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debp

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Really struggling here. Not sure which I have,  maybe both? Had symptoms for  long time but recently become much worse (age? menopause?, who knows). Can't bear people eating loudly, clicking pens etc, fills me with rage, which I always thought was misophonia. However, lately I've noticed that any noise that I don't make irritates me. The sound of next doors pool pump, for example, fills me such anxiety and anger; their dog too. One dog to me sounds like about 10 dogs. Even the TV, if someone else is watching but not me, annoys me. I love playing my music loud, doesn't affect me at all. Wondering if that's my way of drowning out everything else. Also, have mild OCD and recently been quite stressy. Are these all connected? Interested to hear people's views. I know I need help but would be great to hear from other sufferers.
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dave2

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This article may help to determine if misophonia or hyperacusis.

What’s the Difference Between Hyperacusis and Misophonia?
October 1, 2017

https://www.misophoniainternational.com/difference-hyperacusis-misophonia/
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Aplomado

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I don't know misophonia, but if you don't mind loud music I am pretty sure you don't have hyperacusis.

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trying

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Yes, hyperacusis for me, is a pain in the ear following  noise exposure, and that fits with description of hyperacusis, rather than misophonia.

That said, as women we often can find illnesses can worsen with menopause, so perhaps misphonia does too.
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tfw7

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I'm pretty sure I have both. I'm diagnosed with H.
I have sounds that annoy me, I have sounds that I try and avoid because I know they will annoy me, I have situations that I try and avoid because they contain sounds that I know will annoy me.
Actually, it's probably more like "they MAY contain sounds that I am ANXIOUS or ASSUME will annoy me because of past experiences".
It's like a vicious circle that it's kinda hard to see a way out of...
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debp

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tfw7 you just described me totally. 
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nomask

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I have hyperacusis and misophonia. They both are similar in that it changes how you perceive sound, but the biggest difference is misophonia doesn't cause you physical pain or discomfort. If I were to explain it, I'd say in misophonia, your hearing basically pays too much attention to background noises. Thats why noises that usually just casually annoy other people will instead drive you up a wall. I also have OCD and if I remember right, that can be a risk factor for misophonia, too.
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