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Mice with super hearing
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Buffalo - Interview with President of Hyperacusis Research Center, Bryan Pollard. Bryan shares with us news of latest research in diagnosing hyperacusis.

On August 2, 2014, journalist Wendy Spickerman got in touch with Hyperacusis Research Center President, Bryan Pollard. This was Wendy's second interview with the centers president.

Back in February of 2014, Wendy had the privilege of providing Bryan Pollard with questions, of which he asked at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 37th Annual MidWinter Meeting.

Today we share with you, Wendy's second interview with President of Hyperacusis Research Center who informed Wendy of new studies, which are looking very hopeful in diagnosing patients with hyperacusis.

"Some interesting new research is coming from Professor Salvi’s team at SUNY Buffalo. A research student’s work (Kelly Radziwon) is showing that mice with hyperacusis demonstrate faster reaction times than normal,"stated the President of the Hyperacusis Research Center, Bryan Pollard.

One of the things patients with hyperacusis have shared on a number of occasions is how very acute their hearing is. Some even calling it amplified hear or super hearing. Wendy has covered numerous interviews with hyperacusis patients.

Bryan Pollard also stated, "If this is demonstrated in humans, it can become an objective diagnostic test that can enable Audiologists to better identify hyperacusis patients when they first report sound sensitivity conditions.

This may not sound that beneficial to patients who already have hyperacusis but it is critical for better research to have better standards of assessment. Since this testing approach may work for both animals and people it could be very helpful in assessing the benefits of various treatment options."

Currently, patients with hyperacusis are treated for anxiety, pain, depression all which are common symptoms with this disorder. Some learn to cope more easily than others, while others may have more severe symptoms such as vertigo and phonophobia.

One of the other things Wendy talked about with Bryan was how patients are having difficulty with doctors who may never have even heard of hyperacusis.

Many patients seem to have difficulties with their current doctors when it comes to hyperacusis, from lack of knowledge of the disorder. Patients, I have spoken with state, "My doctor tells me it's all in my head." and "The doctor put me on pills for anxiety." Patients are finding many doctors unhelpful.

Bryan offered this information for those suffering with hyperacusis, "Patients can utilize our research section of our website to help their Physician understand their condition."


We hope you find this information helpful and at this time would like to that Bryan Pollard, President of Hyperacusis Research Center for keeping us and the public so well informed.