What Exactly Is a Spike?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Tom Cnyc, Jun 18, 2016.

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    1. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      Hey all, I'm kind of new here / to this in general. I've read a lot - and I'm somewhat confused as to what a "spike" actually is. Contextually it seems to mean different things to different people, and since this is a subjective health issue - I'm curious what everyone thinks.

      How long do spikes last? At what point is it no longer a spike and just "baseline"?
       
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    2. Cityjohn
      Studious

      Cityjohn Member Team Research

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      5:10 PM 03/02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Food poisoning.
      A spike to me lasts anywhere from a day to a week.
       
    3. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      yeah but what is it? is it when it gets twice as loud? when you can hear it over masking? sorry if this is a stupid question. I'm asking because I have some intermittent symptoms. Do I have mild Tinnitus and these are spikes? Or do I just have days with tinnitus and days without.
       
    4. Cityjohn
      Studious

      Cityjohn Member Team Research

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      5:10 PM 03/02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Food poisoning.
      Oh right.. I think most people consider a spike to be a temporary increase in volume, I do. There's also a thread around here somewhere with a poll on if people have varying levels of tinnitus or a rather constant volume.
       
    5. Sven
      Procrastinating

      Sven Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      A temporary increase in volume. My experience is that these "spikes" are imagined. That is, caused by worry more than anything else.
       
    6. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      I think I have a spike now , its been a bit more than a week .
      Not sure if its a spike , "permanent" or a temporary setback but I feel like I went a year or so back in "progress"
      Sure hope it goes back , I was starting to deal with this just fine.
       
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    7. Owen
      Disappointed

      Owen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unclear. Inflammatory allergic reaction/AIED
      To me it is an increase in perceived amplitude over the typical level. In my case, they can last anywhere from around 30 minutes to a day. I think I would be very worried if it lasted more than 24 hours. It is quite difficult for me to categorise though as the pitch and nature of the sound change regularly for me anyway.
       
    8. Sgguy46
      Jaded

      Sgguy46 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      it is when you feel that your brain is really trying to kill you versus just irritating the hell out of you......
       
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    9. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      Indeed !
       
    10. Steve H
      Creative

      Steve H Director Staff Benefactor Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      York, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu, Noise-induced, Jaw trauma
      I've had spikes that lasted for a couple of months, I've also had them for a day or so. It's one of those things that will probably vary from person to person.

      Usually there is a reason for them - loud noise, ear infection, muscular tension, poor quality sleep etc - but not always.
       
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    11. Sgguy46
      Jaded

      Sgguy46 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      months??? that's terrible... my last spike lasted 5 days
       
    12. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      Hope this one will not last that long...
       
    13. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      I haven't even had this for months yet. With any luck this is just a "spike" and I'll go back to the baseline fuzz I only realized I've had for years this may.

      Odd as it sounds, I never realized the drone I listen to for years in bed isn't a normal thing. I wouldn't be surprised if cases like that are the ones people refer to as "total resolution". Spike ---> back to baseline one doesn't really notice. It was head noise, but nothing I'd ever seek medical attention for.
       

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