Acoustic Shock... Does It Ever Go Away and How to Help It?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lizzie Grant, Jan 5, 2016.

    1. Lizzie Grant

      Lizzie Grant Member

      Not sure if I'm in the right place but I didn't feel right posting this anywhere else.

      Anywho I have finally put a name to what I have thanks to someone on here! Acoustic shock; after I had multiple incidents with my headphones all the way up and very loud sounds.

      The weird thing is I didn't really develop the symptoms until about a week or so after the incidents. I've had some ear pain (sharp stabbing type) that have been radiating into my jaw/neck. Also wincing at any sudden sound, I've even started to fear turning the faucet on because of the running water. I've had this for about 3-4 days now.

      I'm curious as to how long this will last and if anybody else has experienced this and what they did to help it. I've stayed in my bedroom for the past few days since I'm too afraid to be startled or put in pain by any loud noise that might happen. I'm so afraid of living like this. I was wanting to apply for a job at a restaurant and I'm not sure if I could handle that right now.

      Fortunately I haven't had any chronic tinnitus (it came and went a few times) but my reactions to sounds are still bad. I also can thankfully still hear out of both ears. But the stabbing pains and aversion to certain noises has been persistent. I've tried earplugs but I'm afraid I'll get too used to them and once I take them out the aversion to sounds will get worse.

      Should I try Advil or anything like that? Should I keep the earplugs in or try to retrain myself to deal with the sudden noises?
    2. Mithrandir

      Mithrandir Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Shock Disorder (TTTS)
      For the earplugs, I put them when I felt pain, & try to live without them as soon as I can ! Now I don't use them except when I'm tired or for shooting.
    3. Lauren Morse

      Lauren Morse Member

      Salt Lake City
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Trauma/Migraines
      Not sure if I have acoustic shock or not, but I can have a similar reaction to loud noises when my nervous system is acting up. I have some weird form of hyperacusis wherein my head reacts to loud sounds as if it is receiving an electric shock. My tensor tympani spasms a lot too during these reactions. So I feel you and understand how debilitating it can be.

      Anyway, I know this is a (really) late reply and that you have probably managed to assimilate back into daily life somehow, but I could still suggest a few tips.

      I would definitely say that it is not a good idea to wear earplugs 24/7, as they can contribute to the development of hyperacusis over time, which would only exacerbate the original problem. If you are experiencing those stabbing pains, however, or find yourself in an environment that is at least as loud as walking by a busy street, then I would say by all means wear them for a period. I wear mine everywhere in consistently loud places (but my ears are particularly vulnerable to loud sounds anyway).

      Acoustic shock is also partially an anxiety reaction, so I would additionally suggest that you look into relaxation techniques or meditation if you don't already engage in these activities. If you start feeling the pains coming on, also do retreat to a quiet place if you can so you may relax. I can't really suggest supplements/medication, but you could also think of drinking green tea or to take a theanine supplement when having the reaction; L-theanine is a gem for alleviating everyday anxiety, at least for me, and has helped me a bit when I get that weird hyperacusis.

      Hope any of this helps and wishing you a speedy recovery!

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