Do you feel annoyed when you hear chewing, swallowing, clicking, drinking, sipping, finger tapping and other similar sounds that the human body can make? Do you want to yell at this person, say something rude, or become completely impatient and even aggressive? Well, it turns out, that some of us, more or less have a brain disorder called misophonia.
5 Fun Facts wants to share some interesting facts with you that will probably change your opinion about yourself.
Misophonia literally means “hatred of sound.” It started to be discussed as a condition in 2000 and many of researchers tried to study negative emotions, thoughts, and even physical reactions that are triggered by specific sounds.
But you shouldn’t be worried much, because misophonia is still not classified as an auditory or psychiatric condition.
My husband *slurps* his wine – S.L.U.R.P.S his WINE. And mind you, these are the LOUDEST and NASTIEST slurp sounds that you will EVER hear.
Misophonia is not a case just of unpleasant sounds that you don’t like, but a case where the sounds drive you mad! If there is a guy chewing and sipping loudly close to you, the sound will seem as if it’s the central sound everywhere around.
Sometimes it can lead to a serious problem with relationships, family members, and friends. Reactions can be very unexpected and lead to quarrels.
According to researchers, there is a big physical difference in the brains of people with misophonia. Large amounts of myelination, the brain’s insulation, could be found in people with misophonia.
And it can be a relief, for those whose friends and family don’t believe, to know that the hatred of sounds is not just an oddity and annoyance, but can be backed up by medical evidence.
So is there a treatment for misophonia?
Specialists say that there are no exact ways to cure and no completely effective treatments for misophonia. But this does not mean that you need to give up, because there are still different methods of coping with this problem.
The most popular treatment for misophonia is sound. Filling the living space with sound by using devices is a good option.
But there is also a good news. According to some researchers, people who have misophonia are more likely to be creative geniuses.
Since you pay more attention to some sounds than the majority of the population, you are better at noticing things and feeding your brain with more details.
Leave a comment, if you know someone with misophonia or there are some sounds that cause you to suffer.