I know that people with tinnitus in the AN ear sometimes have varying levels of sound, but does anyone else have a predictable pattern to it?
I have a high pitched tone that is always there, but for most of the day I don't even notice it because it's low enough that background noise, the TV, rado, conversation etc.. drowns it out. The only time I usually hear it is when I rest my head against a pillow with that ear down at night, when I'm in my car alone before I start it, or when I purposely close that ear with my hand to see if it's there (LOL).
There are occasional days it gets worse for a few hours and can get very annoying, but fortunately those are few and far between. I'm guessing it has something to do with diet because it tends to get worse after I have a lot of junk food (pizza, pototo chips, etc..) At least that's a possible pattern that I will continue to monitor.
However, there are two times each day that it gets slightly worse that I can predict.
1. When I first wake up in the morning it's always worse, but it's a slightly different sound than just the high pitch. It's a kind of hissing noise over the high pitch. It slowly usually gets better in an hour or two.
2. When I lie down at night to watch TV.
This leads me to believe that I'm experiencing something slightly different than the actual high pitch tinnitus. I'm thinking it's related to small amounts of fluid on that side that perhaps accumualte somewhere when I am lying down and dissapate a little as I go about my business during the day. It was much worse right after surgery than it is now, but then it went away for awhile. Now for the last few months it's back.
I do sometimes feel like I have a bit of fluid in that ear (just a tad) and I'm wondering if I have some kind of post nasal drip that is now getting into the ear area at times that never got there before.
Anyone else have this experience?