Stress

The Stress of Sound: Misophonia

Jerry Kennard Health Pro January 26, 2013
  • When it comes to noise most people have at least one or more pet irritants. I have a whole list. Loud motorcycles, dental drills, people who repeatedly whistle the same few notes of a tune, and many more besides. However, a sigh, a frown or a quick grumble and I’m done. Others however are so se...

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  • Anonymous
    Beverly
    Feb. 28, 2014

    Today is Rare Disease Day. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. We are starting a campaign to bring awareness to Misophonia and ultimately help fund research. Please help support our cause by visiting my site and buying a Misophonia...

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    Today is Rare Disease Day. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. We are starting a campaign to bring awareness to Misophonia and ultimately help fund research. Please help support our cause by visiting my site and buying a Misophonia Awareness Bracelet. Let's help bring attention to this!       http://misophonia.yolasite.com/         Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    Angie
    Feb. 19, 2014

    Hey. It is so good to know that I'm not plain out losing it. I have had these issues for quite sometime now. I can't stand to hear people chew their food (and i do mean ANY food). And to anyone else around me it seems really petty. But in my ears it seems as if they are chewing on stale chips and it drives me up the wall. Another pet peeve of mine is when people...

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    Hey. It is so good to know that I'm not plain out losing it. I have had these issues for quite sometime now. I can't stand to hear people chew their food (and i do mean ANY food). And to anyone else around me it seems really petty. But in my ears it seems as if they are chewing on stale chips and it drives me up the wall. Another pet peeve of mine is when people drink things out of a cup. If you notice most people do a slurp the first few miliseconds of a drink. It irritates me beyond reason. I battle with this constantly since i have two toddlers that insist on slurping. I have resulted to steering clear of "quiet" dinners all together. I refuse to do family dinners at the table unless the tv is on. My family thinks that I am anti-social and downright weird. But I honestly can't help it.

  • Anonymous
    shrinking violet
    Jan. 22, 2014

    I don't think people are understanding that this is not just an annoyance.  When you hear the noises you feel like you are being attacked you go into a rage. You feel like you have to flee or you might hurt someone. Your whole life revolves around the avoidance of sound.  You think of suicide, because you know you love these people you are feeling...

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    I don't think people are understanding that this is not just an annoyance.  When you hear the noises you feel like you are being attacked you go into a rage. You feel like you have to flee or you might hurt someone. Your whole life revolves around the avoidance of sound.  You think of suicide, because you know you love these people you are feeling this anger to.

    You try and do behavioral therapy on yourself but soon realize there is something beyond just hating the illness and willing it to go away.

  • Anonymous
    newbook
    Jul. 29, 2013

    A new book has been published summer 2013. It’s called, Sound-Rage. A Primer of the Neurobiology and Psychology of a Little Known Anger Disorder (Chalcedony Press, 210 pgs) and is available from amazon.com.uk and amazon.com.

    The book provides compelling evidence that “misophonia” is a developmental, neurological disorder, and presents detailed...

    RHMLucky777

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    A new book has been published summer 2013. It’s called, Sound-Rage. A Primer of the Neurobiology and Psychology of a Little Known Anger Disorder (Chalcedony Press, 210 pgs) and is available from amazon.com.uk and amazon.com.

    The book provides compelling evidence that “misophonia” is a developmental, neurological disorder, and presents detailed information about trigger expansion, emotions, cognitions and therapies.   

     

    In Section I, Symptoms, Stories, Diagnoses, it describes the lives of sufferers as they confront triggers throughout the day. Section II, Neurobiology, presents an overview of how the brain processes information, specifically the triggers. There is an in-depth look at brain circuitry and multi-sensory processing. This section seeks to explain from a neurological, sensory perspective how triggers expand, from one or two auditory triggers to many auditory, visual, and olfactory triggers. The thoughts and associations that accompany the anger and pain are addressed in Section III, Emotions, Cognitions, and Therapies.

     

    The book explains how the brain’s “hard-wired” circuitry interprets stimuli as pain and affects behavior and emotions; how processing of visual and auditory stimuli overlap in the brain and result in creating new triggers; and how the brain uses mimicry to induce empathy and reduce the distress caused by triggers. The book also discusses why the disorder is routinely misdiagnosed and how it is unique among all disorders. It also addresses why exposure therapy that is used with OCD worsens the symptoms while cognitive behavior therapy (sometimes in conjunction with exposure) is highly effective in reducing them.

     

    I hope this helps.

  • Crystal
    Jan. 26, 2013
    I didn't know there was a name for this either. I have "bionic' hearing like the "bionic women. So I am hypersensitive to so many noises. Some of which my husband can't even hear but it is very clear for me. It is quit annoying to hear every little thing and to have certain noises drive you nuts.
  • Judy
    Jan. 26, 2013

    Hi, Jerry.  As they say, you learn something new every day!  I'd never heard of this, but it's nice to know there's a name for the reactions we have to annoying sounds - how about fingernails on a blackboard? - EWWW!  Sorry, I couldn't resist.  I bet all of us have a few of these things that drive us nuts.  Thanks a lot.

    • Jerry Kennard
      Health Pro
      Jan. 26, 2013
      I did think of fingernails, Judy - along with hedge cutters, road drills and so many more! I like the taste of Haloumi cheese - but it squeaks on the teeth - as you say, eeww! Jerry