Hyperacusis And Tinnitus


One type of impairment known to almost all the people is deafness. To be unable to hear sounds at all can be really difficult, but just think of the opposite. Hearing too much can be hard as well. The intolerance to everyday and normal sounds is known as hyperacusis, slightly different from tinnitus symptoms.

Let us see an example to understand what hyperacusis actually is. If a glass is being put down on a table top, ordinary people may hardly notice the sound made by the glass. But in case of a person suffering from hyperacusis, this sound may be very loud. It may be loud enough to even disturb the person.

Hyperacusis and its symptoms

Pressure and pain in the inner ear are the symptoms of hyperacusis. The people suffering from hyperacusis hear an added noise. They may find it difficult to adapt themselves to their everyday activities, and therefore they are sometimes believed to be socially unfit.

A person who is suffering from hyperacusis is likely to develop tinnitus too.Hyperacusis and tinnitus seem to occur together.  Tinnitus is a strange sensation in your ear which is coupled with a whistling or ringing sound. Another disorder known as phonophobia is also associated with this condition. The exposure to loud sounds can damage one’s hearing. In such conditions, a person with hyperacusis might be under more stress. This would really make a difference to how the person performs at home, at his work place or in a public gathering. A person can undergo more stress due to lack of sleep too.

Hyperacusis and its causes

Malfunctioning in the sound regulatory system of the brain is one of the causes of hyperacusis. Other causes can be over fatigue, epilepsy or a head injury. Lyme disease and Bell’s palsy are also related with this condition. Consumption of synthetic drugs can cause hyperacusis too.

Migraines can develop hyperacusis, thus resulting in tinnitus. Stimulants like nicotine and caffeine can cause problems too. Exercising on a daily basis will surely reduce your stress level.

Some of the symptoms of tinnitus are some of the symptoms of hyperacusis too. If you experience some clicking, hissing or ringing sound, do not think that it is tinnitus only. The best thing is to consult your doctor. To get an adequate treatment for hyperacusis, it is vital to recognize hyperacusis symptoms. If the symptoms are known in an early stage, early diagnosis is done which leads to early application of the treatment, thus curing you at the earliest. If hyperacusis is not treated, it can be devastating and unbearable.

Broadband Noise Therapy is most commonly used as a type of hyperacusis treatment. In this therapy, the patient has to listen to the recorded broadband noise for a set time period each day. Soft volume levels are used for this therapy. This allows the patient to rebuild his tolerance to sound.

When left untreated, hyperacusis can affect one’s life not only personally but professionally as well. Therefore, knowing and identifying the symptoms at the earliest will prevent the situation from getting worse. Once you find out the symptoms, the rest will automatically follow.