Welcome to Misophonia Online
Does hearing someone chew with their mouth open upset you or make you angry? What about gum chewing, crinkling, or constant tapping? Do those noises bother you more than other people? If so, you may feel that you need to escape those sounds. There’s a word for this problem. It’s called misophonia.
Misophonia describes having a sensitivity to certain sounds.
Certain sounds can have a harmful effect on people. They ignite an emotional response. So, those sounds are then called triggers.
If you think you may be sensitive to certain sounds, you need to know that:
You’re not alone!
Misophonia is not an actual hearing issue. The latest research suggests it is most likely a sensory processing issue.
This disorder has an unwanted negative effect on life. It interferes with everyday activities and relationships. As a result, people can become isolated by trying to avoid triggers.
Sounds are the most common source of triggers. But visual triggers also exist. Misokinesia is the name used to describe having visual sensitivities.
This website provides information, ways of coping, and tips on managing symptoms. Misophonia is a personal experience since each person has their own trigger set. Furthermore, individual reactions and sensitivity levels vary quite a bit.
You’re invited to join the discussions and learn more about symptoms and triggers. Would you like to know how other people feel about having this disorder? Read descriptions of how it makes them feel here.
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Featured Music Video
(Trigger Warning: this video mentions trigger sounds.)
In Breaking the Sound Barrier, Vivien Black — a teen with misophonia — highlights the voices of the misophonia community in order to generate a greater understanding of this condition. Just as the title suggests, this film aims to break the metaphorical sound barrier — shatter the lack of awareness surrounding misophonia by sharing the stories of teens. The underlying message portrayed is that by coming together as a collective, we can bring hope to others and show how people with misophonia can live happy, fulfilling lives.
Follow @breakingthesoundbarrierfilm on Instagram for updates!
Download a comprehensive misophonia coping guide here: https://vivienblack.mykajabi.com/
To Friends & Family
Download a letter that explains misophonia. Give it to friends, family, co-workers, and other people in your life. This letter is a great way to introduce them to misophonia. You can edit this handout to make it more personal. The letter’s text is available HERE (no download required). Please feel free to share!
To Healthcare Professionals
Also available: a different letter to give to a doctor or other health provider. This introductory letter is suitable for doctors, audiologists, psychologists, neurologists, occupational therapists, and others. It can be edited to best suit your needs. A text-only page of the letter is available HERE without having to download the .docx file.