What is Misophonia?

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.




Triggering sounds may vary among people with misophonia and may get  changed  over time. 

The most common triggers are; 


·       Chomping

·       Slurping

·       Swallowing

·       throat clearing

·       sniffling

·       writing sounds

·       papers rustling

·       ticking clocks

·       car doors slamming

·       the sounds of birds, crickets, and other animals

·       foot wagging

·       nose rubbing

·       hair twirling etc




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.




·       Get yourself earplugs and ear muffs.

·       Avoid situations, where you are triggered.

·       Practice meditation and mindfulness.

·       Natural Remedies




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