Sonicare Toothbrush Caused a Tinnitus Spike?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Grrr!, Sep 30, 2014.

    1. Grrr!
      Gloomy

      Grrr! Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012?
      Could a Sonicare toothbrush be to blame for my tinnitus going from 5 to 10?
       
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    2. Martin69
      Artistic

      Martin69 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      No. I use it every day. Doesn't change my tinnitus.
       
    3. Jay M
      Thinking

      Jay M Member

      Location:
      South Carolina, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/4/14
      Are you sticking it in your ear? :woot:
       
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    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Grrr!
      Gloomy

      Grrr! Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012?
      It's the only thing I can remember changing since my tinnitus went from 5 to 10!
       
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    5. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      Hi, @Grrr! It's often impossible to tell exactly what changes our tinnitus. But I use a Sonicare every day and it doesn't bother me.
      So it sounds like you just started using this toothbrush? If so, go back to hand brushing. If your tinnitus goes down, you'll know the Sonicare was the cause.
       
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    6. MattK

      MattK Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/13/2014
      It's easy to make false correlations when it comes to stuff like this. We get so desperate to know what is going on with our health, that sometimes it is really easy to think, "X came before tinnitus, so that must be the cause". Not saying that it is a false correlation, but that often does happen. Tinnitus is such a tricky problem that it is often extremely difficult to know what the cause is unless it is something just plain obvious, e.g. shooting a rifle without hearing protection.
       
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      Grrr!
      Gloomy

      Grrr! Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012?
      I can see that now. Frankly, I've had it for years but suddenly owned that it was ME and not the trucks/machines in the street about a week ago (looow frequency rumble).

      But it really went nuts about the time I bought my new brush. (AWESOME by the way.... much better than my Oral-B!) So I am trying to connect dots that may not actually be there.
       
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    8. CMIH

      CMIH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      I realize this post is years old, but I have the same question. A couple of weeks ago my tinnitus started getting really bad. It didn't occur to me until a few days ago that it might be related to the vibration/noise from the Sonicare toothbrush I started using about a month ago. It's a fantastic toothbrush, but absolutely nothing is worth increasing my tinnitus. I'll try not using it for a few days to see if there's any difference in my tinnitus, but it's possible increased damage is already done.
       
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    9. JohnFox

      JohnFox Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Sudden loss of 100% hearing R ear with Tinnitus
      I'm with you on this. Something traumatic with our internal health occurs for no apparent reason and were like "Oh man, that was the day my neighbor shared chocolate chip cookies with me! It must be the cookies!" Or,.."I just put on these new socks. These new socks caused a spike in my tinnitus!"
       
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    10. Mark A
      Wishful

      Mark A Member

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I felt the same from a Braun electric shaver. I stopped using it just in case it was the culprit, but my tinnitus spike has never gone down. I guess I will never know what permanently spiked it. All I know is that most people with sound induced tinnitus from hearing loss cannot handle average everyday noises like a healthy person. It is virtually impossible to enjoy life without occasional noisy situations that are not considered harmful to most people's hearing but are to ours.
       
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    11. Tybs

      Tybs Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Fall from stairs
      My electric toothbrush always results in a minor spike after usage (2 or 3 points increase on 10-scale), which fades away in roughly 15 min. My T is sensitive to external frequencies though (originates in neck issues), so it makes perfect sense that vibrations to the teeth/mouth have a certain effect. Therefore, this occurrence never bothered me.
       
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    12. JamieM132

      JamieM132 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I’ve had the same experience. Tinnitus peaked at the same point as starting to use a sonicare toothbrush.
       
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    13. Dave Fencik

      Dave Fencik Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sonicare toothbrush, acoustic neuroma
      Hi all. I realize this is a very old thread. But I wanted to share something.

      I was concerned about tinnitus in only one ear that resulted from using the Sonicare toothbrush and found this thread circa 2017.

      It took quite a while to realize the toothbrush was the cause. But eventually I went back to a regular toothbrush and the tinnitus went from a 6 down to a 1.

      About four years later, I woke up one morning with profound hearing loss in that same ear and severe vertigo That eventually went away, but an MRI revealed a benign tumor called an acoustic neuroma. The tumor is very rare (1 in 100,000) and has a few treatment options. I had it removed and I have recovered fully except for loss of hearing in the affected ear.

      You would never know I had a brain surgery unless you noticed the scar. I am not trying to frighten any of you. But I want to urge any of y'all who have tinnitus in only one ear to tell your doctor about it. You will need to get an MRI with contrast. Outcomes tend to be better if detected earlier. Please reply if you would like to chat about it.

      Dave
       
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    14. hears4fears

      hears4fears Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic/Neck
      No, the poster has a really good question. Vibrations from the brush are transmitted through your jaw into your inner ear.

      And that's why I'm not going to the dentist again. I scrapped ice off the windshield the other day and my tinnitus has spiked, also dehydrated.

      I've been finding little things set my tinnitus off, then it might not go down again.

      Toothbrush seems innocuous but not sure.
       
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    15. Bodycount2022
      Ape-like

      Bodycount2022 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I also have problems with super sonic toothbrushes. I got new neighbors and it seems they have their bath above my sleeping room and last night and this morning I heard very high frequencies that spiked my tinnitus dramatically :( I will ask them if I am right and they use a Sonicare toothbrush :(

      My hearing through hyperacusis is just a mess when I can hear this through walls!
       
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    16. nogg
      Angry

      nogg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1984
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Computer noise
      I used an electric toothbrush for years without problems. Then after a permanent exacerbation about 5 years ago I could no longer use electric toothbrushes as it would greatly increase my tinnitus. I tried various kinds. I finally thought a Quip would work out, and it IS the quietest, but nope, it is still too much. So, I just use a manual toothbrush and have no problems.

      Just because one or many people with tinnitus don't have an issue with electric toothbrushes, it is still the case that some people's tinnitus can be quite sensitive and does react. I am very careful about assigning causation to irritants unless it is very clear and repeatable. Dismissing these observations is what the first ENT I saw did when I told him about the trauma that caused my hyperacusis and tinnitus. His final diagnosis was that I was nuts, didn't have a medical problem and needed to see a counselor. What a jerk. Fortunately, another ENT I saw had experience with this and correctly diagnosed the problems.
       
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