Music, television, traffic, concerts. The sounds of our lives.These sounds provide the soundtrack to the American life. If you reside in a big city, you may be familiar with sounds of sirens, trains or other forms of public transportation. To hear someone honking their horn is as normal as going to work every day. However, for some, noises (specifically loud ones) can be extremely detrimental and crippling to their life. Some cannot handle loud noises and feel that their safety is in jeopardy because of them. Ligyrophobia (also known as Phobophobia) is the fear of loud noises.

Symptoms of Ligyrophobia

  • Dry mouth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numbness
  • Heightened senses
  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Muscle tension
  • Hyperventilation
  • Trembling
  • Feeling out of control

Common Facts About Ligyrophobia

This phobia is surprisingly common. It is important to note, however, that this is a fear that presents no actual danger to a person, but is simply startling. The vast majority of Ligyrophobic cases are self-diagnosed and can be overcome with proper treatment.There are many reasons why someone would develop this phobia and we will explore a few. Maybe they suffered a traumatic past experience that was associated with a loud, sudden noise. Perhaps a person observed a reaction from someone else who suffers from the phobia and now associate that reaction with loud noises. Ligyrophobics can also have a fear of devices that emit loud sounds, such as computer speakers or fire alarms. Even the act of watching a balloon being blown beyond capacity can trigger anxiety in a Ligyrophobic.

People who suffer with Ligyrophobia must be careful because without attention, their lives may begin to spiral out of control. Ligyrophobics may avoid social situations that involve loud noises such as concerts and sporting events. And with many fears, one fear can lead to another and into a cycle of several mental disorders. In extreme cases, the phobic may withdraw from society completely for fear of being in contact with any type of loud noise.

Treatment of Ligyrophobia

The first step in overcoming Ligyrophobia is to speak with your doctor and obtain a referral for a mental health specialist. The mental health professional will be able to assess the situation and come to a rational conclusion on what treatment option will work best for you. Several different treatment options include talk therapy, exposure therapy, self-help techniques including muscle relaxation, hypnotherapy and support groups. Other popular treatment techniques are neuro-linguistic programming and energy therapy. Please note that whichever method of therapy you choose, you will be on your way to living a normal, healthy life.

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