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bnokes

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I suffered a burst eardrum 4 months ago. The ent said it healed fine and everything was good goodon the ct scan. The hearing test was normal as well. My problem is I'm in constant pain and feel like my eardrum might burst from the sound of my own voice or from high frequency sounds. My question is can hyperacusis pain and aural fullness last long enough to feel constant? My ent said I would only feel pain from the sound and then it would go away if I had hyperacusis. I feel like the tensor tympani muscle is pulling on my eardrum all the time and creating pain and fullness. Anyone else had consistent pain even when they are in a quiet room? I can't escape this pain. I hope to see a hyperacousis doctor this next month as soon as I have an extra 175 dollars. Thanks for your time. I'm in agony.
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Yes, I have had this feeling of the tensor tympani muscle pulling on my right eardrum for a long time. The feeling waxes and wanes with noise, tiredness, stress, atmospheric pressure changes, etc. but it’s always with me, not so much in the mornings, but all afternoon and evening.

When I first noticed this, I went to my doctor, suspecting an ear infection. She only said my eardrum was red. I do have hyperacusis, but also these other symptoms are not often recognized as going along with hyperacusis.

If this is new, you may want to try a benzodiazepine drug just for a little while to see if that will nip this in the bud before it gets chronic. Just an idea based on my reading. Clonazepam, for example.


My understanding is slowly growing, but I think these muscles (like the tensor tympani) are super tense because of pain, and they can keep on over-reacting if noises keep triggering them to be on guard.

Mine have been doing that for four years.
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Thank you so much! I have been having great anxiety from this and went to see a psychiatrist. She prescribed me Klonopin which is exactly what you have suggested as well. It helps so much with relaxing the nerve and or muscle. I've been listening to pink noise and low level music. It seems to tickle or massage the muscle if the volume is low enough. If a sound gets too loud like a truck or a startling noise it seems to tense up and make my ear feel full. Thank you so much for your reply. I have felt alone for these last 4 months!
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Margy

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Thanks to you also, bnokes.

It’s nice when we can help each other make more sense out of this frustrating, little-known problem. Many of the posts on this site have really helped me over the years.


Yes, sudden noises are the worst, and I think my hyperacusis grew from sudden sounds from trucks, motorcycles, loud cars, and large lawnmowers.

I like natural sound like wind in the trees, breeze in grass; smooth sounds like that are just relaxing and good. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of energy to maximize the good sounds and minimize the bad ones.

Good luck! Relax, listen to good sounds, protect yourself from hearing too many bad ones. That’s what I’m trying to do.
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