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  • Slide 1 - Hyperacusis Diagnosis and Management in Children and Adults
  • Slide 2 - Hyperacusis Diagnosis and Management in Children and Adults Definition A symptom of many diseases Likely mechanisms Assessment Management Illustrative cases
  • Slide 3 - HYPERACUSIS:Terminology and Definitions (1) “Consistently exaggerated or inappropriate responses or complaints of uncomfortable loudness to sounds that are neither intrinsically threatening nor uncomfortably loud to a typical person” (Klein et al. Hyperacusis and otitis media in individuals with Williams syndrome. JSHD 55: 1990) “Unusual intolerance to ordinary environmental sounds” (Vernon. Pathophysiology of tinnitus: a special case -- hyperacusis and a proposed treatment. Am J Otol 8: 1987) “Experience of inordinate loudness of sound that most people tolerate well, associated with a component of distress … this experience has a physiologic basis … but it also has a psychological component.” (Baguley & Andersson, 2007)
  • Slide 4 - HYPERACUSIS:Terminology and Definitions (2) Hyperacusis Abnormally strong reactions (intolerance) occurring within the central auditory pathways with exposure to moderate levels of sounds Hearing sensitivity is typically normal Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) are typically normal Lack of contralateral suppression of OAEs Reduced LDLs Loudness recruitment Abnormal growth of loudness Sensory (outer hair cell) hearing loss (peripheral) OAEs are abnormal Reduced LDLs
  • Slide 5 - HYPERACUSIS:Hyperacusis versus Phonophobia Phonophobia Fear of sound Anticipatory, anxious, and sometimes different reaction to specific sounds, e.g., Vacuum cleaner Siren Telephone ringing Hair dryer Crying child Barking do Reaction and avoidance to sounds involves learning and conditioning Consistently related to intensity of sound Intact peripheral and efferent auditory systems Enhanced connections between the auditory cortical regions and the limbic and autonomic nervous system regions
  • Slide 6 - HYPERACUSIS:Terminology and Definitions (3) Misophonia Dislike or hatred of sound (may be selected sounds) Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome (SSSS or 4S) Irritation and dislike of specific soft sounds Most common sounds, produced by family members, e.g., Eating Smacking lips Breathing Speech sounds
  • Slide 7 - HYPERACUSIS:Three factors influencing hearing sensitivity or “gain”(Adapted from Baguley and Andersson, 2007) Amount of sound in the environment is monitored by the nervous system. Sensitivity is adjusted when a person is in the presence of a loud sound. The mood or emotional state of a person influences auditory gain. Sounds are perceived as more intense than usual for a person who is anxious or frightened. Such a person might even startle for everyday sounds, e.g., a telephone or doorbell. The meaning of sound, how easily it is remembered and interpreted and how loud it is perceived, can influence hearing sensitivity.
  • Slide 8 - HYPERACUSIS:Selected General References (1) Perlman H. Hyperacusis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 47: 1938. Marriage J & Barnes NM. Is central hyperacusis a symptom of 5-hydroxytrypamine (5-HT) dysfunction? J Laryngol Otol 109: 1995. Jastreboff P, Gray WC, Gold SL. Neurophysiological approach to tinnitus patients. Am J Otol 17: 1996. Jastreboff PJ & Jastreboff MM. Tinnitus retraining therapy for patients with tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 36: 2003. Phillips DP & Carr MM. Disturbances of loudness perception. JAAA 9: 1998. Andersson et al. Hypersensitivity to sound (hyperacusis): a prevalence study conducted via the Internet and post. Int J Audiol 41: 2002. [point prevalence = 6 - 7%] Katzenell & Segal S. Hyperacusis: Review and clinical guidelines. Otol & Neurotol 22: 2001. Baguley DM. Hyperacusis. J Royal Society Med 96: 2003.
  • Slide 9 - HYPERACUSIS:Book Baguley David M & Andersson Gerhard. Hyperacusis: Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Therapies. Plural Publishing: San Diego, 2007
  • Slide 10 - HYPERACUSIS:Selected Pediatric References (2) Johnson LB, Comeau M, Clarke KD. Hyperacusis in William’s syndrome. J Otolaryngol 30: 2001. Gethelf et al. Hyperacusis in Williams syndrome. Neurology 66: 2006. Klein et al. Hyperacusis and otitis media in individuals with Williams syndrome. JSHD 55: 1990. Blomberg et al. Fears, hyperacusis and musicality in Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities 27: 2006. Rosenhall et al. Autism and hearing loss. J Autism Dev Disord 29: 1999. Gopal et al. Effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors on auditory processing: a case study. JAAA 11: 2000. Khalfa et al. Increased perception of loudness in autism. Hearing Research 198: 2004.
