I'm posting this on behalf of someone else who is highly likely autistic. They have had severe high pitched tinnitus for a few weeks which started 3 days after wax being removed by practice nurse (ear 'syringing') GP has arranged referral to ENT doctor but wait is nearly 5 months. I read that tinnitus is often linked to some hearing loss in certain frequencies (the brain tries to "fill in" the missing sounds) and if so, hearing aids can help. Free hearing tests are available at Specsavers, but hearing aids from them cost £495-£2500 plus, whereas they would be provided free from the NHS, but after a potential 5 month wait suffering from a debilitating constant sensory assault with the usual associated anxiety this causes for those of us on the AS spectrum (although it can of course also be a strain for people who are not autistic) Two types of anti-anxiety medications have been prescribed so far, but neither seem to help.
I just wanted to ask if anyone has suffered with tinnitus, and if so whether hearing aids helped?
For me it was a finite episode. I am sure I had hearing loss because I couldn't hear my baby cry, or rather I was hearing very strange sound, can't even describe. After steroids the hearing returned and the tinnitus was gone. I don't have it anymore. But now I am more sensitive to many sounds, especially the background vibrations. I definitely get more overloaded by sounds when stressed, then everything agasses me. I don't know whether it is a change or that I pay more attention.