Ear Reacts in Like a Broken Speaker to Certain Loud Noises / Pitches / Frequencies

Discussion in 'Support' started by BenjaminLondon, Oct 8, 2019.

    1. BenjaminLondon

      BenjaminLondon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Hi,

      Thanks for reading my post.

      I've had tinnitus in my left ear for about 10 months now and I'm still learning how to habituate with it. I have good days and bad days and good months and bad months.

      I got a cold about 10 days ago and the cold is just now subsiding, but as a result it blocked my ears as colds usually do and its made my tinnitus turn from 10 months of finding peace with it to unbearable and annoying again.

      There is one thing that I just cannot put my finger on and cant seem to find the answer anywhere, so I will try and explain here and maybe someone can relate or help explain what is happening.

      Basically when there is a loud noise, or a noise of a certain pitch or frequency my ear reacts in like a sort of broken speaker. For instance, if someone raises their voice, my ear will distort that sound and it becomes like white noise. This also happens with things like hand dryers, or if you were to clap your hands... there are many things that trigger it. It also sounds a bit like a whooshing sound which I figure can be related to pulsatile tinnitus, but this whooshing sound is not from hearing my heartbeat... it's so very difficult to explain as I'm sure many of you can relate.

      Does anyone else get this?
      Does your tinnitus spike when you have a cold and settle back when the cold has passed?

      I'm still learning about how to deal with all these things, and I have mastoid surgery coming up in about a month's time, this is because of a problem in my middle ear caused by infection, and in turn caused my tinnitus.

      Any help/suggestions/light you can throw my way would be appreciated.

      Thanks
      Ben
       
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    2. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      My ear crackles too with certain loud sounds. For example, a hair trimmer too close to my ear sets it off, and I need to wear earplugs for haircut, and using the electric shaver which prevents it.
       
    3. Michael B
      Supportive

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      San Diego, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stupidity
      I had that broken speaker effect prior to my onset of tinnitus. Never figured it out.
       
    4. Deniseh

      Deniseh Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly b12/folic acid deficiency and GERD
      I got this even before tinnitus and think it come from your Eustachian tubes being clogged, should clear eventually after your cold goes away, although if your like me you can suffer this for months.
      Ent consultant thinks mine is caused by acid reflux and in turn caused my tinnitus so hopefully when things settle down I’ll get back to normal, t is slowly reducing and ears not blocking as much now although it’s been a long 3 months
       
    5. Nate52

      Nate52 Member

      Location:
      Midwest
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Benjamin, My right ear responds to higher pitched noises with a type of ring/distortion. I can hear well, though. The rings are tough to deal with. I have had it for 2 months. I don't know exactly what caused it. I literally woke up one day with this condition. Stress or too many loud noises growing up may be responsible.
       
    6. Phat Tuna

      Phat Tuna Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ultrasonic Scaler
      did it improve?
       
    7. Nate52

      Nate52 Member

      Location:
      Midwest
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Some days are better than others. If I keep busy it helps. It seems like a type of hypersensitivity to certain frequencies. I hope some day it will lessen or go away completely.
       
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