The world is full of unexpected sounds. An alarm going off, a phone ringing or a cab suddenly honking its horn are just a few examples. These sudden occurrences of sounds can make us jump but for a person with phonophobia, the effects are far worse.

To be clear: phonophobia (or ligyrophobia) is an anxiety disorder where sudden loud and unexpected sounds can cause anxiety attacks. Living an ordinary, daily life can be hard for people living with this disorder, as they are always fearing the moment a sudden sound occurs.

In this dossier, we explain what effects phonophobia can have on people and how to deal with having phonophobia. If you have anything to add or just want to drop us a line, please don’t hesitate to contact us!