the ear etc.). I don't know if I'll ever be a "success story", which is the goal I'm trying to focus on to let suicidal thoughts go away.
       
    6. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Hearing your own voice in the ear means reactive tinnitus or mild hyperacusis. This type of hyperacusis tends to fade over time. I agree with others that even if tinnitus does not go away, it tends to fade in intensity or you will habituate to it if slowly. Have you gone to an ENT to look at your ETD? Do you have blocked Eustachian Tube? If so, you can watch some YouTube videos how to drain the blockage. Good luck. Take care. God bless.
       
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      an1992

      an1992 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe antibiotics
      @billie48 sure I do have ETD because I always experience pressure and cracking in my left ear and it's so annoying. I have mild hyperacusis too, which is not that bad with general life noises unless they're loud but it's very much disturbing when I'm in a room with more than 3 people talking. I really hope this will get better, because it's preventing me to have a proper social life.

      I read your post about your SSNHL and it's pretty much what I had. I hope we will get through this with time.
       
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    8. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      So have you received treatment for ETD? Perhaps if that is taken care of then your symptoms and ringing will subside. Did you say you have sudden sensorineural hearing loss? Mine just happened overnight when I woke up without any warning. Sigh! If you have SSHL make sure your ENT can give you prednisone and/or antivirals. Also ask him about injections if oral steroids doesn't help. I am also getting HBOT too, kind of throwing everything under the kitchen sink at the SSHL. Still waiting for the miracle.
       
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      an1992

      an1992 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe antibiotics
      @billie48 too late for me for steroids, but I tried some drugs one month after the onset and they did anything. My ETD is related to the SNHL or at least that's what my ENT tried to tell me, so I have no escape from this too. I have to deal with 24/7 loud tinnitus and unbelievably loud spikes which lasts for hours and happen totally random several times a month (when I'm lucky, when I'm not they happen several times a week). I can't stand this forever. I had a life before this shit. Now I don't even know who I am. Sorry for being negative. I just lost my will to live completely.

      I hope you won't, and I wish you and anyone else in this forum the best.
       
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