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Other Names for this Disease
  • Low tolerance to sound
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What are the signs and symptoms of hyperacusis?

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).[1] Overuse of earplugs and earmuffs can lead to further hypersensitivity to sound, causing a vicious cycle.[2] Between 25% to 40% of people with hyperacusis also have tinnitus.[2]
Last updated: 4/30/2013

  1. 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.
  2. Bauer CA. Tinnitus and Hyperacusis. In: Cummings:. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby, Inc; 2005;