Tinnitus 95% Gone — Caused by Loud Music

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    1. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/09/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      I promised that if my tinnitus ever went away that I would post on here to give hope to others.

      How did I get T?
      In early September 2016 me and my mates spent a whole day drinking and listening to music. As the day wore on the stereo and the bass cranked up very loud and I noticed my left ear began hurting. I guess due to my slight intoxication I didn't think to leave the room, and stupidly I kept listening.
      Three days went by and my ears were completely fine.
      Then four days after the exposure I woke up in the middle of the night with a piercingly loud sound in my left ear - T!!
      I booked an appointment to see my doctor the following day and he told me that I had suffered sound trauma in both my ears and that they would take two weeks to heal. He judged this off of me telling him that I would've been exposed to really loud music for about 5 hours.

      What sort of T did I have?
      My T was extremely high pitched, like the sound you played as a kid that young people could hear but not adults. If you don't know what I'm talking about it should be on google. Basically really high pitched!

      How did my T develop/change?
      Initially my T was very annoying, as for everyone, and it was just in my left ear for the first three or so days. Then it spread to both of my ears for the next few days. Then it went into my head as a high pitched ring.
      Every day the T seemed to go down in amplitude. In the first week I could only mask it with noise like traffic or other everyday noise. If I sat watching the TV I could hear it piercing in the background - very distracting. I think like all T sufferers my T got worse when my head the pillow too!

      When did my T start to get better?
      After about two weeks, of which I never listened to music through headphones, or went out to any clubs where there'd be loud noise etc., the T just began to fade. It was just a faint ring, still high pitched, in the distance of my head which i had to really listen out for when in a quiet place. Then one day i just realised that my T had gone. It was as simple as that!

      95% gone?
      The reason I say this is because once or twice when I've been in bed I've noticed in my right ear when it's pressed against the pillow there was a very faint ring. But if I sit in a silent room, I cannot hear anything. Silence! It's a great feeling that I will now not take for granted having experienced T. Fingers crossed it doesn't come back. If you have any questions feel free to post them.
       
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    2. Foncky
      Doubtful

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      An explosion, music, and fate.
      Nice. You don't take silence for granted and that's very important, you'll be able to protect your ears and avoid the return of T ;)
       
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    3. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Nice! How old are you, any hearing loss?

      The only good thing about my t is that its more of a mid pitch whooshing noise, not to shrill or peircing.
       
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    4. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/09/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      Yep I told my doctor that what i had done was stupid and he said "No it was inexperience. If you go and do it again, then you start to look stupid"! So yes now I am very cautious when it comes to loud music. I never have my headphones above about half volume. I really empathise with people who have T and I admire the strength of those who put up with it for so long. My Dad said he's had it for as long as he can remember and he's 60!

      And Sam, I am 19, nearly 20. When my ears were "healing" I noticed that my left ear had lost hearing as the ear felt "full" if that's the word. But I haven't been to the doctor since to see if I've lost any hearing - I think if I have then it's not too noticeable. Again, I think I am quite lucky. That's good then, does your T vary or stay at that woosh level? I imagine that's not too bad to mask?

      One more general point. I noticed towards the back-end of my ears healing that if I sat in dead silence my T was very faint. But then as soon as I turned the TV on, or there was other background noise, then the T would get louder and more noticeable. So it was as if the T was sound induced - has this happened to anyone else? Would be interesting to hear.
       
    5. Foncky
      Doubtful

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      An explosion, music, and fate.
      Yes, my T is louder when there is noise around, and softer during the night. I guess we can call it reactive T. Sudden noise = sudden spike too.
       
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    6. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      I feel like its got better lately, less intense but i have started sleeping/relaxing more after i went through a bad patch in the summer. I can mask it easily with purple noise/cricket sounds on low. The tv alone i can still hear it but its a bit fainter so ill play the purple noise track on low while watching which helps "fill in" the quieter parts of shows/films.

      Your doctor says its down to inexperience and then says you are stupid to do it again, this made me laugh. Many people go to gigs/clubs and think its normal for there ears to ring after but then it goes away. I wish i had known permanent t was a thing when i was 21 and started going to gigs. I don't think its stupid, its purely lack of awareness.
       
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    7. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      Great story, thanks for telling us, great to know it can go down, will help other young people, think your ears are healthier at ur age. We're u worried? Would be interesting for me to see how u reacted on onset.

      Also be careful please from now on and forever...
       
    8. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      @Sam Bridge agree...41 and had no idea. Anyhow haven't been to a club in 20 years for that matter.
      Most people have no idea. We get more tooth decay prevention than this!
       
