This means a dislike of being exposed to a certain sound. Here the auditory pathways may be functioning normally, but there is an abnormally strong reaction of the limbic (emotional system) and autonomic nervous system (body control system) to which the auditory system is intimately connected. If this dislike is very strong we may call it ‘phonophobia’ literally fear of sound. Some phobias may also indicate self esteem issues, PTSD or forms of abuse. Phonophobia Fear of noises or voices or one’s own voice; of telephones. So while a very real condition, we have choosen to leave it off our list. In this study, we further elaborate on the symptoms and behaviors associated with misophonia as well as examine whether misophonics’ physiological responses support their subjective reports of feeling autonomic arousal in response to certain sounds. Four of our misophonics indicated that caffeine intensifies misophonic experiences while seven of misophonic individuals indicated that alcohol decreases symptomatology; these subjects describe that while under the influence of alcohol they can still hear the sound but their aversive response is not as strong.
I found this post funny as I too can’t stand the chewing sound. I’m not really afraid of chewing and mouth noises – I just HATE THEM SOOOOOOOO SO SO SO UNBELIEVABLEY ABSURDLY MUCH. Severe case of chewing gum phobia by: Anonymous Hi all, I chew gum without being disgusted by it but I knew a kid who would literally vomit at the sight of chewing gum if you stretched it apart into a strand using your teeth and a free hand.