phonophobia

noun
pho·​no·​pho·​bia | \ ˌfō-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce phonophobia (audio) \

Definition of phonophobia

1 : an intolerance of or hypersensitivity to sound Migraine is an episodic disorder manifested by headache accompanied by anorexia, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and phonophobia.— Sid Gilman
2 dated
a : fear of sounds and especially loud, sudden sounds
b : fear of hearing one's own voice

Other Words from phonophobia

phonophobic \ ˌfō-​nə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce phonophobia (audio) \ adjective
During the [migraine] attack, which lasts from hours to a day or more, the patient is frequently photophobic and phonophobic and seeks relief in a quiet dark environment or through sleep. — Jack J. Kanski and Brad Bowling

First Known Use of phonophobia

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for phonophobia

phono- + -phobia

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“Phonophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phonophobia. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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phonophobia

noun
pho·​no·​pho·​bia | \ ˌfō-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce phonophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of phonophobia

1 : pathological fear of sound or of speaking aloud
2 : an intolerance or hypersensitivity to sound Migraine is an episodic disorder manifested by headache accompanied by anorexia, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and phonophobia.— Sid Gilman, The New England Journal of Medicine, 11 June 1992

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