Searching for the Cause

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What do you think caused my tinnitus? (pls read the whole story before answering, tnx)

  1. Stress & a bad head position while working on the computer

  2. Guitar amplifier

  3. Swimming pool infection

  4. High blood pressure

  5. Side effect of the hypertension medicine

  6. Constant traffic noise

  7. Dental problem

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    1. davorr
      Worried

      davorr Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Dear Friends

      I'm new here. Maybe some of you had some similar experience and can help me. Currently I am trying to find out, what really caused my Tinnitus. I've written some assumptions here (A,B,C…), so please let me know, which one you think could be the real cause concerning the entire description.

      Tnx a lot in advance!

      _________
      AGE: 40
      TINNITUS-BEGIN: Oct. 13, 2016. Duration: almost 1 month
      DISEASES: Tinnitus & hyperacusis (cause unknown); I also got high blood pressure.
      _________
      SYMPTOMS:
      - 24 hrs tone, also slightly audible when I'm outside in the city. Not audible while showering.
      - Hyperacusis was initially very strong, but after 2 weeks about 60% less (some noise in the kitchen still irritates me)
      - Rare pain or pressure, feeling about 2-3cm in the left ear, sometimes right
      - maybe 30% less concentration
      - Emotional condition: No panic, but with some concerns, whether this will last forever.
      _________
      TINNITUS SOUND TYPE:
      A stable, non-oscillating sound, with some texture / high tones , so the overall sound is not as clean as a "Sine Wave", but rather like the water in the radiator or a fizzy tablet in the mouth.
      _________
      TINNITUS FREQUENCIES:
      Not easy to identify, since probably about 3 tones are simultaneously present. But one of them is dominant (makes about 60% of the total noise)
      - 8000 Khz (dominant)
      - about 14500 Khz (metallic texture)
      - Probably further, unidentified high frequencies as well (metallic texture)
      _________
      VOLUME:
      - On my iPhone I turn the music loud up to half of the display, in order to cover tinnitus a bit.
      - Left / Right: Approximately 30% louder in the left ear, with the source feeling more in the center of the head.
      _________
      POSSIBLE CAUSES (for my case; a subjective list, the order is not relevant):
      A) 1 day before it occurred, I've had lot of stress & been working for 11 hours on the computer. The last 3 hours on my couch until 1 o'clock at night (with a very bad head position)
      B) 3-4 days before it occurred, I was testing my the guitar amplifier. It was extremely loud. Maybe it damaged my hair cells?
      C) 2-3 days before it occurred, I went to swimming in a pool, then I had a 5 min. walk to my car by cold weather. Maybe got some infection there?
      D) I got Hypertension / high blood pressure (for 1/2 year)
      E) Side effect? I take Olmatec, the hypertension medicine (for 1/2 year)
      F) Traffic Noise: Since 3 years my office is looking at the highway: 45-50 DBfs constant noise.
      G) Dental: No pains, but you never know. I haven't visited a dentist for years.
       

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    2. davorr
      Worried

      davorr Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I forgot to say:
      Sometimes (couple of times a day) I got a throat and ear pain simultaneously. A very short one and not very painful.
       
    3. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      Difficult to know, I would probably look into side effect of drugs and search the connection between high blood pressure and t because I think there is a link.

      Road noise seems like a long shot, I live under the flight path but so does most of West London, so haven't considered it amongst causes for my t.

      Have u had your throat checked out?

      Like in my case there is nothing particularly remarkable in your days preceding t, so it's hard to say...I'm 5 months in and still trying to go through a process of elimination...
       
    4. MikeL1972

      MikeL1972 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Uknown
      Hi Davorr,

      Welcome to the board!

      First off, hypertension is a serious matter and can lead to stroke and heart attack.

      Regarding tinnitus, my initial plan of attack would be to take the medical route and go to your friendly local ENT and have him or her look inside your ear and sinus cavity.

      If the side effect of the high BP med is tinnitus, maybe they can switch it up for you?

      Good luck!
       
    5. Kazue

      Kazue Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/19/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I think the guitar amp and the stress was the last straw for ya. I think you should check out the Hyperbaric oxygen chamber to get oxygen to your ears. You are still in your early stages.
       
    6. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Welcome to the forum. It is not often easy to pin point to an exact cause of T. There are many causes which can trigger or aggravate tinnitus including drug reaction or side-effects, ear or Eustachian tube infection, ear drum injury, fluid build-up feeling pressured, TMJ, high blood pressure or blood circulation problem, loud noise exposure or acoustic trauma, head trauma & injury, neck problems, hearing loss, Meniere's, barotrauma from flight, grief for the loss of loved ones, untreated sleep apnea, elevated stress, anxiety & panic disorder, etc. Sometimes it may take more than one of above causes to aggravate T. Take care. God bless.
       
