How Musicians Earplugs Gave Me My Life Back

Great tip about earplugs!

Halcyon Thames

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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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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