Risk of Getting Tinnitus in Good Ear

Discussion in 'Support' started by Dubinvero, Feb 8, 2014.

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    1. Dubinvero

      Dubinvero Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      January, 2014
      I have had tinnitus for one month in my right ear. Is it only a matter of time before I get tinnitus in my left ear.?

      My audiologist thinks I have age related hearing loss. My right ear has a loss of 25 db from 250Hz to 2.5KHz sliding down to a 50db loss at 8KHz. My left ear which does not have tinnitus has a loss of 10db at 250Hz , 20 db at 1.5KHz 30 db at 2KHz , 45db at 4KHz and 35db at 8 KHz.

      My audiologist says that tinnitus is caused by the brain listening hard for frequencies it is not hearing. Like an audio amplifier with the gain turned up.

      Given this explanation, would wearing hearing aids delay or permanently defer getting tinnitus in my good ear because the brain would not have to turn the gain up. Also using the same logic would a hearing aid tailored to my tinnitus ear result in my brain being able to turn down the gain thereby reducing the volume of the tinnitus.?

      I would greatly appreciate any feedback on these questions.
       
    2. Valentin

      Valentin Member

      Location:
      Thailand
      Tinnitus Since:
      17/08/2013
      may i ask your age? your hearing loss seems noise induced.

      Unfortunately hearing aids won't cut the tinnitus but they'll help to mask it.
       
    3. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      While hearing aids might not reduce the level of tinnitus, it will help fill in the gaps thus reducing your perception of tinnitus which is nearly as good.
       
    4. Dubinvero

      Dubinvero Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      January, 2014
      Valentin,

      I am 70.
       
    5. Relic Hunter
      Cynical

      Relic Hunter Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1990
      Dubinvero,

      I am 62. My hearing loss occurs mostly in the higher Freq. range just as yours..There is no guarantee you will develop Tinnitus in your other ear and there is no guarantee you will not.. I have had audiograms done on the average of every 1 1/2 years since I was 18..20 years ago my hearing loss was the same as today, yet I do not remember any tinnitus. My tinnitus stated about 10 plus years ago but was very mild and only in 1 ear. It remained as such until about 4 years ago when it started in the good ear and became worse. I believe stress set it off.

      I have hearing aids but seldom wear them. They are equipped with built in maskers but I prefer the maskers alone. The hearing aids suppose to compensate for any audio lose I have. They do allow me to hear much better but do nothing for the tinnitus. They provide more audio input and thus should lessen the tinnitus but the tinnitus remains the same.

      I only started wearing the aids after the tinnitus worsened. I did not feel I needed them before.

      Knowing what I do now about tinnitus and if I had it to do all over. I would have started wearing hearing aids at a much earlier time. Perhaps they would have "filled in the blank'" that my brain is missing and not allowed my tinnitus to worsen. You have nothing to lose with starting to wear aids now.
       
    6. NeoM
      Moonlighting

      NeoM Member

      Location:
      America
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/31/2013
      @Relic Hunter what's your hearing loss like? Mild in higher or moderate?
       
    7. Dubinvero

      Dubinvero Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      January, 2014
      Relic Hunter,

      I believe my loss is considered moderate. My audiogram results are included in my first post on this thread.
       
    8. Relic Hunter
      Cynical

      Relic Hunter Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1990
      I do not have a copy of my audio in front of me but remember it to be normal in the low ranges. I have 95% plus speech recognition. About a 60 to 65 DB loss in the 6000 range. I have never had a audio that went higher than the 8000 range. Both ears are almost identical as to loss.

      I really do not feel that I have a hearing loss..When using aids that restore all the high freq. loss my hearing is so sensitive that even sounds like the rustling of a newspaper sound extremely loud. I do not believe my hearing was ever this good even as a kid.
       
    9. Neenie
      Depressed

      Neenie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2013
      Mild 26 to 40
      Moderate 41 to 55
      Moderately severe 56 to 70
       

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