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

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

    1. 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 actually a hearing therapist and he’s going to screen me for hearing loss and refer me to an audiologist and then help me choose a hearing aid.

      As for ear buds I wouldn’t say I use them at loud volume though. But I’ll switch to headphones. For now I just won’t use anything for a while.

      I do take magnesium and will try the other stuff. I’m scared of sleeping with ear plugs cause I don’t want to push them into my ear canal too far inadvertently.

      What’s crazy is that I sometimes get periods where I briefly forget about tinnitus and then I realize it and the tinnitus goes back up. It’s like if I could find a way to stop thinking about it my brain would sort of tune it out but now I’m always looking for it or telling myself not to look for it which does the opposite urrrgh
       
    2. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      It's strange but earplugs hurt my ear canal a bit and they tend to slide back out. I can also sometimes feel tickles in my ear like there's liquid that is leaking out but there is none.

      In any case I'm seeing my family doctor today so I'll have her take a look.
       
    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Sometimes it's like I know my tinnitus is at my baseline level but I can hear it way more now because I freaked out about it. Other times I know it's louder but I swear there are times when it's not even that loud and it seems like my brain is just zeroing in on it all the time now that I've given it attention.
       
    4. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Give it a try. Not really much to lose here, and potentially lots to gain.
       
    5. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      temporarily banished from this plane of existence.
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      no.

      I'm assuming 87db is at her nostril? measure again at your head level on the pillow.

      intermittent 87db exposure doesn't alarm me, but I do sleep with silicone plugs when around snoring or other noise, to improve my sleep quality
       
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      I went to the doctor turns out I have a bad case of glue ear. She thinks that’s what’s causing the tinnitus spike and prescribed a nasal spray to unclog Eustachian Tubes so the fluid can drain.

      makes sense?
       
    7. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Well my tinnitus was way better from waking up until 4PM when it spontaneously started spiking again.

      It's encouraging that I had half a day of milder ringing though.
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Seymour
      Worried

      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Just an update in case some people in a similar situation come across this thread and want to know how it evolved.

      Things are starting to get better. I can still hear the tinnitus if I look for it but for the past few days I have stopped hearing it constantly and sometimes forget about it for hours.

      I take nasal corticosteroids every day as prescribed for my blocked ET and glue ear. Seems to work as my ear sounds less muffled and tinnitus less intrusive.

      Yesterday I was at the hospital with my gf for pregnancy related stuff and we were waiting in a completely silent room and I realized afterwards that I hadn’t heard my tinnitus even if this silent environment. Of course when I had that realization I started hearing it again.

      So I seem to have some hope. It’s stilllouder than before but definitely getting better.
       
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    9. Gabriel
      Balanced

      Gabriel Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I focused on verifying if I had tinnitus
      I had glue ear. And had the exact same treatment. I didn't have tinnitus from it though, just my eustachian tube was blocked.

      I think it will greatly improve your tinnitus because you will hear better.
       

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