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eightythree

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I've been dealing with a hearing problem for the past 1.5 years or so.

It all started in July of 2014. I was watching a movie and it just sound so loud and piercing, it felt like they turned the volume up too loud. My ears felt hot and full after the movie. This went on for about a month or two. My brother who was with me felt that it was a little loud but not that loud. I went to multiple hearing doctors, all hearing tests came out normal. I even did a Loudness Discomfort Test and pretty much passed. Some of the louder tones sounded louder then normal but did not spark the same amount of anxiety/tenseness the movie did.

For the past about a year I have been "normal". I still would be cautious around loud movies at say movies/bars/restaurants and would wear custom made musician earplugs to make them even safer.

Things have changed a bit over the past week or so I can't figure out what happened. The sensitivity is back. Now sounds don't sound "loud" just "unpleasant" to my ears. My ears feel slightly "tingly"/"raw" and sound seems to irritate them. I'm currently listening to TV at about 50dbs and it's fine. It doesn't seem to follow any rhyme or reason, certain sounds are "uncomfortable" at say low volume for example, but other sounds at high volume aren't that "uncomfortable."

There is no physical pain, just mental irritation I would say. Over the past few days I haven't done anything necessarily different, no loud noise exposure. I have used caffeine and marijuana pretty consistently, but have been doing those for months with no problems.

I'm just really confused at how to accurately diagnose/deal with my issue. All the audiologists, otolaryngologist basically told me I was fine and just wait out. I have even had a few bring up hyperacusis but they didn't really follow down that path too much. I'm not really sure the point to my post but figured maybe someone with more knowledge would know the right questions to ask.
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eightythree

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Just to add some more information after my initial post. Here are my symptoms :

- Tinnitus in left ear (Extremely low, not a pure tone more like a "fuzzy" constant noise as if putting a seashell to your ear) this doesn't really effect me at all during the day or even really at night.

- Certain sounds will have an additional layer of "tone" added to them at a high pitch. It's most noticeable during say newscasts where just a reporter is speaking. They will speak and for as long as they are speaking a higher pure tone will sound until they quit speaking. This is rare but has happened more then a few times. Often times just flipping the channel will stop it. It appears a certain frequency triggers it.

- My ear drum will  "thump" after hearing certain sounds, for example when my dog barks, my ear will thump in response.

- As of recent, and also when this first started, certain noise will trigger this build up of anxiety, as if certain noises "inject" me with anxiety.

- Sometimes my ears will feel "raw" kinda like the feeling your skin gets after a low grade sunburn.

These symptoms are very inconsistent, except the tinnitus which started up about 10 months after the "hyperacusis" started. I can't seem to figure out the triggers. Nothing seems to consistently trigger/resolve. Last summer for example, I went on vacation and was in a nightclub that was so loud my tinnitus got way worse (went back to baseline the next day) but I had no hyperacusis symptoms after. Something that should have been a clear cut trigger did nothing.
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Margy

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Sounds like the early stages of hyperacusis. Ears feel kind of "raw" like they have a sunburn; That's what I feel every day, even on a good day.  But I wouldn't go anywhere near a movie theater. They are way too loud even to my previously normal ears.

Hyperacusis is not well enough known even now to say if this is really an early stage or just a hint. My ears felt like that a year ago. Now they are worse, and I don't know if they will get better or get worse or what caused them to get like this in the first place. I don't like to go to grocery stores or many other noisy places. I take care to do things quietly at home, such as putting away dishes. I have had hyperacusis for more than a year. It sounds like you are just beginning to get it.

Maybe someone else will give you good advice. I just thought I would say that it sounds like hyperacusis, but it may go away or it may get worse. If I could offer some advice at a guess, I would say to take it easy on your ears for a little while. Let them have normal sound but don't push it by going into noisy environments. Give them sound that is good but not hard to be around. Maybe it won't get worse!

I wish I could be more sure in what I say. I have read all that I can get my hands on about this topic, because it has become the most urgent thing in my life to solve so I can get on with everything else.

The ones with knowledge on this site will tell you to find a clinician who knows TRT right away. That would be a good course to take if you can. But in the meantime, live a normal life with normal sound, but don't push the extremes, because your ears don't want that right now.
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