How to Accurately Check How Loud Your Tinnitus Is?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Joshua12345, Sep 7, 2019.

    1. Joshua12345

      Joshua12345 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Not sure
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Thankfully the ringing I had wasn't too bad, but now that it's gotten better, I'm having trouble figuring out if it's there or not. Sometimes I hear something, but not sure if it's ringing or some sound in the room. I try plugging my ears and feel like I hear it, but maybe I'm just looking for it.

      Is there an accurate way you guys check?
       
    2. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Not really a great way to check. I just notice when the background noise is high enough to cancel it out, and the measure the background noise with my smartphone app. Not totally accurate, but gives a rough idea of how loud it is over time.
       
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      Joshua12345

      Joshua12345 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Not sure
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Yeah I've been trying with noise cancelling headphones, but i think the headphones emit a sound, so it's hard to tell
       
    4. RaZaH
      Cheeky

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      Dude , stop checking ! If you can barely hear it , just forget it and move on.
       
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    5. boliston
      No Mood

      boliston Member

      Location:
      Taunton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      30th April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      When you say 'plugging ears' does this mean with fingers or earplugs? Certainly using fingers to plug ears adds a lot of extra noise due to hearing the blood pulsating through your fingers (a loud rumbling noise normally). I find that putting on earmuffs is the best way of isolating the tinnitus sounds but even then there are quite a lot of other loud sounds such as heartbeat that will also be heard as well as the tinnitus sound(s). If you have a very quiet room this could also be used.
       
    6. Flamingo1

      Flamingo1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      4-15-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Can you hear it in a quiet room? Before tinnitus, I experienced DEAD SILENCE! Now I hear a faint and sometimes not so faint ringing.

      Why do bars and restaurants have to be so d@mn loud?? They are killing their patrons and employees hearing!! Loud music, no sound absorption, it's ridiculous and dangerous!
       
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    7. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      If you're at the point where you have trouble figuring out if it's there or not, I'd strongly recommend you that you stop checking all together.

      It sounds like you're getting out of the woods. No need to look for ways to get back in.
       
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    8. eagerUser

      eagerUser Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Un
      As others said, why should you? An audiologist may be able to help you with tinnitus evaluation examination.
       

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