High-Pitched Dog Whistle on Top of My Normal Tinnitus — Getting Worried, Can This Go Away?

Discussion in 'Support' started by punkaddict, Jun 23, 2021.

    1. punkaddict
      Cynical

      punkaddict Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Self-syringing (I think?)
      I haven't used Tinnitus Talk in about a year but recently things have taken a turn for the worse and I could really use some support.

      So about a week ago, I started hearing a very high pitch dog whistle in my left ear accompanying my tinnitus I've been used to for 2 years. I started worrying maybe I didn't have strong enough earplugs for my band practice, or maybe this was caused by the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine I had about a month ago.

      I noticed it 4 nights in a row and tried to shake it off. Then on Father's Day, my sister took me on an hour car ride to my dad's and back where her boyfriend played moderately loud music the whole way. In hindsight, I wish I brought my earplugs(I was in the back). On the way back, I controlled the music and let it be quieter however my sister annoyingly blasted it it for less than a minute because she was arguing and thought it'd be funny to stop the argument. I woke up the next morning and I'm pretty sure that new tone has become much more noticeable. I have taken some NAC and Magnesium everyday since but it isn't going down.

      I'm very worried this minor incident has left me with a tone that is very hard to ignore or mask. Is there a chance this new tone can just go away? My original tinnitus started in my right ear due to minor syringing damage and I thought my left might be safe but now it's quite loud and I feel like I'm back at the start. I just want some hope that this can be temporary. This wasn't my fault.
       
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    2. Mister Muso
      No Mood

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Hi, sorry to hear you're experiencing a setback. I also did this to myself (it was solely my fault), playing music too loud in the car. It gave me spikes which have still not fully settled down, and this was back in January of this year.

      Unfortunately any exposure to loud music is putting your ears at risk of further damage from tinnitus and hyperacusis, even with earplugs. I know how much it sucks - I've played in bands for 25+ years prior to tinnitus, but for the past two years I have put all concerts and band practices on hold. I was just thinking this year might be the year I tentatively start things up again, until my setback in January.

      NAC and magnesium seemed to help me first time around. I haven't really got in the routine again of taking them this time, but things are still slowly settling down (I hope).

      I'm playing at a friend's wedding next month - just myself on my keyboard, plus a singer and a violinist. So we'll see how that goes. Obviously going to wear earplugs and if necessary headphones. I'll set up the sound system myself, so that I have no one to blame but myself for any feedback screeches that may occur, as that sound was the cause of some of my most troublesome tones two years ago - wind-chime noises which never stop and get louder when I yawn or turn over in bed. I've learned to suppress/ignore them through mindful breathing together with herbal remedies (Sleepeaze from Boots in the UK).

      Best of luck with your progress.
       
    3. Tanni
      Devilish

      Tanni Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ???
      Oh, definitely.

      It's pretty common for tinnitus to 'spike', or for a new sound to come in temporarily. I've had this happen a couple of times, but it has always gone away again. Sometimes it goes away quickly, sometimes it can take a few weeks.

      Keep protecting your ears from loud noise, and stay calm if you can. It's very, very likely to be temporary.

      I hope you feel better again soon.
       
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    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      punkaddict
      Cynical

      punkaddict Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Self-syringing (I think?)
      Thank you so much, I needed to hear that. Sending an internet hug
       
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    5. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      punkaddict
      Cynical

      punkaddict Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Self-syringing (I think?)
      Quick q, for specifically new tones, is it normal for them to take weeks to subside? And did they occur from noise in your case?
       
    6. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      I got a new reactive squeaking tone after the COVID-19 vaccine. Hopefully it can go away as it’s very annoying lol.
       
    7. Oabmarcus

      Oabmarcus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/30/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress and years of using earbuds/headphones
      I have gotten new tones to come and go, there are the dominant ones that are always there, but not all new tones stay. I wouldn't be too worried about something you can't really control, move on and don't think too much about it. I would use a sound machine and instead of trying to mask it just focus your attention away from it onto other sounds.
       
    8. Tanni
      Devilish

      Tanni Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ???
      Yes, one instance in particular was from a very loud wedding party. I also find that stress can trigger spikes.

      I guess each situation is different; sometimes when I have a new tone it only takes a few days to disappear, other times, a few weeks. When I was in the same situation as you in the past, I searched for people going through the same and then checked on their progress. I found it very reassuring that in the majority of cases, the issue completely resolved.

      That's why I wanted to reassure you that it is certainly very probable for it to go away - although nobody feels that way at the time!
       
    9. SB1981

      SB1981 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multifactorial
      Like everything else with tinnitus, it’s a case by case basis. I had a garbage compactor incident that gave me a new tone in my right ear that lasted months.

