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Firstly, I have not been diagnosed with hyperacusis. I had never even heard of it until I started searching for possibilities to my intolerance to certain sounds. I don't know whether I do have hyperacusis or am just very sensitive to certain sounds and I don't want to waste anyone's time for something that may not be a real problem. I have 2 young sons and the current tone of their voice has me wincing in pain. I can't have them talking next to me because it hurts to listen to them that closely to me. I have been known to leave places before, not because of the level of noise but more down to one or two individuals whose voices hurt my ears. I don't have a problem with loud music but can only have the tv at a level where you need to concentrate to hear it other wise I get quite agitated. Other sounds are unbearable like a broom sweeping a path or a felt tip nib on the cheap scratchy drawing paper. Any responses would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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There are different forms of decreased sound tolerance.  Hyperacusis is one.  It sounds like your challenge has more to do with an aversion to specific sounds, rather than loud sounds. 


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Problem frequencies are common among individuals who are autistic or marginally autistic.  However, I have spoken to individuals where autism has been ruled out but definitely have problems with specific sounds.  I remember one man had absolutely no problem with loud noise but whenever the church organ played a specific song emphasizing one note he became sick to his stomach and would have to leave.  I know of one individual that actually faints every time he hears a particular high frequency tone. That brings up a particular sound therapy that offers inconclusive results and is commonly used on individuals who have problems with specific frequencies.  

Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) has been widely used to resolve these kind of sound issues.  Unfortunately some clinicians suggest it for individuals with hyperacusis.  Back in the early 1990's, when little was known about TRT, there was a 20/20 TV segment which suggested that AIT helps individuals with sensitive hearing.  In my earnest pursuit to resolve my hyperacusis, I flew from Wisconsin to Ohio and did AIT.  AIT makes hyperacusis worse.  Tough, expensive lesson learned.  Having said that however I learned how the process works.  Individuals are tested to find out what problem frequencies they have.  Once that is determined it is programmed into an electronic device called an audiokinetron.  The individual then listens twice a day (30 minute sessions) to music with those problem frequencies removed.  The goal after 10 days is to resolve the patients problems with those specific frequencies.

AIT efficacy, even to this day remains inconclusive.  I have spoken to several people (particularly parents of autistic children) who swear by it.  Some studies have concluded it has no credibility.  Some these days would attribute this all to misophonia.  As with so many hearing problems - we don't know what we don't know.  To learn more about AIT and actually read clinical studies visit these links:


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The condition to me sounds like cross-talk within the various nerves.
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