Please be aware that there is no actual scientific misophonia test or โ€œmisophonia scaleโ€ and this exercise is not a diagnostic tool. Nor is it intended to be medical advice.

Since there is no current diagnostic test for misophonia, people with sensory sensitivities need to use the information and tools currently available to assess their possible involvement with misophonia. To that end, this exercise was developed to help people focus on the signs and symptoms of misophonia. It was developed using information collected from various sources: the monthly misophonia.com online survey, comments and discussions in the Support Forum, feedback to the What Misophonia Means to You inquiry, and discussions in the Facebook Support Group.

MISOPHONIA SELF-EXAMINATION

 

Level One: Annoyance with an Edge.

Everyone has things they dislike. But the things that bother people with misophonia have an uncomfortable edge to them. The trigger sound could be something like sniffling. When a person with misophonia hears sniffling, it immediately draws their attention. It may not be much more than annoyance, but some other unpleasant quality to the experience exists. If this is as far as it goes, we could call this Level One misophonia.

 

Level Two: Focused Attention

When a trigger event occurs, the person with misophonia intently focuses on that sound. It overtakes all other sensory input. The sound is then in the foreground of the person’s awareness and perceived quite negatively. Other unpleasant emotions may also be present. This sustained attention exists until the trigger events stops or the person can distance themselves from the event.

 

Level Three: Reality of Physicality.

Level Three misophonia may include uncomfortable physical symptoms. Among other things, people have reported having a nervous stomach, headache and muscle tension. Like the trigger set, physical symptoms vary from person to person. Sometimes, people identify that they “carry” their stress in their shoulders. Or that they feel a little nauseous when confronted. The physical symptoms of misophonia follow a similar path.

 

Level Four: Psychological Predicament.

Misophonia is thought to be a neurological condition but it can contribute to a wide range of psychological problems. Some of these problems are common to the condition and others are unique to the individual. Nervousness, apprehension, fear, disgust and rage are some of the feelings that people experience when confronted with a trigger. These feelings range from mild to wild and can be one of the hardest components of misophonia to endure. Psychological pain may be as much of a problem to deal with as physical pain is. Some say that it can be even worse because sometimes physical pains have simple fixes. But quick fixes are not so readily available for alleviating complex psychological issues.

Also, people begin to have more difficulties with interpersonal relationships at this stage. This is partly due to the emotions a person may exhibit while triggered. Expressing frustration, disgust, or anger with others can easily cause friction or hard feelings.

 

Level Five: Fear, Freeze, Fight or Flight.

In addition to psychological and physical symptoms, the hallmark feature of misophonia is autonomic reactions. An autonomic reaction is a physical change made in the face of anxiety or fear. People report respiratory problems, stomach issues, palpitations and other physiologic issues. Panic is not unusual in those with intense sensitivities. People sometimes experience automatic fight or flight responses. They feel compelled to escape the trigger or immediately remove themselves from the trigger environment. This reaction cannot be intentionally controlled. It’s an automatic physiological response to something that is perceived as a serious threat.

 

Level Six: Extreme Challenges.

After experiencing some combination of the preceding levels of misophonia, some people escalate up to actual violence. This is the worst case scenario. Both the thought of violence and actual violence (harm to self or others) constitutes the highest level of misophonia.

Misophonia can cause a serious strain on interpersonal relationships. Coupled with the lack of effective treatments the situation can become critical. It is possible that social isolation and continual pain and/or a sustained high stress level creates a sense of hopelessness. And in rare cases, some people report having suicidal thoughts.

A person may have the signs/symptoms of only one level of misophonia as described in this exercise. But it’s more common to have a mix of symptoms from different levels. The intensity of each level’s symptoms increases as the level rises. But people do not always progress through each group sequentially.

Note that symptoms and reactions presented in each level are subjective. Triggers that affect one person may not have a negative effect on another. Everyone has their own unique trigger set.

You can use the information in this misophonia self test in your plan for coping with misophonia. Make your own assessment of the value of this experience and take away from it the knowledge that you are not alone. Other people struggle with similar issues and you can have a dialogue with others by joining the Misophonia Support Group on Facebook.

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440 Comments

  1. Wayne

    I suffer with this, I cannot stand it when people sniff, eat crisps, crunch, gulp their drinks, anything like that sends me crazy

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    • Jackie

      It’s crisps for me too, both the eating sound and the rustling of the packet.

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      • Ady shepherd

        Good evening Jackie. Until I stumbled across this thread I thought it was only me with this problem but I now realise how wrong I am. Like you, crisps are like a red flag to a bull with me. I can feel the rage running through my body, never violent & nor will it ever be as intense as that but more an intense anxiety. I sit there saying to myself in my mind “get a crisp & pull it out of the packet, why the hell do they have to put there hand in & rustle so much” grrrrrrr

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        • Shelley

          I can so relate. Oh my gosh. My jaw tightens and i want to scream. Chewing tapping i thought it was just me

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        • Karen

          I can go to football or baseball games and the loud noise doesn’t bother me. But someone crunching ice, smacking their lips when eating or (like my husband) the hissing sound he makes when breathing. He’s a mouth breather and my doctor is trying to make him aware of the difficulties that may cause. Also when eating out, he has to CONSTANTLY be told to keep elbows off the table and chew with his mouth closed….and swallow it all before opening his mouth again!!! Seriously, I truly think most of these issues ARE because they’ve not been taught manners!!! And if you say something politely, a lot of people keep doing it JUST to annoy you! Anyone have ideas on what to do with these situations????? Help!!! I’m going insane!

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          • Karen

            And besides…..WHO wants to see someone’s food as it will look in their stomach? Disgusting!!!

          • Honor

            I could cry with relief to know its not just me,its massive isnt it the feelings these noises create in us. I cant bear to eat with my husband, and now he has retired its 3x per day. :He also eats with his mouth open, eats with his head downwards all the time looking at his food, and has to slurp it up because his head isnt up. Woe betide me if I was to say anything to him about this, he would think I hate him for sure. He eats a tangerine loudly after every meal and an apple every afternoon, all equally noisily, it makes me feel like vomiting, often i cant finish my meal. My face must look awful when he choooses to look up, the disgust on it. He never asks whats the matter, dont think I could tell him now after 40yrs, its getting worse, I dread mealtimes, and love it if I come home and he has eaten, so I can enjoy my meal in peace. It is affecting how I feel about him, no idea what to do apart form somehow telling him. He would be so hurt and probably very angry too.

          • Suzy

            Omg I actually thought I must be a grumpy irritable cow that I couldnt stomach someone eating…two members of my family in particular…its come to the point where I actively avoid meals with family as I cannot bear the noise of them SLOPPING like animals. How they amplify the sound to such intolerable levels. It makes my stomach churn. Also…I notice it with a lot of kids that are old enough to know better…slop slop slop…and I actually just want to slap them!!! CLOSE UR DAMN MOUTH WHEN YOU ARE EATING AAAAAGGGGGGH!!!!!!!

          • Jason Anderson

            I feel your pain. Chewing and smacking are among the worst triggers. It doesn’t bother me as much when someone does it intentionally though, for some reason my hatred cuts through there efforts to annoy me. It’s somewhat reassuring to know there are others with similar issues. I wish you the best of luck in finding possible solutions. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Todd

            I am the same way!! I hate eating sounds, breathing sounds, but my most hated sound is when someone talks with mucus in their their throats and doesn’t clear it! I work around someone who does that and I literally get sick when I’m stuck around that person. Also I can’t stand it when someone talks so low you can’t hear them. I hate being like this and I think mean thoughts when I hear these noises. I’m open to any suggestions.

          • Heather Jones

            I also suffer with this but I can focus on other sounds when at the dinner table ie.. I put music on which helps.. (as long as the music isn’t too repetitive).. or that will set me off too!

          • Sammie

            Yes…earplugs…take them with you everywhere..have extra pairs in cars, purse, work..it IS our problem…its not too be controlling of others..my poor mother couldn’t stop luck in her lips after some medical treatment…I loved her but the sound was excruciating..earplugs saved me and I could spend time with her harmoniously!

          • Chris

            Karen I totally agree with you. Growing up I never experienced this problem but after so many years of listening to my partners inconsiderate noises I am now the one with the problem. Of course if these people could just be a little more considerate it would be fine but they’re not the one complaining.

        • N. Adam

          Oh my, my husband does this with his potato chips! It has always driven me CRAZY. Now I know why!

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          • Amanda

            I really thought I was just a moody person that gets annoyed with just about everything. My husband drives me crazy when he gulps his drink. I ask him all the time does he have to drink so loud. And I have definitely raised my kids to not smack bc it drives me so crazy that I can’t eat bc I feel I’m just thinking why that person has to do that weren’t they raised better. I also freak out when my kids are running around hollering or just sorta being loud, I feel like I’m going to scream so I normally walk away for a bit and then come back and ask them to calm down. I have clinched my teeth so hard for so long bc of noises my jaws would begin to hurt. I could go on and on but I’m just glad after almost 30 years I have figured out I’m not crazy, bi-polar, or just a grouchy person. I’m definitely going to continue to research this and hopefully find some helpful tips.

      • Va

        Oh my god yes when both are combined?! Why?!
        My son knows good n Damn well that he’d better pour those chips into a bowl

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        • Shanee

          Yes! A bowl is quite necessary!

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        • Leeanne Martin

          I feel like a horrible mother because my son will sit here and eat f-ing popcorn and the sound of him digging into the bag and then shoving it into his mouth makes me feel insane and just him sitting here turning pages of his book and laughing makes me feel really on edge I can’t stand it I feel like he laughs at stupid shit I try so hard not to get mad but I’m enraged and then when my husband chews with his mouth open like a cow it irratates me I was trying to cook dinner one night and he was snacking on stuff and was chewing like a cow and tried my hardest not to say anything but I turn to my son and say honey please take the damn cow outside referring to my husband it makes me want to tear my hair out or punch him in the face

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      • Hope

        I can’t stand when it’s raining and loud drops hit my gutters, because it unevenly hits them and its a loud thud and oh my God drives me vrazy

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        • Lloydene Edwards

          Lol i will out in storm to shove cloth inside so i dont hear the drop drop drop….. most people say they don’t even hear what I’m talking about and it’s like in Stereo inside of my head

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        • Sue

          That’s happening to me right now and I want to cry!!!!!!!! I used to enjoy the sound of rain. Even found it soothing. Now it’s just this uneven tap tap that makes me CRAZY!

