Definition: Sonophobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by an intense fear or aversion to certain sounds or even the general presence of sound.


Symptoms of sonophobia vary from person to person, but commonly include:

  • Extreme anxiety or panic attacks when exposed to specific sounds
  • Feelings of dread, discomfort, or unease in environments with background noise
  • Physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweating, and shortness of breath
  • Withdrawal from social situations or avoidance of places with potential triggering sounds
  • Insomnia or difficulty falling asleep due to heightened sensitivity to sounds


The exact causes of sonophobia are not well understood, but several factors may contribute, including:

  • Traumatic experiences involving loud or distressing sounds
  • Genetic predisposition to anxiety disorders or hypersensitivity
  • Pre-existing conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Neurological abnormalities affecting the processing of sounds


Treatment for sonophobia typically involves a combination of therapy and medication:

  • Therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help individuals identify and challenge irrational beliefs surrounding sound and develop coping mechanisms.
  • Exposure therapy: Gradual exposure to triggering sounds in a controlled environment can help desensitize individuals and reduce anxiety over time.
  • Medication: In some cases, anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants may be prescribed to manage symptoms and increase overall well-being.

It is important for individuals experiencing sonophobia to seek professional help for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.