Reactive Tinnitus — Removal of Reactivity. Is It Possible?

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    1. Stacken77
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      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      Very sorry to hear that, @GBB.
      How's your loudness hyperacusis?

      And is your reactivity unchanged, both in terms of spikes and distortions?
       
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    2. IntotheBlue03

      IntotheBlue03 Member

      Location:
      Philadelphia PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cervical/TBD
      Hey @GBB, I read somewhere across these forums that you had a good experience with Nortriptyline. Just curious if you tapered off and why?
       
    3. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Yes it can improve.

      The underlying cause of reactive tinnitus is usually noise induced tinnitus and having some oversensitivity to sound or hyperacusis. It can improve over time using self help by gradually being exposed to sound, or using white noise generators under the guidance of an audiologist as counselling maybe required.

      Michael.
       
    4. IntotheBlue03

      IntotheBlue03 Member

      Location:
      Philadelphia PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cervical/TBD
      @GBB, I may have asked already but does your reactivity spike for a period of time or does it go back down once the external sound is lowered/removed?
       
    5. Travis Henry
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      Travis Henry Member

      Location:
      Dallas,TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1 Moderna Vac, Noise and stress I guess, its killing me
      White noise and any raining sounds or crickets I used to play at night on my small Marshall Kilburn amp (and had good success before tinnitus became reactive), now even at very low volume seems to make the tinnitus spike and it almost feels painful. The sounds compete with the tinnitus.

      So what do you do in this case?
       
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    6. David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      @Travis Henry, I have reactive plus bad tinnitus. I think you slowly have to introduce sounds again. I use sound generators with pink noise (very low volume). Sometimes for some hours and sometimes for a full day depending on how I feel. If I feel sore in my ears the next morning, I rest. Then I try again. And again. I do not know what else to do. I let my ears have a break from sounds during night/sleeping. At least until I can tolerate the sound generators all waking hours. I also use medication for sleep and to control my anxiety.

      If you want good guidance how to reintroduce sound, read posts by @Coffeebean and @MindOverMatter.

      They both suffered from bad reactive tinnitus.
       
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    7. Stacken77
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      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      For the time being, just use natural sounds. White noise can be very irritating for the auditory system. Are you able to sleep without earplugs?

      Wish you well,
      Stacken
       
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    8. David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

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      10/2013
      @Stacken77, what natural sounds do you typically use? From Spotify? Did you try pink noise?
       
    9. Travis Henry
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      Travis Henry Member

      Location:
      Dallas,TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1 Moderna Vac, Noise and stress I guess, its killing me
      I'm not able to sleep on general sadly. My tinnitus has gotten really bad and is so high pitched and piercing.
       
    10. Wrfortiscue
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      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Hope you’re doing better from your last big spike.
       
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    11. Stacken77
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      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      I'm not quite there yet, but by "natural sound" I mean anything but artificial audio, from speakers. It could be sleeping without earplugs, or opening a window and letting in the high frequency sound from the outside nature. I've always been especially sensitive to colored continuous noise, and I believe there are studies showing that it can be counterproductive for tinnitus. But if anyone tolerates it, then it's probably fine and will do its job of desensitization.

      Wishing you well, David.
      ~Stacken
       
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