I don't post here anywhere as much as I used to, but just wanted to give an update on my situation and say that my hyperacusis is completely gone. Got tinnitus in 2012, and then made it worse (through barotrauma) mid way through 2013 and gave myself hyperacusis and chronic ear pain, also had other symptoms such as hearing distortion and tonic tensor tympani syndrome. Pain was mostly in my left ear and was basically there all the time and would be made a lot worse with any exposure to loud noise. Had to give up a lot of things and life was super difficult, especially for the first 12 months. I remember the pain being so bad that the whole left side of my face would hurt, especially along the jaw line and behind the ear. Would also experience some insane tinnitus spikes in my left ear. Also remember having a bunch of other symptoms, very similar to what I used to read about on here and other forums like hyperacusis chat (that place is grim) but they seemed to go away pretty quick. Basically my symptoms just started to get better over time. I'd say all my symptoms were quite severe from mid 2013 through to most of 2014. Towards the end of 2014 I noticed slight improvements but it was basically a roller coaster. I'd have good days, then bad days - or I'd be on a good streak and then expose myself to loud noise somehow and the pain would come back with a vengeance. Things really started to improve in 2015 and by the time it was June most of my symptoms had calmed down, didn't want to get too excited during any of this though because I was so used to expecting the pain to come back at some point. Anyway, fast forward to now and I've been pain free for months and my sound sensitivity is basically back to normal. I'm back to doing a lot of things I was avoiding before and even getting exposed to loud noises intermittently doesn't seem to trigger any pain in my left ear anymore. It's a huge relief because I basically reserved myself to expecting the hyperacusis was something I was going to have to just live with for the rest of my life. I still have crazy tinnitus, and tonic tympani syndrome (certain frequencies make my ears twitch and spasm, but it's not as bad as it used to be though) and that sucks but it's made a huge difference not having to worry about the constant pain or worried about some sound exposure setting me back weeks. I'm still careful with my hearing though and will always be. I wear custom ear plugs when I need to and I'm sensible about what I expose my ears, but I'm very much of the belief that you shouldn't over protect your hearing. Hopefully my situation continues to improve but I just wanted to give some of you this update because I know how much hyperacusis can affect you and how much it is truly a miserable experience that most other people will never understand. My friends and family were pretty good but it was hard for them to understand why it was so difficult for me to do "normal" things. So yeah, while it might seem like the end of the world right now - stay positive, be sensible with your hearing and just try to lead a generally healthy lifetime and hopefully things will improve sooner rather than later!