Multiple Tinnitus Tones and Reactive Tones: Prognosis and Etiology?

Discussion in 'Support' started by FGG, Dec 11, 2020.

    1. FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      I'm writing this on behalf of someone who wants to know if others suffer from this but doesn't have the mental or emotional energy to start the thread themselves and asked me if I would.

      Is there anyone here who has about a dozen tinnitus tones and multiple reactive tones on top of this (reactive in terms of showing up in response to external sounds, i.e. a hiss that appears over certain sounds, for example)?

      They feel like they are the only one who has this many tones and though none of them are at severe loudness the amount of them is overwhelming.

      If anyone has this, can you weigh in on if they got better or worse and/or what your etiologies are/were?

      Thanks.
       
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    2. Marcuso22

      Marcuso22 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud prolonged exposure to alarm system
      I definitely hear hissing and wavering high frequency tones at same time in both ears. The intensity changes between my dosages of medication & my right ear reacts with a more dominant mid to high frequency tone whenever the fridge motor is on.
       
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    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      What medication are you on?
       
    4. Amaranta
      Dramaqueen

      Amaranta Member

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have two or three different sounds in each ear, normally there is one that dominates the others, and it changes constantly.

      I also hear something like a squeak over certain sounds (hairdryer, fan, shower...) and when I walk around. This one is more in my head, like over me. Sometimes it is still on if I am quiet and sitting, but never (so far, I hope it does not stays with me...) when I am lying in bed.

      This thing started two months ago and it has only gotten worse so far.
      I have no idea why, doctor and ENT don't know either.

      @FGG I see yours started last year... Has it improved since? Or did the sounds add over time?
       
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    5. BigNick

      BigNick Member Podcast Patron

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I had several sounds in the first few months along with reactivity.

      Two years on I have two sounds.

      Isobel Anderson's video on YouTube might provide some encouragement.
       
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    6. Marcuso22

      Marcuso22 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud prolonged exposure to alarm system
      I'm taking Xanax twice a day; 0.5 mg during day and 1.0 mg before bedtime.
       
    7. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      This post is not about my particular case. I have two main tones (crickets and a high pitched pure tone) and a much quieter 3rd pure tone lower in frequency than my main pure tone.

      I had a lot of the reactivity over certain sounds for about maybe 8 or 9 months before it improved. My biggest issues are with actual hearing at this point and severe music distortion.

      I don't want to derail this particular thread to talk about my particular case though but I can say that my reactivity at least did get better.
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      Thanks, I will pass that along. What was your cause?
       
    9. Orions Pain
      Sad

      Orions Pain Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A series of unfortunate events
      I have several baseline tones, and several reactive tones on top of that. Acoustic trauma.
       
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    10. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
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    11. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      I have a shit load of tones/sounds a few at very severe levels.
      I'm also the gold medalist at the TinnOlympics 2020.
       
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    12. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I have experienced multiple tinnitus tones and describe mine as a cacophony of sounds that were extremely distressing. I have written about this in my post: My experience with tinnitus, on my started threads. This began in 2008 after a second noise trauma and lasted a period of four years and took me to the brink many times. TRT helped, a treatment that I previously had but my recovery was a slow and arduous one. Requiring medication, counselling and learning to restructure my life in order to keep stress to a minimum. This wasn't an easy process and something I had to constantly work at.

      I am sorry to hear about the distress your friend is going through. I will assume the person you have written about wants their tinnitus to improve? Therefore, it is important to find out what has caused the tinnitus to become so distressing as there's usually a reason. If the tinnitus is caused by an underlying medical condition then I advise seeing an ENT doctor. If it's noise induced, I recommend seeing an Audiologist that specialises in tinnitus management.

      Michael
       
    13. BigNick

      BigNick Member Podcast Patron

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hearing loss due to years of loud headphone use but I had a virus when it started, was also taking Trazodone for a few months prior. The day it started I accidentally set off my burglar alarm.

      Lenire reduced the number of sounds (I think).
       
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    14. weab00
      Gloomy

      weab00 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Joe Dart's basement
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      some good mf music
      My tinnitus oscillates & fluctuates lots after a setback or spike. Otherwise it's pretty consistent. Probably have around 4 tones on a good day and 9 tones on a bad one.
       
    15. Keith Handy
      Worried

      Keith Handy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      Three main components:
      • Highest, the buzzy cicadas that go away when it's quiet.
      • Just below that, a high but gentler hiss like air escaping a small hole, sometimes pulses in time with external sound.
      • Below the other two, a high tone that only comes in sometimes, and seems to react to stress more than sound—this one is more in the left, and can be modulated by rubbing behind my jaw. Also it flares up for a few seconds if I yawn.
      The extent to which they bother me is compounded when they are mixed.

      Because of how quickly they respond to sound, it's not enjoyable to listen to my favorite music. But I can walk by a speaker where music is playing somewhere and think "that sounds good" for a brief moment.

      If this clears up, even 50%, I promise to never bad-mouth contemporary R&B ever again. I didn't realize how good I had it.
       
    16. MBH

      MBH Member

      Location:
      Upstate NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Overloaded stress
      I have multiple crickets, static, and hiss. It also moves up and down. Mine is caused by major stress.
       
    17. Keith Handy
      Worried

      Keith Handy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      After my last reply, it got weirder, especially in the lower ranges. I have what some people refer to as the "wind tunnel effect", which I previously referred to as PVC pipe or lightsaber effect... random non-pitched sounds all resonating at a certain pitch. I've been tracking the pitch of that effect, and it was hitting 100 Hz and 150 Hz, now about 235 Hz for some reason. And I notice this same kind of effect is actually happening in some higher frequencies, like around 3 kHz or 4 kHz, audible when any continuous noise is sounding, creating a tuned emphasis or tea kettle whistle that overlays the sound. And I've heard some deep bass rumbling (also reactive) that didn't last too long but could come back. Something is odd about how I never hear, say, 100 Hz and 150 Hz at the same time, or 150 Hz and 235 Hz, like it's one beast but it has shifted position.

      Crazier still, I have some palinacousis going on with short loops of irritatingly stupid music. My most optimistic take on this is that I've had this brain noise going on under the hood all my life and it's only audible now because of all of the gain compensation. I mean, the brain doesn't just build a looper pedal out of the blue, right? And here's the weird thing about those loops... I can modify them somewhat. With conscious intent, I can "push" notes a little higher or lower, and sometimes they will stick in the "pushed" position as the loop repeats.

      I could add musical tinnitus to this as well, though I've only had a few episodes of that and not in the past several days... could clearly hear a guy singing in the bathroom fan, was checking everywhere to see if it was a neighbor's stereo, but as soon as I turned off the fan the singing was gone. Similarly have heard guitar solos and organ music in fans and other noisy machines. Again, optimistic take is that this is a thing our brains do naturally in white noise under certain conditions, and I'm just in a condition that amplifies it.
       
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    18. Keith Handy
      Worried

      Keith Handy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      @FGG, have you been in touch with this person since writing this post?
       
    19. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus / Microsuction / Acoustic Trauma
      How long before your reactivity went down? 8 months in I’m still highly reactive to pink noise for example.
       
    20. BigNick

      BigNick Member Podcast Patron

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      It was very slow and gradual. I'm 2.5 years into tinnitus now, and I've had the most improvement in the last few weeks.

      This includes both tinnitus and reactivity. I'd recommend the Will Sedley sound therapy.

      See the thread in the Research News section.
       
    21. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      Yes. No change in their condition, unfortunately.

      @BigNick, can you tell us more about the sound therapy?
       
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