Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Aud(C), RAud, is a Canadian author and educator. She has the unique perspective of both having tinnitus-hyperacusis for over 30 years, and working as an audiologist specializing in science-based noise risk to disability access, communication, and hearing health as well as tinnitus-hyperacusis clinical evaluation, management, and prevention.

Her career spans hearing healthcare, health and safety education, hearing conservation, and authoring horror fiction and non-fiction noise and hearing health related articles, books, and education related writing.

People used to reading her educational non-fiction are shocked at Jan’s dark imagination and the creepy macabre plots in her fiction writing.

Jan’s Activities



I enjoy writing horror fiction and non-fiction, with the odd dash of poetry for good measure. I’m a 2019 International Books Awards winning finalist in Health: General, and a 2013 Eric Hoffer Award winning author in non-fiction health.

I became an educational audiologist specializing in evaluation, management, and prevention of tinnitus, hyperacusis, and noise-induced hearing health damage.

I designed and taught safety & health educational programs including hearing conservation. I missed audiology.

I worked in evaluation, management, and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

I worked for 2 years in Fredericton, NB, Canada, doing hearing loss evaluation and management for people of all ages from babies to elders. After I discovered what winter is like as a season, I returned to the Pacific Northwest to work in Vancouver, BC.


  • Migraines since forever
  • Hyperacusis since forever
  • Anxiety & depression since 1966
  • Chronic pain & fatigue since 1977
  • Tinnitus since 1986
  • Hearing loss since 2016

My Team

Exercise buddies.
The doggsy twins enjoy taking long walks and chewing up government mail.
Comfort cat. Named after cheese.
Sleep specialist.
International cat of mystery.

Jan L. Mayes

“Never give up. Never surrender.”

Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.