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nena

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Hi

Last week whilst at home my ears were exposed to a sudden loud crash as something fell to the floor. I have both T and H. Now my ears feel weird. There was no pain. I just have this strange feeling in my ears which im assuming is aural fullness ive read about. A similar thing happened last year when i was exposed to a siren. It eventually resolved.

I'm abit confused because reading through old posts on here an audiologist said in response to someone in a similar situation as mine, that aural fullness is not typical of simple H and and to get checked out at ENT. I've read countless stories similar to mine. Should i be worried? Hearing loss never occurred to me since it was an ironing board that crashed on floor albeit loudly. It never crossed my mind to go to ENT. Theyre rubbish here anyway and have been no help in managing my H.

Any advice appreciated.
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Johnloudb

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It is very common after a loud sound exposure. Nothing to worry about ...
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nena

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Hi John

Thanks for replying. Is this something that will hopefully resolve with time? It feels much worse than last time. I had been working on my decreased sound tolerance using the pink noise cd. I can't wear anything in my ear so it's a slow process and then other health problems took over so i kind of let things slide. I've just resumed listening to pink noise again.
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keith

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Nena,

I have had things like this happen to me many times and my ears have always returned to normal eventually. I have found the key is to try and not dwell on the problem and to go and do something you enjoy that will hopefully take your mind of thinking about your ears.

I hope you have some improvement soon [smile]
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nena

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Hi Keith

Thanks for that.  It helps so much to be reassured by other people.  I must admit I've been panicking because my ear just feels so awful.  As you say, I'll try not to dwell on it and hopefully it will resolve soon.
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Tram

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The feeling will pass! I used to experience that all the time when I was wearing my earplugs too much.
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nena

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Hi Tram

I really hope it will pass soon.  It's seriously bugging me.  I'm trying to not focus on it but it's difficult.  I'm suffering with depression because of my T and H and other things and this awful feeling is not helping!
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Rob

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Hi Nena. 

Sorry you are having a tough time. 

Aural fullness can sometimes occur when folks with hyperacusis and/or tinnitus are exposed to sound they believe can be dangerous.  Last year, exposure to a siren resulted in your feeling aural fullness.  This year, the sound your ironing board made when it unexpectedly crashed on the floor has caused the same thing to occur. 

It sounds to me like you have a second issue going on in addition to hyperacusis -- an issue that may be related to hyperacusis but is treated differently from it.  

In one of your posts, you mentioned you can't wear anything in your ear.  Can you say a bit more about why that is?

Rob 
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nena

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Hi Rob

When my tinnitus first started it faded away after a short period and I stupidly listened to music on my ipod one night because I couldn't sleep.  The next morning the tinnitus was back with a vengeance and has never gone away.  That was nearly 4 years ago.  Ever since then I've not been keen on wearing anything in my ears or even over my ears.  However when my hyperacusis started, some months after my tinnitus, my audiologist persuaded me to try WNGs.  I used them for several days, building up the sound gradually but my tinnitus went beserk and I couldn't cope with it so I stopped using them.  

My hyperacusis isn't as severe as lots of people on here but it has got worse.  I have a complicated history.  I've done all the wrong things because of fear.  I've been more or less housebound for the past 2 years and will only venture out with earplugs which i know is making matters worse.  Fear of noise is a huge part of my problem now, especially high pitched sounds because they really cause problems with my tinnitus.  I'm trying to find a hearing therapist to help me with my hyperacusis because I can't go on like this anymore but no one here has any experience of treating it.  I've tried several different hospitals and been met with blank looks.  I gave up in the end because other health problems overtook but this feeling in my ears is the last straw for me.  What do you think it is?

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Nena
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Rob

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nena -

When I said it sounds like you have a second issue going on in addition to hyperacusis, I was alluding to fear of sound. 

There is definitely a way to turn this around.    

The aural fullness you are experiencing will fade in time.  It is due to your fear that exposure to the sound the ironing board made when it crashed could exacerbate your tinnitus or your sensitivity to sound. 

I have a suggestion.  For the next day, would you be willing to wear your WNGs in your ears but without turning them on?  Try it and let us know how it goes.

Rob 





  
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nena

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Rob

Yes i'm definitely willing to try that and will let you know how it goes.

Thanks for your help. It's much appreciated.

Nena
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Rob

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Great.  

Do you own a pair of noise cancellation headphones or headphones you have used in the past that you like?  

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nena

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No. I got rid of all my headphones after my tinnitus got worse because of the ipod. It took me a long time to accept i'd caused it to happen.

I recently thought about getting the Bose noise cancelling headphones to try and reduce the fear when I go out. Do you think it's worth me getting them?

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Rob

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Yes.  I think it is worth your getting them this week.  
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nena

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Hi Rob

I wore the WNGs with no sound playing yesterday.  I didn't have any problem with them.

I've ordered a pair of the Bose noise-cancelllation headphones.  You can get them on a 28 day trial so I can see if I like them before I commit to spending that amount of money.  They're not cheap!

Nena
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Rob

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nena -

I'm glad you had no problem with the WNGs.  I would continue to wear your WNGs in your ears for 8 hours per day but without turning them on for one week.

I am glad you ordered the headphones.  Let us know how you do with the WNGs and let us know when the headphones arrive.  

Rob
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nena

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Thanks Rob.  
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nena

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Hi Rob

Well, I've been wearing the WNGs with no sound on for just over a week.  The ear fullness had subsided slightly but has worsened this past couple of days so I've found it more difficult wearing the WNGs.  I've also now got the Bose headphones.  What would you advise I do now?

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Rob

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nena -

I would take it easy for a few days and start the music protocol I described in another thread beginning next Monday.  Listen to music through your Bose headphones.  Put the noise cancellation feature ON.  The first week, set the volume so that it is literally at your threshold for hearing sound.  Do that for the entire week.  The next week, set it at threshold and then raise the volume very, very slightly. 

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nena

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Hi Rob

Well I've tried and tried to make myself do your music protocol but the fear of listening to music through headphones is too strong.  The increase of my tinnitus went from mild to severe overnight by listening to music on my ipod 3 years ago and has never gone back to how it was.  I can't get that thought out of my head.

Is listening to the pink noise cd out loud instead an option for me do you think?

Nena
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Rob

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I think that is a good idea.  Let us know how it goes.  Sorry you are having a tough time.

Rob
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