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post #16 of 48

Had it for years. Used to it

post #17 of 48

I recently (a few months ago) developed Tinnitus. I can not seem to find a reason for this at all. It was actually in a period in which I wasn't even listening to music due to being between systems.

It started about a week after no listening and has continued ever since. It's extremely distracting sometimes and varies greatly in 'volume'.

My GP couldn't pin down a reason and I hope to visit an ENT soon to try and delve deeper, but I'm wondering if anyone could think of any possible reason this would just start.

It really bugs me as music is the most important thing in my life (and I'm sure it is for most of us here) and this sometimes distracts me from enjoying it...

post #18 of 48

Sadly, I no longer remember what it is like NOT have tinnitus. Perhaps that's why it doesn't interfere with listening to music for me it is part of my daily life. I hope things turn out better for you, Morbid.

post #19 of 48

I don't think that the main cause of tinnitus is music. The most interesting thing is that if I'm listening to music 8 hours a day at home, there is no ringing. But if anyone near me laugh out loud or if I walk along a busy road, the ringing immediately appears. So I think that the volume at which I listen to music is not dangerous, and somebody's laughing is more dangerous to my hearing.

post #20 of 48
Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

It really bugs me as music is the most important thing in my life (and I'm sure it is for most of us here) and this sometimes distracts me from enjoying it...

 

You'll get used to it.

 

I can only hear mine when I think about it......oh crap.....tongue.gif

post #21 of 48
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post

Yes, I have a small case of tinnitus in my right ear....

One morning after several years on this planet I woke up about 3am to a ringing noise in my right ear, It's sounds very similar to the 'sound of silence' at the time it was rather loud and very annoying. I thought it was just an ear ache or something and tried going back to sleep. Only to find when I woke up in the morning it was still there, I became very worried. After a few days nothing changed and I had major problems trying to sleep at night. It became very bothersome when I was in quite environments.

Several months later it's there all day every day but not as bad as originally, sometimes it has bad days and becomes rather obvious but honestly, I feel I've become accustom to it. it's just like an everyday thing that I really have to listen for. Your brain adjusts and blanks it out for me, however I can see people with weak concentration skills being drawn in by it and have a Chinese water torture effect or similar. For example now typing thinking about it, I can hear it louder then usual.

Remember this is just something that happened over night and was far before I began using any IEM's. It doesn't effect the listening experience as I feel my case is rather minor though I don't want to get any louder. But again...this was something that flared up from absouktely 0% just over night.....

That must suck.
post #22 of 48

I have tinnitus.  I've had it most of my life.  I can hear it if I pay attention.  Most of the time, I can ignore it by forgetting about it.

post #23 of 48

Sorry about the bump, but this is an issue not talked about often enough here on Head-fi! We discuss everything from recabling, to changing opamps and signature this and that for this and that kind of headphone, but you seldom see a discussion about the most important part of a audio rig, you ears! I just came back from having my ears and hearing checked and I'm happy to report that my hearing is in fact getting better (yes, your hearing CAN improve over time, depending on what kind of damage it has suffered) :) I fell from a rooftop about 10 years ago and banged my head pretty badly. This trauma caused hearing loss between 4-8khz in my left ear. It also caused a mild case of tinnitus. I still enjoy high quality music tho, but I'm really careful with my volume levels and always take short breaks when feeling fatigued!

post #24 of 48

I have it also.  Seems to be stress related for me.  Sometimes it goes away, sometimes just subdued, sometimes one ear not the other.  I hate it.  When at its worst I want to bang my head against the wall.

post #25 of 48

Google & wikipedia are your friends...

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus

post #26 of 48
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Originally Posted by esmBOS View Post

Sorry about the bump, but this is an issue not talked about often enough here on Head-fi! We discuss everything from recabling, to changing opamps and signature this and that for this and that kind of headphone, but you seldom see a discussion about the most important part of a audio rig, you ears! I just came back from having my ears and hearing checked and I'm happy to report that my hearing is in fact getting better (yes, your hearing CAN improve over time, depending on what kind of damage it has suffered) smily_headphones1.gif I fell from a rooftop about 10 years ago and banged my head pretty badly. This trauma caused hearing loss between 4-8khz in my left ear. It also caused a mild case of tinnitus. I still enjoy high quality music tho, but I'm really careful with my volume levels and always take short breaks when feeling fatigued!

A rather profound and recent thread on the subject:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/659210/stick-a-fork-in-me-im-done-dr-says-no-more-headphones


Yeah, you'd think hearing issues would come up more often here. Other forums that cover hobbies will mention potential safety issues from time to time in discussions, even if it's just an aside. I think it's because it's something that's literally out of sight. Electrical shock, needle pricks, severed fingers, broken backs... all these are easily and immediately frightening. Hearing is a relatively underdeveloped sense in humans; it's usually secondary to sight in everyday usage. It's not something people think about often; think of the wide range of words the average person uses to express touch (temperature, texture) and sight (brightness, colors). For sound, it's mostly volume (loud/quiet), tone (high/low), and maybe rhythm. As such, it's also a very personal and subjective thing. It's partly the reason why the rant/rave/rage on the sound qualities of headphones vary so much. Compare this with visual perception where a consensus of "better graphics" in a game is more easily reached.

