New Here... Wondering If This Is Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by JuliaGulia, Jan 8, 2016.

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    1. JuliaGulia

      JuliaGulia Member

      Three days ago my left ear plugged up and I developed a noticeably loud ringing in that ear for approx. 12 hours. It was unbearable and I don't know how all of you manage!
      I cried tears of joy when both of those symtoms went away but I was in my bedroom that night, listening really hard for any ringing, and I could hear a very faint ring. It was not an unfamiliar sound, I've probably had this my whOle life in quiet places. But I have been dealing with severe anxiety and OCD for the past year and all that fear seemed to latch on to the slight ringing noise and just in the past two days it has been deafening while laying in bed.
      I'm wondering if this is just "the sound of silence" or tinnitus? It sounds like I'm standing beneath an electrical line or something and would be very faint if I wasn't focusing in on it.

      Note: I've only noticed This after being hypersensitive to my ears since the plugged up feeling and the temporary, loud tinnitus. I feel like if this is tinnitus it's been here forever which makes it even more frustrating because I don't know how I can ignore it how I used to. Sometimes, if I concentrate on the noise, I csn feel very anxious and agitated!
       
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    2. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      Some of us don't.

      Probably the sound of silence. Just go about your life as you have always done (and leave this forum).
       
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    3. Bart
      Balanced

      Bart Member

      Location:
      Antwerp
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/06/2014
      Just saying but when you have to wonder if you got tinnitus you do not have it.

      I agree with ATEOS, just go and enjoy your life (and protect your ears from loud noise)
       
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    4. Cazb78

      Cazb78 Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      No idea - yet!
      Why does ATEOS have to be so unpleasant. Just saying...
       
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    5. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      People with OCD have a tendency - very large tendency - to focus on specific things (which wouldn't otherwise be an issue). So if someone has been doing fine all along, then why start to focus on something - tinnitus - which wasn't a problem before.
       
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    6. daniel1111
      Shitfaced

      daniel1111 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, repeated exposure with loud headphones.
      I think this is a bit unfair. It is a disorder, not a choice. I can imagine tinnitus combined with OCD and severe anxiety as being extremely difficult to cope with. Tinnitus is also one of those things, once you notice it, it's difficult to stop noticing it or even know if it was always there or not.


      @JuliaGulia it's difficult to say if you have tinnitus or not, if it's causing you problems sleeping and you describe it as deafening at night then you probably do have it to some degree.

      Download a white noise generator app for your phone and play some rain, crickets or other white noise to see if you can mask it while trying to sleep. At other times, don't sit in silence trying to listen to it. If you try to listen to it, you'll hear it louder and notice it more. It is better to be distracted and busy with other things.

      You will find after time that you pay less and less attention to this noise and you may forget it was even there anyway.
       
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    7. 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
      @JuliaGulia

      I agree with Daniel1111. You may have had mild tinnitus in the past, and something has caused it to temporarily get worse.

      The best thing you can do is to try to focus on other things. That is easier during the day, and more difficult at night. Try taking some type of sleep aid, or natural supplement such as melatonin or magnesium, before you go to bed. Also, having some type of sound in the background will really be helpful.

      As time goes on, most of us have found that we become more accustomed to the sound, and it doesn't bother us as much. Right at first, it can play havoc with your central nervous system. Just try to live your life as normally as possible,and in time, things will improve.

      Also, the feeling of fullness in your ear is not unusual. I had that feeling for quite awhile when my tinnitus first started, but now it has totally gone away.

      Take care, try not to worry, and keep us posted on how you're doing.

      Hugs,
      Karen
       
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    8. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      Hi, @JuliaGulia: Research and anecedotal evidence suggests possible links between anxiety and tinnitus, although exactly what and how is unknown. Along with @Karen's good advice, I suggest doing whatever you can to calm yourself. Exercise, meditation, guided meditation tapes may help.

      And do whatever you can to distract yourself. See friends, stay busy -- whatever it takes to take focus off whatever noise you are hearing. It may or may not be tinnitus, but ignoring it is your best option. Don't listen for it.
       
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    9. Kylie Jade

      Kylie Jade Member

      Hi @JuliaGulia, I'm actually in the same situation as you. A few weeks ago I suffered from being blasted in the ears with a loud video through earbuds and since then I believe I developed acoustic shock. I've been very paranoid about my ears and the noises I've been hearing (because I didn't want to irritate them any more than they are) but since I started doing this I also noticed an electrical sounding hissing noise. I have terrible anxiety especially when it comes to my health or anything related to that. The night I first noticed it it got louder and louder until I started crying and the more anxious I got the more I could notice it. Believe it or not I feel like I've heard this before in silence just very faintly and it obviously wasn't as loud or scary because I wasn't worried about my hearing at that time. I feel like my anxiety and OCD (sometimes I feel like I NEED to listen for it because sometimes it'll be silent until I tune in and really concentrate on it) have really made me aware of this and that's why I'm also wondering whether or not I've always have had this and it's just worsened now. But anyways I wish you the best and keep us updated! xx
       
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    10. JuliaGulia

      JuliaGulia Member

      Thanks everybody for replying! I will try to ignore it as much as possible, though it is still very loud at night.
      @theedgeofscience I feel like your comments were very rude but other than that I feel like just talking to you guys helped a lot. I understand that even if I do have tinnitus, all of you have it worse than me most likely and manage better than I do! So thank you for your support and props to all of you who deal with this severely.
       
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