Sound levels known to cause physical pain usually occur at approximately 120 dB. However, we reach a point when sound is too loud long before we reach the threshold of pain. Hyperacusis is a condition that causes an inability to tolerate everyday noise levels without discomfort or pain. This disorder may be influenced by a disease, loud noise exposure, or induced by certain drugs.

Hyperacusis Symptoms

  • Experiencing sounds that make it difficult to concentrate, or cause tension or anger.
  • Self-isolation in order to avoid loud sounds or environments.
  • Development of a fear of noise, known as phonophobia.
  • Pain caused by sudden, high-pitched sounds, such as alarms, bus brakes, clapping, etc.

Hyperacusis Causes

For many people, no apparent reason can be identified. However, exposure to sudden loud noise can sometimes trigger the symptoms. But in certain cases, negative life events can trigger the onset.

Certain medical conditions can contribute to Hyperacusis:

  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Facial nerve dysfunction
  • Lyme disease
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Severe head trauma

Hyperacusis Diagnosis & Treatment

Our audiologists will begin with a thorough physical examination and medical history, including questions about the duration and severity of your symptoms. From there, we will give you a hearing test to show your ability to hear sounds at different frequencies.

It’s important to note that most people with Hyperacusis don’t appear to have any hearing loss as measured and recorded on an audiogram.

To learn about treatment options, contact a Clifton Springs Hearing Center office in Canandaigua, Pittsford or Clifton Springs, New York.