My Acoustic Trauma Tinnitus Has Faded Some — Will It Continue to Fade More?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Angela Riffe, Mar 30, 2020.

    1. Angela Riffe
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      Angela Riffe Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Hi,

      Late August of this year, I experienced a pneumatic staple gun for several minutes in a small concrete room. My tinnitus started 2 weeks later, a few days after going to an American soccer game. The game was not overly loud, not as loud as likely elsewhere in the world. However, the combo likely gave me tinnitus.

      I've had tinnitus about 6 months. The tinnitus has slowly faded from a 5/10 (masked in shower and loud restaurants, but not by City bus, aggressive static sound, spikes included a tone) to a 3/10 (less aggressive sounding static, no tone, can hear in an office, but can easily tune it out, still pretty noticeable in a quiet room). The fading happened over the first 4 months. It's now been a couple of months since I've noticed any fading.

      Questions for the group:
      For the people who have experienced tinnitus fading after acoustic trauma, what was your experience?

      Was the fading more apparent closer to the trauma?

      Did it continue to fade (perhaps at a slower rate?), or just stop fading and develop a baseline tinnitus?

      I've read a lot here about not measuring or listening for tinnitus, which I have gotten much, much better at doing. Still my curiosity is getting the better of me here.

      Thanks for your help!
       
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    2. jjflyman

      jjflyman Member

      Location:
      Michigan, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise (Concert)
      Mine faded very slowly, but it took 3 years. It would seem to stay at about the same volume for months, and just when I thought it would stay at that level, it would fade a little. Very slow process.
       
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    3. Eloy Resendez Jr
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      Eloy Resendez Jr Member

      Location:
      Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Minor hearing loss (twice)
      Well, I can only speak on my first bout with tinnitus five years ago. I could be wrong but I don’t really think the sound decreases, I believe our brain eventually adapts to it. Personally I had a really rough go with it the first time, my anxiety was of the charts so I believe that slowed the process substantially for me. Overall took me right around a year to really get back to kinda being myself. Took about 3 years to not notice it much.

      Sounds like your doing well at 6 months. Good for you. At 6 months for me I was still struggling with it. I’d say you right on track or even a bit ahead to fully adapting to it. I know most people on this site like to use the word habituation, so whichever works for you.

      As I’ve mentioned before, I had a spike back in December so I’m kinda starting over but thank God my anxiety is not nearly as bad as the first time. I’m about 2 months behind you, so I hope to be where you at, at 6 months. I am handling it better this time but since I’m not anxious like the first time I’m more aware of my tinnitus which just angers me or frustrates me. Doesn’t help that I’m stuck in my office most days.

      So Angela, I’m glad to hear your getting better, it gives us hope, continue to move forward, hang in there and have a blessed day.
       
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    4. ASilverLight
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      ASilverLight Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      That's the question.
      It does actually decrease, or even go away, for many. Just check out the success stories here and other sites. What you describe is habituation.
       
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    5. jjflyman

      jjflyman Member

      Location:
      Michigan, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise (Concert)
      Yes, my first time with tinnitus from an acoustic trauma was horribly loud, and it fade to ZERO in about 2 years. The actual sound was gone.
       
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    6. Jack V

      Jack V Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Something Wicked This Way Comes
      Any advice?
       
    7. jjflyman

      jjflyman Member

      Location:
      Michigan, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise (Concert)
      Mine was from an acoustic trauma, so I did this:

      No earbuds, ever again.
      Protected my ears with ear plus when going out to the store, Gym, restaurant, etc... for about a year.
      No lawn mowing, and wear ear protection when using power tools, vacuums, etc.
      I did not take any supplements.
      Exercise.
      I used sound apps on old smart phones in every room, rain sound.
      Time, time, time and more time.
       
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    8. Jack V

      Jack V Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Something Wicked This Way Comes
      Thanks for the reply!
       
    9. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Angela Riffe
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      Angela Riffe Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      @jjflyman

      Thank you for reaching out to me again and for your perspective I appreciate your story and your encouragement. I'm glad that yours went away, eventually. I am trying not to hold out for it too much. It seems to be the exception and not the rule.
      @Eloy Resendez Jr And thank you so much for your encouragement as well. I do still struggle with it from time to time, and I have to remind myself that it hasn't been that long since I first got my tinnitus. I am doing so, so much better mentally since it first happened. I should just be grateful for improvements in the sound and my mental state that I have had. I hope that yours continue to improve as well. I know that our minds do eventually adapt. It's hard to keep prospective when it is just so annoying and feels unfair sometimes. It's hard to not let it rob you of some joy. You hang in there too, Eloy! Thank you again!
       
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    10. PhoenixAcademy

      PhoenixAcademy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise?
      Mine is fading really slowly, I think, I hope. It's like a rollercoaster sometimes.
       
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    11. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I think tinnitus is just unpredictable. It can fade or not, It can die down and reappear. It goes up and down, sometimes for no apparent reason.
       
    12. KMc24

      KMc24 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I'm 2 years in, and that's exactly my experience. It seems to change for me every 8 months or so. Very slow process indeed.
       
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    13. Eloy Resendez Jr
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      Eloy Resendez Jr Member

      Location:
      Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Minor hearing loss (twice)
      Hi @Angela Riffe, how has life been treating you? Just curious how your holding up. I hope you are well.
       
    14. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Angela Riffe
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      Angela Riffe Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      @Eloy Resendez Jr

      Thank you for checking in! Things were a bit tough at first. Working from home was hard to adjust to since there is no background noise like office chatter, HVAC, etc., so I was much more present with my tinnitus. I did have about four days of lower than normal tinnitus last week for the first time in many months. I got excited, but unfortunately, it returned to its normal level.

      How are you holding up?
       

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