Tinnitus Spike After Being Exposed to Car Alarm

Discussion in 'Support' started by pinklights98, Jul 4, 2019.

    1. pinklights98
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      pinklights98 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise Exposure
      Hey guys. I've had tinnitus for around three years now. I got it after loud noise exposure at a party right before I started college, but I was lucky enough that after my onset, my tinnitus faded to the background(after about a month and a half), to the point where I often forgot it existed. I was still careful around loud noises, but I had some slip ups along the road, causing a couple spikes here and there that faded away again after usually one or two weeks.

      I had a recent spike about two weeks ago. I was in my friend's car when she blasted her music, and I quickly turned it down but the damage was done. That night my tinnitus had spiked, but it wasn't bad enough to affect my daily life. I was confident it would fade.

      However, three days later as I was walking to my car after the gym, someone accidentally set off their car alarm as I was walking past the hood of their car. The sound shocked me so much I jumped. I quickly plugged my ears, however upon getting home I knew that my right ear felt kind of funky, as it was the one closest to the vehicle.

      It's been over two weeks now, and my ear ringing is the loudest it's ever been, specifically in my right ear. Even during the onset of my tinnitus, I have never felt this hopeless. Unlike my previous bouts with tinnitus, this spike has affected my ability to perform daily functions. I lay in bed all day praying the spike will fade but it seems that everyday it gets louder. I am a shell of my former self. My 21st birthday was a couple days ago, and I spent it in bed crying. I'm trying to be strong but I am unable to sleep, eat, or even think.

      I am worried that this spike may be permanent, especially considering that my right ear is so much worse than my left.

      Although I have frequently been a spectator on this forum, this is the first time I have posted. I am so desperate to feel happy again, but I am worried that this spike will never fade.

      I would appreciate any advice. Thanks so much guys.
       
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    2. Mathieulh
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      Mathieulh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Paris, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/24/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Chronic headphones use and acute noise induced trauma.
      Most spikes are temporary, they can however last for weeks. All you can do now is take care of your ears and hope the spikes subside 2 weeks is too early to tell if a spike is permanent, changes are it won't be tough, the exposure doesn't seem to be a prolonged one so it is likely it will fade. You need to understand though that as someone who has had noise trauma in the past, your ears are more prone to damage and will be for the rest of your life, you need to remain mindful of those.
       
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    3. ChrisBoyMonkey

      ChrisBoyMonkey Member Podcast Patron

      Location:
      CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      U.S. Army/Field Artillery Veteran
      It may also fade too as your other spikes have. I know how you feel regarding the birthday. You can try avoiding loud noises for now and hope that it will eventually go back down.

      Even if it doesn't, you probably have seen the treatments thread. There might be some things out there to help, or if not things on the way that might help such Neuromod's Lenire or Dr. Shore's device.
       
    4. GSC
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      GSC Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma.
      Nac and Magnesium, mayhaps some prednisone since this is potentially a fresh acoustic trauma.
       
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      pinklights98
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      pinklights98 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise Exposure
      Hey guys,
      It’s been about 5 and a half weeks since my tinnitus spike. My left ear the spike had faded a little but my right ear(which was the one most affected by the car alarm) seems to get worse everyday. I am incredibly depressed and hopeless. My doctor has put me on Ativan temporarily to help with the anxiety attacks that I’ve been having everyday. I don’t do anything all day, I’m afraid to go outside and be exposed to noise, and I’m scared I’m going to be like this forever.

      My classes start in less than a month and I’m worried I will not be able to return to college in the state that I am in.

      I have been taking magnesium, NACs, and turmeric supplements daily but they have not helped, as far as I can tell. I take 1200mg of NAC, 400 mg of Magnesium glycinate, and 500 mg of Tumeric. (My doctor would not prescribe me prednisone).

      I know it is unlikely the spike will fade at this point but I would love any advice you guys could give. I just want to be able to function again.
       
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    6. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      Maybe you can change some stuff in your life to accomodate to your current situation. I dont know hows you college, but in general they shouldnt be loud, although these days they may use loudspeakers for class, I dont know. Getting to college, physically navigating through streets and traffic to get there, could be more of a challenge, but if you have parking nearby you could just drive.

      If your ears are sensitive I would advise you to always wear earplugs or earmuffs outside home (things like a car alarm going off are impossible to predict), and when you get home try to be surrounded by sound you like, music, or the radio on the background.

      The cities have become largely unlivable for those with hearing issues, traffic, loud motorbikes, absurd repairs and construction works everywhere, sirens, loudspeakers everywhere, including inside public transport etc. Today there is a lot more information than say 20 years back, although the info is not of great quality and it does not offfer answers either. There is people in cities that realised the environment is super loud and instinctively started to use cotton on ears or earplugs decades ago. That's not such a bad way to go, in the sense that those people did not go to doctors or search for answers, they just coped the best they could.
       
    7. dan
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      dan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Hi Pinklights,
      Can you say when did you notice improvement in your spike?
       
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      pinklights98
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      pinklights98 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise Exposure
      @dan Sadly, this spike ended up being permanent (so far, at least).
       
    9. dan
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      dan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      @pinklights98

      "I think my left ear has 80% recovered at this point, but my right ear, which was the ear closest to the car alarm, has not recovered at the same rate. However, I will say that even in my right ear I have noticed some improvement, as opposed to the beginning of the spike where it was exceedingly present."
       
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      pinklights98
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      pinklights98 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise Exposure
      @dan unfortunately I spoke too soon then, it ended up getting much worse again. I also suffered further traumas which sadly set me back even more
       
    11. dan
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      dan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      @pinklights98 I'm really sad to hear this. Was the worsening due to the new traumas or did it get spontaneously worse? Thanks for replying.
       
    12. Eric N

      Eric N Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Montreal QC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012, 03/2016, 05/2017, 05/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise + 3 major increases via (shouting / MRI/ flu+Tylenol)
      This condition is absolute garbage, how are we supposed to live like this I'll get a spike from every silly mistake I do whether significant or not, thanks to the further damage caused by an MRI.
       
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    13. MRItechssuck

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2002-2015, 10/17/2019-?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      Yep... MRIs should be given as a last resort. I emailed Siemens to ask about the db level in their “new” large core MRI. Two weeks now and my first spike in 15 years has not gotten better, and probably worse. All I know is my tinnitus was basically gone after 15 years, and now it is 10x worse than ever.

      I am 17 days in, and I think I am f#$cked.‍♂️

      Siemens seemed like they were concerned enough to reply and are now tracking my experience. Maybe the word on MRIs is getting out. I’ve been careful for 15 years but complacency with these MRIs have now ruined me for life.

      But... what now? It sucks, there is no recourse....the MRI tech is probably getting high right now while I sit with this buzzing. I hate people who can’t do their jobs properly.

      Oh well... pressing on... another day, another tired and zombie day and sleepless night.

      Good luck to all.
       
    14. dan
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      dan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Terrible. To have tinnitus gone only to come back 10x worse. OMG. Hopefully it dies down again.
      Here's to quieter days ahead.
       
    15. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Yes, very frustrating and disheartening. Last year, I spiked from a ups truck, a horn blast from a big rig, and the alarm to wake up in the morning. Pretty ridiculous.
       
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      AUTHOR
      pinklights98
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      pinklights98 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise Exposure
      My tinnitus was also gone for two and a half years only to come back way worse by a car alarm.
       
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    17. Striveon

      Striveon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Did your spike subside?
       

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