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      • Jan

        Its people coughing and sniffing with me. I want to scream at them!!

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        • Rachel

          for me it’s hiccups, and it makes me want to scream, too.

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          • Mad

            Wow I thought I was the only one I hate hiccups, crunching, loud eating or breathing, brushing teeth and and snoring I just want to punch every body

      • Amanda

        Did you wind up taking anything for it?

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      • Idesha Wimes

        I feel your pain it’s when people eat food oh my goodness I hate the sounds of them chewing up the good and chips anything crunchy oh my it sends me through the roof

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        • Heather Jones

          I have a problem in movie theaters as for some reason people chew popcorn with their mouths open!… and if they’re behind me it is really irritating!… also, people who slurp their soup or tea… or my husband sometimes will rub his pant leg in the same spot, over and over.. so I gently put my hand over his to give him the cue!… I don’t know if it’s related or not.. but in a restaurant, I like to sit with my back to a wall..(maybe it minimizes the bombardment of chewing or slurping sounds?

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          • Malikei

            Oh my gosh..I’m so happy there’s others out there…mine has to do with eating and drinking mostly but as of late my s/o started swallowing just his saliva extremely loud…I will literally run away to the other room when I see he’s about to eat or drink something! It’ll damn near send me into a full rage if I keep myself in the presence of it. I would love to see some kind of fix for this..I can’t even eat thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with family it’s soo bad! Also it’s only with humans, my dogs make crazy loud slurping/chomping noises and it doesn’t phase me one bit…

          • Eat with your DAMN mouth CLOSED!!

            I won’t go to Movie Theaters or eat with some co-workers. I can’t do it. I’ve walked home from miles away because a family member like to chomp french fries as they are entering their mouth. Crunching, slurping, smacking lips, OMG I can’t stand it. I tighten up and usually walk away.

      • Nic

        Ugh. Any type of plastic rustling does my head in BIG time. Especially chip packets at the movies or when someone at a supermarket is holding something encased in a plastic bag and deciding if they want to
        buy it. I feel cranky just thinking about it.

        I also despise the sound of a banana being eaten *facepalm*

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        • Karen

          Omg the rustling of potato chip bags it drives me nuts I have actually have snatched the bag out of people’s hands. I want to scream get a bowl!!!! I hate the loud smacking sound in movies when the actors kiss. I yell are you kissing or eating a snack!! I have to mute the sound or change the channel. I got angry with my son when he was little because he was chewing loud he’s grown now I still feel bad for yelling at him. Now I know I am not crazy it’s not just me. I never knew why I would get so angry. I have turned around while on the bus and glare at someone who is chewing so loud, people talking very loud on their phones drives me nuts. I have to learn to control myself. I am so happy to know I am not the only one who goes through this

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      • Carla Getz

        The crisp eating sounds and definitely the rustling of the packet make me cringe; also, the taping of someone’s hand on a surface.

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    • Anon

      whistling,chewing,eating,nail biting,breathing heavily,chewing gum,crisp packets and when people blow their noses. I cry sometimes ughh i leave the room or put on loud music. rn i am crying and i am so angry in school i walk out of the classroom because i can’t stand it. I have punched someone before.

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      • Gill

        Blowing nose chewing food as if they’re actually counting how many times they chew like dead smug background music like in the hair dressers people’s voices every day is a nightmare

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      • Synthia

        Omg i feel the same way im crying while my boyfriend eats cause i cant stand the sound

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      • Envy

        HI too suffer from this eatinag loudly chewing gum any noises you can make with your mouth also burping and the smell of mint! I hate it and cinnamon I will cry I thought something was wrong and I was alone .

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      • Anon

        I feel the same way! Everyone just thinks it’s an over reaction though!

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      • (๋…ธ๋ž˜):ChaseMeridian

        For me it’s the sounds of muffled or unclear voices through walls. I don’t think I can live in an apartment ever again I may try a place with fire walls or a small house

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      • Ann onymous

        Literal same. Chewing, lip sounds, open mouth eating, slurping, people walking around loudly while I’m trying to sleep, loud breathing. I hardly chew gum now because the sound and how unnecessarily wide people’s jaws get. I want to cry sometimes ugh

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        • Anonymous

          It annoys me so much when people smack their mouths or let hard candy run over their teeth

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      • Mia

        Sometimes I cry too. It’s seems that the closer I am to the person the more It effects me.

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        • Gabriella

          Oh my goodness I know exactly how you feel, except I don’t usually cry. I got left during four dinners last week and ate by myself

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        • anon

          literally when im closer with the person its worse and i freak the fuck out at them and they just don’t understand and i can’t explain to them why im this way.

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          • Zoey

            I am exactly the same way!! My cried in front of my once and I felt very uncomfortable (though he had good reason and I should have been), and just patted him on the shoulder because I didn’t know what else to do!

          • Kat

            Zoey do you speak English?

        • Anon

          I’m getting so irritated by the sounds of my husbands breathing when hes sleeping. It isnt his fault but the sound is so grating it makes me want to smack him and scream and say PLEASE JUST STOP IT. its making bedtimes increasingly difficult. I cant be near him when he sleeps and I panic when he falls asleep. Tonight I have harmed myself 4 times due to his breathing, I cant help it, I dunno whats wrong with me. He cant find out. It would hurt him so much ๐Ÿ™

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          • Djanna

            I feel you. Same happens to me and my boyfriend. Plus he snores and breaths trhough his mouth. Sometimes I get so irritaded that I slap my self in the face, really hard. I’m starting with ear plugs and has helped a lot.

          • Tim Smalley

            Have you ever tried a white noise machine? Really helps cover up sleepy time noises for me!

          • June

            OMG. I thought it was just me. I love my partner dearly but we are now in seperate bedrooms cos I can’t bare the sound of him mouth breathing. It’s bad enough during the day but no way can I sleep next to it. If he didn’t do that maybe I could cope with the lip smacking and trying to talk to me with a mouth full of food. Yuk. Perhaps I should just live alone.

          • Jocelyn Oldham

            Sleep with a loud fan to drown out the sound of breathing.
            Problem solved.

        • Ness

          Me too deffo the closer I am to someone it worsens – chewing crunching and snoring REALLY drive me bonkers and it’s been that way since I was little. It’s cost me relationships and a lot more it’s horrible

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        • Jackie

          My family doesn’t understand any of this. I get called horrible names for not being able to eat dinner with them. They tell me just to turn my head and they scream at me when I get upset over it. I have tried every possible solution and nothing makes it go away. I have had enough, glad I am not the only one though. Maybe I will get them to read all the comments on this page so they can stop hating me over this.

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          • Sammie

            I’ve suffered with this for a very long time as well as my sister.Good to know its not all in my head. Ear plugs! It will muffle the sound enough to be tolerable, especially the smacking when others eat and that horrible gum snapping. Who snaps gum and thinks it’s ok..at the movies, shopping, lectures, public traveling? Seriously!

      • Nelle

        Same. I hate it. Some people know I hate those sounds but they keep doing it anyway. I become furious , and get very very angry at them. But then they also become angry because ‘they can’t do anything’ when I’m with them. Oh my God……

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        • Michelle

          Same with me Nelle. People at work get angry with me when I ask them to stop whatever they are doing that”s bugging me. They tell me to “get over it” so I leave the room and end up isolating myself from social activities.

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          • Lisa

            Work is the worst place for me. I feel like quitting my job after almost 22 yrs. I have been to HR my supervisor with no help about the person I am trapped in a boxed office smacking, tapping nails, talking to herself and now a counselor to help. The people on my job don’t care nor do they want to learn about this. It’s my problem.

        • Celeste

          I’m this way with most of my immediate family members and people at school are user with their siblings and mothers and I’m not. It hurts and then it hurts her and then I’m angry and upset and it’s just not easy or fun.

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      • Stevie

        I can not stand the sound of chewing or sniffiling, and if you are breathing loudly or wheezing or snoring it gets me so mad. I’ve punched people and lost so many friends because of it and I’m just glad I’m not alone

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      • Anon

        Omg same! I thought I was the only one…lol except the punching a person part

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    • Rwanda

      I Know the feeling ???? But you should try listening to people sniff and eat at the same time ????

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    • Tae

      I HATE when my little brother gulps his drink, smacks, or BREATHES loudly. I can literally hear everything he does with his mouth and it makes me want to smack the mess out of him.

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      • as123

        I have exactly the same thing it’s sooo exasperating I even get cross when someone’s breathing irregularly
        What’s worse is if someone like ur friends doing something annoying and you can’t ask them to shut up

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      • Sammie

        I totally understand…I make a face that others think I hate them…annnnnd I DO despise their actions..I broke off relationships because of it! So sad..but earplugs help tremendously…

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        • Alliera G

          My headphones broke do you know anything else that could help my dad thinks I’m crazy cause I don’t wanna be near anyone when they are eating or sick ๐Ÿ˜•

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    • Juan Jose

      Why this happens only with people? I fill nothing when is an animal like a dog eating near by. In other hand in some societies like China or Korea people is extremely noisy and nobody looks worried.

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      • Warren Jones

        Dots eating either dog food or human food it gets to me. Also the sounds of them licking anything gets me as well. I’m somewhere around a Level 5.5 on this list. I get the fight or flight response. This is why I don’t have animals in my home.

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      • Holly Hively

        It’s dogs licking or smacking that sets me off. It will wake me up from a dead sleep if i hear it. Fortunately my dogs are aware and keep from making rage inducing mouth noises in my presence (most of the time) but when I’m a guest in someone’s home and uncontrollably scream “knock it off” at their pets, it gets embarrassing.
        The majority of people can’t comprehend the rage that is induced in me by what most deem to be a harmless sound.

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        • turndownthesound

          Yes! This! “Most people cannot comprehend the rage that is induced in me, by what most deem a harmless sound.” Ugh, it can be darn right debilitating at times???? It’s so awful, and the rustling of hands in a chip bag or the opening of said bag, makes me want to lose my shit????

