Hyperacusis is a diminished ability to stand normal environmental sounds. Listening becomes unbearable because everything is heard with a lot of pain and as much louder than someone who doesn’t have it. A person with regular hearing can stand noise without discomfort up to about 120 decibels, while ordinary sounds can be intolerable to someone with hyperacusis.
Many hyperacusis sufferers also have tinnitus--ringing in the ears. Sound therapy can help people with either of these conditions. But nothing can cure hyperacusis. The collapsed tolerance of normal listening to sounds is something that can only be managed, not cured.
If you have problems with hearing and need more information, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.