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What is hyperacusis and how does it affect children

What is hyperacusis and how does it affect children


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Hyperacusis is the excessive sensitivity of the ear to loud noises. It is what we know colloquially as 'hearing sensitivity'. It may happen to your child that he is frightened by any noise, and that he cries at loud noises or simply tries to cover his ears because he cannot stand them. You may have hearing sensitivity. This is nothing more than an increased sensitivity or ability of the ear to pick up sounds.

Find out here if your child has hearing sensitivity or hyperacusis. We explain what hyperacusis is and how it affects children.

Hyperacusis is nothing more than increased sensitivity to sound, either at certain frequencies or to ambient sound without more. And it is a greater sensitivity to sounds that seem normal to other people. It is a disorder that is estimated to affect 9-15% of the population.

You may discover that your child has hyperacusis or hearing sensitivity if you notice this type of behavior:

- Loud noises bother you. If something falls to the ground, he immediately freaks out and starts crying.

- It moves away from the television when you connect it to a volume that seems normal to you.

- Does not support headphones. He takes them off as soon as they try to put them on.

- Withdraws from people who speak in a high-pitched or high-pitched voice.

- Some sounds bother them much more: the sound of a motorcycle, that of a concert, the ambient sound in a shopping center ...

- Has trouble falling asleep. You have a sleep disorder.

If you suspect that your child may have hearing sensitivity, you can check it with a diagnosis in a specialized center. Your ENT will do a series of tests, such as an audiometry with levels of comfort and discomfort to sound, a tympanometry or an MRI of the brain.

Hyperacusis is not something that can be cured, but it does need to be treated. What's more: you should do it, since it has been shown that hyperacusis can lead over time if it is not treated in other ear problems such as vertigo or tinnitus (very unpleasant high-pitched ears that a person hears without external stimuli that provoke).

The only way to treat hyperacusis is to try to reduce sensitivity to sound. And how is that done? Trying to accustom the ear little by little to louder sounds.

You must subject your child's ear to a higher level of sound, gradually, and always with pleasant stimuli. For example, through music. You can put music on it for five minutes and the next day turn it to a slightly higher volume. And so, day after day, try to increase the volume gradually so that he can tolerate it (until reaching an acceptable volume, never too high).

The objective is that your child can tolerate a higher sound volume but without being aggressive. In this way, the ear will get used to the fact that there are more intense sounds and others that are softer and that it must tolerate both.

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