Can Tinnitus Spikes Subside After Months?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jibran, Jan 25, 2019.

    1. Jibran

      Jibran Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      I have a spike which started in last week of November after an accidental slap on my left ear that had tinnitus. It's still not gone. In fact I can hear tinnitus in right ear too now which wasn't there before. My right ear had some hearing loss but no tinnitus. During the Christmas season I had been exposed to loud music twice plus fire alarm went off at my work right on top my head.

      Been a pretty destructive month.

      Can anyone tell if the spikes can last for months and go away or am I screwed up more?
       
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    2. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      I've had multiple long term spikes resolve themselves over the course of weeks and months. So stay positive and try not to let the spike get you too down!
       
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    3. OnceUponaTime
      Frustrated

      OnceUponaTime Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Lets pray it will subside.
       
    4. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      yes. I had one for a month once.
       
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    5. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      How long when you say months @yonkapin ? 1? 2? 4? 6?

      My tinnitus got worse in October 2018 following playing a piano and has been Hell since.
       
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      Jibran

      Jibran Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      It will be good to know how long they can usually last. In my case it veen two months already..
       
    7. jmasterj
      No Mood

      jmasterj Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic?
      I am on a four month spike with really no known causes and it has been hell. I am losing hope at this point that it will return to baseline.
       
    8. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      It all depends what caused the spike? If it was caused by listening to music through headphones or music at a club or concert, the spike might not decrease for quite some time. There is also the potential for the spike to increase the tinnitus to a new and permanent level, especially when the ears have repeatedly been exposed to loud sound levels and the original cause of the tinnitus was "Noise induced".

      Michael
       
    9. BobDigi
      Kick ass

      BobDigi Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      5.6.14
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      I've had a splike for arpound 6 weeks!!!!! Doesn't seem uncommon to last a few months!!!!!
       
    10. Brandon1994

      Brandon1994 Member

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise Exposure
      I'm new to the whole tinnitus but my last spike lasted around 3 weeks.
       
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    11. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced

      The spike can certainly last this long, and still has plenty of potential to go away or at least diminish over time. Be sure to take precautions to not have any additional noise expsoure, or else it can certainly respike or worsen as well.

      Feel better soon!
       
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    12. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
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    13. Helheim
      Angry

      Helheim Member Podcast Patron

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      Would be great to know. I got an increase after an ear infection in October and it doesn't seem to be going back to baseline. It's crushing me to think that this might be my new permanent volume.
       
    14. jimH
      Caffeine

      jimH Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      30 years+
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma

      My longest and most severe spike lasted 4 months. I had the additional misery of experiencing Hyperacusis along with it for the first time. I finally got to experience what others meant by catastrophic and debilitating Tinnitus. In more than 35 years of living with it, I had never experienced anything before or since that compared to it. At times, I could not even remain seated and a couple of times I even paced back and forth.

      Fortunately, after four months my T went back to its previous baseline and my H is not nearly as bad as it was.

      I believe that my fear that it was my new and permanent baseline and that I would have it at that level for the rest of my life exacerbated the situation. I'm one of those people that believe that sustained stress can worsen or even prolong a spike. So, I want to give you some hope that the worsening of your T may not be permanent. I hope that knowing that will help to reduce your anxiety and stress levels to some degree.
       
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    15. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I'm 3 -4 months in (early October 2018) with no signs of reducing. In fact in the past four days I've been getting beeping in my left ear.

      I'm devastated and want off this planet.
       
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    16. Ken219
      Frustrated

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      @jimH I'm on my 30th year of intrusive T. During that time I have had many relapses(spikes). It has taken up to 18 months to habituate. For me there is no correlation to a relapse. At times it is a struggle. I do a lot of praying and crying but I'm still here. Hang in there.
       
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    17. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Longest spike?
       
    18. Ken219
      Frustrated

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      My longest spike was 12 months. Used medicine to survive that one.
       