  • Slide 11 - HYPERACUSIS:Websites Hyperacusis.org Marsha Johnson Oregon Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic Coined term 4S Hyperacusis.net Internet support group Maintained by laypersons (not audiologists) Hyperacusis described as a disease or affliction Includes some inaccurate information Hyperacusis.com
  • Slide 12 - HYPERACUSIS:A symptom in varied clinical entities (1) Central neurological disorders Depression Migraine Chronic fatigue syndrome Post-traumatic stress disorder Tay Sach’s disease Ramsay-Hunt syndrome Multiple sclerosis Middle cerebral artery aneurysm Complex regional pain syndrome related dystonia Lyme disease Facial paralysis Pyrodoxine deficiency Benzodiazepine dependency William’s syndrome Autism
  • Slide 13 - HYPERACUSIS:Williams Syndrome Identified in the early 1960s Incidence of 1 in 20,000 live births Caused by micro-deletion on chromosome 7q11.23, including ~ 20 genes From 50 to 90% of children with WS have hyperacusis Features include Facial features Cognitive deficits, e.g., Conceptual reasoning Problem solving Arithmetic ability Spatial cognition Fears and anxieties Motor control problems Cardiac abnormalities Language impairment Middle ear disease (otitis media)
  • Slide 14 - HYPERACUSIS:A symptom of varied clinical entities (2) Tinnitus Acoustic trauma Auto-immune disorders Post otologic surgery ventilation tubes otosclerosis tympanoplasty Genetic predisposition (family trait) Auditory processing disorders (APD) Drugs Effexor Prozac Remeron Tegretol Zoloft
  • Slide 15 - HYPERACUSIS:Prevalence in General Population Marriage & Barnes (1995): Prevalence unknown, but probably underestimated. Rubinstein et al (1996): 22% (no definition given) Rabijanska et al (1999): 15.2 (unclear methodology) Andersson, Lindvall, Hursti & Carlbring (2002): Prevalence of 8% (postal survey) Prevalence of 9% (internet survey) Severe hyperacusis estimated in 2 to 3%
  • Slide 16 - HYPERACUSIS:Prevalence in Pediatric Population Coelho, Sanchez & Tyler (2007 Prevalence in 506 school age children Hyperacusis defined by Questionnaire LDLs Findings 42% of group were bothered by sounds 3.2% met definition of hyperacusis (lowest 5%ile for LDLs) Phonophobia experienced by 9% of children Rabijanska et al (1999): 15.2 (unclear methodology) Andersson, Lindvall, Hursti & Carlbring (2002): Prevalence of 8% (postal survey) Prevalence of 9% (internet survey) Severe hyperacusis estimated in 2 to 3%
  • Slide 17 - HYPERACUSIS: In Tinnitus Population Bartnik et al (1999): 40% Hall (1999): 54% Jastreboff & Jastreboff (2000): 40% Andersson et al (2001): 60% Dauman & Bouscau-Faure (2005): 79%
  • Slide 18 - HYPERACUSIS: Examples of sounds considered aversive by persons with hyperacusis (N = 1151)(Andersson et al, 2002) What kind of sound to you consider aversive? % N Noise 57 660 Music 27 309 Talk 3 39 Paper noises 5 55 Clatter 15 171 Mechanical 28 326 Other everyday sounds 24 274
  • Slide 19 - HYPERACUSIS: Sounds that are most bothersome(various sources plus University of Florida clinic) Shrill sounds Power saw Telephone ringing Vacuum cleaner Hair dryer Sirens (e.g., ambulance) Children crying and screaming
  • Slide 20 - HYPERACUSIS: Reactions when being exposed to annoying sounds (N = 1157) (Andersson et al, 2002) How do you feel when you are being exposed to disturbing sounds? % N Tense 10 119 Angry 12 141 Irritated 75 862 Afraid 1 16 Poor concentration 41 479 In pain 5 57
  • Slide 21 - HYPERACUSIS:Possible mechanisms Imbalance of neuro-chemical seratonin (5 HT), involved in stimulus reactivity perception of sensory information in brain Release of neuro-transmitter glutamate with stress, anxiety, or fatigue, e.g., inner hair cell synapse with afferent auditory nerve fibers Defective efferent (descending or inhibitory) auditory system (specifically medial efferent pathways) Increased “central gain” in auditory system Activation of limbic system (amygdala) involved in fear conditioning Neural spread from auditory system (e.g., lateral lemniscus or thalamus to central trigeminal pathways) … explanation for perception of pain response to sound Point prevalence may be as high as 8 to 9% (e.g., Andersson et al. Hypersensitivity to sound (hyperacusis): a prevalence study conducted via the internet and post. Int J Audiology 41: 2002.
