Looking for Some Feedback Regarding a Spike

Discussion in 'Support' started by Polar-Bear, Nov 24, 2012.

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    1. Polar-Bear

      Polar-Bear Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2012
      I came home from hanging out with some friends at a local coffee shop and everything was fine. I did notice that the noise was roughly 75db at the coffee shop, which is still acceptable. Once I got home my right ear T started to pulse to my heart beat and it got really loud. Lasted about 30min and then slowly tapered off. Really freaked me out big time. Can a noise situation induce that? I looked up the symptoms online and people call it pulsatile tinnitus. Here I thought things were bad enough. I have noticed that sometimes after a warm shower that my T would be louder in my right ear, but then come down once I cooled down, but that 30mins was mega loud. Any thoughts on this would be great. I'm 35, so I'm not sure if this is an age related thing.
       
    2. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, Polar Bear,

      I'm no expert, but I do know about pulsatile tinnitus, from my own experience with it. I've had pulsatile T for about 2 1/2 years; it started suddenly, and has been with me ever since.

      To answer your question, yes, my pulsatile tinnitus often gets worse in a high-noise situation. Then, when I get away from the noise for awhile, it calms down a bit. My pulsating never goes away, but some things definitely set it off. I have a very hard time watching television because of the sound level. It makes my ear feel as if it is vibrating; in fact, it feels like my whole head is vibrating sometimes. For awhile, I avoided movie theatres because of the sound volume. Recently, I've tried seeing a movie again, but I wore earplugs the entire time.

      I've learned to keep earplugs handy when I'm going to be exposed to loud noise for any length of time! I don't think pulsatile tinnitus is age-related, but don't know if anyone has done a study on it to see what pulsatile tinnitus sufferers have in common. I'm 66 years old, but I don't think it has to do with my age. Mine started along with the trauma of getting on and getting off blood pressure medicine.
       
    3. Alexa

      Alexa Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      I can't provide any feedback about pulsatile tinnitus, but my T also seems to temporarily increase in volume after taking a shower. I wonder why that happens. I stepped out of the shower just a short while ago and I'm experiencing it again right now, it's back to the original loudness of when my tinnitus first returned earlier this month.
       
    4. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Some people say they wear earplugs while in the shower, and that helps to reduce the tinnitus spike. For me, a shower is calming, and temporarily reduces my tinnitus. What a mystery!
       
    5. click
      Busy

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      I used to wear earplus when washing my hair because the T always spiked afterwards. I don't need to anymore thank goodness!

      Things like this just show that we may all have tinnitus but we're not all suffering from the same illness...?
       
    6. Don H

      Don H Member

      Location:
      Edmonton
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2009
      Polar Bear, where in Canada r u?
       

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