The term "phonophobia" is generally referred to a condition in which the person who experiences it has intolerance towards any kind of noise or sound. If in normal conditions each of us can be alarmed (and annoyed from the point of view of human auditory perception) by sudden noises, a person who experiences phonophobia is instead particularly sensitive to normal sounds, which may cause nuisance to the equal of those sudden, in a sort of an unusual perception . Phonophobia can be defined as a reduction of the tolerance to sounds considered normal by most people. The level of phonophobia may vary depending on the state of health of the subject and the presence of other conditions such as stress, anxiety and pain. It is a condition that is often associated with diseases such as headache and migraine.

The term phonophobia also indicates a morbid fear towards the sound of his own voice and in this case the problem may be linked to psychological disorders.


What kind of diseases can be associated with phonophobia?

The following diseases may be associated with phonophobia:

  • Headache
  • Anxiety disorders (phobias)
  • Migraine
  • Meningitis

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence


What is the therapy for phonophobia?

You should develop therapeutic strategies aimed to soothe the disorder. Also it is essential to identify the root cause of phonophobia and act on this. In all cases of this disorder, it is good to ask for a consult from your doctor.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of phonophobia?

In all cases of phonophobia it is always good to consult your doctor. If you are at risk of meningitis, you should visit the emergency room.