Is It Possible I Was Born with Tinnitus?

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    1. Jamison Lincoln

      Jamison Lincoln Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Uknown but as a very little kid i remember having it and i i
      Hello I have just figured out that ringing in your ears 24/7 especially when quiet is not normal because I asked people. I have had it for as long as i remember and to be honest tinnitus doesn't bother me that bad unless I take aspirin than it gets loud. But I was wondering is it possible to be born with tinnitus?
    2. Sven

      Sven Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Hello and welcome.

      I'm not an expert at all, but I believe I've heard of it. At least heard of people having it since they're, like you, were very young.
    3. Samir

      Samir Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic trauma
      I don't subscribe to that notion at all. But I can tell you this much...

      I have had mine for about 2 years without even knowing it by the name of tinnitus, up until it became more protruding, chronic and tonal. Up until then I had what you would call somatic tinnitus where I would hear a buzzing kind of sound when yawning, and also occasional ringing in my ears (or brain) that I think many people experience every now and then. Following an acoustic trauma I first got a humming, static noise that I didn't even think of as tinnitus because it didn't bother me at all, and then eventually that blissful humming turned into a tonal ringing or buzzing kind of sound. Only then did I realize that I got chronic tinnitus. I experienced other symptoms as well that lead up to that, which I interpret as some kind of apoptosis/degeneration and/or neural changes taking place.

      Having tinnitus at a very young age is possible. But having it at birth seems like a very far-fetched idea to me. There would have to be something substantially wrong with your ears or auditory brain.
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    4. Luis Orozco

      Luis Orozco Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/NIHL Aggravation
      Same situation with me. I may suggest that probably in both of our instances our Tinnitus was caused by a childhood noise exposure. Probably when we either were toddlers or kids? I do remember having Tinnitus already by around the time I was 5 years old, yet compared to then it has been gradually increasing these past months.

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