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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.
The key conference outcomes in 2013 and 2015
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
counselling and therapy approaches seem to be successful in management of