Components of decreased sound tolerance: hyperacusis, misophonia, phonophobia

by Jan 11, 2015Research1 comment

Margaret M. Jastreboff, Ph.D. and Pawel J. Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D, June 2001


“Misophonia and phonophobia can be defined as abnormally strong reactions of the autonomic and limbic systems resulting from enhanced connections between the auditory and limbic systems.

Importantly, misophonia and phonophobia do not involve a significant activation of the auditory system.

At the behavioral level, patients have a negative attitude to sound (misophonia), or are afraid of sound (phonophobia).”

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1 Comment

  1. John Stormnoiser

    I may have this, i can hear things very distant while other people don’t, i once heard people talking about me over 3 rooms alway. I hear all the beeps and noise of my house.
    After researching more about misophonia, i asked myself if misophonic people are more sensible to sound in general, i mean, sensible in the way of “hear better than others”.
    Certain DBs (decibels) are too loud for me, i get annoyed with certain “low DBs” people don’t in general sounds, but my misophonia comes more with certain triggers that makes me rage and not just annoyed as my hyperacusis, still, i have to properly know if i have hyperacusis and not just reading things online, but i’m for sure, and sadly, misophonic, this is really a pain in my day-to-day routine that nobody understand… :/


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