January 24, 2023, by Adele Horobin

Does your child have hyperacusis?

Cartoon drawing of children playingIs your child sensitive to sound (called hyperacusis)?

Please help us to develop a questionnaire for hyperacusis in children

What is hyperacusis?

Hyperacusis is a condition common in children. It is where they experience a debilitating intolerance to everyday sounds. They may struggle with the normal sounds present at home and outside, settling into nursery and school, attending fun classes and parties. It can also make it difficult for the child to build friendships and learn well at school. This can have a severe impact on their quality of life and mental health.

What will our study do?

Despite the fact that clinicians routinely see children with hyperacusis, there are no child-appropriate measures to assess hyperacusis. This study will work with clinicians and parents to design and test a questionnaire for assessing hyperacusis in children. Having such a questionnaire will:

  • Provide a tool to support clinicians in the diagnosis of children with hyperacusis
  • Enable clinical trials to test for therapies for hyperacusis in children.

How can I help?

If you are a parent of a child, aged 2 to 11, diagnosed with the condition we need your help!  We would like to invite you to a one-to-one interview over the telephone or in person to discuss children’s experiences of hyperacusis, where you’ll have the chance to complete the newly developed questionnaire and tell us how we can improve it.

If you are interested, please email Iskra.Potgieter@nottingham.ac.uk or text 07859080009. Thank you. You can find more information by clicking the relevant link below:

Information sheet for parents/guardians

child sensitive to sound - Kids playing in a line cartoon

Image showing a doctor clappiung hands with a child sitting on parent's knee


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