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Emotional stress may affect sound perception

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(photo by Camilla Svensk)

A fresh article by researchers including Dan Hasson (picture) at Karolinska Institute and the Stress Research Institute in Stockholm, Sweden concludes that emotional exhaustion in women affects their sound perception in a negative way.

The sample of subjects were taken from SLOSH (Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health) and followed up with additional data collection. After being provoked with an acute stress task women who had scored high on emotional exhaustion also showed a greater sensitivity to sounds. This study supports the theory that hearing problems such as hyperacusis (auditory sensitivity) may be stress induced and that emotional exhaustion should be taken into account in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing problems.
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