    9. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/09/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      I was quite worried yes! I didn't think it would be life-changing but it certainly felt like a hindrance and something that I couldn't get off of my mind. I appreciate though that for some people it is life-changing and that is really upsetting!
      And yeah I was quite lucky that it happened to me at a young age where my ears are at their healthiest!
       
    10. Vinnitus
      Bookworm

      Vinnitus Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Good story! Thanks for sharing. We need more stories like this.

      A sidenote: You had Tinnitus for a relatively short time, and it appears more likely to go away in the first few weeks or months. I am currently in my fifth month of Tinnitus since one single concert apparently wrecked havoc inside my inner-ear (I normally don't go to concerts or clubs at all).

      Don't follow in my footsteps, stay away from those ridiculously loud events from now on. Next time it might stay longer.

      Thank you for your story.
       
    11. Vinnitus
      Bookworm

      Vinnitus Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      @Sam Bridge You mean to say your Tinnitus is actually getting lower in volume? Or are you just handling it in a better way (maybe your perception lessened)?

      For how long have you had it? It is noise-induced, right?

      I hope you are a longer-term success story in the making!
       
    12. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      @Vinnitus i am not sure to be honest it its lowered or
      I handle better. In the summer i started having sleep issues which stressed me out and caused anxiety. Now i got on top of that i just feel much better. Like, during the summer i would feel anxious about watching tv just because i felt so rough at times and would
      Just zoom in on my t all the time. Now with better sleep i al watching shows/films with t humming in the background.

      I had the t that i only hear at night since 2011, now i honestly dont remember if it went away or i just didnt think about it but since March 2015 3 gigs
      In a week the volume rose to make it more noticeable and its been that way since.
       
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    13. Vinnitus
      Bookworm

      Vinnitus Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Sounds more like habituation to me. Still nice, but I guess the Tinnitus didn't really go away in the meantime...
       
    14. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Yeah, since 2011 i have been to around 25ish gigs, no plugs because it didn't even cross my mind. I didn't think about that strange hum i heard at night, I don't think i ever researched it either, how i wish i did now! But thats how little i thought of it back then.

      I sound like a broken record but i honestly didn't know about hearing loss/ t on a seriously enough level.
       
    15. Vinnitus
      Bookworm

      Vinnitus Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Didn't you experience ear fullness during the time of visiting many gigs? That's what alarmed me at first a few days after visiting the concert. The tinnitus came on later.

      I am amazed so many people can just visit multiple concerts and not even notice anything or not even worry if they do. For me one concert was all it took to develop discomforting and lasting ear symptoms.
       
    16. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      I can't remember and if i did i probably just thought it was normal. Looking back i shudder but its just a case of a lack of education/ignorance.
       
    17. GGG-DG

      GGG-DG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/noise/stress?
      Thank you so much for posting this! I have the exact same type of T. Also started in my left and then my right and then inside my head. It's also very high pitched so I hear it over everything, even if faintly. It also seems to go up in volume when I turn on a sound machine or listen to some music in speakers.

      However, unlike yours, mine has been going on for about 2 months. It happened out of the blue (maybe after listening ear phones?) and I was also a bit dizzy initially. But it wasn't right after going to a club or to a really loud place. It was gone in the morning then started again in the afternoon and never stopped, but it keeps changing. I was also very ignorant and dumb, so didn't even think it was noise damage, and thought I probably had an ear infection or something, so I kept listening earphones for like another week when the high pitched noise inside my head started. I was very ignorant about how easy it is to damage your ears. I was also quite stressed last month so maybe that contributed to it as well.

      Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your story, it gives some hope! :)
       
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    18. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/09/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      No worries, that is exactly why I posted this! Hopefully it might just be that yours is taking longer to heal. I hope it all works out sooner or later :)
       
    19. ruben ruiz

      ruben ruiz Member

      Location:
      Tucson, AZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I believe it was meds and stress
      Does your t come back at night time? When it appears the worst.
       
    20. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/09/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      Hi, it hasn't come back at night time when I'm in bed.
       
    21. Devjt2

      Devjt2 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Concert
      Hi @Art Vandelay has your condition gotten better? Wishing you well.
       
    22. ruben ruiz

      ruben ruiz Member

      Location:
      Tucson, AZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I believe it was meds and stress
      You didnt have the beast for that long. You were lucky. God bless.
       
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    23. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/09/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      Hi, yup my ears are 100% I'd say. Thanks!
       
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    24. Capricornus
      Inspired

      Capricornus Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced/Stress
      This gives me hope! I'm 16 days since onset (noise induced from clubbing), and I'm having a really quite day!

      I'm glad it went away for you @Art Vandelay! Keep away from loud noises in the future and enjoy the silence :)
       
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    25. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/09/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      Thanks. It sounds like yours is very similar to what I had - I wish you all the best for your recovery
       

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