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.