Hyperacusis and TTTS Getting Better

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Andymo, Sep 6, 2020.

    1. Andymo

      Andymo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Early May 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possible earbuds and/oxoticity
      Hi folks,

      I have been a longtime lurker on this forum and it has proved an invaluable lifeline to me after I developed hypercusis and TTTS since May this year.

      Like most people, our lives have been thrown upside down due to the impact of COVID-19 which only adds to our woes.

      A timeline of events:

      Mid May: developed fluttering in my left ear.

      Mid June: exasperated by significant bouts of pain that came and went every other day. Two weeks leave off work. I am a contractor so did not get paid. Significant insomnia, could not perform effectively at work. I muddled through and developed significant depression and anxiety. Antidepressants. Mild hyperacusis: feedback from dishes, bags and cutterly etc. Now largely gone.

      August: my contract was not renewed, largely based on my performance that was seriously hampered by my condition. Depression worsened due to lay off. Saw an ENT who was predictably as effective as a Chocolate Tea Pot. Fair to say I knew more than him, having immersed myself in this forum for 4 months.

      September: focusing on my new predicament has allowed me to take my mind off the TTTS, which is an anxiety based condition. Only now mild flutter and the once ear pain went from a 8/10 some days to now not even an ache.

      CAUSE and MORAL: stay away from using earbuds for long periods, folks! Or adopt the 60 minutes at 60% volume rule: even better don't use them at all! Though I don't know if this was the definitive cause, it seems highly likely. I binned them.

      Now: I still have depression largely as result of job loss but my ear is now one less thing to worry about.

      I wish you all hope in your struggles and owe thanks to @Michael Leigh and others for providing invaluable support on this forum.

      I am lucky: my condition was mild but it may offer some light to the cliche that time can sometimes be a healer.

      Andy x
       
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    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @Andymo

      HI Andy,

      Thank you for your kind comments they are much appreciated. I am sorry to know about your tinnitus onset and the loss of your job. Pleased that you are making progress and I'm sure this will continue to improve.

      Take care and wishing you all the best
      Michael
       
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    3. SeanD5054

      SeanD5054 Member

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      Sept 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma/shock? possible TMJ issues?
      Hi @Andymo.

      Did you get ear fullness and sound distortions like from people sounding like they are talking through fans or robotic sounding. My family caught the COVID-19 virus and luckily symptoms were all mild, however I have now noticed an increase in my super high pitched tinnitus with more hyperacusis and then the development of TTTS. I actually reached out to Myriam Wescott who does extensive research on this subject and she pretty much confirmed that I have the classic acoustic shock symptoms. My shock occurred back in late August of this year from my daughter's scream in my ear. I have been super anxious through this whole phase and catching the virus did not help at all. I get the every other day ear fullness and it feels like my affected ear does not have a protective filter for sound. Like all sounds are too loud. Living with 2 noisy kids is stressful but being overprotective is what I am worrying about. It seems like a decent scream from them can cause the fullness almost immediately with a burning sensation along my face and ear. Hope you recover soon!
       
    4. twa

      twa Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      Hi,

      You may remember, my child also yelled in my ear. Can you describe the TTTS? Have you had headaches also?

      Hope you are feeling better.

      Teresa
       
    5. SeanD5054

      SeanD5054 Member

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      Sept 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma/shock? possible TMJ issues?
      Hi @twa.

      It's a feeling of pressure and ear fullness. It's the ears' natural way to protect itself against loud noises. However mine is constantly reacting since I have hyperacusis as well so the brain perceives the sound as harmful since it seems that it is louder when in fact regular ordinary sounds will not damage your ears. I'm learning to ease into allowing myself more exposure to louder noises like my kids yelling/screaming. The sound distortions seem to be the most scary where everyone sounds like a robot. I suppose it's a symptom of TTTS. I was informed to not create anxiety or nervous feelings about this since it will just continue the cycle. In fact I did not stress about anything yesterday and the sound distortions went away for half the day. I woke up this morning feeling ear fullness again and distortions came back. It has something to do with the middle ear creating pressure on the eustachian tubes.

      I only once in a blue moon get slight temporal headaches but only last an hour or so.
       
    6. twa

      twa Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      I get mainly temporal headaches with the tinnitus and hyperacusis. A friend recommended cold ice packs and they have worked wonders with Tylenol. I've noticed I can now listen to the tv and the computer at a slightly higher level. At first, I could hardly bear to be around noise in the house like my kiddo talking loudly or my husband talking. I still ask everyone to quiet down, but I did that before all this happened. I think I am in week eight since my acoustic trauma.

      Have you seen any slight changes in your symptoms?
       
    7. twa

      twa Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      How are you doing? I believe we are on similar time frames from when a noise trauma occurred. Hope you and your family had a good Thanksgiving.
       

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