Welcome to Misophonia Online, a website that answers the question “What is misophonia?” Do you have an intense emotional reaction to hearing someone eating with their mouth open, sneezing, coughing, sniffling, chewing gum or throat-clearing? Do you feel enraged when you hear repetitive noises like tapping, the clicking of a pen, typing on a keyboard or hearing other sounds that make you want to run away or even lash out at the source of the sound? Have you wondered why you experience these reactions… have sensitivities to certain sounds… and wonder if you are the only one who has these problems? When your trigger events occur, does it seem like other people don’t take any notice of the sounds that affect you so strongly?
You’re not alone!
This website is designed to provide support to those who suffer from this little known syndrome and bring awareness of this sound sensitivity to the public.
Misophonia is not caused by a hearing impairment and is not the same as hyperacusis, which is an over-sensitivity to the volume of sounds. Misophonia elicits excessively negative and immediate emotional and physiological responses to certain sounds that most people don’t seem to notice. This sensitivity to certain sounds can have a negative effect on a person’s life causing problems with activities of daily living. Interactions with significant people can also be affected in ways that create tension or interfere with personal relationships. The disorder can have a harmful effect on one’s support system and the potential for social isolation exists. In an attempt to avoid problematic situations, a person with misophonia can become withdrawn and shy away from others in general.
I wrote this song a few years back. It’s titled “misophonia (n.)”. Misophonia (my-so-fonia) is a disorder which means: “hatred of sound”. Isn’t that ironic? My life revolves around sound in almost every way. Singing and playing instruments has always been one of my favorite ways to relieve stress, yet, other sounds make my life nearly impossible. Perhaps the worst thing about this disorder, is that it affects relationships in a negative way. Because of misophonia, my ears pick up sounds that most people gloss over. Every person makes noises, and with the noises they create a certain rhythm, or “song” if you will. Over time, the noises make relationships difficult, and either I have to leave- “I don’t want to hear your music anymore”- or the other person in the relationship has to change their lifestyle; “I won’t ask you to change, but won’t you change for me”. The closer I get to an individual, the harder it gets. Over the years, this burden has left me feeling incredibly helpless, and lonely. “Helpless” because I don’t know how to fix it. And “lonely” because I feel like I would only ruin someone’s life by becoming a part of it. How do I tell someone, with whom I’m madly in love, that I can’t stand the sound of their voice? This song is an attempt at expressing that frustration. Misophonia is when the afflicted’s brain activates an extreme “fight-or-flight” response when they hear certain trigger noises such as chewing, sniffing, coughing, etc. When I tell people about this, people tell me, “oh! I hate it when people chew loudly! It’s so annoying!” I agree, that it is annoying. But when I hear these trigger noises, my brain literally sends a signal to my suprarenal glands telling them to release massive amounts of adrenaline. All rationality goes out the window, and I’m left wanting to fight, or run away (hence, fight or flight). The reason why I majored in Neuroscience, was to attempt to understand my brain better. Now I’m understanding it better, but I haven’t been able to repair it. This disorder has been a part of my life since I was about 14 years old, and is up there with the most difficult things that I deal with day to day. Now, after having come to terms with this condition, I've realized something powerful. The things that I'm most proud of, have stemmed from decisions I've made because of Misophonia. While it's been incredibly difficult, I wouldn't be the person who I am today, if I didn't have this "thing" inside of me. So.. after everything, I'm grateful that I have it, because it has helped me discover who I truly am. A HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed to this project, Hannah for being an amazing actress, Paesha for your incredible filming, Katie for your master violin skills, Melissa for producing, and Kenz for doing EVERYTHING to make the audio come together! Recording, arranging, playing, mixing, did you guys listen to that chorus?! Kenz you freaking killed it! Also a huge thanks to Cindy (and family) for letting us use your house to film!
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This website has resources to help explain and provide information about the condition, suggests coping mechanisms, and offers tips to help manage individual symptoms. Now that the question “What is Misophonia?” has been introduced, it’s time for further exploration. Please accept this invitation to join in on discussions, learn about symptoms and possible triggers, and hopefully get some answers to your questions about misophonia.
If you have misophonia, please share your thoughts and answer the question “What misophonia means to me.”
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