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Can light and sound sensitivity be related?

Sat, 21st Oct 2006

Part of the show How We Hear, Echolocation and Giant Whoopee Cushions


Lorraine in Papworth Everard asked:

I have very sensitive hearing and I don't like sudden loud noises or repetitive sounds. I am also very sensitive to sun light and bright lights. I was wondering if there's any medical condition or are the two related in any way?


Some people have more sensitive hearing than others and it's called hyperacusis. I'm very interested in that but I don't know the basis for it. I don't know whether it's a central basis or a peripheral basis. It would be fairly straight forward to check that out. I guess the other interesting question is whether people sensitive to some types of sound are more likely to find visual stimuli aversive as well.


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