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fresko12

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I just wanted to describe my situation a little, to get some feedback. I'm a little confused about hyperacusis, and misophonia. I've done some research on them both, but am still a little fuzzy on the details, and many sites mention them both as if they are related in a way.


I get enraged when I hear anyone crunching on anything. It makes me so angry, and often times, just the motion of someone chewing, even if I can't hear them chewing, just the way their mouth moves can trigger the same angry feelings. Also, my dad had allergy problems, so he sniffs, and clears his throat a lot, and ever since I was younger this angered me to no end. I used to verbally express my dislike, and I would mimic him to get him to stop. Now when he starts doing it I just go in my room so I don't have to hear him doing it, or walk away until I can't hear him anymore. I also can not stand the sound of smacking gum. It becomes the only thing I can concentrate on, and I think violent thoughts towards the person making these noises. Sometimes the way people breathe, and certain slurping noises anger me also. 


I have been this way since I was little, and my family has never understood. Actually, I have never understood either. I just thought I was an irritable person. 


I'm fairly certain that the above means I have misophonia, but I'm not sure about my next issue:


I have a fear of loud noises. When I was younger I couldn't even flush a toilet, because the noise was so loud it scared me. As of now, I can't work a vacuum, hair dryer, or anything else that makes a loud noise. I even find it difficult to turn on the shower, because of the loud sound it makes. When I encounter a loud noise, it evokes a horrible fear in me. I cover my ears, and enter a state of panic. Could this be hyperacusis?

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DrNagler

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The first condition you describe is misophonia.  The second is either phonophobia, which is a type of misophonia, or hyperacusis plus phonophobia.

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fresko12

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Hmm, okay. Thank you for your input. That does make more sense than just hyperacusis.
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