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natalie

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It started about five years ago when I noticed my right ear was slightly sensitive to to the voices of a couple of friends.  Over the years, it has progressively gotten harder to be exposed to specific tones.  Now to hear a water bottle crackle, a melamine plate hit the counter, my husband clear his throat, a vacuum cleaner run, a public toilet flush, etc. it's as if I'm being punched in the head.

My question: Is this Hyperacusis if it's only in one ear?

BTW...I visited an ENT a few months ago.  He tested my hearing.  It's fine.  Said I had "slight hypersensitivity to sounds" and gave me a steroid to "fix" whatever might be going on.  No luck.  That's a shock, huh?
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deafleg2

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Yes, I have hyperacusis in one ear only.
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Stormy

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MY left is more sensitive than my right. 

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deafleg2

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Stormy, good to see you again,

How are you coping today?

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Stormy

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Howdy! 

Well the day started off with the dog barking at the doorbell.  Major pain!

Since then, everything is good.  No one is home and it is quiet.  How sweet!

Hope your day is well.
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Febrele

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Sorry if I sound harsh, but why don't you get rid of your dog? I'm sure you could find someone to take care of it?

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Rob

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Natalie -

It is possible to have hyperacusis in one or both ears.  The basic hearing test your ENT gave you is fine, but there is another one called a loudness discomfort level (LDL) test that can help your clinician determine the amount of sensitivity in the affected ear.  It is important for you to be evaluated by a professional who is knowledgeable about diagnosing and treating hyperacusis.  Hyperacusis is treatable.

Rob   

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Febrele

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Rob,

I really appreciate your positivism on the forums. Keep it up, being depressed is NOT going to help us at all.
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