Lifelong Noise Junkie: Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Have Significantly Improved

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    1. 69Hz

      69Hz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      LOUD NOISES
      Hey guys.
      Longtime lurker, first time poster.

      My story is like so many of you who are experiencing acoustic trauma-induced tinnitus.

      Music has always been a passion of mine, and I’ve been playing in bands since before I was old enough to drive. Usually punk bands. Always loud. I’ve also been to 20+ concerts since I was 18, but I (almost) always made sure to wear earplugs.

      I’m 27 years old now, and I guess all of the accumulated noise exposure has started to add up. Prior to this current episode, my longest bout with tinnitus was about three days, after neglecting to wear earplugs to a crust punk show in a crowded dive bar. But even then, it never rose to the severity of what I’m experiencing now.

      What pushed my ears over the edge was, no joke, Prince’s 1999. Out of all the punk and metal I listen to, I finally got got by 80s pop.

      I usually listen to music in my car at a fairly reasonable volume, since my sound system is decent at low levels. But this time, I pushed it was past reasonable. The following day, I decided to take a drive with my windows rolled down, to drown out the ringing. Terrible idea; I had no idea how bad high wind speeds could be for your hearing. After that, I developed a really nasty case of hyperacusis alongside some threshold shift.

      When this first started, I could hear the ringing over almost everything. I could even hear it outside. Luckily, over the course of the last few months, things have subsided noticeably. My hyperacusis is almost entirely cleared up. I can even listen to music again, albeit at an incredibly reduced volume. Still, I don’t consider this a success story, because I don’t think I can truly be happy unless I’m completely cured.

      I guess I just wanted to share my story so that other people who might be in the beginning stages of noise trauma might see this. Those first couple months are so scary. There’s no promise that this will go away, but even if you don’t see any improvements right away, please don’t give up hope.

      I like to think that instances of full recoveries are underreported. Hopefully, one day, I’ll be able to write that success story.
       
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    2. Mr_Orange_3737

      Mr_Orange_3737 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earwax syringing removal
      Hi, I'm glad things have settled down for you.

      Did you do anything to manage the hypercausis? I'm really trying to find the right balance of ear-protection/over-protection.

      I'm similar in that I don't think my hypercausis was as bad in the first few weeks of the tinnitus. I also drove with the windows down and didn't think much of car noise and wind. Over a month in, the hypercausis started to ramp up and was feeding my tinnitus. Meaning if I came back from a long freeway drive (even with the windows up) I'd notice a spike in my tinnitus afterwards.

      I don't think mines is as bad as yours though. I could still listen to music at low volumes but any sort of clanking of dishes really bothers me.

      I've been wearing ear protection anytime I'm near a busy road. The regular car is fine but you start to notice that loud mufflers and motorcycles are not an uncommon thing. Do you think this is being way to cautious?

      Did your improvement creep in slowly or was there a sudden big improvement one day?
       
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    3. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      When you say a few month,s do you mean 2, 3, 4? Thanks!
       
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      69Hz

      69Hz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      LOUD NOISES
      It’ll be 5 months next Monday.
       
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      69Hz

      69Hz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      LOUD NOISES
      I bought myself a nice pair of earplugs, Ear Peace HD. You can get them on Amazon for like $25. They have three different decibel reducing filters, I’m gradually working my way down in an effort to re-acclimate my ears to everyday sounds. I usually only wear them when I’m driving or going out to a store. Our situations sound pretty similar, my H also exacerbates my T, and I was really sensitive to aftermarket mufflers and motorcycles. It’s not nearly as bad now.

      I started to notice an improvement in T about 3.5 months in. In about the span of a week, my T began to change from a pure tone to more of a hissing noise. Unfortunately the tone came back shortly after, but it’s quieter than before. The reduction in H started around the end of August. Since then the improvements have been pretty gradual. I’m at the point where the good days outnumber the bad, but I’m still far from complete silence.
       
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    6. Mr_Orange_3737

      Mr_Orange_3737 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earwax syringing removal
      Wow, so you actually have earplugs in while driving? Even with all the windows up? It sounds like your hypercausis is much worse than mine if you had trouble even listening to music.

      I do worry about freeway noise though when driving long distances. My tinnitus seems to spike a bit afterwards.

      For me, the van seems to be one of the more comfortable environments for my ears. The slight bit of engine noise in combination with the AC on fully masks my tinnitus. I can listen to music and podcasts fine too. When I'm in my apartment, podcasts seem to sound annoying for some reason. Could be my old speakers.

      I actually just bought the EarPeace Moto plugs. They seem identical to the music ones.

      Good to know that the hyperacusis goes down. I'm tired of trying to place things down gently.

      Hope things keep improving for you.
       
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      69Hz

      69Hz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      LOUD NOISES
      For me, the earplugs are about being cautious more than anything else. I could probably go without them when driving at this point, but I’ve resolved to keep wearing them in situations where there are too many variables until the 1 year anniversary of my trauma. I’m not taking any chances here.
       
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    8. Mr_Orange_3737

      Mr_Orange_3737 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earwax syringing removal
      Ya, on the freeway a motorcycle can still sound really loud when it goes by.

      Some people here say you shouldn't over protect so I'm trying figure which situations to actually absorb sound to build up conditioning to the hyperacusis.
       

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