Tinnitus Is Fluctuating Wildly and Is Very High Pitched. Struggling.

Discussion in 'Support' started by aot, Jan 25, 2021.

    1. aot
      Depressed

      aot Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016. Worsened 11/2019.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound induced, worsened due to noise expouse + flu.
      Hey everyone. I hope everything is well with you.

      I could be better. My tinnitus is acting crazy lately, and I don't know how to deal with it. It sucks because I was making such great progress, both in terms of habituation and volume reduction. At least twice in the past two months, my tinnitus was reduced to a faint hiss in my right ear for about an hour or so.

      But now my tinnitus is in my head and in one or both ears, is fluctuating from moderate to higher, and is high pitched to the point of near pain.

      I'm not sure what exactly is causing it: It might be the stress from my mom being sick, the split second of fire alarm exposure two days ago, although it was fluctuating before that, just not like this. The fire truck and ambulance, sirens blaring, that drove by the bus stop yesterday. I had 20 dB earplugs in and I covered my ears. I just don't know.

      I've taken just about every reasonable precaution I can, and I take both NAC and Magnesium everyday.

      :cry: I need some words of support, please. FX-322 can't come soon enough.
       
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    2. Zugzug

      Zugzug Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Autoimmune hyperacusis from Sjogren's Syndrome
      I bet it's all of the above spiking it.

      Have you considered trying Theracurmin or Nicotinamide Riboside? Kind of pricey. Maybe a short course would help though. Maybe try a low salt diet or sleep aids if sleep is an issue.
       
    3. hurtingdream

      hurtingdream Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2002. Became worse 11/29/2015.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication
      I've been struggling too lately. Try to hang in there. I know it's hard. Praying that FX-322 comes out sooner than later.
       
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    4. FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      Hey there. Don't lose hope. The fact that you were improving means you can improve again.

      Stress does a number on not just your neurotransmitter profile but I was reading today that it can also sensitize your NMDA receptors to noise (i.e. noise that would otherwise not cause excess Glutamate release, can under stressful conditions):

      A biochemical model of peripheral tinnitus

      You are still acute from a spike. You can get better again but try as hard as you can not to stress so you can lower your Glutamate and recover. Any pets you can hug? Friends who help relax you? Try to stay busy (hell, if you have any free time try playing Civilization 6, it will kill all of it).

      Definitely avoid any additional noise right now. Hang in there.
       
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    5. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      aot
      Depressed

      aot Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016. Worsened 11/2019.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound induced, worsened due to noise expouse + flu.
      I'll look into it, but I don't want to change my routine all that much. I'm going to try and wait it out, hope that it works itself out, and maybe try these if nothing changes.

      Thanks, though.
       
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      AUTHOR
      aot
      Depressed

      aot Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016. Worsened 11/2019.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound induced, worsened due to noise expouse + flu.
      Thanks for the advice, FGG. I'm trying to hang in there. And thanks for the game recommendation. (y)
       
    7. twa
      Fine

      twa Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      I'm so sorry you are going through this. I am doing an anti-inflammatory diet, it's called AIP. It has helped with the inflammation and ear pain. Increase your fruits and vegetables to at least 9 a day. Cut out gluten and dairy. It's tough but it does help. Walking daily can increase activity and blood flow, as well as, release endorphins to help depression and anxiety. It's going to be ok.

      twa :)
       
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