If you’re reading this article because you’re concerned that you might have misophonia, I’ve prepared a simple test based on my own personal experience and my experience talking to other sufferers.
This does not constitute medical advice and is only meant as a guide, but if after taking the test and doing your own research you feel like you identify with some, or all, of the symptoms please consult a medical professional.
Question 1: Do you experience a strong, overwhelming sense of panic accompanied by feelings of anger or fear or irritation when you hear certain, specific sounds?
Question 2: Do the following sounds trigger a strong emotional reaction in you? Slurping, sniffing, chewing, crunching, rustling, coughing, tapping?
A) Most of the above
B) Some of the above
C) None of the above
If you’ve been answering C’s up to this point, please scroll to the results. Otherwise continue…
Question 3: How old were you when you first noticed having adverse reactions to certain sounds?
A) 0 – 16 years old
Question 4: Have you ever felt a strong, violent urge to lash out or escape (fight or flight) when exposed to the ‘trigger’ sounds mentioned in Question 2?
Question 5: Have you ever tried to avoid family dinners/make excuses to leave the table/worried about going to places where you’ll be exposed to these sounds?
Question 6: Is the discomfort you experience of hearing certain ‘trigger’ sounds significantly worse when it comes from a close colleague, family member, friend or partner?
B) No/Not Sure
Question 7: Is the discomfort you experience of hearing certain ‘trigger’ sounds significantly heightened when you’re feeling stressed, anxious or tired (for example with school, work or family commitments)?
B) No/Not Sure
- If you answered mostly A’s then you almost certainly suffer from misophonia
- If you answered mostly C’s then you don’t need to worry (and I’m guessing you’re probably visiting this page out of curiosity, or on behalf of a friend or relative)
- If you answered mostly B’s then it’s unlikely that you suffer from misphonia
- If you answered a mixture of A’s and B’s then it’s possible that you sit somewhere on the misophonia scale
We know relatively little about misophonia at this stage and we’re still desperately in need of more academic studies.
In the most extreme cases misophonia sufferers have resorted to actual physical violence against themselves (self harm) or others, but this is rare. Most of us sit somewhere lower on the scale and will oscillate up and down slightly according to our current environment and stress levels.
Bonus Question: Do you ever experience a strong aversion to certain psychical movements in others? Particularly involving hands. For example someone touching their face, biting their nails, sucking their thumb or jiggling their knee
If so, click here.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Do you think you have misophonia? What other questions would you like to see added here?