Hyperacusis is the term for when people experience an increased sensitivity to loud sounds. They typically find that moderate sounds are uncomfortably loud and loud sounds are simply intolerable. In other cases, it is not the loudness of sounds, but the type of sound that people find uncomfortable. Reduced tolerance to sound is generated by an auditory dysfunction were external sounds are internally amplified. Retraining therapy may also be applied to hyperacusis where you are trying to retrain the brain to once again perceive sound at normal tolerance levels.
Continuity of care is particularly necessary for achieving our goal. Follow-up visits are a crucial part of tinnitus/hyperacusis success. It is important to realize that there is no overnight cure for tinnitus and hyperacusis, and that treatment may take anywhere from 6-24 months.