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Steve2017

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I'm posting this on here because sometimes over-sensitive hearing 'Hyperacusis' can often run alongside tinnitus...

I prepared this for a sensitive hearing forum a few months ago, then I showed it to my NHS hearing/tinnitus specialist, and she found it interesting and asked for a copy.

There are some T ideas lower down in the letter...... This won't apply to everyone and I'm not suggesting you retrain your ears as I did, that will be your choice to try if you have similar over sensitive hearing issues.

When I was at my worst I couldn't go near a hoover, cutlery or anything that beeped, helicopters flying above - diesel engines, dishes clattering, hoovers, kettles, fans, opening of crisp or freezer bags etc now I can listen to all of these... Also the echo of my own voice, anxiety, depression can also come with it, yes I had these issues to deal with as well.

I'm not suggesting my health issue is the same as yours; I always thought my ears were over sensitive, but I found out over the last 18 months it was the brain not the ears that was fussing about various sounds, so I decided to retrain it to accept sounds one by one.

At its worst and being ridiculously stressed with it, I couldn't recognise some sounds, I had to ask my wife what was that - oh just the rushing in the water pipes etc etc, for example.

If you suffer with Tinnitus as well, then listening to more acceptable sounds will help ease/mask it.

These self help skills have helped make a real difference to me... I don't know if this will be helpful to others, but this is what I did - and I can now listen to sounds and tolerate them once again.

At my lowest point, my 38 year old daughter text me 4 times in ten mins one evening, because I had stopped taking tablets that were giving me horrid side effects, because there was nothing wrong with my mental state apart from extreme stress due to the hearing problems and tinnitus.

At this low point.... I went and turned the radio up, to probably normal sound to most, but high for me, and I remember saying 'brain/ears take a listen to this'!!! Head facing towards both small speakers so each ear was getting a dose of electric guitars etc, for about 12/15 mins I expect it was. Something has reset within that short time I said to my wife...... But really I think the louder noise taught the brain its 'just sound' so just get used to it.

Over the last 18 months I see continued improvement, walking past industrial lawn mowers in the park for example, helicopters and planes flying overhead, clattering spoons into a draw, no problem now – and most evenings I give my brain 5 mins of 'slightly up volume music' to keep in tune to normal day to day sounds.

Tinnitus advise to share...

Negative thoughts bring tinnitus up, positive can help bring it down... But there is a third thing that makes a big difference with me. Depending on age, rest for 10 - 15 mins then I say to myself ok get up, get on with it and I find myself 3 or 4 jobs to do and open eyes slightly and 'open your mind' focus - move around sharply, enjoy and don't stress... Keeping to just small satisfying jobs, when completed tinnitus is down - I only found this out recently, but it really works for me and T stays lower for many hours. helps you get control again!

TVs & laptop screens, be aware... I have cut right down on screen-time, and have brightness down some, after 30 years of games making/web design since 1986, which I believe caused my T.

Hope this might improve lifestyle for someone else as well...

Regards

Steve.

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gutsygirl

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So glad this is working for you, Steve. Maybe I'll be a bit bolder with my music too. Thank you for sharing!
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Steve2017

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How's it going with the music up slightly? It says my account is deleted but i'm still here, just been rather busy lately... 

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gutsygirl

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I'm doing better with the music because of my tinitus hearing aids. I'm doing TRT. It's helping a lot!
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Steve2017

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That's good - if you wear head phones or ear plugs try get rid of them, best thing I ever did - retrain the brain to everyday sounds... Also 'T' simple things like reading from a book instead of reading online. When talking on a mobile make sure its not on charge... Noise, when you hear a sound you don't normally like, move closer then compliment yourself on toughening your brain up to 'normal sounds'...

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