Sound levels known to cause physical pain usually occur at approximately 120 dB. However, we reach a point when sound is too loud long before we reach the threshold of pain. Hyperacusis is a condition that causes an inability to tolerate everyday noise levels without discomfort or pain. This disorder may be influenced by a disease, loud noise exposure, or induced by certain drugs.
For many people, no apparent reason can be identified. However, exposure to sudden loud noise can sometimes trigger the symptoms. But in certain cases, negative life events can trigger the onset.
Certain medical conditions can contribute to Hyperacusis:
Our audiologists will begin with a thorough physical examination and medical history, including questions about the duration and severity of your symptoms. From there, we will give you a hearing test to show your ability to hear sounds at different frequencies.
It’s important to note that most people with Hyperacusis don't appear to have any hearing loss as measured and recorded on an audiogram.
To learn about treatment options, contact a Clifton Springs Hearing Center office in Canandaigua, Pittsford or Clifton Springs, New York.