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Just got tinnitus need help


Hi so 7 days ago i was watching something on my phone with my earbuds in. Not very loudly either but i usually do have my earbuds in so i dont bother other people but i only do half volume or usually lower. I took them out and 3 hours later ringing in my ear or ears started. Went to audiologist 2 days ago no hearing loss but they dont know what to do or what it may be. 4 or 5 days later after the rinning i did get a cold though. Im scared and worried it may be here for the long haul some help would be awesome

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Hi, i have normal hearing but loss in the high freaquency 6500,7000 hz range. Woke up 2 months ago with it. Your hearing is good, protect it! Stress and other simple things such as certain meds, ear wax, tmj, sorry stress is not simple. 90% of tinnitus will resolve itself. So dont worry, i used to fall asleep with earbuds in and a bunch of pints later? volume up to high. Not the cause but didnt help. So dont worry, take care of yourself and hearing.👍


Hello and welcome to the British Tinnitus Association forum.

Do feel free to ask any questions, I hope that you find this a helpful and supportive place to help you manage your tinnitus.

We have some resources that you might like to check out in addition to our home here:

tinnitus.org.uk (information and support details)

takeontinnitus.co.uk (free tinnitus management programme)

Helpline 0800 018 0527 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) (outside the UK you can call +44 (0)114 250 9922)

Kind regards


in reply to ShakeelaBTA

Hi Shakeela can you please remove me from the chat line . Thank you Jenny

in reply to 1Dar

Hi Jen, I think you can just delete yourself.

Ingrid xx

Hi. No need to panic! If you've only had it for a few days or weeks it is extremely likely it will resolve, especially if you don't have hearing loss.

When mine started I was really worried about my headphone use, so I asked an audiologist whether this could be the cause. She said that to cause damage, you have to be exposed to 80-85db for about 8 hours continuously. I tested my headphones with a sound meter and they won't even go that loud on full volume! You say you usually listen to earbuds on half volume so you should be OK - you almost definitely don't have damage from loud noise exposure.

There's a lot about how tinnitus starts which isn't known, but for sure worry and stress can make it worse or stop it from healing. So the best thing we can do is have fun, distract ourselves and don't worry. Easier sad than done I know but it gets easier the more you do it.

Best wishes!

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