Phonophobia

Loud sounds and noises are startling to most people, especially when they occur in an environment where they would not be expected. Imagine shopping through a department store and hearing a loud crashing sound around you. Everyone in the store would flinch, their heart would begin to race and they would immediately look for the reason behind the noise before returning to shopping. Phonophobia is the fear of loud noises and sounds, which can cause anxiety attacks or be a result of severe migraine headaches. A phonophobic person placed in the above situation may suffer from an anxiety attack or nausea and be forced to flee from the situation immediately.

Symptoms of Phonophobia

Phonophobia has symptoms that are commonly found across other anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Desire to flee
  • Intense fear of loud sounds
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Panic Attack
  • Fainting
  • Severe mood swing after hearing the loud sound

Treatment of Phonophobia

There is no single, proven treatment that’s available that can instantly cure a phonophobic person. However, there are many popular method types of therapy that have proven useful in helping a person cope with the symptoms commonly associated with this phobia. Exposure therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy are among the most popular and are usually used in combination with prescription medication to help reduce anxiety and ease stress on a day-to-day basis.

The development of phonophobia in most people can lead back to a traumatic triggering event in that person’s life. This dramatic event is usually relived as soon as a loud sound or noise is heard, which is something that is also common of people suffering from a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For example, unexpectedly hearing a loud police or fire siren may instantly transport them back to an emergency that have had, forcing them to mentally relive the experience. These loud sounds can also be traced to a person having trouble with migraines, which cause a person to be extremely sensitive to loud noises, as well as light and certain smells. Migraines are the leading cause of phonophobia and may cause a person to suffer from the symptoms even after their headaches have passed.

Phonophobia can seriously impact your life, but treatment options are available for those who are motivated in finding a way to overcome their fears. While some people may be forced to avoid loud sounds due to intense migraine headaches, others suffering from this condition will be able to undergo one of the many available treatment options to overcome their fear for good. Be sure to do some early research on the subject and find out where you will be able to find the highest rated treatment options available in your area.

View Resources:

  • Kosmix.com – Comprehensive guide on all things phonophobic.
  • WrongDiagnosis.com – Common causes, treatment options, and symptoms related to phonophobia.
  • HealthCentral.com – The link between severe migraine headaches and phonophobic cases is explored.
  • Common-Phobias.com – Helpful tips and self-help information.

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