No Tinnitus Spikes, Only Minor Hearing Loss and 24/7 Ear Fullness

Discussion in 'Support' started by makeyourownluck, Jan 13, 2022 at 2:10 PM.

    1. makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Glasgow
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi everyone,

      I’m just over 6 months in. I am now able to deal with my tinnitus a bit better, and have mastered the art of sleeping which has been great.

      Obviously I’ve read a lot of posts on the forum, with many referring to spikes. I’m just wondering if it is abnormal to not experience tinnitus spikes? And if that means that my tinnitus is not noise induced? Don’t get me wrong, I do have louder days, but I think it’s to do with my mood more than the actual noise itself. I do have TTTS occasionally and sensitivity to some sounds. Unfortunately my young daughters voice/laugh hurts, but most other sounds I am completely fine with.

      The worst part of the experience for me is the 24/7 ear pressure. Has anyone seen improvements in this symptom past the 6 month mark? Sometimes it feels like the pressure also effects my throat.

      I have a ‘perfect’ audiogram, but after testing myself, I know I have a 20 dB dip at 5 kHz that wasn’t picked up (they only tested 4khz and 6khz which I hear just fine). I do get dizzy on occasion, but I never get vertigo, so I don’t think its MD. I do have low blood pressure, two autoimmune conditions and a slightly overactive thyroid, just to complicate matters! I was just recently diagnosed with these conditions, and have refused to take Hydroxychloroquine because of its link to tinnitus. My Rheumatologist is resisting prescribing immunosuppressives because I am unvaccinated, so currently I am just toughing it out. Thankfully my most recent Lupus flair has subsided, but I’ve had no improvement in my tinnitus, just joint and nerve pain.

      I have not taken any COVID-19 vaccine due to their unknown long term side effects, and the worry that my overactive immune system will react too strongly to the mRNA vaccines. The prospect of a tinnitus and Lupus flare at the same time is my idea of hell, and is a risk I am not prepared to take. If people could try understand and keep opinions on vaccination to themselves it would be appreciated.

      Thanks for reading, hope everyone is doing the best they can today.
       
    2. Stacken77
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      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      Hey @makeyourownluck,
      You seem to be managing quite well which is awesome. I think you'll do even better in the time ahead.
      To the contrary; spikes to low-moderate sound are abnormal. Most people with noise induced tinnitus doesn't experience this, but since this phenomenon causes a lot of distress, you'll see more cases of people getting spikes concentrated on this forum. So your tinnitus could still very well be noise induced, in my opinion.
      Some may consider a 20 dB dip to be very minor, but I have a similar dip in my left ear, and I can hear this difference very clearly, and likewise, my tinnitus is worse on that ear.

      Just keep moving, and protect your ears, and you'll be fine.

      Best regards,
      Stacken
       
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      makeyourownluck

      makeyourownluck Member

      Location:
      Glasgow
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/07/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hey @Stacken77.

      Thanks for the reply. I am doing much better with the sounds, although this would not be difficult as I was a complete mess 6 months ago. I would say my life has changed quite dramatically though, I now basically live for my daughter and partner. Most of the time I am there but not there, if you know what I mean.

      I was always annoyed that my 'regular tinnitus' remained infuriatingly constant. I now understand that I have been very lucky, in the most unlucky sort of way.

      Really, it's the pressure/fullness that makes me feel depressed, I can't imagine living every day with this sensation. Did you have any issues with this? I am 6 months now with very little improvement. I have noticed that when I initially wake up it's much better but once I've been up for 5 minutes it's back, and gets worse as the day goes on. I am trying to figure out if it is caused by hearing loss/hyperacusis, or if it is just another symptom of systemic inflammation. I am still waiting for an ENT/Audiology referral due to NHS waiting times.
       
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