I've never thought I had tinnitus other than an occasional small ringing in the ears after taking aspirin, which I now avoid. However, now I'm wondering.
I live in a condo complex. I have been awakened many times in the past few months from – what I've assumed – is noise from someone's TV. It happens on and off all night. I wake up to noise, it lasts for about half an hour then fades away, and then reoccurs perhaps two hours later. I have a lot of trouble getting back to sleep. Since my hearing aids are out, I can't hear it distinctly but it sounds like a TV show with a male announcer and an audience – maybe a sporting event. Horse race. Or game show.
Is it possible this is tinnitus? Does tinnitus sometimes occur during sleep (I guess it does based on another post.) Are bouts possibly triggered by small noises in the night? It's strange because it rarely happens while I'm awake. My patient upstairs neighbor has convinced me it's not her caused by her after I've complained several times. I live alone to I don't have anyone to confirm the noise while it's happening. So I guess I have to consider whether it's just my hearing. Any comments would be appreciated.