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Kitt

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Hi, I'm a new member and wanted to share my experience to see if any of you can help me make sense of this all. I'm still in shock and can't believe this has happened. To give a little information regarding my background, I've suffered form hyperacusis before. Started about 14 years ago, but improved with time. Hyperacusis was no longer a major issue at this point in my life, just a minor nuisance that I could handle as long as I was smart about protection in certain environments. Well, recently I injured my back working out and decided to try an inversion table to help with the bulging disc issue. Did research and couldn't find any link to T or H as a threat when using a table. However, after using it for a week, my sound tolerances have collapsed significantly. Things I previously took for granted--the voices of people, doors opening, and various other things--are familiar hells I'm now dealing with all over again. I'm in shock and can't believe it...trying to fix one problem (my back) created another...and a much worse problem at that. I'm depressed and it's all I can think about. I'm hoping this is just a temporary problem that clears soon, but it has been 2 weeks almost since the onset. Why would an inversion table mess me up this bad? Is it fluid movement of some sort from being upside down that has now triggered me sensitive? I'm almost positive it was the inversion table because the onset came about immediately around my last sessions on the table. The table was making me woozy and I quit, but now have a feeling of fullness in my left ear, humming, and bad sensitivity. I'm using pink noise now to try to rehab. This is awful though and is making me into an angry person. It's amazing-- one part of the body isn't functioning properly and it renders our lives a living hell. Nevermind the fact that the other 99% of our bodies is working just fine, healthy as a cucumber. It's crazy and cruel. I feel like I've just been sentenced to prison time and hopefully parole comes soon. I feel like an alien on a foreign planet, where everything is too damn loud. [frown]
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Sorry to hear this. If you read my new thread, I have something similar but I think it's my neck. If you find something that helps, please let me know! I'm taking ginkgo bill a and vitamin B12, calcium and magnesium. My symptoms come and go, some days are good, some not so much. Hope you get over it soon!!
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Kitt,

How did you get hyperacusis 14 years ago?
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Thanks for the feedback Teresa and Ted. I'll let you know if I find anything that helps. I am using a B12 supplement too and listening to pink/white noise. My condition seems to be getting worse by the day. Not sure why. Maybe my ear is getting more overwhelmed and collapsing further. I have noticed a little dizziness in certain positions lately. It's only triggered by certain angles when getting out of bed or looking down to far when reading my phone...stuff like that. And it isn't always there...just at times. I should add that it's only my left ear that is sensitive. I've never had issues with my right one other than mild tinnitus. My left ear is full and tinnitus has increased with sound sensitivity. The last week expecially has been like hell. Gonna take some time to get used to this and forgive myself for trying that stupid inversion table. Had been having bad back pain and didn't realize inverting was dangerous for an H sufferer. Even researched beforehand and couldn't find a link or reason to worry. However, once all hell broke loose, i did a more broad search and found people with inner ear problems might not wanna invert but it was mostly referring to those with ear infections. I had to dig deep to find more info which is unusual with H. Usually if something bothers T or H it's easy to find a link online. I feel guilty though knowing that I coulda saw that deep info buried out there and could have avoided this catastrophe. It's just ridiculous that such a cruel condition like this H exists. People with T and no H don't really realize how *lucky they are....Things can get a lot worse. H is like a prison sentence or finding out you have cancer...it's absolutely debilitating. To answer your question Ted, I got H 14 years ago but prior to that I had just T alone for a few years. It was annoying and at the time I thought it was horrifying, but then once I got H then I realized what true horror is. I'm not sure what the exact cause of my H was. It could have been a number of things. I was protecting my ears a lot when I had just T alone. That coulda let to H. There were a few instances where I was exposed to loud noises but it never seemed to immediately trigger H back then at its first onset. I did take some prescriptions that could have led to H. I hope I didn't offend anyone but I'm just completely pissed off. I had defeated H before and it was a thing of the past. I was always careful to avoid relapse but apparently not careful enough because I didn't realize I was playing with a loaded gun when it came to the inversion table. I've been having back trouble due to an injury and have trouble sitting anymore. So I stand most of the time and now my sound tolerances have been collapsed. It's making me wish I wasn't even alive. It's a horrible way to live. I go to the doc tomorrow to have my ears checked. I wanna see if there is fluid or anything that's noticed. Thought maybe the inversion could have pushed fluid or those tiny calcium carbonate crystals in our ears into another area, which is causing symptoms? Does anyone have an idea as to why inverting caused hyperacusis? Thanks.
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Does anyone have an idea as to why inverting caused hyperacusis? Thanks.


Kitt,

Inversion could put a lot of pressure on your hearing system.

Research the term, "Perilymph Fistula," as an example of one condition that that is affected by pressure and which can cause hyperacusis. To promote healing, people with this condition are often advised not to even bend over.

By the way, how far were you inverting each time, and for how long?
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Thanks for the info. I was only inverting to 60 degrees. I didn't even go all the way. And when I did invert I only did 60 degrees for a couple minutes. I usually stayed more around 40. But I had only been using the inversion table for a week. I've always had some minor dizziness but it was definitely minor. I never get vertigo or anything severe. I used to lift weights a lot and never had a problem. Thanks for the suggestion about that. In researching Perilymph Fistula can't tell if my symptoms really match it or not. Since the onset of this ear fullness and H, I've only felt the dizziness two times over a two week period. And that I have always had here and there. And with Perilymph Fistula they say you'll have sensitivity and dizzy spells to loud sounds but i don't know about full blown H. I'm sensitive now to all sounds big or small...like classic H. My ear fullness has been getting worse off and on. I only ever bend over to pick up soap bottles in the shower and I bend my knees. Should i not even do that? I really hope it isn't Perilymph Fistula. That would be bad news. I read that bed rest for a week is recommended to heal if it is Perilymph Fistula. Does that mean i can't even work? I don't do much bending over at my job. By bending over, I'm guessing they mean the head?

Thanks for the help.
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Kitt:

If you look thoroughly into this, you'll find that perilymph fistula is commonly listed as a cause of hyperacusis.

It's also interesting that you have a history of weightlifting, as this is often listed as a pre-event to perilymph fistula.

I'm not saying you have this, but it seems a logical topic for you and your doctor to research, especially since those striking symptoms appeared after you used an inversion table. If your doctor has other ideas about what this might be, please let everyone here know.

Sorry that I'm not qualified to answer your questions about what you should or shouldn't do. But it sounds as though you may be figuring that out...
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I've got no idea if you have  perilymph fistula or not either, but if I were you I'd get that checked out as the previous poster suggested.  There is a surgery for it.
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Thanks all for the feedback. I went to the doc and it was found that I have some fluid in my ears (not infected) and my ear drums are pink/slightly swollen. Knowing this information, does it contribute to the likelihood of Perilymph Fistula or something else?
I am going to an ENT next Monday.
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