Hyperacusis and Misophonia are terms used to describe forms of hyper sensitivity to sound.
Clients with mild acoustic hyper sensitivities may report that they often require the TV volume turned down or will tell others to stop talking loudly. Severe cases of misophonia may report the presentation of an anxious response when hearing another person chew or hear the tapping of a keyboard on a regular basis.
How can hyper auditory sensitivities be assessed?
The standard battery of auditory processing assessments does not contain a test for hyper auditory sensitivities.
Therefore to assess the brain’s response to sound a QEEG and ERP analysis is used to assess for hyper auditory sensitivities. The Listen And Learn Centre uses the Human Brain Institute database norms to compare a client’s QEEG and ERP brain response to auditory stimulii and identify response patterns that are consistent with an auditory hyper sensitivity. Read more about QEEGs and ERP assessments…
As individuals frequently report other auditory processing difficulties along side auditory hyper sensitivities, it is normal to also conduct an auditory processing assessment. Read more about diagnostic auditory processing assessments…
Treatment of Hyperacusis and Misophonia?
Treatment of auditory hyper sensitivities at the Listen And Learn Centre is through the use of specific program elements contained in the Auditory Training Program incorporating Besson of Switzerland Technology.
The aim of the auditory training is to desensitize the brain’s response to sound by stimulating the auditory neural pathways with sound, specifically full spectrum orchestral music that is filtered into the frequency domains coincident with the hyper sensitivities.
Reductions in hypersensitivities can be monitored through the use of follow up QEEG and ERP brain maps to demonstrate pre-post outcomes.