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rustycoupe31

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I don't know if I have hyperacusis. I do know, I can't pronounce the word. I have never had a hearing test done, and I just assumed hearing test were for those that have trouble hearing, which would be opposite, in my case. "Bionic Ears". That's what my family, friends, and especially my neighbors, call me. I can hear a fire truck siren before the neighbor's dogs can hear it. So, you can probably imagine why I hate our smoke alarms, when they go off, but also realize, it wouldn't be very safe to rip them off the walls...
    I live in a apartment building, and I can hear a phone ring, at the other end of the building. Four apartments down, I can hear the water running from their shower. When I have guest over, they ask me why I have my television on mute, even though it's just turned down. I only turn it up, when I hear my neighbor wheezing (breathing loud). No. I can't hear a mosquito fart five miles away. Silly rumors...

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Welcome here Stanley - 'Bionic Ears' same for me 5 years ago, I could hear a mouse 1 mile away - did you do something to bring Hyperacusis on - eg extremely loud noise in a concert etc... I was the same a decade of over sensitive hearing creeping up on me - always told everybody I had over sensitive hearing, didn't even know it had a name...

its important with my advice - if it crept up on you 'or' extreme noise damage was the issue. if you look at some of my posts you can see ive made remarkable improvements to my daily lifestyle - 'but' I never damaged my ears, it was my brain getting fussy, don't like that sound, not that one either, especially fans, diesel engines, crisp packets and freezer bags, you can stop rustling those now - like any other sounds brain, nope!.

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I believe my over sensitivity to hearing began shortly after I had Bell's Palsy, twice in one summer. But then, I was in a bad car accident that same summer. This was 42 years ago.
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When I was at my lowest point and fed up of wearing ear protectors all the time, I went and turned the radio up for 15 mins, take a listen to that ears/brain - and it totally worked for me, every day after that retraining my brain very slowly, listen to this one then a little closer, but this was in 'my case, if anyone reading has sound intrusion damage then this might be inadvisable.

Leaf blowers now no problem - someone the other day even pulled a big trolley jack past me and my wife on the pavement, such a row, she cringed not me.  

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This sparked my attention. Being proactive like you are, surely rid me of my hyperacusis back in 2014. I got tired of cowarding in fear and being a recluse in my life. I figured either I die never trying or give it my best. Now...I'm living proof that proactiveness really works. I followed the few who had positive things to add here.Rob and John Loudenbach were the pioneers that shined that light of hope.
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Well done saab - a message like yours is to give hope - anyone with damage from sound get it looked at first then fixed if possible, then consider brain retraining like I did - many times I'm clattering dishes around the sink get a listen at that head -  which I would never dare do 5 years ago, and with me it didn't take that long to see improvements - this is hope for someone these messages on this thread..
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My Hyperacusis started 30 years ago and since I've retrained myself I guess over the years. I regained a semi tolerance to everyday noise and to some extent when on a riding mower (something that was undreamable 30 years ago). I have a question of does any company make electronic noise cancelling headphones such as the type for gun ranges but for people with Hyperacusis that needs to mow their grass ?
Any help on this subject would be greatly appreciated.

PS My heart gos out to anyone that had to go through what I've been through with Hyperacusis .
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