The Hearing Journal: March 2020 – Volume 73 – Issue 3 – p 20,22,23
Misophonia is intolerance and oversensitivity to certain sounds, which can result in rage and annoyance that may limit a person’s ability to spend time with family, friends and participate in social events. Some of the trigger sounds include eating, clicking, sniffing, gum chewing, lip-smacking, breathing, and tapping. In individuals with misophonia-related distress, this initial emotional reaction is typically followed by a vicious cycle involving negative thoughts leading to further negative emotions, physical sensations, and evaluative thoughts which feed back into the patients initial emotional reaction leading to exacerbation of their negative feelings about the trigger sounds. In addition, the observation of specific movements or anticipation of the trigger sounds can trigger intense aversive responses associated with feelings of distress, disgust, irritability, and anger, which can lead to increased focus on the sound source. In this paper, Prof Dane sh (US) and Dr Hashir Aazh (UK) discuss the complexities of misophonia. For full article click here.