Have you ever sat next to a noisy eater!!!!errrrr that eating sound, loud chewing, gnawing, and slurping seems to be a torture to your ears.
If you have the noise sensitivity that creates uncomfortableness, irritation, stress, and sometimes feelings of rage, then most probably you have a disorder called Misophonia.
Misophonia literally means Hatred of Sound. It is also known as
Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome.
The disorder was first named as a condition in 2001.
Misophonia is a condition in which there is a severe discomfort associated with repetitive sounds like chewing (food/gum), breathing, dripping water, hammering, snoring etc. These sounds invokes a fight or flight response in sufferers. In severe cases, it may cause physical discomfort.
This disorder is an abnormality of the brain with both psychological and physiological symptoms. Unfortunately, misophonia is little studied and we don’t know how common it is but that’s you sure that it is a serious disorder that compromises functioning, socializing, and ultimately mental health.
According to the researchers the sounds triggers a heightened physiological response in the people suffering from Misophonia which results in with increased heart rate and sweating.
It usually appears around age 12 and it’s common in women than in men. People with misophonia tend to have higher IQs.
TRIGGERS OF MISOPHONIA
Triggering sounds may vary among people with misophonia and may get changed over time.
The most common triggers are;
· throat clearing
· writing sounds
· papers rustling
· ticking clocks
· car doors slamming
· the sounds of birds, crickets, and other animals
· foot wagging
· nose rubbing
· hair twirling etc
CONDITION OF A MISOPHOBIAC
Misophonics responds to trigger sounds with a range of negative emotions. These emotions includes disgust and anger.
Over time, they becomes stressful which further induce anxiety and panic.
The physical symptoms that indicates the arousal of the sympathetic nervous system, is the fight response.
The sufferer experience muscle tension and increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.
HOW TO PREVENT MISOPHONIA
· Get yourself earplugs and ear muffs.
· Avoid situations, where you are triggered.
· Practice meditation and mindfulness.
· Natural Remedies