I had a mild head injury 5 years ago (just above my right ear), and one of my many symptoms was hyperacusis. I didn't suffer any distortion in my hearing so I'm afraid I can't comment on that - though I did have a slight hearing loss and a sort of 'fuzziness' in one ear (see below). I have read that ringing in the ears, is not unusual with hyperacusis.
For months I took the advice from Headway : avoid noisy places. The problem of hypersensitivity persisted, with little improvement. It severely affected my everyday life.
Eventually I discovered that there were hearing therapists within the NHS (I'm in the UK) who could treat this. I referred myself to see a hearing therapist and, to my delight, this has greatly helped this condition. I discovered that I needed to expose myself to noisy situations as much as I could cope with in order to desensitise my hearing (I would listen to the radio as loud as I could cope with, and later on, go to musical events, which I used to love). I managed to change my reaction by reciting to myself 'this is therapy, this is therapy, this is therapy...'. This helped prevent my panic reaction and enabled me to stay for ever increasing lengths of time listening to previously unbearable levels of noise. I also was given a 'white noise generator' which helped slightly as well (tho' I found it very tiring listening to this).
I have had to persevere over several years, and my hearing is still slightly sensitive, but am delighted now to be able to cope with most situations, and on the rare occasions I encounter a too noisy situation, I use the 'this is therapy' repetitions to help me keep calm and cope.
The site I first found out about hearing therapists came up when I googled 'tinnitus and hyperacusis centre'
I also had treatment from a cranial osteopath who greatly helped the hearing loss and 'fuzziness"I had. Hoping this information may be of some help to you.
Originally Posted by jayhybrid
I suffered a severe concussion about 3 months ago during a martial arts class and finally starting to recover. I sustained two impacts, one to the ear and one to the face. The only major symptoms I still have are a distortion in my hearing, ringing in my ears, and a hyper sensitivity to sound.
I've been diagnosed with hyperacusis, but I'm curious if anyone else has ever had symptoms similar to this.
I'm pretty sure the diagnosis is correct, but my hearing is distorted, which isn't typically a symptom.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.