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Risfoki

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Hello everyone,
Every day is something. Just when you think you are getting better something else happens. So today I am having a talk to my IT guy at work and his buddy is besides me and I am standing up about a foot away from him and he already knows about my situation and the funny thing is he got tinnitus himself but he opened up his can of Energy Drink and he tried to open it slow but the pop sound hurt my ear. My ringing is up now. Is this temporary or did I hurt my ear more and will my set back of hyperacusis stay or will again get better? I don't know what to do. I am doing TRT and I have hearing aid with sound therapy in and I wear it 12 hours a day but stuff like this still sets me back and makes my ringing worse. So just to make this clear for myself, I will never get back to normal? Like my hyperacusis will never go away 100% where I just will have tinnitus but I can handle all the sounds?

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Your ringing should settle down in time.  I have had some success taking a 5mg of melatonin at bed time 3 or 4 days to help get the tinnitus back to the base level.   
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I just had a H setback from hearing a key cutting machine. Sound tolerances dropped for 48 hrs and T spiked a bit. I was terrified I’d never get back to baseline but did. Still have the H and it sucks, but the setback was way worse. Hang in there
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Risfoki- it sounds like you are doing your best here with therapy.  No, the sound did not damage your ears.  That's not loud enough to cause ear damage.

Sometimes fear after a noise exposure can make symptoms worse... I was startled to find out this was true for me. (It may or may not be true for you).  I realized sounds that I did not even think were loud would sometimes cause pain and a hyperacusis setback.  What I figure may have happened with me is that with hyperacusis my brain learned to associate annoying sounds with pain, even if they weren't loud at all (even with my screwed up ears).  So annoying stimulus = pain, just like like a chronic pain can linger in an injury, even after it has "healed."  Because your brain thinks the stimulus should hurt, even though there is no rational reason it should.

What I have been trying to do is this- when I hear a noise that startles / annoys me, I try and relax with deep breathing.  I also have a drink or two if possible (caution is necessary here of course).  This usually makes my ears stop hurting and I stop worrying about it.  Usually, this eliminates any prolonged side effects from hearing annoying noises.  I have found this very helpful with dealing with things that used to scare me badly (like car horns).  I feel like I can cope with them much better, and know that just because I hear some stupid horn it isn't going to make my ears hurt for a week.

I do not know if this sort of thing will be helpful to you, but it might.  It has helped me a lot.
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Originally Posted by Risfoki
Hello everyone,
Every day is something. Just when you think you are getting better something else happens. So today I am having a talk to my IT guy at work and his buddy is besides me and I am standing up about a foot away from him and he already knows about my situation and the funny thing is he got tinnitus himself but he opened up his can of Energy Drink and he tried to open it slow but the pop sound hurt my ear. My ringing is up now. Is this temporary or did I hurt my ear more and will my set back of hyperacusis stay or will again get better? I don't know what to do. I am doing TRT and I have hearing aid with sound therapy in and I wear it 12 hours a day but stuff like this still sets me back and makes my ringing worse. So just to make this clear for myself, I will never get back to normal? Like my hyperacusis will never go away 100% where I just will have tinnitus but I can handle all the sounds?

hi Risfoki
How are you? I hope your T and H have settled down a bit.
It s amazing which noises set us off. I was walking in town yesterday and a huge truck pipped at a Council truck when I walked past it...Thank goodness I had my earplugs in.  VERY loud and scary.
I can tolerate 60 dB without aids if the speech is clear and with subtitles. and 35 dB with Aids and subtitles.  I have to turn the sound up t o 80 dB to mask the Tinnitus. But ofcourse  I couldn't  listen to anything that loud...
Have you had any improvement since the beginning of your treatment there?
Take it easy there.
CATH


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