Waiting for Specialist, Clueless!

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    1. Sander-GT

      Sander-GT Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head injury, concussion
      Hi everybody
      I suffered a head injury in June and since then I have like a high pitched white noise in my right side, though the sound is all around.

      I tried listening to some tinnitus soothing videos on YouTube but they’re painful to me, I need something lower frequency. I love watching 1990’s Star Treks because they each have the low rumble of the engines almost constantly.

      Reading here is overwhelming, there’s so much information, I have no idea where to begin!

      Anyway, hi!
    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @Sander-GT

      Please read the post below and hope you find it helpful. I advise you not to use headphones even at low volume. Please click on the link at the end bottom of the page and read my post: Tinnitus, A Personal View.

      All the best

      New to tinnitus what to do?

      The onset of tinnitus can be difficult for a lot of people to cope with. It comes in many forms and intensities and no two people experience it the same. When it is mild, moderate or occasionally heard in quiet surroundings it is usually not too bothersome and a person can go about their daily affairs quite happily and unperturbed by this anomaly. This type of tinnitus usually comes on gradually and in some cases it’s associated with hearing loss, as we get older and the usual treatment is the wearing of hearing aid/s.

      Tinnitus can be also be caused by an underlying medical problem, build up of ear wax (cerumen). Jaw problems. Some medications and even irregular blood flow through the body causing Pulsatile tinnitus. One of the most common causes is exposure to loud noise or music that has been played at high levels that can affect the cochlea in the ear. This type of tinnitus can be loud, intrusive and very debilitating. Often leaving a person at a loss and not knowing which way to turn to escape the noise. I fully understand how difficult it can be for someone new to this condition to take this in and believe it to be factual.

      If you are having difficulty sleeping you might have been advised to try a nighttime sedation or an ant-depressant to help cope with the stress and anxiety that often accompanies tinnitus. These medications can be helpful especially in the early stages and they don’t have to be taken long term, so it’s something to consider. They can act as a safety net so you don’t become too down.

      A referral to ENT will usually be recommended. In the mean time try to keep occupied with something you like doing, as it helps to distract the brain from focusing on the tinnitus. Avoiding quiet rooms during the day by playing low-level non-intrusive music such as classical in the background can be helpful.

      At night a sound machine placed by the bedside playing nature sounds or listening to favourite mp3 tracks or Cds are good. Keeping the volume just below the tinnitus is ideal and set to play throughout the night until morning. It takes time to get used to sound therapy so please stay with it. Whilst in a deep sleep it supplies the brain and auditory system with sound enrichment. Over time the tinnitus is pushed further into the background helping to make its perception less noticeable during waking hours.

      In the early stages of tinnitus, if one chooses not to use sound enrichment sleeping can sometimes be difficult and there is also the chance of the tinnitus becoming more intrusive as sleeping in a quiet room can allow the brain to increase it’s own background activity. In doing so it will also increase the tinnitus making it more intrusive during waking hours.

      There is a tendency for newbies to try and cure their tinnitus which is quite understandable. There are many remedies, treatments and concoctions out there. Some affordable others quite expensive. I am not averse to trying to help myself but want to say, there are charlatans and con artists eager to relieve someone in distress of their money so please be careful. Even tried and tested treatments I wouldn’t recommend a person try until they have been seen at ENT. Often a person after been seen at ENT is advised to wait a while.

      Many people habituate to tinnitus within six months sometimes a little longer and it has been known to go away. The ear is a very delicate organ and many Doctors prefer to wait before investigating further and then suggesting a treatment. If other problems are experienced such as: pain in the ears, deafness, dizziness or balance problems this is of more concern and a person will usually been seen quicker.

      It is best to have a word with your GP if you’re feeling stressed or depressed in any way, as previously mentioned there are treatments available. Leaving things alone until your ENT advises you of the next step is the best thing to do in my opinion. Don’t try to fix anything or throw large sums of money at treatments that you have no way of knowing whether you’ll get any relief.

      I advise not to listen to audio through headphones even at low volume especially if the tinnitus was "noise induced" and keep away from loud sounds. By all means go out but anywhere that plays loud music then wearing noise-reducing earplugs, the type that has attenuation filters would be a good idea. 18 to 30 decibels reduction should suffice. While reducing external sound they will not impair sound quality.


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    3. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      syringing and now somatic T dental work
      @Sander-GT One major association between concussion and tinnitus is cranial auditory nerve swelling. This will cause sensitivity to almost any sound. Tinnitus is high pitch where it's usually in one ear. Have you had a MRI ? Your doctor may prescribe steroids for any swelling. You should see improvement or it will resolve in time.
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    4. jjflyman

      jjflyman Member

      Michigan, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise (Concert)
      If you have been concussed you should talk to your doctor about your ringing. It will most likely sort itself out over the next few months.
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    5. Contrast
      No Mood

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Clown World
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
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    6. PortalNaut

      PortalNaut Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Late 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      If you think low sounds might be good try a few of the following:

      Rumble Works -Ambient Low Frequency Noise for Ten Hours
      The above are too low for most laptop speakers.

      There are many "mind" improvement videos organized around certain Hz. The following one walks through some of the lower ones. To note, middle A is 440Hz.
      All 9 Solfeggio Frequencies - Full Body Aura Cleanse & Cell Regeneration Therapy
      With the above, skip around the video, and you might find a Hz range that you like.

      Good luck!
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    7. Jim M

      Jim M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      I use the free Beltone Tinnitus Calmer app. Love the sound mixes. Great advice given. Am limiting my wine intake and eating vegetables daily. One atavan and a melatonin for sleeping. . My wife doesn't mind the crickets at nighg from the app. Set it low and put it near my problem ear.
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