Hyperacusis Education Although I did not know much about hyperacusis, the article “The Biological Mechanisms of Hyperacusis” in the Sept. 1, 2009, issue educated me on the subject and showed me that I may be a sufferer, too. I had no idea that I could be one of those statistics. As a ... Inbox
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  • Holly Openshaw, San Diego, California
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Hyperacusis Education
The ASHA Leader, November 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.14142009.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.14142009.4
Although I did not know much about hyperacusis, the article “The Biological Mechanisms of Hyperacusis” in the Sept. 1, 2009, issue educated me on the subject and showed me that I may be a sufferer, too. I had no idea that I could be one of those statistics. As a student at San Diego State University, I found the article extremely interesting and informative. The information presented was important to me because I have tinnitus, and the article notes that “40%–86% of those who have tinnitus also have hyperacusis.” The article is important to the public because “the prevalence of hyperacusis in the general population is about 9%–15%.” Because this disorder could reduce the quality of life, I think everyone should be presented with the facts and be able to research the information in depth so that they have a chance to live their life to the fullest without any hindrances.
However, I am not in agreement with the animal testing in the research study cited. I know that it is important for us to experiment so we know more about the human body, but I feel it is morally wrong to use animals as test subjects. Although this test is not nearly as bad as others, I am still against animal testing, no matter how small the test or how little pain the animals feel.
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