Is This Hyperacusis or Pure Anxiety?

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    1. Newbie
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      Newbie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I've always suffered on and off from anxiety and panic.

      My tinnitus spiked a month and a half ago which sent me over the top!

      After a great weekend I finally thought I was getting on top of things until yesterday I felt kind of anxious and found a lot of sounds annoying or loud. I'm terrified of developing hyperacusis! I tried to ignore this and went to sleep only to be woken every hour.

      I obsessed over every sound then today and found when I went for lunch with my friends unbareable! The talking of people and knives and forks banging. I went home and had a panic attack about it but after crying and talking to my mother I felt better. I went to sleep and have just been woken up in a complete panic attack an hour after I fell asleep and I was so tired!!

      I heard my normal tinnitus but I thought I could hear the sound of a car engine running outside my window too but it was coming from my head!!!

      Please help me am I going crazy?

      I've tried my breathing techniques for anxiety all day today plus I bought vitamin b complex with magnesium but they won't help!! Is this hyperacusis or pure anxiety/panic??

      Please I really need some help I don't know what to do
       
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    2. Baxter

      Baxter Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I mean, it sounds like anxiety. You're saying it became an issue as soon as your anxiety got out of control. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to put that together. You are obsessing so much over sounds and your hearing that you've developed a negative emotional response to all sounds. Which I guess is a form of hyperacusis, but if you get your anxiety under control I don't see any reason to think it wouldn't go away.
       
    3. gotyoubynuts

      gotyoubynuts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert
      You need some serious psychiatric help, they can give you medications for this...
       
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    4. stophiss

      stophiss Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      too full a life
      Agree with gotyoubynuts.
      As I have written on here because Newbie, your anxiety is a common reflection on this forum....
      Nobody can 'will' good mental health. Tweaking your brain chemistry with appropriate meds will change your thinking and allow you be more objective about your health and over time, you can hopefully wean back off any meds. I know several people who by their heredity trend on the anxious side and take anti depressants every day. If they go off and many try to, they lose their ability to cope. People have different brain chemistry and if extrapolating from this forum, I would say as compared to general society without tinnitus, many with tinnitus are intrinsically anxious. This isn't a choice but rather the way we are...self included.
       
    5. Newbie
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      Newbie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Is this hyperacusis?

      I dislike the sounds of bags rustling like plastic, keys jingling and knives and forks??
       
    6. gotyoubynuts

      gotyoubynuts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert
      Disliking those sounds is normal. If those sounds cause you pain and discomfort, then that can be hyperacusis.

      Can I ask how you survive in life if you can't run a google search for simple things like this? Are you stupid??

      http://www.entnet.org/content/hyperacusis-increased-sensitivity-everyday-sounds
       
    7. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Well, if you go to that other forum you'll find it defined quite differently at times, so I don't think its that stupid a question for a newcomer to ask. It took me a long time to find a relative consensus on a definition for what is understood to be hyperacusis.
       
    8. MountainCreek

      MountainCreek Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Car Radio
      I disagree with everyone here, and recognize the problems of newbie I think. I have heard the car idling outside myself, wasn't a car but inside my head.

      This might be an objective tinnitus. In any case, although a terrible sound compared to high frequency tinnitus, I have experienced that it can be cured by long period in complete silence. New tinnitus sounds come it by noise exposure.

      They go away by resting in silence. Hyperacusis follows with tinnitus. As tinnitus goes away, hyperacusis goes away as well. So what everybody says, that we shall treat hyperacusis by noise, seems a mystery to me.

      My opinion is that we shall treat hyperacusis by rest, away from noise. That way the ear may get stronger, once it is stronger, it has no difficulties standing noise.

      What you treat by noise is not hyperacusis in my opinion. Hyperacusis, if that is disliking plastic bag sound (as I do), this does never go away by exposing myself to noise.

      It may go away by recovery of tinnitus completely. I strongly believe that silence does no harm to anybody, but I am very alone thinking this way.
       
    9. Newbie
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      Newbie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thanks for the advice guys.

      nearly in the third month since my tinnitus increased. Everything was starting to get better until i started to have sensitivity to sound and now i cant stop thinking about it :( also i wrote that i woke up the other night and i could hear the 'car engine outside' sound but thought this was because i woke up with a panic attack. However, it's back today :( it's really scary as i'm so used to my high pitch sound (well as used to it as it gets). How can things just keep getting worse for me? I'm really starting to lose all hope! :( I can't get to the doctor as i work til late so for now all i'm taking is vitamin B complex and magnesium! I'm feeling so low i just can't believe how my tinnitus was ok for a year and all of a sudden all these new things in 3 months!!!
       

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