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AW

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In 2008 I had shooting nerve pain on the top of my head for about 3 hours.  Afterwards I had lost a good deal of my hearing and developed tinnitus.  For the first 6 months everything was fine.  I used a white noise machine to mask the tinnitus and hearing aids for clarity of speech.  It was perfect and I had no problem.  Gradually things changed and noises started to get grating even without my hearing aids.  Flash forward to 2015.  This is my question to the forum:  I have one vibration and sound in my right ear that gets louder with any noise and the vibration gets unbearable.  Doing the dishes, shoes on hardwood floors, the hum of the car, even brushing my teeth makes the noise in my right ear louder and unbearable and gets the vibration to a level that is really uncomfortable.  I've been to several ENTs, Stanford, and UCLA and they say this is tinnitus but I've never known tinnitus to increase in volume when around any noise and I certainly can't use masking noises as it would put me over the edge.  Does anyone else have a hyperacusis condition that is similar to mine?  Thanks for any help you can provide.
 
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You aren't describing hyperacusis.  You are describing tinnitus.  It isn't uncommon for tinnitus to seem louder when we get around sound. 

Maybe it's time to consider a different approach.  Rather than trying to mask tinnitus, which seemed to work well for you for a while, why not take steps to learn how to habituate it regardless of what it is doing?  Background sound can be used in that regard, to put something else in the room for your auditory system to focus on, rather than to try to completely cover the sound of tinnitus.  The application of basic cognitive behavioral therapy to tinnitus can be very helpful for some people and might be worth looking into.   

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AW

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Thanks Rob.  I had never considered it to be tinnitus because it is so different from the other tinnitus sounds I have and it has an accompanying vibration only in that ear.  If the sounds and vibration get to be too much, my right eye will start watering and the right eye area go numb.  I have never heard anyone speak of those symptoms for tinnitus but I will look into your suggestion.
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