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Picasso

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Dear All,

I am only recently joined this group, having suspected Hyperacusis after getting checked out with an Audiologist and awaiting ENT appointment.

It is 4 months since I was rear-ended in a car accident, sustaining whiplash, among others unseen injuries. I have recovered well enough in other ways but the pain and disorientation caused by noise is preventing me from returning to teaching at the moment.

Are there any other teachers out there that are/have been going through something similar and what would be the expected prognosis of this affliction be?

Thanks, Pic
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makarakam

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I am musician but also a teacher - I teach at the university. Currently I have hyperacusis from different reasons, but this is my second time around with hyperacusis, the first time it was acquired from whiplash injury and a concussion. And what bothered me the longest was exactly that - headache and confusion from the noise. First, I took a semester off. And then I returned to work, but had many problems because of that condition for two and a half years (terrible headache each day after spending one hour at work and lasting till the next morning, confusion during lectures, when I couldn't remember what I wanted to say, or said the wrong word and couldn't remember the right one and such). But I endured since I needed to work, and also I had lectures only two hours per day each second day - I have arranged it to be so, so I had time to recover. Also, I explained to my students what's going on and asked for their understanding. And then it just cleared it self, it went away as it came and I was all right for 5 years or so. It was possible since I didn't have a heavy teaching load, and it was students not school kids which would be much less sympathetic (and great deal louder).

Now, second hyperacusis that I have is different - it is subsiding gradually, and it's reacting to noise straight away in a painful way - again, I took a semester off, and then since it was bothering me much more I was teaching the whole first semester wearing musician earplugs (Alpine music pro with strongest filters), and also taking 15 minutes breaks each 45 minutes. I found that it helped if I ate something during that break. Each consecutive semester was easier to deal with. Now, after three years I cannot say that I'm home free but I can deal with normal levels of noise during work day and normal work load, and don't use earplugs at work (except one time when burglar alarm went of and one time when my coworkers had loud Xmas party).

I believe both conditions wouldn't improve if I just stayed at home isolated from noise. But also, when I did too much too soon, I had a setback. It is very complicated condition, and it takes time to learn to listen to your body and learn how much it can take. Wish you best of luck and don't loose hope. It gets better eventually.
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Picasso

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Thanks Dan,

It’s reassuring to know that I shouldn’t be guilty by taking my time to recover. I cannot go back to teaching as you could by doing a couple of hours at a time. It’s all or nothing with us even though you can ask to be eased back in I have never seen it work in practice properly.

I can’t find the concentration to work at home for any length of time with my school age daughter but I keep trying a little at a time.

Can’t concentrate on more than one sound in the room at a time. If you are speaking to me and the tv is on I would have to turn it way down to really listen.
I foolishly returned to work for 2 days, not understanding what I was going through, and explained to my classes what had happened to me. I kept forgetting words and phrases and at one time said a totally inappropriate word which one person took offence at.

I have been finding all sorts of sound painful and/or annoying even at home. I know it must be a pain for my family so I try and ‘talk’ to myself when I go to tell them to quieten down. If it isn’t hurting me then I say nothing. If it is hurting me I ask them calmly to turn it down.

I am lucky my family are quite understanding. At work it wouldn’t be like that...


I had a good day today. I went grocery shopping with my two daughters, not to buy much but to try and experience the big store again, with company for back up. It wasn’t too bad. I hope to have a few more good days as I find being in the house depressing. We have to keep facing out as much as we can.

Thanks for your post it was reassuring.

Pic 👌🤕
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Wellness1_manifested

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Hi! I am an Educational Assistant. I was diagnosed with Severe Hyperacusis bilaterally 01 May 2018. Seriously thought of committing suicide 3 times. The brilliant Dr. Silverstein of the Silverstein Institute in Sarasota, Florida performed Fistiula Repair Surgery on my left ear end of July /18 and sewed tissue on my round window and oval window in the middle ear. The 30 min surgery turned out to be aporox 1.5 hours as my cochlea was hypervibrating even under anaesthesia. Hu used muscle from behind my ear to anchor it down. He is a literal genius I owe this Doctor my life. I'm back at work and counting the weeks until my right ear gets surgery end of October. It's been challenging as refuse to be forced on disability.
Check out Hyperacusis Hope on Facebook. I am sooo going to eat in a restaurant again, go to a movie, dance my sillies out in a bar, and laugh at comedy clubs soon!!! Wellness Abounds!
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Margy

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How would you describe the difference after surgery? Did the decibel reduction make everything better so that you felt confident and comfortable in the world of people?
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Wellness1_manifested

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Hi. I am an Educational Assistant...half the responsibility..lol..but we both love our children. Alll the same. Please, do not/not give up hope! I'm soo sorry for your pain..that whiplash injury!! I am here to advise you that there is hope. Please, check out "Hyperacisis Hope" on Facebook. Surgery in Sarasota, Florida. This brilluant Doctor- Doctor Silverstein at the Silverstein Institute in Sarasota, Florida - literally - saved my life when I thought I could not exist any longer. Hope is yours. Please, check out "Hyperacusis Hope" on facebook. There is surgery by the Brilliant Dr. Silverstein! I'm back at work in a noisy, Educational setting! Wellbeing and positive thoughts on this Thanksgiving Long Weekend. Contact me at sandymcdonald.shaw.ca I've got your back.
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Wellness1_manifested

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I am working again! I have Severe Hyperacusis bilaterally. On July 24, 2018 Dr.. Silverstein operated on my left ear. What was supposed to be a 30 min surgery took approx.1.5 hours. The left ear cochlea was hypervibrating - even under anaesthesia. This IS a Mensa MAN. He took muscle from behind my left ear and "anchored" my cochlea.
When it was steady enough, he proceeded to perform the 30 min. "fistula repair" surgery by taking tissue from behind the ear and creating a sound berm on my oval and round window. The 6- week post-op Audiogram is "remarkable" as the left ear has drastically improved! No more heavy Industrial Strength ear jewelry! Please,..if you need more info, contact me on email, sandymcdonald@shaw.ca...Wellbeing and Positivity to you, Teach! Check ou "Hyperacusis Hope" on facebook..I am living proof that this surgery worked for me on my left ear..Dr. Silverstein's Patient #27..
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Wellness1_manifested

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How would you describe the difference after surgery? Did the decibel reduction make everything better so that you felt confident and comfortable in the world of people?
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Wellness1_manifested

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Amazing! "Remarkable Improvement" as per my 6-week post op audiogram. I do not wear a double layer of protection any more: that being my custom made ear plugs and Industrisl Strength 6 inch ear muffs! Please,, check out "Hyperacusis Hope" on facebook and feel free to contact me at sandymcdonald@shaw.ca Wellbeing is Ours.
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Wellness1_manifested

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Margy, I soooo feel your agony! Positive energy and focus on your wellbeing abounds. Please see my posts om this forum and visit ",Hyperacusis Hope" on facebook. Contsct me at sandymconald@shaw.ca if you need more info about the life changing surgery that is available. or vent. I am coping.with a noisy environment and am back to work in a school of 1,000 children since 28 August 2018 as sn Educationsl Assistant. When Dr. Silverstein examined me and saw my CT Scan disks, he immediately said I would need both ears operated on. Only one ear can be operated on at a time.
I require a 2nd surgery on my alterbate ear
..so only 3 of the 28 needed surgery on both ears. I owe my life to by My Hero..the Doctor who saved my life.. .Dr. Silverstein at the Silverstein Institute in Sarasota, Florida. Positivity and wellbeing to Wondetful You.
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