Hyperacusis (and Tinnitus) Improved by 90%

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by AnthonyMcDonald, Apr 1, 2022.

    1. AnthonyMcDonald
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      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Hey everyone. For some of you that know me it might come as a surprise that I'm actually posting something about any improvement at all. I never thought I'd be making a post like this.

      Nonetheless, I feel obliged to inform people of this forum that even catastrophic hellish cases like me (spiking tinnitus and hyperacusis from swallowing water, my own heartbeat being too loud and causing me pain) have a chance of getting better.

      Right now due to overconfidence some of my symptoms have returned and gotten a bit worse (especially tinnitus), but overall I am in a much, much better place than I was before.

      The pain aspect of my hyperacusis is completely gone, and I'm left with significant, yet much improved loudness hyperacusis.

      I am not out of this hell hole just yet. I still have tinnitus and hyperacusis. Just much easier to deal with compared to the 9th circle of hell that I was living in.

      The circumstances of my improvement are very odd, random and hard to understand, and go against much of what actually is well-known and understood in the community, but I will try to answer as many questions as possible.

      I just want people to know that improvement can happen even in the worst cases.
       
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    2. Stacken77
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      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      We're so glad and relieved to hear this, @AnthonyMcDonald!

      Do tell us more about your recovery. Was it silence and passage of time?

      ~ Stacken
       
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    3. LilSass
      Loved

      LilSass Member

      Location:
      Ontario, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely ototoxic medication
      Hi @AnthonyMcDonald! Wow, that is great news! I've read a few of you posts and know what a tough time you have been having. Even if we still have to deal with these health issues, when there is an improvement it really does bring a lot of gratitude and hope that it can get better. So happy for you! Here's hoping it keeps improving. :)
       
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    4. David S

      David S Member Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      So happy to hear that! Did you end up healing with time?
       
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    5. Athens

      Athens Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/27/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you for the positive post. How did you treat your conditions? Did you use sound therapy, take supplements, wear hearing protection, etc.? Also, how long have you had hyperacusis and tinnitus?
       
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    6. lusiol
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      lusiol Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2003 > 2010/2019/Jan2022/July2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise/Drugs/Anxiety/Injury
      I'm very happy for you. I'm curious about what you've done to improve!
       
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    7. Adelaide14

      Adelaide14 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @AnthonyMcDonald, this is amazing news! I’m so pleased for you. Fingers crossed it continues to improve and you get more relief. And thank you for coming back and sharing some good news. We all need some success stories every now and then to get us through.
       
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    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      AnthonyMcDonald
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      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I was hesitating to say what it was because of how unusual it was. I actually got better after a huge noise exposure for no particular reason at all (my extended family called the ambulance with EMTs that shouted and dragged me to the hospital) so by all logic I should have gotten worse but I didn't, and got better over time.

      I think what happened to me was a freak accident and a stroke of luck because I don't recommend anyone to expose themselves to more noise in hopes of improvement.

      Time and silence didn't do particularly much to help me because the quietest noise would set me off.
       
    9. xyz
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      xyz Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 mild T 2019 T worsening H onset
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown / probably noise induced
      Congrats for your improvement. Especially after huge noise exposure.
       
    10. DimLeb

      DimLeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic Cochleopathy or Maybe Loud Music
      @AnthonyMcDonald, that's actually amazing news dude! How is the tinnitus now in terms of volume/tones/reactivity?
       
    11. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      AnthonyMcDonald
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      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      My tinnitus has unfortunately ramped up because of continuous noise exposure but it's still better than it was and resets in the morning after sleeping.
       
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    12. Wrfortiscue
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      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Damn that’s great news!
       
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    13. Matchbox
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      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      I hope you get even fleeting silence soon my friend.
       
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    14. Stacken77
      Wishful

      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      Would you say that it's "spiking" less now, or at least not to these insanely low sounds?
       
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      AnthonyMcDonald
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      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      It does not spike to insanely low sounds anymore. But my reactivity has gone up unfortunately due to the continuous noise exposure of the loud hospital ward plus the multiple car rides. So a long conversation will make it spike.

      It wouldn't react to anything at all in the first week of improvement (even occasional yelling nurse here and there). The other ward had constant screeching nurses and patients which is what made me get worse again in the end. I also didn't protect my ears enough and overexposed myself due to stupid confidence in that I was better, and being tired of constantly closing my ears. Also I couldn't eat in the very noisy mess room while covering my ears, so that exposure of clanking dishes, yelling nurses and patients was unavoidable.

      At first, screaming people right next to my ear wouldn't cause too much discomfort, but repeated exposure and the inability to protect screwed me in the end.

      Now I'm going through a fairly bad relapse, albeit still better than I was before, but still nowhere near as good as I was in the first week, before the loud hospital ward. I am disappointed that I have lost most of my improvements, and can't even understand why I got them in the first place. It defies all logic.
       
    16. Athens

      Athens Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/27/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      My therapist told me a story about one of her patients being hospitalized and being exposed to all kinds of annoying and loud sounds. Her hyperacusis improved as a result.
       
    17. WisconsinGuy

      WisconsinGuy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Unknown
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Great to hear. Pun intended.
       
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      AUTHOR
      AnthonyMcDonald
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      AnthonyMcDonald Member

      Location:
      Russia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Didn't last unfortunately. Relapsed pretty hard.
       
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    19. Marshall

      Marshall Member

      Location:
      ND
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure/virus/noise trauma/cumulative noise damage
      They should have allowed you earplugs. When I was in the psych ward, two different times, they provided me with hearing protection.
       
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    20. Cory_
      Pensive

      Cory_ Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geelong, VIC, AU
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ??? / Bad luck / Noise / TMJ / Alcoholism / COVID vaccine
      Hyperacusis can be extremely volatile. Both downwards and thankfully, upwards. Keep hanging on.
       
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    21. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      I also experienced this phenomenon. 4 weeks ago I was exposed to a firework that someone set off I dunno how far away but it seemed very loud to me. I had a horrific spike for 3 days and then back to my bad baseline.

      Then a week later my neighbor made a super loud cracking sound which seemed even louder than the firework. Ear pain followed a few days. Then 4 days ago I woke up with a really nice tinnitus hiss that unfortunately only lasted half a day, but still... what gives? I mean if I had that hiss level (still heard over anything) but itsy kind of mellow, not piercing, sort of like a loudish air leak and the mid tones quieted, man I could get totally used to that... alas I think this is some kind of transient tinnitus glitch.

      On another note, I cannot tolerate loud people's voices. This really is a huge inconvenience. The other day I was pulled over by a cop and I had to look like a crazy guy putting fingers in my ears as he talked.

      Man my old tinnitus was severe but I could even tolerate a dog bark up close... not anymore for sure...

      Does it get better? It's been a year already at this hyperacusis level. Can it take like 3-5 years (barring further noise setback)?
       
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