Hyperacusis is an abnormal sensitivity to all sound. Rarely, it may have a physical cause. More often, it is caused by an associated anxiety or stress response to sound that is a very real experience for the person. A common response is to attempt to block sound out, but this may do the opposite of what is needed. In order to define the cause of this experience, an Audiologist will assess your response to soft, medium, and loud sounds, with careful consideration around what you can tolerate. Counselling, relaxation techniques and the use of assistive devices to provide the brain with sound references, often result in a much better quality of life for you.
If you think that you are suffering from Hyperacusis, contact one of our Reconnect Audiologists near you.
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