Tinnitus Is Better in Silent Rooms

Discussion in 'Support' started by sophielynch, Feb 23, 2021 at 4:55 PM.

    1. sophielynch

      sophielynch Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection and wax removal
      Hi. I’ve had tinnitus now since mid December and I’ve found that being in a room with the TV on makes it louder?

      In fact, my tinnitus reduces quite a lot when I’m in a dead silent room and any noise whatsoever triggers it and makes it louder. Why is that?

      I’m only 21 and really want this to go away because if it gets louder by the TV, what’s it going to do in a nightclub even with earplugs in?

      I got my tinnitus from an ear wax build up and ear infection.
       
    2. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Is it louder while the TV is on? Or later? This might be a form of reactive tinnitus.

      I think going to nightclubs even with earplugs in is a risk not worth to take for a tinnitus sufferer.
       
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      sophielynch

      sophielynch Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection and wax removal
      Hi, yes, I think I have reactive tinnitus. And I understand that but I’m only 21, I have my life to live and obviously I will not go to a nightclub with earplugs in if I still have this but to have to suspend that part of my social life is going to cause a huge depression because of how young I am. It’s much easier to avoid loud sounds and be ok with not having a dance when you’re 50+.
       
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    4. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I absolutely understand, I'm in my very early 30s and I needed to give up basically my life.

      Anyway, to be on a more positive note, I have a friend irl who had screaming tinnitus due to ear infection, which went away after 2.5 months. She lives a perfectly normal and happy life without any hearing issues.
       
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    5. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      That's reactive tinnitus. It gets louder in the presence of sound. The louder the sound is the more your tinnitus will scream. It can be temporary.
       
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      sophielynch

      sophielynch Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection and wax removal
      I wish that was me, mine reacts to the tv so badly but barely reacts to the car radio, it’s so weird. I just need my normal life back.
       
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      sophielynch

      sophielynch Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection and wax removal
      The reactiveness can be temporary, or the tinnitus? My tinnitus was caused from ear wax build up.
       
    8. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      Both can be temporary. If your tinnitus is recent you have a chance of overcoming it. The reactiveness sometimes improves over time too.
       
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      sophielynch

      sophielynch Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection and wax removal
      Do you know how long? Or could anybody add some success stories here or @ somebody into this that hasn’t got reactive tinnitus anymore and it completely went away?

      My tinnitus started around mid December btw.
       
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      sophielynch

      sophielynch Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection and wax removal
      My ears pop when I’m in the car quite a lot.

      When I touch my left ear (the one with the ringing), it creates a whoosh sound that I can physically feel. And sometimes when I shout, I get that whoosh sound too?
       
    11. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      My tinnitus was reactive for some time but it changed and the reactivity disappeared, but I still have tinnitus.

      Tinnitus is quite unpredictable and individual. I think it is nastier if it is caused by noise damage.
       
    12. Brittany95
      Not amused

      Brittany95 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/Possibly Ear Infection
      Hi Sophie,

      Just wanted to say I'm in the same boat as you: 25 and imagining how this is going to impact my life once the world goes back to normal if the tinnitus doesn't go away (concerts, movies, hell even going to a baseball game worries me). Mine also started from an ear infection, with the ringing starting back on December 1st, and while I say it has gotten better, it's still very much there. Like yours, it gets worse when watching TV/listening to music a bit too loud and is better in a quiet room.

      Would you say that, since this started, it's gotten better/reduced in volume? If so, try and remind yourself that while yes, the noise is still there, it's much better than it was. If it's still the exact same as when it started, you may want to see a doctor to have them check if the infection is lingering and that may be why there have been no improvements. I've noticed that mine seems to have gone from a true ringing, to a buzz, and now is more of an electrical hiss noise. Has your noise changed at all?

      Have you also looked into things that might make it worse/spike it? For me, that was taking Aleve or Sudafed, as well as drinking regular soda (I usually do diet, but really needed the sugar to stay awake at work!). It was horrible for about a day and a half before it went back down to its "normal" level. Try and track if you have any triggers aside from noise.

      As someone told me when I made my first post on here, this is going to be a bit of a rollercoaster while your ear recovers. There will be good days and bad days. Just yesterday, I could barely hear it all day and thought "holy shit, is it finally done??" while today I think it was tripped by the music in the car being a little too loud on the way to work, so it's been buzzing more. Being back in my quiet office has calmed it down again, though, which is a relief. I'm realizing that my tinnitus has been reactive since December, and the sensitivity has calmed down, so maybe in a few more weeks' time yours should calm down as well?

      I'm sure you're sick of reading/hearing this, but time is your friend here. Just try and stay positive, as lame as that is! :)
       
    13. Ken77
      Frustrated

      Ken77 Member

      Location:
      Belgium
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Possibly benzos (lorazepam) and/or stress
      My tinnitus is exactly like that too. In quiet rooms it doesn't bother me that much, but it is very annoying when watching tv.
       
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      sophielynch

      sophielynch Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection and wax removal
      Hi Brittany. Yes, mine sounds exactly like yours! The only difference is that I get a whoosh and a physical feeling of it in my ear sometimes when I talk and always when I press around my ear. The doctor gave me a decongestant to see if it helps. I also have a steamer :)
       
    15. Dirtworks

      Dirtworks Member

      Location:
      Ontario
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly loud power tools
      In my personal opinion get educated all you can about tinnitus. Tinnitus Talk is a great place to start.

      I’ve been telling my own daughters right around your age to protect their ears. It just isn’t worth the risk.

      You don’t want bad tinnitus or hearing loss. Look at all the people really suffering on this forum.

      You have a long life ahead of you and you want it to be enjoyable. Ear protection wasn’t preached as much when I was young but I sure wish I paid more attention.

      Please learn how to have fun while protecting your ears. Take care.
       
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