We offer this self-test to help people explore their connection with sound sensitivities. Please note that there is no medically or scientifically validated test for misophonia. This is not a diagnostic tool nor is it presented as medical advice. However, this self-assessment does allow an individual to compare their experience to those reported by others in the misophonia community.
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You have completed the Misophonia Online Self-Test. We hope you have learned something about yourself and welcome you to continue your research.
About your score: The score you receive on the test is for comparison purposes only. It shows how you compare to other people who have taken the test. This is not scientifically significant information because there are no controls in place to ensure the quality of the data collected. However, there are some statements that can be made about your score.
If you score under 10%:
You most likely do not have misophonia. It is not possible to rule it out completely, but your case would be considered mild. Many people can be annoyed or frustrated over sounds they hear from time to time. You may just be sensitive to sounds when stressed or tired, etc. There could be other reasons why some sounds bother you other than misophonia. You may wish to continue your research to discover if you have misophonia but your score makes it unlikely.
If your score is over 10% and under 50%:
It is very likely that you are experiencing what people call misophonia. However, because the research does not yet provide us with a scientific or medically valid test, we can’t tell you that you officially have misophonia. It would be fair to say that you are definitely a person with sound sensitivities. Although the exact cause can’t be currently “officially” diagnosed, we can tell you that you are not alone! Many people have reactions similar to yours when it comes to the negative effects caused by misophonia. There ARE people who can help you. Therapists, doctors, audiologists, and occupational therapists work with people who have misophonia to help them cope with symptoms. Researchers are studying misophonia and will hopefully eventually give us a better picture of its cause(s) and develop universally effective treatments. This website can help with basic information and you may benefit from further study of misophonia.
If you score over 50%:
Clearly, you are experiencing what is currently understood to be misophonia. Your level of involvement is high and you should do what you can to alleviate symptoms. Many people find that managing stress, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting enough exercise is very helpful in reducing the effect and severity of misophonia-related symptoms. The notes above in the 10% to 50% range apply to you as well, please read them. People use online support groups to get information and on-going support. You may be interested in joining an online community of people who can relate to your situation on a personal level. The Misophonia Support Group on Facebook currently has over 17,000 members and is open to all people with misophonia. https://www.facebook.com/groups/misophoniasupport/
For further information on misophonia, use the links at the top of the page to navigate the website.
Please note that the color coding in the View Questions section is not a judgment on what are “correct” or “incorrect” answers. It is simply an unavoidable function of the scoring system that cannot be deactivated.
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Question 1 of 14
1. Question1 points
I have a sensitivity to certain sounds that don’t seem to affect other people.
If you answer NO to this question, you most likely do not have misophonia. There’s no need to continue the test.
Question 2 of 14
2. Question6 points
Do any of these sounds cause you a significant degree of stress?
Check all that apply.
Question 3 of 14
3. Question10 points
Generally, after experiencing a problem sound – how long does it take for you to “get past it” or “let it go”?
Some people continue to feel the effects of being triggered after the trigger stops. This question is asking how long it takes for the individual to stop feeling negative effects after being triggered.
Question 4 of 14
4. Question1 points
When I hear the kind of sounds that I’m sensitive to, I feel compelled to ask the person to stop making the sound. Or, I need to immediately get away from the source of the sound.
Question 5 of 14
5. Question2 points
I used to be bothered by a few sounds, but I got used to them and now they don’t bother me anymore.
Question 6 of 14
6. Question3 points
Some sounds cause me to feel a sense of panic.
Question 7 of 14
7. Question3 points
There are times when I feel like yelling at someone because of a noise they’re making.
Question 8 of 14
8. Question1 points
Are there people or places you routinely avoid because of sounds that are likely to be encountered?
Question 9 of 14
9. Question2 points
Which of the following best describes you? (Please choose ONE answer only)
The system will let you select more than one answer to this question. However, your results will be more accurate if you only choose one as requested.
Question 10 of 14
10. Question6 points
Certain sounds have a negative impact on the following areas of my life: (choose all that apply)
Question 11 of 14
11. Question8 points
Do any of the following statements apply to you when you hear an offending noise? (choose all that apply)
Question 12 of 14
12. Question6 points
On average, how many times a day do you have a negative response to a sound?
Question 13 of 14
13. Question4 points
Does the sight of any of the following affect you similarly to the way problem sounds do?
Question 14 of 14
14. Question6 points
How much control do you have over your reactions to problem sounds?