Misophonia is a condition in which a person experiences negative and distressing reactions to certain sounds that most people take little or no notice of. This disorder is not the same as hyperacusis, which is an over-sensitivity to the volume of sounds. Misophonia only elicits excessively negative and immediate emotional and physiological responses to certain sounds.
This sensitivity to certain sounds can have a damaging effect on a person’s life causing problems with activities of daily living. Interactions with significant people in their lives can also be affected in ways that create tension or interfere with personal relationships. In an attempt to avoid problematic situations, a person with misophonia can become withdrawn and avoid certain situations. Reconnect focuses on sound enrichment therapy and specialized counselling to assist patients with this disorder.