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          • Level 6

            All of these things are me and have been since I was very young , I have never known it any different and I am 53 years old. I remember times when a sibling would crunch food in my ear and think it was funny as I would gets pissed off angry. It has always made me feel like a weirdo the way I react to all of these sounds in my mind. My husband has been so supportive with me over the years, when he has toast or crunchy stuff,,I go out of room or he does,,it works and we are both happy in the end, yes sounds crazy but he knows all the triggers ,,he used to cling his teeth with utensils when we first met but that changed in about a week after dating. Anyway,,in my mine I am triggered by what I consider ANY unnecessary noise at all. Snapping, YES CHIPS and the bag gig wow,,anything crunchy, smacking, slurping, tapping, scratching, sniffing, yes the eyelid blinking sound as mentioned before. I have not in all these found a way to change this, I do not like eating in a public place as people disgust me just watching them being pigs. I know I am the one with the issue, but feel trapped like a raging lunatic inside when exposed to these everyday things. Exhausting,

        • Jessica Jenifer

          Yes my dog was doing that a couple minutes ago it was driving me crazy I told her to get out of my room because I couldn’t take it anymore.

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      • ObviouslyAnonymous

        It seems to be connected with childhood trauma, in my completely unprofessional observation. Most people experiencing it that I have seen grew up either in fear of certain sounds, shamed for certain sounds, or met with anger for certain sounds. In my case I was horribly shamed to the point that counselors investigated my home life for years trying to figure out what triggered my mother’s abusive actions. She exhibited signs of misophonia and punished me for making sounds, slurping, chewing, sniffling, coughing, typing too loudly, tapping, popping, using grocery bags, everything. As a result, those sounds make me extremely uncomfortable, up to nausea and sometimes vomiting… Except for the sound of doors opening and closing. If I can see them I am fine… But if I can’t I have a fight or flight response. For years I played it off as “trying to surprise people” when I’d hide when normal, trustworthy people came into a room. My heart would be pounding, sometimes I cried, but I’d start laughing and make up an excuse. “I wanted to be alone.” “It was a surprise.”
        … It’s awful.

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        • Melanie

          I worry about ‘passing it’ onto my kids… not that im being mean or traumatizing them because I try as hard as I can to make light of this. But… of course I still teach my kids manners and they can still tell when im rubbing my forehead and closing my eyes if someone is taking forever to open a package that im about to take it and do it for them cause i just cant stand it… Sometimes my 7yr old corrects people (says to her cousin ‘can u chew with your mouth closed please?’) and it horrifies me! Is she just trying to be like mommy or does it actually really bother her too at such an early age?
          Naturally id think it would bother everyone but apparently we are rare?

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          • Family Trait

            I’ve known it for 40 years, my older sister has it and my oldest son has it. We noticed it in our older son as his younger brother became more active at the table. He is now at college and has the worst room mate with constant snacking and ice chewing. He is managing it but life is so much harder than it should be. The key is to support him by helping him find ways to cope and avoid if possible.

          • Latonya

            I totally understand!!! Those things and listening to my husband or anybody in the house sings brings me to an almost rage!! I hate that I’m effected this way! I feel like something is wrong with me.

        • Porsche

          I get angry when someone make mouth sounds lip clicking their tongues and it freaks me out I get angry and I look at everyone else and they seem to be OK with it huff…
          Things I hate(strongly):someone reading aloud or reading under their breath with a mumbling sound,gum chewing,smacking,tapping,thumping,scrathing for too long,swallowing,breathing too hard,blinking a lot because I can hear the liquid in their eyes etc;

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          • tonyaguillot

            I hate it when my husband make these smacking sounds with his mouth and he does it in his sleep too. I wake up to that and it sounds like he’s doing it in my ear. I also hate it when he sniffs all the damn time and I’m like BLOW YOUR NOSE ALREADY!

        • Mike Esler

          Spot on. I too remember my father ridiculing me for gulping as I drank a glass of water – or if I did it in one long swallow he would get a distasteful look on his face and sah “Here, have a blow” or “take a breather”. Something like that anyway. he was very critical of any eating noise such as someone eating an apple etc.

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        • Chris

          Mine started after I had an accident and now experience a lot of pain. I guess my body only has tolerance for so much and that’s why I can’t stand any unnecessary noise. Man this thread has been so therapeutic. Thanks everyone for sharing. Ear plugs for life!

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    • Heidi M

      Why is this even a disorder? It seems we have disease if we were brought up with good manners and excuses others of their annoying behaviors. Chewing loudly with your mouth open or talking with your mouth full of food is just gross. Popping gum, sloppy eating, jingling keys, talking so loud in restaurants, movies, church, etc. just means that you do not care about others around you, which to me should be labeled a disorder of self centeredness. If everyone was considerate of others we wouldn’t be subjected to this cacophony. I admit my mother-in-law’s chomping of food with her ill fitting false teeth may not be her fault but I can’t eat while the sound literally turns my stomach.

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      • Ann N

        The disorder is when you have a negative reaction to these things. For instance, I cringe when I am sitting too closely to someone eating and I can actually hear the food being churned around in their mouth before they swallow – and they are chewing with their mouth closed. I have the same reaction when I hear someone slurp their soup or coffee, or gulp their drinks. These people are not rude or inconsiderate. They are going about their normal business. I also get really irritated when someone is repeatedly clicking a pen, tapping their fingers on a surface, things like that.

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        • Emma T

          Oh god me too. My mom eats really loud and likes to talk at the same time which makes me feel so uncomfortable. I feel anger and I have to leave the room.

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          • Jasmine

            I completely agree with you! My mum does that too and she wonders why I get so angry with her. She says stuff like: ‘What are you getting such an attitude for?’I end up I too have to immediately leave the room or I end up getting so angry that I cry and don’t know what to do with myself.

      • Sharron

        I agree with you everything is considered a disorder.I wonder if there is any disorder less people left on this planet.

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      • Sam

        Heidi–I agree with you. If these noises bother us, why are we the ones with the disease? In most cases, these noises could be avoided if the person had proper manners. But for me, I am finding I am having thoughts of violence, and that worries me. I have never been violent in my life. Shaking a rug is about as violent as I get. My biggest triggers are the clicking of false teeth, popping gum, chomping ice, sniffing, and talking on the phone to anyone eating, and this one is the worse: when someone coughs up phlegm, omg, I can’t even type about it. I might have have some kind of problem with this one. Ugggg

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        • (๋…ธ๋ž˜):ChaseMeridian

          We are too in tune with reality and the world SUPER SENSITIVE HEARING I’VE HAD THE SINCE I WAS A CHILD BUT ONLY UNTIL THE TERRIBLE TRAUMA WITH THE NEIGHBOR. It was never met with such negativity.

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      • Heather Fowler

        I think it becomes a disorder when the sound of running your own bathwater makes your skin crawl and you ears and face burn, when your husband pours a drink and you visualize punching him in the face.the ocean spray commercial literally pisses you off.when you become fixated on one sound in particular and cannot function because of it, that is a disorder. And that for me goes along with chewing,slurping, sipping, breathing, biting, the clinking of a spoon in a bowl, tapping, licking, swallowing, etc,etc,etc. I can’t even eat an apple in front of other people for fear that my chewing will disturb them. Then I am reminded I’m the one with the problem not them. But because I can’t begin to imagine how it does not bother them I cannot eat the apple. I am paralyzed with it.

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        • KEM

          I totally agree with all of the things you said…when someone eats an apple and crunches and chews, I want to punch them in the face….seriously…I also don’t like to be asked the same things over and over again…totally annoys me.

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      • Cb

        I agree, with that!!! I went to manners class at young age and in that class you were taught that is not proper so WHY do I have something wrong with me because others want to eat with no manners?
        I have to defend myself often and even pull up information about good table/food edicate and ha e shown people but I still am the one they joke with like I have something wrong with me.

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        • Cb

          See… top 10 table manners by Emily post… #1 do not chew with your mouth open. This includes talking while chewing food. You don’t take a bite of food then start talking. There are other manners like not hitting or grinding your silverware on bowl/plate. You don’t slurp or gulp drinks. Some People have just forgotten, or don’t care or we’re never taught good table manners that is why we are we are so few and far between and therefore everyone else thinks “we” have a disease!

          Table manners have evolved over centuries to make the practice of eating with others pleasant and sociable. With so many table manners to keep track, keep these basic, but oh-so-important, table manners in mind as you eat:

          1. Chew with your mouth closed.

          2. Keep your smartphone off the table and set to silent or vibrate. Wait to check calls and texts until you are finished with the meal and away from the table.

          3. Donโ€™t use your utensils like a shovel or stab your food.

          4. Donโ€™t pick your teeth at the table.

          5. Remember to use your napkin.

          6. Wait until youโ€™re done chewing to sip or swallow a drink. (Choking is clearly an exception.)

          7. Cut only one piece of food at a time.

          8. Avoid slouching and donโ€™t place your elbows on the table while eating (though it is okay to prop your elbows on the table while conversing between courses, and always has been, even in Emilyโ€™s day).

          9. Instead of reaching across the table for something, ask for it to be passed to you.

          10. Take part in the dinner conversation.

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          • Mike

            What are you not getting about this? The disorder goes beyond proper table etiquette and proper gym etiquette and proper sleeping etiquette (I’m assuming you think that is a thing).

            I get enraged listening to someone breathing through their nose. I want to punch people that eat baby carrots. I find myself shoving my wife in the back because she has the nerve to sleep.

            You can regurgitate all the overpaid advice columnists you want. I agree with them and I agree with every last point they make. This is something different, as you should know being a visitor to this site.

            I guess I’m trying to tell you to go away. You’re either touched or an asshole.

          • Oana

            Actualy good manmers are to not talk at the dinner time..wile we chew ,we dont talk,wile I want to eat ,i like to concentrate on my food and enjoying it and not to stress my body traying to finish fast and answer to some questions wile i am eating. Some ppl do not like to be intrerupted from eating Like me.
            I grow up with silence at the table so we dont choke and let our body stress less to digest well. I realy do not like talking when i am eating.

      • Shanee

        Finally, someone with good sense! You’re absolutely right! I’ve never had this problem before I married my current husband, who makes a loud inhaling sound before sucking his food in. His chewing drives me insane, but nobody else seems to bother me as much as he does. I also believe it’s his manners. We should all be brought up with knowing how to behave in the presence of others, this is not a disorder or sickness! It’s annoyance at bad manners! Thank you!

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      • yvonne

        It almost feels as if mannered people are fighting against the norm because ‘the norm’ is really a combination of everyone; and sprinkled within, there are louder people, more annoying people, and graceful, beautiful people. I’ve found cities or people creating bubbles of themselves. Purifying. I feel that it also comes with a sense of luxury of sensual experience? Why are we more sensuous, I’m not sure and even though at times I think I may be uptight, I must be, I mean, ‘wound up?’ Tense and anxious? The only solution I have ever felt fit was finding a beautiful place to live in where my surroundings of beauty overpower the negativity we find in these noises and even in the expressions one makes. I don’t understand it but it seems to me like the feeling is rather negative. I have always looked to appease the feeling with balance. I’m still looking. But yes, no matter how balanced I could become, I do still believe that regardless, loud and strangely toned noises will always startle me. Nature does not sound this way. That’s all I know.

