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Extreme Sensitivity to Sound

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  • Posted By: charissa74
  • January 7, 2009
  • 00:10 AM

I developed a sensitivity to sound about 12 years ago that was not under my control. I would have panic attacks no matter how loud the sound. I had to go straight to a psychiatrist. The meds made slightly calmer, but, the only way I felt better was if my Mom removed the fish tank in my room and the birds completely from the house. The quiet bubbling from the fish tank was horrific and the birds brought me to sobs. After these factors were removed I did better, the problem was still there and I had to fight it everyday. I would have problems here and there with a loud air conditioner, walking on my ceiling from the apartment above, music, dogs - any sound that was not under my control and I did not when and if it would stop or begin again. Then in 2006, I moved to a "condo" and I had begun to have the worst reactions I ever had. Now it is just an apartment. I cannot move because I do not have a job or the money. I was surrounded by noises that were repetitive and unstoppable or ignorable. I tried earplugs, noise canceling machines and headsets and nothing helped. The people behind my bedroom had nonstop howling dogs. They moved out. In their place were a couple that fought almost constantly every morning between 2:00a.m. and 4:00a.m. They screamed, shouted and banged the walls. I asked the apartment manager to help; she did not do much anything and told me to call the cops. So I did. They did nothing either. Finally they moved. At the same time I was dealing with upstairs neighbors that stomped, banged and stepped on loud creaking floorboards at all times of the day and night. We finally reached an agreement and they got somewhat better if I kept reminding them. Now they moved and someone else is moving in this week and I am that fetal position, sobbing panic stricken woman again. It renders me dysfunctional, I cannot work, I cannot run errands or do anything. My psychiatrist does not know what it is and does not seem to take it seriously. I cannot continue to "live" (if you can call it that) any longer. I do not have a moment’s peace.

I need diagnosed and treated s.t.a.t.!

Please, please help me. You would be saving a life and giving me peace.

