Is It Severe Tinnitus When You Hear the Tinnitus Very Clearly Over Most Noises?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Natester1986, Aug 31, 2018.

    1. Natester1986
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      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
      I'm new to this forum (found it via Google search yesterday). My tinnitus is pretty bad (I can hear it all the time although it's not deafening). It worsened on Wednesday evening of last week and especially since Monday. I still function well (hasn't really affected my life as I've gotten used to it).

      So, the question is, if the tinnitus is not deafening but you hear it over any noise, is it severe tinnitus?

      EDIT: I should clarify that I'm still able to sleep soundly without the use of tinnitus masking apps. Also, I don't have any pain in my ears although on occasion I do feel slightly dizzy.
       
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    2. Michael B
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      2011
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      Stupidity
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      Natester1986
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      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
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    4. Gman

      Gman Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic earwax drops
      Is it very high frequency? That can be a reason it can be heard above everything when mine changes frequency. Not many things out there that are that high frequency to mask it.
       
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      Natester1986
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      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
      Yes its around 8500 to 9000 hz.
       
    6. Gman

      Gman Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic earwax drops
      Hrm could be then although that’s not that high. Mines often around that frequency too, but sometimes much higher and that’s the more intrusive stuff.
       
    7. Bill Bauer
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      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
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    8. OnceUponaTime
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      OnceUponaTime Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies or Acoustic Trauma, Stress
      I would think its severe.
       
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    9. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      why aren't there any doctors on this site answering questions like this?
       
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    10. kelpiemsp
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      kelpiemsp Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      birth/ recent spike 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with ETD, several acoustic traumas, most recently ETD
      @Natester1986 there is quite a bit of debate, or difference of opinion on this site. IMHO severity is a measure of its impact on your life, others believe that only volume matters. By the volume scale, if you can hear it above a shower... then it's pretty loud. But, if you follow the THI, then it's not. And you are a great example of how volume does not correlate with its intrusiveness.
       
    11. kelpiemsp
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      Tinnitus Since:
      birth/ recent spike 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with ETD, several acoustic traumas, most recently ETD
      Because there are no tinnitus doctors.
       
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      Natester1986
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      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
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    13. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      Did you do an audiogram in higher frequencies, so above 8khz?
      Have you done DPOAE?
       
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      Natester1986
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      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
      I haven't yet. Is there a link to them?
       
    15. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      You should do an audiogram above 8khz to see. Hold on.
       
    16. dpdx
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      Location:
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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
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      Natester1986
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      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
      I can't hear anything above 13500 hz. I must be deaf to those frequencies. The funny thing is, listening to the whole thing made my tinnitus go down from 7 to 2. Right now my tinnitus is around 4 although it's likely going to go back up to 6 or 7.
       
    18. dpdx
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      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      I dont hear anything at 10khz on either ears.
       
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      Natester1986
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      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
      Is the 10 khz sound what you tinnitus sounds like?
       
    20. dpdx
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      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      I hear more 10khz on right ear then left. I also have a hard time hearing 9khz. Yeah it is very high pitch.
       
    21. threefirefour
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      threefirefour Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      Well technically speaking, we (the volume crowd) are 100% correct. It make sense no sense to measure something objective like tinnitus with a subjective scale.
       
    22. Bill Bauer
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      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      If T didn't have any impact on the sufferer, we wouldn't care about T. So it is the impact that we care about, and that impact is subjective...

      My guess is that the louder the volume, the less variability in the impact. This means that when the volume is loud, finding out just how loud it is would give us a good idea about the impact that it is having on the patient. But the subjective scale would allow us to learn this information about the other patients (whose T might not be very loud, but who might experience significant impact of T on their lives).
       
    23. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
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    24. AUTHOR
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      Natester1986
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      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
      I hear it over pretty much anything except really loud noises.
       
    25. Error404

      Error404 Member

      Location:
      York, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      90's
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Deaf
      I'd say it depends upon the individual.

      I have 24/7 low frequency T that I hear over everything, and I do mean everything. Last week, I heard it clearly over an aeroplane engine for three hours. Right now I'm watching the t.v and it's blaring away. Would I say this is severe? No. It's just ... there. I hear it, but do not actively listen to it. Today, I'll go about my tasks, and not be stressed by it. It has taken me about six months to get to this point though. Many take longer, so I consider myself lucky.
       
    26. sirhand
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      sirhand Member

      Location:
      Bethlehem, PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2018 4:30 pm
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      4 hour (apparently too loud) headphone session

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