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Spotlight on Misophonia

Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:31:18 AM Australia/Melbourne

Spotlight on MisophoniaAs you’re aware of by now, Hearlink prides itself on sharing as much knowledge as possible with our customer base. It supports everything we stand for, that awareness is the best foundation for proper health care. While we’re evolving into a society that educates more and more, we figure it never hurts to take advantage of the platforms that we have. That means that on this blog, we like to take the time to share Industry News (as the menu so aptly lists this page), as well as spotlights on health concerns, tips and tricks that you should be aware of.


Today, we focus on misophonia. If we break down the Latin and Greek origins of the different parts of this word, it literally translates to “hatred of sound.” Misophonia is a putative disorder. Putative means “commonly regarded as such,” which means that there is additional research needed in the future. In this case, putative also means that its classification is uncertain.


The one aspect that everyone can agree on, is the symptoms or the reactions. In this case, they are very strong. Think about a habit that someone around you might have, that really bothers you. This could be something they do visually, something they do to do with touch, or in this case- a noise, that really bothers you. Those affected by misophonia experience triggers like negative thoughts and even physical reactions, whenever they hear certain sounds.


You may have also heard misophonia referred to as “soft sound sensitivity syndrome,” ironically a much softer and more sensitive name for this type of disorder. You may have also never heard of misophonia because there is such a lack of clarity around what it is, and what it can be mean for those impacted. It’s not recognized in the DSM-5 or the ICD-10, both barometers for standard diagnostic criteria.


You may be thinking- how annoying can these noises be? Well several examples include chewing gum, breathing heavily or eating popcorn. They can all have an adverse effect on the mood and behaviors of someone who may have misophonia. Those impacted can’t put in ear buds to drown out the noises, in fact- trying to drown them out using ear buds can actually make the noises worse.


The research behind misophonia focuses on central auditory gain. The brain centers increase the volume and intensity of a certain noise, if they perceive hearing loss in an individual. It does this in several different, and very vital areas of the brain, including the brainstem and the cortex. Conversely, any exposure to sound, even at very low volumes can decrease the same central auditory gain, and over time- improve the tolerance of someone impacted by misophonia. Many doctors and centers who are looking into misophonia continue to explore this pull and push relationship.


Think you know someone who may be impacted by misophonia, or another hearing impairment? Be sure to let them know to reach out to the Hearlink team. We’d be happy to help.

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Hearlink Admin