Tinnitus Loudness / Distress Poll (Read Instructions First)

Discussion in 'Support' started by linearb, Feb 25, 2015.

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Is your tinnitus louder than the rubbing sound, and how distressed in general are you by tinnitus?

  1. My tinnitus is QUIETER than the rubbing sound, and I am MILDLY TO MODERATELY distressed by tinnitus

  2. My tinnitus is QUIETER than the rubbing sound, and I am VERY distressed by tinnitus

  3. My tinnitus is LOUDER than the rubbing sound, and I am MILDLY TO MODERATELY distressed by tinnitus

  4. My tinnitus is LOUDER than the rubbing sound, and I am VERY distressed by tinnitus

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    1. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Instructions:
      1) make sure your fingertips are dry
      2) Pinch your thumb and forefinger together, and hold them three inches from your worst T ear.
      3) Rub your fingers together

      The question is whether this sound is louder or quieter than your T, along with how bothersome you find your T in general.

      It's worth noting that prior to my original poll getting down, two people had answered
      "My tinnitus is LOUDER than the rubbing sound, and I am MILDLY TO MODERATELY distressed by tinnitus", a demographic which is now not represented in the responses.
       
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    2. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador Team Tech

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / Possible Medication
      I feel like its worth adding in to be in a static environment with little noise. I think a lot of people's distress and volume level is based on environmental factors.
       
    3. Thongjy
      Balanced

      Thongjy Member

      Location:
      Singapore
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unsure
      Can you elaborate what you mean by environment factors?
       
    4. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador Team Tech

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / Possible Medication
      I mean if your environment is loud then the sound of your T can be masked.
       
    5. NiNyu

      NiNyu Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma? stress?
      Unless you have H of course.
       
    6. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      If this masks your T, consider yourself very lucky as your tinnitus is next in line to having no tinnitus at all.
       
    7. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      For me it does not mask it because finger rubbing == ~200hz and tinnitus == ~14000hz
       
    8. Zimichael

      Zimichael Member Benefactor

      Location:
      N. California
      Tinnitus Since:
      (1956) > 1980 > 2006 > 2012 > (2015)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ac. Trauma & Ac.Trauma + Meds.
      Ummmmmmmmmm... I don't get it. Rubbing my fingers together even 1" from my ears is not very loud. If I quickly tap them together successively..."tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, etc." it is louder than the "rubbing". However, neither of those come anywhere close to matching my T volume, by a huge margin. So...?????
      Maybe I'm doing something wrong...and it's pretty dry in California right now. :) Another drought at this rate.

      Zimichael
       
    9. Teri
      Artistic

      Teri Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      4/2014
      What about us folks who have hearing loss?
       
    10. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I guess people with hearing loss are inherently going to be in the "louder than" category.

      No, I think you're doing it right, and you're in the "louder than" category :-/ Outside of bad spikes, I am in the "quieter than" category, which totally does not keep me from being obsessed/distraught with this issue. I suspect that for me the pitch may be a lot more significant than the volume; I have all sorts of lower-frequency noises in my head, some of which are much louder than the bothersome high-frequencies, and I don't really even think of those lower-frequency noises as "tinnitus" because they don't bother me, they seem to have something to do with my pulmonary system, and I think I've had them forever.
       

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