Sound intolerance (hyperacusis)
Hyperacusis can either start suddenly or develop gradually over time.
When someone with the condition hears noise, they may:
Some people become afraid of sound and avoid noisy situations, causing them to become socially isolated. School and work life can also sufferas it can be very difficult to concentrate.
Read about hyperacusis, an intolerance to sounds that aren't an issue for most other people. Find out about the symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Hyperacusis can either start suddenly or develop gradually over time. When someone with the condition hears noise, they may: feel uncomfortable cover their ears or try to get away from the noise
Visit your GP if you have a severe sound intolerance. They can examine your ears and refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) consultant or a hearing specialist (audiologist) for tests if necessary.
There are no specific medicines or operations that can treat hyperacusis, although treating any underlying cause may help resolve the problem. If there's no clear cause, specialist techniques to help
The cause ofhyperacusis is unclear. It has been linked with a number of other conditions,although many people with hyperacusis don't have any other obvious problems. Hyperacusis has been associated w