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    • Jenna

      I have this with a certain door in the house creaking. People ALWAYS leave the window open and the door ajar so the door is constantly creaking. Wherever I am in the house (in the bath, coming through the front door etc), this will result in me storming to the doorway and slamming the door shut. I will literally drop anything to shut that damn door.

      This has been happening for years – I think it’s so inconsiderate of people to just leave the door and window open, knowing exactly what will happen.

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      • Peggy Heath

        You could so easily have got a good carpenter in all those years ago to take the door off its hinges, install new, better-fitting hinges, shave a little off each edge of the door, and re-hang it . . . OR . . .unless it’s the bathroom door, why not fix the problem by just removing the door entirely. Most of the doors in most houses are rarely used anyway . . .

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    • Babs

      What about crumpling plastic bags? I could kill over that sounds. My husband uses plastic bags it everything.

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      • Garrett

        one of my biggest things is when people put half a damn ton of ice in there drink and all you hear is ice clinking around for hours.

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      • turndownthesound

        Yes, the crumpling of plastic bags/hands rustling or the opening of potato chip bags are one of my absolute worst triggers!!!! I will literally rip a bag from my kids hands if they take too long to open the damn thing, and they already know, that they better have a damn bowl to put those chips into!!!

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      • Hannah

        My problem with plastic bags is the noise my husband would make before putting trash bags in the bin. Omg. So loud. I’d jump out of my skin. I hate it. I make a point of doing it slowly and quietly. It scares me and our pets. He snapped it and was just ridiculous with the noise.

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    • Olivia

      I absolutely HATE IT when I hear people kissing, whether it’s a stranger or my parents, i literally have to cover my ears whenever I hear someone kissing.

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      • Sue

        I’m the same with kissing. Even on the TV, the sound of kissing makes me feel sick.

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      • Nina

        Same here. Cant stand it. Also heavy breathing, snoring and chewing. People humming and whistling drive me crazy, too.

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        • Tess

          Same to all of the above! Whistling especially.

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      • Chloe

        I am the same exact way. My friend had her girlfriend over for the first time, and every fifteen minutes I would hear that stupid noise and I wanted to pick up a chair and smash then both in the face. I hear it on T.V. and I want to throw it out the window. I am filled with uncontrollable rage every time I hear it.

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    • Avril Purvis

      Me too. Any background noise when I’m trying to concentrate drives me insane

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      • Hannah

        Loud talkers.

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    • Avril Purvis

      Me too. Any background noise when I’m trying to concentrate drives me insane

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    • Jill

      Here’s how I know when something is”hitting my misophonia” as I call it; if someone else is making the sound I literally feel like I could hit them in the head with the a baseball bat because of the intense rage. The nanosecond the sound ends, the feeling ends. If I make the sound I actually feel sadness.

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      • as123

        Same im rlly self conscious now I cring even when I’m doing it

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    • Kendy K

      for me it’s chewing noises that drive me nuts, but also dogs with high pitched barks and licking….I literally feel tension rising up and I can’t control my reaction. It can almost feel like a panic attack…it’s awful – I never realised it was an actual condition. I just thought I was a grumpy cow! ;lol

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      • Peggy Heath

        Finally someone with the same problem I have – barking dogs. Fortunately I live in a city with good by-laws and I have already had two of the neighbours hauled into court by the by-law office and fined because they let their dogs bark for hours at a time. We live in a world that is becoming so aggressively, so thoughtlessly, so persistently loud that I fear for the future of our children if we don’t soon a) learn to respect the rights of other and b) teach all of our children some decent manners.

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    • Sounds drive me nuts

      I hate it when people smack their lips or eat crunchy foods. Like it’s all I can hear.

      I have this one class where this girl who sits next to me smacks away at her lips and her gum playing with her lip pericing, and I just want to yell at her to stop so I can hear the teacher over her loud smacking! No one else seems to hear it!

      Or like I’m watching TV and someone in the house is eating an ice pop sucking on the juice that sound! ugh!!! Drives me insane

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    • Michelle

      I get so angry when I can hear people, crunch loud, slurp and smack on their food, I have to hum or turn on music or something to drown the noise out, my boss had such bad eating habits and make so much noise I feel myself want to physically assault her and she is such a sweet person, I just cant set around her while she eats, or my husband and his cousin. WHO HAS TO SLURP AND SMACK ON ICE CREAM, NOODLES, POPCORN…LORD HELP ME!!!

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      • Michelle Pham

        I HATE the sound of my husband using dental floss. I clench my fists, grind my teeth, every muscle tenses and ineventualky have to leave the room. Also cannot stand chewing noises, lip smacking, sucking food from their teeth, or generally any other mouth noises. I feel damn near homicidal. I know it is completely irrational and that these people are not to blame, but Dear GOD! It doesn’t make me any less crazy!

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        • Virginia

          I have this conditon and to help me deal with it I use the hearing protectors that I use when target practicing. It really helps. I found mine at a Target store. I also get anxious when my husband slurps soup, eats anything with his mouth open. I did notice that my mother-in-law also chews with her mouth open so it maybe he was never taught not to do this. The dog licking thing bothers me also. I do find that it doesn’t annoy me as much if I am eating at the same time as my husband.

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    • Russell

      And me, and when they slurp their drinks! Why?

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    • not giving it

      Honestly I have dogs at my house one of them is a puppy and every time someone gets something for him he’ll tear it up I HATE the sound he makes when he tears it up and every time I try to make it stop someone will tell me to leave him alone and usually I’ll go to the other room or put a pillow up against my ears to stop the sound a bit some times I lash out on people cuz I have a bit of a anger problem to make matters worst I’m really happy I’m not alone in this ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Belinda

      My husband coughs so loudly, and it makes me so, so angry. How can I ask him to stop coughing so loudly?

      My anger often presents as nausea, if that makes sense.

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      • Nicole

        I can’t stand the sound of chewing, loud sneezing, eating any form of food whether it’s soft or crunchy… Hate is a strong word but that how I feel i literally have to get away from who ever it is for I fear I might say or do something bad …
        It feels bad as I have no control of it and can’t even sit near my partner when having supper.

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      • Lindsay

        I feel your annoyance. My husband coughs so loud and forcefully, I can feel my blood pressure rising each time he forces out a cough.
        On top of that, he makes the worst mouth noises all the time. All. Of. The. Time. It sounds like a dripping faucet, I don’t even know how else to describe it. At night, I always have the air purifier on for some white noise, but I have asked him to stop smacking on several occasions over the years.
        I would rather be in a room filled with dogs and cats licking themselves, than listen to his constant smacking and coughing. Pets get a pass because that’s what they do… Adults, no. Just, no.

        For me, I start focusing on the person… Glaring, to be specific. My heart races, my head feels almost like I’m lightheaded. I can just feel the rage building. I have to reason with myself when it happens… Assuming it’s not the middle of the night. In that case, there’s no reasoning, only rage.

        I’m so glad there are people out there who feel the same way more or less.

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    • Aederman

      Uch, I know! silicon swimmers’ ear-plugs work wonders! I use them very often. For me it’s crisps, popcorn, people who listen to music so loud you can hear it through headphones, crying babies, very high speaking voices, treble effects in EDM music and heavy-breathing/snoring.

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    • Natasha

      I have this so bad and I have to get rid of it my own child drives me insain to point I can not be round her much longer when eating….. what an I do

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    • Chloe

      I hate it when people suck their fingers when they have eaten a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar. I have it when people talk down the phone and eating at the same time. I cant stand people eating anywhere near me what so ever. I have to turn the music or TV up so I cant hear anything. Sometimes I cant even look at people when they are eating. I just seem to go in to the biggest rage and do a runner.

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    • Tomoko Kuroki

      I can’t stand it when people tap (or any other repetitive noises/sounds)

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    • Miriam

      My son is 10 and he once told my mom to stop breathing because he couldn’t hear the television. It’s like he has the hearing of a dog and every sound is magnified for him. My daughter is 8 and he often makes her cry by telling her to leave a room if she’s breathing, chewing or just rumbling through papers. I don’t know what to do about this. Decided to Google his symptoms and this surfaced.

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      • Peggy Heath

        You might see whether he has hyperacusis which is a recognized medical condition and is a collapsed intolerance to normal sounds. It’s not just a dislike of certain sounds which is what misophonia is but a serious medical problem which can sometimes be treated by listening to broadband pink noise. Check it out at
        http://www.hyperacusis.net/what-is-it/4-types-of-sound-sensitivity/

        – there might be help available for your son.

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    • Kian Fixon

      I’m glad that I’m not the only one who suffers from these situations. Every time I try to leave the dining room when my family members are eating and they never truly understand why I avoid them.

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    • Sasha

      Always effects me more when I’m tired. At times could really cause a scene. My partner though takes it on the chin and accepts it as one of my ‘twerks’!

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    • Sarah

      So, I have an issue with noises that tap, tick, clap. I then get super irritated usually rather quickly and yell at who ever is making that noise, if it stops I’m ok, but then I get drawn in other noises I don’t like- people moving or rustle blankets, the sound of blowing air out (mouth breathing) ugghh I could go on and on. I’m ok with a shrieking chalkboard though. Do I fit the mold, or am I just a jerk?

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    • Tammy

      I too cannot stand any of those sounds. I have to actually remove myself from a room (if I can). It gives me severe anxiety.

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    • Amanda

      I have the same thing. Every time I hear chewing or gulping I want to rip my hair out or if have so much rage I wanthink to kill whatever ishe making the noise ๐Ÿ™ try limiting to white or pink noise it helps. So does listing to music just enough so you can still hear the trigger. It helps you cope. Trust me.

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    • Lara

      me too i have it when people sniff, and itยดs very hard for me to koncentrate in school because of that.

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    • Marie

      My husband has two small children they visit every weekend and the noise is driving me crazy. Can’t stand it. I am thinking about a divorce. Please help

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    • Dawn

      For me it’s when people move too much in their sleep
      It gets me so incredibly annoyed and angry

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    • Gum hater

      i have several triggers but my biggest one is chewing gum, and so many in my class do it. I just get so angry i want to punch anyone who chews it. Just the sound it makes and the way the jaw moves, it hurt jfc

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    • ren

      I migrate around the cinema based on where people with popcorn are…

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    • Emily

      I can’t stand when people chew at all and lip smacking is the worst

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    • Farrah

      Omg me too! I feel like they must like hearing themselves. Because there’s no way they can make all that noise and not know it.

