Does Most Acoustic Trauma Induced Tinnitus Go Away by 6 Months?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Witty_username, Mar 26, 2021.

    1. Witty_username

      Witty_username Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bose Sleepbuds II
      Hi all,

      Title pretty much asks my question. I'm just over 5 weeks of acoustic trauma induced tinnitus (with no hearing loss) and the ENT said 90% of individuals get better by 6 months. He really couldn't answer any other question that I had such as the mechanism in which tinnitus with no hearing loss works, etc, but did say that individuals without hearing loss recover faster than those with hearing loss.

      Having only been on this forum for a short time, it seems like an excellent support network and compilation of helpful resources. Many of the posts however mention individuals having tinnitus for much longer than 6 months. Is this just sample bias (i.e. - the only people to leave reviews have a problem with the product), or is the ENTs 90% figure an optimistic gesture?

      Thank you all in advance.
       
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    2. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      It is hard to generalize, and the 6 month timeline is optimistic. Mine took about 18 months to get better, but three years out it is not totally gone. It also would depend on the cause of the tinnitus, and the severity.
       
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    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Witty_username

      Witty_username Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bose Sleepbuds II
      Thank you for your reply! Mine is from acoustic trauma (went to sleep with Bose Sleepbuds II and I guess the volume was too loud).

      Would you by chance know if aural fullness follows the same timeline? The ringing is one thing, but the pressure is worse.
       
    4. L34

      L34 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, but little dip at 7000 Hz
      I know several people with noice induced tinnitus, both family and colleagues. Some got it directly from a concert, and some got it from working in a very noisy environment with no protection. Very common back in the days.

      None of them has had their tinnitus disappear. Not for a single second. But for some it has become less impactful on their life.

      I hope to be in the same place one day, where it does not bother me that much:)

      My audiologist, with whom I have been having conversations about tinnitus and my mental health, said she never heard it had disappeared for any of her patients... Not so nice to hear.

      But I truly wish you a nice recovery with this terrible thing:)
       
    5. twa
      Fine

      twa Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      Hi, I had an acoustic trauma 6 months ago and I have tinnitus and hyperacusis. I think the hyperacusis is slowly getting better.

      Initially, I could not handle sounds first thing in the morning and it was difficult to get my child ready for school.

      Today, it was easy and although the tinnitus was going, it was not difficult. I have a few other factors at play, so it may make my healing slower. I also am recovering from a double ear infection.

      I wish you health and healing!

      twa
       
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    6. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      beliefs are makyo and reality ignores them
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      "Yes" in the sense that waking up with your ears ringing the day after a concert and then having that fade over 24-96 hours is a thing that's happened at some point to almost everyone I know who's gone to a lot of concerts, and most of them did not go on to develop chronic tinnitus, at least not based on that one event.

      The longer it sticks around the worse the odds of it going away completely. On the other hand, globally, hundreds of millions of people have some minor degree of tinnitus that barely bothers them, some fewer amount have tinnitus that they find somewhat annoying, some fewer amount have more intrusive tinnitus that moves from "annoying" to something else entirely. So, it's a pyramid of suffering and bullshit but even if you find yourself somewhere in that pyramid, the odds are still quite good you're dealing with something you can live with fairly happily.

      I also have a couple friends with what sounds like pretty loud, constant, multitone, bilateral tinnitus who report that it almost never bothers them at all, but, if they're tilting off about something else and are in a super stressful period, then it can become very annoying. Three different friends reported "spikes" to me that were just based on the stress of COVID-19 lockdown, jobs, etc over the past year; all have since told me that stuff backed down. One of these people actually had COVID-19 (and not a super mild case), and I sort of suspect that might have spiked him for a while, but he's back to his normal motorcycle-riding self now (with earplugs, of course).
       
    7. Brennan

      Brennan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dog yelp—Acoustic trauma/NIHL
      The pressure is the worst part. Tinnitus is a gift in comparison to it :( :(
       
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      AUTHOR
      Witty_username

      Witty_username Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bose Sleepbuds II
      Agreed... Do you know if there are any medications or treatments that can help the aural fullness pressure? If tinnitus doesn't always go away, hopefully this does...
       
    9. Jason C

      Jason C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29 May 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Burgler Alarm
      Depending on the severity of the onset it can take a lot longer than 6 Months but it can and it does get better, I was told it will never go away. That was something I really didn’t need to hear from a doctor. For me following exposure to a very powerful alarm it took the best part of 2 years before it was completely gone and thankfully it is still gone. Be careful with your ears, avoid ear buds and headphones etc in time it will improve.
       
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    10. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      If you woke up like that, the volume was definitely too loud. Toss the earbuds, and never use them again!

      The fullness gets better faster than the tinnitus. Be sure to protect and avoid additional noise exposure from any and all sources to avoid reinjury.
       
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    11. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      No. It lasts for a lot longer for most "acoustic trauma" people. But for many of them it mostly fades after 2-3 years.
       
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      AUTHOR
      Witty_username

      Witty_username Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bose Sleepbuds II
      Thank you! Out of curiosity - do you by chance know the mechanism that causes aural fullness / pressure from acoustic induced tinnitus?
       
