Etiology of Various Presentations of Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Forever hopeful, Jan 14, 2022 at 9:45 PM.

    1. Forever hopeful

      Forever hopeful Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      I’ve had tinnitus on and off since 2015. I’ve had tinnitus related to acoustic trauma (resolved) and then a few years later unilateral hearing loss related tinnitus. Those presentations were always a steady tone that did not change no matter what I did. Diet didn’t affect it. Movement didn’t affect it. The pitch, the quality of the sound, and the volume stayed completely stable. Once I recovered from my acoustic trauma and then later on my hearing loss, the tinnitus I was experiencing completely resolved.

      Fast forward to 2021. My hearing is completely fine. Checked yet again a few months ago. All within normal limits. I now have bilateral excruciatingly high pitched fluctuating tinnitus that changes within the hour. It can be a 10/10 for several minutes and then calm down and be a 3/10 for a while and then right back up to a 10/10. Ears take turns screaming. I can have two months of relative quiet and then a month and a half of pure Hell.

      Does anyone have any insights into the differences in how tinnitus is experienced in relation to its cause? Theories re: the cause of my current tinnitus are neck, jaw, and God only knows what.

      I will never be able to habituate to this. I thought when I first got tinnitus in 2015 my life was over. I could at least mask that.

      There is no masking this.

      Forever hopeless now instead of forever hopeful.
      • Hug Hug x 4
    2. InfiniteLoop

      InfiniteLoop Member Benefactor

      Redwood City, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      High frequency hearing loss in left ear from head trauma (?)
      @Forever hopeful, my tinnitus sounds similar to yours. In my case, I think that the root cause is very high frequency hearing loss. It is difficult to habituate, but you will get there slowly. There is no alternative.

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