Desperately Need Help with Reactive Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by Silentreign, May 19, 2022.

    1. Silentreign

      Silentreign Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I developed "reactive" tinnitus around 6 months ago and it has destroyed every aspect of my life far beyond repair. Because of this my free time has just become poison, I'm at a constant rock bottom and everything is just miserable.

      It is absolutely NOT worth living with by any stretch for me. I am solely existing for a cure or effective treatment. I know, I am basically wishing for the impossible but I am desperate to go back to how my life once was. However, I have become mentally fatigued from this unbearable condition and I have begun to question if it's worth continuing to suffer for practically the impossible.

      I wanted to know if there has been anything that has aided with reducing the intensity/reactivity of reactive tinnitus?

      And just to clarify I mean objective reduction, not habituation related.

      Thanks.
       
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    2. Marshall

      Marshall Member

      Location:
      ND
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure/virus/noise trauma/cumulative noise damage
      How did it start? The tinnitus, and reactivity?
       
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    3. David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      @Silentreign, I also have a terrible reactive tinnitus. I am treating it with sound generators and a high dose of SSRI. Just almost stopped all benzos that was essential in the first few months. I think things are slowly improving for me. Back to work for the last few days and have less panic.
       
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    4. Gabriel5050
      Balanced

      Gabriel5050 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (most likely)
      @Silentreign, you can get better advice by telling us the context in which you got the tinnitus, its possible roots and what any doctors you've been consulted by said about it.
       
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      Silentreign

      Silentreign Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @Marshall, @Gabriel5050, that's the thing... Unfortunately I haven't been able to nail down what caused it. Basically my right ear was blocked which I suspected was from wax and I began to notice a hearing imbalance between both my ears while no increase in my base tinnitus at all in that ear. So I started using ear drops for what I thought was wax and that's when it just kind of developed. Went to see a doctor and apparently my ear drum was very "red" and I probably had an ear infection. Started using medication for that and the "infection" went away or at least the redness subsided. But the reactive tinnitus remained.

      I also had a COVID-19 jab that week and based on what I've heard about others experiences with them it could have also been from that? I'm not really sure.

      Sorry for not giving more details to begin with, I thought writing a wall of text would have put people off from reading it.
       
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      Silentreign

      Silentreign Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @David S, thanks for that! Really glad things are looking up for you! I have been looking into anti depressants. I am not sure what I'm able to get my hands on in my country but Tofisopam seems to be a potentially great candidate for treating tinnitus based on what I've read. Have you had any experience with it by any chance?
       
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    7. ZFire
      Movie buff

      ZFire Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011 (mild) & 04/2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      About your reactive tinnitus...

      Are you left with a lingering spike right after noise exposure or tinnitus immediately increases in volume when exposed to certain sounds, but returns to baseline once the source of sound that’s triggering the reactivity is removed? Or both?

      Don’t give up hope, there are people here whose reactivity faded away or lessen dramatically. Time is a healer and odds are good for you too.
       
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    8. David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      @Silentreign, I take a SSRI called Escitalopram. I also take a benzo called Oxazepam (but not too much anymore). For sleeping I take Zopiclone. You should also consider the sound generators.
       
    9. BrysonKingMe

      BrysonKingMe Member

      Location:
      Denver
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      12 gauge shotgun
      Hi @David S.

      My audiologist mentioned that by exposing myself to white noise through sound generators would gradually help the reactivity, although I think she is misunderstanding my condition.

      Few questions you: Do you think your reactive tinnitus was caused my nerves, or damage, or a combo of both? How long has it been reactive? Does the antidepressant seem to help with the reactiveness?

      I also see you had it almost go away completely before a sound trauma -- was that a natural reduction?

      I'll give an update on the South Korea venture here soon -- it has helped reduce the volume and gotten rid of some tones, but unfortunately it doesn't seem like it did anything for the reactivity.

      I've had reactive tinnitus before, with my onset, bit it only reacted to fans, where this reacts to literally any noise. It is also somehow intermittent... I did look at the users posts you recommended and it seems similar to my audiologists recommendations.

      Thanks!
       
