Here's What I Don't Understand About My Tinnitus (It's Asymmetric)

Discussion in 'Support' started by Michael B, Oct 2, 2016.

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    1. Michael B

      Michael B Member

      Here's what I don't understand about tinnitus. If it's basically a brain function, how is it that it can be different from side to side; i.e. why is my left side tinnitus loud and high pitched while my right side is more silent and lower pitched?
       
    2. SilverSpiral
      Worried

      SilverSpiral Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      I Don't think there is a completely fluid explanation for how/why tinnitus exactly arises and is experienced as a result of hearing trauama, thats probably why you ask the above question. Theres not clear statement to be made about this kind of damage, results in hearing this kind of tinnitus, in any single or all persons overall.
       
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    3. InfiniteLoop
      Sunshine

      InfiniteLoop Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Redwood City, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure. Very high frequency hearing loss (>8KHz)
      @Michael B

      Your hearing loss is probably asymmetric. Get an audiogram to 16KHz.
       
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    4. stophiss

      stophiss Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      too full a life
      Only a counterpoint...what about those with hearing loss in one or both ears that don't have tinnitus?
      I personally don't believe hearing loss at particular frequencies has to correlate to volume or tone of tinnitus. For example, my hearing is pretty good...I am sure I have less than perfect hearing, an the magnitude of my tinnitus varies from hour to hour and day to day.
       
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    5. InfiniteLoop
      Sunshine

      InfiniteLoop Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Redwood City, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure. Very high frequency hearing loss (>8KHz)
      @stophiss

      Hearing loss is a risk factor for T. The working definition of hearing loss is very poor also. In my case, my hearing is normal up to 8KHz and audiologists say that my hearing is normal. However, I have a sharp drop above 8KHz in my left ear (T ear) and is where my noise lives. My T is very variable also and that makes habituation a very contrived process.
       

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