    19. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Wow...12 months. What caused the spike and did it just return to baseline? Sorry for your suffering that but it gives me some hope mine might settle eventually.
       
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    20. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      There is always hope that a spike will improve. One of the most damaging things that will halt a person's recovery from a spike, tinnitus or hyperacusis is "Negative thinking". If it is allowed to take hold, it will totally destroy a person's recovery and the habituation process.

      In 2008 my tinnitus increased to insurmountable levels, brought on I believe listening to music one evening on my HI-FI which I thought wasn't particularly loud a Haydn Symphony. The next morning I experienced an increase in my tinnitus that grew louder over the following days and weeks. This required returning to ENT for treatment, which I have explained in my post: My experience with tinnitus. It took 4 years to recover.

      Michael
       
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    21. Ken219
      Frustrated

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      Allan, 'baseline' by now is an I do not know. I hear it all the time. What happens is one day I say this isn't too bad. The cause of the spikes are unknown. I avoid loud areas and always carry ear plugs. Ear inflections I can't avoid. Colds I can't avoid. You will adjust in time. I see you have tinnitus for 21 years. Have you had a spike in the last 21 years? Hang in there buddy.
       
    22. racerfish
      No Mood

      racerfish Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / T worsened with antiobiotics
      What were the causes of your spikes?
       
    23. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      Sorry I didn't reply sooner.

      I've had spikes last for hours through to nearly a year or so. I can give more specific examples if you want.

      Some spikes were completely random, some were coming and going when I was new to tinnitus (I think this is common), some were noise induced, some were because of hyperacusis I dealt with for a few years, etc.

      They've all resolved though thankfully, and many of the tones I initially dealt with in my first year of tinnitus are gone. My baseline the last year has actually dipped below that of when I first got tinnitus. Fingers crossed things continue to improve.
       
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    24. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I'd be interested in the noise induced ones please? How long they took to resolve and anything you did to help them?

      I've had tinnitus 20 years which I habituated to, back in October following an evening of amateur piano playing I woke up the next day & my my original tinnitus [or perhaps another higher frequency] crashing through my head and another sound in my opposite ear.

      Its been like this since with days where its intolerable to days where I can just hear it. Unfortunately the intolerable days outweigh the good.

      In the past four days however I've been getting a beep beep beeeeepppp beep in my left ear alongside the continues 'eeeee', which is distressing. As the day progresses they both get gradually worse. My hearing is within limits and I don't have hyperacusis [thank God].

      Thank you @yonkapin
       
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    25. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I've had spikes by ibuprofen and one major one 10 years ago when my jaw on the left hand side snapped (TMJ) but that subsided after about 5 months.

      This latest catastrophy was by noise and I'm convinced it won't settle.
       
    26. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @Allan1967

      It is this type of thinking and negative mindset Allen, that will delay or prevent you from making any progress whatever tinnitus treatment you undertake; for you have convinced yourself that nothing will work.

      Try to change this way of thinking by reading my posts in the links below.

      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/is-positivity-important.23150/

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-and-the-negative-mindset.23705/

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/acquiring-a-positive-mindset.23969/

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-and-negative-counselling.26669/
       
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    27. racerfish
      No Mood

      racerfish Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / T worsened with antiobiotics
      In my experience with T over the last 15 years spikes often don't get better, but with time you do get used to them.
       
    28. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I know you're right Michael. Tinnitus as you know has an uncanny knack of sucking us under like quicksand.
       
    29. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      I agree and this is why people should protect their ears.
       
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    30. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I am not saying one should never feel negative occasionally Allen but it's something that has to be kept in balance. If you read my posts in the links that I have sent you on a regular basis, they will help to reinforce positive thinking, for they are a form of "counselling". It is something that you have to consciously and deliberately work at. As I have mentioned to you before. Spend time with your family interacting as much as you can as this is one of the ways forward.

      Michael
       
      Last edited: Jan 27, 2019

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