What is it about?

Hyperacusis is an uncommon hearing disorder, known as increased sensitivity to daily surrounding sounds. This disorder can profoundly affect people's daily activities. The studies conducted about hyperacusis are very limited in Iran. The purposes of this study are the psychometric evaluation of the Persian version of the Hyperacusis Questionnaire (PHQ) and the investigation of its prevalence.

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Why is it important?

Researchers need to use a standardized assessment tool to diagnose and assess patients' hyperacusis symptoms. Standardized assessment is essential to track patient symptoms changes over time and evaluate treatment efficacy.


The hyperacusis questionnaire can be an effective way to assess a patient's hyperacusis, particularly if they are not familiar with the condition. It can guide treatment decisions and help monitor the patient's progress. However, some healthcare professionals may question the validity of self-reported questionnaires and prefer to rely on clinical observations or specialized tests.

Farnaz Fathollahzadeh
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Hyperacusis is a multifaced perceptual auditory disorder that requires greater attention as it can affect individuals of all ages, from children to adults, and can manifest in various symptoms, from irritating behaviors to even fear and pain. Unfortunately, research on hyperacusis is very limited in Iran. We hope that our findings can increase awareness and understanding of this disorder and encourage further research in this field.

Mahdi Azizi
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Persian Version of the Hyperacusis Questionnaire: Psychometric Evaluation and Prevalence Determination, American Journal of Audiology, July 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2023_aja-22-00248.
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