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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Sensitive Hearing (Overview)

Hyperacusis (sensitive hearing) is a clinical finding in which a person is more sensitive to hearing sounds, making louder sounds uncomfortable and painful.


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Can anxiety cause extremely sensitive hearing?

Can anxiety cause extremely sensitive hearing?

Anxiety: Anxiety can cause different symptoms the sensory responses to certain stimuli can be very exaggerated or intense.Hypersensitivity to touch light sounds can be one of these best will be to get an assessment to find other causes and get treatment if needed all the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
40 doctors shared insights

Sensitive Hearing (Overview)

Hyperacusis (sensitive hearing) is a clinical finding in which a person is more sensitive to hearing sounds, making louder sounds uncomfortable and painful.


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Is sensitive hearing a problem?

Is sensitive hearing a problem?

No: Use hearing protection when exposed to loud noise, is always a good precaution, but sensitive hearing is not a health voncern. ...Read more

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I have over sensitive hearing and when i smoke weed my hearing dulls down and i can manage noise. But is there something that can do that thats not il?

I have over sensitive hearing and when i smoke weed my hearing dulls down and i can manage noise. But is there something that can do that thats not il?

Sensitive hearing: Sounds like you are describing a condition called hyperacusis , where even normal everyday sounds may be uncomfortable. A treatment of progressive desensitization to sound , called trt, may be helpful. ...Read more

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Why do I sometimes get sensitive hearing at ballgames?

Why do I sometimes get sensitive hearing at ballgames?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. See an ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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Is sensitive hearing a problem?

No: Use hearing protection when exposed to loud noise, is always a good precaution, but sensitive hearing is not a health voncern. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have over sensitive hearing?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. ...Read more

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Why do I sometimes get sensitive hearing at ballgames?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. See an ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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Is sensitive hearing a problem or a symptom of something?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. ...Read more

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I seem to have developed over sensitive hearing, any advice?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. ...Read more

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Does anybody have sensitive hearing with normal hearing levels?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. See an ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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If someone already has sensitive hearing (loud noises) could it become worse?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. See an ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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Does over sensitive hearing exist in adults, or we all lose some hearing by adulthood?

Does over sensitive hearing exist in adults, or we all lose some hearing by adulthood?

Hearing loss: Almost but not quite all of us will lose some hearing, particularly in higher frequencies, as we get older. Factors that determine this are our exposure to sustained loud noises (machine operations, loud concerts/headphones, etc.) and simple aging that leads to a condition called "presbycusis", mild, progressive, high frequency hearing loss associated with aging. ...Read more

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How come autistic people have such sensitive hearing?

How come autistic people have such sensitive hearing?

Sensory issues: Many people with autism also have difficulty dealing with different sensory inputs. The most common of these problems is sensitivity to loud noises. They can also be sensitive to crowds, lights, different kinds of clothing fabrics, etc. They can easily become overstimulated. This can often be helped with sensory integration training provided by qualified occupational therapists. ...Read more

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My coworker has overly sensitive hearing and always angry. Is she mentally ill?

My coworker has overly sensitive hearing and always angry.  Is she mentally ill?

Impossible to know: With the limited information provided one cannot diagnose mental illness, but if everyone who was disgruntled and angry were mentally ill we would have an epidemic. If you think your coworker's anger creates a danger, discuss with your boss or hr person. ...Read more

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Do you get sensitive hearing in a certain range before losing hearing in that range?

Do you get sensitive hearing in a certain range before losing hearing in that range?

Difficult question: Some inner ear diseases such as meniere's disease are characterized by dysaccusis or increased sensitivity to sound of a particular frequency (pitch), even though there may be a hearing loss at that frequency. This is called recruitment and is characteristic of certain inner ear diseases where there is hair cell injury. See an ENT physician for an audiogram and diagnosis. ...Read more