Hyperacusis is when everyday sounds seem much louder than they should. Treatment can help. See a GP if you think you have hyperacusis.
You may have hyperacusis if some everyday sounds seem much louder than they should. It can sometimes be painful.
You may be affected by sounds like:
Your sensitivity to noise can affect relationships, school or work and your general wellbeing.
Hyperacusis can affect 1 or both ears. It can come on suddenly or develop over time.
Your GP may refer you to a hearing specialist for further tests and treatment.
Hyperacusis can be cured if it's caused by another condition, such as a migraine, head injury or Lyme disease.
If there's no clear cause, you may be offered treatment to help make you less sensitive to everyday sounds.
This could be:
To talk to other people with hyperacusis and share your experience, contact:
The cause of hyperacusis is unclear. It can appear on its own or with other conditions, like:
Find out more about hyperacusis from the British Tinnitus Association.