I'm not talking about more vulnerable as in living in an increasingly noisy world (that's been covered in prior posts) but because we now have T in our lives. If you already have a slight, a moderate, or a severe hearing loss, will that itself represent a larger chance of getting even more damages to the structures of the inner ear? We can't get T on top of T after all. So is it anything to this theory? And for those who have T without any hearing loss, will the T create a lowered threshold for physical damage and hearing loss when exposed to noise? When I have asked my audiologists about this she couldn't provide any answers, neither could the two ENT's I asked either, but that's no surprise. They just shrugged their shoulders. I've been living in the believe that I'm more vulnerable to all things sound related now cause of my condition, but perhaps its just because all noise appears to be so much louder, I don't really know for sure if that noise IS more dangerous to me now than prior to T. It's weird how emotions can directly affect the reaction patterns. Have any of you heard advice like "if you expose yourself to just ONE more loud sound now your hearing is going out the window for good."? I read about DJ's with T and hearing loss that continued to work for years without any increase in T. I know that in some cases the T appears louder the greater the hearing loss, cause as we all know T is more noticeable in silence. But does having T decrease the anatomy of the inner ear? If not then the vulnerability theory shouldn't be true? If sound can create acoustic trauma and if T&H is basically a trauma related condition (noise, stress, impact etc) do you think it leaves the auditory system weakened and more fragile? Even if the cause isn't noise related? Due to multiple surgeries I've had some interesting conversations with arthroscopy surgeons about healing processes and in some cases a physical trauma or breakage can make that body part become stronger afterwards. With H there is something called TTTS which is a type of protecting mechanism for the tensor tympani muscle, it contracts when exposed to sounds that exceeds the threshold level. Is it plausible to believe that the ear is protecting itself even more after T or could it be even more fragile after T?