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RichardKHodson

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Hi all. I'm studying for a masters in Science Journalism in London and I'm looking to make a podcast/radio piece about hyperacusis.

This site has been very helpful for giving me an overview, but I want to make sure I get the details right, particularly as it seems like people's experiences vary quite a bit.

Basic question: I'd like to pitch hyperacusis as an increased sensitivity to sound. Is that a fair description?



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Johnloudb

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Hyperacusis is just sound sensitivity ... And it is diagnosed using a loudness discomfort level (LDL) test. It measures a person's tolerance to sound at different frequencies. LDLs of 100dB are considered normal and a person with hyoeracusus will have lower LDL's than that.

But there are many causes of sound sensitivity. It's big a subject ... Yes, lots of good info here on the H Network, and I also like this site - http://www.tinnitus.org

The a lot of missinformation about hyperacusis out there as well.
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briann

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I would be careful about describing it as increased sound sensitivity as that can suggest that we can hear sounds that others cannot hear which is not true. As johnloudb mentioned, more generally we all have a lower tolerance to sound whether it be from pain, loudness, or both. This pain is very similar to pain felt by normal individuals at intense sound levels (>135 dB) but can occur for us at lower sound levels (60 dB or lower in severe cases). Many sense increased loudness and some note more loudness at higher frequencies, as if the treble has been turned up. There can also be lowered tolerance that comes from a tight connection of irritation or hatred to certain sounds. This, however, is generally referred to by a different name (misophonia) as its mechanism and treatment options are a bit different. As you mentioned, experiences vary a lot, but this is the basic idea. Other variations of "sound sensitivity" include increased tinnitus due to sound and dizziness from sound but these are not traditionally included in the baseline definition of hyperacusis. 

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RichardKHodson

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Interesting, thanks guys. I've certainly found that there's quite a bit of seemingly conflicting information around, so it's good to be able to filter some of that out!

As part of my radio project, I'm looking to interview a few people about their hyperacusis. I don't know if any users of this site are in London, or the UK more generally, but if anyone is and would be willing to speak to me I'd be very grateful.

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Richard,

I cannot say my Hyperacusis is as severe as some of the other folks that post on here, but I can say that is has affected my life very much so as a musician and in daily life. I am slowly "Recovering" with pink noise. I would be happy to speak to you about it though, perhaps even if through text or telephone.

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nena

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Hi Richard

I live in the Uk and would be willing to be interviewed.  I have intrusive tinnitus and hyperacusis, both of which have got worse over a two-year period and I feel completely hopeless about it all.  I've not had very good hospital experiences at all.

Nena
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