Fear of loud sounds is what we will try to develop in this article; for aversion to specific sounds, such as eating or coughing, see Myophonia. For fear of making or receiving phone calls, for example.
Classification and external resources
- Phonophobia, also called logophobia or sonophobia, is fear or aversion to loud sounds, a specific type of phobia.
- It can also mean a fear of voices or one’s voice.
- It is a very rare phobia that is often the symptom of hyperacusis.
- Sonophobia can refer to a patient’s hypersensitivity to sound and can be part of the diagnosis of a migraine.
- Occasionally it is called acousticphobia.
- The term phonophobia proviene del Griego φωνή – phōnē, «sound» y φόβος – Phobos, «fear.»
- Liginophobics may be afraid of devices that can suddenly make loud sounds, such as computer speakers or fire alarms.
- When using a device such as a home theater, computer, television, or CD player, you may want to turn the volume down before doing something that makes the speakers sound.
- So, once the command to produce sound has been given, the user can turn up the speakers’ volume to a comfortable listening level.
Treatment and advice
- They can avoid parades and carnivals due to loud instruments like drums.
- Because festive occasions are accompanied by music over 120 decibels, many phobics develop agoraphobia.
- Other ligirophobics also stay away from any event where fireworks are to be launched.
- Another example is watching someone blow up a balloon beyond their standard capacity.
- This is often somewhat unsettling, even disturbing, for a person with logophobia to observe, as they anticipate a loud sound when the balloon pops.
- When the balloons burst, two types of reactions are heavy breathing and panic attacks.
- The patient becomes anxious to get away from the loud sound source and may have headaches.
- It can also be related to, caused by, or confused with “hyperacusis,” extreme sensitivity to loud sounds.
- Phonophobia also refers to an extreme form of misophonia.
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