Geiger Counter Intermittently in My Left Ear — Is This Tinnitus?

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    1. 4535jacks

      4535jacks Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      For the past week or so, I have had a Geiger Counter like clicking/crackling in my last ear. The clicks are triggered by loud sounds or certain frequencies such as running water. They mask other sounds meaning it can be difficult to maintain a conversation if there are loud noises around. Also if i subject myself to a triggering sound for more than 10 seconds (i.e. in a shower) then the clicks die down. Since I have no clicks in silence or when I block my ear with my finger, for the past couple of days, I have worn an ear plug in my left ear and just relied on hearing from my right ear but with no clicks.

      I have no other symptoms such as pain or high temperature so no sign of an ear infection or sinusitis.

      I am worried as I am trainee pilot and so a loss of medical would be devastating. I haven't seen a doctor due to the COVID-19 pandemic applying pressure to our health service and also as a pilot, I try to avoid contact with doctors at all cost to kept my medical record clean.

      Since my clicking is only induced by sound and is not persistent, does this mean I do not have tinnitus?

      Thanks in advance,

      Jacks
       
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    2. hans799
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      Location:
      Hungary
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened Dec 2016 by headphones
      Sounds like TTTS (Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome). The tensor tympani is a small muscle in your ear which contracts when you hear a loud sound to protect your hearing (acoustic reflex). In certain people these muscles can become overly sensitive and react to less loud noises. I think this is what you have. This is not "classical", inner-ear-damage tinnitus, but a different condition.
       
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