Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder that makes it hard to deal with everyday sounds. If you have it, certain sounds may seem unbearably loud even though people around you don’t seem to notice them. Some that might seem louder than they should include: a running faucet, a kitchen appliance, a car engine or a loud conversation.

Most people who have it also have another condition called tinnitus, which is a buzzing or ringing in your ear. Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder. But a lot of people who have it also have normal hearing.


Causes of Hyperacusis

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • An injury to the head
  • Damage to one or both ears because of medications or toxins
  • A viral infection that affects the inner ear or facial nerve (Bell’s palsy)
  • Being around a loud noise also can cause hyperacusis. Something like a single loud gunshot can trigger the condition. But it also can come from being near loud noises over a long period.