You may have a treatable condition as related by the two previous posters, or you may have damaged the part of your brain that processes auditory and other stimuli and filters out the ambient sounds and those of little value so you can focus on what's important.
The tinnitus is very common to PCS. Sensitivity to loud noises is also common. If the audiologist can pinpoint it as hyperacusis, then the noise therapy may be the answer. If it is a sensory processing injury deeper in the brain, you may have to learn to live with it and carry earplugs to block out ambient sounds.
I can handle a single loud sound without any problem but those common to loud sounds, residual ringing, discomfort, etc. But, if the sounds have echoes or multiple parts, my brain will overload trying to sort out the different sounds. This is a deeper processing disorder. I can hear echoes that others cannot. Sometimes, this is helpful as I can hear more parts of an orchestra. If the sounds compete, I will become overwhelmed and my brain will crash.
I use the yellow foam ear plugs that are a cylinder about 3/4 of an inch long. I twist them tight then put them deep in my ear. They block about 28 to 30 db, which is usually most of the background and echoing sounds. The primary sounds then become much easier to understand.
My neuro did an Auditory Evoked Potential test and could tell that my brain was trying to process all of the sounds presented. As he said to me, " You hear everything. How do you tolerate that?"
I sure hope you just have the treatable hyperacusis. My problem is very disrupting to my life.
One of my work-arounds when I have too many sounds to process is the ear plugs and listening with my eyes closed. The reduction of all visual stimuli and some auditory stimuli allows my brain to better handle the important auditory stimuli. Unfortunately, this does not work for driving, so I must limit my driving to quieter and less chaotic areas.
Does this make sense to any of you guys?
Mark in Idaho
58 years old, retired due to disability, married 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and successfully stopped all paroxetine after 3 months of tapering down. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan when I wake up, 500 mgs after breakfast with my vitamin regimen and 500 mgs late in the evening.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, my docs put me on three meds. Clonazepam (Klonopin, a dreaded benzo but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc prescribed .25 mgs twice daily but half a tablet is doing good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic before bed. I have lost over 30 pounds since mid July. The olanzapine is supposed to help me gain some of it back but it has just stopped the weight loss. They took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.
I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation
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