I Think I Just Had My First Tinnitus Spike

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    1. 12stepCornelius

      12stepCornelius Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi,

      I was really trying to avoid ever having to post here. When I first got T back in July of last year (SSHL caused it most likely), I came here and lurked out of anxiety and fear. After a while, and dozens of visits with doctors, I found a specialist, habituated to my T and kinda sorta moved on, keeping ear plugs on me when needed (movies too loud in theater, an outdoor concert here and there, etc.).

      My T got to the point that even when in a quiet room it was there, but slightly faint and I being able to just deal with what I was hearing before I got back to a noise source of some sort, it would sound so quiet sometimes. I sleep with a small fan by my bed which tends to help me sleep or check my emails in some sort of peace without hearing ringing.

      I had all sorts of tests done and have found that I have very mild hearing loss (use to be in a band, shot without hearing protection more than several times, been to loud concerts, etc.) the last time I checked with my specialist which is going on several months now and I'm due back soon for a new appt.

      A week ago, I was at the gym and felt that my neck muscles had tightened up a bit too much due to strain or some such thing. Later that evening, while eating dinner, I noticed that my right ear (not as bad as my left ear usually) flared up with a momentary T spike (nothing new, happens time to time with both ears) although this time, it didn't stop - my T initially started like this with my first bout of SSHL (I had two, the second being the onset of the permanent T).

      Over the last week, my T seemed to increase a bit in both ears. Kind of the same sound, just louder to the point where now, I tend to hear the T still with the volume on the TV turned up as well as being able to hear it over my small bedside fan as well.

      I went fishing over this past weekend and wore my 25dB reducing musicians plugs while riding in the boat at a good speed, though felt the noise of the wind blowing past my ears still caused quite a bit of noise, so on the way back I figured the earplugs didn't matter so was lazy and didn't wear them heading back in to shore, a good 10 minute boat ride at high speed.

      Two days later, I saw a comic book movie with lots of explosions, etc., but had seen the film before in theaters, so didn't wear earplugs in parts of the movie, comfortable with the volume and at the time, not very worried by my increased T.

      My T seems even louder now, I'm sure due to the combination of two days of noise exposure or thinking about it much more often lately, though at the time I didn't feel worried about them increasing my T, as I've been to other events that were possibly a bit too loud for me personally, but didn't feel plugs were necessary and didn't suffer any adverse effects too much.

      I feel though now, I'm paying for something. Whether that be me maybe straining my neck last week or the boat ride or the movie, I'm not sure, but my T even seems reactive, in that it quickly spikes then abates even to my voice or just me breathing out quickly.

      When I wake in the morning it seems quieter again, but as I get moving, hearing different sounds it revs up again, something I believe I recall happening at it's initial onset, so I'm hopeful it will go back to it's normal BS. If I mask it with some TV or music for a while, it again seems to calm, but as the silence sets in, the volume again increases and becomes reactive again.

      Is this good news that it will calm down with time given I'm noticing it quiet from time to time? I'm just not sure how long it might take. I plan to keep my earplugs handy for any potential loudness I could experience in any environment and keep my mind on other things, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit more worried now. I tend to even hear the high pitched ringing in my car while driving with the radio on a sensible level, something that wasn't an issue before. What do you folks think?
       
    2. fishbone
      Happy

      fishbone Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      The spike in your T can be related, to everything that you have mentioned. Since your T is somewhat new, these fluctuations can happen. It is awesome that , your T has a soft or lower volume in the morning. I will say this much, the more stuff you do, that leads to higher and awful spikes, can cause your spikes to become, normally high and remain.

      So, please do your best to not make this happen. Loud noise and certain factors can make your loud spikes permanent.

      I have super loud T in both ears, but it will never keep me from living life, drinking wine and bodybuilding :)

      Be well.....
       
    3. 12stepCornelius

      12stepCornelius Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks fishbone,

      Yeah, with it still being kinda new (I can't actually remember what silence sounds like at this point though) I still don't know my noise tolerance limits and need to really become vigilant with the ear protection. I love the cinema and have made it my career and sometimes I just want the full experience without earplugs dampening a score or a quiet dialogue scene etc. Completely gave up on going to live concerts.

      I nice glass of whisky tends to quiet things down a tad when the T gets bothersome as such. It's been practically medicinal as of the past week lol.

      If you don't mind me asking, how do you cope with extremely loud T on a day to day basis? Mine sounds back to where it was when I first got it and it's a chore continuously having to push it out of my head.
       
    4. fishbone
      Happy

      fishbone Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      I cope by training every other day in the gym and getting lots of sleep. I won't lie and say that the T is not annoying, it is but I got this as a teen , but it was not as loud and annoying as it is now. Honestly I have accepted the T, it is part of my life and part of me. Just like those that lose their sight, or limbs. Accepting is the biggest key to not letting T destroy a life. Many have a hard time accepting T, coping starts with accepting.

      The T is so so loud that it overtakes low to somewhat mid speaking volumes, so i will ask people to repeat themselves and there is no shame in that at all...

      I do also take herbal supplements and do drink my red wine quite a few times a week as i watch the sun go down and feed my ducks :)

      My hearing loss bothers me, more than this loud and annoying T i have in both ears....

      Be well.....
       
    5. 12stepCornelius

      12stepCornelius Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Sounds like you got a handle on it fairly well. Cheers.

      That's what I'm worried about in terms of the future. I'm 25 and hoping it's not unbearable when I'm 45. Though I also hope that by that time there may be some form of therapy which preserves the hearing yet cancels out or greatly reduces the T. I know they're working on it currently what with so many Afghanistan vets and such recently coming home with shot hearing and T.
       
    6. fishbone
      Happy

      fishbone Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      As we get older, our ears tend to get worst, so the T might get worst. I wouldn't worry about such a thing. I have been waiting for a treatment to cure or rid people of tinnitus for almost 30 years. I won't be holding my breathe, life is what you make of it.

      I just hope the kids and young adults get educated on T and someone lets them know, that it exists and it can mess a life up. I had no one to teach me and I learned the hard way.

      I do feel bad for our vets, with all the loud noises they are exposed to, bless them all....
       
    7. 12stepCornelius

      12stepCornelius Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I wouldn't put a cure or thorough treatment too far out of the way. What with stem cell treatments beginning to work wonders for other ailments, there's a possibility damaged ear cells and nerves could be repaired in a decade's time or less.

      Yes, I did many stupid things as a teenager which I believe led to my T. So many occasions where I didn't even think of hearing protection, just endured a night of the temporary T many times. I began wearing hearing protection too late after the damage had already been done. I could kick myself, but life must go on.

      Take care, fish.
       

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