Question by Andrew: Can my hyperacusis make my tinnitus worse?
im going to school soon, and im scared that all the loud noises which make my ear vibrate(hyperacusis) could worsen my tinnitus. is this true or not, because i dont want to be worsening my tinnitus.
Answer by Tucker H
I also have hyperacusis and tinnitus. And when I first developed them I had that very same question. And the answer that my ENT and an audiologist gave me is no. Tinnitus is usually caused by damaged hearing cells, and the only way to make the tinnitus worse is by damaging more of those hearing cells. Just because your hearing is more sensitive doesn’t necessarily mean that your hearing cells are more prone to damage.
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