How Loud Is Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Dishman, Sep 21, 2013.

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How loud is your tinnitus?

  1. Extremely mild, I hear it only in silence and/or when plugging my ears

    18 vote(s)
    3.4%
  2. Mild, I hear it in quiet-ish conditions, but most everyday sounds mask it

    115 vote(s)
    21.7%
  3. Moderate, I almost always hear it, however tv/music/outdoors noise can mask it

    204 vote(s)
    38.6%
  4. Intrusive, I hear it always and nearly above everything, barely nothing masks it

    181 vote(s)
    34.2%
  5. None of the above matches mine (describe in comments)

    11 vote(s)
    2.1%
    1. Dishman
      Wishful

      Dishman Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Is there times during the day in which you do not notice it at all? As we know there are many levels of tinnitus, how loud is yours?
       
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    2. meeruf
      Badass

      meeruf Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Diving
      When mine started it was so loud not even the trains could mask it. Nothing.

      Now its not that loud. If I don't take any meds. I can hear it all the time. If I take Sobril or Stilnoct. It goes completely away.
       
    3. TJPositive
      Fine

      TJPositive Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      You are truly a remarkable being if you able to tough-out a noise of that magnitude before you were able to find a solution. I feel like a bit of a drama queen now considering my noise doesn't even come close to that. The way I'd describe mine is it's like hearing crickets, though it doesn't sound like them, in a quite environment.
       
    4. meeruf
      Badass

      meeruf Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Diving
      Hmm. The first days I did not quite understand what was happening. I was just thinking this is something that will go away after some time. Luckily, the mad loud tinnitus went away slowly. Now its like white noise. But if I go out in traffic, it changes to a more high pitch sound. Lucky, I have more and more moments with silent. I hope this will heal. :)
       
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    5. Erlend
      Question it

      Erlend Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Scandinavia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2013
      If I'm gonna notice it outside, it has to be very quiet.

      Also, if I listen to white noise a lot, somewhat loud, I hear my tinnitus VERY clearly straight after, but I suspect this has nothing to do with tinnitus, but is kind of the same thing as when a flash goes off in your eyes, you still "see" the flash when you close your eyes.
       
    6. JTP
      No Mood

      JTP Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Shit happens
      Over TV: check, in car driving on a bad road windows open: check, over busy mall: check ... not in the shower though.
       
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    7. Eric
      Balanced

      Eric Member

      Location:
      Montreal
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2012
      Take the attached mp3 file, which is a tinnitus sound very similar to mine, put it on an iPad or iPhone with headphones, and put volume at 12 bars, and this is about the minimum volume I get. Since I have hearing loss, tinnitus is pretty much the only thing I hear through my ear.
       

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    8. Leah

      Leah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chardon, Ohio USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Very loud, I hear it all the time. Above all normal living sounds, constant... I thought everyone experienced it like this.
       
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    9. erik
      Cool

      erik Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012 or earlier?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Mine fluctuates and on some days can be louder than most everything I hear. Then on other days can be so low I can barely hear it. Baffling I tell you, baffling. Nevertheless, I used to have 5 out of 7 loud days a week for the first several months, then it slowly improved. I would get 3 good days a week, then 4. Now a year and half later I have 5 good days a week and usually 2 loud on average. I think in most people it does get better with time.
       
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    10. object16
      Magical

      object16 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      overuse of hearing protection, plus noise
      Mine is at 4090 Hz and roughly about 52 dB. Before a few weeks ago it was at 48 dB, but some noise from dental crown work with the dentist grinder working on my teeth very loud, made it go worse.
       
    11. meeruf
      Badass

      meeruf Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Diving
      Mine was so loud yesterday that the neighbors called the cops.
       
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    12. st0rch
      Creative

      st0rch Member

      Location:
      Taylorsville, Utah
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/18/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Louder the more depressed I feel or the more I focus on it obviously. At night it's almost unbearable, but like other users white/pink/brown noise seems to almost increase the pitch of my tinnitus.
       
