Anybody have tinnitus or hyperacusis?
How does it affect you? And your home theater choices? Use any tech in your coping strategies?
Tinnitus usually only bothers me at night, when everything is quiet. I've found playing a podcast on my Google Home speaker as I fade to sleep has all but eliminated the problem.
Hyperacusis is far worse. In the last two years, I've become very sensitive to loud music and/or loud voices in crowded places, such as popular restaurants and bars, especially in proximity to loud laughing or shouting women. I think it may have something to do with reflected sound, as the same level of loudness in an open place is less of a problem. I have to wear ear plugs about 50% of the time when I go out for dinner. (Earpeace with clear tips, ~16db reduction is just right for me). Often I pick my seat according to how far away I can get from a music speaker. Even in places like a gym/etc, I'll move to a quieter area. I completely avoid any restaurant with a live DJ. Since my lifestyle includes a lot of going out and socializing in loud places, its kind of a bummer and sometimes my friends make fun of the ear plugs but I wouldn't trade them for anything. Unfortunately the doctors say there is no known cause, and no known cure.
Curiously, home theater never causes issues for hyperacusis. Even frequencies in the range of female voices haven't been an issue, but I don't go above about -29db. Traditional movie theaters on the other hand can be uncomfortable at max volume.
PS - I've been diagnosed with these issues, but my overall hearing is perfect and even across both ears. My job tests me every 2 years and in January I sought independent hearing tests and again, my private doc said my hearing levels were "teenager" level. So thankfully, I haven't lost any hearing.
AVR: Denon X4400H 7.1.4; 80% gaming, 20% movies, <1% music
Speakers: Klipsch RP-450C; L/R Klipsch RP-250F; Side & Rear: Klipsch R-51M; Height: JBL 2.5" satellites; SVS PC-4000;
Platform: Xbox One X on LG E8 55" OLED
Room from hell: 16x16x18' open loft, thin walls, hard surfaces, lots of street noise