The hatred of sounds disorder Misophonia is a strong reaction to specific sounds. Including me, this disorder is found in a group of people. Did you know anything about the phobia of sounds? There are a handful of people who experience torturous waves of agony when they hear certain specific types of sounds. A name has been given to it, therefore, this makes it easier to understand.
So, at least, I know what I’m going through. Yes, it’s a disorder, a disorder that finally defines the hell I go through every single day. It’s called Misophonia and I suffer from it. A spelling I am still trying to get used to. Sometimes, I’d call it miphosomia or siphomania. I had also spelt it as sophomonia which means to have an unrealistic belief in one’s own intelligence. There’s no way I could define myself to be a sophomaniac, although, Sheldon fits this space very well.
How do you define this hatred of sounds disorder Misophonia?
According to Wikipedia, Misophonia is literally the hatred of sound. It was proposed in the year 2000 as a condition in which specific sounds trigger negative emotions, thoughts, and physical reactions.
Furthermore, this disorder is not classified as an auditory or psychiatric condition. There are no standard diagnostic criteria, and there is little research on its prevalence and treatment. Misophonia can adversely affect the ability to achieve life goals and to enjoy social situations. Treatment suggests the development of coping strategies through cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy.
Know more about Misophonia. Besides this, there’s more you need to know.
How bad is your misophonia?
Getting back to the word that has taken me by storm, there are levels to define the severity of the sufferer’s condition. It ranges from level 1 to 10. I am a level 7 according to the MAS-1 Scale known as the Misophonia Activation Scale.
Some of my close friends tease me by making annoying chewing sounds. As a result, all I can do is cover my ears. This is the only way I can stop myself from hurting them… physically hurting them. It’s the sound that comes out when you eat with your mouth open. That simply pisses me off and I get agitated, angry and jitter. Crazy, hell-like painful bouts of ‘Don’t Angry Me!’ moments could possibly turn me into Akshay Kumar from Rowdy Rathore.
I can’t reveal who eats that way but let’s just say I have found ear plugs – my generous saviour. I wish they understood what it means to experience this hatred of sounds disorder misophonia.
How I cope with my hatred of sounds disorder misophonia
So I just have to tell a person to stop eating with their mouth open. The right way to eat is with your mouth closed. In contrast, constantly staring at them would be my second option. I always choose the second option and look like a complete weirdo! I wonder how they could eat like they’ve been possessed by an angry glutton monster. Either that or I put on my earplugs and listen to loud music. My last resort is to get up and walk away as fast as I can. This is only so that I can calm my nerves and stop my heart from beating so rapidly. That’s called the fight or flight response, another one of the coping mechanisms misophonic use.
My next trigger for my hatred of sounds disorder misophonia – Snoring
So, the sound that came from chewing of food was one trigger. Snoring is the next type of sound that irritates me. If the man I marry is a snorer, then a hulk moment would surface during the night with a mysterious murder by morning. Especially that particular cooker-whistle noise that comes out from the mouth because of a blocked nose. My only saviour would be a heavy pillow to block out those nerve-pulling agonizing subtle tortures. I’d rather have my neck lay twisted under that heavy pillow, so I don’t need to hear that kind of a snore.
Furthermore, the consequences of this hatred of sounds disorder misophonia are heavy. There were times I have lied awake throughout the night listening to Rihanna’s ‘shine bright like a diamond’ or Enrique’s ‘Bailando’ just to get that snoring effect out of my head! As a result, I have been sleep-deprived for days while the snorer enjoys their day without knowing their mistake. I call it a mistake because they just don’t care about how their snoring affects people around them. They don’t seek treatment but I am expected to! Unfair, isn’t it? I like Rihanna’s and Enrique’s songs but to listen to them the entire night, I don’t think any fan has ever done.
My third trigger for my hatred of sounds disorder misophonia – biting fingers
The next hatred of sound disorder misophonia annoys me is finger biting. It annoys me visually too. Not nails but fingers! It’s the way they bite it and the visual appearance of it is indescribable, plus no one would understand what I’m talking about here. Am I weird? Maybe but that’s what makes a genius! Sophomania? No, not me.
