Hyperacusis is the generic term used to describe hypersensitivity to sounds, especially to high-pitched sounds, typically in the presence of normal hearing. Hyperacusis can also be named as a sound intolerance problem. It often appears following a traumatic sound exposure or accompanies a tinnitus.
There are subcategories of hypersensitivity to sounds including:
Misophonia or selective hypersensitivity to certain sounds which is characterized by an intense reaction to very specific weak sounds, which are generally physiological sounds (eg, sounds of chewing, breathing, etc.) and which generally appear during childhood, between the ages of eight to twelve.
These two conditions of hyperacusis and misophonia can benefit from the use of noise generators as part of a desensitization therapy.
If you are hypersensitive to sounds (whether it is specific to certain sounds, or generalized to all sounds in your environment), we refer you immediately to the section of the table that corresponds to the TFI score of 58-77 + for the type of intervention that you can receive in audiology and that will meet your needs. See the table below for a description of services offered to people with hyperacusis.
You do not have to complete the TFI questionnaire: it is only interested in the problem of tinnitus.