Misophonia Is a Legitimate Affliction Thank you for raising awareness of misophonia in the July issue. The description of the disorder as “socially and emotionally crippling” is, unfortunately, very accurate. Suffering from misophonia pervades one’s entire life, even when you’re in the very field that addresses the disorder. Peers and sometimes professors in my graduate ... Inbox
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Misophonia Is a Legitimate Affliction
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.23102018.4
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.23102018.4
Thank you for raising awareness of misophonia in the July issue. The description of the disorder as “socially and emotionally crippling” is, unfortunately, very accurate. Suffering from misophonia pervades one’s entire life, even when you’re in the very field that addresses the disorder. Peers and sometimes professors in my graduate program chew gum and eat during classes and clinics on a daily basis, and my academic experience and relationships are often hindered as a result.
A few years ago I went to an audiologist at a reputable institution seeking help for misophonia. She told me that she empathized because she doesn’t find it pleasant when her dad snores. She said she vaguely remembered reading about the disorder in her grad school textbook, said there wasn’t anything to be done, and sent me on my way. That’s like a clinically depressed person going to a psychologist only to have them say, “Sometimes I get sad, too, like when I watch a sad movie. Everybody has feelings. Good luck out there.”
I can only hope that audiologist has read this article and others like it, that she now recognizes misophonia as the legitimate affliction that it is, and that she incorporates the article’s recommendations into her practice.
Laurel Anderson, San Jose, California

We hope you have found appropriate treatment for your misophonia, and we’re happy to help disseminate information about this often-misunderstood condition.

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