Poll: Residual Inhibition from Head Tapping / "The Reddit Tinnitus Cure"

Discussion in 'Support' started by Matchbox, Jun 10, 2021.

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Post head tapping/residual vibration inhibition, what effect(s) did you experience?

  1. No effect on tinnitus

    27 vote(s)
    64.3%
  2. No effect on distortions

    9 vote(s)
    21.4%
  3. Distortions disappear then increase dramatically, then decrease to baseline

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  4. Distortions increase dramatically, then decrease to baseline

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Distortions decrease dramatically then increase to baseline

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  6. Ear fullness decreases then increases over time to baseline

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  7. Ear fullness increases then decreases over time to baseline

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Ear pain increases then decreases over time

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  9. Ear pain decreases then increases over time

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Tinnitus decreases/disappears then slowly increases to baseline

    12 vote(s)
    28.6%
  11. Tinnitus increases then slowly decreases to baseline

    3 vote(s)
    7.1%
  12. Tinnitus decreases/disappears then increases dramatically, then decreases to baseline

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
    1. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      I'm trying to see how many people out there are like me.

      There is a trick you can do for residual inhibition, and I'm trying to get some data from tinnitus sufferers as to what happens when you do it. It's the head tap trick, using vibration.

      This would be similar to road noise while driving and the potential tinnitus spike afterwards.

      I'm trying to gauge what happens to people with Hydrops, versus Otosclerosis, versus AIED, versus acoustic trauma.

      When placing your palms over your ears creating a seal, with your fingers against the base of your skull, begin tapping with your index/middle fingers along your skull/base of your neck so that you can hear loud thumping. Do this for about 20 seconds.

      Please reply in the poll / below with what happens to you immediately after, and after about 30 seconds to a minute. I would love to know the cause of your tinnitus below and further descriptions.

      For me, I get reductions in wavering seashell distortions, and in tinnitus, and they dramatically increase to satanic levels before going to high ringing then baseline finally. Wish I knew why. I haven't heard of anyone else or read about others getting post effects of this nature yet.
       
    2. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Started with a cold, possibly worsened by medication/noise
      I had a few seconds of residual inhibition in the early stages with the shower and with some special types of white noise. Now it's all gone. I don't have distortions, only hearing loss and a inhumane ever-worsening electric scream.
       
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    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Yeah, mine used to be dead silence for a while then back to pinch/static.
      God, do I miss those days.
       
    4. Mary97

      Mary97 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic trauma but diagnosed with otosclerosis
      I'm too paranoid to try.
       
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    5. Damocles
      Sleepy

      Damocles Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cumulative Acoustic Trauma + Ear Infection
      Same Mary. Not gonna lie, I'm scared. :bag:
       
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    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Everytime I do it, even now, the worsening is temporary and only for at most 3 minutes. I get complete silence first, and then the ringing goes down in volume.
       
    7. Óscar PP

      Óscar PP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Coronavirus
      No effect whatsoever on my piercing high pitched ringing.
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Sorry to read that man. For some people it's a temporary break.

      @roy1159, @__nico__, would you guys be up for trying?
       
    9. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      It would be very informative to hear from people with Meniere's or hydrops.
       
    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Sorry to annoy but anyone else? I feel this is very low risk to try and could yield a lot of info with known causes. At the least a correlation point.
       
    11. kingsfan
      Mellow

      kingsfan Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      Nada, nothing, no dice...
       
    12. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      beliefs are makyo and reality ignores them
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      Interesting that a full third of responders get a temporary effect here.
       
    13. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      If anyone with hydrops could respond, it would also be very useful.
       
    14. MindOverMatter

      MindOverMatter Member

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004/05
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown (possibly stress related, and later sound induced)
      @Matchbox, with this, my distortions and reactive tinnitus reduces dramatically, and slowly go back to baseline after a couple of minutes.

      Wonder what I should explain this with?
       
    15. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Same happens to me, except it swings to become way worse for a few minutes (like new sounds at triple the volume) and then dies down to baseline. That only started after attempting steroids and DXM to help my tinnitus, which initially did.

      My inhibition still has the original noise induced tone I got, which I think is not going anywhere.

      I think it has something to do with overwhelming receptors with Glutamate release from hair cells, pushing the tinnitus signal down. There's also mechanical vibration of ear fluids.

      In my case I think it also implies potentially something else going on with hydrops or sodium channel blockade which never resolved due to inflammation. Pretty crazy thought but I'll have some better testing done to confirm any of this. Might take a while, it's hard to convince specialists, and even harder in Canada.

      For those where nothing happens I think it's certainly just a really potentiated signal where there is no longer inflammation of the auditory nerve fibres, that needs to be broken up with neuromodulation when that finally becomes more mainstream, that or Ketamine.
       
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    16. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      For those who the head tapping did not work, how long has your tinnitus been present?
       
    17. kingsfan
      Mellow

      kingsfan Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      I tried the head tapping thing a few years ago when my tinnitus was just at the "quiet room" level. It didn't work then either.

      I'm in the middle of month 10 from loud hissing forming and month 9 of the "quiet room" tone getting LOUD.
       
    18. ZFire

      ZFire Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011(mild) April2021 (moderate-severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxicity (2011) barotrauma & noise induced probably(2021)
      It has no effect on me. It used to, but not anymore since getting worse.
       
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