Since I noticed my ringing ears, I have also noticed noise sensitivity--slamming cabinets, soda cans being opened, and dishes clanging, hurt my ears. I went to the mall for a while today and felt like things were a little louder as well, though I don't know if I was just expecting that because I know it might happen... I feel really upset about this because I worry I won't be able to go out in the world like that without making my condition worse. Is it okay to go places like this with tinnitus and hyperacusis? I don't want to have to bring my ear plugs everywhere. I also might be working in a warehouse that ships chocolate berries on Mother's Day week. I did that before, but don't remember if it was extremely loud. Is a certain noise level okay? For those of you who got over hyperacusis, how long did it take?