What is misophonia? And why blog about it?

Literally, misophonia means the hatred of sounds. But for an unknown percentage of the population, it is a diagnosis for an auditory condition that causes a person to feel strong, negative emotions in response to a specific group of everyday sounds.

 

Crunching, lip smacking, licking, slurping — the sounds people typically  make while eating or drinking.

Sniffling.

Muffled music or a television in nearby room.

Silverware clinking against bowls or plates.

The crinkling of plastic bags.

Heavy breathing.

Sometimes, the condition also includes a strong, negative reaction to the person seeing a certain motion, such as the tapping of a foot or a person biting their fingernails. These sound and sight triggers create such a reaction within the mind of the person who has misophonia, that the person may feel the need to flee from the sound, suffer quietly with their anxiety about the sound, cope by using earplugs or listening to music in headphones, or even lash out at the source of the sound (think “fight or flight” when it comes to misophonia).

There is no cure for this disorder, and it does not seem to be recognized much by the medical community. But I know all to well that this condition is real. I have misophonia. This blog space will serve two purposes. First, it will provide a first-person account of life with this disorder in the hopes of raising awareness about misophonia. Second, it will provide resources for people who have misophonia and their loved ones.

Many blog posts are to come. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with this condition by visiting the following websites.

The UK’s site about misophonia

A short documentary about misophonia

The facebook group for misophonia

This blog will remain anonymous.

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12 responses

  1. Hi I’m from Western Australia and have a 9year old daughter with misaphonia. Is there any one from wa with misaphonia? I have not found a specialist who knows of misaphonia. Are there any doctors in Australia who understands or knows about misaphonia? It would be interesting to know if there are others with misaphonia in wa. And what has been helpful?

    1. Hi Bmg. I live in WA too and I only found out tonight that the condition I have, has a name! Unfortunately I have had it for 20 odd years and I don’t know of any treatments. How are you going with your research? Hopefully better than me!

    2. Hi Bmg, I am from WA too. I believe i have Misophonia, and have done for years. The rage that certain noises cause in me, is unsettling. Have you found a Dr in WA who acknowledges this condition. I was so glad to realise i wasn’t the only one, who feels like this.

    3. My son is 8 and we live in wa we have a very understanding doctor that is working with us to find possible treatments so far we have tried CBT with a phycologist and are currently trailing neurofeedback but have only do 15 sessions

  2. Thank god people recognize this, or are starting to. I can’t stand the sound of eating. It upsets my boyfriend so much to see me twitch and react the way I do, he used to think it was a reaction to him but at least now we both know it’s a common thing. But I still just can’t stand it!

  3. I am so grateful for your blog! My family thinks I’m crazy and can hardly tolerate my “quirks” anymore. Earplugs, fingers in the ear, producing other noises, leaving rooms, or flat out anxiety induced temper tantrums … coping is a daily activity 🙂 It’s really just wonderful knowing that I’m not a freak!

  4. My understanding it has to do with the Gaba pathway in the brain. You have a dysfunction in your pathway or lack of Gaba causing you to freak out about the littlest things. There’s things you can do to fix this without taking toxic harmful drugs. Gaba is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate this part of the brain. If you take Gaba precursers to help this problem. But do not take straight up Gaba because the Gaba molecule is too big to be passing your blood brain barrier. If you do take Gaba and you feel anything from the norm, means you have a leaky brain. Which is a whole different situation. There are natural supplements you can take to help this. Trust me, I’m a living example.

    1. Hi Shelby, thanks for reading my blog! I’m curious, do you have the specific symptoms of misophonia or is it more of a general irritability? I’m curious which supplements you take. I think in the case of misophonia, there are not any pharmaceutical drugs that have been determined to “cure” this condition.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences – from a fellow sufferer on the east coast US! It’s so difficult to explain myself to others and have them perceive it as an actual condition that I try to live with rather than me just being a whiny and manipulative person.

    1. I know how you feel! As you can tell, this blog is pretty new, and I am open to any suggestions/topics you would want to know more about when it comes to misophonia. Or, if you find any amazing resources, feel free to leave them in a comment.

  6. Thank you from a sufferer of Misophonia in Australia! I look forward to future blog posts

    1. Thanks for reading. If you have any suggestions for the blog or topics you would like to see covered, please let me know.

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