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    10. David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Happy that you got some relief in Korea even if it did not help with the reactive part. Let's hope there is some more effect to come later. What type of tinnitus do you think will have the best effect of the Korean treatment?

      I think reactive tinnitus is related to some nerve damage of the cochlea. Could be partly damaged outer hair cells or some malfunction of the spontaneous nerve activity of the inner ear.

      7-8 years ago I think I had good success treating it with sound generators. Over the years I had, like you, some worsenings (noise incidents). I treated those incidents with over protection and just let time pass for healing. I never got as good a result as with the sound generators and in retrospect I should have gone back to them many years ago.

      I am now back to the sound generators 12 hours a day. Even if my tinnitus and reactivity are worse now than a few years back, I still hope for some improvement over time. It is harder this time around. It took me a few months just to tolerate the sound generators for a full day. Next step would be to raise the volume. I am using pink noise. I have now used them just for a few weeks, so it is too early to say anything about the effect but I think I have had a minimal improvement.

      I am also on a low dose benzo. It might help slightly with the reactiveness. Despite that, I want to come off as soon as possible. Makes my mood far too unstable.

      SSRI does nothing for my tinnitus but it will take my focus from it. This time around I do not really know the full effect of SSRI because I am still on the benzo. I am not too sure that the SSRI is helping me too much anymore.

      Once I am fully adapted to the sound generators, I will start to use natural sounds during nights as well. I will use good quality speakers and natural sounds up to 18 kHz. I think that is a good compliment to the sound generators that only emit sounds up to 10 kHz.

      Take care!
       
    11. karsten

      karsten Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Massive earwax plug left unremoved for too long.
      I would say that it's from the COVID-19 jab based on it being so reactive.

      I developed tinnitus in 2011/12, which slowly went down over the years. But it wasn't reactive.

      Some six/seven weeks ago I got my first-ever COVID-19 jab, and my tinnitus spiked back to where it was when I first got it in 2011/12. Horribly loud.

      But what's different is how reactive it is.

      Back when I first got tinnitus, I could at least mask it, and the masking certainly wouldn't make it worse. It was not reactive.

      But my COVID-19 jab tinnitus is VERY reactive, and when I try to mask it, the tinnitus gets aggravated.

      It's a terrible situation, because masking is how I was able to cope with it way back when. Now it's a much worse situation.
       
    12. BrysonKingMe

      BrysonKingMe Member

      Location:
      Denver
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      12 gauge shotgun
      Not to hijack this thread but I think any tinnitus could benefit from the treatment in Korea and it needs to be tried everywhere.

      I would suggest more people with the funds to do so try it out. The issue is is extremely stressful, at least for me it is/was. Just being in a foreign country not for pleasure. If my girlfriend didn't come with me, I would have left halfway because of the immense stress I was having.
       
    13. Jon R.

      Jon R. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 & then again in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st tone 2001 ear plugs, 3 other tones 2021 Pfizer vaccine
      @Silentreign, I got reactive tinnitus the same week as the COVID-19 jab, it has destroyed my life for a whole year now. I had a different type of tinnitus for 20 years but I only had that each time I got a cold and only for 3 weeks before it went away again. This new tinnitus has absolutely ruined my life for the last year, I can't mask it. Not meaning to make you feel any worse, but if you find anything that helps please let me know, and I will do the same.

      This will sound VERY odd but I have gotten an addiction of watching videos on YouTube where people suffer terminal illnesses, to try and make me feel like "at least I don't have what that poor sod has".
       
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    14. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Reactive tinnitus is so freaking annoying man.
       
    15. Travis Henry
      Cynical

      Travis Henry Member

      Location:
      Dallas,TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1 Moderna Vac, Noise and stress I guess, its killing me
      I am suffering with reactive tinnitus since April and it's pure hell when mixed with already loud tinnitus... it's made my tinnitus x3 louder. I don't know what to do anymore.
       
    16. Sam Marksmen

      Sam Marksmen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meds
      I also have reactive tinnitus. I don't know what to do about emotional pain. But living is so difficult, fear of anything triggering it. The things that can do it seem so innocuous, or random. It's like I don't want to leave my prison cell, oh sorry I meant room.
       
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