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Item Response Theory Investigation of Misophonia Auditory Triggers

Psychometrics and Measurement Lab, Biostatistics and Health Informatics Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, London SE5 8AB, UK
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett, University College London, London WC1H 0NN, UK
Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London SE5 8AZ, UK
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
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Academic Editor: Andrea Ciorba
Audiol. Res. 2021, 11(4), 567-581;
Received: 17 August 2021 / Revised: 6 October 2021 / Accepted: 8 October 2021 / Published: 14 October 2021
Misophonia is characterised by a low tolerance for day-to-day sounds, causing intense negative affect. This study conducts an in-depth investigation of 35 misophonia triggers. A sample of 613 individuals who identify as experiencing misophonia and 202 individuals from the general population completed self-report measures. Using contemporary psychometric methods, we studied the triggers in terms of internal consistency, stability in time, precision, severity, discrimination ability, and information. Three dimensions of sensitivity were identified, namely, to eating sounds, to nose/throat sounds, and to general environmental sounds. The most informative and discriminative triggers belonged to the eating sounds. Participants identifying with having misophonia had also significantly increased odds to endorse eating sounds as auditory triggers than others. This study highlights the central role of eating sounds in this phenomenon and finds that different triggers are endorsed by those with more severe sound sensitivities than those with low sensitivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: misophonia; psychometrics; item response theory; sound sensitivity; S-Five misophonia; psychometrics; item response theory; sound sensitivity; S-Five
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Vitoratou, S.; Uglik-Marucha, N.; Hayes, C.; Erfanian, M.; Pearson, O.; Gregory, J. Item Response Theory Investigation of Misophonia Auditory Triggers. Audiol. Res. 2021, 11, 567-581.

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Vitoratou S, Uglik-Marucha N, Hayes C, Erfanian M, Pearson O, Gregory J. Item Response Theory Investigation of Misophonia Auditory Triggers. Audiology Research. 2021; 11(4):567-581.

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Vitoratou, Silia, Nora Uglik-Marucha, Chloe Hayes, Mercede Erfanian, Oliver Pearson, and Jane Gregory. 2021. "Item Response Theory Investigation of Misophonia Auditory Triggers" Audiology Research 11, no. 4: 567-581.

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