TINNITUS AND CPAP MACHINE--Are they connected?

By catnap1 Latest Activity July 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm Views 8,803 Replies 3


Ok—I started using this machine on june 16th 2010. NOW I have tinnitus in my left ear that is VERY VERY loud. I am now getting it in my right ear, altho it's not so bad. Yes I've seen an MD, and also my ENT dr cannot explain WHY I have it.

SOOOOOO— I am wondering—-even tho I am DEAF and cannot hear a THING when I go to sleep——is my CPAP machine causing the tinnitus? I do not use oxygen in my machine, and I've recently been tested for that and have been told that I need OXYGEN. But I have not gotten that yet. Soooooo—-is my machine causing my tinnitus? I wud appreciate feedback.

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  • Bipapsleeper
    Bipapsleeper August 9, 2010 at 10:34 am   

    Yes, tinnitus and CPAP - ARE definitely connected! And so is your hearing and/or deafness! I ma a living prorof of all that!

    You likely need a lot better ventilation than the standard so-called CPAP provides. You likely need a BIPAP device, i.e., a little more sophysticated, and a lot more expensive, device that will allow you to exhale at a lower pressure. A BiPAP device with a so-called 'backup rate' is highly recommended based on my own very similar experience! Get yourself to a 'true' sleep specialist who will subject you to a thorough sleep study, and go on from there. If the doc is unaware of BiPAPs, just 'give him or her a hint', to help yourself, just like I did for myself, and I am 'still ticking'. The next most important thing shall be the correct settings for the inhaling and exhaling pressures, both of which the doc may or may not hit right the first time around. The difference should be at least 3 cm H2O, and the exhaling pressure should be about equal to your current CPAP pressure, unless the current CPAP setting is also too low for you. EPAP Good luck! Bipapsleeper

  • victoriadawn
    victoriadawn August 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm   

    I have noticed horrible tinitus in the last year or so, but never put it together with the use of a CPAP machine! I started using one about 3 years ago. I've been so happy to be able to sleep more consistently and without snoring that I just never questioned some of the issues I've had.

    I'm curious, though. How exactly is the CPAP causing tinitus? I have it all day and usually can ignore it until things get quieter.

  • Quan-Tran
    Quan-Tran January 19 at 12:57 pm   

    I have sleep apnea and have been using CPAP machine for 12 years. I am wondering if my tinnitus may be caused by my CPAP machine as well.
    Recently, I my left ear is ringing VERY VERY loud too. The constant ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling,, . I've seen an MD, and also my ENT doctors as well. They sent me to various tests (MRI, Balance, Blood, Hearing, Chiropractor), but still cannot explain WHY I have it. I did so much researches on this symptoms as well. The typical causes are included: Nerves circulation, nutrition, stress, side effects from medications, hearing loss at the cochlea or cochlear nerve level, damage to the tiny hair cells in the cochlea, expose to loud noise, jaw temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, ear bone changes (octosclerosis), and earwax blockage. The bottom-line is they can’t find the root cause yet. For self-evaluation, I do the following to reduce or prevent the ringing from worsen as well, but have not working yet:
    1) Low doses Zeloft for anti-anxiety.
    2) Went to specialist to clean the ear waxes from both ears
    3) Wear ear plugs to keep the tinnitus on a moderate level when I sleep
    4) Eat healthier (Salt and sugar restriction, eat more Vitamin B12 etc.)
    5) Go sleep early
    6) Avoid alcohol
    7) Avoid smoking
    8) Taking Zine (Tinnitivex, Ring Zen Natural Tinnitus Relief Supplement and Arches Tinnitus Formula).
    9) Tinnitus music. Rain, rain drop
    10) Avoid stress, blue light, TV, Cell phone, computer, iPad, iPhone at night
    11) Perform various massage methods for Tinnitus
    12) Train my brain to adapt and ignore the ringing

    The Tinnitus effects have been a big challenge for me such as: Fatigue, stress, sleep problems, trouble concentrating, memory problems, memory loss, depression, anxiety and irritability. I am determine to find out the root-cause. If anyone may have similar issue and have additional suggestion, please HELP. Thanks.

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