7 Things That May Trigger Your Misophonia

7 Things That May Trigger Your Misophonia

It’s only natural to get aggravated by certain sounds — like nails on a chalkboard. But sound sensitivity goes beyond that with misophonia

Misophonia describes a hypersensitivity to small or repeated sounds that make them unbearable. The sound can even cause extreme distress, forcing someone to leave the room, cover their ears, or scream for it to stop. 

It’s also common for people with misophonia to start avoiding people and situations altogether just to stay clear from the sounds that trigger that strong reaction.

If you find yourself hypersensitive to sound or avoiding certain people and places, Sharp Hearing Care Professionals — with locations in Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Tarzana, and Santa Monica, California — can help. Here’s what you should know about this condition, seven common misophonia triggers, and how we can help you manage your symptoms.

How misophonia works

What sets this condition apart from other sound sensitivities is how the sound triggers a physiological response, including the natural fight-or-flight instinct.

Misophonia reactions fall into three categories:

Misophonia can develop at any age, but it often appears during the early teenage years. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but they often share similar triggers.

Seven common misophonia triggers

Unlike sounds that most people find irritating — like squealing brakes or nails on a chalkboard — misophonia triggers are often less offensive. 

People with misophonia often respond to seven types of triggers:

On top of those auditory triggers, some people with misophonia can also respond to visual triggers. Examples include seeing someone chewing with an open mouth, rubbing their nose, or jiggling a leg or foot.

In most cases, people with misophonia can make these sounds themselves without issue. However, it can become unbearable when they hear the same sounds coming from someone else.

Living with misophonia

Hearing a sound that puts you on edge here and there is bad enough. When you have misophonia, it can happen every day. Fortunately, our skilled team of audiologists has ways to help you cope.

It all starts with a thorough audiology assessment to look for ear or hearing problems associated with misophonia. Based on your evaluation, we could suggest a variety of strategies, including:

It’s tempting for people with misophonia to use hearing protection that blocks all sounds. However, we don’t recommend this approach unless you’re under the supervision of one of our audiologists. Without proper care, these devices can alter your sound perception, increasing your intolerance to even more sounds.

Do you have misophonia? Get expert care today by contacting the team at Sharp Hearing Care Professionals.  

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