Hearing Distortions and Resonance — What Are They Caused by? What's the Theory?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Benjaminbb, Jul 30, 2021.

    1. Benjaminbb

      Benjaminbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown - possibly debrox - noticed after debroxing.
      Hey all

      I’ve been meeting a lot of friends who’ve described they have distortions (broken speaker) type effect in loud environments. I personally have a resonance peak that peaks at a certain high frequency probably 4-6 kHz or so. It’s been there in one ear as long as I can remember. The same ear that also pings if someone claps, fireworks etc

      Neither really caused an issue other than it being slightly annoying in loud places and slightly fearful about the ping becoming a permanent sound.

      However, am starting to wonder what these aberrations are caused by? Are there any theories? It just seems to be semi common so I’d be surprised if there’s no real knowledge. I always assumed it was one of tho inner ear bones vibrating/rattling funny at a certain resonance.

      My only concern is that it feels as if the peak is almost amplifying sound in that frequency and consequently causing bits of damage here and there. I have no evidence for go by other than the fact it pings relatively easy and the other ear doesn’t. There’s also a loss at that exact frequency that wasn’t there 10 years ago so both symptoms existed well before that.

      Thank for you for any insight! Thanks.
       
    2. SD7
      Angry

      SD7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid /June 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Vaccine + Noise
      Did this fade with time? Really sucks when it happens to people’s voices.
       
    3. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
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      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Try your own voice. Life fucking sucks right now.

      Theory as to why? My guess is that nerve is "primed" to fire by induction from a neighbour. Either it's alive and disconnected from a hair cell, or it synapsed to the wrong hair cell. It could also have something to do with stereo processing and auditory nerve damage (sound arrives a bit later in the damaged one, delayed processing, brain has to do something, etc).

      Xanax helps this so my theory is more of the "primed to fire" category.
       
    4. Tau
      In pain

      Tau Member

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      Europe
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      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2019-Concert, 2021-headphones/acoustic trauma at 110dB,16kHz
      Broken speaker (crackling) is usually cochlear synaptopathy.

      I agree with @Matchbox on the amplified frequencies (I am experiencing selective frequency hyperacusis, too). If it's too loud, it starts to crackle, especially if the sound is not monotonal. Nerve damage.
       
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    5. SD7
      Angry

      SD7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid /June 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Vaccine + Noise
      Some kind of nerve damage for sure. What’s odd is both in this thread and another one speaking about broken speakers drugs like Xanax seem to diminish them. In one thread someone took time off work and their distortions faded until he came back.

      Personally I hear broken speaker in two scenarios artificial audio from my phone and when females speak to me in close range. There’s almost a vibrating quality to it in my ear. I don’t get any crackling when on the highway or when helicopter/planes fly over which are objectively louder.
       
    6. Tau
      In pain

      Tau Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2019-Concert, 2021-headphones/acoustic trauma at 110dB,16kHz
      When I was on Bromazepam for a week, my distortions were exactly the same. I had extremely vivid nightmares as a side effect, too, so I will not take benzos unless my situation is completely unlivable.
       
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      Benjaminbb

      Benjaminbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown - possibly debrox - noticed after debroxing.
      Exactly, which is why to me it feels far more like a physiological thing. Whether that be a resonance in a bone structure or bent/damaged cochlear hair cells, to me it’s such a specific frequency and requires a minimum volume, so I couldn’t imagine that being nerve related!

      I can literally EQ the frequency out of music.
      And also a common frequency in phone speakers like you mentioned.

      I have a lot of experience in music and frequencies and to me it sounds exactly like a resonance of a certain piece of the hearing mechanism.
       
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      Benjaminbb

      Benjaminbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown - possibly debrox - noticed after debroxing.
      On another note, I don’t hear the resonant peak/distortion at lower volumes, but only when it gets loud and seems to “rattle” my ear.

      Anyone get something like that?
       
    9. SD7
      Angry

      SD7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid /June 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Vaccine + Noise
      I get this vibration sensation. It’s gotten better as of late actually.
       
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