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    • Elizabeth

      I probably have the worse case scenario.

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    • Kristina a Carrig

      This is soo Crazy My son is 6 and he does this whistle things and automatically My whole body gringes and i get instantlly upset I feel awful cause its only whistling but its been other lil sounds that sound Magnified

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      • Anonymous

        I feel so much better knowing that I am not insane, and that other people struggle with this, too. My son is ten, and I can’t stand it when he whistles. Like you, Kristina, I feel terrible, but it makes me enraged. Other sounds I can’t stand: gum chewing, people inadvertently whistling when they pronounce the letter “s,” a radio or TV that is just barely audible, newspapers rustling, bare feet sticking to hard floors, etc.

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    • Allie

      Uggggggggg I hate breathing I want to snake them and make them stop!!!!

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    • Carina

      Me too. Munching is the worst by far, especially crunchy things. packages rustling, people swallowing saliva, drinking, whistling or brushing their teeth, some kinds of shrill voices, people talking when I’m trying to sleep, the noise made by the alarm clock’s hands moving, the noise of the shower, the rain!
      And then I have a problem with “sight” too. Too much light. Even a little light when I’m trying to sleep. And “touch” issues as well.

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    • Asha

      for most of you guys its eating. whike i cant stand for anyone to chew with their mouth open. asking them to stop usually fixes that. but backround noise pisses me off so much. deffinetly when im playing my music and i can here the bass to theres. ughhhh

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    • Julie Lewis

      Wayne, I am right with you. Listening to my spouse “drowning” as he drinks sends me batty.

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    • Abbie Dalton

      This boy in my class has to reapeat words being spoken he doesnt like the sound b or p and he has panic attacks and sometimes goes a but crazy i think i suffer with a mild case of misophonia beacause certain sounds will really annoy me like people cheeing ludly my muscles will stiffen and i will just get randomly angry and sometimes i focus on peoples voices and listen too closely and it annoys me

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    • Shannon

      I guess it’s safe to say that I have, at times, reached level six misophonia. While I have never actually committed an act of violence over this (towards myself or anyone else), I must say that I have most definitely contemplated it, but luckily was able to get a handle on my rage and “flight” instead of “fight” as in mentioned in (Level 5).
      I have experienced everyone of these levels at some point, sometimes simultaneously, and sometimes one or the other, individually, at random. Loud, unexpected, unnecessary, disgusting, or just plain rude and annoying noises drive me insane!!! Some sounds are worse than others and especially if in close proximity. My husband smacks his food (loudly), pops his jaws together to the point where u can hear his teeth collide with each bite- even when eating ice cream & all of this with his mouth closed!
      ????????????????…. He slurps his drinks, especially coffee, when it ISN’T EVEN HOT! I have such Overwhelming anger & anxiety bubble up from deep down in my soul (for lack of a better description, LOL), that I have to jump up and leave the room or find a way to drown out the noise. GRRR???? And then there’s this….. He is a chronic throat clearer, whether it’s a medical condition or purely habitual is beyond me, because he won’t see a DR., but I’m convinced it is the latter. And It’s not the normal throat clearing sound. The pitch is high or almost Elfin in nature. That’s what it makes me think of anyway, and he does this at what seems to me to be the most inopportune of moments. He does it while taking calls, or when someone is speaking, even TO him, (usually me), or when he’s nervous, and just pretty much all of the time. I don’t think he can help it, but neither can I help the way it sets me off! He also coughs really loud and persistently when I try to talk to him if he feels indifferent or bored. He says he doesn’t realize he does it, but funny how he never does it until then????Last but not least… He snores (throat snores), and mouth breathes so loud it’s like Chinese water torture X100!! ???????? He grinds his teeth (OMG????) to the point of biting his tongue when he sleeps and he makes suckling noises, like a nursing baby, and it’s usually right in my ear! I have to sleep on the couch 9 out of 10. I feel like a nagging Bi#@CH if I say anything, but my entire sanity is at stake here!! HELP!!!

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      • Peggy Heath

        Make an appointment for him to do an over-night test at a sleep clinic. CPAP (Controlled Positive Airway Pressure) machines help people with obstructive sleep apnea stop snoring, sleep longer and deeper, and stop annoying their sleeping partners. I know – I was almost dead on my feet from severe sleep apnea before I was tested and have been using a CPAP machine for several years now. It’s one of the best medical technologies I have ever come across – believe it or not, I was experiencing 498 ‘events’ in a eight-hour period (that’s one every 60 seconds) at the sleep clinic and was so sleep deprived I was virtually non-functional. An ‘event’ is when the sleeper stops breathing and, in some cases, if the stoppage is long enough death can result. The CPAP machine prevents ‘events’ by a constant air pressure. I firmly believe one of the best things the medical professionals could do would be to test everyone at age 30, say, to see whether they have apnea. It might save millions of dollars in workplace accidents, loss of days from lack of sleep etc.

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      • Grockle

        My husband sneezes every single day often twice a day each time about 10 sneezes but spaced out, at about 10 seconds in between. And loud! No attempt to quieten or put a hand over his mouth. Mostly he sneezes in the eve after dinner. I could literally throw myself out of a window som days – I know it’s terrible but after years and years and years of it!! And he sniffs and clears his threat constantly – it’s sooooooo irritating

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    • Anon

      I also suffer from this but nobody believes me even when i start to tear up at the sounds of chewing, and coughing(etc.). My family has very loud chewers so I can barely stand family meals. Having misophonia sucks as a 14 year old

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      • Anon

        continuing on sometimes these noises can lead me into wanting to cause harm to the person, and i cannot help it. I have never actually harmed somebody which is why nobody even believes me. I told my best friend and i expected her to be helpful and supportive but she laughed at me and said… you don’t have this. Is there anyone out there who also has a non supportive group of people or anyone who knows how to help deal with it and work through misophonia? If so i would really like to know because this is erupting my school and family life. I cannot considerate when every time someone breaths within a few feet of me i get aggravated and want to punch them or something. Please help I’m only 14

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    • Shiral

      I am trying really hard to control my rage when i expiernec these triggers noisy, wet chewing, open mouth crunching, and slurping. They make me boiling mad. Also, loud salavatating and swallowing, the worst!!
      I have slapped siblings before so i know im out of control and need to learn to deal with this. Interstingky enough, nails on chalkboards, typing, tapping, coughing, pen clicking, none of this bothers me, its really just eating sounds i guess, and with some ppl its WAY worse .
      I just hear it and get boiling mad and start snapping at ppl.
      Trying so hard to contain my anger and then it boils out.
      If anyone has any tips please let me know im really rying to change

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    • Stephen

      Everything that Human beings do seem to annoy me & at times I even annoy myself!, If I am on a bus and somebody is sneezing or coughing excessively I have started to move to another seat, I have become irritated by other peoples conversations and try to avoid them, at times I do not want to even be in the viscinity of other people and get nasty looks regularly because people tend to sense the vibe I give off!, If waiting for a bus I stand away from others and purposely get on the bus last to avoid interaction when boarding the bus, I use a Swiftcard Buspass to cut down on interaction with the Driver!, I try to spend as much time on my own as possible and do not mix with neighbours other than saying the odd hello!, Other people are not treating me very nice as they seem to be figuring out that I find them & what they are doing irritating.

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    • Hap Smith

      I recently realized I was being overly stressed by noise. So I thought to myself “This is not normal.” And I started reading and ran upon this page. I said WOW.. I agree with you Wayne. I have a bunch of noises that really RILE me fast. I have severe Tinnitus to start with and live with that. My twenty years in the Marine Corps affected my hearing greatly.
      Noise of my Rott chewing her hard dry food, grrrr. Yes someone sniffing, with a cold and such, I have to get away from it / them. Someone just making noise to hear themselves, I can’t stand it. I have to firmly ask “Do you need to do that?” I guess some people have phobia with making noise, like tapping their ink pen on the desk or clicking it in their teeth, again, grrrrrr. I try really hard to ignore it, sometimes I can and they stop in short order. But when the noise continues, I have to either ask them to “Please stop” or leave. Like right now, my Rott is chewing on a corner of her cage. She is a pup, six months old, and I try to keep that in mind. I may have to talk to my Doc at the VA on this issue. Semper FI

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    • Shantel

      Oh my gosh I feel normal!! I get enraged with sounds that are repetitive. I also get upset and or angry when in a group of people and everyone is talking loudly and overtop of one another. ???? I have to remove myself or will become “bitchy”

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    • Adam

      I have a few triggers, open mouth chewing has made me yell at other, nasal snorting caused me to yell at a kid to “get a freaking tissue” in front of his parents, loud snapping gum chewing is one of my biggest. I seriously thought I was alone. Pretty amazing discovery. Now, how can we team up to smack the gum out of people’s mouths?

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    • Evelyn

      My husband always thought it was just me. I can’t stand the people chewing with their mouth open whether it’s food or gum, slurpin, clicking a pen tapping, sniffling and whistling. Oh yes, one more when people tap their nails on an object non-stop.I hear a combination of all, though out the day. I wish that it didn’t bother me at all, but it does. I don’t know what to do about it anymore.

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    • Lyn

      Eating from a spoon and letting the metal touch your teeth -aaagh!

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    • David

      I can literally go to jail for fighting when I hear someone chewing and making noises breathing heavy and grunting just making unnecessary sounds when they are not supposed to. We don’t have a disorder!!! These people do. Why blame us? We all know it’s not polite to chew with your mouth open and on top of that make noises while doing it!!!

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    • Kat

      I can really relate, I am only 13, I cannot even eat with my family at the table, I can get so frustrated I just cry in my room, I am very secluded and I am not involved with anything, I hate when I get wild to the people I love, I am very sad. ๐Ÿ™

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    • JJ

      Omg my husbands noises drive me crazy. I can’t believe there is a name for it. Just add it to the ringing in my ears and i,ll really freak out

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    • SAJiggyfly

      I suffer from this like nobody’s business. The sounds of cellophane or candy bar wrapper drives me over the edge, to the point I want to sock the person in the face, especially if they’re trying to be quiet opening the damn thing and then the noise not only lasts longer, but it exacerbates my nerves. Another one is someone taking a bite of an apple in an elevator, I want to sock that person in the face as well!

