Loud Low Pitch Humming Tinnitus Noise, Sometimes Feels Like the Eardrum Is Vibrating

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    1. dipp
      Moonlighting

      dipp Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Maybe stress and acoustic trauma
      Hi.

      I have a lot of different sounds in both ears, since 2016, but I more or less managed to live with them. Most of the sounds were high pitched, and I learnt to cope with them. Good and bad times but manageable.

      But, 2 days ago, I felt a very loud humming / drone noise on my right ear. I don´t know where it came from. And it´s driving me crazy, I can´t bear it. I have had some temporary low pitch noises in the past, but weren´t this loud, and fortunately all the times they went away, but I somewhat feel that this time it´s different and I´m frightened. I can hear it over the shower, and low pitch everyday sounds annoy me a lot.

      Also, I can feel at times as if my eardrum is physically vibrating. Unbearable.

      ENT can´t see me till next week... anything I can do to try to alleviate the symptoms? Should I try a round of Prednisone, nasal sprays, or similar?

      I´m in a very bad situation with this, if this stays permanent I don´t think I will be able to live like this, it´s by far a lot more annoying than all my other sounds (which are bad, but I would give anything to return to my previous state).

      Any advice? Thanks a lot in advance.
       
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    2. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      dipp
      Moonlighting

      dipp Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Maybe stress and acoustic trauma
      OK I finally arranged an appointment with my ENT for tomorrow. Will keep this post updated.

      Other thing I didn´t mention: the vibrating feeling and sound is better in quiet environments. I put my earmuffs inside of my parked car just to test, and the sensation and noise is a lot quieter. I find it very weird. Also, it doesn´t bother me a lot af night when I´m lying on my bed, but when I stand up it comes with a vengeance :(
       
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    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      dipp
      Moonlighting

      dipp Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Maybe stress and acoustic trauma
      I have noticed this afternoon that I hear some voices and music distorted, robot-like, like if you speak against a fan.

      I can't believe that this is happening to me.
       
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    4. Christiaan
      Vegged out

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bloody headphones in 2016,worsened in 2020
      I'm very sad to hear that @dipp. Did you have an acoustic trauma recently? Or did you listen to loud music with headphones by any chance? Much can be done to help you in the short term. Maybe you could ask your ENT to do an intratympanic steroid injection to save your hearing. Anti inflammatory pills (curcumin, NAC, L-arganine, multivitamins) may help as well. Let us know how it all works out for you. Hope all goes well.
       
    5. Lucy MacLean

      Lucy MacLean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      Hey, did you ever get any relief from this loud hum? I also am dealing with it but when I put my finger in the ear it totally stops x
       
    6. JohnL99
      Mellow

      JohnL99 Member

      Location:
      New Orleans area
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      probably noise induced
      Dipp, hope you are better! I'm hoping that it went away since you never posted again.
       
    7. Tanni
      Twisted

      Tanni Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ???
      I had this -- a loud, low hum that felt like my eardrum was vibrating, and stopped when I put my finger in my ear. Apparently something could be seen on my eardrum, but Covid happened before I could attend the ENT appointment so I never had it looked at. Anyway, it has been gone now for about three months.
       
    8. Lucy MacLean

      Lucy MacLean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      It's really really awful and getting pretty difficult to handle now. I’ve had mine for 8 months now and the thought of having this sound for the rest of my life is frightening.

      Interesting that when you put your finger inside your ear it stopped - it is literally what mine does. I have tried to put an ear plug in but the noise doesn’t get eliminated. That’s amazing that yours just stopped... I so hope mine does but really have a dreadful feeling it won’t :(
       
    9. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have had this up until now 3 times in my life, but not for months, only for 1-3 weeks. It stopped when I plugged up, when I covered my ears tightly, and even when I was speaking. Otherwise it was unbelievably loud and I could actually feel my head vibrating.

      Doctors didn't really care, tinnitus, get used to it.

      I think this could be some kind of muscle spasming. There is a thread about MEM, check it out.
       
    10. Kirstystired

      Kirstystired Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      I had exactly this! The robotic voices eventually went and I would describe my tinnitus to be the same sound as yours. The ENT saw suspected ETD and gave me prednisolone. I don't think the prednisolone got rid of the robotic voices but I think it was just time. There is no known cause for my tinnitus as it stands xxx
       
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    11. Kirstystired

      Kirstystired Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      This is the same with me too !! X
       
    12. Lucy MacLean

      Lucy MacLean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      @Kriszti It just doesn’t feel like normal tinnitus as it can be stopped when plugging the ear. So weird... has it got any better?

