Using a Hairdryer Lowered My Tinnitus Temporarily. Huh?

Discussion in 'Support' started by PrizeFighter23, Sep 8, 2016.

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    1. PrizeFighter23

      PrizeFighter23 Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, GA
      Tinnitus Since:
      July/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      Pretty much what it says in the title. I'm coming up on 7 weeks with unilateral noise-induced T in my right ear. It's mostly a high pitched ringing, that occasionally changes to a hissing or old CRT TV sound after I wake up in the morning.

      Something I noticed today was that after using a hairdryer, for about 30 seconds I could not hear my T at all. That's with plugging my ear and listening for it too. It gradually came back over the course of the next minute. I was able to replicate it again by doing the same thing.

      I was just curious if anyone else has experienced something like this. Is it possible that the sounds of the hairdryer contain the frequency of my T sound? From my hearing test, the Audiologist thinks it's around 5500-6000hz.
       
    2. gotyoubynuts

      gotyoubynuts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert
      That's residual inhibition. Look it up
       
    3. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      I agree with the person above. It sounds like residual inhibition.
       
    4. PrizeFighter23

      PrizeFighter23 Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, GA
      Tinnitus Since:
      July/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      @gotyoubynuts and @JasonP : Ah ok. Sorry for the newbie post then! Still pretty new to this and latching on to anything that might be a sign of it getting better :/
       
    5. Jacob83

      Jacob83 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud headphones
      That's pretty cool, buuuuut hairdryers are friggin LOUD. Be careful with it
       
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    6. 3ri0w

      3ri0w Member

      lol yeah i used to think loud guitar playing cures T. Well it cured it for like hours at a time lol. but in the end it just worsened the T...
      so now i prefer just showering
       
    7. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      No problem at all! It is completely understandable that you didn't know. If you have an electric razor it can do the same thing. Just be careful because you don't want to make things worse. Unfortunately, works only temporary.
       
    8. Fangen
      Playful

      Fangen Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Stockholm, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2nd, 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (loud concert for 1h)
      Please use ear plugs if you dry your hair often or for a long time. They are really loud, 75-80+ db and having those close to the ears frequently or at long periods at once is not good. Not meaning to scare you, but I hate to see anyone getting their T worse out of this! Take care! Hope to see you in OW soon :)
       
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    9. PrizeFighter23

      PrizeFighter23 Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, GA
      Tinnitus Since:
      July/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      I'll be more careful from now on, definitely!

      And I'll be hopping on OW more frequently soon. I'm pretty absorbed in Legion right now :p
       

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