Phone Alarm Caused Increased Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Keegan, Jul 26, 2016.

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    1. Keegan
      Cool

      Keegan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I'm not sure
      Hi Everyone,

      I've had tinnitus for about a year. I habituated a few months afterwards but the past few months it's began really bothering me again. I've been doing a bunch of things to alleviate the sound and my reaction to it. I've been meditating, eating well, exercising, and just generally trying to be more mindful.

      However, about three weeks ago my phone alarm went off and it really startled me. Afterwards, I kept hearing something similar to the ring of the alarm in my ear, which I just assumed was the AC unit in my office/house. I didn't think anything of it until I began hearing that same sound in other locations, when i was on vacation, on the train, etc.

      Now, when I close my ears with my fingers, i can subtly hear the sound as well as my already existing tinnitus. I'm prone to believe this is my auditory cortex playing tricks on a stressed out mind, as I don't think a phone alarm could cause permanent damage. I believe my T is stress/anxiety related to being with so I am hopeful it will go away.

      Does anyone have a similar experience?
       
    2. gotyoubynuts

      gotyoubynuts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert
      Phone alarm is not loud enough to inflict damage... Run a search for "acoustic shock," you might have experienced that! Acoustic shock can happen with moderate volume too

      It will go away after awhile.
       
    3. Keegan
      Cool

      Keegan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I'm not sure
      Wow! That does sound like what happened. I noticed (similar to tinnitus) it's worse when I think about it or get stressed. It's also louder when I'm around loud things, like fans, ac units, car motors. It's almost like I can hear the motors inside the AC or fan. So maybe it is hypercaucus related!

      Does it typically go away? I can't live with these two sounds now :(((((

      Thank you!
       

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