Millions of Americans don’t protect their ears from noise, creating a generation burdened with hearing loss and more. Dr. Daniel Fink wonders if people would be motivated to protect their hearing and fight for quiet if they knew that noise caused hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis–none of which can be cured.
Can teens get tinnitus? Sadly, yes. Emily Barker writes about how she developed tinnitus and hyperacusis at age 19 after a one-time exposure to loud sound at a night club.
The CDC’s recommendations for preventing hearing loss–avoid noise or wear earplugs–can lead to isolation and depression. John Drinkwater highlights the problems with earplugs and suggests an alternative: make public spaces safer for everyone to participate without risk of injury.
A sobering article on a severe form of hyperacusis: When even soft noises feel like a knife to the eardrums. Joyce Cohen writes about hyperacusis and pain.
An excellent overview on hearing loss and the reason we can hope for treatment–and perhaps a cure–in the future.
TQC founding member Bryan Pollard, founder and president of Hyperacusis Research, updates the community on the next steps in hyperacusis research.