An Allergy to Sounds
Illustration by Marta Janik
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An Allergy to Sounds

The Excruciating Pain of Misophonia
Iza Smelczyńska
time 4 minutes

Recommended soundtrack: John Cage, 4’33’’

In the winter issue of “Przekrój”, I explained that having a strong preference for certain sounds that cause a pleasant tingly sensation in the scalp, neck, shoulders and other sensitive areas is not a deviancy of any kind. This experience, known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), is a phenomenon bordering on the aesthetic and fetishistic. Some people find such sounds as soft whispers


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