If you’re like me the smallest noise can bother you & throw you into an angry panicked state.
Someone tapping a pen on the desk, chewing gum with their mouth open, playing music on their phones out loud, dragging their feet, snoring, neighbours playing music all hours of the day, hammering, a lawn mower & insects or animals making noise.
I’m sure the list could go on & on but I won’t write them all down plus I’m sure you have your own that get to you.
Now I always thought I was just overreacting & being overly sensitive but turns out that it’s a symptom on CPTSD.
It’s all part of the illness so it makes perfect seance now. Of course it would affect us, it’s part of one of the 5 seances that have been so badly damaged due to our trauma.
In my research today trying to understand my illness better I came across this. There is actually a medical term for it & lots of people are effected by it.
What Is Hyperacusis?
Hyperacusis is a condition that arises from a problem in the way the brain’s central auditory processing center perceives noise. It can often lead to pain and discomfort.
Individuals with hyperacusis have difficulty tolerating sounds which do not seem loud to others, such as the noise from running faucet water, riding in a car, walking on leaves, dishwasher, fan on the refrigerator, shuffling papers. Although all sounds may be perceived as too loud, high frequency sounds may be particularly troublesome.
As one might suspect, the quality of life for individuals with hyperacusis can be greatly compromised. For those with a severe intolerance to sound, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to function in an every day environment with all its ambient noise. Hyperacusis can contribute to social isolation, phonophobia (fear of normal sounds), and depression.
Prevalence And Causes Of Hyperacusis
Many people experience sensitivity to sound, but true hyperacusis is rare, affecting approximately one in 50,000 individuals. The disorder can affect people of all ages in one or both ears. Individuals are usually not born with hyperacusis, but may develop a narrow tolerance to soundOther common causes include:
• Head injury
• Ear damage from toxins or medication
• Lyme disease
• Air bag deployment
• Viral infections involving the inner ear or facial nerve (Bell’s palsy)
• Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
There are a variety of neurologic conditions that may be associated with hyperacusis, including:
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Tay-Sach’s disease
• Some forms of epilepsy
• Valium dependence
Now the difficult part is trying to deal with it in your day to day life. For me the best money I ever spent was on a set of noise cancelling headphones & earplugs. Block the sounds out when you’re able to cause we all know it triggers feelings we don’t want to feel.
After reading the article it’s made me realise just how stressful CPTSD can be & I have it. I want others to see just how difficult the smallest things in life are for us.
It’s really scary to know that simple everyday sounds can affect us & throw us into a state of panic.
If you have PTSD then please be kind to yourself, don’t get too upset with yourself, unfortunately it’s all part of our illness.
And if you know someone that suffers from PTSD please be patient & understanding with them. If they could switch it off we definitely would.
Don’t forget to get yourself some noise cancelling headphones & earplugs!