What is it about?

This article presents a comprehensive therapy approach for treating hyperacusis, a condition where normal sounds are perceived as unbearably loud. The therapy, known as Cognitive Sound Exposure Therapy (CSET), integrates psychoeducation, exposure to sounds at gradually increasing levels, and counseling. The study indicates that this multifaceted approach can help reduce sound sensitivity and enhance daily functioning for individuals suffering from hyperacusis.

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Why is it important?

CSET stands out because it merges several distinct therapeutic techniques—exposure therapy, psychoeducation about the auditory system and hyperacusis, and elements from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This combination, which has not been previously applied as a unified treatment, offers a novel and potentially more effective strategy for managing hyperacusis.


This research highlights the positive impact of CSET, showing significant reductions in auditory sensitivity both in the short and long term for hyperacusis patients. The findings suggest that combining psychoeducation, sound exposure, and counseling can be a promising approach for improving the quality of life for those affected by hyperacusis.

Sandrien Thieren
Stichting Pento

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This page is a summary of: New Hyperacusis Therapy Combines Psychoeducation, Sound Exposure, and Counseling, American Journal of Audiology, May 2024, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2024_aja-23-00210.
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