Imagine having a hypersensitivity or intolerance to everyday sounds like that of running water, a crying baby, a doorbell, or a television turned on at an appropriate volume. Those suffering from hyperacusis experience the above scenario on a daily basis and often also complain of pain or discomfort in the ears. Hyperacusis is a reduction of normal tolerance for everyday sound and can greatly impact one’s quality of life.
Fall’s in full swing, meaning most of us are back into our school and work routines – and reaching for the ear buds. Studies show an increasing number of us are attempting to reclaim personal space in busy offices and school environments by plugging into phones and iPads, using music and podcasts to drown out ambient noise around us and promote concentration.
Hearing loss is one of those things we like to joke about – often from embarrassment! The fact is that almost 40 million American adults suffer from some type of hearing loss; yet only 1 in 5 who could benefit from intervention like a hearing aid actually wear one. Why the resistance?