Dislike the sound of chewing? You might have Misophonia

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 07, 2017
Quick Bites

  • Misophonia is a study that is related to hatred of sound.
  • It is related to the sound of chewing or lip smacking.
  • Not only do these noises annoy, but also cause anger.

That unfathomable chunk of rage that wells up in you on hearing the sound of someone’s lip smacking that chewing gum! Well it could be Misophonia.



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Misophonia is a study that is related to hatred of sound or discomfort towards a specific human sound. It is majorly related to the sound of chewing or lip smacking. Not only do these kind of noises annoy, but also cause anger and distress that causes verbal or physical outburst. Misaphoniacs are not affected by the sounds made by animals or the sound produced by themselves.

This is a condition that got recognized very lately, as the word misophonia is a little controversial in provision to its connotation.


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An Amsterdam researcher in 2013 came up with diagnostic criteria that classified misophonia as a new kind of psychiatric disorder.  Researchers on interviewing around 42 people with related triggers and symptoms, found that the people with misophonia tend to avoid social circumstances and use headphones to block the offending sounds and also experience stress on avoiding triggers.

Nonetheless, other researchers have a dispute and suggest that it could be a symptom of underlying psychiatric disorder similar to generalized anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Individuals who suffer from misophonia are prone to anxiety and depression associated with obsessive compulsive disorder, which makes it difficult to establish if hating the sound is are associated symptoms of those disorders or if it’s a diagnosis in its very own self.



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Another study of 500 students approx, about 20 percent of participants were reported with clinical significant symptoms of misophonia. It was establish that the symptom quiet corresponded with OCD, anxiety and depression. This phenomenon is yet to be studied more as the numbers mentioned in the studies might not represent the general population figuratively.



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