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Hi all, hope I can get some thoughts on what I should do. Background, T for 7 years. Stayed same for most of that time until last year, where I got sensitivity to sounds from loud noise exposure. Coped, wasn't too debilitating, but apparent with silverware and plates ect.. then 3 months ago a loud saw hurt my ears, T increased, H didn't change from what I can tell.

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last night around 8pm, I was leaving the pool area near my home and my fingers slipped and I didn't catch the large metal gate door which slammed shut. It was LOUD. I felt immediately the fullness/pressure feeling in my right ear (it slammed a foot away from directly my right ear facing it) followed by a sore/painful feeling.

This is absolutely DEVASTATING for me. Dealing with increased T from before was one thing I was barely able to cope and deal with, hoping it will go back down. Now with this, I fear I've permanently damaged my right ear even worse.

I'm terrified this pressure/fullness means hearing loss, as that is a symptom I've read you have with hear loss. Can this just be a reaction from the Hyperacusis or general sensitivity since my ears are obviously damaged from prior exposures?

Is it worth getting something like  prednisone right away? I don't know what to do. I was semi-feeling better yesterday with my ears and this happen...I can't take much more. I'm terrified to just leave it and hope it repairs by itself. I think my ears are too damaged and volatile to recover from something like this, but I don't know. I'm coming up on 24hours in a few hours and still feels same.

Utterly terrified right now.
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You are very anxious right now and this is something many of us can relate to.  When you become anxious (upset) it directly affects your ears.  Furthermore, right now you are hypervigilant and somewhat fearful of loud sounds (phonophobic).  These are all normal reactions to sound when noise is the often the culprit that has negatively impacted our hearing.  Nonetheless we are able to make huge progress if given the proper directives.

Trust me, your ears will settle down soon.  In many cases they settle down when you can settle yourself down.  Sudden loud sounds generally do not have a lasting affect on our ears.   

No need to take any medication.  Find ways to relax.  For some it is prayer, for some music, for some yoga/meditation - whatever it takes. 

I am sorry you are going through this right now.  I would encourage you to see a qualified clinician from the list posted on this message board.  Not only will it put your mind at ease but put you on a path to improve decreased sound tolerance (DST).  The clinician can help validate your loudness discomfort levels (LDL's) and give you sound advice on where to go from here.

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Hi Dan,

Thank you for the response.

I've had T for many years and mild H for few years, so I definitely agree being anxious and hypervigillant doesn't help.

Here's the problem, the gate to the pool is a very large metal gate. It slams when it shuts. I usually try to grab it to slowly let it close, but my fingers slipped. This hit my right ear straight on.

I instantly felt pressure/fullness, which I still have and I had pain/soreness inside, which today has mildly gotten better but still apparent at time.

It's not just me thinking it was too loud, I have physical symptoms which is causing my emotional state.

When my T increased 3 months ago from loud wood saw, I didn't have pressure or pain from that exposure. My ears are damaged pretty badly and I think this gate slamming really furthered the damage, so I'm terrified.

If it was just regular T increase I'd wait and see, but I'm terrified to wait and see when it comes to this pressure, as I can't tolerate it and scared if I don't jump on a potential course of treatment with in first 24/48 hours. I'm terrified to do something or not to. 
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By your own admission it has gotten better and it will continue to get better.  I know you are terrified but I am very confident time will heal.  I wish there was something I could say to help you believe it. 

I will offer some prayers up for you...

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shasta12

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Hi Dan,

The pressure is the same, the pain has semi-gone away is what I meant. The pressure is what I'm most concerned about as being permanent. 

I guess I just don't understand what it is, or what to call it. Is it like this because of the existing damage and hyperacusis? Is it actual hearing loss creating the pressure/fullness.

I've been told a short treatment plan of prednisone can help with noise trauma, so I'm just on fence if I should.


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This link will help you understand

http://www.hyperacusis.net/hyperacusis/tensor+tympani+syndrome/default.asp

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shasta12

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Wow, thanks Dan.

That information is very specific and pretty much seems like that is exactly what I just experienced.

It's hard even reading that, to say "ok I'm fine it will go away" when I can't convince myself it wasn't loud enough to cause me damage and permanent pressure. Because this thing closing was not only LOUD, even regular healthy ear parents concur, but my ear was inches away! So my own fear is keeping me from accepting I guess.

Perhaps I missed it on the link, but is there any given "recovery" time. It lists that fullness and pain can occur after a trauma but not that it will subside in time?
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Hyperacusis can spike from things that aren't loud enough to cause any "damage" to the ear at all.  Don't worry about your hearing being effected.
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