Noise sensitivity (hyperacusis)
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The main symptom of hyperacusis is finding everyday sounds like a car engine louder than they should be. It can be painful for some people.
If hyperacusis is caused by another condition, such as migraines, it may be cured. Treatments like sound therapy can help if there's no clear cause.
If you have hyperacusis, it's best not to avoid loud noises completely. Trying things like relaxation techniques can help ease symptoms.
It's not clear what causes hyperacusis. It can happen on its own or with other conditions, like tinnitus, migraines and Lyme disease.
Page last reviewed: 10/11/2022
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