Misophonia Awareness I am a speech-language pathologist with 35 years of experience. I am also a misophonia sufferer. As such, I wanted to express my appreciation for the July 2018 ASHA Leader cover article, “Chomp. Slurp. Smack. SNAP!”. The article dealt with this issue very respectfully and applicably. To have to strategize ... Inbox
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Misophonia Awareness
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.23092018.4
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.23092018.4
I am a speech-language pathologist with 35 years of experience. I am also a misophonia sufferer. As such, I wanted to express my appreciation for the July 2018 ASHA Leader cover article, “Chomp. Slurp. Smack. SNAP!”. The article dealt with this issue very respectfully and applicably.
To have to strategize where to sit when going to see a film in order to lessen the chances that someone’s chewing noise will ruin my movie-going experience or the anxiety (and sometimes anger) I feel when hearing someone near me crack or snap his or her chewing gum. This can be both distracting as well as painful. It is no exaggeration that I can feel the muscles on the back of my neck tighten when I encounter such sounds, often leaving me with quite a headache.
I hope more research into this condition occurs. But in the meantime, it is great to see that my professional organization is taking the lead to bring misophonia to greater public attention.
Apart from being an SLP, I am also an amateur writer. I am writing a novel titled “Misophonia,” with the hope that I can share my book with others to further misophonia awareness.
Timothy Earls, New Lebanon, Ohio

We agree that misophonia needs more attention and research. Good luck on your novel, which will also highlight this little-known disorder!

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