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Rivers

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About 8 months ago I developed hyperacusis  and hearing loss instantly in the aftermath of an explosion. Not only were sounds too loud, they were distorted. Everything sounded like I was listening to a tiny radio with the volume turned way beyond the ability of the speaker to handle it.

Okay, now it’s 8 months later, I have enrolled in a TRT program and my tolerance for many sounds has increased. I can grind coffee, turn on the kitchen vent, walk on a busy street without distress.

But there’s a problem that’s driving me nuts. It’s my own voice. In any conversation I can now hear the other person pretty clearly. But my own voice remains distorted, full of loud fuzz. After a few minutes of talking I find myself getting exhausted just listening to the awfulness of my voice.

Is this common? Has anyone had this experience, and what was the eventual outcome?

I now wear hearing aids, by the way, and my hearing in the 8K range shows a 50 db loss. But the distortion of my voice is the same whether or not I am wearing the hearing aids.

If anyone has any thoughts, I would appreciate it.

 

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Your story sounds similar to mine.  Last July I experienced acoustic trauma due to a very loud noise.  I have seen numerous ENTs and tried the high dose steroids as well as steroid injections.  Neither has seen to help.  In addition, I have tinnitus, especially in the right ear. I am 61 years of age.  So sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your own voice.  It does seem tho that these things get better with time.  Hang in there.  What kind of TRT retraining therapy have you started?
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Rivers

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Hi William--I live in Los Angeles and have been seeing a TRT-trained audiologist, Sol Marghzar. I seemed to be making progress after undergoing the cognitive behavorial therapy portion of the training and using sound generators. But now, I dunno, I may be suffering a relapse, setback, whatever you want to call it. For me, the sound distortion is almost worse than the amped-up sound of hyperacusis and it makes ordinary exchanges with people pretty distressful. Not sure what to do about it.
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Rivers - I'm considering traveling to LA to see Sol. Can you please let me know how you're doing now?
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I've been dealing with this for about 7 months and when it started I also had problems with my voice.  It has improved drastically with TRT, and I rarely get distortion anymore.  I do, however, have a lot of variability in terms of sound sensitivity.  I think it's really important not to get to worried about the setbacks.  They will happen.  Pretty much every success story that I have heard included numerous setbacks, sometimes for long periods of time.  Stay the course, maintain good physical and mental health, and try to believe you can get better.  Many people do get better.  You can be one of them.  I think I can too.    
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SalFaz

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I hope we recover from setbacks! I seem to have lost almost 20db over the last few days - no real reason why!
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Yep am having similar issues with the sound of my own voice.  Not that it's distorted, but it's really loud and makes my ears almost "flutter"?  And a lot of sounds do that too, make them flutter.  Almost like they are bracing for shock or something?
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Voice issues are very common with hyperacusis.  When I was in the throws of it initially I forced my voice to a lower pitch just to tolerate it.  The result...I grew very hoarse and lost my voice for a short period of time.  If you pursue sound therapy that will improve and eventually no longer be a issue.  

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Rivers... you say the other person - is this is a another person sounding like you saying don't do or back off or something horrible... this happens to many, it might be in your case an echo but it doesn't read that way. Its hard for people to admit they hear another voice - its a brave step forward to admit it... anyway if this is the case as in another person, I have researched this a lot and have experience to help, and solutions in many cases... if so just get back to me, there are things that can be done and try before heading off to a specialist suggesting drugs, every day that will only mask the problem.

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