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Pamela

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Hi Everyone! I am a new member, although I've been reading a fair amount on here for the last few months. I got hyperacusis and tinnitus in January this year from loud music exposure. For the first few months I was able to go for a social chat here and there in a quiet place and even continue with ToastMasters! I wore my Bose noise cancellation headphones only when there were loud noises. It's 6 months later and I can't do any of the above now. I wasn't overprotecting myself and I got worse. That being said, a few months ago I found I was overprotecting myself for about a week - I stopped and my tolerance increased. I took a chance and took my Dad out for Father's Day (and wore my headphones the whole time) but it's 4 days later and the increased H & T is still here. I used to recover from setbacks in a day. So my question is, during this never ending setback, do I protect myself from an even further setback or not protect myself? Does overprotection still apply during setbacks? 

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(Btw, because of Rob's message of hope I am schedule for TRT July 10th! Yay! I look forward to reading the other success stories)

This network has been instrumental in relieving my aloneness and fears. Thank you all.
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Pamela:

I too was crushed on father's day. It wasn't of my doings, I didn't invite my grandchildren over here. The older one was in the squeak-squeak stage for awhile, and they weren't allowed to come over for 6 months or more. 

He seems to be out of that stage, but now the two together can get excited and get too loud. That was Sunday. Today is Friday. Five days later and I am still suffering from that.

I'm going to have to tell my son, you cannot bring them over until I say. I think it's my daughter in law who so wants their children to have a paternal grandfather, but I can't. She just decides on her own when their coming over here, like at Christmas, or the dreaded father's day. 

What I've been doing since then is putting my ears under my moist heating pad, two or three times a day for 30 minutes or more. I'm not back where I want to be yet, but the heating pads give me hope, and temporarily improve the situation, which I'll take anytime I can get it. 

To read more about how I do that with the heating pad, you can read my post on the thread "What do you do for enjoyment" at the bottom of this "New Messages" page, or it may be on the second page by now.

What it does is the heat from the moist heating pad on my ears increases the blood flow to the inner ear, which increases the oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, which in this case are the ears. What it does is, instead of my just sitting there worrying about my ears, the heating pads give me something to do, rather than just sit there, and speed up the process by opening the blood flow to the ears.

I've also been trying to put a frozen ice pack, or pellets, on my ear in between heat treatments. I only put on the ice for a minute or two for each ear, and I put it on sitting up, with my head tilted so it won't drip into my ear, cause I don't want to get an ear infection from any dripping moisture.

My chiopractor once told me that heat expands the blood vessels and helps my back, etc., that way, and ice reduces the inflammation, and helps my back, etc., that way. I tried the ice the other night for the first time in a year or more, because I forgot about it, and it did seem to cool down and clam my ears some.  

                          Tom
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Pamela

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Hi Tom,

Thank you for your response. I am sorry to hear about your Father's Day. I can't imagine the frustration! I have told my family that I have to opt out of meetings for a while.  I don't Skype with individuals, but I might start Skyping with them when they gather for dinners. I can mute them and just type. They can put a laptop on my empty chair [smile] 

I saw your post about the moist heating pad - thank you for the reminder - I have to buy one. I tried microwaving a moist towel, but that was a poor substitute. I will try icing as well.

Cheers,
Pamela

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Pamela:

Thanks for your nice reply. I came back on the board to say I had taken my own advice about putting a "gel pack" on my ears for about 30 to 45 seconds each ear while I stood up, tilting my head to prevent it from dripping in my ear, to prevent ear infection. Then I repeated the ice process about 10 or 15 minutes later, when my ears warmed back up.

I've never Skyped anyone in my life and I don't plan to start now. But if I did Skype someone, how would I go about it? How would I know I did it? Is it painful?

I would love to mute some loud talkers every now and then.

Until you get an extended heating pad, you can practice with the regular size heating pad that you already have--I assume you have a regular heating pad. If you have a closet full of Skypes, you should have at least one heating pad, I would think. 

                     Tom
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Pamela

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Tom:

Hahahaha. If Skype doesn't hurt, you're doing it wrong. I abhor it generally, but for staying in touch with family face to face, it just might do the trick!

One would think I would have a heating pad in my closet full of Skypes. Alas, I do not. The closest thing I have is the Magic Bag - the once heavily advertised cold/hot pack full of oat wheat. Not much good for this sort of thing.

Pamela

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Hi Pamela,

You are going to be starting TRT in a couple of week, so your TRT audiologist would be the best person to answer your question about never ending setbacks, and protecting yourself from further setbacks or not to protect.  

I have been doing TRT for about 4 months.  I have found for me to have a set back has no value, so I will protect or avoid sounds that I know will give me a set back.  At the same time to move forward in my recovery I will have to challenge sounds that have been troublesome.  For Example, 5 months ago when I went into Target to shop, I had to use ear plugs or the sounds  were overwhelming.  The first couple of times without ear plugs, I went late a night when there were less young kids, no stocking the shelves and less overall noise in the store and I did use my plugs at the check out from the register beep noise.  The first time during normal business hours without plugs, I made it a quick trip and I continued this process until I could shop without ear plugs.  The little kids are still a concern as screaming or crying is uncomfortable and I may put my finger in my ears if needed and I do have the ear plugs in my pocket just in case.

Over protection can cause issues as your brain can turn up the central gain to hear the sounds that are being blocked out.  If you always stay in a sound protected environment, then, suddenly expose yourself to everyday normal sounds, it can be overwhelming. I find that there needs a balance to sound exposure and it needs to be done slowly.  At the same time, If I block out all sounds with head gear or ear plugs, then I am not getting the sounds that I can tolerate and I can not move forward. I try to be selective in my short term use of ear plugs.

PH

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Pamela

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Thank you PH!

That makes sense. What bothers me most about Target is the employees with the walki talki's - they seem to come out of nowhere!  I will strive for a balance. Thank you for all the info.  Best wishes with your continuing TRT.

Pamela
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Rob

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Pamela -

Good luck with TRT.    

Rob 
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Pamela

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Pamela -

Good luck with TRT.    

Rob 


Thank you Rob!!!
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