14-Year-Old Girl Blasted with Air Horn Speaks Out: ‘I Feel Like I’m Being Stabbed in a Ear’

Sitting during a kitchen list during a friend’s house, Cindy Redmond done a mistake of chatting on her cellphone.

Her friend’s stepfather educated her to hang up. She did so during his second request. Still annoyed, he bloody her with an atmosphere horn.

That drifting movement perpetually altered Cindy’s life.

An atmosphere horn during tighten operation hits 130 decibels or some-more — biting adequate to means listened destruction.

Cindy, who lives in Wilmington, Delaware, felt “off” in English category a subsequent day. Her teacher’s voice seemed painfully loud. Cindy went home sick. That was a year ago.

Her ear pain grew so heated that she was never means to lapse to school.

Cindy, now 14, suffers from hyperacusis, a singular conference commotion infrequently called noise-induced pain. Deep within her ear canals, she feels a unchanging blazing pain and pressure.

A sound as typical as clinking ice cubes “feels like someone is stabbing me in my ears,” she tells PEOPLE.

Cindy is now lifting supports for a nonprofit Hyperacusis Research, that supports systematic investigate into noise-induced pain. (The Redmonds have motionless not to pursue any authorised movement opposite her friend’s family, given a stepfather has a family of 6 to support.)

Cindy’s page, during Cure4Cindy.org, records that an acoustic damage can outcome from one biting detonate of sound or from accumulative bearing over time, that includes biting song and concerts.

“People are unknowingly of a huge mortal energy of sound,” says Bryan Pollard, boss of Hyperacusis Research.

Cindy should have started 9th class during Brandywine High School final fall. “The propagandize couldn’t make accommodations to soundproof her educational world,” her mother, Laurie Redmond, tells PEOPLE.

Instead, when Cindy’s pain is manageable, she goes once a week to a special propagandize with no biting bells, no slamming lockers and only a few other kids.

Otherwise, she stays mostly in a still residence she shares with her mom and some pets. Even examination radio — with a indeterminate volume — is tough on her ears.

“Overexposure to sound does not always lead to required conference loss,” says M. Charles Liberman, an otology highbrow during Harvard Medical School, who heads a conference lab during a Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Instead, some people humour a opposite: Noise becomes not too soft, though painfully loud, according to Cure4Cindy.org.

Descriptions of a ear pain are remarkably unchanging — a blazing feeling like fiery steel along with a knifelike stab.

“It’s a prodigy that many of us have rarely, if ever, experienced,” Liberman said. According to a latest research, one law-breaker might be pain-sensing haughtiness fibers low within a middle ear.

When a sound stops, a pain continues, slow or even worsening. Confusingly, many audiology tests seem normal.

One new day, when Cindy attempted a revisit with friends, one lady squealed.

“Cindy started pathetic from a pain,” Laurie says. “Her friends insisted she was faking her injury, or her face would have incited some-more red.”

With no blood and no bandage, there is no magnetism either, says her mother. “I hear these stories over and over. She cries herself to sleep. My heart breaks for her.”

Cindy done a rounds of doctors, who were unhelpful. Pain remedy had small effect. She attempted a sound therapy that employs amiable broadband sound though it done her worse and sparked tinnitus, or toll in a ears.

With no choice, Cindy copes by regulating earplugs and protecting earmuffs, a kind ragged by airfield container handlers.

But ear insurance creates it tough to promulgate and isn’t always adequate to aegis a pain. Even a supermarket outing is filled with screeching checkout beeps and loudspeaker announcements that pierce right through.

Though her home is generally quiet, a hazard of sound remains. Cindy’s dear dog, Sadie, infrequently barks when excited. One misstep in a kitchen, and pots clank like cymbals.

“Having hyperacusis is like walking into a bear’s cave,” Cindy says. “You don’t know what sound is entrance your approach next. It’s a vital nightmare.”

Cindy’s mother, laid off from a pursuit in a debt field, is now operative retail, with a stretchable report that lets her spend some-more time with Cindy.

“I used to worry that Cindy had a right friends and was holding a right classes to get into college,” Laurie says. “Now we worry that she has no friends. we don’t know how she’s going to finish high school. we have no thought what her destiny holds.”

Until Cindy’s injury, a Redmonds had never listened of hyperacusis.

“Hyperacusis needs attention,” says Laurie. “We need a heal so Cindy can live a normal teenager’s life.”