I Don't Believe 20% of People Have Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by MuffinMan, Sep 28, 2018.

    1. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Maybe most people have very mild tinnitus?
       
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    2. AUTHOR
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      MuffinMan
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      MuffinMan Member

      Location:
      Beirut, Lebanon
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/8/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, started the moment I woke up from a nightmare.
      Unnoticeably mild = normal.

      All ears make a very gentle noise in total silence.
       
    3. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      If tinnitus population is between 10%-20%... and I go with 15%... and then 3% of that 15% have bothersome tinnitus which is... 0.0045%

      Now 26,000 of 50,000,000 would turn out to be... 0.05%. So not perfect but kinda in the ballpark here.

      Please correct me if I'm wrong but seems to line up??
       
    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      MuffinMan
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      MuffinMan Member

      Location:
      Beirut, Lebanon
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/8/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, started the moment I woke up from a nightmare.
      I wonder how their guys define Tinnitus, if they only hear it in isolated silent room or only experienced for some minutes, then that’s not tinnitus at all.

      For example an ENT was like “Hey, in our country alone there are 1M out of our 4M population.”.

      By taking a quick look at the memberlist here I see no else from my country; hell even rarely from the whole middle east, I noticed only one member from UAE and he may be expat.

      So where are they? I hardly believe that out of 1M I am the only one from Lebanon here. So I am the only one out of 1M who is a whiner about this lol?

      It seems this number is an urban myth originated from a loosely done survey and all Doctors worldwide adopted it as a fact. ie. Like when they all thought that olive oil is bad for you ages ago.
       
    5. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      MuffinMan
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      MuffinMan Member

      Location:
      Beirut, Lebanon
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/8/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, started the moment I woke up from a nightmare.
      Did you use to game with headphones before you get your tinnitus?
       
    6. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      No I never heard any noise before I got tinnitus...

      Why do you assume everyone with tinnitus will sign up here anyway?
       
    7. Jazzer

      Jazzer Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Fishbone - you are a battler - no question.
      Your stoical approach is the only attitude to have if we wish to survive this {{{ SHIT !!! }}}.

      Every single person with severe Tinnitus is a battler! - to have battled their way through to whereever they are now!
      Accepting the extreme severity of our condition is not negative - it is the only place to start.
      “Know thine enemy.”
      Reality is all we’ve got - unfortunately.

      Unreality = insanity.

      With this piece of {{{ SHITE !!! }}} it is no wonder we vear from despair to anger to hope to sadness, and back again.
       
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    8. AUTHOR
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      MuffinMan
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      MuffinMan Member

      Location:
      Beirut, Lebanon
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/8/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, started the moment I woke up from a nightmare.
      Not everyone would sign up, but even if we take 5% of 50M, you will get 2.5M, that’s from the US alone.
      If the numbers were true TT would surely have way more than 26K(i am not saying all necessarily would be active, some may sign up to ask one question only).
       
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    9. coffee_girl
      Innocent

      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      All my life, but got worse 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced / Concert
      Because most people see no reason to sign up, most do not like to use forums or are uncomfortable doing so. I frequent dog forums a lot and lurk on there... I can find answers to everything I want... No need to make an account. Also, I'm sure lots of T sufferers have it very mild and don't feel the need to come here
       
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    10. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      Not everyone seeks online support. Some find adequate support through family or friends. Older generations typically do not seek out online support, and I suspect most of the reported tinnitus cases are in individuals age 65 and older. The 75 year olds I met with tinnitus are rarely online. They’re certainly not going to seek out an online tinnitus forum. They talk to their friends and family.

      Then there are likely many people who have been living with tinnitus for decades. Why join a support forum for a condition you can already manage? I know several people with hearing loss and very loud tinnitus. They have lived with it for 20+ years.

      I was born with a health condition. I have never sought out a support forum. I am sure they exist but I see no need to frequent one. I already know how to live with my condition.
       
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    11. coffee_girl
      Innocent

      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      All my life, but got worse 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced / Concert
      Not to mention there are millions of people globally with no access to the web, do not speak English, do not know how to use the computer, they don't find forum support helpful, they habituated and don't need the forums, or they eventually get cured (T goes away on its own).
       
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    12. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      MuffinMan
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      MuffinMan Member

      Location:
      Beirut, Lebanon
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/8/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, started the moment I woke up from a nightmare.
      That’s why I mentioned US only, but Tinker Bell’s age argument makes sense though.

