Other Names for this Disease
- Low tolerance to sound
People with hyperacusis should receive detailed information, education, and counseling regarding their hearing and hyperacusis. Treatment may involve a program of auditory densensitization and behavioral modifications. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) is an example of an auditory desensitization program that has been used to manage hyperacusis. TRT combines patient education, counseling, and sound therapy. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has also been used to counter the anxiety and stress associated with hyperacusis. CBT is adminstered together with informational counseling, relaxation therapy, and sound therapy. A considerable time commitment is required for TRT and CBT. Although TRT and CBT do not provide a cure, they can provide relief to people who have tinnitus and/or hyperacusis. People with hyperacusis may be asked to reduce their use of earplugs and earmuffs, and are encouraged to resume their day-to-day activities and increase socialization.
Last updated: 4/30/2013
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- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Hyperacusis. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.