      @Kirstystired it is awful. I do find that if I calm down it gets marginally better though!
       
    13. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Mine totally went into remission. I am currently not hearing it. Earlier this spring/summer I had a weird noise on the lower end for some weeks, but it was different and it went away as well. I tried to talk about MEM with doctors after I read it here, that it could be the cause, but they weren't knowledgeable on the issue and dismissed my problems as regular tinnitus, although it certainly does not behave like regular tinnitus. (I have that too, and they are like whole different ballgame.)
       
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    14. Lucy MacLean

      Lucy MacLean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      Hi @Kriszti that is great to hear that it just went like that. How long did you have it for the third time? I do wonder if a lot of it is anxiety related because it does seem to get quieter when I calm down. The problem is, as soon as I get into bed or I am in a quiet place I am constantly alert and just listening out for it. It’s almost like I won’t allow my brain to forget the noise if that makes sense? Did you hear the humming over the bathroom fan etc? It distorts those kinds of sounds! Did you take anything to try and treat it? I am going to do my best to try and just move on with my life and just pray that it will go.
       
    15. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      In full force it was for 2 weeks, but it went into remission for a day, then came back, went away, came back.

      It was really loud, like I was sitting next to a washing machine and it was really like a vibrating feeling. It was awful. I couldn't sleep, kept waking me up, was awake around 23 hours a day. I kind of think that it's somehow stress related for me, because all 3 times I was preparing for very important exams. But the other 2 times it just hummed, but didn't have the vibrating feeling, could sleep, wasn't this loud. Also, maybe that's TMI and probably not related, but it went away like the minute I got my period (Can't remember whether the last 2 times something similar happened.)
      Didn't distort the sounds for me.

      The second week I started to take Piracetam and Betahistine, but I'm almost 100% sure that they didn't do anything, because they take time to start to have an effect. Also, in hindsight, I wouldn't take them ever again, because as before, the low hum went away, and I'm not entirely sure that they didn't contribute to my bilateral UHF tinnitus, which I'm still struggling with.
       
    16. Anne123

      Anne123 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma/Noise induced
      It sounds like I have the same low frequency tinnitus. I got it from an acoustic trauma about a year ago. At the time I also had the distorted sounds you describe for a few days too. I had tinnitus for 7 years until this and had habituated well. The low hum however is a very different kettle of fish - much louder, distracting, highly reactive to sound and behaves completely differently. This is not the sort of sound I think I will ever be able to habituate to or get ENT help for as they just don't seem to understand it. I have however noticed that a number of things literally switch it off (unlike normal tinnitus), such as

      • Flights - I have had relief for a over a week after the flights I have taken
      • Moving my head and touching my ear
      • Long car journeys (3 hours plus) - it disappears for a couple of days
      • Many sounds switch it off whilst I hear them - voices, planes, trucks, fridge, music, fans etc. I also don't hear it outside
      • Plugging the ear
      • An MRI scan switched it off for a week
      • I go to sleep with this sound on every night (recommended by someone on this site) - it only needs to be at a low volume, but the frequency is able to switch it off whilst it is playing, I couldn't sleep properly before!
      Starship Sleeping Quarters | Sleep Sounds...


      Has anyone else experienced anything like that or found any ways of helping them to manage it? I am sure if more was understood about the biomechanics of it, there could be real potential to cure/manage it with some sort of sound treatment, if an 8 minute MRI scan could switch it off for a week! Unfortunately, it seems to be so rare, ENTs just look at me like I am mad when I talk about it!
       
    17. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      dipp
      Moonlighting

      dipp Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Maybe stress and acoustic trauma
      I´m sorry to say that currently I´m having lots of problems with my tinnitus. I just wanted to take a rest from the forums. The low-pitched sound appears to be slightly better (not dissapeared, but a bit lower), but now I don´t know why, my previous high pitched T seems to be out of control and I´m listening to it all day long. I´m in a dark place, I feel like I´m never overcoming this, I feel guilty because I have had this for more than 4 years and still struggle and feel depressed and I feel like I´m never going to have a more or less normal life. I hope I can post better news in some months, sadly this is the reality for me at the moment.
       
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    18. Brians81

      Brians81 Member

      Location:
      Indiana
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 23 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induce trauma
      I would rather just live with a low soft hum than anything loud, that would drive me nuts, but luckily my tinnitus is now more manageable than ever. Thank God. I hope yours is getting better sir, praying for all of you and hoping we have good tinnitus days.
       

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