  • Slide 22 - HYPERACUSIS: Possible biochemical mechanisms involving efferent auditory system
  • Slide 23 - Pawel Jastreboff“Neurophysiological Model of Tinnitus”
  • Slide 24 - LimbicSystem(Emotional center of thebrain)
  • Slide 25 - Autonomic Nervous System Controlling the brain’s response to “danger sounds”
  • Slide 26 - Hyperacusis Increased central gain Likely auditory efferent system involvement Interaction between auditory cortex and limbic system autonomic nervous system pain centers Multiple etiologies Audiologists can offer management options
  • Slide 28 - 25 items (can use to assess impact of hyperacusis on quality of life) 12 on functional subscale, e.g. “Because of your tinnitus do you have trouble falling to sleep at night?” 8 on emotional subscale, e.g., “Does your tinnitus make you angry?” 5 on catastrophic subscale “Do you feel that you cannot escape your tinnitus?” Tinnitus Handicap Inventory(Newman, Jacobson & Spitzer. Arch Otolaryngol Head & Neck Surg 122: 1996)
  • Slide 29 - Background questions Family situation Work situation (current and past) Sick leave? Compensation? Legal action? Noise sensitivity questions Onset; gradual or sudden Types of aversive sounds Reactions to sounds Fear Pain Annoyance Uncomfortable Other Diagnostic Hyperacusis Interview(Adapted from Baguley & Andersson, 2007)
  • Slide 30 - Medical history Depression … before or after onset of hyperacusis? Consultation with psychiatry or psychology? Migraine? Use of ear protection? Medications … list (associated with hyperacusis?) Other sensitivities or medical problems? Light Touch Pain Smell Allergy Balance TMJ disorders Diagnostic Hyperacusis Interview (2)(Adapted from Baguley & Andersson, 2007)
  • Slide 31 - HYPERACUSIS ASSESSMENT Immittance measurement (no acoustic reflexes for patients with hyperacusis ) Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) for 500 to 8000 Hz ( 6 frequencies/octave) Suppression of OAEs with ipsilateral & contralateral noise Pure tone audiometry Inter-octaves (3000 and 6000 Hz) High frequency audiometry to 20,000 Hz Word recognition scores (most comfortable level) Measure loudness discomfort levels (LDLs) for tones and speech sounds (to identify hyperacusis) Neuro-diagnostic auditory brainstem response (ABR) as indicated (patient refuses MRI due to high noise levels)
  • Slide 32 - DPOAEs in HYPERACUSIS ASSESSMENT Sztuka A, Pośpiech L, Gawron W, Dudek K (2006) Subjects were patients with tinnitus, including subgroup also with “hyperacusis and misophonia” “Hyperacusis has important influence on DPOAE amplitude; essentially increases amplitude of DPOAE in the examined group of tinnitus patients.”
