Hi Dr Nagler.
Possibly a strange question. I just don't know what on earth is going on with my tinnitus.
I bought a new car. Each time I drive it my tinnitus goes up. Its the strangest thing. I’ve never had this issue with any other car I’ve driven. I was so concerned about this I went and bought a decible meter, and the cabin noise is "safe". It averages high 60's to low 70 dbs. So no chance of any auditory damage. I am certain the cabin noise is not damaging my ears in any way.
A couple of examples of my T playing up.
1. I drove locally, no more than 5 minutes and boom my tinnitus increased.
2. I drove for 10 minutes to a destination. Spent 5 minutes out of the car. Drove another 10 minutes. Stopped for a few minutes to collect something. then drove home for another 5 minutes. Two hours later my tinnitus is still going nuts. I just don’t get it.
I appreciate that my mind (conscious or/and subconscious) may be playing a part. Such as:
When I drive I'm truly hoping that this is the journey when my tinnitus doesn’t go nuts, so I don't have to contemplate selling the car, two weeks after I bought it.
Though if the car was causing my tinnitus to rise I would take the hit and sell it in a heart beat.
So the $64,000 question. If I'm not causing any auditory damage, what on earth is going on, and what if anything can I do about it? Are there any strategies you could suggest so that I am one with my car :-)