Misophonia is an unusual condition that has onset in childhood, often between the ages of 8-12 and more commonly seen in girls. The most common symptoms are strong reactions of softer or quieter sounds or noise, referred to as “triggers”. Misophonia is a devastating condition that not only affects the individual living with the disorder, it also has widespread negative impacts on the individual’s family and distressing effects on social-emotional well-being.
Misophonia literally means “hatred of sound”, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. The term misophonia is also referred to as Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome (4S).
Misophonia is an effective sound processing disorder characterized by the experience of strong negative emotions (anxiety and anger) in response to everyday sounds, such as those generated by other people eating, chewing, drinking, and breathing.
Drawing from an ancient African proverb,
“It takes a village to raise a child”
It most certainly takes a village of committed and dedicated health professionals (audiologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists and psychologists) to work with an individual and their family suffering from misophonia.
While, currently, there is no cure for misophonia, we will work with those suffering from misophonia and their family members to customize the best treatment plan to help lessen the negative impact of the disorder. Small and discreet ear-level sound generators are the best approach, and are aimed at providing the individual with soothing and pleasing sounds being streamed into their ears to effectively reduce the intensity of the soft trigger noises within their environment. These small, discreet, nearly invisible ear-level devices are much preferred compared to the over the ear noise-cancellation headphones, which makes them ideal for school and workplace environments.
Children and families can expect to have on-going educational counseling sessions with Dr. Novick. She may also suggest working with other health professionals who are familiar with the condition of misophonia. In order to achieve the best outcome for the individual, a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals is strongly recommended.
Contact us to learn more about misophonia and different treatment options or to schedule an appointment.
1S Kumar, et al, Curr Bio, Feb 20, 2017