Reactive Tinnitus: Silent Sound vs. Loud Sound — the Same Impact?

Discussion in 'Support' started by osoba, Jan 16, 2018.

    1. osoba

      osoba Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Petrol Chainsaw
      If I have Reactive Tinnitus, can any sound, even the "quiet" increase my tinnitus, as if I heard a loud sound?

      Is it recommended to avoid any sounds, even silent ones?

      Is it different, and will it make tinnitus just temporarily worse?

      But it does not create permanent damage (like a loud sound would)?
    2. Bill Bauer
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      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I never heard of quiet sounds causing T to react and spike. You might want to try to avoid moderately loud sounds like that of a vacuum cleaner. These spikes are usually temporary. However, it is possible that if one keeps getting those spikes, eventually one might get a permanent spike.
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    3. Aegaeon

      Aegaeon Member

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      Based on my experience, even "silent" sounds can increase the "reactive" tinnitus especially static, broadband sounds that contain lots of frequencies. This is very real and not psychological.
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    4. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @osoba
      You have to give your tinnitus and hyperacusis/reactive tinnitus time to heal and one has to be realistic. These are the facts. Tinnitus and hyperacusis often take many months to improve up to two years in some cases. It is a process and can't be rushed. Using sound enrichment during the night and day, as mentioned in my post: hyperacusis, as I see it, and in my article: Tinnitus, A Personal View, in the link below will help you. You have to be patient so try not to get too stressed .

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