Tinnitus Loudness Scale?

Discussion in 'Support' started by OddV, Nov 17, 2014.

    1. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Using this scale, during the first 2 months or so after onset, my T was around 8.7...
       
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    2. Ardwordin
      Curious

      Ardwordin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8 days
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear wax
      have you tried white noise?
       
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    3. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      No, there is no standardized chart that I know of.
      Even that chart doesn't seem properly designed for a variety of reasons.

      The standardized tests are described here.
      To express intensity, doctors use a Visual Analog Scale with patients reporting a subjective intensity.
      For more accurate sound level measurements, audiologists can do a volume match with calibrated equipment: this is what is used in scientific studies that focus on the impact of treatments on volume.
       
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    4. threefirefour
      Rebellious

      threefirefour Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      I hate the THI so damn much. It answers literally nothing of value about tinnitus.
       
    5. Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      I don’t like these type of charts as it’s so subjective, I think somebody’s emotional state should be included as well.... that being said I probably started off at a 3 now I’d say I’m a 6 due to this annoying beep beep bloody sound.
       
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    6. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Usually a 3 but it can be a 4 at times.
       
    7. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      And now?
       
    8. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      I am a 9 according thiso this scale.
       
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    9. dm222
      Fine

      dm222 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018/02/23
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      after cold and ear syringing 20-30% of volume 06/2018
      Mine changes around from 2 to 5 or 6...

      This night at 3am or 4am was a 0 but as it is reactive by 8am when I wake up it's already a 2.

      Usually at night is a 5.
       
    10. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      It is lower than 8.7, but I would rather not go into details for fear of jinxing it. I am not a superstitious person, but some things are so important, that it doesn't make sense to take Any chances...
       
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    11. Contrast

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Retrovile
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      injury from noxious noise
      Mine is a 3-4 fluctuation
      I have hearing loss (which is mostly distortion in upper frequencies and hyperacusis amplifying other frequency noises) it ruins music and my life.
       
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    12. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      What is it now @Bill Bauer

      Mine used to be:

      September 23-29: 7/10
      October 1-10: 6/10
      October 11-27: 5/10 with spikes going to 7/10.
      November 1-7: 4/10
      November: 7-28: 3/10
      December 1-January 15: 2/10 every day with spikes going to 7/10.
      January 16: 3/10
      January 17: 4/10
      January 18: 5/10
      January 19: 6/10
      January 20: 7/10
      January 21: 8/10
      January 22: 9/10
      January 23-Feb 3: 10/10 Extreme Tinnitus, yup I had it..i can describe what this hell is...jet engine tinnitus. couldn't sleep, eat, read, watch tv, do anything..quit my job..heard it over freeway traffic..
      February: Entire month was an 9/10. With new tone emerging which reduced me to tears.
      March: Entire month was a 9/10
      April: 90% of time its a 8 or 9/10, sometimes it would be a 6-7 out of 10, and sometimes 5/10
      May: Most of the time is a 9/10
      June: Most of the time its a 9/10
      July: So far it has been around 9/10, the good days I had are disappearing.
       
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    13. PortalNaut

      PortalNaut Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Late 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      @dpdx Man oh man, oh man. :sour: :arghh:

      So for this thread....Mine is probably in the medium range, like 4-6. But if I go into a loud room, it typically ramps up and I still here it, so an 8 then by this chart. When I'm lucky it's in the 2-4 range. I also having varying sounds, sometimes a high pitched eeee sound, sometime cicadas, and if low volume then tends to be more of a sssss static sound.

      But the chart isn't that helpful in that when in a loud room, I can hear it but the room sound is so much louder, it's not like I need a loud room to mask it. I'd say a loud room is 90+ decibels, and while I couldn't hear a pin drop, I do hear the T, which must be about 80db them. Once I get back to quiet places like 60db (or lower), the T lowers down some but I still hear it. I wonder if by this I can say my T can be tied to the ambient sound and is 10-20db less.
       
    14. Emperor-Drax

      Emperor-Drax Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud bang on metal with a mallet
      Mine ranges from 0, 1 and 2 in my right ear.

      I'm just working hard not to let it get to a higher number. It's pretty volatile in there at the moment.
       
    15. Kylie V.

      Kylie V. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      3-5, depends on the day.
       
    16. PortalNaut

      PortalNaut Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Late 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      I guess currently is 2-4 depending on the day. Worst was about a 6. For sure I could go into a a noisy Starbucks and hear it above their 80-85db din.
       
    17. Stan M

      Stan M Member

      Location:
      Colorado, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I wish I knew
      9. Today I tried a test. I hear it in the shower. 4 windows in the car open, radio on full, cooler going, 70 mph on the highway. I hear it. A car passed me and it just got louder as if to tell me to stop testing it. 24/7. As soon as I wake up and last thing I hear at night. I never would have imagined torture like this existed. And my own brain is doing it to me. I don't have panic attacks any more. They are pretty scary at first.
       
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    18. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Welcome to the club. Mine is like that too. Nothing (safe) masks it.
       
    19. Alex Matyjasek
      Not amused

      Alex Matyjasek Member

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      8 September 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress? Who knows...
      That´s 6 for me.... Good chart.
       
    20. Daniel Lion
      Ape-like

      Daniel Lion Member Benefactor

      Location:
      SE Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma, hearing loss
      Same for me. It’s super loud and oppressive. I have been doing much better lately and was looking for a document. I came across my audiogram and the ENTs recommendation for hearing aids. It brought up so much fear and anxiety compounded with the death of a close friend. Or the death of a close friend and then seeing my audiogram brought on some pan-icy feelings. I will settle down again... I have to for my family. One day at a time...

      In the new year I should try hearing aids and see if they help.

      GregCA do you wear hearing aids?

      Sorry if my post is all over the place.
       
    21. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Yes, only on one side.
       
    22. foam

      foam Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Interesting scale.. Mine was at least a 9 for the first month. At about 3 or 4 now. And here I was thinking I had it easy.. I honestly thought you all had jet engines in your brain. No wonder I ended up at the emergency room crying after 3 weeks.. And they just told me it's just tinnitus no big deal.
       
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    23. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxic reaction
      Mine is 9-10 for distress.

      Not sure of it's actual loudness. What's considered a moderately loud room and a loud room?
       
    24. OregonDad

      OregonDad Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss
      Started as a 1 in year one and going up the scale by the year. On year 5 and it's a 5.

      Got louder in left ear a month ago and started in the right ear 3 days ago. :(
       
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    25. Stan M

      Stan M Member

      Location:
      Colorado, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I wish I knew
      Thank you for the welcome. Wish I did not belong to this club however.
       
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    26. Lilah

      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, Lupus
      What does "quiet room," "moderately loud room," and "loud room" mean? Are there dB levels?

      How would these rooms be rated?
      - Bedroom with loud vent/AC sound
      - Large conference room with one presenter speaking, some paper ruffling
      - Office party in large room, 20 people talking loudly, no music or other sounds
       
    27. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Yup, it's a membership I'd gladly surrender too...
       
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    28. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      A room with no sound, or minor sounds like that of a quiet fan of a desktop computer.
       

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