Reactive Tinnitus and Ear Pain Getting Worse: Almost a Year In and Things Aren't Better

Discussion in 'Support' started by Zigs, Aug 26, 2020.

    1. Zigs

      Zigs Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Hello all,

      Last November my tinnitus which I was totally habituated to got much worse after a noisy weekend. At the time I was distraught but now I would happily go back to that increase.

      My symptoms are just getting worse and worse. The tinnitus itself rarely bothers me but I now also have:
      - Reactive tinnitus (in the sense that I hear my tinnitus over certain sounds e.g., traffic and running water makes it very loud)
      - The past week I’ve also noticed my left ear getting sore. The soreness comes and goes but seems to be linked to a noisy day as in it will be sorer at the end of the day.

      I really do not know what to do :( I don’t want this to keep getting worse and worse. I try to not over protect and listen to normal every day sounds, the radio etc and that has resulted in my ear getting very sore last night and my reactiveness increasing. Yesterday evening I had to just go and sit in a silent room all evening.

      Does anyone have experience of this and can you help? White noise or anything like that which I previously used as masking (but below the level of my tinnitus) now really aggravates it. I thought almost a year in I would be seeing progress but everything is just getting worse :( We would like to start a family soon but I have no idea how i would cope at the moment.

      Thanks for any help in advance.
       
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    2. xyz
      Alienated

      xyz Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 mild T 2019 T worsening H onset
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown / probably noise induced
      Better protect your ears. Try to avoid all sounds which cause you discomfort / pain / spikes.
       
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    3. Croaker
      Haunting

      Croaker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Overprotection is a myth. At least in the early stages. Take a week and do absolutely nothing that makes your ears twinge even a little. Wear protection when cooking, doing laundry, etc. Take quiet baths, no showers. This works every time for me when I have a setback. If you don’t do this it will get worse.
       
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    4. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @Zigs

      On your Avatar it reads cause of tinnitus ear infection? An ear infection doesn't usually cause the symptoms that you are describing and since the onset of your tinnitus was 2009 it would have cleared up a long time ago. You may have had an ear infection at the same time as the onset of tinnitus but I believe you have Noise induced tinnitus. In addition to this, the Reactive tinnitus you mention is hyperacusis which is having an over sensitivity to sound that often accompanies Noise induced tinnitus. There is no such thing as Reactive tinnitus, it was a term made up in tinnitus forums many years ago. Your tinnitus is reacting to sound but this is oversensitivity known as hyperacusis, caused by noise trauma to the auditory system.

      You probably habituated to your tinnitus over the years but I suspect your hyperacusis (oversensitivity to sound) hasn't been able to reduce to low levels or being cured successsfully. If you have been using headphones, going to places where there's loud music or listening to loud music at home, in the car or working in a noisy environment, any of these things or combination of them would make your tinnitus and sensitivity to sound more acute. The fact that your tinnitus and sensitivity to sound has increased suggests me it is using headphones/headset/earbuds or loud sound of the types I've mentioned that is making your condtion worse. If hyperacusis is not treated or doesn't improve naturally over time, a person will always have problems with oversensitivity to sound to some degree and this manifests itself with tinnitus spikes.

      Overuse of hearing protection is not a myth I assure you. It is something that is very real and if one overuses hearing protection, then they will undoubtedly lower the loudness threshold of their auditory system and make it more senstive to sound. Please click on the links below and read my articles particularly: Hyperacusis, As I see it. You may need to see an Audiologist that specialises in tinnitus and hyperacusis treatment and management, if self help doesn't work. Staying in a quiet room or enviroment for a set amount of time will not achieve much long term. As soon as you begin to be around normal everyday sound or raised sounds this will probably spike the tinnitus and hyperacusis. You need treatment that is the answer and not hiding away from sound. It is this that is a myth thinking that shutting yourself away from normal everyday sounds will help or cure you it wont.

      All the best
      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/new-to-tinnitus-what-to-do.12558/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/hyperacusis-as-i-see-it.19174/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-a-personal-view.18668/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/the-habituation-process.20767/
       
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    5. Croaker
      Haunting

      Croaker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Clearly my ears must be wrong. I'll tell them the illustrious Michael Leigh said they were not responding as they should.

      "Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” - Groucho Marx
       
    6. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      It is not your ears that are wrong it is you. On your Avatar it reads cause of tinnitus unknown but this is unlikely to be the case, as something usually causes it and the most common is exposure to loud noise. Some of your previous posts mention oversensitivity to sound so there's a strong indication you have Noise induced tinnitus with hyperacusis.

      The setback you refer to is a clear indication that I am right as this wouldn't occur if you were habituated and your oversensitivity to sound (hyperacusis) had improved either naturally or with treatment. You can continue using hearing protection as and when you feel the need but you are treating the symptoms not the underlying cause. Unless you deal with this which I have mentioned many times in this forum and to @Zigs you will forever be plagued with oversensitivity to sound. Sorry to sound so sobering.

      I wish you well and will not be commenting further on this topic.

      Michael
       
    7. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      Does anyone use pain meds?
       
    8. Gordon Steinberg

      Gordon Steinberg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      7/25/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very Loud Noise
      My opinion is that nutritional protection needs to come hand in hand with acoustic protection - in the same way that you are avoiding loud noises, I would ensure you continue to supplement chelated magnesium, ginkgo, and a good multivitamin, perhaps indefinitely. I would also consider nicotinamide riboside depending on your age.

      I am not a doctor but would research anything that can help prevent further hearing loss/trauma, and give you the best shot for recovery possible.
       
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