Tinnitus Spike from Snapping a Tree Branch — Possibility of It Being Permanent?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Poseidon65, Oct 26, 2020.

    1. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      Hi folks,

      Today I was outside looking for firewood in the forest. I found some branches on the ground which were too long. One of the branches was particularly thick (maybe 1.25 inches), which I broke by stepping on the branch with my foot. *Immediately* after the break, I got a noticeable spike. I was surprised by this as I never thought of breaking branches as being a particularly loud activity, but in retrospect, it definitely is.

      Around 8 hours later, my tinnitus is still noticeably worse than it was before.

      What's the likelihood that a spike from this kind of incident is permanent? Does the fact that my tinnitus spiked immediately have any implication on this?

      FWIW I am not planning to seek out Prednisone or other steroids, as the evidence for them seems thin at best.
       
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    2. Jodi
      Confused

      Jodi Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Your spike most probably is psychological only, since your brain filters out sound as a serious threat, and this sound stood out, your brain got scared, triggered fight/flight. Therefor the effect is kind the opposite of habituation. I.e. your brain will notice your tinnitus more... for some time; minutes, hours, maybe days. But to cause more actual damage the noise needs to be louder, think closer to 100 dB or usually much more.
       
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    3. Matt9

      Matt9 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      It's not permanent, it will subside.
       
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      Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      Thanks all, the sound has definitely gone down.
       
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    5. Matt9

      Matt9 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      How much did it take for the spike to subside?
       
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      Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      It went down within a week.
       
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      Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      The temporary spike was definitely real. I had broken some smaller branches with no effect on my ears. Only when I broke a larger branch, which made a much louder sound, did I get a spike. It was honestly pretty loud being right next to it (no dB meter in use at the time obviously).
       
    8. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      I also get spikes from innocuous stuff - really sick of people saying spikes are "psychological" - please stop telling people that, lest someone else begin to retort that your tinnitus as a whole is psycho-somatic.
       
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    9. B18c1vtech

      B18c1vtech Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma??, poor diet, sleep, stress, etc..
      99.99999% chance you triggered a fight or flight anxiety response. It's the biggest reason we see posts like these. Try to relax, you'll be fine.

      If it calms your mind, take some antioxidant supplements for any inflammation, and some vitamins.
       
    10. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      Unfortunately even the tinnitus world is divided, we don't understand each other at all.

      "mildies" vs "modies" vs "severies" ... mildies start understanding severies if and when their tinnitus gets worse in a decade or so... till then, any spike is "psychological" and their spikes may not go back down just by staying calm once they breakout in pre-severe range.
       
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