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Other Names for this Disease
  • Low tolerance to sound
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Hyperacusis refers to a condition in which an individual experiences painful sensitivity to sounds that would not bother most people.[1] This condition may occur in association with a number of conditions, including neurological deficits (e.g. migraines), psychiatric conditions (e.g. depression), head trauma, and several ear, nose, throat conditions such as tinnitus, noise-induced hearing loss, and middle ear malfunctions.[2]
Last updated: 4/30/2013


  1. Bauer CA. Tinnitus and Hyperacusis. In: Cummings:. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby, Inc; 2005;
  2. Andersson G, Juris L, Kaldo V, Baguley DM, Larsen HC, Ekselius L. Hyperacusis – an unexplored field. Cognitive behavior therapy can relieve problems in auditory intolerance, a condition with many questions. Lakartidningen. 2005 Oct 31-Nov 6; 102(44):320-2; Accessed 4/30/2013.
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