Misophonia and Nutrition

Misophonia and Nutrition

This concept, which has been in the literature since 2001 as misophonia or misophonia, refers to a crowd that we are not far from, perhaps we are in.

This condition, which is formed by the combination of the Latin words misos (hate) and phone (sound), is also expressed as selective sound sensitivity syndrome. In fact, it occurs with the development of psychological and physiological symptoms resulting from a special structural abnormality in the brain.

There are studies that suggest that this condition, the cause of which is still being investigated, may be more common than expected and that increases the possibility of having a hereditary etiology. Although it is not known exactly how many people have it, it is thought that 1 out of every 5 people has this disorder.

Misophonia tests are applied by some specialist psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and audiologists, which measure the level of discomfort from these sounds by making the person listen to some sounds.


The misophonic response appears to be an involuntary physical and emotional reflex caused by sound. Sound directly activates the autonomic nervous system in the brain stem and the limbic system associated with emotion. This is the direct link between sound and reflex response.


Misophonic individuals suddenly find themselves in a social cramp and discomfort with the triggering sound. If the continuity and intensity of these voices increase or continue, the person loses their self-control and may become aggressive and tend to violence.


The most common symptoms of misophonia are:


Don't close your ears to annoying sounds

Avoidance or desire to avoid noise

Nervous, irritable, anxious, and paranoid behaviors

As the sounds continue, the feeling of tightness in the chest, stress, anxiety, anxiety

Being constantly stressed due to environmental noises during the day and experiencing the feeling of peace that comes from silence at night,

Inability to tolerate baby and child crying,

Do not be bothered by the rhythmic shaking of someone else's feet or the sounds made by rhythmically tapping an object.

Clock ticking or rhythmic sounds that are normally found in social environments

digestive system sounds; swallowing, chewing and tongue sounds

Mouth smacking, chewing gum and slurping drinking sounds are the most disturbing sounds.


Affects What We Eat


Since the first humans, food has been the basis of socialization.

When we socialize, we often think that we are learning good feelings and behaviors. Social environments may not always be so lucky.

 Linda Pagani, professor of educational psychologist at the University of Montréal: "The presence of parents at mealtimes teaches young children first-hand social interaction, discussing social issues and everyday problems in a familiar and emotionally safe environment." we feel.

At this point, we may need to pay attention to some parts. Although misophonic children usually appear between the ages of 9-12, every age group can face this situation.

While eating with the family, the noises at the table and in the environment can cause very different reactions in misophonic children.

For example, the child who wants to cover his ear with his hand gets tired quickly and loses his focus. At this point, we lose adequate and balanced nutrition.


As a different example: Children who want to leave the table just because they are uncomfortable cannot get enough nutrition. When families force them to finish their meal at this point, they consume it quickly. A child who quickly finishes his or her food is generally not a problem for families.

This habit persists and may spread throughout his life. Here, we may encounter problems related to the digestive system such as gastritis and reflux, as well as obesity and overweight due to very fast consumption habits.


Basically, families who want the best for their children, you may be thinking about what we can do at this point. You can talk to them, create a safe space for them to tell you, and let them know you understand their needs.

Here; You can get support by contacting your psychologist, psychiatrist, child development specialist, audiologist or dietitian.


10 January 2022

I graduated from Hacettepe University in as a dietitian in two thousand nineteen. During university, I spent my summer months together with young people whose target audience is between the ages of seven - seventeen, in out-of-school educational institutions and camps, and strengthened my communication skills with them. Together, we found our nutrition routine and formed the basis of healthy eating.

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