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    13. awbw8
      Balanced

      awbw8 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2013
      I can hear mine in a quiet room, but I (usually) only mask it (with some cricket sounds), if I'm sleeping. I can't really hear it in the office unless I really focus on it - luckily for me, my desk is next to a printer! haha :)
       
    14. Valentin

      Valentin Member

      Location:
      Thailand
      Tinnitus Since:
      17/08/2013
      http://www.audiologyonline.com/articles/clinical-management-of-tinnitus-12558

      The determination of loudness is going to be the match for tinnitus loudness at the frequency that best matches their tinnitus minus the threshold at that frequency. For example, my patient reported that tinnitus was closest to 4000 Hz in nature. Their loudness match was 70 dB and their audiometric threshold at 4000 Hz was 60 dB. Their tinnitus loudness sensation level is equivalent to 10 dB. It is interesting to note that most researchers have identified that in the majority of patients presenting with tinnitus, their loudness match is 10 dB or less above their hearing threshold level. This is going to be important in your counseling.
       
    15. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      temporarily banished from this plane of existence.
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      When I become distressed about my ringing for a period of days, it gets louder and then I can hear it pretty clarity in most situations.

      When I relax about it again, it gets quieter and I have to really try hard to hear it over normal room sounds.

      This is not entirely a matter of perception. When I may myself freak out and obsess over this for weeks, it becomes dramatically louder. My masking threshold shifts. This always gets better and goes away once I convince myself it's a boring sound and not a threat.

      If it just stayed as loud as it gets when I'm stressed out, I don't know how I'd handle that.
       
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    16. Sailboardman
      Frustrated

      Sailboardman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      Shower masks mine, most of the time. Sometimes though, driving in my car, at 50 mph, with the windows down, doesn't even come close, to masking it. Depends on the day. Anyplace quiet, is like a torture chamber to me. I rarely sit in my house anymore, unless there's a noise maker running on full blast. I have 100 angry, buzzing, high pitched insects, screwing with my wits, all day and night. Tinnitus more than sucks! It's killer!

      Sailboardman
       
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    17. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Drugs barotrauma
      LOUD enough to suck the life out of me.
       
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    18. LeQuack
      Gloomy

      LeQuack Member Benefactor

      Location:
      United States of Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad luck and bad genes
      Mine was mild and tolerable for a number of years. I could actually sleep in silence, although usually I used a small radio on low volume to mask it and that was enough to mask it.

      But a few years back it started to get worse and worse, don't know why or how, but now it's so bad that in silence it ramps up to impossible volumes, impossible to sleep. And it seems to be just getting worse by the day. The milder tinnitus I've had for years was just a single tones and bit of hissing. Now it's multiple tones, loud reactive hissing in both ears, multiple volumes and just horrible. I'm on vacation, though that relaxing would help my tinnitus just a little bit. But no such luck, it's gotten even worse and my vacation is mostly ruined.
       
    19. Sheamus
      Fine

      Sheamus Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      February
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Insomnia, stress and sleep medication
      Thank you for this interesting survey. My tinnitus is really variable, so it is hard for me to fit it into any one category. It can be so quiet one day that it is practically silent, and the next day be so intrusive that even a shower nozzle aimed at the back of my head doesn't mask the noise. I think my baseline is moderate, but the high pitched whine I hear inside my head is pretty impossible to mask. I am moderately deaf in my upper ranges, and the tinnitus was unleashed by a prescribed combination of sleep medications and wellbutrin.

      I hope this is helpful. I am six months into my tinnitus journey and, while I don't think I can say it has improved notably, my attitude towards it has. On my loud days I now no longer panic, but just muddle my way through it, one step at a time. I guess that is what's meant by habituation.

      All very best wishes to everyone. Hang in there!
       
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    20. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      My tinnitus is intrusive, not maskable by anything but shower or traffic noise.
       
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    21. Bartoli

      Bartoli Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009,worsened 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I hope you don't care about me unearthing this post and asking you how it is for you nowadays. Does this description still apply? Thanks!
       
    22. Steve0

      Steve0 Member

      Location:
      Victoria, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ?
      When I first wake up in the morning is the first indication of how loud it will be for the day. Sometimes I will wake up to very loud Tinnitus, nothing can really mask it, it cuts into my mind and sometimes I even get pain in my ears as if its a physical thing.

