The other day I discovered a new ‘illness’ – misophonia. This is a definition from Wikipedia:

“… literally “hatred of sound,” [misophonia] is a form of decreased sound tolerance. It is a neurological disorder characterized by negative experiences resulting only from specific sounds, whether loud or soft, and is often used interchangeably with the term Selective Sound Sensitivity.[1] The term was coined by American neuroscientists Pawel Jastreboff and Margaret Jastreboff.”

This is more than just disliking noise around you.  It is a neurological disorder. And yes, those of us who hate noise might want to lay claim to this disorder, but I think it is even more severe than what most noise haters (aka noise curmudgeons) experience.


Here is an article about a man who lives in Toronto who suffers from misophonia. The first line notes that the sound of a carrot snapping can drive him out of a room! Even I don’t have that level of reaction!  Poor guy!!

If you prefer NYC information, here is a link to a recent article in the NY Times.


If you think you suffer from this disorder, here is a website with lots of information.

And here is another site, from the UK. Or, if you don’t want to read about it, watch this news clip instead.


Here is a short piece from the Hearing Review, aimed at audiologists, giving them suggestions for working with people who suffer from misophonia.

Like the young man in this video!  (Beware – he has recorded his video outside, and the sound of the wind blowing across the microphone is enough to make ALL of us think we suffer from misophonia!)

                           Here is an option for those of us who have ‘issues’ with noise/sound!

 And last but not least on this topic: here is a link to a video from an ABC News show about misophonia in which they have kindly stripped out the sounds that typically trigger bad responses in those who suffer from it! So you can hear more about the disorder without all the bad sounds that you experienced in the video above.


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2 Responses to Misophonia

  1. I have an inherent dislike for clapping, but I don’t think I have misphonia. Love the sign though, I want one.

  2. Kate Barber says:

    I’m OK with clapping in public events but I HATE it when people clap their hands together when there’s no reason for it (apart from unnecessary social-imitative/look-at-me exhibitionism).
    I become/feel distinctly ‘curmudgeonly’ about most impactive-sounds when they’re mindlessly and unnecessarily caused by people. People slapping their pockets or thighs, tapping or rapping on surfaces. People shutting things too forcefully: gates; doors (car, fridge, house, cubhoard, any……); lids (kettles, checkout tills, spectacle cases……) yeuch! list is endless really. The sounds of peoples’ living through walls (thuds, clatter, clangs……). Any clattery places like kitchens and cafes……
    I know these sounds don’t seem to be ‘classic’ misophonic triggers but I certainly share the same anger-reactions.
    I wish they’d always ‘strip out’ all the distressing impact-type sounds that are magnified over TV or radio and which puts me off listening to these! It’s good to hear what a person is SAYING without all these ghastly, to my mind unnecessary, distractions.

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