Sound intolerance (hyperacusis)
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 reduce your sensitivity to noise may be recommended.
These therapies are widely available privately, and may be available on the NHS for people with severe or persistent hyperacusis. Theyshould only be carried out by someone specially trained in thecorrect techniques.
Treatment may involve:
Recent researchsuggests patients often feel CBT, counselling and education are the most effective treatments. Some people also found sound therapy helpful, but it wasn't clear whether it provided any additional benefit.
You may also find it helpful toget in touch with a support group, such asthe British Tinnitus Association and Action on Hearing Loss , to talk to other peoplewith hyperacusis and share your experiences.
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