Charissa

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  • Well, I would seek another healthcare professional because the term for what you are suffering from is known as hyperacusis and any first year resident would recognize the symptoms. The disorder is often stress-induced and there's a good deal of research underway to better understand the underlying mechanisms and treatment alternatives. Incidentally, always do your best to remain anonymous when visiting the internet. While this particular forum is quite safe, it is nevertheless accessible by the general public. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 00:16 AM
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  • Wow, thanks for the quick informative reply. Is their a particular specialist I should go to or just my regular doctor?
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 00:20 AM
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  • FYI...The response from Blaze seems like just spam. I have seen the same exact posts on different threads for different ailments. If I am wrong, I am sorry:(
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 10:16 PM
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  • FYI...The response from Blaze seems like just spam. I have seen the same exact posts on different threads for different ailments with same advertised links. If I am wrong, I am sorry:( If this is a legitimate diagnosis for sensitivity to all types of sounds not just electrical...Can you advise on what will treat and cure Electrical Sensitivity & Hypersensitivity? The note gives links give info on where towers, etc. are and support group and suggests buying a device to prove that I am 'hearing' microwave and electromagnetic radiation.
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 10:35 PM
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  • Dr. J. Cottle, Wow! Thank you for the quick informative reply. Is their a particular specialist I should go to or just my regular doctor? Do you know what tests to take? Do you know of a cure or treatment that will stops the issue? Is there a good book or internet site? I need to get this taken care of ASAP and am very excited I have a diagnosis!
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 10:41 PM
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  • I would suggest that your primary care physician should be able to evaluate the problem. If not, then a referral to an ENT would be the next step. Realize that treating the stress factors should provide relief and unfortunately, the results are somewhat mixed. Still, it would be the best course to pursue. As for blaze, I'm afraid that it's the sort of thing we simply have to endure on the forum. She is, quite sadly, suffering from pschosis and has the belief that electrical and microwave currents are invading her body and causing illness. She is also quite obsessed with believing she has Lyme disease and feels confident that people worldwide are suffering the same ill effects. The unfortunate shortfalls of recommending psychiatric care is that persons such as blaze have to want to be helped. Rest assured that your problem has absolutely nothing to do with exposure to your cell phone or electrical power lines, but I sense that you already know this to be the case by your posted response. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 11:43 PM
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  • Blaze, Please do not respond to Dr. J Cottle's response through my thread, if you have a problem, take care of it in a mature and appropriate manner. Thank you for your advice. Please leave your personal issues at the door.
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 8, 2009
    • 00:32 AM
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  • Hello Charissa...(sp?) it was on the previous page...I do not know anyone on this site...not you, the Doctors or Blaze...But I definately concur with what Blaze is saying...I have the same problems and it started as a result to extreme exposures to magnetic fields in my home due to a wiring error...coupled with extensive exposue to wireless from cell phones...Please don't laugh it off.It is serious.The suggestion to buy a meter was made because whoever Blaze is knows that you won't be able to SEE the fields he or she is talking about without out...You need an RadioFrequency Meter and an electromagnetic Field Meter....While these devices are not perfect, they will give you a crude and useful measure...They CAN miss SOME things, but will most likely detect serious issues...By a Trifield Meter and also a meter called an Electrsmog Meter...Something like this: http://www.geneq.com/catalog/en/electrosmog_tes-92.html or this:http://www.amazon.com/MW1-Electrosmog-Detector/dp/B000SDQ9JKand one of these:http://www.amazon.com/TriField-Meter-Electromagnetic-Field/dp/B00050WQ1G/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1231377954&sr=8-1I have NO financial interest in any of this and have no connections to anyone here...I just know from direct experience that Blaze is very much onto something here.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 8, 2009
    • 01:27 AM
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  • Please respond to him directly. Your issues with Dr. Cottle are personal and should not be taken out on me or played out on my thread. I appreciate your information. However, I must ask you to please not respond again. I have gotten all the medical advice I need from you. Please respect my requests and leave me alone. I am sorry but you are being very inappropriate by arguing with the Doctor. PLEASE.
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 8, 2009
    • 02:26 AM
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  • Yeah,Dr.Cottle!He finally said what I had suspected about poor ol'Blaze.And the description of her''footprints'' as spam was priceless!
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 8, 2009
    • 00:38 PM
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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperacusis I will try to get the thread back on track for you. Here is a link that will provide you more information on what Dr. Cottle suggested. You might find some good info in there that you can share with your doctor.
    Dimetriea 7 Replies
    • January 8, 2009
    • 05:09 PM
