Will It Ever Be Possible to Listen to My Favorite Song Again?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Dabard, Mar 18, 2019.

    1. Dabard

      Dabard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      Hey all. Quick background information: I gave myself tinnitus the spring of 2018 when I listened to Yes's "Close to the Edge" on a pair of bright headphones. I listened too long and ignored the pain in my ears thinking it was nothing. Now I have tinnitus. Thankfully I have actually learned to live with that but now I have another problem.

      I cannot, under any circumstances listen to that song, my favorite song, again without my tinnitus spiking afterwards and feeling the (temporary) symptoms of hyperacusis. (Plates, crinkling paper, etc irritate my ears and smaller sounds are more noticeable and sharp.)

      I just tried today with a much more friendly remaster of the song that's a lot less harsh, everything seemed great, but sure enough after listening my tinnitus flared up and I was feeling the hyperacusis. I thought maybe I could build up a tolerance and be able to listen on occasion but now I fear if I kept listening I'd end up giving myself irreparable, unlivable hyperacusis.

      What do you guys think the cause of this is? Do I have minor hyperacusis effected by the specific range of that song? Is it just misophonia? Is there a way to combat this through TRT or other means or do I just need to pack it in and never listen to it again to avoid making my life a living hell?
       
    2. Jomo

      Jomo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/4/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      going for a rim shot on the snare drum.
      I hope you aren't wearing headphones... sell them.... otherwise I will tell you that music really shouldn't cause your tinnitus to get louder...

      I listen to music at various volumes (not super loud of course) and have had no issues.... you probably have hyperacusis and that is going to take at least a year to improve...

      Make sure you listen to white noise when you sleep to help desensitize your tinnitus.

      You are going to need to expose yourself to sounds (be smart about it of course) a little at a time. Accidents are bound to happen but as time goes on they will help you improve.

      The first year is rough but I promise in time you will adapt to it and your hyperacusis will improve. Just hang in there and stay positive. Best of luck.
       
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      Dabard

      Dabard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      Hey, this is encouraging news, I appreciate the input! I guess I must have some sort of selective Hyperacusis (is that a thing?) Since most other noises don't bother me at all. Just that song specifically and one other one I heard recently.

      -and don't worry, I threw my headphones in the trash immediately after I started getting trouble.

      Maybe I can give the softer remaster a listen once and a while to teach my brain it's not harmful or something. If anyone else has advice on that sort of thing I'd love to hear it!
       
    4. Flamingo1

      Flamingo1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      4-15-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I think it's the particular frequencies in THAT song that produced the damage in your ear and that the hair cells for those frequencies are what got traumatized. I got tinnitus in part by mixing and listening at high volume to a few of my songs Now I can listen to anything else but when I put those songs on, my ear starts to feel full right away.
       
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      Dabard

      Dabard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      I think you're right on the money there. It's unfortunate but that's what I get for being dumb with headphones.

      Maybe some day I can get around it, but for now it seems like I just have to bide my time. Such is life.
       
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    6. Jomo

      Jomo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/4/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      going for a rim shot on the snare drum.
      Come to think of it when I first got it there was a song I felt bothered my hyperacusis. It took some time for it to get better... what bothered me was this specific drum hit that had almost like a bell with it. So with that being said for now you may wanna take it easy... stick with White Noise and give it time.
       
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    7. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Are you using headphones to listen to the song? Or are you using speakers and a very low volume?
       
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      Dabard

      Dabard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      Aa
      The latter, I've ditched my headphones.
       
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      Dabard

      Dabard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      Yeah, I thought a year might be enough time but it looks like it might take a few more. Ah well, at least there are other songs to listen too in the meantime.
       
    10. HeavyMantra
      Bugridden

      HeavyMantra Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2017. Worsened 10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headphones and/or HPPD?
      Sure, you can EQ the song to remove the frequencies you don't like.
       
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    11. GlennS

      GlennS Member Podcast Patron

      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      You could also try pitch-shifting the entire song down. Maintaining quality is hard to achieve doing that but it might help. Jon Anderson's vocals could tolerate some lowering ;)
       
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    12. Emperor-Drax

      Emperor-Drax Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud bang on metal with a mallet
      I listen to music on my hi-fi system - something that makes people go "hi-fi? So 80s..."

      Anyhoo, I healed well enough that I can finally blare out the score to ID4 and it never affects me.

      So I think with some more healing time, and maybe investing in some decent quality speakers, a pre-amp and a power amplifier (or an integrated amplifier), you can crank that thing up to a decent level and appreciate it once again.

      Only do this when you feel comfortable to do so. No need to rush.

      (Oh right, you do have speakers. Well this message will be more for the headphony folkies then).
       
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      Dabard

      Dabard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      A lot of really encouraging news in this thread, good to hear! Here's hoping a relisten will be something I can look forward to down the line. In the meantime maybe I'll play with a pitch shift version.
       
    14. Contrast
      No Mood

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      in a better place
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      What sensations in your ears do you feel?

      Burning, pain, aching or noises sounding too loud?
       
    15. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      I tried listening to this song and my ears could not handle it. Don't listen to this song with headphones. This song has lots of guitar in it and for those that have tinnitus, guitar sounds....especially metal guitar is not helpful at all. I blasted my ears for decades with heavy metal and concerts/loud songs/sounds and my ears are forever damaged. I still listen to some rock jams but at very low volumes. TRT can be helpful I had it done over 20 years ago.
       
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    16. JohnFox

      JohnFox Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Sudden loss of 100% hearing R ear with Tinnitus
      If concerns about being able to listen to your favorite song is your biggest worry, count yourself blessed. For a lot of us in here our Tinnitus is a scourge that has left us with concerns about maintaining our sanity. I only wish it was just about having to give up on hard rock music.
       
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    17. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Drugs barotrauma
      Let me get this straight... one song bothers your ears, no others? Are f//ing serious? This is why no doctors take tinnitus and hyperacusis seriously.

      And you post about it??? It’s one song, move on if it’s causing you so much pain. One god damn song, move on then, it’s not that big of a deal.
       
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      Dabard

      Dabard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      Full feeling in ear and aching sensation. It's died down again though. I think I'll be fine so long as I steer clear of it for a good while.

      That song in particular actually uses a lot of really harsh sounds and mixing. The guy who did the remaster I listened to actually had a lot of complaints about that. Which is why he changed it. Needless to say if I ever feel comfortable giving the song a listen again I'm going with the remaster.
       
    19. Contrast
      No Mood

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      in a better place
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      i'm sure there's a specific frequency range or combinations of several frequencies that can produce the same result.


      he just doesn't know.
       
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    20. another sean
      Studious

      another sean Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Long duration of low audio
      Either try running it thru a LPF (Low Pass Filter) and cut off everything above 2khz and see if that helps and if so, gradually work your way up. I have trouble listening to any music thru speakers but I can get away with it better when playing a vinyl record without any speakers and instead using a toothpick and paper cone to play the music. kinda like an old gramophone.
       
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    21. PDodge
      Cowboy

      PDodge Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Woods of Alberta
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bear ate my Cochlea
      Did Steve Wilson remix it? PPTREE albums sound soooo good
       
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      Dabard

      Dabard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      Actually no, but I just checked that one out. It's also pretty good!

      Also maybe I'll run the vocal solo on that track through the frequency filter and groove to it once and a while. That sounds pretty nice, actually. That part isn't too harsh and it's the bit that strikes me in the soul the most, god it's good.
       
      Last edited: Mar 23, 2019

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