Sharing the fact that you have misophonia is a personal choice. There are many good reasons to do so. Yet, there are also some negative considerations.
Awareness of misophonia helps educate the public. It makes people aware of the differences between us. Many people believe that diversity makes us smarter, stronger, and more resilient. There’s good logic behind that approach. Individuals with varied expertise bring more information and experience to the table. Together, we are better equipped to cope with complex problems.
Empathy and accommodation could be the rewards of being forthcoming about our misophonia. Many people want to be helpful and are sensitive to the needs of others. They’re willing to help others when they can, but they need to be aware of the problem first.
Unfortunately, there are also some people who are not educated about sound sensitivities. Nor are they concerned about the needs of others in general. These people sometimes mock or antagonize people whom they perceive as different. They do this by making exaggerated trigger sounds or disparaging comments. Some of us hear “ignore that sound” or “you’re always seeking attention” when we ask for some accommodation.
If you have misophonia, you have likely met both the helpful people and the not so helpful kind. So, whether to share personal information about ourselves is an individual choice. Everyone must make the decision that is best for them.