Karen Cook, who worked as a flight attendant, shared her story with the BBC, describing how pain hyperacusis has so drastically altered her life. The laughter of her two young sons is like torture. “Sound is everywhere. It’s like air, you can’t escape it,” Karen said. “Sound keeps me a prisoner. It has completely erased me.”

Karen has created a Facebook fundraiser to raise money for Hyperacusis Research as we work toward a cure. If you are on Facebook you can donate to Karen’s fundraiser here. If you are not on Facebook you can make a donation on our website here, and if you note your donation is in made in Karen’s honor, we will let her know.

Our Hyperacusis Research board member Ken Devore also makes an appearance in the BBC piece. We applaud Karen for her bravery in sharing her story and emphasizing the reality of hyperacusis with pain.

Watch the full BBC News broadcast here. And find a written summary here.

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