Did Sudden Static Sound from My Earbud Really Cause My Tinnitus?

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    1. Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi,

      I am new here, I need help. My tinnitus started 2 weeks ago and my life is in a downward spiral. I cannot sleep (it is 4 am as I am currently typing). This thing has caused me so much stress that I became sick. I have seen many doctors. One told me that I had earwax buildup in both ears. I went to see an ENT doctor who removed the earwax in both ears and told me that the tinnitus was eventually going to stop.

      However, it has been a week and I am going crazy. My ears are fine, another doctor checked, and my eardrums are not damaged. An incident happened and my left earbud stopped working. However, when I put the earbud in my ear, I heard static. Since then the static has not left my left ear. However, I am unsure if it truly is the cause anymore.

      The doctor I went to see a few days ago told me that I am prone to stress. I often panic a lot and I know it isn't good for my tinnitus. However, I cannot find ways to manage my stress. It has become harder to calm myself down. I know I shouldn't lose hope. On Tinnitus Talk, I have seen many success stories. But for me, it's been a cycle of trying to get better only to go back to stressing a lot.

      I must say I am a University student. University started a week ago. It is hard to focus due to the noise and lack of sleep. This thing is driving me mad. I was unsure of sharing my story but I am growing more desperate each day and need help.
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      No replies? Please someone answer me, I really need some advice to manage this.
       
    3. Blitz
      Lucky

      Blitz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probable headphone overuse.
      Do you hear your tinnitus always or only when things get quiet? I recently got it too from headphone usage and I only hear it when I go to sleep. If you don't always hear it I suggest some masking noise during the night as it helps a lot. I know how you feel since I'm also a university student but I hope things get better in the long run since I take better care of my ears now.
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I only hear it when it's really quiet. Whenever I am alone in my room, I hear it quite clearly. I listen to relaxing sounds that mask the noise during the night, but falling asleep is always a chore.

      Does it suddenly spike a lot during the night for you too? That is what happened last night and it felt worse than the past few nights.

      I really hope it gets better for us.
       
    5. Blitz
      Lucky

      Blitz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probable headphone overuse.
      Sometimes I can feel it much more louder but I think that's because I'm focusing way too much on it. Sleeping is indeed somewhat hard but at least I don't feel tired in the mornings and I can get on with my day. Some people said that over-time symptoms get less and less noticeable.
       
    6. Benjaminbb

      Benjaminbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown - possibly debrox - noticed after debroxing.
      Hey Mary. You are 100% experiencing suffering from anxiety. You should attend to this first. The horror you’re feeling is the feeling it feels to be in constant fear. It is not the tinnitus sound itself.

      Just remember you don’t hear the sound for most of the time. So you should be able to find some normalcy in that time. Do some fun things with friends and you’ll realise you haven’t thought about it for a bit. The more this happens, the more you’ll realise you’re totally fine. You’ll also notice that you can clearly define when the anxiety comes on. Because if it was that bad, how come you were able to feel good for an hour or so. It’s all due to where your attention is focused.

      We’ve all been through this but unless tinnitus is a piercing constant and loud sound we can easily easily live with it. I think about mine and listen for it all the time because I have a brain that does that. I barely hear it and I most definitely do not have any more anxiety about it unless it spikes.

      Remember, have fun, relax and enjoy life. It’s the fear and reading bad stories that is making you feel terrible.

      Find some nice relaxing nature sounds for 8 hours on YouTube or Spotify to help distract you when you want to sleep. I thought I’d need that forever yet haven’t needed it for 6 months. Once I cured my anxiety everything was soooo fine.

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    7. Simon85

      Simon85 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise exposure, but unknown.
      If you are having trouble sleeping, then perhaps using some sleeping pills in the short term might help. Sleep deprivation makes everything appear worse.

