The Sound of Stress

Is the sound of the kids fighting, the car radio or the chatter at the local coffee house making you bonkers? Well, the cause could be stress, according to a new study out of Sweden.

Researchers there have found that when women are suffering from acute emotional exhaustion, they are more likely to be hyper sensitive to sound.

Indeed women participating in a study conducted by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinski Institute found that even normal conversations can be painful to females experiencing acute stress.

Women participating in the study were evaluated after being put through a series of stressful tasks and then being gauged on their response to certain sounds. Participants who were experiencing low levels of stress did not report the same acute stress responses as their peers.

Researchers noted their findings, which were recently reported in the journal Plos One, suggest the need for including comprehensive stress evaluations when treating hearing disorders.