Developed Severe Reactive Tinnitus After Yesterday's Acoustic Trauma

Discussion in 'Support' started by HootOwl, Nov 9, 2019.

    1. HootOwl

      HootOwl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Explanation in About You
      So after another acoustic trauma yesterday I’ve developed severe reactive tinnitus, where almost every external noise has an overlay of what I would describe as a screech/cicada sound. However this sound is not present in my normal tinnitus. It only appears with an external source - but strangely enough not with music or talking on the TV. My one life line for masking (listening to fans) has been completely taken from me. Now it’s either listen to the reeee on top of the fan or turn the fan off and listen to all the garbled mess inside my head. On top of that I now can hear it overplayed outside if there is any wind whatsoever. Can’t even walk outside anymore without bursting into tears because it feels like there’s no escape.

      I just need some support - it feels like in the last week between the new tones and severe reactive tinnitus my world is crumbling around me. Has anyone had any success treating this specific subset of reactive tinnitus, where the sound being generated isn’t your tinnitus tone/s and immediately goes away when you go back into a silent room?
       
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    2. Nate52

      Nate52 Member

      Location:
      Midwest
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I developed reactive tinnitus this past Labor Day. I did not have any noise event recently, but just woke up with it. It is very difficult or impossible to mask. I would just like to know the cause. Keeping busy and trying to ignore it helps. Some days it is better and some days it is worse. I also have that overlay or feedback sound. Mine are a ring/whistle.
       
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      HootOwl

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      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Explanation in About You
      Do you also have slight sound distortion? I feel like my hearing for broad band frequency is slightly off kilter but I can’t quite place it because the sound of people talking and music is completely normal.
       
    4. Harley

      Harley Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Reactive Tinnitus is most likely one of the worst types.
      I have one too and it is pretty much inescapable hell on earth.
      Not quite sure why some people have a steady maskable Tinnitus and some end up with this one.
       
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      HootOwl

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      Location:
      California
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      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Explanation in About You
      Harley I feel you. It’s absolute hell. I have no idea why reactive tinnitus even occurs. Is the underlying damage different in some way to cause reactive tinnitus instead of maskable tinnitus?

      Have you tried anything that helps it? I’m seriously considering Keppra, but that also worries me.

      Was yours caused by acoustic trauma too?
       
    6. Nate52

      Nate52 Member

      Location:
      Midwest
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have had a mild / steady tinnitus for a long time in one ear. It doesn't bother me much. This new reactive tinnitus in my other ear is very tough to deal with. I relate to the "Hell on Earth" comment. I notice my hearing is worse as well. My ear reacts instantly to running water or chip bags. When the water stops, the ringing stops.
       
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    7. Harley

      Harley Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      What is Keppra?
      The only thing that can mask it is pure tone at my tinnitus frequency, which is around 9000 Hz.
      This is quite literally a waking nightmare.
       
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      HootOwl

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      Location:
      California
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      2009
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      Explanation in About You
      It’s a potassium channel modulator similar to trobalt. You can read through the threads on here regarding it. Danny and Viking said they had success with treating their reactivity using it (but understandably some users called this into question given some issues with them reporting contradictory things in the past).

      But I believe @DebInAustralia had success with her reactivity. I reached out to Lyra who has what sounds like something very similar to me, but she hasn’t been on the forum for many months. The last I saw she was getting adipose stem cells in Chicago.
       
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      HootOwl

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      Location:
      California
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      2009
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      The shower is pure torture to me now. Used to be a place I could relax for 10 minutes. The ping distortion I get when I’m in there are actually quite painful. What’s odd for me is that several of the faucets in my house do not elicit the ping, only one (and the shower of course). And it’s not a matter of strength - I’ll have the facet dripping in one bathroom and it pings and then it drips in another and it doesn’t.
       
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    10. Nate52

      Nate52 Member

      Location:
      Midwest
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I think you are right about a different type of hearing damage leading to a different kind of tinnitus.
       
    11. keka
      Batty

      keka Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      benzo withdrawal
      I have the same thing. My ears are spiking right now just from a simple 10 minute car ride and the car was almost silent. This shit is so twisted it's absurd.
       
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    12. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Reactive tinnitus is a royal PITA. I had some version of it with hyperacusis transiently after my noise induced tinnitus got set off worse with additional traumas, including the blast of a semi-truck. The beep of the microwave oven stopping was almost painful at some points, as was glasses and dishes hitting each other. Also, was bad at night waking up with every passing car, even at a lower volume.

      Thankfully, it got better over some months, even before the tinnitus really improved.

      For the shower, try some waterproof swimmer's earplugs that may make it more tolerable.
       
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      HootOwl

      HootOwl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Explanation in About You
      The problem for me and why I’m worried is that sounds aren’t painful for me (except the one shower sound) which I believe is the most common form of reactive tinnitus :( it’s just that there’s this loud cicada chirp over everything except near silence. Even with a slight breeze the cicadas go from 0 to 100. Are you saying that you had something similar to that or just the reactivity and pain to certain sounds. I’m just looking for some hope, I’m a a really dark place right now.

      Is this synaptic damage?

      I’m so scared that none of the upcoming treatments will work on this type of tinnitus, the thought is horrifying for me.
       
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    14. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Hard to explain, but would have a continuous, loud whoosh, with additional sound amplifying other sounds, if it makes any sense.
       
    15. astaff14

      astaff14 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hey I hope you’re doing any little bit better at least. Tinnitus is a beast & I am so sorry you’ve dealt with it so badly.
       
    16. Phat Tuna

      Phat Tuna Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ultrasonic Scaler
      I had it for a month. Then it improved greatly randomly over a couple days. Then I had an LDL test at an audiologist that was too loud. Then it all spiked worse than ever. Month later I still have it, but am holding onto hope it will improve again. Also have Hyperacusis and both improved at the same exact time and then got worse again at same time, so I do believe there is definite connection between the two at least in my case. 0.5mg Ativan improves both symptoms by like 70%, but I try not to take it cuz it seems like it is worse the next day.
       

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