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Lorrie

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Hi friends:

Amongst my own peculiar and as yet inexplicable reactions with my having hyperacusis, one that I have noticed over some time is that I can have a setback after a worrisome noise exposure ONLY THE NEXT MORNING. Some times of course the reaction is relatively immediate. But one gauge of my ear health is how my ears are in the morning. If they are OK, then my moderate hyperacusis is stable. If I wake up with some trouble, I know that some worrisome exposure from the previous the day has affected me more than I thought. Why this happens I do not know. Does any such thing happen to you?

I am writing about this because I am going through a moderate setback after many months of being relatively OK. I will spare you the details of the noise exposures I have been through over the last 3 days... But we all know that we can't predict everything that is going to happen to us unless we stay inside as hermits. We think we are making a right move in some situation... but no. We get wacked and we pay for it... for one hour, one day, one month, 6 months.

Take care.

Lorrie
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JohnMarc

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Do you use white noise or pink noise machine overnight? If not, try doing that, and see if it helps with the "morning after" phenomenon
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phacker

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Hi Lorrie,

I have the morning after exposure syndrome.  When I am exposed to loud sounds, I may or may not get pain from the sound exposure and I do not know if I am going to have a set back until the next morning. If I wake the next morning with ear pain, ear fullness and increased sound sensitivity, I know it is going to be some time before these symptoms go away.    
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Lorrie

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John Marc: 

No I do not use any white noise or pink noise generator.Actually I would be afraid to. I never let myself be exposed to any continual sounds anywhere.

Phacker:

So you knoew what I am talking about. Strange phenomenon. Anyways, good news: my setback is over after  6-7 days of worry. I have been through this a lot over the years and it is never easy not knowing when you will recover, and IF you will recover. With this is one I was pretty sure I would recover though, I must admit. The worst exposure in this last episode was to two loud fans at a cafeteria I usually frequent .Usually there are no fans , but they were there , I beleive, because of a massive paint job around the caf.  I had my earmuffs on the first time , got my food fast and was OK. The second time there was a longer lineup of people being served so I was exposed longer, and stupidly decided  at one point to take off my muffs because I thought people were staring at me. They weren`t but that is ofetn a source of discomfort for me, although I am not super concerned usually about my overall appearence. 

Woke up this morning with no sound sensitivity. 😉

Lorrie





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JohnMarc

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Lorrie,

Is there a volume level that would be low enough for you to know that you can tolerate it all night? Even if it is only slightly above dead silence? You can start with that volume level for overnight pink noise.. and then build up very very slowly. This can be very therapeutic!
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Lorrie

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JohnMarc:

Are you sure that even a very low level of overnight pink noise might make a difference? Can anyone else confirm this?

Lorrie
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JohnMarc

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A very low volume pink noise might or might not help itself, but it will help you slowly build up to slightly higher and higher volume levels, in my opinion. I am not suggesting to do it only on days that you think you had too much noise exposure during the day, but rather do it everyday, just have the pink noise running in the background at very low volume all the time and you won't even notice it.. and then once a week or something, increase the volume slightly. Hopefully this way you can build tolerance to noise in the long run.

Other opinions are welcome, as I am by no means an authority on this discussion.
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Lorrie

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Thanks John Marc.
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