The Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA) has announced its 3rd Annual International Misophonia Conference, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz, on February 20-21, 2015.

National media attention has made hearing care and mental health professionals aware that not enough practitioners are available to fulfill the need for misophonia treatment and sound sensitivity services. 

Misophonia: Addressing Sound Sensitivity and Sound Rage

Misophonia, also referred to as Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome (4S) or Sound Rage, is a condition that causes the afflicted person to react negatively to certain sound triggers. Sounds that others might not notice, such as the clicking of a pen, tapping of a pencil, or jangling of keys or coins, can cause a person with misophonia to experience extreme anxiety, anger or annoyance.

Though misophonia is not well understood, it is thought to be a neurological disorder. People who suffer from misophonia may not necessarily have any hearing loss, though they typically find that the disorder is disruptive to their lives, leading them to avoid environments that may expose them to sounds that trigger their negative responses.

TPA has created its annual event as a unique opportunity for audiologists, physicians, psychologists, and allied health professionals to share research and rehabilitative theories and practices in the care of misophonia patients.

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