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Old 2 weeks ago
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Low hum frequency tinnitus

For a while I have been experiencing a low rumbling hum in my right ear off and on which sounds like a truck in the distance with its engines running or the sound from a gas boiler or the sound from a distant oil refinery.

Since recently I have been experiencing this sound more often and it has been made worse and more louder after listening to music on headphones. I am really freaking out because I suffer from an anxiety disorder and panic disorder and this is making it worse.

I believe this is tinnitus. However, the strange thing is that the sound disappears when I cover my ears with my hands or finger or if I shake my head.
Old 2 weeks ago
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I suffer from an anxiety disorder and tinnitus. The onset stage was really horrible - I feel for you. It's a scary thing! I basically 'heard' it one day and that was that. I took 6 months off work (as a full time producer / engineer) hoping it would heal. I instead slowly habituated - you're going to read about that a lot, and it's a bitterly hard pill to swallow but it is true.

A year on I am in a much better place. As silly as it sounds, be thankful you only have the low hum. I drove myself crazy finding all the different tones that were present. I have both high and low frequencies that are constant, but they are sounds in my head, not my ears.

Don't be afraid of it. It sucks but you will learn to adapt and overcome and appreciate sound just as much as you always did. Good luck!
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I should also ad - when I was first going constant panic and searching the internet for answers, I came across a 10 year old thread on gearslutz about mixing with tinnitus. I read a reply that made me laugh about how naive the poster seemed because they 'played loud music all the time without protection and don't have it'.

Turns out it was an old post of mine
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I should also ad - when I was first going constant panic and searching the internet for answers, I came across a 10 year old thread on gearslutz about mixing with tinnitus. I read a reply that made me laugh about how naive the poster seemed because they 'played loud music all the time without protection and don't have it'.

Turns out it was an old post of mine
Now this was funny. Sadly. Ive been through hyperacusis, 2 years no music. Slowly worked my way back, luckily tinnitus subsided after the headphone incident.

For Op i would suggest leaving the headphones for good and try to incorporate nearfield speakers into your work/listening flow. They are much better tolerated. Nothing is directly pumping into the air canal.

I try to keep my ears as fresh as possible by wearing -10db earplugs when driving on highways or airplanes. Kids birthdays lol. Important not to overprotect but no need to waste my delicate haircells inside innerear for some nonsense.

Plenty of rest nightly, Magnesium, Zink and N-acetyl-Cystein(NAC), might look into taurine as well when feeling ear tiredness or even better, beforehand stressful session/situation. As theres no panacea to ear problems i believe the little things will go along way right now. All the best!
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For a while I have been experiencing a low rumbling hum in my right ear off and on which sounds like a truck in the distance with its engines running or the sound from a gas boiler or the sound from a distant oil refinery.

Since recently I have been experiencing this sound more often and it has been made worse and more louder after listening to music on headphones. I am really freaking out because I suffer from an anxiety disorder and panic disorder and this is making it worse.

I believe this is tinnitus. However, the strange thing is that the sound disappears when I cover my ears with my hands or finger or if I shake my head.
Could be an acoustic neuroma. Go and see and ENT immediately.
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Could be an acoustic neuroma. Go and see and ENT immediately.
I know you are trying to help and it could be a possibility but reading this has triggered a full blown panic attack which I didn’t need.

I looked up Dr Google and dizziness is part of the symptom of acoustic neuroma which I do experience but I put the dizziness and light headedness down to plain anxiety.
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I know you are trying to help and it could be a possibility but reading this has triggered a full blown panic attack which I didn’t need.


If you don't want answers, don't ask.


Me: Hey doc - I am here b/c my foot hurts. Go easy on me, as full blown panic attacks are triggered rather easily.

Doc: Let's have a look.... Hmmmm.... were you playing outside in the snow recently?

Me: Yes, yesterday.

Doc: Well, seems like frostbite. We'll have to cut your foot off.

Me: I TOLD YOU TO GO EASY ON ME.... NOW I AM HAVING A PANIC ATTACK AND IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
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If you don't want answers, don't ask.


Me: Hey doc - I am here b/c my foot hurts. Go easy on me, as full blown panic attacks are triggered rather easily.

Doc: Let's have a look.... Hmmmm.... were you playing outside in the snow recently?

Me: Yes, yesterday.

Doc: Well, seems like frostbite. We'll have to cut your foot off.

Me: I TOLD YOU TO GO EASY ON ME.... NOW I AM HAVING A PANIC ATTACK AND IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
I never even said it was your fault. All you needed to say if you had to reply to my post was to just see a doctor. All I am saying is that I am a sensitive human being suffering from hypochondria and it’s best to get confirmation instead of what ifs from forum members.

