Hearing Sensitivty?

Is anyone else experiencing sensitity to hearing? It started off with me unable to tolerate mostly high pitched sounds such as the rustling of plastic bags or someone opening a bag of chips etc. It was an on and off thing which I would just use ear plugs as needed. Now i noticed that general sounds just seem to bother me more frequently. I am now using ear plugs 24/7 even while I sleep and shower because now even the sound of me turning my head on the pillow or pulling up my blanket or the running water on my head seem to bother me. Anyone else with this problem? Will my hearing get back to normal or at least subside so sounds are more tolerable?


I too suffer as you do, it is called Hyperacusis. There is a website that talks about it: http://www.hyperacusis.org/ . I hope this helps, I know my Primary Care Doctor had never heard of this so you may have to inform your doctor.

I have simply enclosed myself in a small world to avoid 'noise', sad but the best I can do.


Hi Dennis,

Back in 2005 I had a craniotomy to remove my AVM. Among the side-effects that came as a result of the surgery were a permanent loss of my right field of view in both eyes and sensitivity to sounds. At one point in time, I used to play guitar in a band and loud music was never an issue. Following surgery, however, anything louder than the average speaking voince would drive me crazy and give me a headache. Fortunately, after a year or two, the sound did not bother me nearly as much. I am still more sensitvie to sound than I once was, but it is much easier to deal with loud noises now than it was a few years ago.

I too am very sensitive to sounds, though not nearly as bad as you describe. Like Jake said, it’s not nearly as bad as it was immediately after my surgery. I’m nearly 3 years out now. I hope it gets better for you.

Hi Dennis…I also was very sensitive to sounds, I’m 3 1/2 years out and it’s much better than it was when I first had my craniotomy. At first I could not stand sounds…but it did get much better as time when on…Hang in there!