Reactive Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lolo, Mar 5, 2016.

    1. Lolo

      Lolo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Few weeks
      Cause of Tinnitus:

      I only hear a whooshing or crackling sound in my ear as a reaction to a loud noise (my daughter crying, or me talking loudly). Is this normal for tinnitus?
    2. glynis

      glynis Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Lolo,
      A warm welcome to the forum.
      Tinnitus can react to sound and try compete with it for some people with tinnitus.
      Your ears are letting you know they arnt happy around loud sound so make sure you use ear protection if around loud sounds above 80db. Like clubs and pubs and cinema and so on.......lots of love. Glynis
    3. Danny Boy

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection

      "1. Decreased sound tolerance, or hyperacusis – While most tinnitus evaluation protocols include loudness discomfort level testing, the standard hearing aid evaluation usually does not. It can be easy to overlook this condition as the patient has altered his/her environment to avoid encountering sounds that are uncomfortable. Amplification can serve to further compound this problem in patients with hyperacusis and tinnitus. With a decreased dynamic range, hearing aids set prescriptive levels that can easily cross these levels, leaving the patient over-amplified. MPO levels must also be set with great care.

      2. Auditory fatigue – While little data exists, we know of many patients who experience an increase in their tinnitus perception following periods where there are greater demands on their auditory system. The sound does not need to be loud; it can be a situation where there is competing noise present while trying to process auditory information. This creates a greater strain on the system and can cause the tinnitus perception to be worse. In these cases, it may be appropriate to limit hearing aid use to a certain number of hours per day.

      3. Reactive tinnitus – Rarely, some individuals with tinnitus report that moderately low intensity sounds aggravate their tinnitus, and that this exacerbation tends to continue for more than a day. Some ways to identify this “reactive tinnitus” may be a case history identifying prolonged tinnitus perception after exposure to moderately low level sounds, the presence of decreased sound tolerance, and a worsening of tinnitus after residual inhibition testing. Treatment for reactive tinnitus is multi-faceted, but from the standpoint of acoustic stimulation needs, requires a very soft-intensity level sound that emphasizes maximal comfort and relaxation."
    4. Natalie Roberts

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      My tinnitus is always louder around the television or water running. However, I also have periods where my own voice feels like nails on a chalkboard and drives me craZy. :( I prefer quiet environments and don't mask my tinnitus.
      • Hug Hug x 1
    5. hurtingdream

      hurtingdream Member

      Michigan, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/ETD since 11/2015
      Mines the same way.
    6. Ricardo1991

      Ricardo1991 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure, but kind of don't care anymore :)
      WHAT? I believe I have reactive tinnitus when I hear bass tones, is that what we're saying here? Because if I'm in a room with bass or a muffled music it sort of stands out more.

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