The 2015 North Las Vegas Behavioral Counseling Convention has succeeded in its goal to convey the importance of counseling not only for the diagnosed ill but also for people who think they need help in coping with their life issues. The plan for the 2017 convention would be on the topic of misophonia, which will be held in Las Vegas. Here, we will discuss a few details about the condition, including its causes and symptoms.
What Is Misophonia?
Misophonia is also referred to as selective sound sensitivity syndrome. It is a strong hatred or dislike of particular sounds. It is different from hyperacusis, which means sound that is perceived loudly, although they are both hearing disorders. Hyperacusis happens when auditory info is painfully loud, while in misophonia, the sounds are repetitively intolerable.
What Are Its Causes?
Misophonia is neurologic in origin. An auditory – and sometimes visual – stimulus is misinterpreted by the brain. However, the exact cause of misophonia is still unknown. The condition has just been recognized in the 1990s, although man individuals have suffered from it way back.
What Are Its Symptoms?
The symptoms of misophonia mostly emerge during late childhood but it actually starts at any age.
For someone who is mildly affected by the condition, he may feel:
Disgusted, anxious, uncomfortable
For those who are severely affected, the sound that they hear makes them feel:
Anger, rage, emotional distress, panic, skin crawling, and suicidal thoughts
Misophonia can place a toll on one’s social life. He may avoid going to restaurants or isolates himself from his partner or his family. Worse, He may attack the individual making the sound that irritates him physically. As the condition progresses, the affected person might just be annoyed over someone who’s chewing or just about to eat.
How Is It Treated?
There are misophonia clinics in specific parts of the country that provide sound therapy with counseling. The session involves the patient listening to background noise to counter his trigger sound. He may also offer a hearing device for the patient to use, one that makes a pleasant sound, for instance, the sound of waterfalls.
Ultimately, lifestyle modification plays a role. Getting enough sleep and exercise is one important tip. Find ways to deal with your daily stresses. You can set up a quiet area in your home where you can stay if the annoying sound is bothering you.