Hyperacusis: Devices & Treatment Options (for Sound Sensitivity & Decreased Sound Tolerance)

Sound Sensitivity & Decreased Sound Tolerance

There are different options and devices available to treat hyperacusis.

Hyperacusis is defined as an abnormal response to loud sounds. For someone afflicted by hyperacusis, sounds that are loud but not typically painful are perceived as dramatically louder and are often felt as physical pain. 

Dr. Thompson discusses the treatment options and devices for hyperacusis

However, hyperacusis is treatable. Tinnitus retraining therapy is considered one of the premiere protocols. It typically involves the use of counseling, education, and ear-level sound generators. Ear-level sound generators are typically worn for up to 12 months, and are thus considered a form of long-term treatment. After a few months of using these devices and following therapy protocols, patients with hyperacusis will often show significant improvement and their sensitivity to loud noise will typically improve.

From a medical standpoint, hyperacusis is considered to be curable since patients can eliminate their sensitivity to loud sounds after following treatment protocols. That said, hyperacusis is usually known to improve before tinnitus improves.

To learn what may help you manage your tinnitus, please download our free 10-page e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Tinnitus Relief. Dr. Thompson offers Tinnitus Retraining Therapy via telehealth. Please contact our team at Pure Tinnitus to learn more.

Dr. Ben Thompson, Au.D.

Dr. Ben Thompson, Au.D.

Dr. Ben Thompson is an audiologist in California and founder of Pure Tinnitus. Dr. Thompson has a comprehensive knowledge of tinnitus management. He completed his residency at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and is a past board member of the California Academy of Audiology. Via telehealth, Dr. Thompson provides services to patients with hearing loss and tinnitus.

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