Noise Sensitivity

 

If you feel disgusted to the point of rage when you hear the sound of chewing, swallowing, breathing, throat-clearing and other common “people” noises, you’re not alone. You’re also not crazy. Misophonia is a sound sensitivity disorder, which makes certain noises intolerable to the sufferer.

Although this condition is primarily neurological, the experience of these sounds can cause psychological distress and trigger a fear response. Not to be confused with fear of sounds.

One of the primary difficulties of living with this disorder is others’ reactions. Those who do not have any hypersensitivity to sound simply cannot imagine how their chewing and swallowing noises can be so disgusting to another person. Often, protests from the sufferer are misinterpreted as passive-aggressive personal attacks or simply not believed at all.

Sometimes symptoms of misophonia are poorly understood and it is not uncommon for a person to be misdiagnosed with an anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or even a bipolar disorder says WebMD.

Although there is no cure for misophonia as yet, there are various techniques that can help dial back the symptoms of misophonia so it does not interfere so severely with everyday life.

Here are some things you can do:-

  • Wear ear muffs some times not all the time, and make some noise reducing modifications around your hoping
  • Manage your anxiety and have regular time out breaks from stimuli in a quiet safe zone – be mindful!
  • Distract yourself from the irritating sound if you can
  • Try white or pink background noise – some people report this helps enormously – it didn’t for me
  • Exposure therapy to noise is helpful for some people, but not everybody.

 

Allergic to Sound

The Mispohonia Assocation
Misophonia by WEB MD
Living with Extreme Sound Sensitivity by Craig A. Maxwell, DO at PsychCentral.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11223280
http://calmglow.com/pdfs/food-allergies-and-ADHD.pdf

 

 

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Hyperacusis

If it is more than a few sounds that are sending you around the bend, it may not be misophonia your experiencing but rather Hyperacusis.

Hyperacusis is a collapsed tolerance to everyday sounds.  While long recognised in children with Autism, it is now recognised to impact many with neurological conditions (including CFS, Migraines) and people who have experienced injury to the ears (from a very loud sound, ear operation).  

 

 

Resources 

http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/hyperacusis/

Allergic to Sound

The Mispohonia Assocation
Misophonia by WEB MD
Living with Extreme Sound Sensitivity by Craig A. Maxwell, DO at PsychCentral.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11223280
http://calmglow.com/pdfs/food-allergies-and-ADHD.pdf

 

 

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