Noise Induced Tinnitus Gone After 1 Month — Almost Ruined My Life

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    1. DidIWin

      DidIWin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 1st, 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music from Club
      Hey made my account tonight but was lurking from October 1st when I first acquired tinnitus. I have a huge story of how it happened but it’s similar to many other noise induced stories so I’ll save you the reading.

      In short, the first and second week of October were absolutely scary, anxiety induced, and depressive states that I’ve never experienced. Plus the fact that I couldn’t sleep the pain away because falling asleep took over an hour after closing my eyes + waking up every 30 minutes to an hour and feeling dead inside in the morning.

      When I was with my girlfriend and nighttime came, all I could think about was how I ruined such a great life and relationship over something dumb like going to a loud club. I sobbed while she slept like an angel within 5 minutes. When I was awake, I felt like I had to pretend to be happy with her because I was so depressed.

      In summary: With each week of October, it became lower and lower, switched ears, until it just stopped. Didn’t take any medications or do anything special.

      Takeaways:
      • I still went to the movies (Zombieland3), which obviously was really loud. No tinnitus spike occurred.
      • Went Go Kart Racing, that was pretty loud. Fireworks were going on nearby.
      • Still used headphones to listen to music and watch whatever.
      • Never went to an ENT.
      Tinnitus really is scary, I can easily survive without concerts or clubs in my life ever again. This post is to serve as some encouragement to anyone new who recently got tinnitus and is freaking out. There is a chance for it to stop.
       
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    2. MarkX

      MarkX Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Wow man. Congrats. You are so lucky. Protect your ears! Mine started almost 8 months ago and hasn’t stopped.

      Question, was yours somatic at all meaning could you increase the sound by moving your neck all the way left or right or opening your jaw wide?

      I don’t believe mine was noise induced. Just started one day.
       
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      DidIWin

      DidIWin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 1st, 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music from Club
      Yeah it’s all luck honestly. People should relax if they just got it. Harder than it sounds as I couldn’t but that’s why this section exists, to help promote that. It helped me out.

      As for your question: Nope, it was just simply brutal ringing in both ears. If I laid my head down on the pillow, I would hear it even more and also from the opposite ear. It was just a constant noise. I still don’t know why this disease or whatever even has to exist, just thinking about it is pretty depressing for me honestly.

      I dislike how people can acquire it without it being noise reduced, it’s like you didn’t even put your ears and risk but still this jerk of a thing can just come either way and randomly at that.

      stay strong!
       
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    4. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @DidIWin

      I am very pleased for you and hope your tinnitus recovery continues. If I may I would like to give you some advice. I don't mean to burst your bubble but please do not get complacent and think all is now well, and you can sail off into the sunset with the belief the tinnitus has gone and never to return, to the dark and quite frightening days and nights that you recently experienced. This may well be the case but the stark reality is often a little more sinister, once a person realises what is going on beneath the surface. This is how noise induced tinnitus can behave and dupe a person into believing they are fully recovered. Sorry to sound so sobering but what you have experienced, in my opinion based on experience with "noise induced" tinnitus is a warning.

      Be happy go out and enjoy yourself but at the same time be cautious and especially prudent around loud sounds. Use noise reducing earplugs when appropriate, please click on my link below: Hyperacusis, As I see it. My advice is not to use headphones even at low volume. By adhering to some simple dos and don'ts, I think the future will be bright for you. Carry on and give your auditory system plenty of time to fully recover. Some people make the mistake and return to using headphones subjecting themselves to loud sounds with the belief they have the all clear. All of a sudden the tinnitus returns with a vengeance and ferocity they wouldn't believe was possible. I hope this doesn't happen to you.

      You can of course ignore my advice.
      I wish you well.

      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/hyperacusis-as-i-see-it.19174/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/thread...why-has-tinnitus-hyperacusis-increased.19091/
       
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    5. Mister Muso
      No Mood

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Glad you've recovered quickly but as Michael says, take it as a warning.

      Many people have had temporary hearing loss or tinnitus that takes a few weeks to recover instead of the usual few hours, then they think they are back to where they were before.

      Your hearing system is probably not back to where it was at all.

