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Rivers

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About 8 months ago I developed hyperacusis  and hearing loss instantly in the aftermath of an explosion. Not only were sounds too loud, they were distorted. Everything sounded like I was listening to a tiny radio with the volume turned way beyond the ability of the speaker to handle it.

Okay, now it’s 8 months later, I have enrolled in a TRT program and my tolerance for many sounds has increased. I can grind coffee, turn on the kitchen vent, walk on a busy street without distress.

But there’s a problem that’s driving me nuts. It’s my own voice. In any conversation I can now hear the other person pretty clearly. But my own voice remains distorted, full of loud fuzz. After a few minutes of talking I find myself getting exhausted just listening to the awfulness of my voice.

Is this common? Has anyone had this experience, and what was the eventual outcome?

I now wear hearing aids, by the way, and my hearing in the 8K range shows a 50 db loss. But the distortion of my voice is the same whether or not I am wearing the hearing aids.

If anyone has any thoughts, I would appreciate it.

 

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willy1015

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Your story sounds similar to mine.  Last July I experienced acoustic trauma due to a very loud noise.  I have seen numerous ENTs and tried the high dose steroids as well as steroid injections.  Neither has seen to help.  In addition, I have tinnitus, especially in the right ear. I am 61 years of age.  So sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your own voice.  It does seem tho that these things get better with time.  Hang in there.  What kind of TRT retraining therapy have you started?
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Rivers

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Hi William--I live in Los Angeles and have been seeing a TRT-trained audiologist, Sol Marghzar. I seemed to be making progress after undergoing the cognitive behavorial therapy portion of the training and using sound generators. But now, I dunno, I may be suffering a relapse, setback, whatever you want to call it. For me, the sound distortion is almost worse than the amped-up sound of hyperacusis and it makes ordinary exchanges with people pretty distressful. Not sure what to do about it.
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