Hyperosmia

Hyperosmia is the condition of having greater than average ability to smell and perceive odors. This can also translate into a heightened detection of flavors. It is related to both Anosmia (complete inability to smell) and Hyposmia (decreased ability to smell), though hyperosmia is far less common. Hyperosmia sometimes occurs in a temporary state due to pregnancy or drug use.

Hyperosmia is of particular relevance to those working in the sensory field as affected individuals have a greater ability to perceive and discriminate among flavors and odors than do average consumers. Sensory Analysts should be aware of this condition and may need to screen panelists prior to panel participation.