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rharm

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I am a young musician currently suffering from extremely mild hyperacusis and tinnitus, tinnitus is barely noticeable, hyperacusis is annoying but its manageable with a good mindset, how do you feel I should approach this? Should I go with pink noise when I can? I would really like to get better as I am young but strong minded and won't let myself fall away from this. Also, is it likely to get worse? I am refraining from playing as much music but constructing days perfectly normal avoiding sounds above 85db to ensure ears just get back used to the normal sounds, It normally consists of a very mild pain and some crackles and pops really.

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rharm

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I will go in more detail, pain mild in left ear, tinnitus barely audible in normal day. Can hold conversations, sometimes get a crackle or pop when a loud noise occurs, on bad speakers (tinny) I get more pain, on smooth laptop speakers, not really  an issue. It seems way more mild than what I have read and have been leaving pink noise on low in the background whilst going through my day on the PC.
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Aplomado

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Hello,

Yes, you should start / continue pink noise therapy to help your ears readjust.

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rharm

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Thanks,
Can I ask?

I have a 2hr car journey tomorrow (one way) how should I approach this?

Thank you I have done some pink noise today and is on all day just quietly but doesn't irritate even on a high vol.


Also any ideas on whether I can play still edrums with headphones on at a low vol? And how long roughly will I be ok by?
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Thanks,

I have a 2hr car journey tomorrow (one way) how should I approach this?

Do car trips make your ears hurt?  If not, I don't see why you shouldn't go.  If the sound of the road noises doesn't hurt your ears, don't start plugging them when driving.

Thank you I have done some pink noise today and is on all day just quietly but doesn't irritate even on a high vol.
If the pink noise doesn't irritate your ears that is very good!  Your sound therapy should not irritate your ears.  If it does, turn it down.  Try and up the volume a little at a time as time goes on to acclimate your ears to noise again.


Also any ideas on whether I can play still edrums with headphones on at a low vol?

I don't know what edrums are, but if you are talking about drums, if you can tolerate them at all you must have pretty low hyperacusis... I would say if you play it turn it down really, really low.

And how long roughly will I be ok by?

No one knows.  No one knows if it may get worse before it goes better.  This weird disorder is different for everybody.

  Sounds like you have a pretty mild case, and you are getting started with sound therapy early, so that is good.  I'd defintely stay out of concerts and stuff for the time being.  And when you recover enough to go to concerts, etc, make sure you wear muscians ear plugs.  Hyperacusis is an occupational hazard for musicians, as you have just learned.

It would probably be a good idea to get an evaluation from an audiologist who treats hyperacusis (there are clinicians listed on this forum).  I have found wearable sound generators help (though I am not cured, I am "improved.")

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rharm

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Thanks for the help, I hope i will be ok soon enough, the pain is very mild and I went for a walk yesterday and traffic was bearable so I will go and should I listen to pink noise in the car on headphones? Or just leave it as I doubt it will hurt, it only hurts on sudden sort of noises like forks and some loud voices and converstations.
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Thanks for the help, I hope i will be ok soon enough, the pain is very mild and I went for a walk yesterday and traffic was bearable so I will go and should I listen to pink noise in the car on headphones? Or just leave it as I doubt it will hurt, it only hurts on sudden sort of noises like forks and some loud voices and converstations.


I don't have specific advice for your about listening to pink noise in the car with headphones.

You said forks make your ears hurt (yeah, we have all been there)... so I think you definitely need to get an appointment with an audiologist trained to treat hyperacusis.

Follow dan's advice about pink noise therapy.  I like wearable sound generators.  They are horribly expensive, but I have found them helpful.  Your results may vary.

One thing you should be aware of is how to try and deal with the loud sounds you hear (because you will).  Sometimes it will aggravate your hyperacusis, sometimes it will not. 

It has been my experience that that fear of sound greatly increases the likelyhood of my hyperacusis getting worse on hearing something stupid like car horns.  I have found calming myself allows me to usually brush this stuff off without much in the way of ill effects.  What I have found works best for me is 1) deep breathing 2) an alcholic drink when i hear something loud enough to set my ears off hurting badly.  Then typically the pain and fear goes away, and there is no long term spike in my hyperacusis.  The state of your mind can have a large impact on hyperacusis.  It is really very weird.  

Obviously I am not trying to turn you into an alcoholic here.  Limit it to one or two drinks a day max if you decide to try this method.  Probably other relaxation techniques are less risky, but this works for me.  I have had zero bad relapses since starting this.

See the audiologist, but one trained for this stuff.
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rharm

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Funnily enough it seems as if the crackling/popping and pain from plugging stuff into my computer is gone now, I will try see an audiologist when I can but cannot right now so will have to monitor. 
I have been just doing normal days and staying not focused on it almost ignoring it totally, it really helps! I think I can get over this in quarantine, its a great time as no school or events to go to, thank you for the help and I will probably come back if it gets better or worse!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rharm
I will go in more detail, pain mild in left ear, tinnitus barely audible in normal day. Can hold conversations, sometimes get a crackle or pop when a loud noise occurs, on bad speakers (tinny) I get more pain, on smooth laptop speakers, not really  an issue. It seems way more mild than what I have read and have been leaving pink noise on low in the background whilst going through my day on the PC.

Hi Rharm
How are you?

Glad  your pink noise its helping.
Evening though  I don't know to much about things, it s great  you are very cautious and very gentle.
I have  tried all the colours  and found Pink  to be  the less annoying of them all.
I used  to loathe  how quiet it was,  now  I long  for the quiet.
Let  us know how you  go  and your  progress!


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I will try see an audiologist when I can but cannot right now so will have to monitor. 


Don't try to do it when you can, do it as soon a possible.
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rharm

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Hi, 


went in the car was all fine no discomfort apart from loud radio car sound itself was fine, I am basically ok just very loud sounds some tight pain but not even enough to make me really cringe, glasses have stopped affecting me also, forks almost, it seems as if i am already desensitising as i think i have had this for a while just wasn't sure what it was i just ignored it mostly.
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