      Other days I can wake up and there is almost not Tinnitus at all. On those days I try to be careful not to spike it, but sometimes it will spike easily, other times I might do something that would normally spike it and it doesn't spike. Once it spikes though it will normally run until the next sleep cycle and then we throw the dice again.
       
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    23. DaveFromChicago

      DaveFromChicago Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headcold/Flu
      To SteveO:

      That is precisely what happens to me.
      When this is aggravated, it will usually take until the next morning to change; the whole day will be undermined by this no matter what I do. "Then we throw the dice again" is particularly apt.

      The unpredictable nature of this is sometimes more maddening and less accommodatable than a "reliable" constant sound. When it is very reduced, I begin the fool's errand of believing that this entails the road to permanent quietude.

      It will then "ambush" me when my coping structure is relaxed and dismantled.
      When it is aggravated I find myself rationalizing that I am "paying out" the nearly incapacitating day so that the next one will (relatively speaking) leave me alone. I even find myself attempting to schedule hiking outings at the forest preserve with my wife on this basis (which shows how it has become the determining factor in my decision making).

      This cyclic roller coaster of punishment then relaxation is similar to the torture methods that the great journalist Jacobo Timerman described when he was incarcerated by the Argentinian Police for 30 months during the Dirty War. My overwhelming fear is that survivors who have been subjected to this all report that even the strongest personalities cannot indefinitely resist such a psychological siege.
       
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    24. Steve0

      Steve0 Member

      Location:
      Victoria, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ?
      Yeah it's true when it's a good day or a couple of good days you tend to think it's permanent. I found that really hard in the beginning. On the other hand when its bad you at least have the hope of a good day in the future.

      And yes it can rule your life, avoiding triggers.
       
    25. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      Unbearably loud to the point of wanting suicide isn't there.
       
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    26. ASilverLight
      In pain

      ASilverLight Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dunno. Started after blocked ears + stress/anxiety.
      My tinnitus is weird.
      It's not necessarily super loud, but it also doesn't mask easily at all because it's so incredibly internalized. It really just feels as if I'm hearing my head so very little drowns it out even if my noises aren't loud.

      It also depends on my posture and general state of mind.
       
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    27. Mister Muso
      Inactive

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Mostly moderate for 4 or 5 days out of 7, and mostly severe the rest of the time. I selected Moderate on an aspirational basis.
       
    28. James1977
      No Mood

      James1977 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/19/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      IMAX Movie
      Haha. Even if I had only 1 severe day a week, I'm voting severe. I probably have more severe days than moderate though.
       
    29. CMIH

      CMIH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      My tinnitus is extremely loud. I have a Honda Civic and when I'm driving on the freeway there's a lot of road noise from the tires, but I can still hear the tinnitus over the road noise. I can even hear it over the water when I'm in the shower. It's frustrating there's no way to show someone how loud your tinnitus is. I mean, if you had a broken arm that's something that can be seen. Many conditions, even if they can't be seen with the naked eye, can be seen through imaging techniques. Or you can find evidence of them using a blood test or some other. Tinnitus is totally invisible. Before this happened to me one of my goals in life was to learn to play piano. I can hardly enjoy listening to music anymore. I no longer have any desire to learn piano. I imagine it's kind of like losing the ability to taste food. My stepmom lost the ability to taste food. She used to love to cook. Now she has no interest in food anymore. :cry:
       
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    30. Lilah
      Bashful

      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Mine has gotten higher pitch over time that now it is not easily maskable, I think volume has remained the same. I don't really have "quiet" moments anymore, or as many different sounds. I do hear it over TV since it is high pitch, but it has become a bit like fridge hum (except high pitch). I don't hear it in heavy traffic or in the metro/subway, but do hear it if I am walking down a quiet street. I've been in quarantine for six weeks so my tinnitus seems louder than usual. I got rid of most of my pulsatile/whooshing tinnitus by taking iron pills (I was anemic and my red blood/hemoglobin counts were below the range, didn't realize it until I got some serious symptoms).
       

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