New Sound Out of Nowhere. Need Some Advice

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sepsn, May 23, 2016.

    1. Sepsn

      Sepsn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I'm in a bit of a panic-mode here, so excuse my ramblings.

      Funny enough, I actually wanted to post in the positivity-thread for quite some time now, but always forgot:
      My tinnitus came back this winter, and it hit me pretty hard. But I quickly realized that it went hand in hand with my symptoms of ptsd/depression - the better I felt, the less I was bothered with my T. It was still there and annoyed me from time to time, but it just wasn't a "threat" anymore, so to speak.

      Fast forward to today. I woke up and had the immediate feeling that something was wrong. And there it was, a very distinct loud ringing in my right ear. Kinda like the ringing you sometimes got in both ears, the one that quickly fades and you were like "Ow, tinnitus!". Well I guess that one doesn't fade.

      Honestly, I immediatly ran to the bathroom and cried. Now I'm lying on my couch, thinking: What the actual fuck? I mean, I don't get it. There was absolutely nothing different the last few days. No noise, no stress, no nothing.

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    2. billie48

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Welcome to the forum and sorry for your new T spike. Spikes are common in our T journey. That is why people fear T because of its unpredictable nature. It is best you take spikes as part of the T journey, like the bumps along the road. Even T veterans have these kind of spikes at times. I got one a week ago that rang loud and high pitch, buzzing and resonating in my whole head for days. I used to cave in with extremely negative and anxious emotions which just added the fuel to T and it flared much more. But now I don't give a dime to it high or low. For most people, spikes will usually settle down to baseline, especially if we keep cool and focus on living our life regardless. It takes time to get there. I couldn't do it before but the heck with T now. Try to get your stress level down and try to get good restful sleep. Do some relaxing things to unwind the nerves. That perhaps can calm your T. Take care. God bless.

      By the way, masking can help calm our nerve against the ringing. Perhaps try mask your new T spike if you haven't yet. Here are some masking suggestions"

      1) Mask at bed time so you can sleep better. Find whatever sounds/music that are soothing to you. You can use a sound machine or sound pillow for this, or a computer with speakers.

      2) If you need masking on the go, try load an ipod with nature sounds or music using itune, or use smart phone. There are many free APPs for soothing nature sounds which can help mask T.

      3) If you have computer and speakers, you can try these excellent masking sounds:

      TT's audio player:

      or download free sound generator ‘aire freshener’:

      or make your own rain sound:

      or search youtube with words like 'tinnitus masking sounds', 'white noise', 'rain sound' etc.

      And if you need DIY notched Acoustic Coordinated Reset Neuromodulation (ACRN):

      (please be careful and research the pro and con on ACRN before proceeding with caution)
    3. AUTHOR

      Sepsn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Thanks for the quick reply.
      I guess what bothers me is that I've lived with my T for 5 years now and never had anything like this happen to me. I mean, yeah, I had something like a spike in the winter, but that was more of a refocussing on my already existing T, not a new sound on just one ear.
      Which, ironically enough, appears at a time where everything calmed down and I could focus on other things.

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