Temporary hypersensitivity vs. hyperacusis
How long is normal to have sensitivity to sounds after an acoustic trauma? At what point is it considered hyperacusis? I was exposed to very loud noise during a head MRI in which I don’t think the protective earmuffs properly covered one ear. I had been trying to focus on not having a claustrophobic panic attack in the machine, so I was less focused on the noise and didn’t stop the exam. Only when I came out, did I notice my right ear was muffled and full. For over two weeks now, I’ve been very sensitive to noises and moderate ones can make me feel like my ear is getting muffled again. Yet my audiology test a week after the event showed only a 5-10 decibel loss at the 6 and 8 kHz level with the rest in normal ranges. My reflexes were lower in my affected ear, but still in normal ranges, apparently. Sadly, my right ear was “my good ear” so there was likely more damage than the rest indicates. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all!