What Is the Cause of Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Ozzy, Nov 1, 2013.

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What is the cause of your Tinnitus?

  1. Exposure to loud noise

    61.9%
  2. Infection

    8.3%
  3. Stress

    21.4%
  4. Age-related hearing loss

    7.1%
  5. Ototoxic (ear-damaging) drugs

    22.6%
  6. Meniere's disease

    1.2%
  7. TMJ disorders (Problems with the temperomandibular joint)

    10.7%
  8. Head injuries or neck injuries

    9.5%
  9. Acoustic neuroma

    1.2%
  10. Head and neck tumors

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Atherosclerosis

    1.2%
  12. High blood pressure

    7.1%
  13. Turbulent blood flow

    3.6%
  14. Malformation of capillaries

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Ear bone changes

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Other reasons

    4.8%
  17. Idiopathic (Unknown cause)

    7.1%
  18. Ear syringing

    2.4%
  19. Barotrauma

    8.3%
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    1. Ozzy
      Wishful

      Ozzy Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Istanbul / Turkey
      Tinnitus Since:
      12.2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      * Ear infection * 20 years later huge sound increase due to stress
      (You can choose multiple answers)
       
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    2. insane_inspiration
      Inspired

      insane_inspiration Member Benefactor

      Location:
      India
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2013
      Nice! I like this thread. ;)
       
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    3. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
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    4. Carlo
      Balanced

      Carlo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2013
      I had a long term stress
       
    5. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      I think thi has kind of been discussed before but I like the poll!
      So mine is: barotrauma from transatlantic airplane flight. But I previously ad a sinus infection that I don't think had resolved although I really didn't have symptoms at that time. And I had been going through incredible workplace stress for two years. I think in a lot of cases, there are multiple underlying causes for T and then something (like my flight) pulls the trigger. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually realize there are various forms of tinnitus, just as there are fr Alzheimers
       
    6. baddream
      Depressed

      baddream Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2012
      i think TMJ. pushing down on my jaw with my hands makes the pressure in my ears go away. my face is numb around the jaw, ever since i had braces and 4 teeth pulled i think this is why. my dentist said i dont have TMJ. so i dont know what to do
       
    7. vickilynn
      Bookworm

      vickilynn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Can't remember
      I can only guess. I don't know what the cause is. I've hit my head a few times when I was a child plus I've got some TMJ issues so who knows. I don't really remember when I first started noticing it either. But as far as I can remember I haven't had exposure to loud noise for years at a time. I did work for about 3 mos in a General Motors factory but wore hearing protection. I do clench my teeth sometimes when I sleep, also. Oh yeah, I've had a lot of stress at times in my life. Shoot it could be anything.
       
    8. Redhen
      No Mood

      Redhen Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      The ENT consultant said I have cochlear hydrops, which seems to be linked to Mennieres. I have some low pitch hearing loss and constant tinnitus, which is like a low hum. The good thing is that I don't yet have the other mennieres symptoms of dizziness and nausea. I don't have a feeling of blocked ears either. I think I've had low grade tinnitus for a long time but thought it was just the sound of living in a city. The tinnitus I have now started suddenly and I've been like this for nearly a year. It's OK though. The tinnitus, though constant, is always the same and I have learnt to put up with it mostly.
       
    9. Penelope33
      Torn

      Penelope33 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2013
      Just wanted to know if you could share what you think caused your t ? Just one word if you like ....

      Mine , stress, depression,excessive mastubation triggered .
       
    10. seal

      seal Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      mine is noise induced
       
    11. Erlend
      Question it

      Erlend Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Scandinavia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2013
      NOISE, and possibly the horrible flu 3 days after that might have ruined the chances of recovery... this was also during exams so maybe stress too
       
    12. shan
      Lurking

      shan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      God knows
      Prolonged stress + champion mental gymnast = Grinding/clenching of teeth x 10 = TMJD
      And then it loops.
      It is a mess.
       
    13. Stina
      Psychedelic

      Stina Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Tartu
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      mine came from stupidity :dohanimation:
       
    14. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      I was thinking we already had a thread on this, but maybe it has been addressed piecemeal under other threads... Markku will merge them, I assume, if that's the case.

      Anyway: Mine was caused by barometric pressure trauma and eustachian tube dysfunction on a transatlantic flight.
      I flew with an undetected sinus infection.

      But I believe three years of intense workplace stress, coupled with some anxiety issues I was not aware of, probably laid the groundwork. The barotrauma was the trigger.

      The more I read, the more I am convinced in many cases, one thing alone does not cause tinnitus.
       
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    15. Hattukoira
      Tired

      Hattukoira Member

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2010
      noise+stress
       
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    16. Logan
      Stressed

      Logan Member

      Location:
      Missouri
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Ear infection, probably a little noise, and stress.
       
    17. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Prolonged fire alarm exposure
       
    18. Johno
      Dreaming

      Johno Member

      Location:
      Slovakia
      Tinnitus Since:
      6/07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Acustic trauma - noise induced T.
       
    19. pef

      pef Member

      Location:
      Georgia, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/16/2013
      .357 Magnum gunshot in an enclosed space.
       
    20. Smoogle
      Wishful

      Smoogle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2011
      Nintendo DS charger with a squealing capacitor and a vacuum cleaner.

      Worsened considerably with a single Vicodin 2 years later. :mad:
       
    21. Jeff M.
      Cowabunga

      Jeff M. Member Benefactor

      Location:
      La Jolla, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct. 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      Believe it or not..... absolutely no clue!! No trauma, no loud noises, no medication issues, no ear infections or ear problems. Maybe a little stress, but come on, who doesn't have a little stress! I am an anomaly!!!
       
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    22. My T Sucks

      My T Sucks Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Unbearable spikes since July 2012
      Mine was brought on by too rapid a taper off a high dose of Xanax.
      (4mg per day taken for 3.5 years tapered to 0mg in 1 month)
       
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    23. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Originally, noise-induced. Then, 25 years later, made worse by a blood pressure drug.
       
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    24. Jeff M.
      Cowabunga

      Jeff M. Member Benefactor

      Location:
      La Jolla, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct. 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      Hey Karen, what blood pressure med were/are you on??
       
    25. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      Yipes that is one bad taper. Did a doctor recommend that?? Anyway, sympathies from someone on Xanax now, but a very low dose.
       
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    26. ChrisHGT
      Busy

      ChrisHGT Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2008
      Fireworks, concert and two hours of clubbing (the latter made it really loud) :(
       
    27. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Mine might have been caused by a combination of things, stress, anxiety & panic disorders, hearing loss, and perhaps barometric pressure. Within the month before the start of my tinnitus, I was a bit stressful about the family finance, I was trying to fix a malfunctioning smoke alarm without ear plugs, and I just came back from a flight.
       
    28. seal

      seal Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      no actually there are many people who don't really know a cause and just woke up one day with Tinnitus! You are not an anomaly!
       
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    29. Brian32

      Brian32 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Caused by masturbation? I think I would have had tinnitus years ago if that was possible.

      Join the club.

      I'm surprised by all the people who think stress played a role in them developing tinnitus. I know tmj can cause it but I didn't think stress alone could.
       
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    30. peter1974
      Balanced

      peter1974 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Some induced hearing loss due to age/listening to music. Ear infection, Ear perforation after ear syringing.
       

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