Used Headphones to Watch a Show...

Discussion in 'Support' started by WildMan, Oct 29, 2016.

    1. WildMan

      WildMan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Beginning of 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma.
      I used my headphones to watch a comedy show (so I didn't bother someone trying to sleep), the volume was low and I felt my ears were not bothered. Some time after now, my T has spiked. Almost as bad as when I first got it. I will no longer wear headphone again. I was very much habituating, the T was a faint noise in the background now its loud again. I should have known better, this is the main reason why I have T in the first place (Headphones).

      Now my anxiety is kicking in as to whether or not I have made the ringing worse, permanently. Things were definitely getting better but now I've pushed all the progress back.
    2. Mark McClelland

      Mark McClelland Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Heavy and repeated extreme loud music
      I've had the same issue, also with using headphones post T. There will always be triggers that will cause it to spike or return. But over a period of days, or yes, possibly weeks, it will susbide back to where it was before.
    3. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      @WildMan Hopefully your tinnitus will calm down. I keep advising people (you may not have seen my posts) not to use headphones even at low volume, and especially when the tinnitus was caused by exposure to loud noise. Even after a person habituates to their tinnitus, they are never completely out of the woods and always need to be careful. One of the biggest mistakes a person can make, is to forget they have tinnitus. This mostly happens when it has reduced to a very low level or is seldom heard. In my opinion, headphones are dangerous to anyone that has tinnitus and uses them.

      Headphones and Tinnitus

      The views on whether a person with tinnitus should listen to music through headphones are controversial. Some people show no adverse affects while others do even when the volume level is kept low.

      As I have already mentioned we are all different so the only way a one can know is to experiment for themselves if they want to. In my opinion, when the tinnitus was caused by exposure to loud noise/music and it has become intrusive - by this I mean a person having to seek help at ENT, then they shouldn’t listen to music through headphones no matter how low the volume is set.

      Most music has syncopation throughout its frequency range, so it’s constantly changing in pitch, rhythm and timbre. The beat of the music and volume can also change while listening. This evokes pleasure and can stir our emotions. This happens whether we listen to music loud or soft, although certain types of music does sound better played at a higher volume than others, and vice versa.

      Once the Cochlear in the inner ear becomes damaged by noise exposure, it is much more sensitive to sound. This is one of the reasons hyperacusis (sensitivity to sound) is often experienced with noise-induced tinnitus. The wearing of WNGs (white noise generators) as part of TRT treatment can often cure the condition. I will be covering Hyperacusis and Habituation in more detail later on.

      The organ of the Corti, which is attached to the Cochlear, has approximately 20,000 hair
      cells. These hair cells move to the vibration of sound and are just one of the components in the auditory system that enable us to hear. Someone that already has a sensitive auditory system due to noise-induced tinnitus and listens to music through headphones at a low volume, risks irritating the Cochlear further; this can make the tinnitus louder and more intrusive.

      In my opinion, it can be misleading when some health professionals tell tinnitus patients, listening to music through headphones is fine as long as long as the volume is kept low. These health professionals mean well and know a lot about the anatomy of the ear and therefore, it is not my intention to try and undermine their abilities or expertise. However, It must be said, that many of them have never experienced intrusive tinnitus. This leads me to say, one of my ENT consultant’s who is an Audiovestubular consultant, and someone that I have a lot of respect for, once told me that I know more about tinnitus than she/he. This person explained, for the simple reason they had never experienced it.

      I have spoken to many people and corresponded with them by email and at Internet forums, complaining their tinnitus has become worse because after listening to music through headphones even though the volume was kept low.

      My advice to anyone that has tinnitus that was caused by exposure to loud noise is not to listen to music through headphones, as the auditory system is more sensitive. However the choice is entirely up to them.
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    4. Michael C

      Michael C Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NFL Football Game - I think
      This is an old thread, but just in case it helps anyone ...

      I have been noticing that on days I wear headphones my tinnitus is worse in the evening. I have to sit closer to my wife just so I don't have to ask her to speak up all the time. Luckily we are still young enough that she is ok with that.

      Thank you Michael Leigh for writing this thorough reply. I guess I will hand up my headphones and try to live without them. I'm also finally going to see an ENT.

      Michael Cunningham

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