Medical Definition of Hatred of sound

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Hatred of sound: Medically referred to as misophonia, hatred of sound is a a condition characterized by a diminished ability to tolerate certain noises, including everyday noises such as talking, chewing, or yawning. Misophonia has been only recently described, and there is little in the medical literature about the origin or management of this condition. Reportedly, sufferers of misophonia can experience violent or severe emotional changes upon exposure to the trigger noises, even rage, violent acts, or thoughts of suicide.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

REFERENCE: Schwartz P, Leyendecker J, Conlon M. Hyperacusis and misophonia: the lesser-known siblings of tinnitus. Minn Med. 2011 Nov;94(11):42-3.

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