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    Default Hearing loud sounds..TS related? Please help

    My son who is almost 6 has been exhibiting very odd behaviour over the last week and a half. Although, he has always been a very verbal, outgoing and social boy,he has always been a little volatile, with a lack of impulse control and quick to anger since he was about 4- maybe even before. He started having what I now realize as ticks probably about 5 months ago- 1st licking fingers, then blowing on fingers, then spitting, then eye blinking. Last weekend he started staring blankly while moving his arms slightly to the side and tapping them to his side. He has been doing numerous tic like behaviours in the last week, but most alarmingly over the last day or so, he has complained about the loud noise in his ear sometimes, and how his voice sounds really loud and he wants it to stop. It then seems to go away after about a minute or so. Needless to say I am terrified about this latest development. We have an appointment with our pediatrician tomorrow, but I am wondering if anybody has experienced or heard of this symptom before. Thanks for any info.

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    Default Hearing loud sounds..TS related? Please help

    Cindy:

    Maybe it is a sensory concern. Noise is always an issue with my son, but a bit of water in the ear can cause the ringing sound. My son has described it as sounding like sandpaper not ringing.

    He has sensory issues including clothing, touching sometimes.
    My son also has high preasure in one ear. This does not mean he can not hear but it showed up around 5 - 6yrs of age. There is a test for this to determine if it is a concern. It makes you feel like you were held under water per my son and bounces sounds loud when he talks.

    Hopefully you will find some results to your post before the appointment.
    Keep us posted please.
    PJK

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    Thank you for your prompt reply. I can only hope it is something like pressure in the ear that is causing that symptom. Who did the test for your son to determine the high pressure in his ear? Was it a pediatrician who suggested it? Was your son diagnosed with TS around the same time the ear problem occured? Thank you for your prompt reply!

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    Cindy

    My son was diagnosed late with TS after many symptoms and tics had come and go.

    My family Doctor referred us to a pediactric specialist that only focuses on children's hearing. They had all the equipment there to test carefully and it was the first test of many to determine why my son behaved the way he did.
    He has multiple disorders, ADHD, ODD, Anxiety & TS.

    That location then referred me to a location much closer to home for follow tests. Once they determined there was an issue, they put him on Amoxicilian (bubble gum liquid) for one week before retesting to determine if fluid in the ear was causing the presure.
    I did not object, and the test proved there was an issue with that one ear.

    I hope you got some answers to your questions today and please keep us posted.
    PJK

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    As PJK has alluded to, people with Tourette report episodes of sensory overload, where loud or repititive sounds can be disturbing.

    However if your son is reporting hearing a specific sound that troubles him, it may not be Tourette related and should be followed up.

    It is not a symptom of Tourette I am familiar with and will be looking forward to the opinion of your pediatrician.

    Are you satisfied that your son's pediatrician has had training and has a professional interest in Tourette? Not all physicians have had adequate training in this disorder in order to manage Tourette adequately.

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    A suggested therapeutic course to follow might be:

    1) request an ENT work up, (Ear Nose and Throat specialist)

    2) depending on the findings, request a neurological work up, preferably with a neurologist with an interest in Tourette. There are physical conditions that can cause auditory hallucinations that need to be ruled out.

    3) depending on the findings above, if the auditory hallucinations persist, have your son seen by a child psychiatrist to determine if some form of psychosis might be causing the auditory hallucinations. Again aim for a psychiatrist with an understanding of Tourette.

    Please keep us posted on developments. Good luck.

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    Thank you for all your replies.
    a neurologist will be calling us on Monday to set up an appt hopefully in the next 2 weeks - according to our pediatrician who we met with on Friday. I don't know if I can even wait that long. Please tell me what other condition you are thinking of that could cause the auditory "hallucinations".
    I like to be armed with any informaton I can be. Thanks.

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    Cindy:

    I found a website that may calm your conerns that outline auditory hallucinations.

    http://www.hearinglosshelp.com/hallucinations.htm

    What you have described can be considered more of a medical condition since he is experiencing the noise from the inside.

    Most children with sensory issues experience them from the surroundings or outside.

    Hopefully after reading the information on the website you will see that the referral was a good place to start in determining the concerns you are experiencing.

    Your concerns about TS can also be evaluated by the Doctor. You will need to be patient over the process. Often diagnosis takes time.

    As with any medical concern, taking notes and recording behaviors or what you describe as tics is very important to review with the Doctor and will show consistency in the behavior.

    Hopefully this information can assist you. Although it does not directly answer your concerns, it will help you rule out some of your fears.

    Please keep us posted on your findings and know that you always have support here on the TSFC forum.
    PJK

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