red-haired woman blasted by misophonia trigger

Welcome to Misophonia Online, a website that answers the question “What is misophonia”?

Do you have an emotional reaction to hearing someone eat with their mouth open, chew gum, or clear their throat? Do you become enraged when you hear repetitive sounds (tapping, pen clicking, typing, etc.) that make you want to escape? Ever feel like lashing out at the source of these sounds? Furthermore, have you ever wondered why you experience these reactions or if you’re the only one who has these problems? When your trigger events occur, does it seem like other people don’t take any notice of the sounds that affect you so strongly?

Guess what…

You’re not alone!

This website provides support to those who have this little-known syndrome and brings awareness of sound sensitivities to the public.

Misophonia is not thought to be caused by an actual hearing problem. The latest research suggests it is sensory processing issue within the brain. Misophonia elicits immediate negative physiological responses to certain sounds that most people don’t seem to notice. This sensitivity can have an adverse effect on a person’s life causing problems with activities of daily living. Interactions with significant people can also be affected by misophonia causing conflict within personal relationships. The disorder can have a harmful effect on one’s support system because the potential for social isolation exists. Sometimes, people with misophonia become withdrawn and shy away from others at school, work, and social situations.

Here, one can find resources that provide information, suggestions for coping mechanisms, and tips to help manage symptoms. Now that the question “What is Misophonia?” has been introduced, it’s time for further exploration. Please accept this invitation to join our discussions, learn about symptoms and triggers, and get answers to your questions about misophonia.

Need a brochure for yourself or to give to someone else? Download an informative misophonia brochure in Microsoft Word format here or an Adobe .pdf file here. You can help educate people about this disorder and give them an answer to the question of “What is Misophonia?”

If you have misophonia, please share your thoughts and answer the question “What misophonia means to me.

Letters explaining misophonia

Letters to Friends/Family

Introduce/Explain Misophonia

Take the Misophonia Self Test

FaceBook Support Group

(for those with the disorder)

Are you a spouse, family member, friend, or co-worker of someone with misophonia? Visit the Misophonia Alliance Support Group.





7 Comments

  1. Adeline

    I can’t stand chewing noises and I try to tell that to my mom but I end up getting in trouble and she won’t let me use white noise with my head phones when we eat so I have retreated to spend most of my time in my bed room but I want to be social. When they eat I get so angry but if I tell my mom how I feel she just thinks it is because I am 13 but I can’t stop it. It makes me feel like I want to crack my skull against the table to make it stop.

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  2. Megan

    When my roommate agrees with something she says “uh-huh” four or five times really fast and it makes me want to punch her in the face and tell her to shut up. She also has to fill any silence with singing or talking about things I know nothing about, like her “adorable little cousin who did the cutest thing the other day.” I’ve never met him, stop telling me shit about stuff I don’t care or know about!

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  3. Evans Horlik

    It all started when I was around 8 or 9 years old. It’s been 8 years and it’s getting worse every single day. I try to control it, I try to hold myself and listen to these voices thinking that perhaps I would be able to overcome my misophonia by getting used to these sounds but it was no use. I still hate those sounds, it still triggers me, it still makes me wanna shout or hit something, or someone. It’s still the same and it drives me crazy. I have a friend who’s close to me and she has this habit of eating (and even drinking) loudly. She munched like every 5 seconds even if there’s no foods in her mouth and it really just so hard for me to be around her, but I feel guilty to tell her to stop it because it is her right to do anything she wants and I don’t want to make her feel uncomfortable with trying to change her habits and all. So far only my little brother knows about this, the other doesn’t know, or they do but they don’t care anyway, which hurts even more. It is so painful that I wish I was born deaf instead, even though I know I should be grateful that I could hear. But what’s the good in it if everything that I listen to causes me to suffer? I really don’t get it.

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  4. Gary Smith

    Richard, it might be interesting to explore our feelings about and reactions towards the sources of sound triggers in our lives. I have the same sensitivities as you described — and having just found this site and the FB group, imagine almost everyone reading does also. We may not be able to adjust our environments, and for me talking with others about the issue has only complicated the problem. I find the best approach is to work on my ‘inner landscape’ so I can integrate with those who are unaware of the issue for us misophoniacs.

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  5. Richard

    Thank god there’s some kind of support out there. I’ll pursue more information about this. I just discovered it has a name. At this very moment, there’s a co-worker sitting next to me who can’t chew gum with her mouth closed. Smack, smack, crack, pop, smack, smack, smack… And on my right, is a guy who snorts his post-nasal drip every 30 seconds. I just popped in some earphones. But my question is this: Why do I have to adjust MY environment because someone else can’t chew with their mouth closed? I know I sound like an ass but for the moment I’m blaming my “misophonia”.

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    • Jason

      I have the same issue which I am blaming on the introduction of open plan (cheap) offices combined with people not caring about others when it comes to talking loudly on the phone, eating lunch at their desk (freaking apples every 15 mins lately) and slurping coffee. I have raised this issue with my manager twice now only to be brushed off.

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      • Orion Sune

        Same issue here. Open office plan. Been complaining of the distracting noises for over a year. I get the same response from my managers.

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