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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 69  |  Page : 123--126

Insights from the first international conference on hyperacusis: Causes, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment

1 Department of Audiology, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford; Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
2 Department of ENT, Colchester Hospital University, NHS Foundation Trust, Essex, United Kingdom
3 Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Hearing Research Lab, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA
4 Department of Audiology, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, United Kingdom
5 Department of Audiology, JHDF Inc., Georgia, USA
6 Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia, USA

Correspondence Address:
Hashir Aazh
Department of Audiology, The Royal Surrey County Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XX
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.132100

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The First International Conference on Hyperacusis gathered over 100 scientists and health care professionals in London, UK. Key conclusions from the conference included: (1) Hyperacusis is characterized by reduced tolerance of sound that has perceptual, psychological and social dimensions; (2) there is a growing awareness that children as well as adults experience symptoms of hyperacusis or misophonia; (3) the exact mechanisms that give rise to hyperacusis are not clear, but the available evidence suggests that functional changes within the central nervous system are important and in particular, hyperacusis may be related to increased gain in the central auditory pathways and to increased anxiety or emotional response to sound; (4) various counseling and sound therapy approaches seem beneficial in the management of hyperacusis, but the evidence base for these remains poor.


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