Not Sure If This Is Hyperacusis? Help Please

Discussion in 'Support' started by Hanna, Jun 23, 2016.

    1. Hanna

      Hanna Member

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      Hey everyone, I'm not sure if what I have is just a weird thing or if it might be tinnitus or hyperacusis.

      My earliest memory of this is from grade 4 (I was 9-10) and now I'm 20. Basically, the reason I'm not sure if this is hyperacusis or tinnitus is because it's not really every day sounds that I'm sensitive to.

      Usually it's just sounds that are within close range to me, often music if I have earbuds in, videos if I'm watching on a computer, or when there are a lot of people talking around me at the same time.

      I once mentioned this to my doctor but he told me I just have sensitive ears, but I don't know.. When this happens it feels like my ear is full of pressure, and I always pause the music/video or ask people to stop talking or leave the room, just for a few seconds to kind of "calm down" and then I can hear all the pressure release from my ear. It's like a "whoosh" sound kind of.

      Also the weird thing is that I noticed this happening whilst doing my makeup a few days ago. I was just blending out eyeshadow with a brush and I noticed my ear felt very full and I could hear the sound of the pressure while blending, and when I stopped the pressure would release. This was with no music or noise in the background, so it was weird.

      Sudden loud noises (like concerts or people speaking through a microphone, which was what was going on the first time I experienced this in grade 4) create a very loud and sharp buzz sound in my ear.

      Most of the time it's just one ear, my right ear, but it does happen less often in my left ear as well.

      I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, but I *might* have a misaligned jaw. I clench my jaw all the time and my jaw cracks whenever I open my mouth and often when I eat too. When my mouth is closed my jaw is in one position but if I line up my top and bottom teeth my jaw shifts to the left. Unless that's normal. I don't really know.

      Thanks if you can help! :)
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    2. Mithrandir

      Mithrandir Member

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Shock Disorder (TTTS)
      You can go to a concert ? You don't have H so
    3. AUTHOR

      Hanna Member

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      They were "concerts" held at my school when I was young. Where sort of famous but not really famous people would come and put on this big show for us and the whole school would have to go and sit on the floor and watch the performance in the gym.
    4. glynis

      glynis Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
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      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Hanna,
      Welcome to Tinnitus Talk.
      Sounds to me like ETD.
      And also with your jaw joint cracking you could have TMJ.
      Temperomandibular joint problem.
      Basically your jaw joint cracking is inflaming your jaw joint that is by your middle ear causing tinnitus and sensative ears.
      Get the dentist check out your jaw or a Maxillofacial specialist...lots of love glynis
    5. Tommi_boi

      Tommi_boi Member

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      Noise Induced
      Definitely some sort of sound sensitivity , I've had sound sensitivity and so I believe it's a form of hyperacusis but a very mild form - as a result of an ambulance siren blasting right next to me. Certain sound frequencies (especially car break) used to distort my hearing but I never felt pain or fullness.

      Thankfully I'm starting to improve and I can tolerate this more, what I'm saying is that could yours be caused by a loud sound?

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