Why are some sounds so irritating?
you ever heard a sound that you find annoying, or one that made you
afraid, or one that just plain made you angry? Have you ever wondered
why a sound could provoke such a strong reaction when other people don’t
seem bothered at all? What you are experiencing is called misophonia.
when common sounds – anything from yawning to chewing to humming
refrigerators – trigger a strong fight-or-flight response. In some
cases, people also respond to related visual stimuli.
with this reaction can have mild symptoms such as anxiety, discomfort,
disgust, and the urge to run away. However, much stronger responses,
including rage, hate, panic, fear, and distress have been noted, too.
cause of misophonia is currently unknown, but some doctors believe it
may be related to anything from tinnitus to obsessive-compulsive
disorder to autism, and that it’s a mental issue, not an auditory one.
There is currently no treatment, so avoidance techniques, stress management, and coping strategies are recommended.
you have any concerns about your hearing, schedule an appointment with a
CEENTA audiologist. They can test your hearing and, if necessary, fit
you with hearing aids best suited for your lifestyle so you can hear all
the sounds you love most.
blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions,
please consult your doctor. You can schedule an appointment with any of
our audiologists in North and South Carolina through myCEENTAchart or
by calling 704-295-3300.
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