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Abdulla

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Hi Im Abdulla,
19 year old male
 
5 Days ago at night 1AM , I came from my friends house I was normally using the internet when I felt pain in my right ear. I was freaking out since I also had different anxiety problems that I have dealt with and passed on succesfully so I didnt want more stuff to happen to me. Within my panicking I started to pay attention to the sound of the the water when using the bathrom and clicking when closing light switchies. I was like is it me or do they sound loud? So I eventually calmed myself down and went to sleep.

When I woke up for a moment I forgot what happened the pervious day, but once I did remeber I started noticing the Air Conditioner sound. I wasnt sure if it was just me concentrating on it that made it seem louder than usal or if it was me actually hearing it louder. So I researched online and came across Hyperacusis. I got scared that I might have this, and didnt know if its this or if its my anxiety playing tricks on me. I went to an ear doctor which checked both my ears saying my left is normal, while my right seems to have Airplane ear ( you know when your ear feels pressured?) He then prescribed me some medicne and I went home.

Whenever I am not concentrating on anything I remeber my "sound sensitivity" problem and I get anxious. The pain and headache associated with what I first felt went down, so I am not sure if I actually have Hyperacusis or if its just my anxiety acting up. I am very sorry if my first post was a bad written one, and people might have thought it was a kid goofing around. But I am seriously scared. Would anyone here give me any advice?

Thank you,
Abdulla
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Abdulla

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Just a small update, I tried playing music on my ipod at around 70%-80% sound level using my ear cancellation headphones without any bother from my ears. 
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Hi,

I don't know what caused you ear pain. Your doctor said something about airplane ear, and I assume he meant because of the change in air pressure caused by the quick change in elevation (in a non pressurized cabin of course). 

I don't think anxiety caused your initial ear pain or sensitivity but anxiety about sounds can cause you problems. Sounds like your troubles are behind you though.

If you should have problems in the future there are things you can do to treat hyperacusis, and most people make progress.

Spending too much time in silence is hard on your ears. Playing something like nature sounds (from a music player or sound machine) quietly at night when it's real quiet is helpful to the auditory system.

John

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Abdulla

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Thank you John, I am still not sure what this sensitivity is, I am mean is it real? Thats what I am asking myself, whenever I hear something loud close by I feel as though my eardrums are moving. Is my anxiety causing me to focus on sounds? How can I distinguish between a real case and my mind playing tricks? As I said I can tolerate loud sounds without reacting, I think to myself wow thats loud, I would like to turn the volume down if I could but yeah thats about it. There is still pain behind my ear from time to time. And the problem seems to dissapear as soon as I am really engaged or intrested in something. Is it possible that a person is temporarliy sound sensitive? Or once you are sensitive it will never go on its own etc?
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Abdulla

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And is listing to pink noise files over the net good?
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Johnloudb

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There is still pain behind my ear from time to time. And the problem seems to dissapear as soon as I am really engaged or intrested in something. Is it possible that a person is temporarliy sound sensitive? Or once you are sensitive it will never go on its own etc?

Sounds like maybe your ear may have got traumatized a bit somehow. But doesn't sound like you have too much sensitivity. The sensitivity can go away on it's own sometimes. Just take it easy with loud sounds for awhile, like loud movies, concerts, sporting events, and stuff. 

Listening more to sounds you tolerate well that don't cause and adverse reaction helps with hyperacusis also. Ears need practice with lots of sounds. And sound enrichment ( a pleasant sound you hear all the time ) is really helpful.

It's important not to distress about your symptoms as much as possible. As you noticed distraction helps. Things do get better if you take care of your ears. 

I'd recommend reading everything on Dr. Hazell's site ( http://www.tinnitus.org) as well.  Especially read about sound enrichment, TRT, and Hyperacusis. The TRT exercises links is a good one too, for dealing with the anxiety aspect of this problem.

John


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Abdulla

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Thank you man! I really mean it , thanks for the advice !!
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Abdulla, your very welcome ... good luck to ya!


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