Drive in Car on Freeway — Tinnitus Spike

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    1. Coyotesheaven
      Depressed

      Coyotesheaven Member

      Location:
      Utah
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/18/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, Dysautonomia/Vascular
      I'm guessing this will go away, but has anyone had a tinnitus spike from driving a car down the freeway?
      I was wearing earplugs, but they did not reduce the low frequencies too much, unfortunately. I would say I was exposed to 65 db of noise for a half hour or so. Now I have this strange feeling in the back of my neck...hmm.
       
    2. Foncky
      Doubtful

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      An explosion, music, and fate.
      I have severe H and regularly have to drive for 2 hours. My car is not very quiet. I wear foam earplugs + earmuffs. My ears are tired after that but there's no damage.
       
    3. MrBonk

      MrBonk Member

      Location:
      Winchester, Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD/Insane sinus congestion/TMJ/mold allergy/dog bark??????
      In the first 4 months, just driving my car at all would cause my T to activate and spike.
      If I didn't wear an earplug in my right ear when driving to and fro, i'd pay for it later.

      There were several times where I would be driving, fine and then I could feel my ear swell up inside or something and then followed by a little bit of pain and then T.

      Sometimes my T still gets louder when driving. But not often anymore.

      In the cabin of my HHR while going 40 MPH or so it's in the 60 dBa/80 dBc range.

      Those low frequencies(500hz and <) make a big difference in that reading.

      Though a more accurate rating would be using a Leq meter I need to get one.
       
    4. gotyoubynuts

      gotyoubynuts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert
      Did the spike go away? I bet it did
       
    5. william adams
      Wishful

      william adams Member Benefactor

      Location:
      S Jersey
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one week after leg surgery plus hearing loss in higher freq.
      Driving on a busy highway could induce stress and make T spike. Noise from my car never bothered me unless you were in a loud performance car or riding a Harley....
       
    6. Coyotesheaven
      Depressed

      Coyotesheaven Member

      Location:
      Utah
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/18/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, Dysautonomia/Vascular
      @MrBonk
      I am a little confused over what you are trying to say. I understand that your ears have experienced T when driving. Do you mean to say that wearing earplugs didn't necessarily help you when you were driving in a car? And was this due to the loud low frequencies?

      I am asking because the only thing that could have gotten to me were the low frequencies. I used a cheap decibel meter to take a reading of 73 db in the lower frequencies at the max speed of the car. This does not include the bumpy road we went over which could have made things worse. Earplugs are not the great for the really low frequencies, but I still should have only been exposed to around 65-67 db if my earplugs were at least partially fitted.

      Should not have caused any damage, but in my left ear, where the earplug did not fit so well, I felt a low frequency hearing loss and pulsatile T (really low pitched) upon returning home.
       
    7. Gosia
      Balanced

      Gosia Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      earplugs/ hearing loss
      My car is loud on a highway and since it's only very low humming and general low frequencies, earplugs don't really block them and they'll get to the inner ear by bone conduction . Globally, I avoid long drives as much as I can. Nothing longer than an hour a few times per ear. Driving in town is fine, the car is much quieter.
       
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    8. MrBonk

      MrBonk Member

      Location:
      Winchester, Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD/Insane sinus congestion/TMJ/mold allergy/dog bark??????
      Because of Bone Conduction, there's not much you can do about low frequency sounds.

      What I was trying to say is that, when not driving. My T would be stable, and somewhat ok. But a lot of times, if I would drive my car without using an earplug in my right ear. My T would get worse, and my right ear in particular would activate the worst T sound i've experienced. Which is a high pitched, un maskable oscilating flicker that I could physically feel in my ear.

      If I would drive with the earplug in, it wouldn't activate but the rest of my T would still be present. So I could drive to different places and still be fine after getting out of the car.

      Other times, my T in general would just get worse/louder when driving when the worst T sound wasn't present. Driving with plugs made these times more comfortable.

      The last few months or so, more than not. I am able to drive without any issues, T stays the same. No discomfort or anything.
       
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