Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook

2019 International Book Awards Finalist

Mayes is exceptionally qualified to inform those searching for help in this area. Her professional reputation and experience in the field of audiology allow her to offer an extensive array of coping techniques and treatments.

This book makes it possible to sort through the options with ease and begin building a toolbox that is effective and empowering.



GENRE: Nonfiction, hearing health, self-help



My first book on managing life with tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance was published in 2010. Years later, people were still being told “nothing could be done” despite many existing and new coping options. People with hyperacusis were still left out of the conversation-and book titles-even though many people like myself have both.

I decided to write a new book that featured hyperacusis in the title. It includes updated content from Tinnitus Treatment Toolbox as well as new information.

The currently available second edition of Tinnitus Toolbox-Hyperacusis Handbook has a different cover than the first desk reference edition plus fewer acronyms. More detailed chapters on noise damage and noise control were deleted.


Something can be done.

Tinnitus Toolbox-Hyperacusis Handbook covers currently available international science-based approaches including self-help, professional treatments, clinical trials, and experimental research for people with tinnitus. Details are included on how to adapt coping tools for hyperacusis or decreased sound tolerance.

For people in the hearing loss and Deaf communities, coping tools are included that don’t rely on sound or hearing.

This book presents you with the tools needed to cope better and have a higher quality of life.



“Noise is unwanted sound. Unwanted because the person doesn’t like the sound, doesn’t like the loudness, or doesn’t like how it’s there all the time. That’s tinnitus and hyperacusis in a nutshell. Unwanted sound.

Treatments for tinnitus were first written on ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets. That’s over 5,000 years ago. They used exorcisms for ear ghosts, spells or prayers whispered into ears, and herbal treatments. Tinnitus treatments continued through the ancient Greeks to the Victorian 1800s. And then tinnitus fell off the radar…”


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