3rd International Conference on Hyperacusis

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The aims of this conference are to (1) raise awareness about hyperacusis, (2) exchange ideas, experiences, and research outcomes on assessment and management strategies for hyperacusis, (3) discuss implications of findings from experimental studies for clinical practice, and (4) encourage involvement of patients in guiding research directions and social/healthcare services.                   



3rd International Conference on Hyperacusis
Causes, Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment

6-7 July 2017, Guildford, UK  

The key conference outcomes in 2013 and 2015  

  •  Hyperacusis is an oversensitivity to sound that has perceptual, psychological and social dimensions. Depending on the patient, hyperacusis can be related to the loudness of the sound and/or to the emotional respond (annoyance or fear) to sound.  
  • There is a growing awareness that children as well as adults experience symptoms of hyperacusis or misophonia, which are real and are experienced by almost 9% of population
  • If your believe you are becoming hypersensitive and extremely annoyed by loud sounds, ask your general practitioner (GP) for a referral to an ear specialist (otolaryngologist) or audiologist with experience dealing with hyperacusis, sound annoyance or misophonia.
  • The exact mechanisms that give rise to hyperacusis are not clear, but there is growing awareness that functional changes within the central nervous system are in involved.
  • Evidence gathered over the past two decades suggest that hyperacusis may be related to increased  gain (enhanced output) in the central auditory pathway and to increased  anxiety or emotional response to loud sounds.   
  • Not everyone with hyperacusis needs treatment from a professional.  However there are many people who have benefited from seeing a hyperacusis specialist most of whom work in Audiology departments that specialize in hyperacusis.     
  • Various counselling and therapy approaches seem to be successful in management of hyperacusis.