Everything Is Much Louder Now

Discussion in 'Support' started by Gigi, Jun 8, 2016.

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    1. Gigi
      Alienated

      Gigi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      music
      I have had Tinnitus for a couple months now, and now things that didn't use to sound loud, sound really loud. People talking, the subway, it kind of "hurts" now in a way.... Like I still have the ringing but also things just seem really loud. Does anyone else have this feeling? What do you suggest?
       
    2. passerby
      Lurking

      passerby Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      God only knows...
      Sounds like you have developed hyperacusis.
       
    3. Gigi
      Alienated

      Gigi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      music
      what does that mean
       
    4. passerby
      Lurking

      passerby Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      God only knows...
      Well, "Dr. Google" does a better (and also more prepared) job of explaining that. Hyperacusis is sensitivity to everyday sounds (that would not cause irritation in healthy people). Tinnitus is commonly correlated with hyperacusis (but not always).

      Here is an extreme example of what it is like to live with hyperacusis:

      http://abcnews.go.com/Health/quest-silence-living-wth-hyperacusis/story?id=22284805
       
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    5. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      The central gain theory of tinnitus is basically that it's a result of (normal) internal sounds being incorrectly amplified, so it's not super surprising that it might also relate to normal external sounds also being incorrectly amplified.

      This can work in a toxic feedback loop with stress levels and anxiety, because when the limbic system (fight or flight, a normal part of the anxiety state) is being activated, all of our perceptual inputs are expressed more acutely.
       
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    6. Gigi
      Alienated

      Gigi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      music
      oh good great. sounds great. fantastic. thanks.
       
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    7. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Yep. Welcome to the show.
       
    8. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      I started off with sudden emergent tinnitus, then a month later I thought the car stereo had broken. It wasn't the car stereo.
       

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