This article is from the Tinnitus FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Bixby) with numerous contributions by others.
Because so little is known about it, doctors either have no idea what is
wrong with us or give us poor advice. Some even subject our ears to tests
which only make our ears worse. A person who comes down with hyperacusis
needs immediate counseling. No one can even imagine what this condition is
like unless they experience it first hand. Running water, rustling
newspaper pages, people talking, slamming doors, kitchen silverware and
driving in a car can all be intolerable particularly without ear
protection. Most hyperacusis patients wear ear protection - either foam ear
plugs or ear muffs when they are in areas which are not sound-friendly.
When ears suddenly become traumatized it is even difficult to sleep because
the sufferer's stress level is so high. To help individuals who are
experience the trauma of hyperacusis, an international support network has
been established called The Hyperacusis Network. See Organizations below
[The above information was provided courtesy of The Hyperacusis Network.]