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This is a specific subset of auditory symptoms that is not generally related to hyperacusis.
Misophonia or Selective Sound Sensitivity can occur in people of all ages, and can have a sudden or gradual onset, most often 4S appears at a young age. Most often cited objectionable sounds include lip smacking, chewing, swallowing, breathing, teeth or silverware clinking, plate scraping, paper tearing, fingernail biting, computer mouse clicking, or low pitched hums of electrical circuits or machines. Some people with 4S find certain letter sounds objectionable, i.e., s or k or p.
Reactions can include rage, sadness, panic attack, indecision, loss of cognition, physical itching or crawling sensations, urge to flee, or fight. Some people have to make vocalizations in response to the aggravating sound, others wear earplugs in an attempt to avoid provocation.
Most often the person's hearing is excellent and it is very difficult to find knowledgeable medical providers or an appropriate support system.
The condition is mysterious and we suspect a genetic component.
The definitions of this condition and its related sensory sensitivity 'cousins' which can include visual and tactile triggers, is in discussion in various professional circles at this time. We choose to focus on support, education, raising awareness, and gathering information in order to hopefully spark interest.
Dr. Marsha Johnson, Audiologist, named this condition and moderates this website. Dr, Pawel Jastreboff introduced the term misophonia, in 2002, and this is the most common term for this malady.