Question for Those Whose Tinnitus Was Caused by Noise Exposure

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    1. bjks82

      bjks82 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2015
      I have a question for those who's tinnitus was caused by noise exposure:
      Did your tinnitus begin immediately following the loud noise exposure?
      Or was there a period between the exposure and the start of your T? If so, how long after the loud noise (days/weeks/months) did you first notice your T?
       
    2. LillianLexicon97
      Spooky

      LillianLexicon97 Member

      Location:
      U.S.A.
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise: Headphones
      Mine didn't start right away. It's started heavy fullness in both ears. Two weeks later T came along. :sour:
       
    3. Tamika
      No Mood

      Tamika Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      One loud indoor concert
      That is a good question and one I’d been wondering about for other people as well. I noticed my T in left ear 3 weeks after a loud concert. I had ringing in my ears in bed that night after concert and a feeling of fullness in left ear and hearing loss the next day but didn’t hear (notice?) the T for 3 weeks!

      So yes I’m also really curious about others experiences of onset time after the noise damage because I wonder was it there all the time and then one night I just locked onto it and would not let go? Or did it really take 3 weeks to come on? I’m hoping its just I didn’t notice it as it makes me think habituation is more likely possible. If I can overlook it once maybe I can do it again.

      I would really like to hear from others on this question as well. I’m a newbie – first post. I’ve been reading this site for the past 2 weeks trying to focus on the success stories. Thanks to all you great people that write them. I’m not in a good place at the moment – but taking medication to survive.
       
    4. Geo

      Geo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2012
      I went shooting on may 2012 had t towards the end of the session all day ..woke up fine didnt have it anymore.. But i did have like blockage or fullness and my left ear kept popping to loud bangs went to the doc a week later said might be infection he prescribed me antibiotics nothing after that continued my life and then say november inwas stressing bad over work and one day i just woke up with t and thats where it started.. So it was a mixture of the shooting and stress... Somehow it was hiding very lightly till something brought it out.. And mind i exposed myself to partys and theaters and that stuff in between so not sure if it was ultimately the stress the only thing that could of caused it as the loud events between the months didnt..
       
    5. shantelle

      shantelle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Mine was right away. Went home from the club and ears rang like they always do but this time i woke up and it was still there.
       
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    6. Carm

      Carm Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/01/2011
      Right away.
       
    7. RichL
      Inspired

      RichL Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Palmerston North NZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Had the loud ring that most get when exposed to loud noise, that went away and was replaced virtually straight away with an electrical hiss and slight tones, and 25 years later still there but louder!
       
    8. Fretux
      Batty

      Fretux Member

      Location:
      Berlin, Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Started 4 days after noise exposure. Very quiet in the beginning, became more present after 2 weeks...
       
    9. James P

      James P Member

      Location:
      Halifax, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma (Club)
      Noticed it a week afterwards but I think it was there all along, I was just too busy till then.
      My ears rang loud right after but seemed all better the next morning. Next week I was watching a show and noticed certain sounds were different and then panicked.
      It went through some small changes but been about the same since. Still annoyed by it but getting use to being annoyed.
       
    10. Beowulf Agat
      Creative

      Beowulf Agat Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Started one week after noise exposure. But I didn't have ringing ears right after the exposure, wich is why I don't know if my T is because of loud music or if there's another reason for it....
       
    11. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Appeared suddenly six days after, fully formed.
       
    12. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      Went to the concert, my left ear was very muffled. I noticed it instantly but It wasn't loud. Spent a few days in london with tubes and loud restaurants as I didn't think anything of it. Got home on the sunday night, slept fine. Monday night it all turned horrible, so loud it was unbearable.
       
    13. RicoS
      Confused

      RicoS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress or Acoustic trauma
      Yep same here stress and noise exposure and after a week...life was never the same again.
       
    14. Kara77

      Kara77 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Did any of you all take prednisone to see if it would help? I know it helps inflammation but could it help noise induced tinnitus at all?
       
    15. astronomer
      Spaced

      astronomer Member

      Location:
      georgian bay,ontario,canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      believe it or not,i played in rock bands for 3 decades , just got tinnitus 2 years ago !
       
