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. In their book "Hyperacusis: Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Therapies", Dr Baguley and Professor Anderson use "hyperacusis to describe the experience of inordinate loudness with a component of distress."
Hyperacusis Research is pleased to announce our first grant for research. This grant will support the Hearing Health Foundation's research grant for a literature review focused on hyperacusis, recruitment, misophonia, phonophobia, and mechanisms of volume/intensity processing in the auditory pathway. Click here to read an article on Involuntary Volume in the Hearing Health magazine which highlights the grant. Dr. Richard S. Tyler at the University of Iowa has been selected as the grant recipient.
Professor 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 in August, 2013. The day started with Professor Salvi giving Bryan a tour of their impressive research labs and facilities. During the visit, Bryan was able to discuss the challenges and opportunities for hyperacusis research with ten researchers.
My symptoms of hyperacusis started after acoustic trauma from a carbon monoxide detector that went off in very close range to my ears. I purchased a faulty carbon monoxide detector for my home, which went off twice in one week. In my attempt to turn off the alarm, I exposed my ears to the extremely loud sound. Immediately after the first insult, I noticed pain and a blocked sensation in my ear. It was after the second episode that I realized something profound had happened to my ears.
Hyperacusis Research was excited to participate in the 2013 Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Midwinter Meeting by introducing the workshop on Hyperacusis. This effort was made possible by a partnership with Dr. Peter Steyger from the Oregon Hearing Research Center at Oregon Health and Science University and the Hearing Health Foundation. The workshop was attended by nearly 200 researchers.
Jesse'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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