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Explaining Ligyrophobia: The Fear of Loud Sounds

The fear of loud noises both affects children and adults / Photo by Pathdoc via Shutterstock

 

For people with Ligyrophobia, loud noises and sharp sounds can be terrifying. This condition is also known by the names: Phonophobia, the extreme and irrational fear of noises, one’s voice or telephones; Acousticophobia and Sonophobia, which both mean the fear of noise.

According to Common-Phobias, Ligyrophobia comes from the Greek words “ligyro” which is translated as “sharp” and “phobia” meaning “fear”. It is defined by ePainAssist as “a persistent and unwarranted fear of sounds.”

How It Affects Children

As part of growing up, children may experience some temporary fears. Even in young infants, loud sounds are known to prompt some extreme reactions. Fears in children are often moderate and short-term. Yet, they are also able to develop phobias that will be ingrained in their minds as much as adults are. This may haunt them all throughout their childhood. If the child still continues to struggle with the excessive fear of sounds for over six months, they must seek the assistance of a mental health professional.

How It Affects Adults

Having Ligyrophobia can cause older children and adults to feel ashamed of themselves and can really inhibit many aspects of their life. Since they may be embarrassed about being afraid of loud sounds, they may mention their phobia to family members, doctors or friends. If an adult is suffering from this phobia, they may struggle with driving in busy highways, staying in noisy office environments, or interacting with others in noisy restaurants or bars.

Likewise, the older children who are affected by this phobia may feel uneasy when they have to hang out with their friends in noisy places, feel conflicted when they have to participate in sports events, and have a hard time focusing in a noisy classroom. Most of the time, individuals who suffer from this phobia have trouble falling asleep because the noises they hear from outside their bedroom are emphasized since they are inside a dark and quiet room.

Causes and Risk Factors

Some of the possible causes that someone is affected by Ligyrophobia are:

Age

Children who are below 13 years old are also more likely to develop this phobia. However, some of their symptoms may manifest when they are under ten years old.

Trauma

If an individual has experienced trauma that is associated with loud sounds, whenever they hear loud sounds, they will recall the event that lead them to have that fear.

Having other illnesses

People who suffer from other physical and mental health conditions such as autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Meniere’s disease anxiety disorder, adrenal insufficiency, and misophonia have a higher probability of being affected by Ligyrophobia.

Genetic factors

Phobias can be transmitted from their family members. If anyone in their family is suffering from phobias, this heightens the risk of acquiring Ligyrophobia, especially in children. If, for example, the children see their parents overreact to sounds, they may also adopt a similar behavior.

Temperament

Their temperament and mental strength in confronting their fears determine if they are at risk of acquiring the phobia. If they are sensitive, then they are likely to have this phobia.

Symptoms

Hear-it.org says that Ligyrophobia has symptoms that are quite similar to other anxiety disorders. The symptoms phobics may experience may include: wanting to escape, being extremely afraid of loud sounds, nausea, dizziness, experiencing mood swings, fainting, having an abnormal heartbeat, having panic attacks and excessive sweating.

Treatment

The treatment method to be used on Ligyrophobia patients will hinge on how severe their case is and how often they socialize with other people on their own, Verywell Mind states. Phobics may undergo therapies, learn self-help techniques or take medication prescribed by their doctor.

Therapies

Some of the suggested therapies are:

Exposure Therapy

When a phobic goes through exposure therapy, they are situated in a place where they will have to face their fears in a controlled manner. Little by little, they expose themselves to their phobia in increasingly difficult levels until such time that they are able to overcome their fear.

Talk Therapy

Under Talk Therapy, the phobic consults a mental health professional about their Ligyrophobia. They will discuss what triggers their fear, the underlying causes and how to react to their fear more rationally.

Hypnotherapy

In Hypnotherapy, the objective of the therapy is to send the patient’s mind into an altered state or a trance. The therapist will attempt to detach the anxiety response of the patient’s body from their phobia. The phobic may also receive a post-hypnotic suggestion which tells them that they will be able to calm down when they desire to or after they are done with the session.

Self-help

Some of the self-help techniques phobics may use are: joining support groups, positive self-talk, meditation and trying to improve their response to loud noises and sounds. To make themselves more comfortable, they can try controlling the noise level within their proximity.

 

Exposure therapy will help patients to overcome their fear little by little / Photo by Rawpixel.com via Shutterstock

 

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