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I've been having some problems with my hearing lately, and don't really know who to turn to about this. A bit of background, Im a twenty year old male student who has a history of anxiety, and everyone I talk to about this, including the GP says its down to that. The hearing problems I've had have been getting so bad that theyre all I can think and I've been really depressed as a consequence. Music is my passion ever since I was young and the thought of going deaf makes me incredibly low. I spend a lot of my time involved in music: I'm in a band, DJing and produce a lot of my own music
The problems started at around Christmas time when I was producing a new song, which involved spending many hours in front of speakers tweaking and changing things repeatitively over days. I've been doing this for around a year now and never had any problems before. The volume itself was never uncomfortably loud, and I could easily talk to someone sat next to me but I'm starting to expect that the extended exposure has caused some problems.
It started with tinnitus, which I had had before. From my own experience the best way to deal with it from before was to try and ignore it, so that is what I did. However the tinnitus got worse whenever I would listen to music (never through headphones) and I would get a sensation of fullness in my ears and muffled hearing accompanied with an extreme sensitivity to noise. After this had lasted for about a week and a half I decided to go the GP about it who told me it was probably viral and would go away on its own
Whilst admittedly it did get a bit better over the course of about 3 months, mainly from taking it incredibly easy in terms of noise exposure (earplugs whenever i felt they were necessary) whenever I would start to make music again the fullness, tinnitus and pain would come back. I've also noticed that whenver background noise is high I find it hard to hear detail in things (for example in the supermarket, or on a busy street Ill find the sound of cars quieter than usual or not hear my footsteps etc almost if what Im hearing is being blended) Right now it is at an all time high and I really don't know what to do about it. The tinnitus is louder and I find it very hard to tolerate noise, my ears are really full and whenever I blow into them i get a loud squeak.
I had a hearing test last week at an opticians (odd i know) but was told my hearing was fine and not to worry about it, but I've been reading a lot about hidden hearing loss that is extremely common in people my situation and think I may try and see an audiologisst about it. As someone who has suffered from depression in the past music was always my escape and something that managed to keep my mind occupied, the thought of having to give it up makes me incredibly low, but equally what im experiencing right now is making me very depressed.
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