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Sadears

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I have a cold with bronchitis, along with a bit of sinus and head pressure. I'm finding this is slightly aggravating my hyperacusis, which seems expected, but curious to if anyone else has this happen as well. 

I know my questions seem silly and pointless but I admire the unity and support in this network and this board.

Stay positive, stay strong, stay on the road to recovery! [smile]
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Cheryl_K

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Get better soon. My experience is "sometimes." As I am healing, it is not as bad. Whatever you do to relieve cold symptoms (such as steam, microwaved sinus "masks," etc., will help. The main thing is just to get through it as best you can, keep as positive as you are. Just a cognitive-behavioral hint: Maybe change or alter your screen name a bit, even if it is something like "recoveringsadears." What we tell ourselves and name ourselves can influence our recoveries. Be happy.
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Sadears

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"Maybe change or alter your screen name a bit"

Good point, Cheryl. I created this account when I was quite lost and confused about having this condition. Perhaps I will change it..
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Neil58

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Yes for sure get aggravated H symptoms or a setback due to a cold.

I think it doesnt have anything to do with the cold itself per se. Its all about sound. With the coughing and sneezing, youre your own sound generator. Either of those is a big db spike everytime you cough or sneeze. With a cold you might get 50-100 big db spikes in a day compared to probably less than 5 normally.
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Paulbe

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Last time I had a cold my H symptoms actually lessened, and worsened again as the congestion broke up and filtered out.  Go figure. 
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Cheryl_K

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"Go figure" is so right! So happy I love a good mystery. Otherwise, I might become very perplexed.
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olms

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Glad sadears asked this question. I've been wondering for days if I should go on the board and ask, "Do flu shots cause your h to get worse?"

I have been trying to figure out for several weeks why my h is worse and doesn't respond to any of my treatments, and it seems to have started with my flu shot several weeks ago.

Then I remembered that last year I asked this same question on the board. My question now is, why do I keep getting flu shots if it makes my h worse? Because I don't remember that I did a year ago.

I'm going to put a moveable note in my health notebook which will remind me next October or so, "Don't get a flu shot. It makes my h worse."

I'm not advocating this for everyone, because flu can be very rough, probably. But because of my h, I don't see that many people, anyway. But I see people who see people. But I ain't getting it next year.

Of course, the flu shot is medicine, and medicine and noise do cause h, so it makes sense that a flu shot could make it worse. Does anyone else have increased h with a flu shot? Last year, no one said it did increase their h.

              Tom                     
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Paulbe

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No-one's yet convinced me that there isn't an inflammatory or immune component to T & H in many cases.  Its certainly true with diseases like SLE and MS which are inflammatory in nature and feature Tinnitus + or - H, so a flu shot, being a specific dose of pre-packed inflammation could potentially aggravate your condition.  Not saying everyone here has SLE or MS of course.  Just pointing out that inflammatory situations generally could very well be issues for us.  Certainly modern medical practice recommends high-dose anti-inflammatory steroids if onset of T is recognized soon enough.

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olms

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Paulbe: 

Very interesting. You said, "No-one's yet convinced me that there isn't an inflammatory or immune component to T & H in many cases....so a flu shot, being a specific dose of pre-packed inflammation could potentially aggravate your condition."

With "inflamatory" being the key word. If t and h by nature, in your view, is inflammatory and "a flu shot being a pre-packed inflamation" then a frozen gel pack from my freezer on each ear for a minute or so should help cool down the inflamation.

I know the frozen gel pack helps my ears for some reason, I figured inflammation had something to do with it. I knew my chiopractor said for my hurt back, moist heating pad for 30 minutes or so, followed by 15 or 20 minutes, I'll guess, with the frozen gel pack.

He said the moist heating pad will bring extra oxygen and nutrients to the injured back, and the gel pack will reduce the inflammation. I applied that idea to my ears, and both work, and for the same reasons.

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to put the gel pack on my ears for one minute each ear right now, and several or more times a day if I can remember it. And I'll never take a flu shot again. Same with the heating pad, at least once or twice a day if I can, for 30 minutes or so. 

                 Tom

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Paulbe

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The frozen pack may cause vasoconstriction.  This may be good or may not.  Who can say given the apparent paucity of concrete knowledge about the physiology of T & H?  I've noticed a lot of things here that work for one individual but not for the other, lots of trial-and-error, and educated and semi-educated guesswork.  We do seem to be somewhat on our own as far as medicine is concerned.

let us know how you get on Tom.
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