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Terry

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Hi again:

Some of you may have read a thread I wrote last week about having a 1 day setback from the very loud sound of what seemed to be some type of explosion. I was so surprised I recovered from that so soon. However, I have stupidly re-injured myself today , and have terrible hyperacusis ; like I can hardly stand the sound of my fingers hitting the keyboard (usually that is not a problem). And from what did this setback come from? From listening to sound from my TV for 4 minutes last night! You see, I have this weird reaction to cheap sound systems from old TVs, or similar inferior quality electronic products.Within a minute my ears react! Imagine an explosive sound had less effect on me than normal level sounds from my TV. And why do I re-injure myself like this so regularly when I know I will pay for it? I have no idea. I know that I do like to listen to music from films some time.Last night I wanted to hear how my pal Bernie did in California (no Closed Caption from my TV; only from DVD's). A few summers ago I gave myself a 7 MONTH setback from doing this, but admittedly I had listened to this TV for about 45 minutes. Even after this I still sneek in a few minutes once in a while. Am I insane!!? I am really paying for it today. How long, I wonder, will this setback last? Every sound is bothering me!

Terry
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Paulbe

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I used to get like that from crappy speakers.  My partner would Skype his monotone-voiced sister on his rubbish speaker tablet without warning me, and I just would have to get away.  Actually that was pretty bad before T & H.
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In general, we hyperacusics are sensitive to small speakers such as the ones you can find in cell phones, tablets, notebooks and some TVs. I think it has to do with the bandwith of those speakers, its lack of low frequencies.

You have to keep in mind that there are mainly three factors that can make sound tolerance worse: intensity, time of exposure, and frequency. So a certain soft sound can be worse than a much louder sound. Other psychological factors that make hyperacusis worse are fear/aversion of sound, worry, sadness... Don't underestimate them.



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Margy

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That is so true, about fear, worry, sadness, aversion of sounds. I think that is a key reason that I got hyperacusis in the first place and that it slowly escalated over time. The bind we are in is that our sensitivities make these emotions occur more and more often, just by living in our world. I had jaw issues, fear, worry, and pain with me for a year or so, plus a natural sensitivity to noises, and together these caused hyperacusis.

My hope is if I use my cognitive brain to make myself calm and also to seek to maximize the good sounds and minimize the hurtful ones, then this problem will fade away. It seems like quite a balancing act.
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Margy

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Hi Terry,
I would really recommend that you find a way to get the news by reading rather than listening. I can't stand to listen to news. The people speaking are just so urgent and sudden in their speech. It's designed to catch your attention, and so it's inherently irritating, much more so with hyperacusis! I try a little at times, and I turn the sound right off, because I just can't stand it. It's the suddenness and intensity.
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Paulbe

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"That is so true, about fear, worry, sadness, aversion of sounds. I think that is a key reason that I got hyperacusis in the first place and that it slowly escalated over time."

I find this viewpoint (it does get argued here and elsewhere at times) to be very much one of chickens and eggs Margy.  Its very much a discussion in progress.
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Margy

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Yes, I think they both got started around the same time, so I would not argue which came first. I think in my case it was just a perfect storm.
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rodmccain

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I am  absolutely certain mine was not caused or made worse by emotion.  It was an acoustic trauma..... period.   I was told "a serious noise injury."  Unfortunately I have not recovered sufficiently yet either, better, but not near better enough.

Let me add though....once you have T, I believe being really upset or stressed out can aggravate it, temporarily.  I know regular environmental noise does too.

I do believe you may be experiencing a temporary setback, with the H as well.   Yes... some soft sounds particularly certain FREQUENCIES will do this.  Electronics, as was mentioned, also effect me.

Good luck!

Kathy M
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