You Might Have Misophonia If Small Sounds Bother You

Does it really freak you out and upset you when you hear people either breathe or chew loudly? Well, if so, you likely have misophonia!

Small sounds like the tapping of feet, or the clicking of pens, or even the clanking of silverware, can be really annoying to a lot of people. And it seems there’s actually a scientific explanation for it!

Misophonia is a brain condition that affects the frontal lobe. The term “misophonia” was popularized in 2001. When it was first coined scientists didn’t put much stock by it.

However, a recent study in Current Biology has given wide credence to the fact that people who suffer from misophonia are neurologically different from those who don’t suffer from the condition.

People suffering from misophonia undergo a change in their brain activity when they hear certain sounds.

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The trigger leads to an imbalance in their emotional control mechanism, sending their brains on overdrive.

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This was calculated and judged using MRI machines to track brain activities when exposed to certain sounds.

These sounds fell under three branches: neutral (such as raindrops or boiling water), unpleasant (such as a person shouting or a child crying), and trigger (such as heavy breathing or chewing).

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People with misophonia responded to the trigger sounds, and some of these people even had physical reactions such as sweating or an increased heart rate.

If you’ve ever been infuriated by the sound of loud chewing, that’s a common symptom of someone with misophonia.

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Knowing this might not make you feel better, but at least you’ll feel less alone.

Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar, University College London said, “For many people with misophonia, this will come as welcome news as for the first time we have demonstrated a difference in brain structure and function in sufferers.”

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“Patients with misophonia had strikingly similar clinical features, and yet the syndrome is not recognized in any of the current clinical diagnostic schemes. This study demonstrates the critical brain changes as further evidence to convince a skeptical medical community that this is a genuine disorder.”

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After reading this, do you think you have misophonia?

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