TMS May Have Caused My Tinnitus to Get Much Worse

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    1. sandip
      Scared

      sandip Member

      Location:
      Washington, DC
      Tinnitus Since:
      Since 2008, became much worse August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened after rTMS treatment for depression
      I've had hearing loss and tinnitus in my left year since 2008, but it was not so bothersome. I was able to sleep and meditate without any problem.

      Then starting in July 2015 I underwent repetetive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for treatment of depression. After 6 weeks my treatment was stopped because my depression was not lessening. A few days later I noticed that the ringing in my left ear was much louder than before. So loud in fact that I could no longer sleep or meditate. It is now a fast high pitched sound that is making me feel suicidal. I'm even beginning to hear some ringing in my right ear as well. I don't know what to do now.
       
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    2. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Unfortunately this work is still very much in the early stages, but several studies have found that particular TMS protocols can have a beneficial effect on tinnitus -- so it seems quite possible to me that other protocols could have a detrimental effect.

      Of course, stress and anxiety can also increase tinnitus, and sometimes tinnitus just has a mind of its own.

      If you're substantially wealth, the Stubbeman Clinic in LA claims to have some expertise in this regard with TMS, and might be a good starting point. (I was quoted ~35-40K USD for the full treatment, but a consultation about your specific situation might be a different matter).

      From what I have read, problems as a result of TMS are thought to improve with time.
       
    3. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      40 k ...shit , and does nothing I am sure :p
       
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    4. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Sandip,
      I think it will settle down.
      As tinnitus comes from the Limbic part of the brain where our feelings come from it may have triggered a spike.
      See your doctor and he might give you something to help you.
      Im sorry your depression is bad and I totally understand about that and hope you have a understanding family and friends to help you.

      Welcome pm me anytime or phone me if in the uk....lots of love glynis.
       
    5. sandip
      Scared

      sandip Member

      Location:
      Washington, DC
      Tinnitus Since:
      Since 2008, became much worse August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened after rTMS treatment for depression
      My TMS treatment for depression was covered by my insurance which is CareFirst. I only had a $40 copay per session. Still expensive but affordable for me. I had about 28 sessions.
       
    6. sandip
      Scared

      sandip Member

      Location:
      Washington, DC
      Tinnitus Since:
      Since 2008, became much worse August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened after rTMS treatment for depression
      Thanks glynis.
       
    7. Mad maggot
      Breezy

      Mad maggot Member

      Location:
      New zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      This is awful! Perhaps after some time it will settle. I guess it could have over excited some nerves as they work by electrical signal don't they? In time maybe it will settle back down.
       
    8. sandip
      Scared

      sandip Member

      Location:
      Washington, DC
      Tinnitus Since:
      Since 2008, became much worse August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened after rTMS treatment for depression
      I hope so.
       
    9. Joan A.
      No Mood

      Joan A. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000/ spike 2006/ massive 2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknow
      Hi Sandip;

      i'm going for the rTMS on december (because now i'm working). Maybe that comorbidity between tinnitus and depression make it worse. I hope you recover soon. If the depression improve, the tinnitus should improve like a consequence of phisiological establishment in the brain. I cross the fingers for you! Hold on! :huganimation:
       
    10. sandip
      Scared

      sandip Member

      Location:
      Washington, DC
      Tinnitus Since:
      Since 2008, became much worse August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened after rTMS treatment for depression
      Joan A.,

      Are you going for rTMS for treatment of depression or tinnitus? After 6 weeks of rTMS my depression did not improve, I believe it got worse. A few days after the treatment stopped, I noticed that my T was much louder and higher pitched. It's been a month now and it still hasn't gone down.
       

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