Am I Developing Hyperacusis? Occasional Clicking, Sensitive Eardrum, Some Sounds Feel Uncomfortable

Discussion in 'Support' started by JaneTJD, Jul 20, 2020.

    1. JaneTJD

      JaneTJD Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Don’t know

      I wonder if anyone can help me? I’m very anxious about whether I’m developing hyperacusis. I had an ear infection about four months ago which has since cleared but caused a massive spike in my tinnitus which has not gone down.

      My GP looked in my ear and said she thinks I might have ETD as my eardrum looks dull.

      I have occasional clicking and sometimes my eardrum just feels a bit sensitive generally, like a dull ache and now sometimes I feel like certain sounds are uncomfortable, but it’s off and on, and I don’t know if I’m just feeling anxious about it or whether my eardrum is just a bit sensitive because of ETD, or healing after infection.

      I’m really hoping that this is temporary while my ear is healing or ETD is there, any advice appreciated, I feel like I’m going mad.
    2. Orions Pain

      Orions Pain Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensitivity to sound in hyperacusis doesn’t tend to be “off and on”. I don’t think you have it, especially if you have a detectable abnormality with our eardrum which is likely to be the source of your achiness. Ears are very sensitive and take a while to heal!

      Don’t worry about it too much, I think you will feel a lot better in the coming months :) I would just be careful with noise exposure for now and don’t spend too much time reading scary stories on this forum.
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    3. dingaling

      dingaling Member

      London UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown, probably loud music
      Get some tests done to confirm/rule out ETD (Eustachian tube dysfunction) before we can give further advice. And try not to get too anxious about it as this increases sound sensitivity

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