3 days ago, SWIM
decided to try nitrous
for the first time. SWIM went through about 10 cartridges/chargers that evening over the course of maybe 5 hours. SWIM used a cracker and balloon, and held in the nitrous (for no longer than 1 minute at a time) rather than rebreathing. SWIM did not report any adverse or long-term effects.
The following day, SWIM decided to try 2 more chargers before he went to sleep. The following morning, when SWIM awoke, he noticed a ringing in his ears (of a frequency similar to the noise of an old television). This ringing is not loud enough to be noticeable when out and about unless SWIM is concentrating on it, but the sound is very noticeable and mildly distracting in a quieter room and especially when trying to go to sleep. SWIM suspects that this is tinnitus, and is very scared that it may be permanent.
Starting the day of the 2 chargers, SWIM has been taking sublingual B12/folic/B6 supplements twice a day in case the tinnitus resulted from B12 deficiency, but has so far noticed no diminuition in the tinnitus.
As there is very little information about nitrous oxide
and tinnitus online (in fact, there is a paper on PubMed citing it as a potential cure), SWIM is not sure what steps he can take (other supplements, treatments, etc) to potentially eliminate this tinnitus. As far as he can understand, the main ways in which N2O
may induce tinnitus are via hypoxia (damage to hair cells due to lack of oxygen), ischemia (increased intracochlear pressure due to N2O coming out of solution, potentially temporary or potentially damaging hair cells), or B12 deficiency (not likely, as supplementation has not had any effect).
Any suggestions for supplements, treatments, cures, anecdotes of similar occurrences, assurances or otherwise would be appreciated. Thanks!