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earMan22

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Hello guys, you might remember me. Well, actually you may not.

Anyways, i got hyperacusis at age 25 by playing a single Key in the Yamaha keyboard. It was a drum sound and i had the volume way high. Perhaps also my ear had weakend from a few years of playing keyboard loud.but that time it was a single sound.

and right at the instant i played that note.. OUCHhhhh it hurt so bad. and ever since I have had hyperacusis. I've been able to slowly accept it and find ways to avoid loud sounds. Very difficult but now i have managed to live.

I dont have extreme hyperacusis . but if people put loud music on..like decently loud, then i feel really uncomfortable and it hurts too.

In this world of young kids who like to put their music really loud and people in their cars with loud BOOM BOOM BOom bass( sound effect created by amplification, not the actual guitar-like instrument)sound..it's really hard to live.

The dumb fire extinguisher always kills me AND it turns on everytime my Mother cooks something.

Anyways, I'm curious to see if any of you have this aweful side effect of having had hyperacusis for a while now. At night when i'm sleeping i get woken up by my ear having a Salt shaker sound inside everytime my inner ears expand when i take in air (breath in)or breath out WHEN i'm in semi deep sleep.It only happens at semi-deep sleep...when i'm actually awake but I'm still asleep...kind of like at the time when i'm waking up but not wanting to wake up.

It's not a constant ( beeping)Tinnitus sound at all. It's a salt shaker like SHH SHHH.
but as opposed to some time ago.. Now, this salt shaker thing has gotten worse. i have it even more.

And these days i'm waking up a lot of times during the night feeling/hearing that sound. It's actually because of that thing that I'm waking up like 8 times at night.I used to only get woken up 1nce with this thing but it was in the morning around 5am so i would just wake up and start my day.Anywas, the current way it does it, It's annoying and it makes me feel eventually i will have worse things possibly lose
my hearing or my ear health.

I wonder what that salt shaker thing could be.. the cochlea?
It's a really weird sound/sensation that before the whole hyperacusis, i never had.

Again I'm 29 years old now and although i've managed to deal with the pains of hyperacusis, i'm getting strange things in my inner ear and i worry.
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aQuieterBreeze

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Hi Earman,

I am not sure what you are describing,
but you mentioned-

It's not a constant ( beeping)Tinnitus sound at all. It's a salt shaker like SHH SHHH.

And, I wondered why you would refer to tinnitus as a beeping sound?

Though I realize people do describe different sounds, and compare their T to different sounds when they talk about their Tinnitus.

(I would not describe my t as beeping, it's more like a ringing sound , and sometimes more noticeable than other times. And sometimes less noticeable and fairly quiet too.)

And I am not sure if tinnitus is what you are noticing/describing  or not, but wonder if you use any type of gentle sound enrichment while you sleep?

Some notice their tinnitus alot more in a quiet environment.
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LizH

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Just curious to know if the Shh Shh of the salt shaker sound goes in time with your pulse?  Is it only at night or during the day too, but more noticeable at night?
LizH.
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earMan22

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Guys. Ok, it's kind of hard to describe this SHH SHH thing i have.

But it's kind of like a heart beat except it's like if you shake a salt shaker. And it seems to be related, like i said, to when i'm breathing in and out when in semi deep sleep . And no it doesn't go in time with my pulse.It's also not just sound... Something inside is physically moving.

LizH, it's only noticeable when i'm laying down on the bed and i'm in semi deep sleep. As soon as i stand up,or sit up it goes away.

Anyways, i'm still waking up a at least 5 times a night because of it. Everyday.. It's tiring.

aQuieterBreeze yeah Ringing. I just said beeping because I'm not good with words. but yeah ringing. I dont even have ringing that much.

I seriously think my inner ear has been damaged in a different way than those people who just get ringing. Do the inner workings of the ear change and deteriorate as years go by in a person that has been damaged with Hyperacusis?
I got my H from loud sound and i have gotten hit unexpectedly by loud sounds many other times from that day on.

maybe repeated trauma is reshaping my inner ear and killing it?

I used to only wake up 1 time a night from this salt shaker.. that didn't bother me.

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earMan22

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I want to clear the semi-sleep thing.

By semi sleep i mean, i've already waken up and i'm concious but i'm still laying on the bed, not really wanting to get up and kind of breathing in the same way you would if you yawned.. when i do that yawn intake of air..that's when i get a sudden salt shaker sensation and since when i'm in semi sleep that happens often.. i keep getting repeated salt shaker sensations.
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LizH

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Dear Earman,  that's really bad to be woken so many times a night.  It's a mystery to me as to what it could be, but it's interesting what you said about breathing in and out. 

 So many unsolved problems - I asked about whether it goes in time with your pulse, because that's how my T goes, and it gets softer when I breathe in, and louder when I breathe out.  Mine goes on most of the day and night, and when it's softer it does sound like a salt shaker, but during the times when it spikes and is really loud, it sounds like someone cutting tiles inside my head, one tile for every heartbeat.  I've had various tests including an MRI but no cause has been found.  I don't really have any sensation of anything moving though, apart from my real heartbeat which makes a throbbing sensation. 

Good luck with finding a solution, Liz.
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jayjay

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Yeah... I'm still up even though it's 12AM. The H & T have been running rampant all day...

But anyway... I used to get this sound like crashing waves whenever I awoke, especially in the middle of the night. I'm quite certain it was from taking melatonin, which my audiologist suggested. It was really odd and scared me a lot. In fact, one night it kept going and going and wouldn't stop and I thought, "if this goes on, I might be done for..." Thankfully, it went away in the morning. I stopped taking the melatonin, and it gradually went away.

Earman, like you, waking up is a very difficult task. When I awake each morning, it takes me a while to get my ears equalized. The pressure seems to be different in each side and my head feels very full. I have to use the valvasac (mispelled) manuever a couple of times to get back to normal.

I sincerely hope you can overcome this difficulty as well... I know for myself, each time I encounter a new symptom, I fall into a deeper depression and it takes me quite some time to accept things... By then, the symptom usually disappears or I become accustomed to it.
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