Hyper Sensitive Ears and Reactive Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Dr. Bruce Hubbard (Psychologist, CBT)' started by Mark K., Mar 6, 2015.

    1. Mark K.

      Mark K. Member Benefactor

      Honolulu, Hawaii
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure. May have been from medication
      Hello Dr. Hubbard:
      I've had T for about 4 months now, the first 3 months I just had T, but the last month I started H, and my T just recently began to be reactive to sounds now. Yesterday I put on my Widex Zen Hearing Devices and turned on the Hearing Aid Feature, which seemed to lessen my H and even the reactiveness of my T. I was wondering if using my Hearing Aid feature and listening to amplified sounds would actually de-synthesize my H and possibly my reactiveness to my T? I've been reading that the best way to combat H is to continue to listen to external sounds, so maybe the amplified sounds of the hearing aid helps. What are your thoughts on this?

      Appreciate any feedback on this.

      Mark K.
    2. Dr. Hubbard

      Dr. Hubbard Member

      New York City
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Hey Mark
      yes, hiding from sound is the worst thing you can do with hyperacusis and reactive tinnitus. Consistent exposure, as tolerated, will promote desensitization.
      Best wishes
      DR Hubbard
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