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defining hyperacusis

SeaCapn at aol.com SeaCapn at aol.com
Fri Oct 18 20:04:44 EST 1996

I am an audiologist who recently tested a five-year old girl with a totally
normal audiogram.  Her mother insists she's abnormally sensitive to loud
sounds (this mother has been to all kinds of medical specialists looking for
problems with this poor child, and can't accept the fact that she's OK)
 She's not autistic.
Her thresholds were WNL, not abnormally good.  Her UCLs for speech were 90 dB
HL, AU.  The child displayed no discomfort while I was testing UCLs, she just
pulled the headphone away from her ear when it was too loud.  I feel this a
normal UCL, but her mother insists that the child should wear earplugs.  I
refuse to give a child a conductive loss.  
Does anyone know of a definition of a "normal" UCL for a child so I can
demonstrate that this child is OK?  Please e-mail me at SeaCapn at aol.com.

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