The defining characteristic of hyperacusis is perceiving sounds to be much louder than they actually are. This can happen with the most ordinary of noises, such as running taps, those from kitchen appliances like dishwashers or washing machines, car engines, and even loud conversations. As such, if left untreated, hyperacusis can have a severe impact on your everyday life.
Other secondary symptoms include:
- Constant covering of ears
- Moving away from sound
- Ear pain
- Stress and/or anger
If you’re experiencing sound much louder than usual, visit your GP or a hearing health expert, who’ll be able to see whether hyperacusis is the problem.