“When I hear a noise, I feel like I’m being stabbed in the ear.” – Cindy Redmond, 14

One evening a year ago, Cindy Redmond was at a friend’s house, sitting down to dinner. Her friend’s stepfather, annoyed that Cindy was chatting on her phone at the table, blasted her with an air horn.

Cindy felt a burst of pain in her ears. Within days, she could no longer attend school. So many noises there — everything from teachers’ voices to cafeteria clatter — were amplified, loud and painful.

Cindy and her mom, Laurie Redmond, made the rounds of doctors, until they encountered someone who had heard of hyperacusis, or noise-induced pain.

To Cindy, all but the mildest noise feels like a knife stabbing her ear.

She also suffers from constant burning ear pain.

No available treatment has helped Cindy, and there is no cure.

Now, a year after her noise trauma, Cindy stays mostly in the quiet sanctuary of her home. She watched as her friends started high school without her.

She copes as best she can with earplugs and earmuffs, which keep the pain from worsening, though ear protection makes it hard for her to hear and communicate.

Please help Cindy live a normal life, free from noise-induced pain.

PLEASE HELP US FIND A #CURE4CINDY!

About Hyperacusis

Hyperacusis with pain, sometimes called noise-induced pain, is a new branch in the field of auditory pathology.

The primary cause is noise overexposure. An acoustic trauma, or noise injury, can result from one loud noise (airhorn, whistle, gunshot) or from constant exposure over time (concerts, headphones, power tools).

Other causes of hyperacusis are head or neck injuries, ototoxic drugs and some diseases, including Lyme disease.

Though noise overexposure usually causes hearing loss, in some cases it does the opposite, making noise seem too loud rather than too soft.

Hyperacusis is often accompanied by tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, and a pressure feeling called aural fullness, along with burning ear pain.

The condition sometimes improves — but it readily recurs from a noise as ordinary as a passing siren, a barking dog or even a clanking dish.

Cindy says, “Everything sounds louder and is painful in my ears. We need a cure for hyperacusis so that people like me can live a normal life.”

Our mission is to find a #Cure4Cindy and everyone else with noise-induced pain!

How to Help

Please donate what you can. No amount is too small! Donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made online here.

Share Cindy’s story via e-mail and social media. The hashtag is #Cure4Cindy.

Follow us at Facebook.com/Cure4Cindy for updates.

All donations go to the nonprofit Hyperacusis Research, to fund scientific research into noise-induced pain. Thank you for your support. It means the world to Cindy and to us.

PLEASE HELP US FIND A #CURE4CINDY!

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