I never asked. I was only wondering if anyone else suffered from what I have described and what they did to cure it. Maybe if I suffer from anxiety and depression I’m best not known if it’s bad news.

As for your last quote, I was expecting a more sensible reply from you considering you are into film music just like myself. Sadly you forward yourself as someone insensitive.
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Apologies if I seemed insensitive; I did not mean to be. Although you are far from death's doorstep, this is a potential very serious issue (in the long run), and I feel that it is a person's duty and responsibility to try and help a fellow human being when possible. And that's all I was trying to do. Help a fellow human being. I certainly was not trying to make you feel worse, nor more worried, nor anything - simply to trying to get you to go to the doctor. If I say:

Go to the doctor

v.

Could be an acoustic neuroma, go to the doctor

- which one is more likely to get someone - who I do not know - to go? The latter, of course.

And I understand you didn't ask specifically for help, but if you post something like this on an internet forum, you gotta know that the chances are pretty darn likely that someone is going to offer advice and try to help. Ok, you would have been better off if I just told you to go the doctor. But how am I to know that? Yes, you said, I suffer from an anxiety disorder and panic disorder , but how am I - a total stranger - supposed to know where to draw the line with how I answer? There is no way I can.

I wish you the best of luck with your issue.
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For a while I have been experiencing a low rumbling hum in my right ear off and on which sounds like a truck in the distance with its engines running or the sound from a gas boiler or the sound from a distant oil refinery.

Since recently I have been experiencing this sound more often and it has been made worse and more louder after listening to music on headphones. I am really freaking out because I suffer from an anxiety disorder and panic disorder and this is making it worse.

I believe this is tinnitus. However, the strange thing is that the sound disappears when I cover my ears with my hands or finger or if I shake my head.
I have tinnitus.
Yours sounds like a medical problem.
That could be serious.

SEE A DOCTOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I know you are trying to help and it could be a possibility but reading this has triggered a full blown panic attack which I didn’t need.

I looked up Dr Google and dizziness is part of the symptom of acoustic neuroma which I do experience but I put the dizziness and light headedness down to plain anxiety.

You REALLY NEED A TEAM OF DOCTORS.

Fix that panic attack problem.
And get the problem with your ear fixed too.
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I never even said it was your fault. All you needed to say if you had to reply to my post was to just see a doctor. All I am saying is that I am a sensitive human being suffering from hypochondria and it’s best to get confirmation instead of what ifs from forum members.

I never asked. I was only wondering if anyone else suffered from what I have described and what they did to cure it. Maybe if I suffer from anxiety and depression I’m best not known if it’s bad news.

As for your last quote, I was expecting a more sensible reply from you considering you are into film music just like myself. Sadly you forward yourself as someone insensitive.
If you also have hypochondria then you also need a shrink as well as docs for depression anxiety panic attacks as well as your ear.

Either you choose to fix your problems or you can choose to ignore them and just worry about them until something really bad happens.

GO SEE A DOCTOR , SEE SEVERAL, GET YOUR PROBLEMS FIXED!!
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If you also have hypochondria then you also need a shrink as well as docs for depression anxiety panic attacks as well as your ear.

Either you choose to fix your problems or you can choose to ignore them and just worry about them until something really bad happens.

GO SEE A DOCTOR , SEE SEVERAL, GET YOUR PROBLEMS FIXED!!
I’m already seeing a shrink about my anxiety and panic disorder problems and doing meditation every morning. I was only interested if anyone else suffered the same tinnitus symptoms as myself when I created this thread.

I have mention the tinnitus problem with my doctor but he doesn’t seem concerned or interested and he tells me tinnitus cannot he cured as it is something you have to live with and accept.
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I’m already seeing a shrink about my anxiety and panic disorder problems and doing meditation every morning. I was only interested if anyone else suffered the same tinnitus symptoms as myself when I created this thread.

I have mention the tinnitus problem with my doctor but he doesn’t seem concerned or interested and he tells me tinnitus cannot he cured as it is something you have to live with and accept.
If you truly have tinnitus you doc is still FOS.

True you can not CURE it but you can make it a lot better.

White noise ear plugs is what my wifes doctor prescribed. It worked.

Some sources say to use noise at the frequency of your tinnitus.
I presume that would work better if you measured to find the frequency instead of using wide band white noise.

Your description suggests that you have other issues that could be serious. Do NOT tell the doctor your diagnosis eg tinnitus. Tell your NEW doctor the SYMPTOMS and let him decide if it is serious and what it is.
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