Temporary Reduction/Elimination of Tinnitus When Sick?

Discussion in 'Support' started by becomethesky, Aug 8, 2016.

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    1. becomethesky

      becomethesky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Hi!

      I recently had a pretty bad cold with fever and a painful throat. Had some pressure in my ears as well.

      And the funny thing is that my tinnitus felt much better! It changed a little and reduced in volume. I couldn't hear the usual sounds in my right ear at all. There was some sort of rumbling there but it wasn't bothersome at all. To me it was as good as silence. It's not a coincident, this was the third time this year.
      And now that the fever has gone down things are back to normal...

      So I have a couple of questions. Have anyone else experienced this? And have you got any theories on what the reason might be?

      Some background on my tinnitus:
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-for-almost-9-months-now.16859/
       
    2. JohnnyMx
      Sunshine

      JohnnyMx Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Apr/2013
      Hi!

      This is maybe because your brain started to focus on your flu and fever symptoms. This is great, because for you, it tells you that working your mind and relaxing can take you to a better habituation.

      T does not bother me like it used to, and I can hear it over the T.V. ... but for example, when my T is loud, but I have a headache at the same time, my brain focus completely on my headache and does not pay attention to my sound.

      Regards,
      Johnny.
       
    3. becomethesky

      becomethesky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Hi Johnny :)

      You might be right, I've also thought of that. However, I was now actively listening for it and could barely hear anything. At least the sounds in my right ear. I could still hear my "sound 2" (high pitched sound in my head) but it was relatively mild. Something was different.

      It could of course be due to a reduction in stress due to me focusing on myself and the fever symptoms instead of everything else going on in life. I'm normally quite anxious and stressed.
      Or, it could be some sort of medical/biological reason that I unfortunately don't have the knowledge to say anything about. I'm very curious however :)
       
    4. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      @becomethesky I have noticed the same thing when I have a reasonable fever; it's interesting, other than that I don't know what to make of it. I am confident it's not just psychological because I went to the extent of plugging my ears in a quiet room.

      Conjecture:
      * the immune system is on full alert and producing inflammatory substances which are somehow impacting the tinnitus
      or
      * being sick causes alterations in hormone systems, which is somehow impacting the tinnitus
      or
      * my tinnitus is impacted by some kind of flora (in the gut? in the sinus?) which is partially killed off by a fever

      Hard to say. Pretty interesting.
       
    5. becomethesky

      becomethesky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      @linearb it's very interesting indeed, and all those theories are definitely reasonable.

      I wonder if it could be something worth looking into. At least two people with tinnitus are experiencing a improvement when having a fever... maybe they won't find a cure but at least valuable information might be gained?
       
    6. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Or the soft tissue swelling that tends to occur with colds and flu has a splinting or tamponading effect on whichever mechanism of tinnitus is possibly dominant for those of us who make this observation?

      Research opportunity?
       
    7. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I unfortunately have a fever again and if anything my T is worse. Lots of sinus congestion, too.

      My immune system hates this area...
       
    8. becomethesky

      becomethesky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      It should be. Something causes our T to go down and understanding the mechanism behind it could be a piece in the puzzle to cure tinnitus some day. Must be a better approach than trial-based research that's either hit or miss (mostly miss).
       
    9. becomethesky

      becomethesky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Sorry to hear that! My T "sound 3" (my newest, fridge-like sound) actually spiked a little for a couple of days after the fever went down. Feels better today though.
       

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