Why Do Some Sound Drives Me Crazy?

Aug 14, 2019 Kayode Oseh

Most of us get angry when hearing someone chewing their mouth or making some unnecessary sounds. While this may just sometimes be a trivial reaction, it could also be a sign of a more complicated disorder called Misophonia.   

Misophonia is a disorder in which certain sounds trigger emotional or physiological responses that some one might perceive as annoying. The effect from those noise includes anger, annoyance, panic, and the need to flee.  The disorder is sometimes called selective sound sensitivity syndrome.

Individuals with misophonia often report they are triggered by oral sounds  -- the noise someone makes when they eat, breathe, or even chew. Other adverse sounds include. keyboard or finger tapping.

Researchers believe that those with misophonia may already have issues with how their brains filter sounds.

If you have a mild reaction to those sounds, you might feel:

   Anxious
.    Uncomfortable
.    The urge to flee
.    Disgust

If your response is more severe, the sound might cause:

.    Rage
   Anger
   Hatred
   Panic
.    Fear
.    Emotional distress

How Do You Get misophonia?

Although, the age from which one can develop it is unknown but however, some people report symptoms between the ages of 9 and 13. Misophonia is more common with girls and may come on quickly.

Doctors aren’t sure what causes misophonia, but it’s not a problem with your ears. They think it’s part mental, part physical. It could be related to how sound affects your brain and triggers automatic responses in your body.

Can it be treated?

The condition does affect daily life, but you can learn to manage it.

Treatment often involves a multidisciplinary approach combining sound therapy by audiologists and supportive counseling in which coping strategies are emphasized.

Device like hearing aid could help out because it may help distract you from those offensive sounds.

Other treatments may include talk therapy.
 

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