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Hi everyone. I just joined and wanted to get some opinions on what I think may be hyperacusis or something else entirely. I have intolerance to specific sounds, not all sounds. I cannot deal with construction sounds, loud barking dogs, and first and foremost, crying babies/kids.

When I was young up until the age of probably 9 or 10, I was in and out of hospitals a lot due to two organ transplants as a baby and at five years old. Naturally, being in a hospital for children, I heard crying and sometimes screaming (albeit rarely) at all hours of the day and night. My parents had to get me a Sony tape player and headphones so I could sleep at night. But I feel as though the stress has stayed with me throughout my life. I’m 35 now and I cannot stand the sound of babies and kids crying. To the point I will get up and leave the room. Which is embarrassing to me but I have to get away from the sound.

The same goes for dogs barking. I am instantly ticked off and angry even though I know the animals are just doing what comes naturally and babies/kids cry. I don’t blame or fault them for that at all, just to be clear. My sister recently had a baby and I love her but I have to walk away if she starts crying. I feel so bad but I cannot help it.

I’m curious as to whether the crying kids thing is possibly some sort of PTSD from when I was young and in the hospital (oftentimes alone).

I’d appreciate any help or advice you all can give. I’m glad I found this forum so I can talk to people who aren’t going to judge or laugh at me.

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Hi Julyruby,
I have hated the sound of barking dogs And gun fire to the point of thinking about physical violence against the dog owners and the people shooting guns. I have gotten better abut it since I got tinnitus and hyperacusis and have worked on my emotions around sound.
Look up misophonia.
Take care. Be gentle with yourself and those around you. These issues are tough.


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I think PSTD goes along with anything traumatizing that we are experiencing. I never thought about it until this post but yes, I think we get traumatized by a certain sound or environment and we are scared of it. For me, I went through TRT after trying all sorts of things. I put TRT off (Tinnitus Retraining Therapy) and it really helped, a lot. For the protocol, you not only listen to sound generators increasing them ever so slightly but you listen to non worded music and do the same. But psychological counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy is a bit part of it. You learn to not be scared of it. It really helped me!

Jane Parks-McKay
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