Objective: Misophonia is a disorder in which certain specific patterns of sound provoke a strong negative reaction. This extreme sensitivity to typically ordinary sounds can cause significant disruption to daily life. The aim of this study was to investigate the validity and reliability of the Turkish version of the Misophonia Assessment Questionnaire (MAQ). This will be a useful tool to accurately assess the severity and frequency of misophonia in the Turkish population.
Materials and Methods: A total of 210 patients who presented with complaints of misophonia were enrolled in the study. The mean age of the participants was 27.85±9.49 years (range: 18–57 years). The construct validity of the MAQ was de-termined using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and the internal consistency was evaluated using the Cronbach alpha value. The concurrent validity of the MAQ was determined based on the directionality of its relationship with a visual analog scale (VAS) and the strength and of the correlation using Pearson’s correlation coefficient.
Results: The mean MAQ total score was 24.33±13.28. The EFA results revealed a 4-factor structure. The reliability of the instrument was extremely high: the Cronbach alpha for the total scale was 0.94 and subscale values ranged from 0.76 to 0.93. In a test-retest reliability assessment, the intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.970. A significant correlation between the MAQ and VAS scores was demonstrated (r=0.811, p<0.001).
Conclusion: The Turkish version of MAQ is reliable and provides a valid scale to measure the impact and severity of miso-phonia symptoms.