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XEmmaX

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Hi Everyone, I am new here after spending all morning researching this condition.  As a bit of background, I also have OCD and Trich (hair pulling disorder).

 

Ever since I was a child I found certain noises unbearable.  Not because of their loudness, but because they were highly irritating.  Repetitive noises were the absolute worst.  I used to get so angry with my Mothers voice or sister eating an apple that it would be excrutiating and I would be almost reduced to tears.

 

I am now 28 and this follows me everywhere.  I find that I have a particular problem with people who are close to me (as I have chance to get to know their irritating habits and mannerisms) the person who sits behind me, my partner, family etc.

 

I either 1)want to punch a wall to relieve my anger, 2)remove myself from the offending noise, or 3) and this is the most strange - feel the need to mimic the offending noise. (I cannot understand this at all).

 

I am trying to seek help as it has now got to the point where I don't want to eat with my partner (even tho he has good manners when compared to some) and his voice is starting to grate on me at times.  I don't want this to affect my great relationship.

 

It seems as if  whenenever I 'decide' that a noise irritates me, then there is no turning back.  The things that irritate me also sometimes change from a source or irritation to a non source of irritation. 

 

Sights also irritate me to the point of almost tears, like the sight of my partner licking his lips (which he odes constantly) I cannnot understand why all of these things are so terrible for me and I've tried telling myself I am ridicolous, but it doesn't help at all.

 

It can be simple things like the sound of muffled voices downstairs or someone breathing to heavy that are almost like torture to my ears and eyes.

 

ANY advice would be appreciated!

 

Thanks

 


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Dekay

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Hi, I'm a somewhat new member to this site and have also been concerned about my hyperacusis. With your hair pulling disorder mentioned, I recall having a more or less habit of it when I was in my preteen ages. A little off topic but continuining on..

 

I find myself in the same situation lately about dealing with the frustration and anger. I also too admit I have been driven to tears and unleashed my anger many times because of it. Recently I have almost broken my hand because of the anger caused by my own mothers voice in a car ride. I had lost my temper from dealing with the sound and punched a car window, which hadn't been to smart in retrospect..heh

 

Still, coping with this..syptom?..is not easy what so ever. I myself have found no relief other than seeking silence, which can't always be easily obtained. I seek refuge from my classes to either the restroom or nurses room. Unfortunately my grades have taken an impact, and is a rising concern for me. I tend to cover my ears with my hands (which makes me feel horrible), to tone down the sounds during school hours. I might suggest just wearing commercial ear plugs until being able to go through sound therapy.

 

I find envy in those who have or are going through pink sound therapy to mild the hyperacusis. As for me at this moment I have asked to leave the classroom to go to the library, which surprisingly is still loud, at this moment. I had recieved a phone call with my uncostodial father who heard news of my intolerance to noise, and after school today my mother is taking me to the ER. Very overly extensive in my opinion, but my Uncle had suffered similar syptoms at my age and lost his hearing completly over night, and went undiagnosed.

 

Perhaps I'd rather not hear at all, than have to go through this everyday.

*sigh*

If it weren't for the sound of music and a certain someone's voice, I wouldn't mind it.

 

Hope this helps in someway

(P.S. Welcome!)

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Ophelia

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I believe the need to mimic the sound comes from the ability to withstand certain noises that you yourself create.  There are a few threads on this issue. 
As for the OCD, a friend of mine living down the hall from me has OCD, and we often compare sounds that bother us.  It seems that people clearing their throat, whistling, or tapping is the most difficult to deal with in a closed setting.  In two out of the three, the sounds are made in the mouth, closest to the ear.  This might have some connection, but we aren't sure.

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XEmmaX

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Thanks very much for the responses, any chance you could tell me where the links are re-mimicing?  I have searched but cannot find them.

Thanks very much


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Mk

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Em x,

I think Ophelia was referring to some threads where we discussed how we can tolerate sounds that we ourselves make more than noises that those around us make.  For instance when I bang a pan in the kitchen, I have a split second to prepare myself for the noise, but if my husband bangs a pan, I don't know that it's coming and unable to prepare myself for it.

I can't tell you right now what thread this is on, but it might help you to locate it.

 

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