Great tip about earplugs!
One of the most emotionally debilitating symptoms of my concussion was hyperacusis; or over-sensitivity to noise. What used to sound like a normal conversation now sounded like freight train screaming by on the rails. At first I resorted to foam earplugs to get some relief only to find everything muffled and distorted. They were also very uncomfortable; especially for someone with smaller ears such as myself.
When a social event presented itself, I would decline. I also could no longer tolerate the sound of a crowd at the shopping mall or grocery store.
When company was visiting, I would wear my big on-ear noise-cancelling headphones to filter as much as I could, but it was not enough. Did I mention that my life revolved around music? I could not tolerate music either as it not only challenged my tolerance for sound, it also made my head hurt. This went on for 8 long months.
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