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  2. Avery

    It’s the worst when I’m taking tests in class. I wanted to get up and scream and leave my classroom. I’ve actually had many low grades on tests because I was so built up with anger in the class when someone was sniffling or pencil tapping because I could only focus on those sounds. Oftentimes I get so frustrated that I end up crying/having a mental breakdown. Although I have found ways to cope by focusing on white noise such as air conditioning or fans, I still feel insane when I am the only one in the movie theater on the verge of tears during a comedy movie because I can only hear the family behind me crunching their popcorn and gulping the sodas.

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    • Phoenix

      I’m so glad I’m not alone

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      • brad

        Me too! I’m very considerate of people and eat politely. I love food but don’t need the whole world to know by noises. when I was a child I did not talk while eating and had my mouth closed!!!!!!! I get the impression that other people don’t care about manners. Look I’m a failed perfectionist way back.. ive drunk & smoked & fucked up life but I still know how to be kind & help others; but i’ll be damned if some people know how to eat. They don’t seem to realize.

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      • Sam

        As a child my parents took me to many psychiarist bc I would attack my sister for smacking her mouth, or hearing the littlest thing and honestly thought something was wrong with me. I wasn’t able to control my body. I felt as if I couldn’t consentrate on nothing but that sound and it was awful.. I didn’t Learn until I was thirty that I wasn’t alone, and there was actually a name for what I had. I’m so thankful! It’s awful thing to have to live with.

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      • Ady shepherd

        I felt the same Pheonix. Until I came on this site I was convinced it was just me, so glad I’m not the only one

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    • Nada

      I have the same problems so I avoid movies and crowded places. I never knew anyone with this condition and until today I didn’t know it is a condition.

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    • Jamie

      This is 100% me! I’ve started carrying wax ear plugs in my purse for the movie theater! I wish I would’ve spoken up in my school years. My grades suffered so bad. I would just sit there focused on the trigger that is rush through my test.

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      • Miriam

        My 10 year old son has to go to sleep before everyone or else he wakes us up because we are either breathing too loud or snoring.

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    • Faith Lee

      No worries Avery, I am in my 50’s and today I almost went ballistic when in a very busy grocery store the store clerk was stuffing plastic cellophane bags making soooo much noise I grabbed a bag and was showing how ridiculously noisy it was!!!! Then an older woman was yelling into her phone I thought I was going to have a breakdown!!

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    • Homer

      Same. I have this friend who always sits near me in tears and never stops chewing her pen. Ugh just the thought of it makes me cringe. But I always ask her to stop but she never does. I normally end up with bleeding fingernail marks on my palms, cause in a test the only thing I can do is clench my fist as tight as I can which distracts me from the chewing though

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      • as123

        U r the only one my palms are k’d and I bit my nails right down it looks terrible no body understands either

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  3. ian thompson

    Eating noises get to me, Scraping a plate does it to me, I get a knotted feeling in my throat under my tongue

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  4. emeraldkat

    I’m curious if I have this. I have a severe aversion to something many people hate, but it quite literally triggers pain in me. I can’t hear styrofoam squeaking. I can’t touch it and even if say my hubby gets a smoothie given in a styrofoam cup and offers a drink while he holds it, even if it doesn’t squeak, it causes what I’d call a shadow pain. It isn’t like a pinch or burn, more like the bbeginningof a toothache.

    In fact, my teeth hurting by the sound were the first thing I ever remember feeling about it. I was fine until about age 7 or so. And I clearly remember my dad bringing home a build it yourself desk for my older brother. It of course had styrofoam packaging and I was so excited to help my brother. Then it squeaked. And I started crying instantly. I ran away covering my ears and sobbing. It literally hurts so bad, just seeing styrofoam or touching it elicits horrible shadow pains and anxiety.

    I can’t even take food home from most restaurants nor can I unpack new stuff if there’s styrofoam. My hubby and daughter often help me in these situations by letting me stay in the car while styrofoam objects are put away inside or thrown out. Or sometimes they will let me go inside while they remove items we want from styrofoam and throw out any around. However, I have been at stores when people are unpacking things with it or at restaurants when the waitress tries to box our food in some and have literally fleed in terror in fear of the pain and of course the subsequent crying that comes with me being near it. I’ve even screamed with my hands ove rmy ears to try and get away from the sound.

    Please, is this what I’ve got? No one seems to understand except for my hubby and child. My own parents used to tease me with after the first incident and I many times ran out and would go on long walks to try to calm down.

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    • Abeer

      Oh my God!!! Me too. And any friction sound in general makes me cover my ears and close my eyes.

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      • Abeer

        Breathing sounds drive me nuts too

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    • Laura

      I have the same thing! I thought I was the only one. I can’t eat popcorn because of this. I love popcorn, but just thinking of eating it is extremely uncomfortable for me. I have always wondered what caused this. That high-pitched squeaking noise is excruciating for me, and it lingers long after the source is gone. I have no idea what causes this.

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    • Jude

      I have a serious aversion to lots of sounds, The worst being balloons. I have heard CBT can be helpful in extreme cases? May be worth looking in to ????

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    • Emma

      Sounds to me like childhood trauma that was never dealt with, especially if you remember the first instance so vividly and if your parents teased you. It could also be this disorder, though. I’d recommend talking to a counsellor who can help you professionally with it

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    • lu

      My brother has this. He will reflexively punch anyone handling styrofoam or hit it out of their hands. I also have misophonia but with certain people’s chewing, loud breathing, swallowing, nail biting, figiting. And animals licking themselves. I have realised though, over the years, that the slower the sound is made, the more it makes me want to scream.

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    • Gloria

      emeraldkat, I am the same. Totally the same as you. If someone squeaks styrofoam or breaks it, I shudder and have to stop myself from crying, becoming enraged or vomiting. The other manifestation is, believe it or not, with the sound and pitch of certain voices, especially those that trigger Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) which some people enjoy.. with me, it has the opposite effect.

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    • Froggy

      I can’t stand anything that is styrofoam. Also hate the feel and sound of cellophane and also walking with wet bare feet on the sidewalk. Also when anyone uses dental floss It literally makes me have to cover my ears and go out of the room.

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  5. Opal

    My husband has some of these symptoms but some of the things he has the most trouble with are 1) If anyone wiggles a foot or talks using hands 2) White Noise like at a restaurant – if others nearby are talking a lot he can’t enjoy visiting with people at the table because he says he can’t hear us over the other people talking 3) he hates silence – he has to have at least 1 tv on, sometimes more and listens to music very loudly 4) He can slurp and crunch chips very loudly without it annoying him, but does hate others eating chips or slurping. Does this sound like the same problem or would this be something else?

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    • Heather

      If i’m eating the same thing it will block out the other persons eating sounds as my internal chewing noise is louder. I have been like this since I was a teenager (now i’m 48). My mom can tell you how I would have my fingers in my ears whenever she ate an apple…or I would just have to leave the room…or twitch my toes so much you could hear them snapping. Like everyone else here it drives me totally insane. I try not to impose on others as this is my issue and they should feel free to eat what they want…but there have been several times when I had to ask my boyfriend to stop or I have thrown his chips out. The worst is when we are in the car travelling as you have no place to go and he loves to snack on tortilla chips or pretzels. Several times I have cuts on my palms from my nails a a I clench my fist so tight as the crunching is all I can hear. When this happens my brain is screaming so loud begging for the noise to stop.

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  6. Emil

    I suffer from this like my friend always has a blocked nose and breathes through her moth this is the most irritating and I can’t tell her to stop breathing cuz she has to so I just move away as much as possible

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  7. Anonymous

    I think I am at level 5. I hate having this! I can’t stand any chewing, smacking, or crunching! My family tells me that it’s just a pet peeve and that I just need to get over it, but hearing people eat makes me want to scream! I have to leave the room when anyone eats so I don’t burst into anger! I am so happy that I’m not the only one that feels this!

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  8. Erin

    I can’t stand the sound of breathing, which sounds incredibly stupid but I can’t seem to help it. I have always had to share a room with my sister and ever since I can remember I have had sleeping problems because the sound of her breathing will keep me up, often giving me breakdowns. My parents just tell me to ‘get over it’ and can’t seem to realise that misophonia is real.

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    • Misti ree

      Me too! Oh my gosh thank God im not the only one. I cannot stand hotels or sleepovers for this reason it’s so awful I literally want to scream. My mother also doesn’t understand and just tells me to get over it. Like, If if I could, I would have a long time ago!

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  9. Joshua c

    Hi everyone, I’ve been suffering with this since I was around 10. I’m now 23. My earliest memory was sitting round the table at my grandparents house and eating cocoa pops. Not only the noises other people made but also the noises I made that I knew other people could hear made me frustrated inside. Since then it’s developed into people who sniff constantly instead of blowing there nose, but then if they are blowing there nose all the time that drives me crazy too. Opening of cans. Fans. Hairdryers. I always have my phone on silent as any tone drives me nuts. Nail picking, breathing really heavily, eating loudly, people who carry keys attached to there hip, crisp packet rustling. Tapping things like cans of pop. People who talk to loud too. All these things are putting a strain on my ability to get on with my family as they do these things, which is normal but I can’t help but be angered by these things ๐Ÿ™

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  10. Sandra Bufton

    I am 68 years old and have suffered this all my life not knowing why. It first started with the sound of breathing, it drove me crazy as a young child. I used to sit with my fingers in my ears. Then clocks ticking, now it is both of those with the sound of a football banging on the pavement, kids screaming, Tv too loud. These are things that all my life have my nerves jangling. I solved it by wearing earplugs most of the time. I just HATE noise, I just can’t stand it. I have often wished that I was deaf, that’s how bad it has been.

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    • Frank R Howard Sr

      I too am an older adult, 73. I have suffered from noise all my life. I don’t know how many times we have moved to get away from noise. In the last two years I have now put on head phones with music or white nose to block out the local drummer. At times I feel like I’m a prisoner in my own home.

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  11. Jenny

    It’s clipping of finger nails for me. I can hear it in a packed bowling alley on the other end of the building. it’s an annoying sound and a disgusting personal thing you should do in the privacy of your own bathroom, not in public.

