The sound is still present. Something audible is happening all the time around us. We are constantly listening whether we like it or not. The ear cannot close naturally; It has no eyelid, no muscle, no reflection that can consciously create a barrier between our acoustic perception and the outside world. We hear sounds early in life and throughout our lives.
Around us there is an acoustic cosmos that often goes unnoticed and constantly recreates itself, expressing and communicating all evolutionary processes in a buzzing and resonant manner. The whole universe is full of sounds, waves, and vibrations. Astronomers can measure cosmic background noise in all directions.
How trauma affects hearing
You don’t suddenly feel sick for no apparent reason. The cause is always an event: we have experienced something that has hurt us physically or psychologically. What I hear can hurt a bit. Words can hurt us like the sound of an explosion. If the injury resulting from this type of exposure does not heal completely, the functionality of the associated organ does not fully return to balance.
If we experience an event as traumatic, it affects the physical functioning of the ear: I cannot use all the capacities of my system. Likewise, the shock and pain of an acoustic traumatic event reduce my ability to process auditory information. In the past, the conventional medical model understood that the causes of hearing loss were the result of inflammatory processes and diseases, genetic predisposition, or injury.
If our body is injured, it can heal again as long as the affected organ is still present, nourished by the body’s food channels, which are connected to the nervous system. This applies not only to our body as a whole but also, in a special way, to our sense of hearing. Our hearing system has enormous capacities and is able to compensate for large losses, which means that we have two ears that can function independently of each other.
If we experience a traumatic event, our whole body-mind-spirit reacts to it. A traumatic event is always an overload on our system which leads to a weakening. However, what constitutes overload is different for each person.
For example, a heated argument accompanied by terrible insults can be deeply distressing for one person, but may not be meaningful for another. We may respond to verbal abuse with fear or anger, or shrug our shoulders and just walk away. Depending on how we feel, the stress of the trauma is also felt differently in the body.
However, if fear is the response to trauma, an almost universal reaction is to freeze, to feel paralyzed. The strength of this reaction and how long it lasts depends on how deeply this fear has entered our psyche and “is in our bones.”
By understanding how we respond to trauma, we can make the treatment and resolution of your physical symptoms more effectively.
The 3 types of hearing trauma
The cause of hearing loss involves one of 3 types of trauma:
* Accident, injury, or illness resulting in permanent impairment
* Physical hearing overload after an occasional event (a loud explosion) or a prolonged acoustic event (high noise level in the workplace).
* A listening experience with traumatic emotional content (occasional or repeated verbal abuse)
- Accident, injury, illness
Even though our hearing has been damaged, it usually heals while the physical base still exists, just as a cut on our finger eventually heals. Even if our hearing does not function perfectly as it used to be, we still have the potential to restore it.
We consider limited hearing loss; for example, in children after a middle ear infection. The body can heal from sickness, but at the soul level, the impact of sickness has not yet been overcome.
So even though there has been a physical recovery, as a result of the impact on the system, the full functioning of the auditory processing has not yet been restored. This is because the brain can only perform the restoration after dealing with the traumatic content on an emotional, spiritual or spiritual level.
- Physical noise overload
In the event of noise overload following an accidental stressful event or constant stress (for example, high levels of noise in the workplace), the results are essentially the same as for an accident or injury.
In the event of prolonged exposure to acoustic overload, exposure to sound pressure must completely cease for the body to switch to a regulating and regenerating mode. It does not matter if the acoustic load is formally classified as harmful (for example, in accordance with occupational safety requirements).
The only deciding factor here is the subjective feeling of the listener. When the system classifies a noisy environment or a certain type of noise (for example, high frequency whistling from some ventilation and air conditioning systems) as load or overload, it poses a threat to that person from a biological footprint. Point of view, regardless of the actual decibel level.
Your body’s response to a vocal stressor always depends on the individual’s experience. It is only when we discover and deal with the painful context that we can begin to deal with the stress of that trauma.
Hence an individual’s personal response to vocal stress is crucial. It is usually not enough to reduce stressful noise exposure with hearing protectors, because noise is still considered a burden of itself, even when the sound is objectively low due to preventative measures. Therefore, first of all, the external noise load must be completely eliminated. This is often difficult in practice when dealing with a noisy job or a life situation where you are constantly exposed to noise (such as living near a road or airport).
People often think that if the noise is below the allowable stress levels, they think they should just accept the stressful situation. This is because they don’t understand the subjective factor in hearing trauma.
Of course, you can also work in parallel with some forms of therapy as you rebuild your hearing. But if you are still experiencing excessive noise, the treatment is usually not particularly effective because your perceptual system will continue to treat vocal stress as a burden and remain in protective mode.
On the other hand, a person who works without hearing protection and regularly uses a tool such as an angle grinder or circular saw may find that his brain reduces a load of self-perception of noise so that the noise is no longer heard. loud or annoying.
When I was a child I lived on a street with a tram. Often, when the curve turns, it creaks. At first, I woke up. But after a few weeks, I hardly ever recorded the creaking of the passing tram. I’m used to the sound. My system realized it was familiar and non-threatening, so it turned the high frequencies down so it didn’t bother me anymore. This is also the way you might work if you regularly use a power tool.
However, if you stop using the angle grinder regularly, it should teach your brain to hear these frequencies again, because your system has learned to block these frequencies. This type of retraining often feels strange at first because the whole system is so focused on not hearing those frequencies, and it doesn’t. This is what allowed you to deal with the situation in the past. Also, if these frequencies are particularly loud and bulky, the system may have altered this frequency range both physically and organically.
- A listening experience with a traumatic emotional content
Traumatic events do not necessarily involve physical strength. Our spirit and our awareness are involved in every event. How our soul perceives an event is extremely important and determines our awareness.
Together with the brain, the soul and consciousness process sensory impressions that are absorbed by the body. If your inner perceptions are not consistent with your outer reality, you may not be able to accurately identify certain frequencies or perhaps even hear them. This type of hearing trauma, often indistinguishable from trauma due to physical disabilities or accidents, can be caused by emotionally traumatic acoustic events.