Protect Your Ears
I have been suffering from Tinnitus and Hyperacusis since I experienced my unilateral sudden deafness last year.
If you have hyperacusis, you’ll find some everyday sounds uncomfortable, painful or startling, when they don’t trouble others. You may find the things most people take for granted very difficult. This may make you feel angry, distressed and anxious. You may find that after being exposed to an uncomfortable sound, the discomfort continues for a period of time and becomes worse if you hear the sound again.
Hyperacusis is associated with:
Some types of depression
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Williams’ syndrome – as many as 90% of people with Williams’ syndrome may have hyperacusis
Conditions that prevent the ear’s normal sound protection mechanism from working, such as Bell’s palsy
Autistic spectrum disorders.
Source: Action on Hearing Loss UK.
I have tried wearing many earplugs to block out sound, audiologists may call these ‘attenuators’. While these devices may provide temporary relief; in the long term, they can undo any progress you’re making to adapt to sound. They can even make hyperacusis worse. For that reason, I only use them when I am exposed to very loud sounds for a long time or when I am in very crowded places.
I recently started a new therapy called Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, I will be creating a new post about it soon. In the meantime, make sure to check this Hyperacusis Fact Sheet from Action on Hearing Loss with very important information and advice.