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  12. Marc Talbot-Phillips

    My partner hates it when the cat purrs!! he gets really annoyed with him ( the cat) He practically orders me to stop jingling the change in my pocket when i don’t even realise i am doing it..he picks up on any slight noise in the house……it doesn’t just drive him mad, i get really annoyed when he goes off on one…

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  13. Unknown

    Tbh I feel like I have soemthing to do with this. I can’t stand hearing people chew, crunch, swallow, breathe heavily, cough(this is going to sound so wrong but my mom has asthma, I get so mad so easily,) sniffling, anything technically natural to the human body. I get so pissed and annoyed, I get shivers down my back. My parents were just eating chips and I had to leave the room because they crunch so loud. I don’t know if there’s a way I cope with this, but there are times, like dinner, when I can’t leave. My mom can literally crunch anything she chews, and sometimes I can hear her teeth lift up from the food and it’s like OMG STOP PLEASE. I just kind of needed to rant this out but I really don’t know what to do about this anymore. I’ll ask politely to stop and they’ll get mad or offended. Please help ????

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    • Rafal

      Crunch with them, chew with them, sniff with them, etc etc. Just do what you hate, it works.

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    • brad

      MY Dad has cancer & I travelled back from Australia to be with him- there is no one else & now the chemo has finished he is eating & I feel terrible because I leave the room. It has only been two people made me have to leave the room… I thought it was unresolved anger. I said are you just rude or ignorant? I know you are smart so you must be eating like that on purpose! Oh the guilt and painfulness together.

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  14. Michelle

    My daughter just brought this condition to my attention. Like most people, many different sounds drive me crazy. Some days I am more sensitive than on others but my family suffer the most as I frequently have melt downs over their noises…sniffing, coughing, eating, breathing, tapping, alarms… I could go on. I too, mostly keep my phone on silent and miss most calls, as a result. My relationship with my husband is often strained as I find eating together so painful. At least now he will know I’m not just ‘having a dig’ (his words) at him.

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  15. Monae

    I am 14 years old i have suffered this my whole life , but i came to my discovery when i was about 7 or 8. I cant stand the sound of gum popping , chewing , gum smacking etc. Sounds like these really anger to the poit i am crying and puching things. My mom has a bad habit of popping and chewing her gum and i ask her all the time could she knock it off because this condition is real nd she completly ignores me .

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  16. Sasha

    I have been diagnosed with Misophonia and it really sucks. I’m having cognitive behavioural therapy and I need to smack my lips three times a day and record it and it is torture. My trigger sounds are nail picking, nail biting and particularly lip smacking. I have to deal with the noises every day but thankfully the nil picking and nail biting is getting better, still makes me cringe but it’s still getting better and that’s what matters. It’s just the lipsmacking. Point I am getting to…does anybody know why people can’t hear themselves do it? That is what annoys me the most is that they don’t even know they’re doing this extremely obvious sound which literally surges pain in my ear each time, and what helps people focus on something else? Lip smacking is my nemesis.

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  17. Nick Salt

    It is with some regret that I let you know I am deeply saddened by reading everyones comments. Not understanding what causes any level of misophonia gets me. I know it how bonkers it feels to loved ones and friends who I couldn’t reasonably expect to begin to understand it. I work in an office and the sound of people typing I can’t take anymore, it’s so nuanced. Don’t mind people typing in what I think is considerate but if a colleague whacks the ENTER key after each sentence, I feel Physical and emotional pain. There must surely be some a way to diagnose misophonia in that the root cause is arguably something inbuilt within us as a direct result of perceived or real negative experiences. The noises we abhore symbolise our own anxiety perhaps and anxiety and worry can sadly lead to anger or other negative emotions. The irony is I’m a musician and equally love sounds as much as I hate them! It’s reassuring to know that others know exactly how I feel and we can relate to each other. Peace and love. Salty x

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  18. Kim

    Some people are quick to jump on the bandwagon of this disease bc “yea I hate lip smacking”, or “don’t eat potato chips around me”, no, that’s just someone being rude that’ll piss you off. This is different. My earliest memory is when I was 6, in the back seat of my grandmas station wagon with my head buried between my legs, crying like a baby, all because she was popping her gum. Now I struggle with the whistle the AC vent makes or my dogs tail wagging against the table tapping. I’m glad to see more awareness, and hopefully soon more scientific information can be found about it.

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  19. Barbara Proctor

    Well, I have a new family- I am so tired of hearing ” just get over it “,- many of the same noises annoy me, but my other problem is that I am highly distractable- how about someone with long hair twisting it around constanntly while they talk to you, the swinging of a leg, the jiggling of a leg, someone not looking at me while I am in the middle of a conversation. Can you imagine all of us with this problem in the same room, I am almost 81 years of age, and I just smile when others mention ” my problem “!!!!
    GG

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  20. Jhon

    Jeez just searched that i found out i had it we had guests over and they were eating crunshy stuff and nuts i couldnt even hold my self i was about to have a mental breakdown i took my earphones shoved them in my ears and blasted them with anything just so i dont hear eating noises

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  21. Kim

    I don’t know if this is what I have, because it isn’t human sounds that bother me, but the sounds of water. I hate the sound of running water, whether from the tap or a small stream, or any kind of dripping. I moved to a drought region so I don’t have to hear rain or sprinklers or fountains. I get a headache that lasts over an hour after listening to any sounds of water and I will yell at anyone if a water sound they are causing lasts longer than 3 seconds.

    I am not afraid of water itself and actually like swimming, but I do wear earplugs, so maybe that helps.

    I, too, have often wished I were deaf.

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  22. Charlene

    I have it bad! Just now stomped out of the office because of a colleague chomping down on dry rusks! I get so angry that I could cause physical damage!!! Urghhhhh This is highly frustrating

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    • Julie

      My phobia has developed and got worse over the last ten or so years. Pen clicking, tapping, eating breathing, typing, slurping, whistling, heavy footed walking that I can hear or even feel, creaky doors/floorboards. I had to leave the office when an old woman I used to work with crunched on her hula-hoops. Certain foods should be banned from public eating. I need absolute silence to concentrate. It actually hurts my stomach. It really affects a persons mood and is very hard to live with. Like a lot of others, people just think I’m grumpy.

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  23. Melissa

    I can’t stand the sound of anyone gulping drinks down, lip smacking when eating or slurping. I’m also beginning to get irritated with loud crunching of potato chips. I’m glad to know I’m not alone with this. It always felt so irrational to react as I would to the sounds but know they still really annoyed me or just made me angry. I’ve told my husband to move away from me when he’s gulping down a glass of something because I get the urge to yell at him or hit him to get him to stop. At least I know I’m not crazy.

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  24. James

    “Don’t talk so loud, but what ever you do don’t whisper!”

    I just searched into google, “extreme annoyance to sound.” and this came up. Finally, an explanation for my madness!SO I’m not an A##hole!!

    After years of feeling like the Grinch because the sounds of wrapping paper and good cheer kills me. Feeling ashamed for telling my father to pick up his old dragging feet and telling my mother she has thin cheeks while enjoying a veggie tray. Replacing nail files that I ripped out of girlfriends’ hands and chucked out the window. And ofcourse, Yelling at the dog for licking their privates.

    Oh, and the sights that go with the sounds!! I have the best peripheral vision of anyone on earth, I see everything. Sometimes I think I must have eyes in the back of my head, because I can’t even handle your leg shaking 10 feet behind me!

    I feel like I’m being held hostage and tortured during these misophonia episodes. The poor person around me can breath as quiet as a mouse and it is not enough, for me just seeing their chest fill with life giving air will make my spirit whiskers stand on end! I completely understand how cat whiskers work because I have spirit whiskers from head to toes, even in between my buttcheeks and their very sensitive.

    We must take a holistic approach to dealing with misophonia, prevention through lifestyle. Release tension through exercise, stretching, and meditation. Avoid consuming things that over stimulate/stress the system like, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy,and crack. Make sure sleep hygiene is in check, and be consistent with bedtime. Avoid technology, tv, phone, and computer. Buy some quality earplugs and wear them with pride. And most importantly be honest and humble, tell those close to you “I am a crazy person.” and when all else fails, go underground.

    My misophonia is out of control right now, and my lifestyle has been off. Sometimes the sound of the faucet dripping wins the battle, but if I can manage remove all stimuli from life, it will not with the war!!!

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    • Louise

      This is unbelievable. I thought I was losing my mind years ago. There has to be something we can do so we don’t feel so over stimulated. Everywhere we go there is noise, doctor’s office, grocery store, malls, there is no silence anywhere. People always talk to loudly, it is so rude. I guess ear plugs are the only answer.

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    • Louise

      This is unbelievable. I thought I was losing my mind years ago. There has to be something we can do so we don’t feel so over stimulated. Everywhere we go there is noise, doctor’s office, grocery store, malls, there is no silence anywhere. People always talk to loudly, it is so rude. I guess ear plugs are the only answer.

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  25. Shane

    The slightest ticking of a fan or a small rattle in my car from something in the back seat or a cup in the cup holder. My dogs nails clicking on the floor. All of this drives me insane. To the point that I get enraged. I do t understand it. My wife hates it. People chewing ice or slurping cereal. Ugh.

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  26. Bob

    Several things trigger level 1-3 reactions in me, most of all gum snapping. I would rather be next to a screaming child on a plane, than a gum snapper. Many times I have (politely so far) asked the person to stop. Or I have moved.
    I’d be very interested in others’ coping strategies.

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    • Stephen

      I am 68 years 9is and have suffered with this nightmare for over 25 years. Being attuned to my body I am convinced my reactions to what noises bother me is determined by how much sugar I consume. If I eat 2 doughnuts for example my tolerance is getting weaker. If I consume more sugar products my tolerance is zero. So misophonia must be brain sugar related. I am not a diabetic, not even close. I do my utmost to avoid all junk foods with sugar so I can have SOME peace

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      • Camille Mauro

        I could eat no sugar and still get annoyed. It is a neurological problem, not a blood glucose problem. It is a misinterpretation of the sound through the inner ear.

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  27. L Burns

    Until a few years ago when I heard of the “curse” of misophonia, I thought I was going crazy. It’s a bit comforting to know that I’m not the only one who suffers from this. Although I have never actually physically hurt anyone when they are crunching, slurping, sniffing etc. the thought is always there and I have to move away from the sound. Even the sound of my dogs licking themselves puts me over the edge. Pour things. When I yell STOP LICKING! –they know what I mean. Any kind of human food noises is a trigger point for me. My EX husband crunched a huge bag of corn nuts for 2 hours on a road trip. If I’d had a weapon, he could have been hurt. It was torture.
    I have learned just to move away from the noise. I wish It didn’t affect me but it does and seems to get worse with age.

