On & Off Loud Humming

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    1. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      My problem with my left ear started back in January 2016, when I was 8 months pregnant and I got a wonderful cold.
      It actually started when the cold went, and I was left with an occasional fullness in the left ear and like it was blocked.
      I could then hear my own voice echo back at me, really weird, no amount of ear popping would stop it, it seemed to last 10 mins then go, seemed to happen once/twice a week for three weeks then it just stopped..

      Then when I was 37 weeks pregnant and it was my first week of maternity leave, I got another cold.. worse cold I've had in years omg.. being pregnant meant that I couldn't take the usual decongestants like lempsip, so just had to suffer, that cold went and for the last part of my pregnancy, every time I would go to bed one of my nostrils would be totally blocked!! i'd be fine during day with my sinuses, but at night soon as I got into bed.. boom.. blocked nose.. had to use a little bit of vicks sinex so I could sleep.. this is when the strange humming sound in my left ear started.

      It only happens when its quiet.. its like someone switches on and off a switch and this loud hum starts, sounds right on the ear drum, making it vibrate with the hum too, only way to stop it, is with sound.. this isn't a masking thing either, sounds actually do stop it from humming & vibrating and when that sound stops, the loud hum switches back on.
      Moving my head will stop it as well..till i stop moving, then it switches the hum back on.
      Shaking my head side to side makes hum come and go like if you was beating a drum..

      Throughout the day I have a fullness and pressure feeling in my ear and I also get slight ear ache too..
      sometimes certain noises can vibrate my ear drum.. like now, typing on this keyboard, the noise of the keys is making my eardrum hurt slightly and making a thudding sound on it.. its weird.

      Ive seen two DR's, both told me its tinnitus, nothing can be done, one DR looked in my ear and throat and said everything looks fine.
      I sometimes get a painful throat too.. although I've not had the throat pain for a few weeks now. hopefully that has stopped.
      Its making me miserable, I can go to bed in a quiet room as long as I don't lie awake for too long, then my ear will start off, usually waking at 5am with the loud humming, Ive had to keep my ipad beside my bed with calming sounds on like the sound of the ocean etc.. as it actually stops the ear drum hum and vibrating so I can get back to sleep.
      Recently my right ear is starting to do the same, although no where near as bad and seems to just feel full and hum most of the time. But i'm worried that its now going to spread to my right ear and that will get worse!

      Anyone else had this type of tinnitus? I think its trapped fluid behind my ear drum.
      I would like to add that i've always had a permanent ringing in my ears, since I can remember, but its not that loud really and has never bothered me.. but this feels different, like more physical, than just the usual ringing in your ears thing.
       
    2. Aussie Lea
      Dramaqueen

      Aussie Lea Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Yarra Valley
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/09/2013
      Could you try ear tubes?
       
    3. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi Lian,

      I have the same droning/humming condition as you where the sound stops as I hear a random noise. As you say it doesn't mask it, it actually stops the humming sound in its tracks only to return a second later after the sound stops. It really is awful and although it's not always there in my case I can generally hear it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I wake up numerous times in the night and it's there greeting me. It's really hard to ignore it and sometimes I can't believe its only me that can hear it in the house it's that loud. Sometimes when I lie on my side it stops or lessens the noise but not always and it's given me depression and anxiety problems and it's all I think about most of the time and I'm now into my six month of suffering. The ENT specialist I went to recently didn't even examine my ears and he gave me the seemingly standard advice of masking it or trying to ignore it.

      I also suffer from high pitch Tinnitus as well which intermittently came and went for years up till about a year ago when it became a constant pitch in my left ear and it now seems to be moving to my right ear as well. The high pitch sound is something which I think I can handle long term but this low frequency droning, engine running/airplane sound is debilitating. Let's hope someone out there has an answer to this problem and can diagnose it correctly because sufferers such as you and me seem to be getting no where.

      Best wishes.

      Karl
       
    4. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      Hi Karl

      Yes it's so frustrating that some people in the medical profession, do not want to take tinnitus seriously.
      It enough to drive you mad really.. But it's reassuring that we are not alone really.

      I have been taking this week some iron tonic, it's made by a company called vitabiotics and it's called Feroglobin, it has iron, folic acid and vit B12 with haemoglobin for red blood cells.. As I read that anemia can cause tinnitus.
      I've been taking it twice a day this week and I have noticed the fullness in my ears doesn't feel as bad, I still have the low background hum, but last night I didn't have that loud vibrating hum at all!!
      Now I'm not going to celebrate just yet.. As it could of been a one off.. But I'm going to keep taking this iron tonic and see what happens.
       
