Noise sensitivity

Misophonia, hyperacusis and phonophobia

However, not all people find noise equally disturbing. Some people react much more sensitively than others. This group does not necessarily hear better than others. During the examination by the ENT physician, the hearing test reveals normal hearing ability.

However, those affected have a different perception of loudness, which manifests itself in a lowering of the discomfort and pain threshold. They feel disturbed by sounds much earlier. The phenomenon is medically referred to as hyperacusis (hyper = too much). If sounds are perceived as painful at an early stage, this is called hyperacusis dolorosa (dolorosa = painful).

Another form of hypersensitivity is the so-called misophonia. In this case, people feel a considerable aversion, even disgust or anger, towards certain sounds. Often these are chewing or smacking sounds.

Where does this come from? What is to be done?

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