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defining hyperacusis

John C. Campbell campbell at theshop.net
Wed Oct 23 01:47:17 EST 1996


Might be useful to explore what sounds the child finds intolerant.

One of the first cases I had of intolernace to sound is a good example. 
 The child and parent reported a tolernace problem - hypersensitivity.  
By history the child did not mind a balloon breaking, fireworks, or band 
music.  The child was bothered by the vacuum cleaner or the mother's 
loud (read angry) voice.  This case was best referred to a mental health 
 specialist or family counselor.

There was a presentation on hyperacusis at last AAA.  Did have a chance 
to attend.  You might wish to contact the presenters.  Tapes are 
available.  

At this point, I'm not aware of any text book in the field which defines 
hyperacusis or provides a clinical description or test battery.  A 
medline search 6 months ago was not very productive.  Medical doctors - 
especially neurologists seem to use the term loosely and inaccurately.  
Check Dorland's Medical Dictionary.  There are better terms.

I would suggest no diagnositic work up is complete without OAE's these 
days.  Might also run the SCAN and a MLD.



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