A recent report in The American Journal of Audiology, funded by Hyperacusis Research along with the Hearing Health Foundation, underscores how little is known about hyperacusis with noise-induced pain, and the confusing and misleading terminology surrounding the condition.
Do you hear that? I often ask my family that question. Sometimes I cannot tell if the noise I am hearing is my tinnitus or if the sound is actually there. Usually, it is all in my head. Typically, I know this, to be honest, but I ask anyway, just in case.
I interviewed Marion Downs in 2007, shortly after her sassy 'senior advice' book, Shut Up and Live! (You Know How) was published. It was only my second assignment for Hearing Health magazine, and I knew little about hearing loss, hearing research, and hearing technology.
I am a rock drummer. As a teen and young adult, we played very loud and for hours at a stretch. I sensed nothing bad happening at the time besides some bothersome post-concert ringing in my ears. I was in my 20s and invincible.