Been trying to think of off the wall triggers for my chronic daily migraine. I’ve always heard sounds like power lines buzzing and closed circuit tv whines that others can’t hear. This was true long before 12 years ago when migraines started.
Anyone else find that they hear more, different, or better than those around them?
Yes, I know that going to be kind of overlapping, but I heard and was uncomfortable with high frequency sounds as a child before migraines or tinnitus developed. Wondering if there are those who have likewise always heard these sounds…and maybe enough exposure along with other things eventually started the migraines.
I have wondered the same thing and asked my neurologist about it. He did not know of any connection nor have I found one in my online research. I hear constant high pitched wine. When I use earplugs, the volume of the wine increases. Maybe because there is no background noise competing.
Yeah, so my husband is an epidemiologist…I’m wondering about this and thinking about using NHANES data for migraine history and the hearing tests. Just wanted to see if anyone else was wondering about this since you’re exactly right that there aren’t really any papers out there. But I don’t know the biology well enough to know whether it’s all related to tinnitus and meniere’s, or something on its own.
My hearing has always been fairly sensitive. My husband can have to the TV on downstairs while I am upstairs in bed. If he has it on any loader that about -30 dB, I have a hard time sleeping. And at that level he has a hard time hearing the TV :). Hence my reliance on ear plugs.
I have always heard high pitched frequencies that other people didn’t seem to notice. I remember and still do hear peoples hearing aids squealing. I have also sat through many hours of school in agony because i could hear the thermostats squealing. There are commercial thermostats that just squeal in commercial buildings. I have been checked for tinnitus and I don’t have it. 40 years ago I lost my hearing, i went through surgery to correct the problem. It repaired 1 ear to about 90% but it didn’t help the left ear at all. I hear the high pitches in the left ear is so annoying since it is all i hear in that ear. I can kill the sounds with earplugs if i manage to get them in right. If you still hear them with earplugs it must be a noise inside your body, maybe.
Your experience sounds like what I’m realizing about my own hearing. Old tube-type tvs, thermostats, neon lights, power lines–they all squeal and sometimes it’s nearly unbearable. I think I’ve also got tinnitus, though. Some of the sounds I can hear with earplugs–coming from the inside–but some are obviously external and yet noone else hears them. In our old house, the power line was right outside our window and some nights it was so loud I couldn’t sleep, but my husband couldn’t hear it at all. Glad we moved!
I haven’t had my hearing checked since I was a little kid, so I have no idea how I rate. My sister is nearly deaf so I grew up in a very loud-voiced household and sometimes it was nearly intolerable. But I notice that I turn the radio up louder than I did a decade ago.