Does Watching TV on Mute Still Spike Your Tinnitus?

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Does watching TV on mute spike your tinnitus?

  1. Yes, always

  2. Yes, sometimes

  3. No, never

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    1. another sean
      Studious

      another sean Member Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Long duration of low audio
      Hi there,

      Does anyone else have the problem where watching a big screen TV on mute, with no sound, still spikes your tinnitus? If so, have you found the cause and any workarounds?

      I have had this issue for years. I tried 4 LCD TV's back in 2016 from 4 different brands and they all spiked my tinnitus while on mute. I tried an OLED TV this week hoping new display tech would make a difference but it didn't. It really spiked my tinnitus. It's still spiked after 2 days. I wish I knew what's causing it and try to solve it. I can't hear anything from the TV but perhaps my ears are picking up faint electrical noise in the circuitry? I miss at least watching TV.
       
    2. Sironketchup

      Sironketchup Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL / Stress
      Have you tried a blind test? This sounds like paranoia...
       
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    3. Rainer

      Rainer Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Would it not be possible to find that out by watching a muted TV with additional hearing protection, like a Peltor X5A or Moldex Spark Plugs?
       
    4. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      FWIW, my tinnitus spikes when I’m in a room that’s too quiet. Just a thought if it’s really quiet there with the TV on mute.
       
    5. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      Why are you watching TV on mute? Are you sitting in a quiet room? Maybe your ears are straining to hear.
       
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      another sean
      Studious

      another sean Member Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Long duration of low audio
      Because any sound from a speaker spikes my tinnitus. I can't use a phone even. I have to use a caption app. I have reactive tinnitus. I haven't listened to music since I got tinnitus so it's always pretty quiet in my room. So I don't think my ears are straining to hear anything. It doesn't happen if I watch something with subtitles on my phone when muted.
      Eventually I can but right now I can't because my tinnitus is still spiked from 2 days ago. It needs to go back to baseline first. I'm just trying to find out if this is happening to others.
       
    7. Rainer

      Rainer Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      If a phone in lieu of a TV set does not cause the same problems as a full-size TV, it would seem to me that this is pretty compelling evidence that it's not watching movies per se that triggers your tinnitus.

      The most salient difference seems to be that your phone is a battery-powered device, while your TV set has most likely a switching power supply (like they are common in TV sets and similar appliances). Customers frequently complain about annoying sounds and noises from such power supplies, and my own (limited) experience suggests that sounds you cannot consciously hear are nonetheless able to trigger tinnitus.

      It would seem to me that there are two routes from here: The simple one would be to try out watching with hearing protection so that you don't hear whatever sound might emanate from your power supply, the other one would be to power the TV set differently.
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      another sean
      Studious

      another sean Member Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Long duration of low audio
      Power the TV differently how?

      I did try using one of these and it didn't help.
       
    9. Ava Lugo
      Gloomy

      Ava Lugo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/03/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus
      What video games can you play without sound?

      I have read some of your posts. You have reactive tinnitus and you like video games. Reactive tinnitus is very debilitating and I feel like I literally can't enjoy anything anymore. I'm so depressed :( I hear my tinnitus constantly. The tinnitus is too distracting even with TV. I find myself looking more at the subtitles on TV then the faces on it when I watch on mute. Mine is not noise induced so I don't know if protecting my hearing would help. I don't go to loud places.
       
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