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Andrea_Elizabeth

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Hi all. I currently am in the process of getting a confirmation diagnosis of hyperacusis by an Otologist in Boston next week, but it appears to my current ENT and myself that I do, because the symptoms I've been researching seem on point with mine. 

I am, or was, a trumpet player and have played since I was 9 years old. I started on violin and then switched to trumpet because I loved the rich sound, played all the way through high school, studied music in college and earned my A.S. in Music. I switched to Business and Marketing because I saw how I could play my trumpet as my hobby and have a career in marketing. I've since moved around a bit and my path changed but I am still pursuing a career in digital marketing, coding and web development and possibly one day business development. 

I currently work in a health food store where there are screaming children, loud noises of all types and rude customers, so I'm definitely trying to move into a quieter, digital marketing role in an office, but I don't even know if 'that' will work because I'm not sure just yet how to heal this ear injury. I know I have to find out more when I go to Boston next week (I'm in Vermont), but I'm also thinking of my options to have a stable career 'and' heal from this ear injury....and hopefully one day be able to play my trumpet! 

I'm considering finding a remote position in digital marketing, buying a tiny house (down the road) or Airstream Basecamp and working out of it remotely to avoid loud sounds. And also to be a digital nomad so I have more freedom for doctor's appointments and in general. I desire to be in the office but I'm not sure if I have a choice at this point.

Does anyone work remotely for their company, either doing freelance or a full-time remote job, to avoid being around loud noises?

Anyone in digital marketing or IT and working remote, or considering working remote?

Does anyone work 'in' an office and have solutions (like a noise canceling headset) for working in the office with hyperacusis?

Is anyone else here a digital nomad because of your hyperacusis? What has been your experience?

Thank you for reading. 


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Hi Andrea_Elizabeth,

Digital nomad.. I like the sound of that! Currently, no, I am not, but I do manage (thus far) to maintain my full time job is a busy and noisy professional setting. It can be tough at times but in some ways it’s good to provide a challenge to the auditory system. When I first came down with hyperacusis and tinnitus and ear pain, I thought I was done for! But, I have surprised myself and have been able to continue working, with some adjustments. As I mentioned in other post, I wear musicians ear plugs, and sometimes foam ones, if needed in noisy areas or if my ears get too fatigued. I go take walks outside when I can. I find really immersing myself in a challenge at work takes my mind off my ears and provides a “mental” break. These auditory symptoms can be extremely unnerving and hard to not obsess about. The more you can set your focus away from them, the better!

Funny you mention the Airstream. My wife (who is an engineer) and I have always dreamed of living in an airstream or small (well constructed) Home in a rural setting. The thought of being able to pick up and leave, if you don’t care for your neighbors, the weather, whatever.. is so liberating. It seems a lot of people are catching on, given the major housing issues in larger metropolitan areas. My city is getting ridiculously expensive, quick, and with a tripling in population over past decade or so, is no longer the beautiful, clean city I grew up in. Stick with the digital marketing, web design, programming route.. there are lots of jobs, many of which can be done remotely. Artificial intelligence is also a hot field right now with ridiculous salaries. I’d love to work remotely, but my field (medicine) is light years behind the rest of the civilized digital world. Still, someone has to be the pioneers right?

Anyhow, hope your appointment goes well!

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I'm taking some college courses with the idea of writing. Well - the courses help me understand wording and what not - but I think I just need to start writing. Don't know if a person can ever make money anymore as a writer, doubt it - but once in awhile miracles happen.

What about  - for those who like numbers, go into business accounting in the home? I hate numbers, but I know of people who do this type of work. 

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 I'm not sure just yet how to heal this ear injury



A very important part of the healing process (if you indeed have hyperacusis) will be done by slowly exposing yourself to more and more sounds, and possibly using sound generators which emit broadband noise, in order to desensitize your auditory system. This can take time but it is doable. A knowledgeable audiologist can tell you more about the underlying mechanisms and treatment options. Best to find a specialist, and not an ENT, as they usually do not know much about hyperacusis. I hope you will be able to begin treatment before you decide on any of these important life choices, as paradoxically the more you seek silence the worse the symptoms will often become in the long run. 
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gvkk

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I'm learning that ENTs don't believe me and regular doctors just think throwing medicine at me will work.

Tried pink noise from a phone app but it downloaded spam with it.

Hope to see a better specialist soon.

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