Misophonia is considered, by many, as a term to describe a disturbance, anger, frustrations, and even hate of various sounds made by others.
These sounds can be made by strangers or loved ones. It often, and in most cases, is not purposeful. In fact, others most often aren’t making these sounds to cause such a negative affect on the misohonia sufferer. It’s just that they do. They inadvertently out of habit makes sounds such as clicking of teeth, sounds of chewing, sniffing, to even tapping of a foot. These sounds cause such a negative and often aggressive feeling of anger or bother to these sounds that the misophonia sufferer needs to leave the room or cover their ears. Even visual movements such as wiggling of a leg or tapping of foot, from a distance and not heard, but seen results in negative feelings.
We do know that people suffer from these sounds. We know that to some people, various sounds are passed by and not even noticed, but for others a red flag or flare is sent up. We may know someone that is experiencing these sound sensitivities. If so, please let them know that there IS HELP. We are working closely with misophonia suffers to gain a clear understanding of the sounds surrounding the negative concerns. Then, after careful thought, we do our best to offer ideas and ways to be able to live better around these sounds. We are glad to be a part of misophonia patients lives and offer insight in any way that we can. It all starts with discernment of the patients needs, sound sensitivities, hearing status, and then a plan….. can be discussed.
So important to remember that there is help and to offer a kind ear when our patients are telling us how these sounds make them feel!
There sure is Kelly. Help is there for many misophonia sufferers.
Glad that you found this interesting Mary!
This can be extremely disturbing! Especially when you’re out with your spouse trying to enjoy a good meal at your favorite restaurant and there’s a screaming baby right near you!! …. ugh, we have to move! This sound actually hurts our ears.
I am sorry that the sound of the crying baby bothers you. That’s quite loud and disturbing at times!