The author of the linked piece was disturbed by a tweet from “a well known rock magazine, Kerrang,” and responded, as follows:
Kerrang! Magazine did not respond to Restored Hearing’s tweet, but people in the hearing community did, which led to an interesting and thoughtful discussion about why hearing injuries are treated so dismissively when no one (presumably) would be openly snarky about injuries to sight. After all, there is no effective cure or treatment for most hearing injuries, the consequences of which are more significant than having to ask someone to speak up. Rather, hearing injuries can dramatically affect one’s quality of life. As Bryan Pollard, president of Hyperacusis Research Limited, Inc., stated:
‘Hyperacusis,’ the evil spawn of tinnitus, is a word you do not want in your vocabulary or your medical history. It means that noise = pain. All it takes is one loud night out to spark a lifetime of regret.
In the end, the reason for the flippancy is a lack of education. How many people even heard of hyperacusis or tinnitus or know what they are until and unless they or someone they know is diagnosed? That most hyperacusis and tinnitus is noise induced, thus preventable, means we need to confront the Kerrangs of the world and explain to them that today’s snarky tweet may lead to tomorrow’s lingering regret.
Thanks to Bryan Pollard for the link. Bryan is the founder and president of Hyperacusis Research Limited, a non-profit charity dedicated to funding research on what causes hyperacusis with the goal of developing effective treatments.