Did Ultrasound Ever Affect Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by RudyL90, Dec 7, 2017.

    1. RudyL90

      RudyL90 Member

      Location:
      Enschede
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety disorder
      Hey there,

      I recently achieved my Master of Science degree in physics and soon I will have to choose between two jobs offers. :)
      One of them is a job as R&D scientist, in which I will work with ultrasound on a daily basis. I think that this job suits me best.

      Now, I can imagine that not many of you experience ultrasound on a daily basis (most likely none of you)... But has any of you ever experienced an effect of ultrasound on your tinnitus? Perhaps you went to the hospital for ultrasound imaging and then your tinnitus changed?

      Kind regards,
      Rudy
       
    2. leledany

      leledany Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-11-02
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Life is more important than a job, however to give you a better advice you must say us how you get T
       
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      RudyL90

      RudyL90 Member

      Location:
      Enschede
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety disorder
      Life is more important indeed. I do not want my job to change my T and thereby effect my life and that is why I ask this question here.

      My T was purely caused by health anxiety. It was one of the symptoms and it got worse because I was anxious about my T too. My life is a lot better now. T is still there, but I am able to live my life without having to focus on my T all the time. It only bothers me in silence. But I do not want it to become worse due to regular exposure to ultrasound. :')
       
    4. leledany

      leledany Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-11-02
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      For me is a total mistery how one person can get T from anxiety (I suffered for panic attack for many years in my youth). If what you claim is really true, you should not have problem to work with ultrasound or at least you have the same risk as a normal person. It is totally different if you had acquired T from loud noises like my case
       
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    5. Julien87
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      Julien87 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (concert)
      The dentist used what I think is an ultrasonic (or suprasonic ?) tool once for plaque removal. It was especially noisy for me. Strangely, following this, my T randomly turned into a louder and very high pitch noise for some minutes at night. Fortunately it only lasted about ten days, but now I ask the dentist not to use this tool anymore because I am scared it happens again and it becomes permanent.
       
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    6. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      Ultrasound devices used for imaging and ultrasonic dental devices are not the exact same device. Ultrasound machines use sound waves at frequencies higher than the human ear can hear. Obviously, ultrasonic dental cleaning devices are loud and emit a very audible high pitch noise.

      Due to two very high risk pregnancies and other health concerns, I have had more than 25 ultrasounds. No impact on my hearing. No impact on my children’s hearing either.

      Ultrasound technicians administer multiple ultrasounds a day. Unless there is evidence of greater hearing loss in ultrasound techs versus the general public, I think you should be okay, @RudyL90.
       
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    7. Aegaeon

      Aegaeon Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/08/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Diving
      You can’t even hear the medical ultrasound, how it would affect your tinnitus? This is laughable. You need to relax and take it easy.
       
    8. Julien87
      Happy

      Julien87 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (concert)
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    9. leledany

      leledany Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-11-02
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      It does exist ultrasound weapons the could cause severe problem to the ears even if the sound is not hearable. Pls inform yourself
       
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    10. Aegaeon

      Aegaeon Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/08/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Diving
      If this is what the author will use in his practice then I have to apologize. Definitely you need quite some protection then and still it might not be safe enough.
      I responded to his question of whether hospital utrasound can affect the tinnitus based on my experience.
       
    11. jeannie
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      jeannie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced, Ear Infection, Medication... Who knows?
      I have had ultra sounds and it did not affect my Tinnitus at all.
       
    12. vermillion
      No Mood

      vermillion Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neurological damage
      Maybe you mean ultrasonic weapons.
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      SONIC BOOM!
       
    13. JurgenG
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      JurgenG Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Belgium
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure / headphone accident maybe?
      Well, by that advice everyone with any form of T should not leave the house.. I try to stay away from loud jobs, since I am a freelancer, but many of my colleagues just continue safely.
       
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      RudyL90

      RudyL90 Member

      Location:
      Enschede
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety disorder
      Thank you all for your replies. I've been so busy that I did not take the time to visit the forum.
      Eventually I chose for the other job. Not because I was afraid of the ultrasonic sound, but for different reasons. It was a hard decision.

      I do believe that ultrasonic sound might effect T, but in a similar way as hearable sound could effect T. It's the loudness rather than the pitch that matters... Problem is that since you cannot hear ultrasonic sound, you cannot detect whether the sound will damage you. :)

      Thanks again and I wish you all the best!
       
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    15. MadelineS

      MadelineS Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I’m in an accelerated ultrasound program. I had only ever noticed very mild tinnitus before starting the program... I only realized how bad it had gotten when I started studying for finals and the ringing was making studying such a challenge. Although the ultrasound waves can’t be heard, the PRF of the transducers are within the audible range. Not sure if that’s what caused my problems, but I’m about to start my second semester tomorrow and I’m nervous that the constant exposure to ultrasound is what has caused this sudden worsening in my tinnitus.
       
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    16. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      I had cataract operation using ultra sound and my Tinnitus has reached the top ,and i have not been the same person since then.Mind you that happened about a week-10 days after,unless it started then and has been gradually increased.My doctors say it is due to stress but I am not 100% convinced.Before I had it done I asked the opinion of 4 Ent doctors and they all said ultra sound cannot damage my ears.I wish I never made that decision.because I could have my eye done 2 or 3 years later.
       
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      RudyL90

      RudyL90 Member

      Location:
      Enschede
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety disorder
      I eventually chose a job in which I did not have to work with ultrasound as much (I still do though). So far, I have not noticed any consequences.
      I do believe that ultrasound can damage your hearing, but whether it does greatly depends on the ultrasound its intensity. The intensity of the ultrasound in my experiments is low: therefore I deem it safe.
       

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