I Haven't Been to a Doctor Yet, I Think I Have Tinnitus (Maybe from Using Earphones)

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    1. dreemurr412

      dreemurr412 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earbuds
      I'm new here so yeah.

      Hi, I've noticed continuous ringing in my ears the last week and I'm pretty sure it's tinnitus. I don't listen to a lot of loud music, but I had earphones in which relied on air pressure to keep them in the ear. Last Tuesday, I noticed a ringing in my ears. But not just that, the middle of my skull feels kind of heavy. I recently came out of a stressful time in my life and the day after this started. I'd like to get to a doctor, but I don't want to catch the coronavirus and I also don't want my family to worry about me. But I feel like I'm going crazy: when I notice it I start to panic and think it will never go away but there are periods when I almost can't hear it and don't even notice it. It's not loud, in fact listening to music on about 20% is just enough to allow me to ignore it, but I'm a person who takes solace in silence so these last week has been annoying. It seems to change in intensity during the day.

      Every night there would be some low level high pitch noise that I assumed was just my ears de-stressing from all the noise of the day, I thought it was just normal.

      I also have a birth defect in my left ear, the middle bone that connects the eardrum to the actually sensory part is missing. I'm starting to think now there may be other issues - I have been to the doctor about the hearing loss in my left ear before but I had to fight with them for 14 years to look at me, so take that as you will. Starting to think now there might be other issues that have been activated by the de-stress.

      I just wanted to post here in case someone else has experienced this. I've always had a low level anxiety and this has not helped my mental health. Coming here for some support to try and de-stress and breath. I don't want to jump the gun but loss of hearing and vision are some of my biggest fears (with is funny, I have a problem with both - apart from the aforementioned defect I'm also severally near sighted so I have to wear glasses all day! )
       
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    2. T_Almost_Gone
      Mellow

      T_Almost_Gone Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bupropion nalextrone
      Welcome. It sounds like you've had a rough time of it. Can you please share the name and model of the earbuds? Will be helpful.

      Is the sound intermittent? Or is it easier for you to ignore it sometimes?

      Every night there would be some low level high pitch noise that I assumed was just my ears de-stressing from all the noise of the day - how long has this been happening for?

      I'm not an expert but I'd advice to quit earbuds & headphones. I gave them up myself even tho my cause was medication.

      Just know the first few weeks are by far the worst. You can experiment with tinnitus maskers on YouTube may help.
       
    3. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @dreemurr412

      You are probably right. Although many things can cause tinnitus, typically it is listening to audio through headphones, earbuds or headset, at too high a volume without realizing it and for long durations. My advice is to stop using earbuds and don't even use them at low volume. Please click on the links below and read my posts, that you might find helpful.

      All the best
      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/new-to-tinnitus-what-to-do.12558/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/hyperacusis-as-i-see-it.19174/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-a-personal-view.18668/
       
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      dreemurr412

      dreemurr412 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earbuds
      @T_Almost_Gone
      Sorry it took so long to get back, I had forgotten about this post.
      It's constant but it is easy to ignore mostly, unless there is pretty much total silence (which is mostly at night)
      Since I could remember, it's more of a hum than a noise. It's like the hum of a hard drive spin, not the high pitch ones but the low RPM vibrations noise.
      I gave up the headphone and in ear phones and it's gotten less, I think I have gotten off lucky. It's still there but it's pretty much at a level I can handle and while I can still hear it at night it's barely invasive. I think I listened to the wrong YouTube video and had it up a bit too loud (it was an hour long video about computers) and there was a lot of background noise that I didn't notice.

      As I say it seems to have died down and I've gotten off lucky. I'm an audiophile, so I'm going to see if I can invest in some nice speakers and only use the earphones when I'm outside (which granted is not a lot with this whole lockdown). I've learned my lesson and I will not go above 60% on the audio levels!

      Thank you for your advice too @Michael Leigh.

      If the thread isn't locked, I'll come back and update. I think I had made this post as an almost reaction to the 3 days of constant ringing I had before that, and just recently I noticed that it's calmed down. Thank you all :)
       
    5. T_Almost_Gone
      Mellow

      T_Almost_Gone Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bupropion nalextrone
      Hi @dreemurr412 so glad it's faded. Definitely be careful with live music, ear phones etc. There are lots of stories here about people who relapsed with noise induced tinnitus.
      All the best!
       

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