Up to 18% of the population suffer from misophonia, or an increased intolerance to certain sounds such as a person chewing. Some people with misophonia report more than simple frustration when exposed to certain noises, they say they feel trapped and helpless when they can not get away from sounds that bother them.
A new study contradicts previous findings that suggest misophonia is caused by a supersensitive connection between the auditory cortex and orofacial motor control areas of the brain.
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Increased connectivity between the auditory cortex and motor control areas related to the mouth, face, and throat, could be a key feature in identifying misophonia, a condition marked by extreme reactions to "trigger sounds", such as other people chewing.
Does the sound of someone chewing or slurping a drink generate a strong emotional response in you? You could be suffering from misophonia. A new article looks at the effects of living with misophonia.
Does hearing certain sounds evoke feelings of uncontrollable anger or disgust? You may have misophonia. A new paper looks at the neurobiological underpinnings of this auditory disorder.
While many of us find the sound of a person chewing or breathing heavily annoying, for those with misophonia, such noises are unbearable. Researchers have identified the neural networks and brain changes associated with the disorder.