Terrible Noises When I Am Not Active or Try to Sleep

Discussion in 'Support' started by Serse, Mar 24, 2016.

    1. Serse

      Serse Member

      Amsterdam / Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:

      I have tinnitus sinds december 2015. It started with a hissing sound in my left ear and some noices in my head. The ENT told me I have a very limited hearing loss in my left ear. The MRI was ok.

      Since then the problems are getting worse. My left ear is reacting to all type of sounds. It starts hissing or ringing and after some exposure of noice I hear electrical sparks near my ear or even in my head.

      The most annoying is that I hear those terrible noices when I am not active. I can't read a book or watch television because my ear (the one without the hearing loss) starts making whoozing sounds. I like to read and it is a great way to relax, but it is not possible any more. I can't mask the sounds because my left ear starts hissing of bleeping and after a while I get a terrible electrical buzzing in my head.

      When I try to get to sleep I have the same problem, but there are more sounds. Wheezing, buzzing (sometimes electrical), and sparklings. When I wake up at night the sounds are gone but they return as soon as I am awake. When I close my ears I can hear the sounds in my head.

      I really don't know what is going on. I try to do my best to relax. I go jogging, walking, practice yoga, eat healthy, and don't drink alcohol. I am on mirtazapine since may years and my doctor adviced me to increase the dose, but I am to afraid that this will worsen the sounds in my head.

      I have read in this forum that the best thing to do is do the things you normally do. But the problem is this is not possible, because my ear reacts to all sounds and after exposure to sounds (even talking with someone) my ear starts screaming and I have the electrical sparks all over my head.

      Does anyone have the same problems? And what can you advise me to do?
    2. noisebox

      noisebox Member

      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      I can understand how you feel, my T is reactive which is the worst of both worlds. So no noise hurts and noise hurts.
      When I first got T I was unable to read for 6 months, but eventually I could.
      I cannot really mask mine either as many sounds turn it up, but sounds like a tap running will cover it. Sometimes I get by just scratching my head as it blocks it for a few seconds. It's just trial an error and time, it is a healer.
      I tried masking at night but it made me worse. I just have a little clock now, which I focus hard on to go to sleep.
      My T really likes peace to be honest and always settles in bed.
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