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Tincup
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I am very hard of hearing... till the noise sensitivities hit.

I can hear amazing things... most annoying... and to the point of wanting ear muffs if they didn't make my head hurt.

BUT.. the other night.. total quiet... I was sitting still doing some research....

And I actually heard a grain of salt fall off a pretzel in a bag sitting on top of the fridge.. about 20 ft away.

It made me jump.

[lol]

How about you?

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Super sensitive!

Do you ears ring too?

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Hi Tin

Hey would hunt with me . I could use your ears while hunting . You could hear a deer 2 miles away.

I find I am very aware of pitch ,( but I have perfect pitch) It seems too be expanding more,I can tell when a piano is slightly out of tune (1 key). It drives me nuts.

It drives the worhip team nuts too when I comment on pitch,and know one else can hear it.

Maybe it is just me. Maybe I'm going mad LOL.

My ears ring at a perfect pitch of (E). I tune my guitar to them .It's really stranage.
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Yep. A leaf can fall off my fig tree, hit the carpet and I will also jump - or even spaz out.


Hyperacusis can occur in anyone but also in people who may have some hearing loss as certain frequencies.

AND - after much personal study on this (against my will), I think part of what is happening is not just with the ears. The nerves all around FEEL the vibration, too.

And, oh, joy. I have a new neighbor in the apt. next door and she apparently has a dog with anxiety/separation disorder. Barks all the time she is away. Lovely. Just bleeping lovely.

Can't wait until it's out on the deck all summer.

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There are many links about hyperacusis, and hyperacusis in lyme, at this thread:

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http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=065801


Topic: TINNITUS: Ringing Between The Ears; Vestibular, Balance, Hearing with compiled links

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Amy C
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I have a heard time hearing with background noise or if someone isn't looking at me while talking. I am always saying "huh?"

But then sometimes I can hear the littlest things and it gets on my nerves!!

Like the sound of my husband eating jelly beans the other night was so unbearable I almost left the room.

It is weird how we can have both hearing problems and sound senstivity. Try explaining that one to a normal person!

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So much is explained at the sites:


www.vestibular.org


www.hyperacusis.net


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6vAkdGw8T4

9 minute video


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me, extremely sensitive!

i can hear a pin drop, etc.
have to have my radio playing at night when sleeping but low volume.

worst for me are :

neighbor's race cars, NO MUFFLERS ON VEHICLES, train horns, coin jiggling in pockets, loud tv commercials, etc.


hubby is deaf in 1 ear and extremely hard of hearing in other; wears hearing aid. he needs everything SUPER LOUD; and me wanting to almost mute it.

not good situation; so i work on here and close bedroom door to avoid as much loud tv volyme as possible.

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Yes, I can hear a flea jump a block away.

And sirens? Don't get me started.

jt, I too have perfect pitch. It's a different lifestyle, as we are definitely bothered when something is out of tune.

Re tinnitus, I was able to get it cancelled for six hours after magnet machine treatment - PEMF machine. Click, click, click etc for close to an hour of machine treatment when it happened.

Now what does that mean? Ah, the mysteries of the universe...

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Over the top, way too sensitive. I can hear the kitchen clock ticking all the way downstairs.

I can't tolerate background music in restaurants, the radio, the sound of passing cars, the list goes on and on.

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Very sensitive...but it comes and goes.

Got a HUGE box of ear plugs at the hardware store...

Godsend! [Big Grin]

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LeeLee,

My doctor will take the clock out of his office when I go there.

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Robin,

You bring up an excellent point about sirens. I've had several seizures do to their pulsating hits.

And - I think they are bad for the patients. Sure, if needed in traffic, use them but I think the volume and time used is assaultive.


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Same here or should I say "hear". HA!

My husband sleeps at the opposite end of the house with the door closed and if he coughs it sounds magnified; I jump and with that comes a feeling of an electical current that runs through my body.

Also when he gets ready for work and turns on the shower at the other end of the house it sounds like Niagara Falls. And every little drawer opening, etc. He says he is trying to be quiet. I use to sleep in the same room and never hear a thing.

