Research is beginning on a condition called, misophonia which is the hatred of sounds. This name was given by Emory University researcher, Margaret Pawel Jastreboff in 2002. Misophonia refers to sounds such as; lip smacking, swallowing, eating, breathing even nostril noises when sneezing. Those that suffer from misophonia get preoccupied with normal human sounds and react to them with aggression.

Bernardo Chua said on businessforhomes.com that to these sounds vary from person to person and can range from revulsion to anger. Some respond by physically attacking the source of the noise, or verbally lashing out against them. Others who suffer from misophonia fixate on the noise and cannot move on with what they are doing, one sufferer reported she actually wanted to strangle her boyfriend for his chewing noises.

Often the people closest to the sufferer are the ones that affect them the most. When anticipating the symptoms it can make one pull away from family and friends knowing sounds are going to occur that will upset them. A place where one works can also be an extremely hard place to deal with as there is little control one has over the sounds being made.

Early data in from researchers suggests there is a hyper connectivity from the auditory system to the limbic system within the brain. Other research connects it to other psychiatric conditions such as; post-traumatic stress or compulsive disorders even though some have no other problems with their emotions.

Misophonia is often hard to talk about and many are reluctant to discuss their symptoms with others for fear of being misunderstood. Unless it is discussed with someone who has knowledge of the condition, it could result in being criticized or shunned. Sharing with someone who does not understand can increase the stress related to misophonia as they may respond by telling them ‘to get over it’.

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