Ringing Tinnitus Spike and Going Insane — Could Earbuds Have Caused This?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Seymour, Nov 19, 2019.

    1. Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Hi guys,

      I’m new here and I read a lot of threads and I think Tinnitus Talk is a fantastic place for tinnitus sufferers.

      I’ve had tinnitus for what seems like forever. I’m 33 and I can remember having it for at least 10 years. Usually my tinnitus is only perceivable in a quiet room. I don’t hear it during the day in normal situations and TV at a normal volume masks it.

      I have never been tested but I know I have hearing loss in my left ear, the tinnitus one. When I block the right ear I can barely hear anything unless I crank up the volume significantly and even then it sounds muffled. If I do a Valsalva my hearing will improve for 10 seconds or until I swallow. Sometimes getting up from the couch or other changes in pressure affect my hearing slightly too like the ear gets clogged.

      When I was about 8 to 10 I had ear infections like every two months for years. I finally got tubes and they stopped but I just figured the hearing loss and tinnitus where from that and learned to live with it. BOTH my parents have tinnitus and bad hearing so I was pretty much doomed.

      So, a week ago my tinnitus started spiking considerably. I didn’t have any trauma of any kind, I was at home all the time and didn’t listen to loud music or go to a concert. It just spiked. A loud ringing with two or three layered tones.

      It happened to me in the past and usually subsided in 2-3 days and even these spikes weren’t loud enough to distract me during the day. But this spike doesn’t subside and seems to get worse.

      A constant eeeeeee that I can hear even over the TV. I have been masking it with neuromodulation or pink noise for days with no improvement. I usually use masking only in the evening.

      Now I admit I sometimes fall asleep with the masking on. I use earbuds at 60 dB max. My girlfriend thinks I might be making things worse doing this.

      The only trigger I can think of is I fell asleep listening to a podcast the other day and my gf said my earbud was pushed in my ear and that probably made the sound louder...

      I am honestly going mental thinking this might be permanent. Should I stop masking? Do I stand a chance of returning to baseline? It’s been a terrible year for me I was screened for some neurological diseases that thankfully I don’t have but stress has been crazy and now this tinnitus thing is pushing me to the edge.

      Thanks a lot for your time and patience.

      I should also mention I’ve been taking Zoloft for around three months but it never caused any tinnitus problems. So if Zoloft is the culprit it’s a delayed effect.
       
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    2. astaff14

      astaff14 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      From what you’ve said I would imagine it spiked due to your earbud usage unfortunately especially since you’ve already had tinnitus/hearing loss. Sometimes what can happen is the damage creeps up on you, you hit some threshold after awhile and the tinnitus will spike. I’d personally recommend stopping using earbuds for awhile and generally take really good care of your ears, wear plugs in louder places, take supplements like magnesium or NAC. Spikes can last a crazy amount of time unfortunately.
       
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    3. Michael B
      Supportive

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      San Diego, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stupidity
      Sorry for your spike. I'm convinced earbuds gave me tinnitus so I typically advocate against using them. For me better safe than sorry.
       
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    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Sorry for the triple post I just have one last question:

      Is it bad to use pink noise when sleeping? I use it through an earbud.
       
    5. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      go start taking huge doses of curcumin. let yout tinnitus stabilize. then do the @R. David Case sound therapy.
       
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    6. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      It is hard to make a blanket statement for everyone. From what you describe, I would not use the earbuds anymore, and stop the white/pink noise at night. Try this for a few months, and see if it improves.

      In my experience, white noise made the tinnitus worse at night, and earplugs for silence made it better.
       
    7. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Yeah that's what I thought too, thanks!

      Do you have any idea what could cause my tinnitus and if I have a chance of seeing it go back to baseline? Should I mask during the day?
       
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    8. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      @Seymour
      From the history you posted, looks like your T started from infections, with some noise induced on top of it.

      I don't use masking at all. I do listen to music, not with earbuds, when I want to distract, at low volume. When I tried using masking at night, while it helped to fall asleep, I would wake up worse, with louder T, and sometimes much louder. It led me to try earplugs at night, that worked much better for me.

      Nobody knows if you will go back to baseline, but it should improve without further noise damage.
       
    9. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      My mom has tinnitus and she says she has spikes lasting weeks. She has zero anxiety so she habituates pretty fast and stays on top of it.

