Dear Dr Nagler
I wrote to you seven weeks ago after playing my piano caused my tinnitus to spike. I'm sure you'll probably remember the post. [Yamaha state my piano can peak at 85 decibels or just above if being played at full pelt]
Over the past seven weeks things have largely remained the same although I am pleased to say I've had a couple of days each week,in the past couple of weeks, mainly at home, when my Tinnitus is fairly low level, not completely silent but certainly not piercing.
I've taken your advice and not completely avoided sound but I have noticed some sounds bother me personally, like plates and glasses clanking or car doors slamming when I'm in the car.
What I have also noticed in a day, normally a working day, is that some environmental noises will cause immediate spikes, like being in the office and people are chatting around me or certain sounds and I can pinpoint the moment it spikes. It'll go from 'eeeeee' suddenly to 'eeeeEEEEEEE' and then seem to stay at that level or go back to what it was.
What's going on here? Is this 'reactive tinnitus' or the beginnings of hyperacusis?
I just want my T to settle back back down to the steady less piercing tone it was and get the old me back because I have to admit I'm very low and tearful...especially when I walk up early and it dark and things seem a lot worse than what they perhaps are.
What can you advise? is there anything I should or shouldnt be doing?