      Another incident with an extremely distorted speaker at a fast food restaurant gave me a new tone in my left ear that lasted for about 8 hours. I guess the important thing is that in both instances they did go away.
       
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    10. Stacken77
      Wishful

      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      In my experience, and from what I've heard; yes, it can take weeks for new tones to subside. I've had tones develop because of dropping things on the floor, and after a few weeks they seem to mostly subside. Oftentimes it can be very subtle when we experience fading. Your tone could be permanent though, but chances are that it may get a lot softer with time, hopefully completely diminish.
       
    11. mohn

      mohn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Looks like you are another COVID-19 vaccine victim.

      Did you have fleeting tinnitus occurrences before?

      Your tinnitus might subside once the vaccine effect is over.
       
    12. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      When will the vaccine wear off though?
       
    13. Jon R.

      Jon R. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 & then again in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st tone 2001 ear plugs, 3 other tones 2021 Pfizer vaccine
      I have got a dog whistle tinnitus after the Pfizer vaccine, it is driving me nuts.
       
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    14. kingsfan
      Mellow

      kingsfan Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      Me too. Same sound. Same vaccine. Sometimes it fluctuates up and down in pitch like a car alarm.
       
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    15. dipp
      Moonlighting

      dipp Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Maybe stress and acoustic trauma
      I have a dog whistle too since a couple of days. I hope that it subsides for us.
       
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    16. Jon R.

      Jon R. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 & then again in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st tone 2001 ear plugs, 3 other tones 2021 Pfizer vaccine
      How is everyone's post vaccine whistle now? Mine is as bad as ever still, a month on from this thread.
       
    17. kingsfan
      Mellow

      kingsfan Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      I thought mine was getting better until 3 days ago when it came back with a vengeance.
       
    18. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Everything got better until a couple of weeks ago when I got sick and it transformed into an electric buzz higher pitch after my ears got mucked from the cold.
       
    19. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      I feel for you. I have the dog whistle/jet engine thing going on too. It has come and gone over the past two years but it’s never been this loud or sustained as it’s been the last two weeks. While it’s bilateral, I experience it mostly in my right ear, which is clearly the loudest.

      I have not had any noise trauma.
      I have not been COVID-19 vaccinated yet.
      I have taken all kinds of nasal antihistamines, decongestants, wearing my retainers at night, heating my TMJ joints. Nothing helps and I can’t find the cause of this. I’m having a hearing test on Thursday although I’m sure it will be unremarkable, as my hearing was last tested in April after I started getting this sporadically and my hearing was fine.

      Ugh. I am praying it resolves for all of us.
       
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    20. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      That sucks. I hope it’s just temporary for you.
       
    21. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      Thank you. It was super quiet yesterday. Back up today. :(
       
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    22. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Some hope there.
       
    23. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      True, but waking up with my heart in my throat every morning wondering what kind of day it is going to be really stinks. Or worse yet, it starts out really quiet and then by lunchtime it is screaming. I have had tinnitus related to hearing loss, which fortunately resolved, but it wasn’t like this. It was not volatile or fluctuating. I couldn’t modulate it with my jaw or the turn of my neck or chewing like I can with this. Maddening. Just maddening. I am only alive for my kids.
       
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    24. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Do you have hearing loss? Hearing aids?
       
    25. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      I’ve had some measurable hearing loss in my left ear but considered mild. However, at my last hearing exam in May, everything in the left ear measured within normal limits. Right ear fine. But at the end of the day, 5 dB one way or the other is the standard deviation and the tests are highly variable. I have two frequencies in my left ear that are now right at 25 dB, the cut off for normal hearing.

      I learned today that I have three higher frequencies in the right ear that have now experienced a threshold change. They’re going to give me a short dose of steroids. But they are all within normal limits of hearing. I was told today by my ENT that I actually have really good hearing for my age, which is 54. I always thought people started to have hearing shifts in their 60s but evidently it starts in your 40s. Unless of course, do you have a noise trauma.
       
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    26. SD7
      Angry

      SD7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid /June 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Vaccine + Noise
      Does the squeak sound like basketball players when their shoes are on the court?
       
    27. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      It can at times yeah, lol.
       
    28. Jon R.

      Jon R. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 & then again in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st tone 2001 ear plugs, 3 other tones 2021 Pfizer vaccine
      Mine sounds like a combination of a dentist drill and the ultra high pitch car brakes you hear in car parks sometimes.
       
    29. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      Yes at times.
       
    30. SD7
      Angry

      SD7 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid /June 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Vaccine + Noise
      If I didn't have this, my quality of life would be so much better. I hear it over S and Sh's when people talk its a constant painful reminder.
       
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