    13. twa
      Fine

      twa Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      This is my understanding, the aural fullness is inflammation in response to a trauma. I had the same issue with my back injury, pain and swelling in the area of trauma. The physiotherapist told me the goal was to move the inflammation away from the area of trauma so that healing can begin. I had a nerve root injury in my lumbar spine and the sciatic nerve was compressed/damaged. I was told that nerves are very slow to heal and it could take 18 months to heal. It took about a year for the nerve down my leg to heal and to regain feeling in my toes. The ears and auditory system are very protected and with limited blood flow the nerves in the ears are very slow to heal also. I have followed an anti-inflammatory diet strictly for the last 6 months deviating only slightly in the maintenance phase. The aural fullness lessened within 3 months. I still feel slight pressure in my ears, but I also have acquired a double ear infection with strep (courtesy of little people).

      Wishing you health & healing,
      twa
       
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    14. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      That's your body's way of telling you that it got hurt/damaged. This sensation normally goes away within a year.
       
    15. sensualmosquito
      Blah

      sensualmosquito Member

      Location:
      New Mexico
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      6-8 khz HL, T and H from gunshots
      My tinnitus is pretty manageable except for its reactivity. That is the most annoying thing to me. I also still have pain occasionally around my ear, even after about 9 months. The fullness has certainly gotten better, but I don't know exactly what I should do about it. I'm going to try exercising more, meditation, and white noise therapy (although it is difficult for me to do this all of the time) to see if that helps.
      I wonder if my tinnitus will get better or worse over time since I have moderate hearing loss. So far, it has gotten better than it was (I couldn't play music at even super low volumes, and people's voices were distorted. Now it's only my own voice sometimes that's distorted). I guess I'll see after a while. What's a couple of years among friends?
       
    16. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I don't know the mechanism for the aural fullness with acoustic trauma. I find it most uncomfortable, and avoid it as much as I can. Hope yours passes soon!
       
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      AUTHOR
      Witty_username

      Witty_username Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bose Sleepbuds II
      Thank you - glad to hear that it goes away even if the tinnitus doesn't!
       
    18. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      If your tinnitus begins to fade, it ought to continue to fade, and eventually you ought to get to the "can hear it only in quiet rooms" stage.
       
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    19. Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NOISE/Menieres Who knows
      If you don't have any actual hearing loss then maybe. A standard hearing test isnt going to tell you that. I have tinnitus from gunfire and Meniere's disease. It doesn't get much worse than this.

      I'm sure you will be fine.
       
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    20. convolution

      convolution Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden - Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      26/11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      White Noise from Headphones (likely)
      Hey, we had the same "type" of onset. In my case the volume was not too loud at all, but I repeated the operation several time and... here I am. Mine did not ease in the past four months; however I have a bit of hearing loss.
       
    21. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      How did they confirm Meniere's? Are you dizzy? Does Betahistine, diuretics, low salt, no alcohol help... or just steroids? I have heard of acoustic trauma causing hydrops, but it's supposed to be temporary.
       
    22. Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NOISE/Menieres Who knows
      There is no way to confirm it. I have progressively worsening hearing loss for no reason after the acoustic trauma. In all reality I was exposed to not a lot of gunfire. However, hearing loss along with pressure and fullness pain is still present 1.5 years later. Low and high pitched tinnitus 24/7. I've yet to meet another person with similar issues. No vertigo at all, but random disorientation. All the stuff you mentioned doesn't help.
       
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    23. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      My noise induced tinnitus (no hearing loss) went away completely over the span of about 2 years. I was completely tinnitus free for about 3 years. Then I lost some hearing in my left ear and the tinnitus came back in that ear.
       
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    24. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      Did you actually see meaningful improvement in the second year?
       
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    25. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      It didn’t really happen that way. I spent a fair amount of time over two years doing a lot of masking. And after a while I just got tired of it. And I just slowly and naturally stopped using my masking devices. I stopped turning the sound machines on. I started sleeping without my sound pillow. It’s not like there was a moment that preceded my decrease in masking when I woke up and didn’t hear it. I guess it just stopped bothering me more and then I noticed it was completely gone. I could sit in a quiet room and try to hear it and it wasn’t there, or a quiet car. I could plug my ears and hear nothing.

      But it can definitely happen so keep the faith.
       
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      AUTHOR
      Witty_username

      Witty_username Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bose Sleepbuds II
      Happy to hear that it went away, and I am sorry that it came back. Hopefully it is not as bad as before.
       
    27. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      Thank you. I really appreciate it.

      Right now I’m more annoyed by my fluctuating bilateral tinnitus that is a high pitched noxious whine that comes and goes. Starting to notice that seems to have a pattern. A seasonal one. I just posted about it on the support forum. Right now it’s screaming and bothering me way more than my tinnitus in my damaged ear. Hypothesizing there may be an allergy component. Or neck problems.
       
    28. ehrfried

      ehrfried Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Originally: Club (I don't have tinnitus anymore)
      Yes I think you can get rid of it. I also got rid of it.
       
    29. Paul201
      Pacman

      Paul201 Member

      Location:
      Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Subwoofer
      I know a few people with tinnitus and nobody has got rid of it and no doctor has ever told me it can go away.

      Yet people do say it has gone away for them so it must be possible, but I think it's not the norm.

      If it gets to the stage where you only hear it when it's fairly quiet, you are doing great and the tinnitus should fall down on your list of problems.
       
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