Poll: How Long Was Your Longest Spike?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Bill Bauer, Jun 3, 2017.

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How Long Was Your Longest Spike?

  1. Less than a day

  2. One day

  3. Two days

  4. Three days

  5. Four days

  6. Five days

  7. Six days

  8. Seven days or longer

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    1. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I am currently on day three of the scariest spike I have ever experienced. I am trying to figure out the spike duration after which the spike can be considered to be permanent. I believe the poll below will be of interest to others, too.
       
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    2. Ambassador
      Cool

      Ambassador Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      High frequency hearing loss and lifetime noise exposure
      I'm starting month 4 of a spike after well over a year of relative peace after having habituated when I first acquired tinnitus which took about 2 months to habituate. I do feel that the relief of re-habituation is near but this has been one awful long spike. Tested me in ways I never knew I could be tested.
       
    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      It sounds like you are not losing hope that eventually it will get back to where it used to be a little over three months ago.
       
    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I should have been more clear and asked people to focus only on the temporary spikes that had already ended.
       
    5. Ambassador
      Cool

      Ambassador Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      High frequency hearing loss and lifetime noise exposure
      I never lose hope. But to more accurately answer the original spike question, during the time I was habituated there were really just brief moments when I would say "wow, my ears are screaming right now" but for reasons I don't recall or understand or was even aware of at those times I just went about my daily routines and it was never more than a brief moment in time. Don't know what happened to cause my latest 4 month ordeal but as I have said many times I fully expect to be back to my old self again asap.
       
    6. Steve
      Creative

      Steve Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Sheffield, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu, Noise-induced, Jaw trauma
      I have had a spike that lasted for months. Can't properly recall (I probably have said somewhere on here before) but I know it was longer than 3 months.

      I actually think it may have been related to a physical trigger, strain around the neck area, but can't be sure.
       
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    7. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      If you answered "seven days or longer", may I ask you to please clarify how many days it ended up being, and whether you came back to the level just before the spike began. If it is one of those longer temporary spikes, it would also be interesting to find out what caused it.
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Thanks to this poll, I can see that a spike can easily last longer than a week, and then end. I wasn't expecting that.
       
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    9. nospr
      Musical

      nospr Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music Maybe
      I feel as if I'm in the middle of a spike that's been going on for 1 month. I'm not sure if it will go back down, but this is after nearly 6 months of not thinking about Tinnitus outside of extremely quite moments. At the moment I hear it all the time even over loud music.
       
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    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      What has caused this spike?
       
    11. nospr
      Musical

      nospr Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music Maybe
      I honestly have no idea. It might have been the loud fireworks of the 4th of July, or stress from my work this month causing me to think about my tinnitus more than usual.
       
    12. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Hopefully this spike will subside (even if it takes a couple of months before it happens). But we must all keep in mind that now that our ears had been compromised, it makes sense to protect them from now on, even when T is in remission. It sounds like your spike began soon after July 4. It really looks like the spike was caused by the fireworks. On July 4, 2018, you may want to wear Peltor ear muffs after the sun sets...
       
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    13. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      1
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      a year or so, I think
       
    14. Jake007

      Jake007 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Nebraska
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss for long time, chainsaw, infections
      I feel like I've been in a spike ever since I woke up from my surgery.
       
    15. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Is that when you first heard your T? If not, how long ago was it?
       
    16. Fangen
      Anime

      Fangen Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Stockholm, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2nd, 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (loud concert for 1h)
      I think my longest was like 2-3 weeks at least. At the end it kind of subside slowly so I didn't notice it over a day or so. Hard to say but it was at least a few weeks for sure.
       
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    17. Jake007

      Jake007 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Nebraska
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss for long time, chainsaw, infections
      My onset was the first week of December 2016. My surgery was February 24 I believe. I thought I had it rough on onset, now I wish I could have what I had on onset compared to now.
       
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    18. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      I am so sorry to read this. What type of surgery did you have? If you'd rather not share that, I absolutely understand.
       