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    5. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi Lian

      That's very interesting, I was reading only last night that Zinc tablets can help too and I will try anything that might help this condition. Let's hope you can get lasting relief from the iron tonic and it's not just a one-off as there's been times too when I've thought oh it's not so bad now only for it to return full volume and vibration.
      It is comforting to know that other people have the same condition and can understand what you're going through because it's hard to explain it to a non-sufferer. I'd just love not to think about it 24/7 but it's tough isn't it when it's the last thing you can hear and feel at night and the same the first thing in the morning when waking up. Good luck and let me know if the iron helps any more and I'm off tomorrow to get some Zinc!
       
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    6. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      How's the zinc going?
      I've still got the fullness and low hum with my ears... the vibrating loud hum was trying to come back this morning as there was so road works near to my house and the noise was trying to set it off
      Thought things were going too well
       
    7. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Sorry Lian I've not tried it yet, I've not had chance to buy some. My hum seems very loud at the moment I need a break from it I really do. I've been at home too much these last couple of days and that's not helped. My anxiety's gone through the roof and I'm planning getting out tomorrow getting some Zinc and fresh air and hopefully some relief from the hum. I see that the roadworks has triggered a change in your hum, damn-mine sometimes does that. It can feel quite dormant in the background then all of a sudden I can feel it kicking in again as if something's awoken it. Are you still taking the iron? Keep with it and I'll let you know if the Zinc works even if it acts as a placebo its better than nothing.
       
    8. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      Mine started with the cold, 5 years on and still counting....
      Horrible:(
       
    9. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      Hi Karl
      Yes I'm still taking the iron tonic and the vibrating loud hum hasn't come back, think the road works were at a certain frequency that was trying to kick it off.. Thankfully it didn't start it off, Phew.
      I still have the fullness in my ears, makes my head feel "stuffy" too now as there is no relief from the fullness pressure. The low quieter hum is still there though..
      I too suffer from stress and anxiety and that does seem to make it feel worse, when my anxiety is through the roof..
      I was wondering if I should try those candles you stick in your ear to remove wax? But at the same time I'm concerned about doing it, incase I do more harm than good
       
    10. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      Hi Valeri
      Yours started like mine after a cold.. Have you tried taking iron tonic, I'm using the one called Feroglobin.
      You should give it ago and see if you also get a little relief from your T
       
    11. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      Do you have diagnosed iron deficiency?
       
    12. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      No I didn't, I just started taking it.

      But unfortunately the extra humming has returned last night, woke up at 4:30 with the humming in my left ear, would only stop if I made a noise so had to put on my iPad with the sound of waves on a beach My ears are feeling full past two days.. Feeling very sad
       
    13. Jkph75

      Jkph75 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/27/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have this one too sometimes. It is definitely the worst of all of my tones. My problems started with pregnancy too. Wish I could figure out what having a baby has to do with your ears. Drs seem to be beyond clueless about it.
       
    14. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Still no relief from my loud humming, actually its a full on drone. It really is a battle, the more I try to ignore it the worst it gets and I dread going to bed at night knowing I'll be attacked by the drone as soon as I lay my head down on the pillow. I'm staying up till 2 or 3 in the morning before I set off to bed and I'm just glad I'm on sick leave at the moment due to depression and anxiety so I don't know how I'll function at work when I'm due to go back with only 3 or 4 hours sleep at the most. The ironic thing is my high pitch T seemed like hell when I first got it, but I assure anyone reading this in my instance its nothing towards the loud vibrating head assault from the drone. Sorry to be a bit dramatic on this but I feel trapped inside this condition with no light at the end of the very loud tunnel. Good luck everyone in managing each of your personal afflictions and sufferings.
       
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    15. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Have you tried propping yourself up with a extra pillow or two to see if it helps you at night ?
      Try keep sound on through the night to help mask the sound but not to loud so your brain will work hard to pick up the sound and help your brains natural filter to push the tinnitus sound to the back ground....lots of love glynis
       
    16. Excession
      No Mood

      Excession Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      I had this sound for a long time, it really is an attention whore. What I decided to do was mask it every time it cropped up, I never let it hang around for more than a few seconds before I stuck a radio on or the tv, I always masked at night to.

