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joyce

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I was quite surprised to see so many professionnals concerned with hyperacusis on the list of lecturers at the recent hyperacusis convention. Does this mean an increase lately of interest of ear profesionnals in our condition? And can that be related to the increased number of cases of hyperacusis? AND... can all that be related to an increase of noise in our sick societies in the last 1-4 decades?

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Good questions.  Hyperacusis is gaining more and more attention among researchers and clinicians.  This is exciting and the future holds great promise.  Just look at the recent conference dedicated to hyperacusis and the ENT/Audiology publication that featured hyperacusis.  This has been a long time coming.  

Yet the American Tinnitus Association, who I have great respect for, acknowledges by their own data that at least 40% of tinnitus patients have hyperacusis.  It is nearly impossible to find out any information about it on their website.  Even if you discover the term 'hyperacusis' through google there is no 'Search' tab on their website to learn more about it.  I don't even see a 'Links' tab anymore listing other resources than people can turn to.

We have come a long way however.  There is great emphasis these days on wearing hearing protection.  It is commonplace to see people wearing earmuffs when cutting their lawn, snowblowing their driveway, leaf blowing, using a chainsaw yet I am still amazed at how many in construction (home/roadway) wear nothing for their ears.  Vacuum cleaners and hair blow dryers still generate far more noise than necessary.  However home appliances are more quiet.  I just had to replace my garbage disposer the other day and by paying a little more the big advantage was far less noise.

I think hyperacusis is far more prevalent than anyone ever thought and if our culture of noise does not realize what kind of price people are paying in destroying their ears hyperacusis will continue to soar.  

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Hi. Thanks for your informative reply, Dan.
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