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Luuk

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Hello Dr. Nagler, 

My tinnitus started early June and since than I have been in almost constant anxiety because of it. Things started to improve about a month ago, I figured my stress only aggravated my Tinnitus so I started to take steps to reduce the stress. I picked up Tai-Chi, went to the gym daily, and visited the spa every week. I was finally getting a grip on this tinnitus thing and things were finally looking up as my perception of tinnitus decreased and I could sleep without masking even!

Until last Thursday went I noticed this new sensation in my right ear. It is a kind of whoosing sound that goes up and down constantly. On top of that it also reacts to sounds a lot. When I am under the shower,in the train, or listing to ambient noise it ramps up as if it is trying to compete with the sound. 

I am not sure if this is a hearing distortion or reactive tinnitus. I am curious how long this will last, what might be the cause and if it will improve over time. Just your perception of it in general would help.

Thanks in advance Dokter.





 
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That's a really great question, Luuk. I'll get back to you with my response later today or tomorrow. Meanwhile, please let me ask you what you mean by "reactive tinnitus" and where you heard the term - your audiologist, your ENT, or the Internet.

Thank you.

Dr. Stephen Nagler
Atlanta Tinnitus Consultants, LLC

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Hello Dr Nagler, 

Thanks for your reply. Since my last post I have developed more sounds which react to noise. This one is like an alarm clock going Beep Beep Beep. I have no idea what's going on right now. My Tinnitus used to be more manageable but it current nature seems really strange. The new sounds ramp up when I am near noise and die lower in volume when I am away from noise, they don't disappear completely though.

Judging by your response I think you already know where I got the term "reactive tinnitus" from - The Internet. I however contacted my audiologist and told her about these new sounds and sensations. According to her it has something to do with the auditory nerf being overworked. She compared it with a sprained ankle and said that it should take some time to heal and the reactive part would probably go down.    

Looking forward to your reply dokter.

Kind regards,

Luuk 

PS. As of today I deleted my TinnitusTalk account despite the fact that my T got worse during the weekend. Because I think right now I have found the right support from experts who will help me overcome this. 
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Hi Luuk -

So in terms of anxiety, new sounds, etc., please take a look at my response from just this morning to Sonia's "New Drone Sound" post. I believe a lot of it might apply to your situation as well.

Regarding the term "reactive tinnitus," it is the self-perpetuating product of over-active minds on the Internet. A few audiologists have now picked up the term because it is now in such wide use among the lay tinnitus population, but it is meaningless in that it has no diagnostic, therapeutic, or prognostic value whatsoever. Now it is true that those tinnitus sufferers who use the term believe that they are somehow worse off because their tinnitus is "reactive," but there is not a shred of data to back up that assertion. So here we have yet another example of the disservice provided by tinnitus "support" sites. Besides, everybody's tinnitus reacts to something: fatigue, anxiety, loud noise, Thai food (like mine), red wine, coffee, etc. What are you gonna do? Put yourself in a cocoon so you can avoid anything and everything that might, just might, cause a temporary increase in volume? What kind of living is that??!!

Lastly, with respect to your PS ... my congratulations.

Now, Luuk, I fear that I may not have addressed all of your issues of concern in this response. So after reading that "New Drone Sound" post, please feel free to add to this thread if you like.

Kind regards -

stephen nagler

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