Misophonia: An Underrecognized Disease in Pediatric Patients

Megan L. Swonke, Luis Neve, Nicholas A. Rossi, Brian McKinnon, Shiva Daram, Harold S. Pine

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Misophonia is a chronic condition in which patients experience a strong negative, emotional, or psychologic reaction to specific sounds. These sounds cause the individual to have a sudden, uncontrolled, and disproportionate negative reaction affecting their daily activities. The literature describes several cases of misophonia in the adult population; however, only 2 pediatric case studies are reported. Herein, we present 2 additional cases. An exaggerated response to an auditory stimulus is observed in other disorders such as tinnitus, hyperacusis, migraines, and many psychiatric disorders. Sound aversion has a broad differential diagnosis and may require visits to numerous specialists, placing strain on the patient and the healthcare system. Furthermore, misophonia is underdiagnosed in the pediatric population as it requires self-reporting of symptoms. The pathophysiology, prevalence, and treatment of misophonia continue to be relatively unknown. We attempt to highlight this rarely reported pediatric diagnosis and elaborate on its clinical presentation to increase awareness among otolaryngologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • hyperacusis
  • misophonia
  • pediatrics
  • sound sensitivity
  • tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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