Misophonia and Vision?….. By Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center

Does our vision play an active role in the interpretation of sounds around us? What are your thoughts?

Misophonia is essentially a negative associated feeling, anger, and frustration with external sounds that are heard. These sounds can be someone chewing, clicking of a pen cap, tapping of a foot or finger, cracking knuckles, etc. I do believe there may be a correlation between what we see not being enjoyable, to that in which we hear.  For those of you who have Misophonia or sound sensitivites, do you notice an increased disturbance to sounds after seeing who or what is making the sounds?

We are making continued efforts to help those with Misophonia and it truly starts with having a conversation…. Our clinical Audiology staff are dedicated to serving those with hearing, balance, tinnitus, and sound sensitivity.


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  1. Kristie Dannemiller-Smith

    Interesting. The visual assignment to the sound can cause greater discomfort of that sound. Makes sense since the eyes help enhance understanding when hearing is concerned, why wouldn’t it increase the misophonia for a patient!

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Thank you Kristie,
      Appreciate you sharing and I agree with this theory.

  2. Gail Reagan

    I suppose that may be true, but when I hear those sounds that grate on my nerves, I know exactly who’s making them without even looking… rrrggg.

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Thank you for sharing Gail.

  3. Joanne Upton

    I wonder if seeing that negative association accentuates the feeling because when you see something then you know there will be an action. I was sitting beside someone in church – casually glanced over to the person beside me and she began cracking her knuckles. I knew the sound would come and sure enough that awful sound of the crunched knuckles sent a shiver thru me. I do not like that sound either!!

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Very good perspective and experience with the knuckle cracking.

  4. Dale Hansen

    I deal with Tinnitus, and a Resound has a relaxing sound recording to stream, but on the phone there are graphics that I almost enjoy watching as much as the sound relief.

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Appreciate your sharing Dale!

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