Exposed to Fire Alarm — Hearing a Lingering Siren Sound Hours Later?

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    1. kuromi
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      kuromi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      16/11/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      outer ear infection
      Hello everyone,

      I'm sure most of you know my story by now - I have unilateral tinnitus caused by an ear infection.

      After one year of tinnitus things have stabilised tremendously, but I'm making this thread to ask for help about a symptom I'm experiencing because it's causing me immense anxiety - this morning I was exposed to a fire alarm in my apartment and rushed out as quickly as I could.

      Everything was seemingly fine, so I continued with my day but in the evening I was in my room and noticed I was still hearing the faint sound of the fire alarm. It was so faint I thought it was coming from outside but it's persisted for hours now.

      Now if I focus in silence I can still hear the sound of the siren faintly and I'm terrified I'll be stuck with this. Could someone help me, please?
       
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    2. Rudedog205

      Rudedog205 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure? Possible concussion? Covid Vaccine? TMJ?
      Hi Kuromi,

      It is called Palinacousis I believe. I had this when I first got tinnitus and it eventually did go away after a few months as my tinnitus got more stable.

      Unfortunately not too much is known about it although you most certainly can find relatable experiences on the forum.
       
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    3. ZFire
      Conehead

      ZFire Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011(mild) April2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      Hi Kuromi,

      The siren you faintly hear, should eventually go away.

      I have something like this, and it was pretty bad during my onset. If I heard a certain noise like a car horn, my tinnitus would mimic the sound of the horn and that would linger for hours. It eventually does go away, so it should be the same for you. You may want to look up palinacousis. It may not apply to you, but it’s the closest thing I would associate with my experience.

      This symptom has diminished to a greater extent now and by that I mean it occurs less(no more mimicry from car horns) and it doesn’t last that long. The only noise I’m aware that will still trigger this is from a nearby leaf blower being used. The mimicry will last for 15-30 mins now. It’s still a recurring thing, but to a lesser extent.

      It sure is a strange symptom and I’m perplexed by the nature of it. It should leave eventually for you based on my experience along with others who have also experienced it (Matchbox). I think in his case it could last much longer. We actually talked about it recently in one his threads.

      Hope this helps.
       
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    4. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      It could be just worsening tinnitus budding but it can go into remission.
       
    5. Stacken77
      Wishful

      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      I believe I too have experienced something similar. At work there are some kind of distant machinery that gives off a very low frequency sound on low volume(but still just barely audible through my plugs), and sometimes I still hear that sound even when I get home.

      I think you'll be fine.
       
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    6. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Hi @kuromi.

      I have perused some of your previous posts to get a full understanding of your tinnitus and hopefully, advise you on what I believe to be the best way forward.

      Ear infections can cause tinnitus and are notorious for making it linger on for weeks, sometimes months after the infection has cleared up. Fortunately the tinnitus has reduced to relatively low levels for most of the time and you have been able to get along with your life.

      Try to avoid being in a quiet room for long periods, as this allows the brain to focus on internal sounds within the body which happens to be a noisy place and will pay particular attention to the auditory system. If there are remnants of tinnitus at ultra low levels, it will seek it out and bring it to the forefront of your mind so you become aware of it. This is the reason many audiologists and hearing therapists advise tinnitus patients to place a sound machine by the bedside at night for sound enrichment and not to sleep in a quiet room.

      Any anxiety the tinnitus is causing you should start to decrease the less attention you give to it. I know this is not easy but by using sound enrichment in time things will get easier. The idea is to use low level sound enrichment, this doesn't mean trying to mask the tinnitus or surrounding yourself with sound 24/7. If you use any type of headphones to listen to music I would prefer that you don't use them. However, since your tinnitus low if want to use headphones then listen at the lowest possible level and not for too long a duration.

      Please click on the links below and read my posts. More information is given on how to use sound enrichment and habituating to tinnitus. If you are able to print them I advise that you do and refer to them often. This will help to reinforce positive thinking because tinnitus is mostly mental. I do not mean its intensity can be controlled by mere thought. It is an integral part of our mental and emotional wellbeing and cannot separated from it. By incorporating positivity into your life and focusing on the things you like to do, tinnitus is slowly pushed further into the background of the mind.

      Take care.
      Michael

      New to Tinnitus, What to Do? | Tinnitus Talk Support Forum
      Acquiring a Positive Mindset | Tinnitus Talk Support Forum
       
    7. kingsfan
      Mellow

      kingsfan Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      Mine used to mimic the sound of my Mac Pro fan. It stopped after a month or so.
       
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    8. Saif
      Suicidal

      Saif Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Did it go away?
       
    9. Raphael7713
      Alone

      Raphael7713 Member

      Location:
      Stockholm, Sweden.
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 14, 2017.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Could be some type of earworm. When you're exposed to a certain sound for a shorter or longer period, your brain can actually start playing that sound inside your head. I've had this several times where I would hear a certain sound and my brain just got fixated on the sound, and when I moved away from the source of that sound my brain would still play that very same sound inside my head thinking I had some new tinnitus. This can happen with music as well where a certain song/melody can get stuck inside of your head long after you heard it.

      I think people with tinnitus are more prone to this because we live in a constant fear of sounds and worsening our tinnitus. So when we hear something we take it as a threat, even if the actual sound has a real source. Our brain gets fixated on the sound as if it's a threat, and then it just starts repeating inside of our head.
       
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    10. Mnq16
      Surrender

      Mnq16 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown- Visual Snow related
      Yeah I had this the other day, some annoying sound was happening on the bus and I was still hearing it later that night.
       
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      kuromi
      Cheerful

      kuromi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      16/11/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      outer ear infection
      Hello @Saif, apologies for the late response, I've been exceptionally busy recently - yes, this issue subsided with time. In case anyone else was wondering, I'm still sustaining my current baseline, and would still call myself habituated.

      My love to you all,
      Kuromi.
       
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