The other issue I suppose is that tinnitus is quite prevalent, even if many only have a very minor case of it. So people don't notice it. When people do notice, they'll chalk it up to natural phenomena... which is partially true. General hearing loss is usually gradual and not easily noticeable. And when people notice, they will likely blame it on age... which can induce hearing loss. And I guess people tend to be selfish and adopt a "never my fault" attitude.
post #27 of 48

I believe there could be quite a few people who have tinnitus without even being aware of it. I speak from my own experience. If the noise is constant and not too loud I think it can be perceived as “normal internal sounds” although a bit disturbing when for example going to sleep. I wasn't aware I was suffering from tinnitus until I started with this hobby. In my case I'm pretty sure my condition is caused by too loud volumes of music for too long time - mostly from headphones, the car stereo and from playing the violin for many years for many hours every day.


I've been using loud volumes as a drug, and as with all other drugs the aftereffects are never pleasant. I've also been firing guns without hearing protection until the point it's made me bodily sick. I’ve been doing this because years ago I was foolish enough to a listen to an audiology professor of some sort on the radio who maintained that loud volumes weren’t dangerous as long it was perceived as “pleasant”. What utter rubbish, and it goes to show never to listen to experts but instead to your own common sense. So, here I am and cannot expect complete silence until I leave this world, and I can’t say that I look forward to that experience despite the fact that it (probably) will be dead silent.


The question on my mind though is if and how much it affects my ability to hear external sounds. I seem to be doing pretty well with the hearing tests you can take on-line, but haven’t had my hearing tested by an audiologist. My tinnitus consists of three distinct and constant noises; the “refrigerator sound” (left ear), the “wind sound” (right ear), and a high pitched sinus tone (both ears). The refrigerator and the wind is only perceived when I go to bed, but the high pitched sinus tone is with me all the time, also when listening to music, even at somewhat loud volumes. I can - but not always - forget it when I focus on just the external sounds, the music.


As I didn’t suffer from my tinnitus before I started with this hobby some three years ago or so, I sometimes wonder if this hobby has aggravated my tinnitus or if it is just the intense hearing training that has made me aware of it. These days 95 % of the time when I listen to music (IEMs) I do so at medium to low volumes, and whenever I’m not in a silent environment I use “Comply Foam Plugs” to protect my hearing. Actually, I do not even consider my own home to be silent as I have children at the age of seven and four years old. However the “Comply Foam Plugs” reduces the bass, midrange and treble sounds pretty evenly and so make me able to function when I interact with other people. Audiologists say hearing protection shouldn’t be used in this way as it can aggravate tinnitus but I doubt it. Maybe they just mean the tinnitus can be heard more easily and in that sense aggravate it.


Another question is how bad my tinnitus is compared to other people suffering from it. On reflection that question is not only irrelevant but also impossible to answer. Nevertheless, emotionally the question is there.


I must admit that I’ve been feeling a bit reluctant to write this post, as on this site it feels like telling your date you’re suffering from an incurable disease. It sort of disqualifies you… Nevertheless, maybe and hopefully this post will spark some reactions. Thanks for reading!

post #28 of 48
If I wear plugs too often, even very soft plugs like Comply, my ears will get irritated and I will sometimes have issues with itching and feeling "plugged" even when I'm not wearing the plugs. I think your ears need to breath and you can't just shut-off the air & moisture exchange for extended periods.

My tinnitus comes and goes - mostly in my left ear. Last week I woke up early in the morning and noticed it was going pretty strong - and it stayed with me all day. The next day when I woke up, it was back to the low-level static/ringing I am used to.

Mine started long before I was started using IEMs and 'phones. I spent far too much time as a teen shooting guns, riding motorcycles and going to concerts with absolutely no ear protection.
post #29 of 48
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

If I wear plugs too often, even very soft plugs like Comply, my ears will get irritated and I will sometimes have issues with itching and feeling "plugged" even when I'm not wearing the plugs. I think your ears need to breath and you can't just shut-off the air & moisture exchange for extended periods.

My tinnitus comes and goes - mostly in my left ear. Last week I woke up early in the morning and noticed it was going pretty strong - and it stayed with me all day. The next day when I woke up, it was back to the low-level static/ringing I am used to.

Mine started long before I was started using IEMs and 'phones. I spent far too much time as a teen shooting guns, riding motorcycles and going to concerts with absolutely no ear protection.

Thanks for your reply! I actually share that experience, but I’ve been putting up with it. Maybe I shouldn’t for the reasons you mention. I'm trying to teach my kids to keep their voice volume on a reasonable level. I do so by whispering to them from time to time, and it actually works, at least for a while. Anyway, when you are 4 years old and don't have the vocabulary to express the many feelings you have I guess "turning up the volume" is inevitable. My god, kids can be so loud. I remember my son being buckled up in the car screaming his lungs out and my ears ringing as I'd been to a three hour rock concert - front row - without any hearing protection. I guess hearing protection is a good thing at the right time.

post #30 of 48

I have it in my right ear. The result of an injury in my younger, wilder days. (We pay for the fun in our youth later some times I think) I have good days and bad days with it and the bad ones seem to be when I have a cold like now. I try to limit my music listening when it is bad and enjoy the music when it is not bad. The human brain is an amazing thing. If you concentrate on the noise, it will seem louder. If you try to ignore it, it lessens. A little background noise can help to mask it.

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