How Long Does a Tinnitus Spike Usually Last? Months? Weeks? Days? Hours?

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    1. katriina
      Frustrated

      katriina Member

      Location:
      finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I have wondered that how long T spikes last usually when they come... I have had few loud spikes in my both ears that has lasted like 5-10 seconds... Are these "spikes"? Or does spike means that T volume increases like for an hour, day or longer and then calms down again?
       
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    2. Stina
      Psychedelic

      Stina Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Tartu
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      I also have these oocasional louder sounds lasting for several seconds. However, from what I understand spike is when your tinnitus gets louder for a longer time and may or may not go away.
       
    3. Micky
      Dancing

      Micky Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      10 / 2000
      Hi im quite sure a typical Tinnitus spike can last for several hours or several days .. 5 or 10 seconds is definitely not a spike... Micky
       
    4. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Based on your description it could be this.

      I get those too.
       
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    5. Sameer advani
      Buzzed

      Sameer advani Member

      Location:
      New delhi
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2011
      Hi. Got a very major t spike in both my ears. ....I was exercising to release my stress on the tread mill ... I walked on the treadmill for about 2 hrs as I was watched a movie ....could not hear the sound of the treadmill,a high frequency motor sound , as it was camouflaged by the sound of the movie ...I measured. The total sound it was about 80 db ...when I got off the tread mill I perceived a major spike in my t ...it's real loud haven't been able to sleep for a couple of days even with masking ...don't know what to do , is this spike temporary or do I have some additional high frequency hearing loss ...it's really bad can't live with it will have to rehabituate .... Hope the spike goes away but at the moment it seems unlikely some new damage may have happened ....will I have to wear ear plugs on the treadmill as well ...
       
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    6. EatMoTacos
      Alone

      EatMoTacos Member

      Location:
      Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2009
      How long does a spike usually last? Weeks? Months? Days? Hours?

      Last time I had a really bad spike it only lasted for a couple of hours then went away, this was 5 years ago when it happened.

      Since then my T was really quite and in the background. I had no problem falling asleep and take short naps during the day. I used to drink coffee on a regular basis and even alcohol with no issue of my T going crazy. I used to eat what I wanted and travel regularly in airplanes and helicopters for my job (of course wearing hearing protection all the time). For the past 5 years I have been so comfortable and happy until about 3 weeks ago I noticed a sudden increase of my T in my right and my whooshing in my left!!! WTF!!!!

      Could this be my new base level of T now?
       
    7. Valentin

      Valentin Member

      Location:
      Thailand
      Tinnitus Since:
      17/08/2013
      yes it is at least for a while
       
    8. EatMoTacos
      Alone

      EatMoTacos Member

      Location:
      Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2009
      how long was yours?
       
    9. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      I have noticed that I get a spike a couple of hours after having Chinese cuisine and schezwan sauce...it lasts until I get a proper night's sleep and is usually quieter the next morning ..maybe it's because of MSG
       
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    10. Luca
      Amused

      Luca Member

      Location:
      Vienna, Austria
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck injury
      1-30 seconds to 2 weeks for me. Anything goes :)
       
    11. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I have had a spike for 2-3 months - high pitch, that then went away.
       
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    12. MikeA
      Curious

      MikeA Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      I had a "spike" early this year that tapered down noticeably over a period of about 3-4 months. Still a bit louder now than pre-spike, but not nearly as bothersome as it was a few months ago.
       
    13. Kathi
      Balanced

      Kathi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ/USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/30/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      HFHL and stress
      You might be experiencing fleeting T. I get this quite frequently. I even get it in my right ear--where I don't have T. I used to get it in both ears even before my T set into my left ear. It lasts about 30 seconds. I think most people experience this and it does not effect my T at all once it passes.
       
    14. Sean

      Sean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01-01-2011
      Hi every one,

      My burglar alarm went off and I was about 6-7 feet away from it for 7to 10 seconds. I have had a very very quite T from last few months. I was loving it! I evry rarely had to use white noise at night to sleep.
      Now I hear this god damn T and I need white noise and also hear my T at work. Spike is not as loud as I had 2-3 years go after a concert, but its creating a panic and anxiety !! I really hate this feeling.
      I would appreciate if you guys can advise me how long it will take for my T to go to baseline. I know tough thing to answer and I know deep down that T will subside and T volume is not that bad..but I am just super panicking!!
       
    15. Valentin

      Valentin Member

      Location:
      Thailand
      Tinnitus Since:
      17/08/2013
      few hours usually but the longest i had was around 48h. my brother experienced a spike that lasted for a week few month ago.
       
    16. Sean

      Sean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01-01-2011
      My spike won't subside ..this shit sucks !
       
    17. adam2525
      Balanced

      adam2525 Member

      Location:
      London, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      I think the 10 - 30 second tinnitus spike is called transient tinnitus. Even people without chronic tinnitus get that. So I don't consider that a spike. We all get that.

      In answer to the question my spikes have lasted from a day up to three weeks.
       
    18. Garden Ring
      Mellow

      Garden Ring Member

      Location:
      Moscow
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      Until recently I thought that the 'spikes' everybody speaks about here is just a matter of your attitude, i.e. today I'm sad and grumpy, and I pay attention to my ringing a lot, tomorrow I am outdoors with my friends and never notice it.
      However, a day ago I had an actual spike. I was at my friends' place, where I go very often, doing the usual stuff, having some beer, watching movies and chatting, when I noticed that my ringing is about twice as loud as usual. I tried to measure its level against some other sounds to make sure I'm not imagining it, and it really was audible in situations it never was before. It's safe to assume that I freaked out, but then tried to calm down and go to sleep. In the morning it was gone.
       
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    19. Gabrielle
      No Mood

      Gabrielle Member

      Location:
      Netherlands, Utrecht
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, maybe bad syringing
      I'm nearly 6 month's in with T.
      A week is like this: 4 days spike (very loud ieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and ssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh).
      2 days the sounds are lower.
      1 day a week COMPLETE SILENCE.

      I kept a journal but there is no pattern, i mean, like what i eat, drink, or had a good or bad sleep, or stress or relaxt... it all does not affect the T. It's lifving his own life.
      But it's strange isn't it... one day a week complete silence......

      Gabrielle
       
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    20. MisterMystery

      MisterMystery Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2014
      I've had two spikes in recent memory - one when my friend's toddler entered that phase where kids shriek to get attention; the other just two days ago, though I'm not sure why - either from taking two Claritins at once or from typing with my neck bent. This spike is much worse than the last. Has anyone heard of a spike from having your head and neck in an awkward position?
       
    21. robinbird
      Fine

      robinbird Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New Hampshire
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Diagnosed with high pitch hearing loss, both ears, right is worse
      Same thing happened to me when I had Chinese and red wine. This was about four weeks into having T. Thought my head was going to explode with pressure and noise. Drank two glasses of water and in a few hours it settled down.
       
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    22. Rust
      Gloomy

      Rust Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Did the spike ever subside, Mick?

      I'm having the same issue after a car horn!
       
    23. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      "spike" doesn't have any clinical meaning, and everyone's experience of tinnitus seems to be pretty different. So, I don't think there's a "right" definition.

      Very short, loud increases in tinnitus which come out of nowhere and fade over 30-6000 seconds are called "fleeting tinnitus", and are very common, even among people with no chronic tinnitus. This is not what's generally meant by "spike", but, again, there's no right definition.
       
    24. socalsurfer

      socalsurfer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear syringe or antibiotics
      I am on my 4th month and have same pattern as yours. Did your T ever go away?
       

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