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- n. A heightened sensitivity to some sounds
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathol., excessive acuteness of the sense of hearing.
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- n. abnormal acuteness of hearing due to increased irritability of the sensory neural mechanism; characterized by intolerance for ordinary sound levels
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Noise-induced hearing loss is often accompanied by hyperacusis, which is a reduced tolerance to elevated levels of sound.
It can also be known as Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome 4S or hyperacusis.
SPIEGEL: You see, people with Williams have something called hyperacusis.
Strangely, and seemingly ironically, I feel that this hyperacusis is related to the opposite existing condition, i.e., that I am hard of hearing.
But the type of deafness I have inherited is associated at first with excessive along with diminished hearing, hypo - and hyperacusis combined.
Stephin Merritt, the band's creative core, has hyperacusis, an ear condition that makes loud sounds intolerable.
Other clues to Lyme disease have been identified, although these have not been consistently present in each patient: numbness and tingling, muscle twitching, photosensitivity, hyperacusis, tinnitus, lightheadedness, and depression.
"I'm wondering if he doesn't have hyperacusis, " said Claire.
Misophonia "dislike of sound" is sometimes confused with hyperacusis, in which sound is perceived as abnormally loud or physically painful.
My hearing is defective due to hyperacusis, but before that happened, I recall them sounding lovely too.