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Re: sounds too loud

Dear Auditory list,

Does anybody know of a condition where a person complains that
sounds are too loud.
Does this condition have a name?
Is it a physiological condition, with a known cause?




Some people call  this "hyperacusis."  I believe it arises from
several distinct etiologies.  Individuals with Williams Syndrome (a
neurogenetic developmental disorder that I've done some research on)
often complain of this.  I've heard that overdoses of aspirin can
lead to this as well, and in fact, I know of a woman in her early
sixties who suffers from it very extremely: she has to wear earplugs
all the time because normal sounds have become deafeningly loud to
her, following an accidental overdose of aspirin.

Dan Levitin
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