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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.

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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 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.

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.
I've had tinnitus in both ears for years but as long as there's any sound I'm ok. At night, I sleep with ear plugs and white noise playing at same time. Luckily I can't notice it *at all* when even quiet sounds are playing. I've had bouts of slight hyperacusis which seemed to get much worse the more I thought and worried about it. One day I decided I really didn't have this (because there's no known cause) and honestly it sort of went away. That was 2 years ago.

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I've had bouts of slight hyperacusis which seemed to get much worse the more I thought and worried about it. One day I decided I really didn't have this (because there's no known cause) and honestly it sort of went away. That was 2 years ago.
Wow! That's great! That's encouraging and I'm happy for you. My doc did tell me it may resolve itself if I "push through" it. It's only gotten worse but I'm also keeping his advice and your experience in mind.

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Wow! That's great! That's encouraging and I'm happy for you. My doc did tell me it may resolve itself if I "push through" it. It's only gotten worse but I'm also keeping his advice and your experience in mind.
So I found the more I babied hyperacusis with ear plugs and such the worse it got. Mine was pretty minor. I didn't get bothered by female voices. But sitting 25 feet away from the kitchen hearing dishes clank or silverware clank was bad. And I no longer enjoyed any bass in my theater. My left ear also felt sort of pressurized and I was constantly popping it. I forced myself to stop popping my ear at the same time I told myself repeatedly that hyperacusis wasn't a real thing and only in my head.

I really do hope you can get through it. It's really miserable.

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Wow! That's great! That's encouraging and I'm happy for you. My doc did tell me it may resolve itself if I "push through" it. It's only gotten worse but I'm also keeping his advice and your experience in mind.

My doc told me the opposite - that tinnitus generally does not resolve. Have had for several years now, no better. It does only bother me (well, I notice it) when in the quiet, but with "normal" sounds going on or listening to music, watching TV, etc., I really don't notice it that much, but we're all different in how we respond.

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My doc told me the opposite - that tinnitus generally does not resolve. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/IMG] respond.
To clarify, my doc said hyperacusis may resolve itself.

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To clarify, my doc said hyperacusis may resolve itself.

I should have read more carefully....

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