Hyperacusis Specialists Northern Utah Locals Trust
Do sounds like children screaming, machinery or electrical devices, and sharp, high-pitched noises like car alarms or bus brakes cause you to cringe and look for an escape? Although none of us enjoy these sounds, those experiencing hyperacusis experience them at an increased level of intensity that causes an enormous amount of discomfort.
In general, hyperacusis affects between 1% and 20% of the population with a higher rate of prevalence in women than men. Although it is more common among individuals with specific conditions (WS, tinnitus, and autism), hyperacusis also exists in the normal hearing population, increasing with age.
If sounds that did not bother you in the past cause you a great deal of discomfort and make you want to isolate yourself from them, you may benefit from hyperacusis counseling and therapy.
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Hyperacusis and Its Causes
In individuals with hyperacusis, the brain confuses or exaggerates certain vibrations, so even though they experience the same signals as others, the brain reacts differently to them, intensifying them to a point of causing pain.
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body. Hypersensitivity to loud sound, or hyperacusis, is a paradoxical consequence of damage to nerve cells in the inner ear that leads to hearing loss in many people.
There are two types of hyperacusis. Cochlear hyperacusis, the most common form, causes a mild to severe pain as a result of intolerance to everyday noises, while vestibular hyperacusis causes vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and a general sense of imbalance.
Hyperacusis usually stems from having certain diseases or health issues, such as:
Hyperacusis Signs and Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of hyperacusis that may affect your everyday life include:
Some of the sounds that tend to be intensified and produce irritation in those with hyperacusis include:
The intensity or irritation caused by these sounds varies from one person to another, causing mild psychological symptoms to more severe symptoms, such as a loss of balance or seizures.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Does hyperacusis cause hearing loss?
Does hyperacusis cause tinnitus?
Can hyperacusis cause dizziness, vertigo, or balance disorders?
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Hyperacusis Counseling and Treatment
Since hyperacusis symptoms worsen as a result of sound exposure, many make the logical decision to isolate themselves from sound. However, individuals who undergo treatments that encourage the gradual reintroduction of sound see improvement in sound tolerance while those who do not seek counseling or treatment see no improvement.
Treatment for hyperacusis includes the use of two elements: sound therapy and counseling. Sound therapy elements involved in the treatment of hyperacusis typically include:
Counseling for hyperacusis is a critical part of addressing pain, setbacks, and emotions that may arise from sound exposure and may include:
Hyperacusis Activities Treatment (HAT)
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
Initially developed to treat tinnitus, TRT uses a combination of broadband noise and counseling to treat hyperacusis. The counseling presumes that central auditory gain is the primary mechanism of hyperacusis, which leads to feelings of fear and/or annoyance from sound and then applies directive counseling.
TRT involves the gradual reintroduction of sound with pre-exposure to safe sounds while gradually increasing exposure to louder sounds, which is known as auditory toughening.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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If you’re over the age of 40 and everyone around you seems to be mumbling, you’re experiencing ringing or buzzing in your ears, it’s easier to understand men than women and children, or if it is becoming impossible to enjoy a night out because of background noise, you could be experiencing an age-related hearing loss.
Before your condition deteriorates further, leading to additional negative physical and mental conditions, seek the help of our licensed professional audiologists at Utah Ear Institute for counseling and treatment for presbycusis.
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