“When I hear a noise, I feel like I’m being stabbed in the ear.” — Cindy, age 14
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Cindy Redmond was at a friend’s house, chatting on her phone at the kitchen table. Her friend’s stepfather wanted her off the phone, so he blasted her with an air horn. Cindy felt a burst of pain in her ears.
Within days, she could no longer attend school. Noises there were amplified, loud and painful. She had to leave her eighth grade class and attend school online.
Cindy, who lives in Wilmington, DE, now suffers from hyperacusis, or noise-induced pain. All but the mildest noise feels like a knife stabbing her ear. She also has constant burning ear pain and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. No available treatment has helped Cindy, and there is no cure.
Unfortunately, the man who injured Cindy has no homeowners' liability insurance, so a lawsuit against him would yield no money.
She copes as best she can with earplugs and earmuffs, which make it hard to hear and communicate. She misses seeing friends and eating at restaurants with her mom, Laurie.
Please help Cindy live a normal life, free from noise-induced pain. Share Cindy's story! Let's find a #Cure4Cindy!
"Hyperacusis with pain feels like molten lava in the ear canal or ice picks stabbing the eardrum. The sensation lingers indefinitely after the sound is gone. Hyperacusis is poorly understood and not widely recognized. We are working toward understanding the chemical signaling pathways used by nerve fibers in the inner ear." - Charles Liberman, Professor of Otology, Harvard Medical School
Read more about Cindy below and please share!
Delaware News Journal
Editorial in The Guardian by Cindy's mom
More information is at Hyperacusis Research. Each $20,000 raised will fund one grant into cochlear neuropathy at a research university. As an alternative to donating online, you can mail a check to:
P.O. Box 1295
Marlboro, MA 01752
Media contact: hyperacusiscure at gmaildotcom
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