    7. davorr
      Worried

      davorr Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you, dear friends, for your time and the ideas!

      @Candy: No, I haven't checked my throat. Gonna ask the doc for that by next occassion.

      @MikeL1972: Yes, I'll try to replace that BP med by some tea mix, that hopefully should do the same. I've been at local ENT, she has checked my ears, eyes and my balance. But hasn't checked the sinus cavity. Did your T. have something to do with the sinus cavity?

      @Kazue: Thanks for the suggestion to check the Hyperbaric oxygen chamber! Do you have any experience with that? Is there any other way to get more oxygen in the ears?


      ***

      Generally, I am a bit disappointed of the 2 medical examinations I had:

      1. My family doctor is an older guy, a nice person. But when I mentioned the massages and the neck, he said: "No, T. doesn't come from there". Man, I've been working in front of the computer for the last 20y. We could at least give them a try.

      2. The local ENT has not checked, if my T. is being affected by pressing some points at my neck. I've found out, my T. tone frequency is sometimes changing, when I press my neck with my fingers below the ears. This I saw in some online diagnosis tools like http://www.tinnitool.ch (in german only) At the end of this online test, the result said it might be some circulation disorder.
       
    8. drox
      Pacman

      drox Member

      Location:
      Brussels
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Drugs/stress/music/noise ?
      Hello !
      Was the onset instantaneous or progressive ? This could also give some indication...
      It looks like T is often triggered or aggravated by a combination of things with noise and stress at the forefront !
      Be very careful with noise, stress and medication as from now...
       
    9. davorr
      Worried

      davorr Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      It was instantaneous: I woke up and heard it.
      Maybe even in the evening before, before I went to sleep after I was working on my couch on the Notebook for 3h, I can't quite remember.

      Thank you.
       
    10. MikeL1972

      MikeL1972 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Uknown
      POSSIBLE CAUSES (for my case; a subjective list, the order is not relevant):
      A) 1 day before it occurred, I've had lot of stress & been working for 11 hours on the computer. The last 3 hours on my couch until 1 o'clock at night (with a very bad head position)
      B) 3-4 days before it occurred, I was testing my the guitar amplifier. It was extremely loud. Maybe it damaged my hair cells?
      C) 2-3 days before it occurred, I went to swimming in a pool, then I had a 5 min. walk to my car by cold weather. Maybe got some infection there?
      D) I got Hypertension / high blood pressure (for 1/2 year)
      E) Side effect? I take Olmatec, the hypertension medicine (for 1/2 year)
      F) Traffic Noise: Since 3 years my office is looking at the highway: 45-50 DBfs constant noise.
      G) Dental: No pains, but you never know. I haven't visited a dentist for years.

      -------------------------------
      It's hard to point to the specific reason why you got tinnitus, but given all the options above, there could be more than one culprit. But, if you were to ask me to pick one of them, I would say choice B) would be the reason as the bulk of the cases are due to this. Typically, it's instantaneous, meaning you would hear the ringing as soon as it happened (or that same night as in my case) so I'm not sure why it took 3-4 days for you to pick up on it, unless you weren't listening for it.

      Or, there is the possibility that it could have been due to a combination of things. Basically, a result of a confluence of things...
       
    11. peetdoor

      peetdoor Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi! I'm new to this forum. My tinnitus started right after something very similar to (C). In my case it was the morning after juming into very cold water.
       
    12. davorr
      Worried

      davorr Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Today I visited my ENT.

      No hearing loss according to the audio test. But i felt like my tinnitus tone was 3x louder then those test tones.

      She did also a check with a mini camera into my nose. Before that she gave me some anesthetic spray into the nose. The thing went pretty deep. She said no infections.

      We did also a blood test (I wanted that). The results will come in a fee days.

      The thing with my guitar amp is: If this should have caused my Tinnitus, it should have happend probably right after I was playing. And not after 3 days. Does this make sense? This is my greatest fear: that I damaged the hair cells and will never be able to regenerate them.

      What's left, as possible causes, are the high blood pressure or the medication side effect of it. Or the neck problem. And the stress as an overall factor as the ENT states.

      A really annoying disease because it is constant. My tinnitus is still strong, particulary in the evening and in the morning. But when I think about that I am not alone and there are milions suffering... and it will go for sure one day dear God takes my soul, all this makes it easier a bit somehow.

      Thanks friends for your ideas and suggestions. This is a great place because we can find the real understanding only by the affected ones. Nobody else knows.
       

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