      Eventually I noticed that it just wasn't there anymore, it came back a couple of times but I just kept doggedly distracting myself. I wish you guys luck with it.
       
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    17. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks for the kind advice and concern people. Hi Glynis, yeah ive tried all sorts, I used to plug my ear and that worked for a while by muffling the drone but it doesn't work anymore for some reason. The drone seems to work harder to overcome it, sounds a bit crazy but it does. Its not only as I lie down as well its there all day whenever I'm in a quiet room or moment. I do get relief when I'm outside and I sometimes think if ever I was homeless I'm sure I'd sleep better at night, it'd be one plus for getting kicked out!
       
    18. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      Hi Karl
      I'm sorry to hear that you're still not getting any relief.
      I'm still struggling with mine too. I find some days are worse than others.
      Some days during the day the hum and pressure in my ears is really bad, then at night I can feel the hum and pressure building with the quietness and then boom the extra vibrating hum switches on
      I do find having my iPad on and ready next to my bed, with calming sounds helps, I find the sound of heavy rain is good and also waves crashing along the beach, I shut my eyes and pretend I'm laying on a tropical beach somewhere
      I'm on maternity leave at the mo, so like you, I'm glad I'm not at work, I was working 13hour shifts driving for living, so lack of sleep is a no no.. I also dread bedtime, staying up till 1-2am or falling sleep downstairs with the telly on..
      I have been having a cup of camomile tea before bed, as its a natural inflammatory and antitoxin.. I find it does calm the humming down slightly..
      I still feel mine is a trapped middle ear infection/congestion from the two bad colds I had.. I'm wondering whether to go back to the Drs for a third time to get referred to a ENT
       
    19. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
    20. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi Lian,
      I've just tried that and wow the same as you my hum disappeared temporarily, so I tried it once again and shook my head afterwards because that stops it as i shake my head but i just did it without thinking and the hum was reduced for a few minutes. Its bed time for me now so the big test will be will it return to normal drone as soon as I walk the dreaded climb upstairs? Probably :(
      Ill update again tomorrow but thanks for the tip, there's no harm in trying anything. I think Tinnitus affects us all differently and one practice or treatment might work for one but not the other but if we all share our info and experiences someone might find their own effective treatment for their personal torment.
       
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    21. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      Well last night I fell sleep in front of the telly and woke at 2am and I could hear and feel my ear drum trying to kick off big time with the loud vibrating hum, the telly volume was on low as it was late and it was like my ear drum was trying to fight the sound..
      Once I started moving around its calmed slightly so I went to bed and luckily I was so tired, I fell straight to sleep, which is lucky as I think if I was to lay awake, my ear would of really gone into one
      Woke up about 5:30am as my little one wanted feeding, but my ear had calmed down a lot and was just the normal background hum and the vibrating hum had stopped! Strange.
      Today I've been outside most of the day and my ears have felt fine, no feeling of pressure and at the mo they are not feeling to bad, I can hear the low background hum though, but it's the loud vibrating hum that drives me mad. Hopefully tonight will be a good night fingers crossed
       
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    22. TC426
      Hungover

      TC426 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Glad that I found this thread.

      I am experiencing the same issue. I have had T for about 10 months now, and until last week, it had been in the high frequency range. Last Sunday,however, when I woke up, I noticed this low frequency hum (somewhere at 100...200 Hz, so very deep) in my right ear. Like an old airplane, far up in the sky. In my case, it is not very loud, and it is also not constant (sometime it is there, sometimes not), but it is very intrusive when it is. It behaves differently than what I know from T. It immediately increases if I focus on it and it usually (not always) fades if I do not. It interupts (!) when surrounding sounds hit the same frequency. Really odd, and I hope this is a temporary appearance only. I believe in my case it is directly related to the AM-101 trial.

      I feel that after many up and downs, I learnt to relax again lately...but with this s**t, we're back to zero.
       
    23. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      No the drone's still here loud and proud again, I've had a couple of days keeping busy so not to notice it as much but today I've realized that I was hearing it more outside the house than beforehand. I'm at the docs again tomorrow and im not sure what to do if he signs me off to go back into work. He's not my usual GP (couldnt get in to see my regular doc) and I feel my anxiety building and my drone getting louder as I type this, I need a release from it all. Why me? And Why anyone else that's going through this life altering condition? Grrrrr!!!!
       
