Important Facts You Need to Know About Hyperacusis Treatment

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Published: 10th January 2011
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There are generally four ways to acquire hyperacusis treatment: medication, therapy, devices, and surgery. If you want to know more about each of these treatment methods, read on.

Hyperacusis Treatment: Medication

Drugs and medications are often helpful in reducing the annoying symptoms of hyperacusis; however, many people prefer not to take this route because its results are often unimpressive not to mention that their side effects are often adverse. Nevertheless, some patients attest that antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicines greatly help in dealing with effects of this condition, particularly the psychological ones. Below are some of the medications used to treat hyperacusis:

Low doses of lorazepam or klonazepam
antidepressants particularly those from SSRI family
Anti-migraine drugs, including topiramate, verapamil, beta-blockers and tricyclics
Anti-seizure drugs like oxcarbazapine
Baclofen

Hyperacusis often causes obsessive thinking, depression, and anxiety, and all these can be dealt with an intake of anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants. Another effect of hyperacusis is migraine which can be dealt with anti-migraine medications. Irritable neural pathways and brainstem hyperacusis responses can be treated with anti-seizure medications and Baclofen respectively.

Ear Devices as Hyperacusis Treatment:

The devices commonly used for hyperacusis treatment include ear plugs and sound generators/maskers. Ear plugs are used to decrease the amount of sounds a person is exposed to. However, some people believe that the prolonged use of ear devices can only increase hyperacusis. It is believed that noise exposure is habituating and noise reduction can reduce the possibility of habituation. However, just like the effect of sunglasses when worn on a bright day, ear devices can be very helpful. Similarly, electronic noise suppression devices may also be used except that they are not that effective in lessening the high frequencies compared to the passive methods. Sound generators/maskers function by conditioning the brain and the nervous system to be more tolerant to the sound. They look like hearing aid but are readjusted on a monthly basis to accomplish desensitization gradually.

Hyperacusis Treatment through Therapy:

One of the therapies used for hyperacusis treatment is the Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), a mixture of the use of sound generators and psychotherapy. In fact, this is a very popular approach these days and while it is really helpful, one must know that considerable time commitment is required.

Hyperacusis treatment may also be acquired through psychological therapy especially that anxiety and depression are often the results of hyperacusis. In such case, it helps to consult with a psychologist or a psychiatrist or any hyperacusis expert. Its better to learn how to drive your attention from hyperacusis than develop obsession on how to stop it. Obsessive compulsive disorder medications also help.

Hyperacusis Treatment through Surgery:

Its very rare to use surgery as a hyperacusis treatment although its commonly used by people whose sense of hearing is totally unusable.

Currently, only four methods can be used for hyperacusis treatment. The number may not be that big but these are definitely a big help for those who really want to get rid of their hyperacusis symptoms.

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