Researchers from the University of Nottingham would like to invite you to contribute to an important new research study in hyperacusis.


Do you experience hyperacusis?

Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder involving increased sensitivity or decreased tolerance to everyday sounds at levels that would not trouble most individuals.

For the person experiencing hyperacusis everyday sounds can be intense, frightening, painful, and overwhelming. Even though more than 8% of adults have hyperacusis, there is a lot that is unknown about hyperacusis in adults.

We want to learn more about the experiences, issues and challenges of living with hyperacusis to help us to develop an online resource with information and support for people experiencing hyperacusis.

We need you…

We are looking for adults experiencing hyperacusis to tell us about your experiences, needs and challenges of living with hyperacusis, what information you have found helpful, and how an online resource could support your everyday needs and challenges. 

What is involved?

Complete two questionnaires about you and your internet use and take part in a one-on-one session with our researcher that will take no more than 60 minutes. This session can be face-to-face at Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Ropewalk House or over the telephone or Skype. It is completely up to you. You do not have to live near Nottingham to take part. Your travel expenses will be covered up to £15. As a thank you for taking part, you would receive a £50 gift voucher.


This study will

  • Build our understanding of the needs and challenges of living with hyperacusis
  • Give you the opportunity to inform the requirements, needs and content of the information developed for this online resource.
  • Importantly, help us to provide much needed support to those experiencing hyperacusis

For more information, download the participant information sheet:

Participant information sheet

If you are interested in taking part in the research study, please contact:

Paige Church

Email: [email protected]

Kathryn Fackrell

Email: [email protected]

Updated 19 May 2020