Therefore, my hands become my blinders. I can’t stop a person from biting their fingers all the time. I’m sure their dead skin annoys them just as much as them biting their fingers annoy me. The least I can do is cover my ears from the squeaky sounds and block my view from their finger-between-teeth situation because even the sight of it annoys me.
My fourth trigger for my hatred of sounds disorder misophonia – slurping hot drinks
Similarly, another pricking pain in my ears is the sound of slurping a hot drink from a cup. Why can people just not wait until the temperature of their hot beverage cools down a notch? Is it that important to make others know that you are drinking? Some love having hot beverages instead of having them lukewarm. But for the love of candies, could you not bring it down to a decibel? Consequently, my option here is to dab my index fingers very hard against my ears. Even though I can’t do that for long, I still do it until the slurping monster finishes their hot satisfying drink. People can really be insensitive to this hatred of sounds disorder misophonia because they just don’t get the struggle.
What triggers the Hatred of Sounds Disorder Misophonia?
As far as I can never forget, these are the four most annoying things that annoy me. It reaches the extent of getting up and walking away with dragon’s fire shooting out from my nose and ears.
I’m putting up a list of triggers of the hatred of sound disorder misophonia. Before that, I am going to enlist the rest of my triggers. They are self-explanatory. Writing about them makes me want to scratch my face like an angry two-year-old. So, I have basically given a one-line comment on each trigger to let you know about my frustration.
List of triggers
This is a rare disorder because it doesn’t happen in many people. You have to be experiencing symptoms ranging from extreme anger to helpless crying after encountering triggers of the hatred of sound disorder misophonia. This is the diagnosis. If they trigger you enough to go all witchy on the people around, you’re probably misophonic. So there! Your life just got more complicated.
Here are the other triggers that annoy me, inclusive of some of them that I have just mentioned above. I hope my enemies aren’t reading this.
- Chewing – People need to stop eating! Now, why is that such an unreasonable demand?
- Chewing gum – Why were chewing gums invented?
- Slurping – Stop it!
- Finger biting (biting off dead skin) – By far the worst sight ever for me. Even fungus-filled cheese looks better than this
- Talking with food in mouth – this is just bad manners and utter laziness
- Tooth sucking – when something is stuck between your teeth, floss in a soundproof room, please!!!
- Lip smacking, wet mouth sounds – how am I still alive?!
- Snoring – I’ve been told that I snore too but that’s different. The problem is you!
Rest of the triggers of Hatred of Sounds Disorder Misophonia
Finally, I had found a link which had all the triggers of Misophonia. I can’t seem to find them now. So, I’m going to share a link www.misophonia.com that has triggers but ones that may not be listed below. So, I would suggest that you not take my list below as the commandment. Your own research is welcome. Just add them in my comment section. I am open to your list too of the triggers of the hatred of sounds disorder Misophonia.
Sounds that come from the mouth and while eating
Environmental – I love nature but certain sounds are just not my cup of greens
Body Movement related
Visual (sound related)
Visual (not necessarily sound related)
Phew, that’s a long list! I’ve googled a few treatments for misophonia and found some that should be given a try but only after consulting a Psychologist:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Tinnitus Retaining Therapy
- Psycho-Therapeutic Hynotherapy
Here are some fascinating facts about Misophonia that you may not have known.
Besides that, there are other effective temporary treatments to combat hatred of sound disorder misophonia are sound machines and ear plugs. Ear plugs are what I use. However, do visit a Psychologist before you plan to go by my word of treatments mentioned above. I don’t want you turning around to say it’s my fault for giving you the wrong information. You know, just in case I am wrong and you blame me for it.
Should we really need treatment from this Hatred of Sounds Disorder Misophonia?
Is it fair really? Battling this hatred of sounds disorder Misophonia is a very difficult task. I would think so because I suffer from it. However, those who truly wish to be treated can accomplish their goals but don’t you ever stop to think? Are we the ones who need to change or the people who have bad habits? Above all, bad habits include eating with the mouths open, biting the fingers, or slurping a hot cup of coffee loudly? I mean, who is really at fault here? People like us may be physiologically challenged but what about those who need to change their habits?
Leaving you with this thought, get back to me about your comments on Hatred of Sounds Disorder Misophonia.
Most importantly, should I seek treated for this disorder? Probably, yes. When? I don’t know. Why not now? Because I procrastinate. So, I’m stuck and I will never be cured. End of story.