      Next time it happens it could be permanent. This is my story and that of many others on this forum. Find what earplugs work best for you and use them. Just a single further noise exposure could be all it takes, or maybe in a year's time, or 2 or 5. It could happen when you least expect it. I used to go to heavy metal concerts regularly, but the one that broke the camel's back involved folk music, where I left my earplugs out as I didn't think it could be that loud. How wrong I was. iI hate the realisation that I mightnever be able to go to another concert again.

      I do hope you continue to enjoy life and succeed in looking after yourself, and thanks for sharing your story as it may give hope to other new sufferers here.
       
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    6. Lane

      Lane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic Drug
      @DidIWin -- I'm really happy to hear how things have improved for you--for now. It seems to me your current improvement is a notable exception; most people who've been in a similar situation are not nearly so fortunate. From everything I've read, your ears will almost assuredly be vulnerable to further acoustic traumas for the rest of your life. And the damage from those traumas are usually cumulative, and don't even have to be extra loud.

      I have to say, I cringed when I saw what you're still exposing your ears to. To be honest, my first thought was, "This guy's playing with fire". I would encourage you to seriously consider what @Michael Leigh and others are trying to convey to you. You really are fortunate to be where you are considering what you've been through. Others have been in your position, didn't fully realize how vulnerable their ears would be going forward, and ended up paying dearly for their lack of understanding about their situation.

      Wishing you all the best!
       
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      DidIWin

      DidIWin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 1st, 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music from Club
      Thank you guys. I will be more aware of my sounds from here on out. Michael gave sound advice as well. It’s true that I don’t want to return to the state I was previously at so I will browse the forum for recommendations on some quality earbuds and protect my ears from now.
       
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    8. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      very glad to hear this. now protect yourself going forward.
       
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    9. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      By earbuds do you mean earplugs? I hope you do and don't mean earbuds as in earphones or headphones. My advice is to never ever use any form of headphones, earphones, earbuds to listen to any type of music or other types of audio, even speech even at the lowest possible volume. Just peruse some of the posts in this forum from people with Noise induced tinnitus, that have returned to using headphones and regretted it.

      If any medical health professional tells you that using headphones and keeping the volume low will do no harm, do not believe it because they do not know. People in this forum that have tinnitus and experience with it do. These medical professionals are just that, Medics. They are not tinnitus experts and most have never experienced tinnitus.

      I advise you not to overuse using earplugs to suppress normal everyday sounds, as you risk lowering the loudness threshold of your auditory system. I also advise that you don't sleep in a completely quiet room for at least 3 months and if possible always use sound enrichment at night. Use nature sounds by your bedside at a low level. More about this is explained in my article: Tinnitus, A Personal View in the link below. It is listed under Sound Machine.

      Take care and I wish you well.

      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-a-personal-view.18668/
       
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    10. MasterFA

      MasterFA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mix of reasons
      Hello Michael Leigh , I like taking your advices, you are truly expert in that subject but regarding headphone use. Anybody that works over the phone would freak out reading this. You said even at low volume, that is problematic for me since i work with the phone for about 3/4 hours a day. I keep the volume down and have my headset touching the outside of my ear since reading your post 2 weeks ago. I stoped complete use of headphone for gaming and music. But for work, I mean if I need to start running away from the phone then I won’t make money in my field. Should I find a new job, I’m already considering switching to branch but even that, I will still need to use the phone. Every job I will do in the bank field as some sort of telecommunications. It’s been 4 years of T and I purposely decided to work there to run away from damaging noise. What advice you got for me ?
       
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    11. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @MasterFA

      I have only seen your post by chance. In future please write my name as: @Michael Leigh if you wish to alert me to your post, that way I will receive a PM alert message.

      Thank you for your kind comments. I am not an expert in tinnitus just someone that has had the condition for quite a few years, the same as other members that visit this forum. I mostly advise on "noise induced" tinnitus as this is what I am familiar with.

      The advice that I give is just that, advice. Nothing is written in stone or to be considered as an absolute fact in the way a person it will be affected in what I say about tinnitus because each person is different. In the last analysis I leave it the individual to make up their own mind whether to follow my advice or not. If my advice helps someone then I am pleased to be of some help and that is all.

      Regarding headset use and tinnitus. If your tinnitus was caused by "exposure to loud noise" then see how you get on using a headset for work. Keeping the volume low might be all that is required and you won't have any problems. I think not using a headset for gaming on the computer and listening to music is a good idea. Again, it is your choice see how you get on.

      Take care
      Michael
       

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