I’ve posted here before but I must try again as the situation has become unbearable. Before I explain I should mention I am not currently using a hearing aid.
For the past year I have developed a strange hearing disorder. I hear high frequency speech distorted and/or extremely emphasized. I am referring to the sibilance part in speech. This is very source-dependant as there are big differences between different men and women as well as acoustic environments and microphones used. This affects me in real life very much but the biggest problem is “digital life”. TV, music, phone audio, they’re all unbarable. It’s like I can’t find relief. Whenever an S comes up it’s like a wild hissing snake. I can’t follow text properly as every S throws me off. Within a short while I get a headache and then as speech continues each S increases my headache. I have tinnitus so listening to music/TV is all I can use for masking and distraction. I have tried different speakers, in different rooms. Tried high quality headphones. This isn’t an equipment problem.
I have seen 3 ENTs and audiologist. already took a hearing test months ago that came up fine,as expected. It’s not that I can’t hear these frequencies but rather I hear them distorted… Exaggerated… Tests will always show i have good hearing.
Is there some device that can help? Some device that uses extreme EQ to soften certain frequencies? I do not need amplification, that would make matters worse. I think my main problem is that my ears are super-emphasizing treble.
Would love some answers. Thank you.