Four Month Update: So Far My Tinnitus Has Only Been Getting Worse

Discussion in 'Support' started by Mymlan, Aug 31, 2019.

    1. Mymlan

      Mymlan Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      So far my tinnitus has only been getting worse. I suffer from multiple tones, high pitch noises, beeps, mid tones, static, hissing, low hum, roaring. You name it! This is something that I can’t stand anymore. I’m going insane. The level of my tinnitus is hard to predict, because it changes all the time and it turns up the volume and buzzes along with any external sound. In silence it bugs me, obviously. I’m never free and nothing can mask it. This is with me everywhere, all the time.

      Some members here are truly helpful and thanks to them I manage to get some hope. Thank you so so much! But right now I feel hopeless. My tinnitus is severe. It actually started out quite mild, but right now I’m stuck with so many tones, maybe around 6-7.

      The only thing that slightly improved is the hyperacusis. But everything else is much worse since onset. Music sounds broken, the fan, the tap, the fridge, etc. My ears are still full, and sometimes I can feel a slight pain out of nowhere. Everytime I swallow they make a crackling sound. It’s horrible.

      I can’t really see this going away, ever. This is my new life and I hate it. I’m still here because of my daughter. She is my world and I could never leave her. I actually feel more sorry for her then for myself, having a sad mother that can’t function anymore. But I’m trying my best, everyday.

      All of this because of a loud jackhammer, 130 dB for 30 seconds, and that’s it!
       
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    2. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      There's a post of a study of people exposed to explosions or machine guns - similar to your trauma and the large majority improved considerably after a year. I think Bill Bauer (spelling?) posted it.

      Should also be under my post of noise induced success stories that help you cope.
       
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    3. marko1103
      Confused

      marko1103 Member

      Location:
      Vienna / Zagreb
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise + stress
      @Mymlan How are you doing now?
      Mine started end of May and I am in the same boat... 4+ months in and only getting worse, especially last 2 weeks...
       
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    4. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Mine took about 6-8 months to turn the corner, and start to consistently get better.
       
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    5. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      Yeah, multiple tones, high pitched and loud. I describe it as loud cicadas in my brain and ears.

      I want to sleep. How?!?
       
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      AUTHOR
      Mymlan

      Mymlan Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @marko1103 I’ve noticed some fading of my tinnitus but it’s slow. I hope it continues.
      Do you know why you’re getting worse?
       
    7. marko1103
      Confused

      marko1103 Member

      Location:
      Vienna / Zagreb
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise + stress
      @Mymlan I dont know. Only thing I can say yes it made it a bit worse was my dentist appointment 1 month ago. But it was gradually getting worse even before that appointment...

      However I also hope there will be turning point at some point. Will it be 4 months from now or 1 year I dont know... Hoping for the best. What keeps me going is a lot of users reporting getting better 8+ months in.

      Glad you are getting better! ;)
       
    8. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Did you try some melatonin at bedtime? That helped me when the T was waking me up.

      I also found earplugs at night help quite a bit. While it makes the T more noticeable for the first few minutes, after that it decreases quite a bit, and I can sleep the night. Otherwise, every sound was waking me up, and the more I did not sleep the worse the T got in a bad cycle.

      No science, but I also think that a tea of green tea, with some aloe beverage added together reduce the inflammation, and tastes pretty good as well. Try that and see if it helps.
       
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    9. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dirty drugs
      This happens to me too. What's that all about?
       
    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Mymlan

      Mymlan Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I’m not sure, but I think due to swelling in the inner and middle ear the crackling sound occurs. It’s annoying for sure.
       
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      AUTHOR
      Mymlan

      Mymlan Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @marko1103 My progress is just very slow and I have many setbacks. Sometimes it feels like I’m at square one, but I will wait another six months and hopefully see more improvement. Tinnitus is a waiting game for sure!

      I hope you’ll start to notice some fading soon :)
       
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    12. MattS
      Relaxed

      MattS Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Power Tools
      Yes, I think it's indicative of swelling. I think - only a guess - but I think the swelling makes various parts of the inner ear touch each other, and the crackling is them gently rubbing or separating.

      Those who are getting worse? How have you been trying to manage your tinnitus these first few months? Do you have a rehabilitation plan? Or are you just hoping time fixes things? Swelling means inflammation, and inflammation needs a combination of rest and exercise to heal. Any other part of the body would require the RICE technique: rest, ice, compression, elevation, followed in turn by physical therapy. There's no such process in place for the ear, but in my mind there's no reason to think the ears need something else: so rest them when they need it, and then exercise them when they can handle it. Just my intuitions, but for details, if interested, see this post:

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-hyperacusis-a-rehabilitative-model.35846/#post-470688
       
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    13. Tinhorn

      Tinhorn Member

      Location:
      Buffalo, New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Struck by car (drunk driver) fractured skull.
      Hang in there Mymlan, it DOES get better. I might not be the best example by comparison to others here but believe me, it WILL get better with time. Read my other posts. My hearing has slightly improved, according to my audiologist, even if that is barely perceptible to me. At this point I will take any vote of confidence I can get. After being a guitar player for 40 years I am NOT quite ready to give that up! So hang in there kiddo, your situation WILL improve.
       
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    14. Michael B
      Supportive

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      San Diego, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stupidity
      Most people's tinnitus tends to get better but it hasn't for me. This is not meant to discourage you as much as it's meant to let you know that we can adjust to circumstances beyond our control no matter how bad it is. Acceptance, at least in my case, is key.
       
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