Hello everyone nice to be here.
For 16 years I’ve had tinnitus. Never a problem except for mild uncomfort in sleep and continued enjoying sound spending entire salaries on listening equipment throughout the years.
10 months ago i moved apartments and settled for TV internal speakers and truly they were fine. Then i got a sound bar and was really enjoying that. One day, i noticed the sound bar sounded different. Eventually i realized it was the sibilance consonants, worse is “S”, but also “TZ” and “SH” and so on. Worse with woman vocals due to high frequency but also men. Other high frequency sounds don’t seem too harsh like the sibilance. I can hear the “S” louder and more distorted. Lowering volume helps but not much.
Till now it has been driving me insane, very distracting especially when following dialogue on a movie or show. I tried different speakers, cheap or hi-fi, car speakers, nothing eliminates the loud distortion.
I am having a hearing test in the near future but i fear it might find nothing and my ENT wasnt keen on discussing different theories of why this is happening. Has anyone encountered this issue before or knows what it is? Usually people dont understand speech. I am the opposite, understanding all too well with the harsh sibilant treble. Am i doomed to suffer vocals for ever?