      So maybe only the “young” (less than 60) T sufferers who are very rare.
       
    13. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      The criteria was people that have "ever experienced tinnitus in their life."
      Think about that wording. It means temporary tinnitus from a club or earwax blockage. It means fleeting tinnitus. It means acute tinnitus.
      Why would they make the criteria for that so wide.
       
    14. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      MuffinMan
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      MuffinMan Member

      Location:
      Beirut, Lebanon
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/8/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, started the moment I woke up from a nightmare.
      In other term, the number comes from a BS survey.
       
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    15. coffee_girl
      Innocent

      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      All my life, but got worse 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced / Concert
      Well lots of people with T don't know their condition has a name... Plenty of the people on the forums didn't know what T was before they even got it. I definitely did not
       
    16. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      I wish someone would have told me I could have gotten tinnitus from using headphones. (Never listened to loud music btw! Always on low volume) Not only is there no cure/treatment but there's no awareness/education.
       
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    17. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      MuffinMan
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      MuffinMan Member

      Location:
      Beirut, Lebanon
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/8/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, started the moment I woke up from a nightmare.
      I occasionally used headphones but on low volume; but like 99% of modern humans. Sigh.

      Hell, I was never into nights clubs and concerts; always avoided loud events.

      The reason probably why there’s not much awarness because only the unlucky few are that much sensitive to loud volume; I believe there’s a genetic predisposition to that; my brother has it too.
      Coffee girl said her brother has it too, if i recall right.

      Hmm.
       
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    18. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      How do you know that it's headphones used at low volume that is the culprit?
       
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    19. kelpiemsp
      Swamped

      kelpiemsp Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      birth/ recent spike 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with ETD, several acoustic traumas, most recently ETD
      Because if you say something enough times it will become true.
       
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    20. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      Yep! Same here. My SO has reminded me multiple times that I've been sensitive to sound as long as he's known me whenever I talk about my hyperacusis.

      I didn't say the full story. It's a bit more than that of course. I was never a big music listener but I was watching videos with them. People use airhorns as a sound effect for putting someone in their place or to accompany something ridiculous. So watching a YouTube video with low volume and a person using airhorn SX = tinnitus and hyperacusis. And yes, there was an immediate response. One ear felt full and liquidy with things 'sounding weird' and the other ear was in pain. I continued using headphones in these early days vowing to never watch another video with headphones.

      However the one hobby that I have (had?) and loved I used headphones for because it requires voice chat. I had negligible 'only hear in a very silent room or while trying to sleep' type tinnitus. I habituated in only a month and forgot I had it.

      Then while I was in voice chat some idiot screamed very loudly for a sustained period. (Think 4 seconds vs. 1 second as an example) This event made my T and H permanently worse and is what lead me here.

      Perhaps headphones might be safe if the sound didn't vary at all. But it does for anything besides perhaps white noise. So human speech, music, movies...these all have a chance to have a dangerous rise in volume. I will never trust sound in or near my ears again. Not even a phone. I use exclusively speaker.
       
    21. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      From your description, it's not headphones at low volume that caused you trouble: you're actually correlating your T/H to very specific events that were loud while you were wearing headphones.
       
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    22. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      I don't know what you're getting at. I can only get two different things out of this:

      1. You're specifying that it wasn't listening to headphones at low volume because it was loud SX that caused it. I am saying that such a distinction is irrelevant because sharp increases in volume are inevitable.

      or..

      2. You are doubting that headphones actually caused my T/H.
       
    23. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      That is rather rude of you to say. I don't go around the forum questioning the ways in which people got their tinnitus. Should I go up to Jazzer and question him and say "Maybe you just think you got tinnitus from someone blasting his instrument at you point blank?"

      I understand the conversation on how much headphones can harm tinnitus is controversial. But unless you've stood in my shoes, do not presume to know what did or didn't cause my tinnitus.
       
    24. coffee_girl
      Innocent

      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      All my life, but got worse 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced / Concert
      I don't know if low volume head phone use causes T but I'll tell you guys a true story:

      Once upon a time (2 weeks after the concert that caused my T to erupt), I discovered that my T was slowly going away...fading to the point of not hearing it over everyday sounds. So stupidly I decided to listen to an E-book with headphone plugs loosely lodged in my ear. It was set to 10/100 in volume...very low...a slight breeze would mask it.

      The next thing I knew, coming home...i could hear a louder buzz. I don't know if it was a coincidence or what.

