Tinnitus Spike from a Palm Slamming a Table

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    1. hans799
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      Location:
      Hungary
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened Dec 2016 by headphones
      Visited family on Saturday (COVID-19-safe, they all already had it) and we played a card game where if you drew a certain card you had to slap the table. Started out nice and quiet, but my father decided to be super-duper extra funny and slammed the table with his palm full force. It of course caused a loud impulse noise.

      I didn't get an immediate spike but my tinnitus seems to be louder since then (it's Tuesday so the 3rd full day).

      Do you think a noise like this could cause permanent damage?

      Also, don't you hate when friends and family are inconsiderate jerks like this?! They're very well aware of my issues with tinnitus. My father is a diabetic and we all go out of our way to accommodate his dietary restrictions. Why can't he NOT be a total effing jackass and be just a tiny bit mindful of the struggles of others?! Jesus.
       
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    2. Sevv

      Sevv Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12.04.2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      People forget to be mindful when they are in an emotional situation like a fun game. I deliberately don't get into such situations where many people are having fun together. If it's just with one other person, I can control the flow, but not with multiple people.

      So in general it is me who chooses the settings for meeting friends (hiking or video games usually).

      I think I actually played the same game on New Year's Eve a year ago. I stopped because the slapping was slightly triggering my hyperacusis.
       
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      hans799
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      hans799 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Hungary
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened Dec 2016 by headphones
      If anybody finds this later: the spike seems to have gone back to baseline by the end of the 3rd day following exposure. Thank God.
       
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      hans799
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      hans799 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Hungary
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened Dec 2016 by headphones
      Well, I celebrated too early, the spike is back (today is Day 5 following exposure). I hope that getting some fading is a sign that this isn't gonna be permanent.
       
    5. Lurius
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      Lurius Member

      Location:
      Oslo, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Valsalva maneuver
      This reminds me of two things.

      First of all, my own father is obnoxiously loud when we play board games. So I really feel you there.

      Secondly, I think it was in 2019 that I joined a group of independent board gamers at the local university. I quickly realized this was not really fit for someone with tinnitus. I've never been with so many loud people at once before. Think there was between 20-30 people there. Every - single - one of them was screaming off the top of their lungs, like they all had guns at their heads or something. I stopped going there after a little while, it was just too much.
       
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      hans799
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      hans799 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Hungary
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened Dec 2016 by headphones
      Okay I've done an objective comparison (I use my fridge's motor hum for this purpose) and it seems my tinnitus volume is unchanged. Its characteristics (pitch etc) are also unchanged, I know these very well. It still seems a hell of a lot louder.

      I think what happened is that when my father slammed the table it didn't cause any physical damage to my ears but it did send me into a horrible fight or flight mode, I'm hyperfocused on the noise, and that's what makes it seem louder. Do you think this is possible?
       
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    7. Tatsopa

      Tatsopa Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005 (Onset) 05/2020 (Worsening)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      No clue
      I can't speak for everyone in here but I don't buy the "increased awareness of the noise due to fight or flight mode". For a week now my tinnitus has spiked, for unknown reason.

      Of course I take note of its presence more often than usual, of course I'm in fight or flight mode but, of course, my tinnitus is actually trying to get me back at square 1.

      Hope yours, and mine, and everyone's go back to baseline; some kind of "un-spike".
       
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    8. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      I agree that the “fight or flight” thing is nonsense.

      If it’s really fight or flight, how come other things like “being startled by something unexpected” don’t spike your tinnitus for a week? If only loud noises do this, it’s much more likely to be your ears than your brain chemistry.
       
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