About Jan

Jan L. Mayes has lived with decreased sound tolerance since her childhood. This includes misophonia (sound dislike), phonophobia (sound fear), and hyperacusis (sound pain).

Jan copes with constant tinnitus that started after a car accident in 1986 when she was about 21 years old.

Her career as a Canadian certified and licensed audiologist (Aud(C), RAud) spanned clinical audiology, noise risk, noise damage to auditory health, hearing preservation including hearing protection, and health and safety education.

Of course, she has always had a special interest in tinnitus, decreased sound tolerance, and preventable noise-related speech communication and hearing problems.

Now retired, Jan attended the University of British Columbia where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts (double major in linguistics and speech sciences) in 1986 and Master of Science in audiology in 1988. She later completed a certificate in Adult Education from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Jan is affiliated with The Quiet Coalition (non-profit) as a volunteer science reporter and writer.

She is also a member of the American Tinnitus Association.

Jan receives royalties for hearing health non-fiction and horror fiction books.

Awards

2019  
International Book Awards Finalist

Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook


2013
Eric Hoffer Award

Tinnitus Treatment Toolbox