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Hi Everyone,

I have recently developed tinnitus due to noise exposure (loud concert). The Tinnitus does seem quite quite mild compared to what other people seem to be suffering. However, i have a few issues with high frequency noise, for example i find car brakes, door hinges, car keys, etc quite annoying. I also find some female speech with 's' in it quite unpleasant, especially when over a a digital radio or digital TV. I do not think i suffer with Hyperacusis as generally 'normal' noise is not bothersome to me, it is the high frequency 'squeeling' noise that i have problems with. I am finding it difficult to consult with a Tinnitus/Hyperacusis clinic in the UK, as this is not provided in my area by the National Health Service. However, while i try to get treatment/advice from a properly qualified person, would the use of the pink noise CD be useful in trying to treat my condition.

Many Thanks


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Hi K85:  If normal everyday sounds aren't bad for you, I'd start with white noise.  That has the higher frequencies in it.   That's what I'm using now as pink noise and the broadband noise in my WNG's aren't really challenging (in terms of presenting the higher frequencies).  But, start very slowly (quiet and only a few minutes) and build up sound and duration.  If that is too challenging, I'd then move to pink noise until that is comfortable.

I'd also recommend the spanish hyperacusis protocol I started a thread on.  If you find a good waterfall sound, that usually has a lot of higher frequencies to help your ear readapt slowly and consistently to those troubled frequencies.

You might also try  By participating in this free relaxation program, you get a lot of support from a UK audiologist, Debbie Fetherstone.



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Hi K85,

Until you understand a little more about these challenges In my opinion, it could be helpful to avoid loud noise- such as loud pubs or clubs, and concerts. And perhaps even movies and louder restaurants.
Among other things, I think when someone first gets tinnitus, there is a chance it may go away, and in my view to avoid loud sound at that time may be helpful.

And when vacuuming or using a lawn mower or other loud power tools, it can be helpful to use hearing protection .... Though if you can avoid those activities for awhile that may be helpful as well. (And avoiding loud power tools is something i think would be a good idea for now.)

Hearing protection is  recommended to be used when using many Loud tools.anyway, but some people never even considered using hearing protection -
until getting these challenges.
And in certain situations hearing protection is recommended and advised to be used for everyone, even those without these hearing challenges.

Some with tinnitus also experience a decreased tolerance to sound. And some with hyperacusis have had their situation worsened by exposure to loud sound before they understood what was going on, or even knew much about hyperacusis.

Though I am not in the medical field in my opinion, from what you mention -
the high frequency difficulties you notice with sound  - may or may not be hyperacusis.

Many with tinnitus find having something they find tolerable,and hopefully  pleasing and soothing on  in the background, for background sound / sound enrichment, can be helpful. Just played at low volume, as  it can be helpful not be in too quiet of an environment.
And there is some information on using sound enrichment on the following website,
and there are some threads around here, about it too.

Understanding more about these challenges can be helpful and the following website has some  good information -

The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Centre, London UK

And on their download page (see the links in the left column on the above page)
They have alot of interesting and informative articles.

If any of your doctors recommends an MRI - please be sure you are given proper and appropriate hearing protection to use.

You mentioned -
I also find some female speech with 's' in it quite unpleasant, especially when over a a digital radio or digital TV.

Many have mentioned  the sound on  TV as being difficult to tolerate.

Some TV's have more extensive sound menus (or options available to choose from ) than others -
and I wonder if it may be helpful to see if your TV has some settings that can be adjusted for the sound?

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