Hearing Sounds from Far Away

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lex, Jan 6, 2017.

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    1. Lex
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      Lex Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southeast Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad decisions
      Since I got T and H five months ago, I've been sitting in the aisle of our fairly quiet open office. I used to sit by the window but I had to move because I could hear the honks and whistles from the street down below. They weren't painful, but piercing and distracting nonetheless. The new seat I moved to didn't offer a great view, but at least I could no longer hear traffic sounds.

      But this week, I noticed that I could hear honks and whistles at my new seat. The sounds are faint, but because I hadn't heard them in the past five months, I can't help but wonder what changed. And also panic, because hey, another new symptom.

      So this morning, I walked up to the window where I used to sit by, expecting loud traffic sounds to hit me. I haven't done this since I moved seats, simply because I was too traumatized being bombarded by traffic sounds. But the weird thing is that the sounds below, though audible, aren't particularly loud to me today. In fact, I would say that they're more muted now compared to what I had to suffer through before I moved seats.

      So if they aren't as loud to me now as they were before, why can I hear them now from a farther distance?

      This condition is so weird. :(
       
    2. MrLowBot
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      MrLowBot Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music (loud noise)
      Hi.

      I think that the fear you are showing is the main reason to why you care to much about noises around you.
      I'm a with you on that, but just like paranoia you need to let that go.

      It's make it worse for you and that circle just keeps pushing you to sad places.
      Have T isn't the end of the world (i have it to :> ) but you need to let go of those
      symptoms.

      I can relate to the job environment. So i know what you feel.
      To fix it is simple, don't listen, don't give in. Like if you were having paranoia, don't look back.
      That helped me a lot, i can now wake up without having to listen to my T because i know that
      it doesn't hurt and that i am not looking for it.


      Hope i helped.
       
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    3. Lex
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      Lex Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southeast Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad decisions
      @MrLowBot, thank you. I agree that my panicky nature is adding a layer of constant vigilance and hyperawareness on top of hyperacusis.

      However, T as of now isn't really bothering me (and I hope it stays that way). It's more of an annoyance. But it's H that's wearing me out. As much as I don't want to hear them, and as hard as I try not to listen for them, H brings all these different sounds to my attention. So I can't just let it go.
       
    4. glynis
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      glynis Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      You need to desensitize your hearing.
      Don't avoid the sounds or will become a phobia so build up your time around troublesome sounds.
      Remember you are in control and walk away when you need to with out a emotional response and stay calm....lots of love glynis
       
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    5. Lex
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      Lex Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southeast Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad decisions
      Thank you, @glynis. I wish I have half your courage. I'm losing the fight in me. I'm tired of living in fear like this.
       
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    6. stophiss

      stophiss Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      too full a life
      You need to see a therapist Alex as I have suggested earlier. You have an undercurrent of anxiety/depression...perhaps acute and you will be stuck in this state until you seek help and get on a medicine regiment as you were earlier in life to break this chronic cycle. Free will is a myth Alex. Nobody can will good mental health. Once you rebalance your brain chemistry and this may take trial and error in terms of type of med tried and dosage over a period of time, you will have reinforced different behavioral patterns which may allow reduction in medication. So, don't needlessly torture yourself by not getting help and wondering about your mental health and relationship to T and H. Yes, they are related but your mental health sets the table for tolerance of T and H and without a more benign mental state, T and H will affect you more profoundly.
       
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    7. Lex
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      Lex Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southeast Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad decisions
      My tolerances have improved in a way that I feel a lot less pain, and for that, I'm grateful.

      But in its place, I'm developing this Spiderman-level hearing, except it isn't cool. I used to hear only car horns from the 28th floor. Now, I can also hear (and feel) motorcycles speeding below.

      I can also hear a cacophany of children's voices from a school that's several blocks away from me. I've never heard it before, even after I developed T and H. This started happening on Monday.

      I'm not scanning the environment for sounds. In fact, I've done the opposite because I don't want to hear everything. I've been listening to white or pink noise whenever I can to drown out those environmental noises, but they still pierce through and get to me, even over my T which isn't exactly low volume!

      I know I'm anxious but it is not just anxiety that's causing this. I hate being patronized.

      I don't know how to stop this. I don't want to hear everything around me. It's overwhelming and exhausting.
       
    8. VRZ78

      VRZ78 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      infection
      Maybe as you feel less pain you'll be able to go to placed with louder sound lever without earplugs and then your ears will "recalibrate" ?
      I have the same thing as you with the traffic... I think it's low frequencies and very high frequencies that I hear from far away
       
    9. Lex
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      Lex Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southeast Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad decisions
      I'm not sure anymore if wearing earplugs less is helping me. I tried to remove my earplugs inside the car which was fine for a bit, until a huge truck barrelled down the lane beside me.

      I don't know if I'll just suck it up and bear it until I get used to it, or protect my ears whenever I feel pain/discomfort.
       

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