Hi. 3 Weeks with Tinnitus Due to Noise Trauma (Headphones).

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    1. Pedro65

      Pedro65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/18/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      Hello, I'm Pedro and I've been with tinnitus for about three weeks. The story goes like this:

      I've been an audiophile for 20 years or so. I own a decent set of headphones and a headphone amp, but never was a big fan of the headphone experience, always preferring loudspeakers. I tend to be careful with volume and never had hearing issues. So, last January I had to send my amplifier for repairs. In the meantime I resorted to headphones. So a couple of days before getting my amp back, I'm listening with headphones to a track that was recorded/mastered at a low volume level. Keep scrolling my iPad and I guess I wasn't too focused on what I was doing when I pressed my finger on a track that was the exact opposite of the previous one. Loud and compressed. BOOOM. I immediately took off the headphones. I felt nothing at the time. no pain or ringing. A couple of days later I wake up to this extremely high pitch in my left ear, with crickets just below it. Its been like this for the last three weeks. Sometimes I perceive it louder (waking up, driving, quiet rooms) than other times. Also, I'm more sensitive to noises (doing the dishes, etc.).

      For me, the best course of action seems to be to try to habituate as fast as possible and not expect miracles. Took a hearing test at Costco, turns out my hearing is good to excellent for my age (53). There is a small dip in the graph with my left ear, where the tinnitus is, but still well whiting normal. The audiologist recommended against hearing aids. Went to the ear specialist on Friday, told me not to get my hopes up too much about the ringing.

      I've been reluctant to go into a forum like this, but its been good to just write this here. Best wishes to all.
       
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    2. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Feel better soon.

      Toss the headphones in the garbage can.

      Protect from any further noise exposure, and this should improve.
       
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    3. winstona
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      winstona Member

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure and excessive ear irrigation
      Hi Pedro,

      It sounds like you have acoustic trauma. I’d say for the next 6 months to a year, try to minimize exposure to loud music especially with headphones or earphones. Give your ears some much needed rest and take good care of your body.

      Sounds like you are dealing with this quite well especially in this early stage. I have gotten aggravated T for a year and a half and I would say it has gotten a lot better. I think it can happen for you too!

      Take care!
       
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      Pedro65

      Pedro65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/18/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      Thanks for the responses. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll touch a set of headphones ever again. As for my state of mind, well, accidents happen and sone can be truly horrific. Tinnitus is obviously a bunmer and a setback but not the end of the world. I just want to keep it real and habituate as quickly as possible. Again, thanks
       
    5. winstona
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      winstona Member

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure and excessive ear irrigation
      I wish I was in the same place as you mentally when I first got tinnitus. A strong and correct mindset definitely helps you cope with tinnitus so I think you are in the right path. I hope you can eventually have yours fade away and not just habituate to it.


      Take care!
       
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      AUTHOR
      Pedro65

      Pedro65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/18/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      Thank you for your kind words Winstona. How are you doing these days with yours?
       

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