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MD1650

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So....I have H and am dealing....using sound machines, fans, etc.... The other day, I drive up to my office and there are 4 tree trimming trucks followed by 4 wood chippers right smack in front. I tell my boss I'll work from home. I drive out the back way...and they've stripped the road for repaving!! I get home and 2 hours later, industrial size lawn mowers make their way through....That night we have torrential rain...and can't even sleep on first level due to racket. The next day my ears have said ENOUGH!

Looking back, should have plugged up when the mowers showed up.  This is so hard. Some days I feel like Job....

Any tips out there for life during springtime?
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shari

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I know exactly what you are talking about. There were 7 lawns mowed on Saturday. Fourteen industrial size mowers, fourteen leaf blowers and seven edgers. I can hear this loud and clear even if they are around the corner or down the block. In addition, there was a wood chipper going for hours around the corner. Plus Raceway Park (drag racing) all day and night Saturdays and Sundays (including Wed. and Fri. nights).

When they are close by, I put on ear muffs (the ones shown from Amazon from this website). Otherwise, I try to find a room where the sound isn't as horrifying (so I don't have to plug my ears which makes things worse). 

It's good to hear that you can work. There is no way I could be around people and the sounds. I used to work in an office (doors banging all day, people scream talking on cell phones, people talking with the speakerphones at top volume, phone ringings, copy machines, scanning machines, printers, car alarms going off, my two bosses yelling directly over my head to have a conversation, etc.). There is no way I could put up with any of that now.

I have reactive T and hyperacusis. I have been listening to pink noise (from this website) for 18 months now. I have had five setbacks. I get better and then go back to square one. 
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saab1216

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I hear ya! I get better,I get worse. people just seem to scream in my bad ear and talk so darn loud into the phone. My sore ear cant take it anymore and my sore scalp. Since 2008 and going.
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shari

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Every now and then, I make attempts to go out somewhere. I went into a store twelve days ago for five minutes and a mother walked past me with a 2 year old screaming at top volume. I had cotton in my ears which did absolute nothing. That piercing scream went through my brain. My ears still hurt after all this time. The time I went out before this, a car alarm went off right next to me.

I have a big problem coming up Memorial Day Weekend. Raceway Park is having nationals for three days straight from 10am - 9pm. This is the time of year that they are allowed to make as much noise as they want. It is impossible to describe how incredibly loud this sound can be. It makes your house shake.

I have to try to find a place to go during this time that isn't going to kill my ears. Even after 18 months of pink noise, my ears are back to super sensitive [with constant pain].

I have tried to go to a cemetery for quiet and they were mowing or using grave digging machines. Libraries have banging doors. Stores that do not blast music have screaming kids, employees with loud walkie talkies, PA systems, etc. Visiting people means barking dogs, children with high squeaky voices, banging doors, family members who do not understand that all sounds equal pain. I am seriously thinking about finding an empty parking far away from the drag racing.





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saab1216

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Plenty of rest with peace and quiet seems to restore me from getting worse. Im not an advocate of constant sound around me.(pink ,white,purple)
Each day,my head hurts with a burn in my scalp and a burn deep inside my ears.I take this as a warning to slow down,take a nap. I am sorry that peace cannot be found for  you. I have a basement to retreat to in times of need. Im hoping things will improve for you soon.

   Perhaps a week getaway would help. I go up to the mountains at a lake and spend my quiet time there. It is fortunate of me to have a place away from my noisy neighborhood.
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wsutkus

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Fortunately I'm retired so I can avoid mainstream noise. If I walk I have to carry cotton for my ears, driving is a noisy challenge when H is active,muffs quiet the driving fairly well but don't take them off until you come to your destination and turn off everything off in the car.Then remove slowly!  
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ontario78

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Saab i accidentally responded to you in other thread. .just said sorry to hear you are not well again [frown]
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saab1216

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Ontario,Im never quite sure how Im doing. Some days I feel as if my hyperacusis is ready to come back. Most times Im doing good as long as Im well rested and NOT around a lot of noisy people. Im  doing great today after taking a long rest and eating well. I used my ear muffs to power wash my car and trim my lawn. Im glad I did.
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ontario78

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Saab, I know what you mean. This condition is chronic, imo, always lurking basically. Good you have more good days then bad..its knowing what works for you..Some days for me are better than others but I never maintain tolerances. Anyways today for first time I visited my mom. First time since Christmas. It hurt my ears and I feel a setback looming. Bloody hell. If I don't stay careful and consistent setback occurs. It's infuriating. Basically it wants me to be anti social. Thankfully my own family is understanding and so I am not totally alone. they know sometimes i need whispers. I often feel bad for them having to constantly be on edge too.
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Mummy_D

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Saab how are you after your November setback? I am getting despondent. Still not seeing any improvement at all with noise generators, if anything I feel worse. My ears burn constantly and I keep getting a hot burning feeling in my brain and across the back of my neck. My anxiety is sky high and now I have bad light sensitivity and strange pains in my face jaw and teeth as well. All my senses are on high alert. I have a fan on at night as I get so clammy and the noise is soothing but I can't escape from
Noise as I have three children. In fact silence is horrible too because I have pulsatile tinnitus and my ears burn even when there is no noise. Had anyone here had chronic ear pain and got better? I need some success stories. Am really giving up hope of ever making a recovery, had this for seven months now [frown]
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demi

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How does everyone deal with thunderstorms? I woke up during one last night and my ears feel stuffy and achey. 
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phacker

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Hi Demi,

I use ear plugs when thunder storms are going on.

Mummy,

I hit my low about 10 weeks ago. I had a day from hell with sound exposure.  In the parking garage on my way in to work, I get sound exposure from the car honking when I am standing in front of the car when the lady is locking her car. She hits the button twice before I can get my fingers in my ear.  I am in a video conference meeting on a speaker phone and my boss starts yelling during the call. I go to a restaurant and the waiter drops a rubber tray full of dishes at my feet while I am seated at the table. Both of my ears are in throbbing pain.  When I wake the next morning my H and T is off the charts and I now have reactive T for the first time in my life. When I walk my foot steps are too loud, pouring water into a cup is too loud, my own voice is too loud.  Taking a shower to too loud. Anyone talking is too loud. I can not drive my car as the tires make too much noise.  I hear every plane flying over my house, the birds are too loud and there is a bird sitting on my chimney chirping that I can hear in my fireplace. I have to watch TV with the open caption and no sound.  I do not want to touch paper or plastic because it hurt my ears. I can not leave my house for fear of sound.  I feel horrible as my hole body and mind is under stress.  This night when I try to sleep, my T reacts and spikes as soon as I start to sleep. I can not sleep, then, my body starts shacking like I am in shock. This last for a couple of hours, I do not seek medical help because I do not care what happens. The next day I also loose my voice.  I was at the lowest point in my life. 

Today I am feeling much better as I have made much improvement with H & T. I can drive my car, listen to TV as low volume, do most thing in my house without issue, no issue with chirping birds, I do not hear every plane flying over my house and OK with most peoples voices.  I still have a long ways go with H &T.  You will also make that improvement.  I do not know what your key is going to be for your improvement, but if you keep trying to find the answer it will happen.

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