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  • I do not appreciate Blaze's behaviour and method of discussion. It is not what she is saying medically that bothers me, I am open to suggestions. It is her harrassment and fighting that I have a problem with. Her format is suspicious (spam-like) as well as she uses all those links for other people's varied ailments and no treatment listed. However, I do not understand how I could have issues with electrical "sounds" when I have lived 4 different places in different cities since it started. The sounds that bother me are sounds that everyone hears and when they are removed I am better - living in the same environment and home with the electrical 'sounds' still there. It really depends on if I feel I can escape repetitive sounds that are not under my control. Everyone hears the sounds, it just does not matter to them. If I hear them I feel trapped and I am panic striken feeling constantly tortured. Discussion is fine - harassment, bullying, fighting and rudness is not. Therefore, I do not want to hear from her. She should honor my polite requests. I thank you for your courteous suggestions. It is greatly appreciated. Charissa
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 8, 2009
    • 10:05 PM
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  • Blaze - Much better reply. Thank you. You are back on the right track.
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 9, 2009
    • 01:22 AM
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  • Hello Charissa, I seem to be having the same problem as you as well and some of it may be related to my jaw with TMJ. I also get the ringing in the ear and such bad ear pains from sound. I have went to serveral doctors and i actually gave up and after a while it just sorta went away but it came back and i cant seem to get it to go away again. Please let me know if you were able to find help or information with it i would be very grateful
    Jiffypopper 2 Replies
    • October 21, 2009
    • 03:08 AM
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  • Hello Charissa, I seem to be having the same problem as you as well and some of it may be related to my jaw with TMJ. I also get the ringing in the ear and such bad ear pains from sound. I have went to serveral doctors and i actually gave up and after a while it just sorta went away but it came back and i cant seem to get it to go away again. Please let me know if you were able to find help or information with it i would be very grateful Hello, I have been unable to cure or even lessen my affliction. Every day is a great struggle. I am unable to afford to see various aural-related specialists that may not find out what is wrong and/or treat me. I wish I had good news for you. If I find anything out I will post it. Good luck and if you find something post it to this thread. I wish you the best!
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • October 21, 2009
    • 03:39 AM
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  • Hello Charissa, Do you use msn or icq? please email me i would very much like to know more about your condition and anthing related to you and i would very much like to share what i know as well with you. Where are you from? How do you think it started? Is it still exactly like the way it was the first day or has it gottten better or worse.I really do understand how you feel and if there is just someone you would like to chat with Id be more than happy to to speak with you.
    Jiffypopper 2 Replies
    • October 21, 2009
    • 06:35 PM
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  • I developed a sensitivity to sound about 12 years ago that was not under my control. I would have panic attacks no matter how loud the sound. I had to go straight to a psychiatrist. The meds made slightly calmer, but, the only way I felt better was if my Mom removed the fish tank in my room and the birds completely from the house. The quiet bubbling from the fish tank was horrific and the birds brought me to sobs. After these factors were removed I did better, the problem was still there and I had to fight it everyday. I would have problems here and there with a loud air conditioner, walking on my ceiling from the apartment above, music, dogs - any sound that was not under my control and I did not when and if it would stop or begin again. Then in 2006, I moved to a "condo" and I had begun to have the worst reactions I ever had. Now it is just an apartment. I cannot move because I do not have a job or the money. I was surrounded by noises that were repetitive and unstoppable or ignorable. I tried earplugs, noise canceling machines and headsets and nothing helped. The people behind my bedroom had nonstop howling dogs. They moved out. In their place were a couple that fought almost constantly every morning between 2:00a.m. and 4:00a.m. They screamed, shouted and banged the walls. I asked the apartment manager to help; she did not do much anything and told me to call the cops. So I did. They did nothing either. Finally they moved. At the same time I was dealing with upstairs neighbors that stomped, banged and stepped on loud creaking floorboards at all times of the day and night. We finally reached an agreement and they got somewhat better if I kept reminding them. Now they moved and someone else is moving in this week and I am that fetal position, sobbing panic stricken woman again. It renders me dysfunctional, I cannot work, I cannot run errands or do anything. My psychiatrist does not know what it is and does not seem to take it seriously. I cannot continue to "live" (if you can call it that) any longer. I do not have a moment’s peace. I need diagnosed and treated s.t.a.t.! Please, please help me. You would be saving a life and giving me peace. Charissa you have a magnesium defiency. look it up
    julesmedlin 3 Replies
    • February 20, 2010
    • 11:34 PM
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  • You need magnesium. I have this extreme sensitivity to sound too.
    julesmedlin 3 Replies
    • February 20, 2010
    • 11:36 PM
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  • I have suffered from anxiety and undergone a lot of therapy, drugs, prayers, you name it. My friend who is a therapist just told me today to get some magnesuim (* i cannot spell) and black strap molasses. I was shocked to look up the defiency and see all of my symptoms related to this defiency. especially EXTREME sensitivity to sound.. my daughter and neice drive me wild and i am constantly telling everyone to be quiet and peaceful.. my fav. game is the quiet game. I was shocked to see the cramps as a symptom.. as I have them frequently too. but I jump a lot around sudden noise... I hope and pray you read this.. i also saw it related to tmj which i don't have but i see the other people who write to you have tmj... very curious wouldn't you agree. it says that lack of mag. can lead to death because your heart will stop. the doctors will call it heart attack propably due to stress.. but it will be lack of mag. I hope you read this and it helps you... I have prayed for my cure and I believe this is the miracle we seek.
    julesmedlin 3 Replies
    • February 20, 2010
    • 11:49 PM
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