Diplacusis, also known as diplacusis binauralis, binauralis disharmonica or inter aural pitch difference (IPD) is a type of hearing disorder that is the perception of a single auditory stimulus as sounds of a different pitch in the two ears. It is typically, though not exclusively, experienced as a secondary symptom of sensorineural hearing loss, although not all patients with sensorineural hearing loss experience diplacusis or tinnitus. The onset is usually spontaneous and can occur following an acoustic trauma, for example an explosive noise, or in the presence of an ear infection. Sufferers may experience the effect permanently, or it may resolve on its own. Treatment includes a full medical and audiological examination that may explain the nature of the problem. If needed, amplification may relieve the symptoms of diplacusis. Therapy in helping the patient understand the cause of the symptom and tinnitus retraining may provide some relief. In at least some cases, amplification makes no difference and there is no treatment other than waiting for natural resolution.

Broader Problems:
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET