Sensitivity to Sound — Particularly YouTube Videos — I Hear Things Much Louder Than Previously

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lila M, Sep 2, 2022.

    1. Lila M

      Lila M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      After an unexplained spike of tinnitus, I've noticed that I'm far more sensitive to sound, particularly YouTube videos. It doesn't hurt my ears if I watch videos at a high volume, but I hear things much louder than I did previously (e.g., an average video at 40 percent volume now feels like 80 percent).

      Household sounds don't affect me, but videos and music are a lot less tolerable now.

      I don't want to abuse ear protection and become even more sensitive to regular sound, but I also really want to rid myself of this feeling. Has anyone gone through this/got any advice?
       
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    2. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Yeah going through it now, it’s probably digital audio causing issues. I would reduce these or remove these types of sounds. I got worse from them. Allow your ears to rest and just try and be positive. Good luck!
       
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      Lila M

      Lila M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Thanks for the advice. Have you dealt with this sort of thing before? If you have, how long do you suggest your ears should rest for?
       
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    4. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      I don’t know. I just joined the “silence“ club. My ears just couldn’t take noise anymore after exposing for a year to sound therapy and outside noises.
       
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    5. Jupiterman

      Jupiterman Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden loud noise
      My tinnitus is quite 'reactive' just now .

      However, I'm keen to do hyperacusis desensitisation.

      It's a good question that is being asked. Should/can TV listening be part of hyperacusis desensitisation if it's hurting your ears? Digital sound is a problem for some of us.

      Should we simply have the TV volume down low or even ultra low and work with that for a period of time until some level of tolerance is established?

      Two weeks ago I turned on the sound on my TV at 1%, then a week later raised it to 2%. At this 2% volume after around an hour of watching, I noticed it was unsettling my tinnitus. Is it better to push on and take this temporary increase in tinnitus with the goal of desensitising the hyperacusis?

      Or will this worsen the hyperacusis and/or tinnitus?

      Should sound through loudspeakers be avoided for a long time until... what?

      I've read that "exposure therapy is the only way to recover."
       
    6. SmallRonnie
      Ape-like

      SmallRonnie Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Factory noise + Headphones + Clubbing + Vaccine? + Stress
      I would not push through it. Me and countless others have listened to that advice and we only got much, much worse.

      Recent research on hyperacusis has shown that old beliefs are incorrect. There are more subsections to hyperacusis than previously thought.

      Everyone is different so you need to find out what works for you. If you turn the sound back down when you feel uncomfortable or in pain then you can always try it louder again tomorrow.

      But if you keep going, you might cause permanent damage and have a lower baseline, @Jupiterman.

      Sound therapy is good though, just need to be careful.
       
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    7. Wrfortiscue
      Cowabunga

      Wrfortiscue Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      I’m going to let natural outside noise be my sound therapy lol.
       
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    8. SmallRonnie
      Ape-like

      SmallRonnie Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Factory noise + Headphones + Clubbing + Vaccine? + Stress
      I'm letting the sound of my fridge be my sound therapy now. It's so difficult to choose what level of sound is ok for you. I'm gonna be extra careful this time.
       
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    9. 10Kcd

      10Kcd Member

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I agree with one of the commenters who said the issue is probably digital music. Specifically, I would imagine that high audio file compression (standard fare on so much digital media) coupled with laptop or phone speakers, is the twin offender.

      Recognizing that it's not always an easy/inexpensive fix, if you can find an analog receiver and speakers to run your media through - and especially if you steer clear of DIY streams - you'll may be able to tolerate a lot more listening.

      I know I'm late to this thread, and am curious to know if you've seen any improvement since your original post.
       
    10. Taw

      Taw Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      Pain hyperacusis since 03/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (drum lessons)
      Artificial audio is always bad for us. I can tolerate normal 60-70 dB noises but i cannot tolerate 40 dB artificial audio.
       
    11. Cory_
      Pensive

      Cory_ Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geelong, VIC, AU
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ??? / Bad luck / Noise / TMJ / Alcoholism / COVID vaccine
      Was it Dan Malcore and his lackeys @ the Hyperacusis Network? Take it with a grain of salt.
       
    12. Jupiterman

      Jupiterman Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden loud noise
      I do not know that person but I get the gist.

      I'm currently listening to TV at 3% volume for 12 hours per day. It is barely audible and isn't possible to make out what is being said.

      I accept it's a risk but choosing silence may also be a risk too.
       
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    13. KDMG

      KDMG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music
      I'm always confused by the 'hearing things louder'.

      I have hyperacusis but I don't perceive noises as being louder.

      Is it perhaps recruitment that you are experiencing?
       
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