Why Does Tinnitus Spike?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Littlebailey, May 7, 2014.

    1. Littlebailey

      Littlebailey Member

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      I know that sounds like an almost rhetorical question, as that's mainly what most T sufferers talk about and experience and dread. But does anyone, or is it even known why spikes occur at all?

      From a minimal layman's common-sense perspective, if you have a certain level of damage to your ears, whatever the reason, be it noise or ototoxicity or what have you, you would think one's level would stay the same, provided no new damage occurs. So why does T spike around loud noise? Is new damage occurring? Forgive me if this has been covered and is a dumb question. Because if it does spike, even a little, it seems as if it usually comes right back down again.

      If there really isn't much of a certain answer, it just goes to show how little understood T really is.
    2. MattK

      MattK Member

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      You're absolutely right... unfortunately, I think it is questions like these that reveal how little we actually know about tinnitus. I'll say that the thing that has caused my tinnitus to spike pretty faithfully was a poor night of sleep. On the other hand, a good night of sleep could often make it better, if not better then at least "normal".

      Certain things that I have never found to affect my tinnitus are things like salty food, caffeine, alcohol, etc. I mention that because some people report these as causes for spikes. Oh, stress does it too.

      I think this might be one of those things where you can ask 5 different people this exact question and it wouldn't be at all surprising if you get 5 different answers.
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    3. DanielJP

      DanielJP Member Benefactor

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      Just as MattK says, it's pretty random. Too little sleep has so far not affected me. Neither has salty food or coffee, although it's a good idea to reduce those anyways. And alcohol o_O

      For me my T spikes after I've been somewhere noisy, sometimes even if I protect my ears.
    4. Littlebailey

      Littlebailey Member

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      Indeed. And you weren't under stress, nothing? LOL! Yours truly must have been a random case of 'idiopathic' T with no known cause.

      I can't say that I'd ever had a spike, other than maybe stress. But I've been around loud noise and have it be unaffected, and then it would seem to get a little louder for no hard and fast reason, nothing that I could readily attribute it to. Can the wind against my ears when riding a bike do anything? That's maybe the only thing I could say somehow it got a little louder, but that's just a guess. And it's nothing that jumped out at me.
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    5. Mark T

      Mark T Member Benefactor

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      Sept 2012
      I know this is a old thread...... My T has spiked bad for the first time in a while, has made feel sad and worried again.

      If I think that my T is getting worst and worry about it....! that is normally enough to cause a spike. Also I play electric guitar and for some reason that causes me to worry about the volumes I play at even at very low volume, which cause a spike.
    6. Blujay

      Blujay Member

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      That's a good question.

      Without looking at "why" it happens, it's likely that Tinnitus goes up and down like everything else in your body (whether there's an obvious reason or not). Its just that the sensitivity or "volume" is cranked up to a point where you can now notice and hear that it's happening.

      So another question might be, "Why is the brain turning up the volume, and how can we get it to turn down?"
    7. ruben ruiz

      ruben ruiz Member

      Tucson, AZ
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      I believe it was meds and stress
      I get spikes in the night time. Any ideas? Thank you.
    8. Jomo

      Jomo Member

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      going for a rim shot on the snare drum.
      only thing that seems to cause spikes is hyperacusis....as long as the volume is at a normal volume i am ususally fine....if i hear a high pitched sound like a loud clap that might cause a spike but as time has gone on it doesnt seem to be the case anymore either
    9. Kazue

      Kazue Member

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      Tinnitus spikes because it doesn't like whatever your doing. Stressing out? Your ears will ringing like hell. Haven't been sleeping lately, you ears will tell you that. If your around a loud sound, your ears will definitely tell you it doesn't like it. Think of it as a guard. It's trying to help you out.

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