    16. bjks82

      bjks82 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2015
      Thanks everyone for the responses.
      My story is that on the 19th December last year I went to a party at a restaurant with a live band and was seated next to a huge loudspeaker (last to arrive). It was uncomfortably loud, and I've spent many days since wishing I had made an excuse to leave rather than endure the excessive volume. Not wanting to be rude and leave, social pressure convinced me to stay despite feeling uncomfortable in that environment. In hindsight, and a warning to anyone else in this situation: your hearing and sanity is far more precious than whatever perceived rudeness you will display by walking away.
      A few hours later I left the party with muffled hearing. I don't recall noticing any ringing at that point.
      My hearing seemed fine the next day.
      A couple of days after the party I came down with a nasty viral infection (sore throat, fever, laryngitis, cough).
      This finally cleared up by new years day (Jan 1).
      January 7th (19 days after the loud party) was the first day that I noticed the high pitched sound inside my head. It's been there ever since, though I seem to have some days when I don't notice it, and there was a period when I was on holidays overseas and I didn't seem to be aware of it for a week or so (was I habituated? Or was it actually gone for a while?).
      Lately its been bothering me again. Thankfully it's not very loud so I'm able to get to sleep ok. My T is a high pitched noise, which I can only describe as a glassy static sound somewhere between a ringing tone, a hiss and a whistle. I can voluntarily create a very similar sound in my ears by clenching the muscles in my neck, only my T is a higher pitch than that. It seems to be directly inside my head, almost as though it's coming from something resonating inside my brain.
      I started this thread to help determine the cause of my T - was it the loud party or the infection? The T didn't seem to start until around 2 and a half weeks after the party. But, based on your responses, it seems that T can start several days / weeks after noise exposure so it's still likely to have been the cause. Or perhaps it was a combination of both the noise and the infection...
      After hoping and wishing that it would eventually go away on its own, I finally decided to make an appointment with a local ENT. The appointment is tomorrow. I searched online and found an ENT with great reviews, but I'm not expecting much from him based on the comments I've seen here...
      Emotionally I'm coping ok on the whole. Some days I feel like I'm able to move past it, other days it really gets me down and I start ruminating on the mistake I made by going to that party, feeling angry at myself, wishing more than anything I could go back and change the course of events. Part of me wishes that the viral infection was the cause - at least then there was nothing that I could have done about it, whereas I could have used earplugs or left the party when I was feeling uncomfortable.
       
    17. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Well, for me it started immediately...I'm guessing it does for everyone. Then again some people start with temporary tinnitus and then it escalates to permanent tinnitus if further noise exposures occur. So it's all dependent on the damage caused.
       
    18. Rhea
      Volatile

      Rhea Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      immediately....left the club and ears were ringing like they had before, but this time more extreme...thought not much of it, went home, went to bed, woke up the next day and thought shit it's still there..still didn't panic too much as thought it would go in a few days....12 years later...still there but louder
       
    19. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2011
      Only in the very early stages of tinnitus (<48 hours)
       
    20. Beessie
      Relaxed

      Beessie Member

      Location:
      The Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      21-01-2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress? + badluck? Clubbing? IDK!
      Started after 12 days of loud clubbing but under high stress for 4 months allready, so what is the cause I dont know, hearing is perfect but I guess that is for most of the acoustic trauma sufferers?
       
    21. Kara77

      Kara77 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      @Nucleo Gotcha! When I first got tinnitus I thought it was from a concert I went to a week before and experienced delayed ringing.. But I also experienced facial pain/ear congestion. Went on steroids, it disappeared. And then a couple times this year, I took steroids and it went away. Finally find out I had an inflamed jaw. It's hard sometimes to really pin point on how your T started!
       
    22. Tamika
      No Mood

      Tamika Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      One loud indoor concert
      My situation is almost identical – bought seats for small indoor concert and was allocated front row (next to an amp). Was too polite to leave and unaware that just one exposure could do such damage. I’ve lost some hearing in my left ear. I don’t normally go to such events. I’m having same problems with acceptance and ruminating as in hindsight it was so preventable.

      My head knows I need to get past this but my heart is in misery.
       
    23. Geo

      Geo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2012
      So how long after first exposure did it take for u to have permanent t after steroid injections?
       
    24. Kara77

      Kara77 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      @Geo It took a full week for permanent T to settle in. I didn't even have ringing at the concert at all but I've figured out it was all muscle/tmj/inflammation since when I take muscle relaxers, ibuprofen, and steroids my ringing goes away along with the facial pressure and ear congestion!
       
    25. Geo

      Geo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2012
      So ur t is very faint enough that these meds vanish it?
       
    26. Kara77

      Kara77 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Mhm it's more like a super soft echo now... But it could be just going on its own! But yes, steroids make it completely disappear. But you can't take steroids a lot because it has very bad side effects on the body.
       
    27. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Immediate, though a week later I smoked pot to see if it would chill me out and it got much louder, I had a twelve hour panic attack followed by benzos at the urgent care, and I suspect if not for the pot->panic->benzo, things might have been a bit different. Water under the bridge now, though!
       
    28. pef

      pef Member

      Location:
      Georgia, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/16/2013
      My started about 30 seconds after the acoustic trauma. Gunshot in a small room, suddenly nearly completely deaf, then "eeeeeeeeeeee...."
       
    29. walkthroughwalls

      walkthroughwalls Member

      Location:
      The Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possibly noise
      Age 17: pretty much immediately after light noise exposure, it then settled down, but never went away.
      Age 28: one-week-spike which started one week after having surgery.
      Age 28, later that year: played a rehearsal (w/ earplugs), tinnitus increase 24-48hrs later.


      I'm also really wondering why T sometimes shows up with a delay.
       
    30. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      I disagree, I took it about a week after exposure and it lowered my T significantly.
       

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