This is a condition which a person experiences pain in response to certain sounds. Sounds do not have to be loud to cause a pain response. Sounds can range from an elevator chime to loud speech to intensely loud sounds. A common misconception about Hyperacusis is that wearing ear protection will help. In fact, the use of ear plugs or ear muffs will, over time, worsen with this condition. Rather, we treat this condition using a carefully monitored desensitization protocol using sound therapy. It can take up to a year of every day listening with sound therapy, but this condition is curable. Give us a call if you think you may be suffering from Hyperacusis. Dr. Lisa Evans-Smith, Au.D. will perform a complete evaluation and design a specific Hyperacusis treatment protocol for you individually.