Is Your Tinnitus a "Moving Target" Too?

Discussion in 'Support' started by MichaelDC, Dec 7, 2015.

    1. MichaelDC
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      MichaelDC Member

      Kansas City
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      My T seems to hop from one side of my head to another. It's very rarely one single sound in both ears at the same time. It'll buzz or ring in one ear for a few minutes and then jump over to my other ear for a few minutes with a new sound in a new pitch.

      Does anyone else have this kind of T too?
    2. Dana

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Bucharest, Romania
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      Absolutely. Even ENT's know that T moves from one ear to another. This fact raises so many questions. If I have T in one place, it means that in that place the neurons are misfiring. When the T moves to the other ear, the first area of neurons healed and another area of neurons got sick?

      Does the same thing happened in epilepsy, as T is compared to epilepsy?

      You are so right about raising this question.
      What T is, if it moves around?
      What is the phenomenon?
      Oh, my God, what an impossible to understand (and therefore cure) malady we have!
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    3. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Hi Michael.

      Tinnitus can fluctuate a lot especially in the early stages anything up to six months. Since you have hyperacusis too it can act as another trigger. I notice that you don’t like quiet environments any more, which I can understand. It’s a good idea to use sound enrichment at night through a sound machine. They are not expensive and some people benefit from using them and many hearing therapists encourage their use.

      Although you may benefit from listening to white noise via headphones try not to turn the volume too high. It’s also not a good idea to totally mask your tinnitus so that it wont be heard. The reason being, the brain cannot habituate to the tinnitus if it cannot hear it. To be honest, I don’t advise listening to white noise through headphones or wearing them at all, once someone has intrusive tinnitus. I appreciate everyone is different so the choice is yours.

      I believe it’s best to be examined at ENT. If white noise is advised to be used by your hearing therapist/audiologist, this is usually administered into the ear through white noise generators. Someone with tinnitus, asked my advice about wearing a headband at night and listening to music through its speakers. I was told the volume would be kept low. Since he asked for my opinion, I said it’s not a good idea and gave my reasons, which I have written about, on this forum. He chose to still go ahead and use the headband and informed me recently his tinnitus has got worse.

      Just be careful with what you’re doing. I don’t mean to frighten you but the ear is a very delicate organ and doing the wrong thing can make matters worse, fast. You’ve had tinnitus a short while; in some cases it has been known to go away withing the first six months, and many people habituate to their tinnitus withing this time.

      I just don’t think it’s a good idea listening to audio of any kind through headphones at this time. Give your auditory system time to heal naturally. Use sound enrichment during the day and night via low-level non-intrusive music such as classical, or through a sound machine.

      All the best


      PS: I have written a post titled: Hyperacusis and Habituation that you might like to read.
    4. RaZaH

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
    5. jeannie

      jeannie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced, Ear Infection, Medication... Who knows?
      i have had it for 3 years and yes it does and to middle of head too.
    6. delumo71
      No Mood

      delumo71 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Early 2015.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I wish I knew.
      Constantly moves like it has a mind of its own and gets bored if it "stays in one place" for too long. :confused:
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    7. Cheza

      Cheza Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      Mine is usually confined to the right upper quadrant of my head, but it sometimes moves to the lower back of my head, or it fills my entire head with a fog of sound. The worst is when it's located in what feels like a line from temple to temple, with a trilling cicada sound. Drives me batty.

      Right now it's kind of in the middle of the right side of my head, a hissing static oscillating sound.
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    8. Sailboardman

      Sailboardman Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      I've never had my T move to the other ear or side. My left ear hears perfectly. My left is is almost deaf and T resides there permanently. I basically have half a head. One side perfect, the other, completely dead and full of noise.
    9. Jimmie

      Jimmie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mine moved a alot in the beginning. It does not anymore.
    10. Natalie Roberts

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Sometimes mine seems like it's coming from the right ear, sometimes the left and sometimes from the middle of my head. It's hard to pinpoint. It moves all around. :/
    11. eric peterson

      eric peterson Member

      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset: 10/2003 Increase: 4/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      who knows? who cares?
      mine changes in tone, pitch, etc. is always out of right ear strong/loud. can come out of left ear at times, but is more fleeting there. I gave up trying to figure out why months ago. wasn't doing me any good.

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