    24. TeresaD
      Fine

      TeresaD Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hello! Just wanted to put my story in here. I too suffer with this nasty hum and ear fullness along with sound sensitivity (toilets flushing, water running, paper rustling to name a few) AND very high-pitch tinnitus. I had an episode last year that went away and then in March of this year it came back. Back to ENT with repeated hearing test (normal), test for hydrops (normal), MRI (negative). I told my doc that I thought it may have something to do with my neck (spine). Started physical therapy about 2 weeks ago and, I really feel an improvement! I really don't like to get too excited but it's been improving slowly over the last two weeks. Not to say it might just be improving on its own but I wanted to let you know what I'm specifically doing. My doc also gave me an antihistamine (hidroxyzine) in case I had some fluid issue and it's wonderful for sleep and also helps with anxiety. It'll knock you out for a full nights sleep. The physical therapist concentrates on my upper spine, shoulders and jaw (he even manipulates tendons inside my mouth). I say this to kind of give you an idea of what kind of PT it is. I really hope I goes away altogether but I'll take this over what I had just two weeks ago! My T is still loud but I can deal with that better than the hum/fullness/fluttering I've been having. Hope you all find relief soon and I'll keep posting updates!
       
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    25. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      Karl I'm sad to read that you have had no improvement and keep us updated with what the dr says.

      Teresa, it's interesting that you have said about your spine, as I have read others who have seen a chiropractor and had improvements with their T and sometimes been cured.. The only downside is chiropractors are not on the NHS and can cost £50 a session It's an expensive experiment really, I have been thinking about it though.
       
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    26. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi Lian, different GP....same indifference. I asked about sleeping meds but she didn't want to prescribe me some. It could be a good thing, I don't know, but she's given me another fortnight sick note so I'll have to see how I go on till that runs out. My anxiety seems up and down at the moment, if only I could get that under control it may help with the humming.
       
    27. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      Hi Karl, well least you have another two weeks.. What do you feel anxious about? Is it the T? Maybe try some relaxation techniques, maybe soak in a hot bath with some essential oils and some relaxing music to distract you from the T.

      At the moment my right ear is playing up, I'm trying to watch the telly and there is a loud hum in that ear, which was supposed to be my better ear. It's humming like the sound is in the room and not in my ear.. As I put my finger in my ear and it stops, but no one else can hear this hum.. I might have to put a ear plug in tonight if this carries on.. See if that stops it
       
    28. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Lian,
      I've previous anxiety issues but the hum I feel is just exasperating it. I notice your going to try ear plugs at night, that helped me for a while until the hum became louder. I hope it can help you get some relief and ta for the advice on relaxation and I will surely try them.
      When you say that you can hear the hum in your right ear, does it stop when you hear a sound loud enough to actually cancel it or does the hum override it? Mine stops but starts again when there's a break in sound, does that make sense to you? I tried explaining this to the ENT consultant and he seemed surprised but then he went on to explain further about 'masking' the hum. He didn't seem to understand that it can be cancelled completely by a sound entering the ear I thought. This to me suggests that its a fault in the ear and not a nurological condition, rather objective than subjective as in regards to high pitched T.
       
    29. Lian
      Stressed

      Lian Member

      Location:
      Kent U.K
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      a cold maybe
      Hi Karl

      Yes I know exactly what you mean.
      I have two hum problems with my ears.

      The first one which really drives me mad is the loud hum that switches on in a quiet room, it feels like it vibrates on my ear drum, if there is any sound in the room or I move my head it will stop.
      That hum thankfully hasn't been that bad this week, but now I have this pressure feeling hum which today is in both ears, nothing stops this hum though If I put my fingers in my ears it kind of stops and I just hear a slight ringing, which I've always had since I can remember.
      The hum is hard to mask as well as its the feeling of pressure too. If I do the skull thump trick it will stop for 10secs then come back
      The sound sounds like it's not in my ears but in the house, but I know it's not as no one else can hear it sad times.
       
    30. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Wow Lian, I didn't realize you had two hums going on. That's a shitter. My hum sounds like its in the house too, it feels as though the house is under attack from a high powered vibrating generator or something. It really is disconcerting when you realize no one else hears or feels it too. I hope your little 'un can keep your mind off your hum Lian because i think that's important to fighting this condition. I'm targeting a return to work when my sick note ends in a fortnight just because I think a change of mind thought might do me good as long as I can get some sleep beforehand! Btw I keep doing the finger thumping as well, lol...anything for a bit of respite.
       

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