      I am the opposite. Already panicking after one week.

      I was dumb using ear buds. Seems like I’m paying the price but trying to remain hopeful.

      My T. sounds like those neuromodulator sounds for masking. It’s pretty bad.
       
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    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Also might be super far fetched but my girlfriend is pregnant and has been snoring BADLY. I measured her snoring and it goes up to 87dB... Could this cause my tinnitus spike?
       
    11. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      Yes.
       
    12. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Really?!
       
    13. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Never thought snoring could do this.

      I ordered ear plugs.
       
    14. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Absolutely. Yes, earplugs at night for sure will help you. Avoid other noise exposure also.
       
    15. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Thanks man. I didn’t realize she was snoring that loudly. When I measured it I was surprised how high it went. She averages around 75dB but it’s all night non stop and it’s been that way for months.
       
    16. HeavyMantra
      Bugridden

      HeavyMantra Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2017. Worsened 10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headphones and/or HPPD?
      Just use speakers
       
    17. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Does having a fan on count as noise exposure? It clocks in at roughly 50dB.
       
    18. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Do you guys think getting a hearing aid could improve my tinnitus? I’m almost deaf in the ear that rings.
       
    19. Michael B
      Supportive

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      San Diego, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stupidity
      If your girlfriend's snoring is loud enough to keep you awake and not get a good night's sleep, that could very well be the problem.
       
    20. Rogi Cetpla
      In pain

      Rogi Cetpla Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      T 2010 / IT 2015 / VIT 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure / Head trauma
      I would definitely recommend seeing a specialist and trying a hearing aid. I have read that it has helped people and reduced their tinnitus... unfortunately no guarantee but worth a try...

      I wanted to try out myself but, although I have intrusive tinnitus, my hearing loss is not sufficient to have them...
       
    21. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      I wouldn’t say it keeps me awake but I have slept about 5 hours a night these past two weeks and listening to YouTube with earbuds and she drowns even that lol
       
    22. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      My best friend is a hearing therapist I think I will give him a call. Hopefully getting some hearing back in that ear will help drown the tinnitus.
       
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    23. Michael B
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      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      San Diego, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stupidity
      Haven't heard anyone congratulate you on your girlfriend's pregnancy. If not let me be the first :)
       
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    24. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      On paper, 50 db should not cause a problem, but in my case the white noise was in the low 60's and did for me. I have learned that my ears are particularly sensitive to noise while I sleep over the last year.
       
    25. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      I honestly don't know what to do lol. I think I'll try ear plugs.
       
    26. Flamingo1

      Flamingo1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      4-15-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      @Seymour You seem to be exposing yourself to a lot of unnecessary noise. In addition to the curcumin and magnesium I would cut out ALL noise (even if it means sleeping on the couch!) and give your ears a break.

      And congrats to you and your girlfriend!!

      Cheers
       
    27. beach house

      beach house Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      dunno yet
      excuse me, but with what have you measured your girlfriend's snoring loudness? a mobile app? if so, i got 3 different results from 3 different phones. one said 57, the other 80something. better get the physical decibel meter for the correct measuring.
       
    28. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      All noise like no fan? It helps me sleep lol

      Also can I watch TV at a reasonable volume?
       
    29. Gabriel
      Balanced

      Gabriel Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I focused on verifying if I had tinnitus
      Hey,

      1. Stop using earbuds at high volume, it is definitely not good for you ears. Headphones are recommended, and at low volume.
      2. Try to sleep without sound, or even with earplugs. I actually find that sleeping with earplugs in total silence helps my tinnitus.
      3. Take at least magnesium and b6 vitamin supplements. They work well for tinnitus AND stress AND sleep.
      You can also try other supplements such as curcumin, omega 3 (fish oil), and spirulina. These are known to be generally good for health, and anti-inflammatory.

      4. This might be the most important, a lot of people with hearing loss have reported a great great improvement with hearing aids, so I believe it could be a solution for you and might work like a charm.
      Actually, there is even ads on national TV for tinnitus in my country (France), at 20h which is audience pike, and which are promoting hearing aids (which means that there is business behind, but also that it's working, they wouldn't pay the highest ad price if it wasn't).

      Best of luck :)
       
    30. Flamingo1

      Flamingo1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      4-15-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I would stay away from anything over 75 to 80 dB
       

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