Shaking Head Quickly Stops My Low-Frequency Tinnitus Hum — Is It from Anxiety?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jon R., Jun 7, 2021.

    1. Jon R.

      Jon R. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 & then again in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st tone 2001 ear plugs, 3 other tones 2021 Pfizer vaccine
      I have 2 tinnitus noises in the same ear, a hiss that turns in to a intense buzz in a quiet room, and a low frequency hum around 100 Hz or less that can be stopped when I shake my head (as though saying "no") rapidly or if a airplane flies overhead FAR in the distance, so far it is barely even heard but has the power to completely stop my hum, incredible.

      What confuses me is how intense this hum can be, for it to be stopped by just shaking my head, or something thousands of feet away in the air.

      Could this be anxiety? I ask because since I had the COVID-19 vaccine my tinnitus has gone berserk, and I wonder if this is just because I am paranoid about my ears and was worried the vaccine might spike it. Or is there some logical reason shaking my head quickly can completely stop this humming drone noise?
       
    2. nocticolor
      No Mood

      nocticolor Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @Ben Winders is experiencing the same thing, I believe.

      I have the same noises you do, a static hiss that turns worse in silence, and a hum. No idea where either came from one year after the onset of my original ringing. I thought I could stop my hum by shaking my head, but it might just be the outside noise that comes with it that masks the hum, as it only works if the hum is low in volume.
       
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    3. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Can you also stop it by covering your ear tightly with your palm or plugging it with your finger? Do talking/being talked to, yawning, swallowing also make it stop?
       
    4. Ben Winders
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      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Yeah - being talked to and shaking my head in a "no" manner stops my hum.

      Having a very low volume ventilation on during the day keeps my hum completely away. At night I keep a laptop on with VERY low volume humming noise and it keeps my hum away.

      Last time I heard my hum being REALLY loud was when I was in an AirBnb where there was no ventilation and I sat in TOTAL silence for an entire day. Then at night we took the car and after a minute's car ride the hum was very loud and it went away again after a minute (for me, when it is turned on by the car, it always starts to stutter after a minute and then it completely dies down).

      Keep in mind that I had an acoustic trauma, so I'm pretty sure it comes from there, but could also be physical damage as I may have hurt my ears sleeping on in-ear headphones, although I don't think that's the cause, I'm still more convinced I have damage in the low frequencies (as I listened to a fan noise app during sleep, at the time I did not think it was too loud, but I guess it was).

      TL;DR: For the moment I only hear my hum 1 minute after car rides, during the day I sit in my living room that has the ventilation noise (real low) and at night I keep white noise (real low) on and those two things keep the hum away. But yes, it can be very loud when it is fully humming (first month, 12 months ago, it was dreadful).

      I have researched many things, I have seen many specialists. Professor Dirk De Ridder gambles/guesses it may be a thing in my right ear that processes sound too slowly and he advised to try Tegretol; I have the prescription but haven't tried it yet. I'm saving it for when the hum is constant (I hope it never will be of course).

      Can it be anxiety? I don't think so to be honest - when it started I was fully relaxed and not worried about anything.
       
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      Jon R.

      Jon R. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 & then again in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st tone 2001 ear plugs, 3 other tones 2021 Pfizer vaccine
      Yes, but my ear canal has to be fully covered or plugged. I have put earplugs in before and if just a mm of gap is there then I can hear and feel the hum desperately trying to penetrate my ear. If I fully plug or cover my ear with zero gaps then yes it is stopped. Also yes, talking, swallowing also stops it. Sometimes I swallow multiple times in a row just to stop it for those few seconds. Also as mentioned if an airplane is flying overhead in the really far distance that you can barely know it is there, then the hum stops and when the plane gets further away the hum starts to stutter and then eventually comes back when the plane is fully gone. Cars and bikes sound a lot deeper than they should too.
       
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    6. star-affinity
      Gloomy

      star-affinity Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1993, increase in 2020, then new in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe during a soundcheck – sudden sound from speaker
      I've been talking about it in other threads, but my hum started after a night of beer drinking (binge amount, but over the scope of about 8 hours time).

      I recognize the "no" shaking of the head stopping it temporarily and also a low frequency fan or external drone noise taking it "out of the head".

      I don't recommend doing it on a regulatory basis (might fatigue the ear), but I also noticed that I could press/pump the cartilage "lid" in front of the ear canal opening a couple of times on my left ear with my index finger, and then letting go (creating a vacuum) would stop the hum for a few seconds – then it slowly returned.

      I could also hear (almost feel) the bass of distant cars more than normal, but this has stopped being the case now. In fact, my hum is at a much lower volume since I got (a month and two weeks back) a new high pitched tinnitus (and some hearing loss at that) in my left ear. So it seems clear the hum was/is connected to the left ear in my case, despite the experience of it coming from the head, or back of the head.

      Weird stuff I've never heard of before. Please fantastic people of science and medical research – get a grip of all this and help us!
       
    7. sm20

      sm20 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 18, 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      Shaking my head doesn't make a difference but like a lot of other people have said here, having noise constantly on in the background stops the low pitched noise completely.

      I only have it in my left ear. Only my right ear showed hearing loss on the audiogram but my high pitched tinnitus is also much worse in the left ear. I know my tinnitus is noise induced, but the low pitched one I'm much less sure of because it only started 3 months after my tinnitus and I started being very safe with noise after I got it.

      Does anyone else experience eye pain with their humming too? My left eye starts to feel like it has a bunch of pressure behind it whenever there's not enough background sound to keep the hum away.
       
    8. Ben Winders
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      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Pretty sure the humming we (all?) have are rapid muscle spasms -- I have OVER analyzed my hum by confronting it in a very quiet room and feeding the ear with THE CORRECT (needs to be vibrating noise) outside noise makes the spasm less intense/subside because the ear is receiving noise. Sometimes I can just sit in a quiet room and the humming will start to stutter, yes, stutter, before completely stopping.
      Which 'regular' tinnitus does that?

      Also, starting up the car for 2 minutes can set it off from 0 to 100. Which regular tinnitus does that? Again: vibration of the car setting off the muscle spasms?

      Putting a finger or a custom made silicon (very snug) earplug also makes my hum stop. I'm pretty sure this doesn't happen with regular tinnitus. My electric buzz, for example, becomes more pronounced when I put those earplugs in and take all external noise away. Again, the buzz almost completely stops.

      TL;DR: Try custom-made silicon earplugs that are SUPER snug.
       
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