    19. JurgenG
      Approved

      JurgenG Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Belgium
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure / headphone accident maybe?
      Can you guys clarify what you mean with spikes?
      I had only a few loud spikes. (Tone that turns to a IEEEE) these always went after a few hours. My normal T, a hiss goes up and down like a hooker on cocaine.
       
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    20. Jake007

      Jake007 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Nebraska
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss for long time, chainsaw, infections
      I don't mind sharing, tymplanoplasty mastoidectomy is what they called it. They cut half my eardrum off and grafted it, took out a tumor (choleasteatoma) above my eardrum, put a buttress in to reinforce my eardrum, and put a prosthesis in that connects to the stapes. This was supposed to restore my hearing back to a 30db loss, now it's close to 70db.
       
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    21. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      T getting noticeably louder, or its pitch changing so that it is harder to ignore.
       
    22. Jenni8619
      Inspired

      Jenni8619 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Not sure if this was discussed previously but I was wondering for those who have suffered from a spike or many, what was the trigger, what caused the spike? And was it temporary or permanent?
       
    23. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I get spikes as a result of loud noises (e.g., slamming doors).
       
    24. Steve
      Creative

      Steve Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Sheffield, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu, Noise-induced, Jaw trauma
      My longest spike started with an ear infection.

      But I have had shorter ones from loud noise exposure.
       
    25. Jodi
      Confused

      Jodi Member

      Location:
      Europe & Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I get spikes (louder volume) from sleeping too little (getting less than 4,5 hours, which is the deep sleep), and from alkohol - the day after (having been actually drunk). Can´t remember it ever lasted longer than until falling asleep that day, i.e. back to normal the next day.
       
    26. Jodi
      Confused

      Jodi Member

      Location:
      Europe & Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      ...but now I have a spike; with a character which is new to me (and potentially caused by new/more damage from noise); a new bleeping/blipping/tinkling sound next to the normal "eeeeeeeee".

      I first noticed after walking home from a street festival, still having my 30 or more dB SNR custom mold earplugs in.

      Speakers were quite loud, like on a concert; 100+ db, maybe 110 db. But:

      - I had earplugs (non-hollow, very efficient)
      - Only stayed around 90 minutes
      - Were never close to the speakers more than a few seconds (still meters away)
      - I sure did sweat a lot, so the plugs may have moved out a bit, but I´m very nevrotic about this, so would have noticed if the sound had gotten louder in-ear, so to say.

      Never felt pain or perceived the sound as loud, and I normally find most everyday sounds loud, often too loud to stand. No other effects after, no muffled hearing, no pain...

      And I´ve been through other worse events during the last years, with the same level of protection, and have been next to sudden noises such ass ambulance and firetruck, firecracker, etc. Scared me then, and was painful in the ears, but never got any trouble after, not even a spike.

      But now, after this street festival... This leaves me very puzzled.
       
    27. Jodi
      Confused

      Jodi Member

      Location:
      Europe & Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      ...does ears actually get more sensitive (to new damage) after getting the initial damage? Or were we just always sensitive, but lucky enough to not have damage earlier than that first time (if noise induced)?
       
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    28. Sean

      Sean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01-01-2011
      @Bill Bauer , " iwholovemusic " had a spike for about 2 years after loud event . I remember he had posted this about 2-3 years ago .
      He was also wearing ear plugs and ear muffs !
      He used to call that spike " mega t" I had similar spike which was super super loud for 3-4 months .
       
    29. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      It is good to know that even a 2-month spike can be temporary, but it is scary to know that one could get a spike that lasts Years...
       
    30. jimH
      No Mood

      jimH Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      30 years+
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I had one that lasted four months in 2014. It was the worst one in over 30 years of T. I finally understood what people meant by "catastrophic or debilitating" T. Additionally, I experienced H for the first time during that period. The worst part was the anxiety that resulted because I thought that it was a permanent change being that it lasted so very long.
       
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