  • Slide 33 - HYPERACUSIS ASSESSMENT:Contralateral suppression of OAEs
  • Slide 34 - History Medical history, e.g., neurological disorders or insult, chronic otitis media, psychological disorders, William’s syndrome, head injury, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis? Family history of sensory hypersensitivity? Audiologic history, e.g., infant risk indicators, previous audiograms, CAPD, tinnitus? Other related disorders, e.g., sensory integration disorder, autism spectrum disorders? HYPERACUSIS:Consultation (1)
  • Slide 35 - Description of complaints sounds that are bothersome or intolerable sounds that are pleasant or tolerable hyperacusis vs. phonophobia? maturational vs. disordered sound intolerance? Reaction to sounds that are bothersome or intolerable covering ears avoidance of noisy places (alteration of daily activities) running away or potentially dangerous evasive actions HYPERACUSIS:Consultation (2)
  • Slide 36 - HYPERACUSIS:Consultation (3) Attempt to answer all parent/child questions Definition of hyperacusis (it does exist!) Written information on hyperacusis Proceed with further assessment and/or management now or later? Quantify and qualify impact on quality of life Avoidance of social and important activities, e.g., School Work Past-times (e.g., music, sports events, etc) Full written report for parents and others as requested
  • Slide 37 - Patient/Family Counseling and Education “Knowledge is power.” (Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.) Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Meditationes Sacrae [1597]
  • Slide 38 - Desensitization Suggestions for home management, e.g., honest discussions about bothersome sounds Tape record sounds and replay 10 minutes/day louder each day Avoid silence (no earplugs unless indicated by behavior and/or noise levels) Extended management options Retraining therapy (TRT) Directive counseling Noise generator fitting Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment Referral to other professionals Occupational therapist Neurologist Otolaryngologist Psychologist/psychiatrist HYPERACUSIS:Audiologic Management
  • Slide 39 - HYPERACUSIS MANAGEMENT:Custom Sound Therapy Devices General Hearing Instruments New Orleans, LA United Hearing Systems Central Village, CT
  • Slide 40 - Bartnik, Fabijanska & Rogowski (1999) Over two-thirds of hypercusis patients showed improvement with TRT Gold, Frederick & Formby (1999) Increased LDLs and dynamic ranges for 123 adults with hyperacusis Sound therapy did not eliminate patient concerns about hyperacusis Wolk & Seefeld (1999) Positive outcomes with TRT for 23 subjects with troublesome hyperacusis Defined by LDLs, dynamic ranges, and subjective descriptions Jastreboff and Hazell (2004) Summarized existing published and unpublished research Patients with hyperacusis and tinnitus showed greater benefit from TRT than patients with tinnitus only “A significant improvement in hyperacusis patients with TRT has already been reported”, however … No strong clinical evidence for this conclusion was cited from peer-reviewed publications (mostly tinnitus conferences) HYPERACUSIS:Evidence in Support of Management with TRT
  • Slide 41 - Formby et al (2008) Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of efficacy of TRT in hyperacusis Treatment included counseling and sound therapy with noise generators (NG) Treatment administered for > 5 months Outcome measured by LDLs Contour Test for Loudness Subjects assigned randomly to four treatment groups Full treatment, both counseling and NGs Counseling and placebo NGs NGs without counseling Placebo NGs without counseling. Over 80% of subjects assigned full treatment group achieved significant benefit, I.e., Increase in > 10 dB in LDLs and Contour Test for Loudness Over 80% of subjects assigned full treatment group achieved significant benefit, i.e.,Increase in > 10 dB in LDLs and Contour Test for Loudness Most subjects assigned to partial treatment group did not benefit from treatment HYPERACUSIS:Evidence in Support of Management with TRT
  • Slide 42 - Herraiz, Plaza & Aparicio (2006) Spain Review of hyperacusis management with TRT Madeira, Montmirail, Decat, Gersdorff (2007) Belgium TRT investigation 24 patients with hyperacusis (out of 46 with tinnitus) Sound therapy for minimally 8 hours per day Outcome (based on “subjective testimony”) Hyperacusis with or without tinnitus, i.e., PJ category 3 (N = 16): 88.5% improved Hyperacusis with or without tinnitus exacerbated by noise, i.e., PJ category 4 (N = 8): 75% improved Noreña AJ, Chery-Croze S (2007) France Treatment was enriched sound environment Sound therapy administered for less than one month Stimuli initially considered “too loud” were perceived as comfortable with > 2 weeks of sound enrichment HYPERACUSIS:Evidence in Support of Management with TRT
  • Slide 43 - Neuromonics Treatment for Hyperacusis: Five Step Treatment(Promising but no published evidence)
  • Slide 44 - Sound therapy program introduced by French physician Guy Berard (“retrained from a surgeon to a hearing specialist” now retired) “Dr. Berard explained that, if we brought Georgie in to see him, he would do a detailed audiogram which would reveal as accurately as possible the exact frequencies where her distortions occurred.” (The Sound of a Miracle”, p. 157) Classified as “experimental” by AAA and ASHA No independent clinical trials (double-blind with control group) No formal assessment of sound levels for sounds used in treatment Important “placebo effect” with treatment Illiogical theoretical assumptions, e.g., Training muscles in middle ear Training hair cells in inner ear HYPERACUSIS:What about Auditory Integration Theory Management?
