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Other Names for this Disease
- Low tolerance to sound
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The signs and symptoms of hyperacusis generally include pain reported in association with sounds, annoyance and/or distress, and fear of being harmed by sounds, which causes avoidance and use of ear protection (e.g. earmuffs or earplugs). Overuse of earplugs and earmuffs can lead to further hypersensitivity to sound, causing a vicious cycle. Between 25% to 40% of people with hyperacusis also have tinnitus.
Last updated: 4/30/2013
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