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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Misophonia: “Hatred of Sound”

Do you ever find it is hard to tolerate everyday sounds such as  chewing, coughing, even breathing ? Most of us, would be able to tolerate even though we may find them annoying. Some of us don't even notice or care. But for those suffered rare and not curable disease called, Misophonia, --hatred of sound, can find this intolerable to the point of feeling anxious, distressed, and violent --according to

"For 19-year-old Emma Riehl, attending her college classes is a form of torture. But she doesn’t blame the subject matter or the homework." --Instead sounds such as sniffling and chewing. She find those sounds quite intrusive and make it hard for her to remain in the same room. "Unlike people who find these noises merely irritating, people with misophonia have an extreme reaction that often leads to lives of isolation."

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When I first heard about this in the radio yesterday morning, I thought to myself, this is weird... I never even thought about this. I wonder if this is a psychological thinking or actually a neurological defect. But according to researcher, though not enough evident yet, it is potentially a neurological defect.

I thought to share this finding with all of you and if you find yourself or any of your loved ones suffering from these sounds. Please watch “20/20″ Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

Any thought to share?

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  1. Interesting. I've never heard of this before, and I can imagine how difficult it makes it for one so afflicted.

    1. Exactly! I am not sure how would I deal with that ... Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I get annoyed by sounds very easily. I find them irritating, but not to the point of violence or anxiety, Thank God.

  3. I have this condition where any eating sounds are concerned such as chewing, slurping and smacking. It's awful. Most of the time I either leave the area or put my iPod on. If I'm with people I'm close to, I usually just ask them to be aware when they're doing it and they really do try to stop making whatever sound I'm noticing. It's inconvenient in most social situations, unfortunately and most people are actually kind of rude whenever I mention it because they think I'm making it up.
    Sorry this is random, I just figured you may want insight from someone who deals with it.

    1. Thank so much for leaving this valuable comment to me. I really appreciate it. Hope things will get better for you and people would understand more.

      Take care!

  4. My son has this condition. It is hard to believe that it is not just someone who is easily annoyed or spoiled, but much easier to understand if you experience the reactions firsthand. If only it were that easy to explain away and deal with. Certain sounds cause him to react with anger so he constantly lives with stress. He is a bright, funny, athletic 15 year old who is so talented, but can not fill his day with too much activity because the stress of sounds drains him. He has to spend time alone in his room with a fan on for noise instead of joining in with our family. We accommodate it as best we can. It is hereditary, we can trace it to other family members who have milder cases.