      I understand that starting University is also a stress in itself. It is very likely that your tinnitus will go away, particularly if it has presented at such a low level. Anxiety appears to be making things appear worse than they are. For now avoid using any earbuds or headphones and try to do activities you find relaxing.
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Yes, I will try to go back to my hobbies, I haven't read in a while because I keep focusing on the sound. I will try my hardest to ignore it and focus on something else during the night. I've had the bad habit of panicking for anything small all my life, it is something that I need to work on. I will relax as much as I can try to forget about the sound and my fears. Thank you so much for this kind comment. I really have to work on this and will do my best to stop panicking because of my tinnitus and not let it have such an effect on me. I need to go back to a normal life.
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I focus too much on it too, but unfortunately I feel tired all day.

      For how long have you had tinnitus and how do you manage it?
       
    10. ConfusedRicky
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      ConfusedRicky Member

      Location:
      Stamford, England
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/Maybe noise trauma
      I'll echo what other people are saying about sleep. Find any means necessary to get proper, full nights of sleep. I had two hours on Thursday night, and spent all of Friday in absolute bits. But I started playing soft rain sounds in the background at night, and I'm feeling a lot more human now. I barely notice it when I'm working, or doing something that needs attention.

      I hope you get to the bottom of it though, no sound would definitely be preferable to sound you can ignore.
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you everyone for the advice.

      I will definitely keep my sleep schedule and anxiety in check and try to relax more. And if I have a hard time with sleep, I'll try sleeping pills. I hope all of us get through this and that with time, the tinnitus will be gone for all of us. I will do my best to go back to a normal life, and hopefully go back to silence.
       
    12. Blitz
      Lucky

      Blitz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probable headphone overuse.
      About 2 weeks. I avoid using headphones and I try to get as much sleep as possible covering the tinnitus with some background white noise at the lowest level. I also listen to music below 50% volume now. But for me at least I can't hear my tinnitus unless it's really really quiet so even having a window open during the day is enough distraction from it.

      I'm keeping a positive attitude through this. My advice is to also go meet some friends for a coffee or something. It's going to take your mind off of it I'm sure. It only somewhat gets to me during the night but I don't think that will be the case if I keep resting my ears and avoid loud noises.
       
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    13. Stacken77
      Wishful

      Stacken77 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      Having been in the game for a year, I'd just like to say that the above is very wisely written. Keep doing the things that makes one happy, while protecting the ears from loud noise(maybe even moderate noise). After some time, life will get back on track again and the brain will most likely get used to the noise. It'll become a non-issue and you'll find happiness again, how hard it may seem now.

      Stacken
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Oh we've been having it for the same amount of time. It is the same for me. It is fine during the day but its at night/when it's quiet that it drives me crazy. But if I can ignore it during the day, I can do it during the night. I just have to practice habituation. But I will follow everyone's advice and rest more. I have to keep thinking that it will get better.
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      My tinnitus is still here, although a bit more quiet, but it bothers me when I sleep.

      I have seen many threads which seem to link their tinnitus with TMJ or jaw problems. For two weeks, I have been clenching my jaw unconsciously. I'm doing it less, but my teeth hurt.

      I wonder if my sudden jaw problems could be the reason it's still here.
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hello, I come back to this thread. I have been asking myself a lot of questions about the cause of my tinnitus. I thought it was my left earbud but my brother who tried the earbuds didn't hear any static. He thinks it amplified the sound of the earwax buildup.

      The ENT doctor that I saw removed the earwax and didn't tell me if anything was wrong with my ears. I have contacted him again and will see what he will say. On this forum I have seen a lot of threads where people found the reason of their tinnitus to be TMJ or jaw problems.

      2 weeks ago, I started clenching my teeth because of the stress that the tinnitus gave me. Although I have slowly been sleeping better, I have been clenching my teeth. I do it less but teeth hurt. I wonder if that could be the reason why it's still there. It seems as though the sound changes from time to time? I sometimes feel like it's louder or quieter at certain times or when I move my mouth?

      Either way I have been wondering if my recent teeth problems could be linked to my tinnitus.
       
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      Mary39

      Mary39 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Update: I got a call from the ENT doctor who told me that everything is fine when it comes to my ears. Now I didn't get tested or anything but I think he would've had there been any problems. I truly think that stress/clenching my teeth is the issue. I will see the dentist on the 19th of October and hopes that they will provide a solution.
       
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