Also, our refrigerator makes little frig noices and it drives me insane.

Leelee, I had to have my husband turn off our clock that chimes, because it sounded like I was standing outside of some huge cathedral.

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I know exactly what you all are talking about!
While traveling to see my LLMD, my husband and I stopped to eat at a Cracker Barrel. When we were seated, I couldn't concentrate on the menu because it was like I was being bombarded by 100 people talking at once.

I was actually hearing bits and pieces of the other customer's conversations and some of the people were sitting far away from our table. It was like I was unintentionally listening in to other people's conversations.

Needless to say, it was not an enjoyable meal and I could not wait to get out of there and back to the quiet of my vehicle.

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yes, sirens and those BULL HORNS used for fire alarm practices, etc.

i agree about being at restaurants and not able to hear due to folks talking and LOUD music.

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I guess the only good thing out of this is that we may not have to worry about going deaf...

Sirens - it's called drop everything and get fingers in ears.

I use Mack's ear plugs - soft, moldable. Carry them with me always. Have to use them when seeing a film, etc.

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My hearing is SUPER sensitive as well. It is much worse when I am going through a herx or having a flare and especially when I'm having the head pressure/head feeling full of air, etc.

My husband can be grading papers in the other room while I'm lying in bed and the shuffling of the papers hurts my ears soooooo bad and wakes me up with a start.

Or him closing the trash lid in the kitchen while I'm in the living room is painful as well or even him getting out a plastic bag to put his lunch in and the rustling it makes is just too much.

Many times I have to mute the TV because I just cannot stand it, even if the volume is at its lowest. And sometimes the neighbor kids' yelling outside the house hurts my ears sooo bad... and there's no way to escape it... in any room I can still hear it just as loud and painful as ever... it makes me want to go out there and yell at them to STOP. And I'm sure that would hurt my ears too. LOL.

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Robin,

Actually, a person can have hyperacusis and hearing loss at the same time - just for different frequencies.

Many hyperacusis patients do, in fact, have some hearing loss at certain frequencies and that is one reason why it's so hard to hear a conversation in a crowded restaurant. There are other reasons, of course, but a certain level of hearing loss is often a player.


It is still VITAL for all patients to protect their ears from noise over 85 decibels and to avoid ototoxic products (and employing liver support when taking medicines).


Hyperacusis patients' ears are really more like to suffer damage and loss of hearing can be part of that.

It is also important to know that when on abx, the ears are much more likely to incur damage from noise. Protection is even more important then and for some time even after the abx have been stopped.


Earplugs when near hairdryers and vacuum cleaners, etc. are important.

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Ugagal, funny you should mention "Cracker Barrel". Same thing happened to me the other day. It is such a noisy place anyway, but it was like I had ADD and just couldn't concentrate with all the noise. I could hear this voice, and then that voice; and then they have background music on top of everything else.

Too much stimulation!

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Exactly sutherngrl! As we were leaving, I told my husband we could definitely mark Cracker Barrel off our list of places to eat....at least until my "Lyme" ears are better. Eating out should not make you have the urge to run through the restaurant taping people's mouths closed.

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Me too. Extremely great hearing.

Conversations that people are having that I don't really want to hear. But do anyway.

Occasional loud ringing, but usually just a distant

buzz, like I am hearing a bug rub its legs together. LOL

I sleep with earplugs.

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I can top all of you,
I can hear water evaporate:)

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Sometimes whe I'm in bed settling down, a long strech of silence is broken by something like that bag o' pretzels [dizzy] (which, BTW, was prob expanding/shrinking from the heat wafting off the frig, causing 1/2 a crickle... a "crick" [lol] ).
When that "tick" happens, it sends a jolt right thru my brain. But if I'm expecting it, it's no big deal. [Smile]

I think the AVC ("automatic volume control"- found in most radios, for those not technically inclined) is shut off & the aural portion of the brain goes to "full gain". Not sure how those spirochetes can induce this... could be some kind of cascading neuro-transmitter phenomena? [Cool]

Too bad they aren't hiring spies much now that the Cold War is over. I coulda gotten a janitorial job in the basement of the Kremlin. [bonk]

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