Can Hyperacusis Make Your Tinnitus Permanently Worse?

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    1. kmohoruk
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      kmohoruk Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise, Ear Infection, TMJ
      I have heard some different opinions on this matter...

      Is it possible for a noise that you may be sensitive to due to your hyperacusis (a bike bell, beep from an electronic scanner, or a car horn) permanently making your tinnitus worse/damaging your hearing.

      I've heard some people say it depends on the person. It has to be over 115db. or a firm yes that it can.

      If you can shed any sort of light on this matter then it would be much appreciated!

      Cheers,

      Kris
       
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1994
      Hi Kris -

      Hyperacusis represents a decreased threshold for discomfort, not a decreased threshold for damage. A hyperacusic is no more susceptible to auditory damage from a given sound than a non-hyperacusic.

      Kind regards -

      Dr. Stephen Nagler
       
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