      Later on...about a year later...i was habituated to my T and decided to use head phones again (actual head phones and not plugs)...I set the volume to very low when gaming ....i never got any spikes. Used headphones for about 2 months every day, then stopped. I felt i was playing with fire so i never went back to it.

      I think using them too close to the initial exposure is very dangerous, your ears are still trying to heal. But perhaps after many many years...it may be safe?

      OMG i don't recommend it !!! :nailbiting::nailbiting:
       
    25. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      If you hear a loud sound in your headphones, then it doesn't fit the definition of using them at low volume, does it?

      I hope the following doesn't sound patronizing: it's not intended to be, and it is not as obvious as it seems (the last paragraph before the next quote will show why): perhaps you are not familiar with how the volume setting of your headphones works, but it is generally a slider that is either physical (embedded in the hardware) or logical (as software), which will essentially limit the amplitude of the voltage that ends up feeding the actual drivers (ie the speakers that sit near your ears).

      So if you were to listen at low volume, that max voltage would have been set such that even the loudest signal being fed to your headphones would be clamped down by the voltage limiter, and not cause an acoustic trauma.

      The danger happens when you listen to soft sounds (which are represented by low amplitude voltages) on headphones that do NOT have the volume slider down (ie they are not being set to "low volume"). You do perceive those sounds at fairly low volume, but the volume slider does not protect you from surges. If you have a high voltage "surprise" in your content, then you will actually feel it as loud through your headphones. I suspect that is what caused your acoustic traumas.

      I think you are confusing "I'm hearing something softly through my headphones" and "my headphones are set to a low volume": you can be listening to soft music on headphones that are set to max volume. That is dangerous!

      A common trap is to use apps on computers that have their own volume slider: let's say you have your music app with its slider set at 10%, which you rightfully feel is soft. What this doesn't show you is that the computer itself may still have its own volume set to the max! So you're happily listening to your music, and all of a sudden some other program makes some sound (for example, an incoming email notification sound), which isn't being clamped by your 10% setting on the music app! Instead it'll come out full blast!
      This is a trap that is easy to fall into: I admit I've gotten a few close calls myself.

      I don't doubt that the headphones were the tool by which your T/H came about, but I think the loud noise that you fed your ears through your headphones are the problem, not the headphones themselves.
       
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    26. kelpiemsp
      Swamped

      kelpiemsp Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      birth/ recent spike 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with ETD, several acoustic traumas, most recently ETD
      I’m sorry you feel that way. I was under the assumption you were listening at low levels of volume. I don't doubt that headphones did it, but I don't believe that sound played quietly through headphones does. @GregCA post previously explains my thinking.
       
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    27. Honky

      Honky Member

      Location:
      Gotham
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Truck air horn
      All musicians have it. Most don't want to admit they damaged their own ears. Musicians that wore ear plugs all the time except the day that the stupid truck air horn blew right into an ear...well, there's no excuses!!!

      Think of the military. Nearly 3/4 have the condition. With all these gangs and cops shooting guns without hearing protection there has to be a high percentage there as well.
       
    28. PDodge
      Cowboy

      PDodge Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Woods of Alberta
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bear ate my Cochlea
      Probably true. Makes me wish I never played music!
       
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    29. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      When I wrote my original post about getting T from headphones on low volume, I knew I wasn't posting the full story and that there was more to it than that. I was fine with explaining despite being aware of the oxymoron. I was not intending to mislead anyone. Posting about it, I did not and do not have an agenda nor do I particularly have an inclination to 'be in the right.'

      I've considered you an interesting and intellectual person so I'm both surprised and disappointed that you would make a passive aggressive dig at me and offer up a non-apology. If you're not sorry then you don't need to offer up the illusion that you are.

      @GregCA

      Thank you for setting the time aside to explain all that. It made your previous posts make more sense to me and explained something I did not know. Perhaps if I would have I might not have T&H today. I see a lot of talk about headphones on the forum, for and against but I have never seen anyone mention or explain this both on and off the site. Seems like an important talking point, though.
       
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    30. kelpiemsp
      Swamped

      kelpiemsp Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      birth/ recent spike 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with ETD, several acoustic traumas, most recently ETD
      @Red I'm sorry. And for the record, my passive aggressive dig/ micro-aggression wasn't directed at you or your situation but was more a general comment against the crowd that says headphones are bad no matter what and refuses to have an open debate about the differences.
       
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