Tinnitus Is Getting Quieter in the Morning

Discussion in 'Support' started by PrizeFighter23, Aug 29, 2016.

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    1. PrizeFighter23

      PrizeFighter23 Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, GA
      Tinnitus Since:
      July/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      Hi everyone. It's been a month now since I developed (what I assume) is noise-induced T in my right ear, along with some Hyperacusis and slight distorted hearing in small rooms. (I know, it sounds weird).

      Anyway, I've just been trying to ignore it and hope that it goes away. I can usually get to sleep easily as long as the TV is on.

      I've noticed some differences in the sound over the past few weeks, and definitely the intensity. Sometimes it will spike really high and be a very clear, high pitched ring. Other times it will be quieter, and sound like an old CRT TV with a busted speaker.

      Anyway, this morning when I woke up, I swear that I didn't hear it at all. Or if I did, it was negligible. However, once I got up and took a shower and got ready for work, it was back. To be honest, I was kind of disappointed.

      Has anyone else experienced something like this? If I'm indeed healing a little, would it be a linear progression, or can it go up and down but still might go away?
       
    2. Ford
      Alone

      Ford Member

      Location:
      Chesterfield, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably stress/anxiety or paroxetine
      I'm experiencing something similar this week. I've had manageable tinnitus since 1995, but it turned chronic gradually from March this year, but this week it's fluctulating all the time... sometimes loud and sometimes going down very low. My tinnitus is reactive however, so even things like the TV volume can send it up and after watching for a while I sometimes have to turn it right down or off. In your case, since you've only had tinnitus for a month, there's a very good chance that one of these times it's quiet when you wake up it might have gone for good. I hope that happens for you. Good luck!
       
    3. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Doesn't chronic mean permanent? But you say since 1995???
       
    4. Ford
      Alone

      Ford Member

      Location:
      Chesterfield, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably stress/anxiety or paroxetine
      I'm sorry, I meant my tinnitus turned chronic from March this year (as in this year 2016). It was managable till then. I didn't actually know chronic meant permanent... dear God I do hope not. I hope at least it will improve, as it's destroying my life. It's impossible to got into places with music or lots of folk talking. I'll probably end up a complete recluse.
       
    5. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Ahh no worrys i was just confused as to what you meant. Do you have hyperacausis as well then? Does amything mask the t?
       
    6. Ford
      Alone

      Ford Member

      Location:
      Chesterfield, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably stress/anxiety or paroxetine
      Yes I've started with hyperacusis since March this year too. I used to be able to mask the T before then using an mp3 player and various sounds so I could get through life, but now it's too painful. I can still use the mp3 player if I play it softly through a pillow speaker that's not too near me. Birdsong and things... But now even talking on the phone is painful. I'm hoping for some kind of miracle, that maybe it might go down quiet and stay quiet. They do say it's our brain that causes the reaction... so I just need it to stop doing that! Valium helps but I don't like taking it often as it's so addictive and slows your thinking process down.
       
    7. william adams
      Wishful

      william adams Member Benefactor

      Location:
      S Jersey
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one week after leg surgery plus hearing loss in higher freq.
      My T seems to be softer in the mornings but as my brain becomes more active the volume seems to increase. I f I get stressed it even gets worse. If I have an easy day generally my T will be less invasive.
       
    8. Fangen
      Monday blues

      Fangen Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Stockholm, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2nd, 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (loud concert for 1h)
      I think mine has a lot to do with my jaw. For example, I have had some kind of spike (as you already know) the past two weeks. Yesterday night, it got back to normal, I was so surprised. When I went to bed I laid down in my regular sleeping position (facing the wall) and after a few min I turned around to get more comfy. Heard that high pitch eeeeeeeee in my right ear (which had been very silent just a few before) and back to the "spike" again. But I also noticed that my right jaw felt tense. So in the mornings my T can be rather annoying, but that must be correlated in if and how hard I have clenched my jaw during my sleep or on what side I've been sleeping on. On my right side I have a wisdom tooth that sticks out towards the cheek. I should get it removed, I think it is causing a lot of pain and noises in my T.
       
    9. Vinnitus
      Bookworm

      Vinnitus Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      In my experience, Tinnitus improvement is not linear at all (if it improves). I had a first noise-induced episode in 2010, which disappeared completely during the course of approximately 3 months (my success story is in this forum). When viewed over those 3 months (in the bigger picture, so to speak), one could speak of "gradual improvement", however, it bounced back and forth a lot during the time. Only during the last few weeks it became more consistently quiet in my case as I cannot remember the exact moment it went away, but away it went.

      I guess it's hard to tell if you are making improvements because it is hard to remember what your tinnitus sounded like a month ago. The best one could try is to keep a diary to get a better idea of the "bigger picture", so you could determine if the "good" days start to outweigh the "bad" days.

      The nature of Tinnitus is a rollercoaster however, and it's very hard to say if changes are indicative of anything (most of the time they are not). I have read stories of people who had mild Tinnitus, next it suddenly went blaring, and the next morning it was totally gone. Everything is possible with Tinnitus... In a way, that's a good thing...

      I'm currently enjoying my second bout after a new noise exposure. I'm 4 months in now and it's still the same rollercoaster as it was at first... It seems more faint though, but it's hard to tell.

      Here's to hoping it gets better! Good luck.
       
    10. PrizeFighter23

      PrizeFighter23 Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, GA
      Tinnitus Since:
      July/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      @Vinnitus So weird, I was literally JUST reading your success story, as I was looking for people with noise induced T & H. It's good to know that I shouldn't abandon hope yet.

      Is it normal with noise-induced T to have the clicking & pressure feelings when you swallow? I always thought that was more indicative of ETD.

      Thank you for keeping us updated with your recovery! It's nice to hear more positive stories.
       
    11. Vinnitus
      Bookworm

      Vinnitus Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I disagree, chronic doesn't necessarily mean permanent. It just means you are having a condition for a longer time, and possibly indefinitely into the future. It can still go away or improve however (but this depends on the condition, the severity and other factors). Especially Tinnitus is unpredictable, for some people it stays a lifetime, for some other people it went after many years. So no, its permanent by no means.

      If Tinnitus stays for a longer time, its however advisable to accept it for the time being and move on. You wouldn't want to wait it out if it takes many years. Life goes on around you.
       
    12. Vinnitus
      Bookworm

      Vinnitus Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Wow, such coincidence!

      Regarding the stuffed ear; yes, the clicking and popping during swallowing and yawning sounds very familiar. During my first bout in 2010 my ear was stuffed pretty much all the time. Also I had a sensation of fluid in the ear, but the ENT at the time said there was none.

      Currently I have the feeling of fullness again. I can "clear" the left ear temporarily when I yawn, but it quickly becomes stuffed again. In 2010 when the T went, the stuffed feeling also went away. I have considered I have ETD, but it's just too coincidental that both of the stuffed episodes took place after noise exposure. From reading here and elsewhere, the stuffed feeling seems common with noise-induced Tinnitus too. Personally I think it might be swelling due to an ongoing inflammatory reaction in the inner ear, due to the release of glutamate upon noise exposure or formation of scar tissue, but thats my personal theory. I try to take anti-inflammatory supplements like omega 3 and resveratrol to reduce any ongoing inflammatory reactions...

      I hope we both get better! Best of luck!
       

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