Help Me Understand What Type of Tinnitus I Have

Discussion in 'Support' started by zerosandones, May 14, 2019.

    1. zerosandones

      zerosandones Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely Propylene Glycol from a Vape Pen
      Hi all, I've had tinnitus for about a month, no hearing loss, no apparent cause. My left ear tone is ~600 Hz and is continuous and unvarying, while the right ear tone is ~11000 Hz and is intermittent and varies in loudness and tone, and can be affected by moving my jaw and head.

      The left tone has pretty much stopped bothering me at this point, it's easily drowned out by opening the window, fridge noises, etc. The right tone, when it's present, is quite annoying as nothing really masks it. It seems to make my ears more sensitive to loud, high pitched noise as well.

      Given it's intermittent, if there's something I can do to prevent it from getting worse, or make it go away, I would absolutely love to know.

      I've read that since it can be affected by jaw/head movements it's somatic tinnitus? I don't have TMJ/bruxism as far as I can tell, my jaw is mildly tight these days but it's been much worse in the past and I would rate it as a 1 or 2 out of 10 as far as pain. I can open my jaw fully and eat without any pain.

      I first noticed my ears were feeling funny when I moved from NY to CA in February. I would wake up with pulsing and sensitivity in my ears which would go away after a few hours. Since I moved states, many changes were concomitant with this -- different diet, different mattress, different exercise regimen, I also started vaping a few days after I moved (which I originally thought was the cause, though a month vape free and I haven't seen much change), different supplements (which I have all discontinued now except for zinc). In general, my tinnitus is always worse in the morning, and I still have the pulsatile tinnitus / feeling of fullness or pressure in the ears each morning.

      Would very much appreciate any sage advice on things I could do to make a difference. I've read many threads on here and many research publications, but am having trouble distilling them into actionable things to try. Is the best advice, as my ENT said, to do nothing? The less I pay attention to it, the less hooked I get, the less chance of my brain becoming permanently wired to the tones?

      Or are there any jaw relaxing exercises people have found helpful that I could do daily? Should I seek out finding healthcare providers with experience with tinnitus? Dentist, physical therapist, chiropractor etc? If so does any one have any recommendations in San Diego, CA?

      For some final context, I'm 31, am not often exposed to loud noises (no clubs, concerts etc), used to have slightly higher than normal bp (135/90) but after a significantly increased exercise regimen the last 6 months have gotten it down to 108/68.

      Thank you very much in advance for the advice and guidance.
       
    2. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/thread...eone-else-who-has-tinnitus.26850/#post-307822


      Probably... But you also need to avoid some things (e.g., microsuction, etc.) to ensure that it doesn't get worse (see the tips in the post at the link above).
       
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      AUTHOR
      zerosandones

      zerosandones Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely Propylene Glycol from a Vape Pen
      Thank you Bill, very helpful advice. Able to tune it out many days now, but seem to get hooked from time to time. Hope I can continue to work on this in the coming weeks and months.
       
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      AUTHOR
      zerosandones

      zerosandones Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely Propylene Glycol from a Vape Pen
      Is there any way I can edit the original post? Don't believe that was the title I made (guess the mods changed it?), and it sounds fairly commanding! Would love to add a 'please' in there.
       

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