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  • Hyperacusis Research visits SUNY Buffalo Research Center
  • 2014 ARO Conference Update

What is Hyperacusis?

Hyperacusis is a condition that causes a person to be unable to tolerate everyday noise levels without pain. This condition may be initiated by a disease, by an acoustic trauma event (loud noise exposure), or induced by certain drugs.

Hyperacusis Research is the only non-profit dedicated to researching noise-induced pain, which is an under-recognized consequence of overexposure to noise.  Please support us with your tax-deductable donation to help us fund biomedical research to relieve the pain and improve the quality of life for sufferers.

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Hyperacusis Research Grant

HHF ResearchHyperacusis Research was excited to partner with the Hearing Health Foundation for our first research grant.  This grant was awarded to Dr. Richard Tyler at the University of Iowa to conduct a literature review focused on hyperacusis, recruitment, misophonia, phonophobia, and mechanisms of volume/intensity processing in the auditory pathway.  Dr Tyler has completed the literature review which is now available on-line in the American Journal of Audiology.  

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Survey Question

What type of pain do you get from noise?

Sharp Pain in Ear - 37.9%
Dull Pain in Ear - 20.7%
Throbbing Pain in Ear - 13.8%
Headache - 10.3%
I Don't Get Pain - 13.8%
Burning Pain - 3.4%

Total votes: 29
The voting for this poll has ended on: 05 Sep 2013 - 02:53

20/20 Highlights Hyperacusis

20-20Hyperacusis Research was excited to see the ABC News program 20/20 feature a segment on hyperacusis and noise-induced pain. The show, anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, aired on Feb 7 and on Aug 15.

Hyperacusis Research worked with the producers as they prepared this show, and we are grateful to ABC News for taking an interest.

The segment features a couple and a father who have hyperacusis and shows the challenges they face in our noisy world.

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Buffalo Research Center Visit

Rich Salvi1Dr. Rich Salvi, the director of the Center for Hearing and Deafness at SUNY Buffalo, hosted Bryan Pollard for a full day of discussions on their research and hyperacusis last year. We are excited that recently Dr. Salvi agreed to become a Scientific Advisor for Hyperacusis Research.  We are extremely grateful for the SUNY Buffalo researcher's interesting understanding the mechanisms of hyperacusis that will lead to a cure.

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ARO Midwinter Meeting Highlights

ARO LOGOHyperacusis Research was excited to attend 2014 Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Midwinter Meeting. Bryan Pollard, Presdent of Hyperacusis Research, was able to attend many informative lectures and poster presentations on topics related to hyperacusis.  Mr. Pollard was also able to have in-depth discussions with more than a dozen researchers at the conference.  Many researchers were eager to learn more about how their work can contribute to finding a cure for hyperacusis.

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Jesse's Story

Jesse Son2Jesse's hyperacusis was caused by exposure to loud weapons in the military. Now, eight years after the initial onset, Jesse struggles to find ways to do simple things like fishing with his son because even a loud voice can create pain. After following a treatment protocol for about 2 years, Jesse thought he could live a normal life but then his condition was made significantly worse by new noise exposures.

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