My High-Pitch Reactive Tinnitus + Lower Pitch Resonances

Discussion in 'Support' started by Keith Handy, Feb 9, 2021.

    1. Jerad

      Jerad Member

      Location:
      Ohio; United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication ototoxicity
      @Greg Sacramento, thanks for the help! Would eating foods that have B12 or Omega 3 be sufficient enough? Or do I need higher doses through supplements?
       
    2. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing + Somatic tinnitus from dental work
      You could first try a portion of trout, catfish - be careful of bones, salmon or any fish twice a week. Lots of articles, some professional studies. It worked for me. Read toward end of article.

      Brain Zaps: Causes & Treatments For Electrical Shock Sensations - Mental Health Daily
       
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      Keith Handy
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      Keith Handy Member

      Location:
      Rochester, NY, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      15 months (short update) - long stretches of tinnitus being more "in the background", with irritating and annoying flare-ups that don't last horribly long. Much of it has that "static" quality some people talk about. I almost always wake up to a really calm hiss, tends to get more agitated if I do too much throughout the day and tire myself out, but it settles when I relax.
       
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    4. IntotheBlue03

      IntotheBlue03 Member

      Location:
      Philadelphia PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cervical/TBD
      Thank you for these updates. They are especially helpful for newbies who are struggling. Can you tell me when the anxiety/panic (if any) settled for you?
       
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      Keith Handy
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      Keith Handy Member

      Location:
      Rochester, NY, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      Late spring/early summer is when I had gotten back into making lots of jokes at work, settled into a normal sleep pattern, and was eating normally. So between maybe five and six months.

      Also, quick 16 month update: the difference between now and my worst period is night and day. The sound just keeps getting thinner and thinner, overall, and I'm able to forget it's there for long stretches of time. It did elevate over several days while I was in the hospital (something totally unrelated), and I can't pinpoint whether that was noise, stress, or lack of sleep... and maybe those things can't be separated out because they are all so dependent on one another. After I got out it settled back to its lowest point fairly quickly (within 24 hours), and I occasionally just listen to it and find myself amazed that it has really gotten so much better.

      Mind you, I still don't fully understand what happened in the first place.
       
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    6. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Hey Jerad, did you end up going on B12? I saw an integrative doctor today, who said I need to bump up my B12 and Ferritin. Not surprised since my diet is practically non-existent since the relapse. She wanted me to have a B12 jab, but I opted to go with B12 sublingual.

      I hope you're ok.
       
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    7. Jerad

      Jerad Member

      Location:
      Ohio; United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication ototoxicity
      Thanks for reaching out, @DebInAustralia. :) I tried B12, but didn’t notice any change really (maybe I need to get a higher dosage). I was eating a lot of foods that naturally contain it. I didn’t take any supplement.

      I’m not familiar with Ferritin. What is that?
       
    8. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Hi Jerad,

      Have you tested your B12 (required for nerve health), Folate (works alongside B12 to make red blood cells and maximises Iron utilisation) levels?

      Mine are just under lower range, but integrative doctor felt B12 injections were necessary. I will do sublingual B12 for a while, and see. She has recommended I take 1000mcg/day. My Ferritin is low again. I did have an Iron infusion back in 2020 during the tail end of another flare in my tinnitus. Maybe that is why it backed off? Ferritin is a blood protein that is involved with Iron storage and release when needed. So, a low Ferritin can point to Iron deficiency anaemia.
       
    9. Jerad

      Jerad Member

      Location:
      Ohio; United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication ototoxicity
      @DebInAustralia, I haven't had them checked. Thanks for the suggestion. What does the iron infusion entail? That’s good it might have helped back then. :) Is your tinnitus also a feeling, or just a sound? Mine feels like electricity and causes pain sensations. Is yours like that, too?
       
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      Keith Handy
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      Keith Handy Member

      Location:
      Rochester, NY, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      ...Seventeen months? I guess? I worry a bit about plateauing and not quite achieving the elusive "non-issue" level. It's OK most of the time, but as I get tired over the course of the day, the shrill tones are more prone to peeking out over the top of the gentle hiss. I'm sick of having to lie down to let it settle, when the rest of me is not even tired, but that's what works, unfortunately. Kind of what I wrote in my 15 month update; may have to go longer between updates, once I get to a round number, like every three months or every six months.
       
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      Keith Handy
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      Keith Handy Member

      Location:
      Rochester, NY, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      Hi, it's the 18 month (1.5 year) mark. Nothing earth-shattering to report; mostly doing OK. I think I'm going to go for a longer stretch before posting more updates on this thread, as I suggested previously; if there's anything major to report in 3 months, I'll let you know; otherwise, see ya in November. Best wishes of relief and comfort for all of you.
       
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    12. JaneDo

      JaneDo Member

      Location:
      Amsterdam, Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Vitamins, surgery
      Hi Keith,

      I was wondering how you are progressing?

      Best,
      Jane
       
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      Keith Handy
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      Keith Handy Member

      Location:
      Rochester, NY, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      I was going to wait until the two year mark (November) but since you asked, I seem to be slowly getting better all the time on average. It still has its ups and downs, but fortunately I don't think I've hit a plateau. Right now it's really soft and gentle, but that can change if I stress myself out or stay up too late. Thanks for asking. I'll do an "official" update in November. :)
       
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    14. JaneDo

      JaneDo Member

      Location:
      Amsterdam, Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Vitamins, surgery
      Thank you so much for the update. Your story is really hopeful to me and other people.
       
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    15. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      Hey Deb,

      How are you? How long have you been in a relapse and do you know what caused it?

      I’m in a spike/worsening tinnitus basically because of stupid, stupid, stupid me.

      Went to a concert to celebrate my son’s 18th birthday. Outdoor venue. Concert was only an hour and a half. Decibel reader ranged between 70s to low 90s. I had 30 dB NRR earplugs safely in with sealant. I had tried to double protect, which was my original plan, with adding over the ear defenders. I’ve used that for Broadway musicals and it’s been perfect. My ENT even endorsed my plan. I had to take the over the ear defenders off because the percussion was reverberating to my body and I understood that that could easily lead to bone conduction hearing loss.
      I had none of the signs of a temporary threshold shift. After the concert everything sounded normal. The next day I noticed my tinnitus was revving up. My left ear, which is usually the better of the two, has gotten consistently worse. I have a very high pitched hiss. Sometimes if I plug my ears it sounds like band saws are going off in my ears. But I used to get that before, just not as annoying as it is now. And for me it would fluctuate. Now it’s just loud, annoying and intrusive because I can’t mask it. The high frequency nature sounds I used to use no longer work. I’m now reacting to them which I understand is a form of hyperacusis. I don’t have any problems with feeling pain or anything around noises. I’m trying to rest my ears. I started steroids in case I caused any damage. I had to increase my antianxiety meds to cope. Definitely in a pickle. Can’t see the ENT for another three weeks. Hearing test in 4 weeks. Not sure they can do anything for me but tell me to wait it out and hope for the best.

      I hope you’re doing better than me.
       
    16. Ela Stefan

      Ela Stefan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      Hi, I wish you good recovery!

      I wanted to ask you, what is a sealant and how do you use it? Can it be found on Amazon? Thank you!
       
    17. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      Westone. It is a sticky sealant that helps the earplugs adhere to your ear canal.
       
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