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Misophonia: The Often Misunderstood Sensitivity to Sound

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  • Misophonia means “hatred of sound,” and it’s a condition in which normal, everyday noises cause extreme emotional and even physical distress
  • People with misophonia live with considerable stress in anticipation of experiencing offensive sounds and often become socially isolated as a result
  • Misophonia is not related to a problem with your ears but rather is related to how sound affects your brain; it may also have a psychological component

By Dr. Mercola

Many people cringe when they hear the sound of nails on a chalkboard. This reaction, which can feel almost physically painful, gives an example of what people living with misophonia deal with every day.


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