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Leptailurus

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My computer doesn't even recognize hyperacusis as an actual word. Does anyone know if anything like hyperacusis is mentioned throughout history? Tinnitus is mentioned, but I have never seen anything similar to H documented until recently. Surely people had it in the past. Humans haven't changed for a long long time.
Why does it seem like a new condition? Even though it is rare there has to be something written about it in old historical books/documents. The word is obviously pretty new, but I haven't found anything related to extreme noise sensitivity that wasn't fairly recent. I'm just curious.
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Kevin

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I don't *know* the answer, but I will take a logical stab at it.

I'm guessing Hyperacusis was rare/non-existent in "historical" times, and thus was not mentioned.  The reason I think it was rare at best is because hyperacusis is caused by too much exposure to loud noises.

In the modern world, we have many, many devices that emit very loud noises that simply were not around in historical times.  Take the military for example.  In fairly recent history, they had cannons and muskets, which were somewhat numerous, but paled in comparison to today's number of military devices that are excessively loud.  We have tanks, grenades, bombs, IED's, mortars, all kinds of light and heavy machine guns, jet engines - all kinds of things that simply were not around back then.

On the social level, we have BOOMING speakers and subwoofers, mass people who attend concerts, and headphones and earbuds that are cranked waaaaay to high.  None of this was around in historical cultures.

So it's no surprise when you consider what I have said that noise trauma is significantly higher today than in historical times and therefore get's more attention and identification of noise related injuries.

If tinnitus was known in historical times, that doesn't surprise me since I'm pretty sure I have read that tinnitus can be cause by other things other than noise trauma.  Not sure on that, but I think that's true.

Hyperacusis, as far as I know, is only caused by noise trauma, which is far more likely to happen in modern times due to the devices that exist today vs. what existed back then.

Just my two cents.  [smile]

Kevin 
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Aplomado

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I expect Kevin is mostly right, in that loud sounds have increased dramatically over the last 100+ years or so.

Still, I am sure that the ancients got hypearcusis also at times.

Other things can cause hyeracusis, like whiplash and impacted wisdom teeth.  Who knows why.  Loud noise is the main reason though.

I would be willing to bet that past patients just suffered and were ignored by doctors.  I think all of us have experience with doctors telling us we are hopeless.
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phacker

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Hyperacusis has been around a long time, but there was no name for the condition and in the past someone with sound sensitivity was thought to have a mental problem.

There are reports of sound sensitivity a hundred years ago as during the early stages of World War I, soldiers from the British Expeditionary Force began to report medical symptoms after combat, including tinnitus, amnesia, headaches, dizziness, tremors, and hypersensitivity to noise.   Do some of these symptoms sound familiar?
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bananacupcakes

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People who had hyperacusis in the past were believed to be crazy. The condition has long existed but only recently recognized.
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Johnloudb

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Hyperacusis has always been around. It is sort of an invisible problem, other people can't see it. Just doesn't help that ENTs are ignorant about the condition and treatment. They can diagnose some problems that cause it though.
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Aplomado

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Ludwig van Beethoven is believed to have had hyperacusis, along with hearing loss and tinnitus.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/12269658_The_deafness_of_Beethoven_A_paradigm_of_hearing_problems

Typically, doctors and even ENTs know nothing of the disease, and so it doesn't get recognized or treated.  People on this board have show up saying they had hyperacusis for X number of years bud didn't even know what it was (and their doctors didn't tell them anything!)
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