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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 

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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