Poll: Does Focusing on Your Tinnitus Make It Louder (or at Least Seem to)?

Discussion in 'Support' started by JasonP, Jul 19, 2018.


Does focusing on your tinnitus make it louder (or at least seem to)?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Unsure

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    1. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Do you think focusing on your tinnitus makes it louder? Please answer this question based on your personal experiences.
    2. dpdx

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      God, I hate this damn question. My audiologist said the same thing..the answer is NO. He said stress and anxiety make it worse. NOT TRUE!
      When I had MIld T back in December I paid attention to it daily and listened for it, did it increase it? NOPE. I also had immense stress and anxiety back then and didnt sleep some nights. Did my massive stress and anxiety increase tinnitus? NOPE When I did the caloric/vemp test tinnitus sky rocketed from 2/1o to 8/10 back in January and stayed since. Afterwards I did an audiogram where my hearing dropped from 5db to 25db on 4khz, this drop in hearing was not attributed to the tests but to stress according to my audiologist.
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • Helpful Helpful x 1
    3. sirhand

      sirhand Member

      Bethlehem, PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2018 4:30 pm
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      4 hour (apparently too loud) headphone session
      My perceived T level is tied to my mood. If I get annoyed, frustrated or angry all of a sudden I hear my T. If I focus on my T I get annoyed, frustrated and angry. So focusing doesn't directly make it worse, but indirectly it does. I must stay zen.
      • Funny Funny x 1
    4. TuneOut

      TuneOut Member

      El Dorado Hills, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Worsened 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      It's true. It took me a long time to accept this myself. I didn't want to believe it.
      • Agree Agree x 3
    5. David077

      David077 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      stress, benzo/clonozepam + clonidine, maybe infection
      Does not make it louder, but more noticeable.

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