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Characteristics of Hyperacusis 

Posted on 2022-11-29 16:28:00 in General

While it is normal to find some sounds uncomfortable, people with Hyperacusis experience intolerance of everyday sounds, which significantly impacts their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.  

Characteristics of Hyperacusis may include

  • Experiencing discomfort and/or pain when hearing certain loud sounds 
  • Significant distress 
  • Feeling angry 
  • Feeling anxious 
  • Impairment in social, occupational, recreational, and other day-to-day activities. For example, avoiding certain noisy situations 

Associated Hyperacusis symptoms may include

  • Headache 
  • Balance problems  
  • Light sensitivity  
  • Sensitivity to strong smells 
  • Tinnitus