  • Slide 45 - Adult with hyperacusis: Audiogram and LDLs
  • Slide 46 - Adult with hyperacusis: Distortion product otoacoustic emissions
  • Slide 47 - Child with hyperacusis: Audiogram and LDLs
  • Slide 48 - Child with hyperacusis: Distortion product otoacoustic emissions
  • Slide 49 - CASE REPORT: Hyperacusis in Young Adult 18 year old female Freshman at the University of Florida (music major) Referred by out of town otolaryngologist History Onset 10 months earlier when reportedly “damaged ears in loud recording studio” Hyperacusis is worse in morning Cannot tolerate everyday environmental sounds Roommate and friends who laugh and talk loudly Public settings (e.g., restaurants, classroom) “General anxiety” for many years Xanax in morning and night since onset of hyperacusis for extreme anxiety Patient repeatedly told she has sensorineural hearing loss
  • Slide 50 - CASE REPORT: Hyperacusis in Young AdultInitial Consultation Observations Patient accompanied by mother Patient clearly anxious Crying as relating history and concerns about changing school and career plans Questionnaire Aware of hyperacusis 100% of waking hours On a scale of 0 to 10, effect of hyperacusis on life = 8 Hyperacusis affects Concentration Sleeping Social events Concerts Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) at baseline (before consultation) Total score = 88
  • Slide 51 - Frequency in Hz Left Ear 8K 6K 4K 3K 2K 1K .50 AC BC Frequency in Hz Right Ear dBHL 8K 20 40 60 80 100 6K 4K 3K 2K 1K .50 SRT = 10 dB WR = 100% SRT = 10 dB WR = 100% ER TDH CASE REPORT: Therapy for Hyperacusis in Young Adult Audiogram
  • Slide 52 - CASE REPORT: Hyperacusis in Young Adult High Frequency Audiometry Frequency (Hz) Right Ear Left Ear 10,000 0 0 12,500 0 0 14,000 0 0 16,000 0 0 18,000 0 0 20,000 0 0
  • Slide 53 - DPgram (f2) Left Ear 8K 6K 4K 3K 2K 1K .50 DPgram (f2) Right Ear 30 DP Amplitude in dB SPL 8K 20 10 0 -10 6K 4K 3K 2K 1K .50 Adult normal region CASE REPORT: Hyperacusis in Young Adult(L1 = 65 dB SPL; L2 = 55 dB SPL; f2/f1 = 1.2; 5 freq/octave)
  • Slide 54 - CASE REPORT: Hyperacusis in Young Adult Loudness Discomfort Levels (LDLs) Frequency (Hz) Right Ear Left Ear PT NBN PT NBN 1000 70 65 70 60 2000 75 60 75 60 4000 80 75 80 75 6000 75 65 75 70 8000 70 65 80 65 Speech 75 65
  • Slide 55 - CASE REPORT: Hyperacusis in Young AdultInitial Management Counseling Explanation of test findings Normal hearing (repeated reassurance) Normal cochlear function Documented intolerance to loud sounds Written information about hyperacusis Musician earplugs when exposed to high intensity sound Sound enrichment Purchase and use regularly environmental sound device Use iPod at low comfortable level as often as desired Resume normal schedule without worries about hearing Return in 4 weeks for follow up visit
  • Slide 56 - CASE REPORT: Hyperacusis in Young AdultFollow Up Consultations at 4 Weeks and 1 Year Patient came to clinic unaccompanied Patient reported Following all recommendations (has used sound device daily) Tolerance of everyday sounds (including room mate and friends) Happy for first time (since year before initial visit) No longer anxious Tinnitus Handicap Inventory One month follow up visit = 10 One year follow up visit = 12 Return only if residual concerns
  • Slide 57 - CASE REPORT: Hyperacusis in Young Adult Loudness Discomfort Levels (LDLs) for Pure Tone Signals Frequency (Hz) Right Ear Left Ear Initial 1 Year Initial 1 Year 1000 70 95 70 95 2000 75 95 75 90 4000 80 100 80 90 8000 70 > 90 80 > 90
  • Slide 58 - Hyperacusis is real and can have a major impact on quality of life Audiologists are the professionals who should evaluate and manage patients with hyperacusis Hyperacusis may be a symptom or characteristic of a number of serious neurological and other medical diseases and disorders Assessment of hyperacusis should include DPOAEs and high frequency audiometry Management should include Proper referrals to other specialists In depth counseling with accurate information Environmental sound enrichment A desensitization program Extended treatment in selected cases not responding to initial management program AIT and other “listening therapies” cannot be recommended due to lack of evidence based research Update on the Assessment and Management of Hyperacusis: A Serious and Not Uncommon Auditory DisorderConclusions
  • Slide 59 - Thank you! Questions?

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