MISOPHONIA – ANSWERS FOR SOUND SENSITIVITY
A WORD OF CAUTION – Due to the nature of misophonia, the list of “trigger-sounds,” or sounds that may cause symptoms of the disorder, are discussed on this page.
Misophonia is a sound sensitivity disorder where individuals have a negative reaction to specific sounds. It generally starts with a trigger – often an oral sound such as the noise someone makes when they eat, breathe, chew, yawn, or whistle. Sometimes a small repetitive motion is the cause – someone fidgets, clicks a pen, or taps their foot. Even visual cues such as hair twirling, movements out of the corner of the eyes, or jaw movement are known to cause a response.
Symptoms of misophonia often appear in late childhood but the onset can be seen at any age. Usually it starts with a single trigger-sound followed by more sounds added to the list. When exposed to a trigger-sound, people with misophonia often react with irritation, rage, panic or even physical violence or the idea of exercising violence.
Our role as audiologists is to help establish a diagnosis by first and foremost ruling out auditory problems. This begins with a thorough hearing evaluation followed by counseling on hearing and sound processing, and we offer sound masking therapy to aid in treatment.
At Landmark, we take a multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosis and management of misophonia with our trusted network of health specialists.