Hyperacusis is the name for intolerance to everyday sounds that causes significant distress and affects a person's day-to-day activities.

The condition can vary quite a lot. For example, some people find loud noises extremely uncomfortable, some find certain noises particularly annoying, some develop a fear of certain noises, while others experience pain when hearing ordinary sounds.

Hyperacusis affects people of all ages and is quite common in children.

The condition may just be a minor nuisance for some, but for many it can have a major impact on their life.

This page covers:

Symptoms of hyperacusis

When to get medical help

Treatments for hyperacusis

Causes of hyperacusis

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 29 Nov 2016