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    Old 06-13-2020, 01:18 PM   #1
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    Sound sensitivity connected to acid reflux?

    It's 3 years that I'm very sensitive to sound. I started noticing that when people was talking in the office and I wanted to cry or leave the room. Then I noticed that most of the everyday sounds were unbearable. I went to one ENT that diagnosed me with hyperacusis, but he didn't find anything wrong in the tests (my hearing was fine and my MRI was fine), apart finding a little of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, which he believed was unrelated.

    Initially I believed that was correct. However, I noticed as a singer that I could still go to the rehearsal studio and sing, without any problems. So, I did a specific test for hyperacusis with an audiologist, which told me I don't have hyperacusis as I could stand loud sounds.

    After a few weeks, I discovered something new. The problem seemed to be worse when I was also having acid reflux. For example, after eating chocolate. So, I went back to the same ENT, but he told me the problem has nothing to do with acid reflux. I insisted, as I noticed that pattern, but he didn't wanted to listen to me.

    Then, I went to a gastroenterologist. He did a gastroscopy and he found I have a hiatal hernia which could explain my acid reflux. I told him that my acid reflux problem started 3 years ago, at the same time I got this sound sensitivity problem. Finally, he confirmed that sometimes acid reflux can cause issues with the ears. I was satisfied for having found somebody that could understand my problem.

    So I decided to try with a different ENT to see if he could confirm that. But again, he didn't believe there was any relations. He clearly said hyperacusis, eustachian tube dysfunction and acid reflux are 3 different problems. Then I asked how it is possible the 3 problems started at the same time and seem to follow the same pattern? He couldn't answer. Then, I visited other ENTs and other gastroenterologists and it was sad to find very different views: 100% of the ENTs didn't believe there was a relation, whereas 80% of the gastroenterologist believed there was one. One gastro-surgeon also told me about patients who were complaining about sound sensitivity, that got better after a surgery to fix acid reflux.

    Now, I'm very confused. I wonder who should I listen to. How is it possible that science is not the same for everybody? could anyone refer me to some documentation that clear out some of my doubts? Could someone suggest me what to do next?


    1) Also, note I tried all sorts of PPIs but they don't work for my reflux. However, my sensitivity to sound seem to improve slightly with them. I think that's because the reflux is less acid, but the number of episodes doesn't change and maybe it's even worse.

    2) Another things I noticed is the pain I often have to the ears. The ENT told me it was because of me using earplugs. However, I don't use earplugs anymore as I use soundproof headsets now if I go out. In addition to this, I have to say the pain only happens after eating, together with reflux. So, I think ENTs told me something completely wrong again. As a demonstration of the link with reflux, I also noticed the pain happens more as I lie down after eating. And interestingly, if I lie down on the right side I only get pain in my right ear, whereas if I lie down on the left side I only get pain in my left ear.

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    Old 09-23-2020, 06:40 AM   #2
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    Re: Sound sensitivity connected to acid reflux?

    Allopathic doctors invaribly mean well, but they are generally clueless. Especially the ones who specialise in one body part or area. They are not capable of looking at the body as a whole, a complex, balanced system with multiple inter-dependant systems. Looks for a naturopth or holistic doctor in your area.

    I trust Dr Mercola completely, have a read on what he says about acide reflux and verify this with other natural health practitioners, this seems to be the emerging truth about acid reflux:

    Could be something you are eating causing your body problems perhaps? Try an illimination diet maybe?

    Good luck to you and get well soon!

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