Misophonia is a relatively new term, but research related to misophonia is not really new!
“Misophonia” is a relatively new term. However, “auditory over-responsivity” , and “auditory sensitivities” have been studies for decades. In fact, the different ways in which the brain (or the nervous system) reacts to sounds has been studied in neuroscience for half a century!
What does science tell us so far?
Misophonia appears to be a neurologically based disorder in which certain auditory stimuli is misinterpreted as dangerous. Individuals with Misophonia are set off, or “triggered”, by repetitive patterned-based sounds, such as chewing, coughing, pencil tapping, sneezing, etc. Some individuals with Misophonia also describe visual triggers.This stimuli, or triggers, cause severe physiological and emotional stress.
Sounds (and sights) that other people may not even notice can make a person with misophonia feel bobarded by stimuli and can even propel them into the “fight/flight” response