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Hi there,

2 weeks ago, I attended a concert with 25db ear plugs. I was very anxious about this being too loud for me so it's possible anxiety has played a part in my response (I see a lot of live music and most times only have light sound sensitivity for a few hrs after). Next day, ear fullness / pressure. Few days later, intermittent feeling of loudness to certain sounds that causes anxiety (very inconsistent set of sounds, sometimes my son's voice, sometimes voices in my office, my jacket crinkling, air brakes, etc) - wonder if this is misophonia over hyperacusis as I don't seem to react to loud sounds like fire engines, dishes clanking etc). Fullness coming and going. I’ve had low level managed nighttime T for over 10 years. And TMJ. I’d say this is still a mild / manageable case, but I’m praying it doesn’t worsen. I’ve been careful to wear ear muffs around loud sounds like on my ferry commute, blender, kitchen, etc. Avoiding loud restaurants, bars, amplified music etc. I have been going on the street, to grocery store etc unprotected. At this point, the fullness / sensitivity can’t be traced to a specific sound per se. Anyhow, looking for advice so I don’t risk worsening! Is it advisable stay in my home for a period of time to properly rest my ears? Or keep going with life? 

Today at the store, someone dropped something loud and I always wonder if this is doing damage. And my 5 year old is quite loud!.

Does anyone know what the usual progression of H looks like? 
Because I reacted to the concert with plugs in, I’d say I have sensitive ears. I have a trip a lifetime planned in Jan to see my favorite band play a hotel in Mexico. Do you say go with protection and stay to the back or don’t risk it?

Thanks!
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Keep going with life.  I commend you on wearing earplugs for the concert.  Anxiety tends to make us hyper-vigilant of noise but you are taking all the right measures.  You can certainly take your trip but do not get close too the speakers.  The best seats in the house are usually the worse seats for people with sensitive hearing.  Stay way back and wear protection.  

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SalFaz

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Thanks. Like everyone, I’m still not 100% sure when to protect and when to relax. Do you have a sound meter you trust? I’m going with over 85db Avg and risk of high spikes / common sense.
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SalFaz

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Dan, is hyperaucusis often progressive?
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It is only progressive if you isolate yourself from sound.  In that case sound tolerance collapses.  Be proactive.  See a qualified clinician, embark on sound therapy and remain motivated.

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