New to Site but Not to Tinnitus Which Has Recently Got Worse, with Changed Tone and Volume!

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    1. handmaiden

      handmaiden Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Standing next to a speaker at a concert
      HI everyone
      found this site after googling online tinnitus support group
      for some reason my tinnitus has got much louder!!! Its making it very hard to live normally, and making me full of despair on occasion
      Alisha
       
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    2. Aussie Lea
      Dramaqueen

      Aussie Lea Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Yarra Valley
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/09/2013
      Sorry!! :huganimation::huganimation: How did your tinnitus start??
       
    3. handmaiden

      handmaiden Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Standing next to a speaker at a concert
      I think it started after standing next to a speaker listening to a band - I remember it being so loud it kept making me lose my balance -I was an idiot not to get out of there - I've lived with it for years now and had got used to it to a degree but last week my smoke alarm in my kitchen went off and it spiralled my tinnitus to a new tone and volume and since then I haven't had a minutes respite can't sleep or stay asleep and even listening to music does not drown it out - in fact only place I cannot hear it is under my extractor fan with the washing machine on - I've kept doing the same load of washing over and over again!! I'm at the GP waiting room now
       
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    4. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      This sounds like an acoustic trauma - you need to give you ears a rest not more noise to drown the t . It's just going to get worse if you subject you ears to more noise in the period right after the trauma... Hearing T is normal you need to be patient it will take a few months to go down provided you protect your ears
      @handmaiden
       
    5. handmaiden

      handmaiden Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Standing next to a speaker at a concert
      Thank you - so do you think I should not put earphones on to try and drown it out?? It's hard to listen to it - I really felt suicidal I know that sounds dramatic but it's torture. I have just seen GP she said my ears do look "dull" - I also had flu last week and she thinks there may be a touch of fluid like glue ear exacerbating my tinnitus - she gave me Valium and sleeping tablets as I have had about 6 hours sleep in last 2 nights and that was broken sleep I wake up every 20 minutes - I'm glad I found this site it's good to know I am not alone in this and hopeful of it "going down" as you say - thank you for the advice
       
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    6. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      Earphones aren't bad per se as long as you put the sound to the lowest level - i mean really really low ! at home or in a quiet office.

      I found that chimes sound - the app called Sleep Pillow with the owl icon is a good one if you have a smartphone - is very good to turn my brain away from T without having to be loud.

      That app has been a life saver for me all these months, and I tried a bunch of different ones.

      The app sound is on all night at low volume on my Iphone6 speaker and that helps with sleep and some Melatonin.

      But if you go out in noisy streets, restaurants/cafe, ride in a car or take public transport I would wear sound protection ear muffs or good ear plugs for the next 6 months until the ears recover and no earphones of course.

      Yes you will hear T louder than not in these situations but that's just the only way to get real improvements over the long term. You will not regret it !

      I would not even go to bars, clubs or concerts at all even with plugs for the next 6 months.
       
    7. handmaiden

      handmaiden Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Standing next to a speaker at a concert
      Thank you so much for all your help i am going to get some earplugs today - i have been speaking to my noisy children about shouting too as all loud noises literally seem to hurt my ears!! i will check out those apps too - with the sleeping tablet i got a full nights sleep and even though the T is unchanged i feel less 'on the edge' today! Do you think the smoke alarm which was ridiculously loud and right about my head triggered this latest increase in my T?? I couldn't get it switched off for ages and after it felt like i could still hear the sound for ages! that was on the tuesday and by friday my T had gone from a 2 to a 10 in terms of bothering me! Really appreciate the advice thanks so much
       

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