Severe Tinnitus and Nasal Congestion When Connected to the Internet

Discussion in 'Support' started by Mark703, Apr 21, 2020.

    1. Mark703

      Mark703 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi,

      Kinda going down the rabbit hole with this one.

      I'm experiencing severe tinnitus and sinusitis when I'm connected to the internet. It doesn't matter whether I'm connected by wireless or ethernet via my laptop, 4G using my cell phone, or watching OnDemand TV through my router. The symptoms are still the same. After approx 1 hour of being connected my nose becomes stuffy and the tinnitus kicks in. The longer I'm connected, the more severe the symptoms. It seems to be latent too. When I disconnect from the net (switch off router, turn off data from the phone), the symptoms stay with me for hours then gradually reduce. In the end, I confirmed it was the internet connection by switching off the router and disabling data on the phone for a weekend. This resulted in a huge reduction in symptoms!

      I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if so how did they remedy it?

      Thanks,

      Mark
       
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    2. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg. Dose of (Anticholinergic) Drug Promethazine
      @Mark703 -- Not a rabbit hole at all. I notice the same, and do everything I can do reduce or avoid EMF exposure. I suspect many people on this forum are affected as well, but have yet to make the connection(s). Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope others will give it serious consideration.
       
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    3. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      AFAIK no study has established a link between EMF radiation and tinnitus. I would look at other factors that are correlated to your network usage, perhaps your position (are you bending your neck? sitting? etc).

      Where do you live?

      The first step, however, is to try to find a root cause for your tinnitus. You say "Unknown" in your profile.
      Here's a diagnosis flow chart that can help you work with your doc: https://www.tinnitusresearch.net/index.php/for-clinicians/diagnostic-flowchart

      What have you investigated so far?
       
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      Mark703

      Mark703 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks for the reply and the flow chart. I'll work my way through it tomorrow.

      Concerning my investigation into what's causing my tinnitus/sinusitis... all I can say is it's definitely noticeable when I'm connected to the net. No matter what method of connection.

      Approx two years ago I first noticed the condition. It was like out of the blue. Originally I thought my symptoms were due to something physiological like an infection in the nose or ears but trips to the doctor canceled that out.

      Cutting a long story short I whittled the cause down to the internet connection around about 6 months ago. To me, this is a generalized cause, not the precise cause. For instance, I don't know what variable, that when connected to the net, is common between connecting wirelessly, wired or via 4g all of which cause my symptoms. I was hoping to pin it down to the wireless from the router but alas no. My network is just me. I have a MacBook Pro late 2013, an iPhone 5s and Sagemcom router. At the moment I am using an external monitor and remote keyboard and mouse (wired) to provide some distance between me and the laptop but still, the symptoms persist. The more severe symptoms, however, seem to be when I connect wirelessly.

      I mentioned above I didn't know what common variable would cause my symptoms when connecting to the net but thinking about it one thing that is common is I'm looking at a screen. Whether it's the tv, laptop or the phone. I've heard of blue light causing insomnia and headaches but not tinnitus or sinusitis. But once again if the net is disconnected I have no problems watching the devices.
       
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    5. Tybs

      Tybs Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Fall from stairs
      Ever since I got "blessed" by this condition, I quickly learned to stop looking down on people's personal experiences. Not knowing their experience by myself, who am I to judge? Most I can share is an opinion, backed up by certain facts: but that still does not disprove the other's experience.

      I'm convinced electrical devices can have an influence on (my) tinnitus, though not necessarily in the way you describe. During the month where my tinnitus was reducing the most, I was suddenly capable of "hearing" the ceiling lights in my work office. I could simply walk away a few meters (no ceiling there), and the sound was gone: walk back, the sound was back: turn off the lights, the sound was gone. This new found superpower diminished as quickly as it appeared, I guess once my tinnitus got below a threshold of 5 or so. I've had similar occurrences with some other devices, especially with the smart meter at my home downstairs. The awful ringing I had once I got near... its effect did eventually perish though.

      Still, in my theory, it isn't wireless connection or radiation that causes it. Every device has a certain frequency which it is broadcasting (simply by causing vibrations in the air), which is usually undetectable by the human body. I currently assume that once this vibration matches someone's tinnitus in a certain (but so far unknown) way, that the tinnitus "synchronizes" and increases in strength, until said person walks away again.
       
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    6. sirhand
      Anime

      sirhand Member

      Location:
      Bethlehem, PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2018 4:30 pm
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      4 hour (apparently too loud) headphone session
      I would test the net hypothesis. Start by turning off all internet and getting your reduction of symptoms. Then try things one by one, giving plenty of time for each to have an effect on you. You can bypass your wifi router and plug your laptop or cable box directly into the modem to remove that variable. Start streaming something but don't watch or listen to it, turn off the speakers and monitor to remove those variables. Try watching something recorded while the internet is turned off.
       
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    7. Third eye shine

      Third eye shine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1977
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      At first an allergy to dairy, now it is wifi!
      Hi,
      I had tinnitus as a child, it went away after being diagnosed with dairy , gluten allergy and stopped all dairy ,gluten.
      I have lived in a rural cottage for 7 years. Since around February/ March of this year the tinnitus started again. It is horrible, not sleeping and it hurts my brain. I started trying to figure it out. We have a new neighbour who moved in around the time the tinnitus started. We share a wall. My husband asked if they could turn off their sagemcom router. They did at night for two nights and the tinnitus was gone! We always turn ours off at night as well as cell phone and wrap it in special fabric to stop emf...
      They have told us they cant turn off due to their work.
      Now we are looking for a community that doesnt have 5g and will move. Also not sharing a wall will help. We have refused smart meter, but other neighbours have them.
      This is wrong! I know the truth, this is my experience and I will do what it takes to have my PEACE again!
       
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    8. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      Well its obvious the Sagemcom router is the cause of the tinnitus in both cases... get a D-Link router.
       
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    9. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg. Dose of (Anticholinergic) Drug Promethazine
      @dan -- I'm very interested in why you're recommending a D-Link router. I need to buy a router soon. -- Thanks!
       
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