I am not sure when my Hyperacusis started, but I do remember as far back as high school and having problems with thunder, vacuuming, and typing class. We had manual typewriters back then and the sounds of all the typewriters and bells were nerve wracking.
I had to cut out a lot of activities like movies, concerts, and almost any activity that involved a lot of people. When I realized I was snapping at people who made undesirable noises, I started to isolate myself, which led to loneliness and depression.
I went to a few doctors, most of whom were at a loss as to what to do for me. The better doctors actually listened and gave my earplugs, others said there was no hope, and one said I should be grateful I could hear because most people had the opposite problem.
Then I saw the ad for the Silverstein Institute and my hope changed. I realize more and more how things are now better for me and those around me. I never dreamed that there would be treatment for this problem.
I am so grateful I found Dr. Silverstein and the staff at Silverstein Institute.