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  28. Laura

    I can’t stand people chewing with their mouths open. I absolutely HATE hearing someone chomp away at food like a pig with its face in a slop bucket. It makes me want to tear out my hair. But, I usually just leave the room, since I can’t focus on anything else if I hear it. Second worst thing for me is slurping (a major reason I’m happy I didn’t get stationed in Japan, since slurping ramen is a big thing). Third is that squeaking sound knives and forks make against plates. That one realistically bothers me most (it literally makes my teeth hurt and I freeze up), but it doesn’t happen as often, so I put it lower on the list.

    My fiance chews with his mouth open (he’s working on it)….and I swear he could fund a way to slurp a piece of pizza (also working on it). He’s great though….his mom chews with her mouth open and he got her to stop chewing gum in the car, since I was sitting in the passenger seat fuming….trying to decide of it would be worth hopping out of the car or not.

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  29. Uta

    I have problem with my hear. Every time I hear a noise voice, I get angry. Is I have misophonia ?.

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  30. Lucy

    I get this all the time the worst thing for me is when people slap their lips. Whenever I tell my friends and family about it they don’t take me seriously and they think I’m being silly.

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  31. Ulla OBrien

    I am so happy to have found this web page. I have suffered from this NIGHTMARE since I was a little girl. It has robbed me from a ‘normal’ marriage, and has forced me to have separate bedrooms with my husband, in order to not get angry of his heavy breathing at night. He is just doing what a normal human being would do, but my brain just doesn’t get it, and I get soooo angry that he can sleep in that ‘noice’ and I can’t.
    This condition has also robbed our family from eating together as a ‘normal’ family. Due to hating the chewing, swallowing and especially teeth clenching sound while eating, and opening the mouth while eating…. I cannot participate. My eyes and mind zooms in 100% on the target and makes it so uncomfortable for the person, while I ‘discretely try to have my fingers in my ears.
    YES.. This behavior sounds ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS to people that do not have misophnia, although I have not been diagnosed professionally.

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    • kelsey

      You are not alone!!!! I have suffered with this since I was 8, I am now 29. I love your last sentence. To people who don’t have this condition it does sound crazy, I have said that a thousand times, but to those of us who have it, it is real life and its a nightmare! Earplugs are my best friend. I keep them in my purse, my desk at work, my nightstand, my husband keeps them in the console of his truck, my mom even has some in her purse. I was diagnosed by my family doctor at the age of 20. It was a relief, a validation after all my years of suffering. I know your suffering and pain.

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  32. Sandy

    Hi all I feel so much better knowing that I am not alone as I thought that I was going F crazy..things that drive me insane is wen my hubby throws a lotion bottle bottle in the cupboard or chew loudly…even a sudden cough irritates me. I have spoken to him abt noise levels at home an he seems like get over urself and this drove me even crazy…I do have OCD anxiety an phobia and probably had this my entire life…I am soon to be a 51 yr old woman an this is really getting out of hand…even whistling or someone raising their voice an affected me where it’s got to a point that I just cry an ask myself why…still no one understands what the he’ll is wrong wid me…well gud luck guys I guess we have to find a way to live with it.

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  33. Caitlin

    My biggest triggers are any chewing noises at all (especially the clicking of teeth against each other as the chewing happens) and clipping nails. I feel my skin crawl and I get so angry/anxious. It only started a year or so ago. So far, I just try to turn my hyper-focus back on myself & remind myself that I make those same noises and it can’t fully be controlled. I also will leave the room/area until the noise is gone.

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  34. Don

    Eating smacking of the lips cats meowing sniffling chewing with her mouth open drives me nuts

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    • Don Restoule

      Eating smacking of the lips cats meowing sniffling chewing with their mouth open… I’m on Facebook if there is enyone on here that would like to talk my name is Don Restoule

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  35. Deb

    I suffer from
    The same issues. I am 49 years old and have really only noticed this problem within the past 10-15 years but it has become markedly worse in the past 2 years. I can’t stand the sound of crunching food, the sound of ice clanking in a cup, the sound of my husbands teeth scraping on his spoon, throat clearing and breathing send me off too. My reaction has become more severe too like I become angry when I hear the sounds and at times just want to flee the room so as not to hear it anymore…I actually fear this is having a negative impact on my marriage and wish I could make this stop!!!!!!!

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  36. Ruby

    Well, I only recently found out that I probably have misophonia earlier today. Yesterday I was driving back from a festival in a van, sitting in the middle of my dad and friend when we decided to have lunch which consisted of crisps (British chips) sandwiches chocolate and soft drinks. By the time we started the chocolate I was literally crying into my lap whilst plugging my ears inconspicuously nobody had noticed which I was glad if but I was in dire need of a tissue so I literally squirted some lucazade into my eyes so I had an obvious reason to cry. The up side is that they both stopped eating to help. I think that was the worst experience I’ve had with it but I have to leave the kitchen every time we feed our dogs and play loud music upstairs through my headphones. Also I try and eat alone at school because the cafeteria sounds kill me. Stay strong my fellow misophonics, and remember to put a warning in the comments if there’s chewing or something in a YouTube video ect.

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  37. Carol

    Since finding out this syndrome has a name I’ve been able to manage it better. Not all people start me off, I can bear the sound of my son eating far more than my daughter. My poor friend who has terrible hay fever kills me with her sniffing!!
    I started noticing the noise my dad made chewing when I was about 7 and since then it has been my poor husband chewing, clearing his throat and don’t get me on his peanut crunching!! I often have to leave the room. The tv is usually on at mealtimes to drown out the sound. He is so patient with me, if the boot was on the other foot I don’t know if I would be the same. I feel for everyone on here.

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  38. Frank Woolard

    How can a person that doesn’t have this problem. My wife is like this I can’t eat rattle a bag chips.To get a long I have to leave the room to eat chip yet she can eat chip snort loud music .How do I live with this it taking a toll on our marriage

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    • Stephanie

      They make hearing devices for it now

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  39. Casper von S

    I have suffered from this from the age of 10. My triggers are slurping liquids/eating and swallowing loudly/cleaning of teeth with tongue/chewing gum/swallowing loudly. In my 20s I was physically violent a number of times as a reaction, but now control it better. I still think of harming the person, even my closest friends, but I have learned control methods.
    It is a constant burden.

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  40. Deanna

    I have suffered from this my entire life. When i was a child sitting at the dinner table, the sound of my dad chewing his food, my sister scraping her teeth on her spoon, my mothers sniffles would send me into an instant rage. To this day I cant stand it, my husbands deep breathing or if he opens up a gum wrapper makes me want to chew off my arm! All of these send me into a tailspin & I cant concentrate on anything else around me but that annoying sound. Glad to know there is an actual name for this behavior, now i need to seek help to deal with it. God help me! I really dont know how much more i can take lateley.

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  41. Dallas gal

    They now make hearing devices similar to hearing aids that drown out these noises w ambient sounds. I have a mild to moderate form of misophonia. I don’t have quite the reaction others on here have but I can emphasize with almost everything on here. Others do not realize these sounds and do think it’s crazy but it seems like when they do realize it that it begins to bug them slightly too! So maybe it is a hyper vigilance to sound affected by stimulants. Some people are just raised in a barn as far as the eating issues go! I laughed when it was mentioned on how almost all Asians eat! I can’t eat with an Asian hardly. They can’t help it being raised that way and I wish I was one of them so it wouldn’t bug me. Can’t beat them, join them right! That was one persons suggestion but I think I will stick to researching these hearing devices.

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  42. marion

    I have had it like this since I was 12-13, it started with a strong reaction to my mothers eating sounds. I commented on it, and she got upset and since then I have never corrected her in that way. I have felt so ashamed couse im normally a very kind and tolerante person. But it has gotten so bad that more times than i can count i have fantazised about hurting my hearing permanently so I wont have to experience this any more. It has become a part of my 26 year old life. My friends are understanding and i am very lucky for that, the first year of collage was horrible since i didnt tell them and i locked myself in the room most afternoons, sitting there crying while they were watching a movie, laughing and eating potato chips. I sรฅ badly wanted to be there, but the rage and fear were too powerful. I have already told so many people hurtfull things. But my moms sounds are still the worst, and now that I also get triggered by breathing sounds its even worse with here since her lungs are bad. I dont know hov to be around her wihtout music in the background. I should tell her though, im just really nervous since she is not as understanding as my friends, but that may also be an irrational thought. Now I also have to turn away on the bus when i see a person chewing gum even though i wear earplugs, just the sight of the jew movement upsets me. But im so happy (and sad) to hear that more people experience this.

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  43. Tee Courtleigh

    I just found out from my co workers that there is actually a condition for this. And there is no cure for it. For some reason the littlest sounds bothers me. I do not get sick I just get angry or disgusted. I watch my tv loud, listen to music loud and over these loud sound I can hear the faintest sounds over the loud sounds. My husband says that I’m haunted(lol). For me I get irritated when someone is eating soup and their slurping the soup and the cling sound of the spoon stirring the soup or hitting the bottom of the bowl, when someone is walking around in flip flops, dripping pipe, chewing gum or food loudly, the utensils hitting someone teeth when they eat, slamming my car door, opening and closing a door, the sound the phone makes when someone is texting or playing a game, someone cracking their knuckles. I think it too late for me to control it.

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    • Shai

      What I have noticed though in as much as I feel angry and want to strangle the ppl that irritates me with certain sounds, if an animal was to make that same sound I would only feel love No sense of annoyance is there its like the love I have for them is so strong that it overpowers the irritation that would of been….and this proves to me that there are ways to get a grip on it I just don’t know how to apply with the humans…..

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  44. Mary

    I can’t stand it when people yawn loud. Why when I yawn I don’t make a sound. I want to shove a tissue up the noses of people the just sniff and sniff…ugh go blow your nose…I can’t open ready biscuits in the tube the sound scares me..I can’t even be in the room.

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    • Sharmeen

      Yeah me to got the same problem hate peoples when sniff and when they eat something but mosly i hated the sniffing

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  45. Rowan

    I can’t stand it when people chew with their mouths open or “smack” while they are chewing it makes me very irritated and I sometimes want to punch the person that is doing it.

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  46. Shawn Szentmiklosy

    My 16 year old son has it. Its very stressful for him. Im learning more about it to help him so I don’t annoy him. On a lighter note, I tend to not snack now. Thus losing weight. Unfortunately he holds himself up in his room when we eat dinner, or he needs music playing when we dine or ambient. I blame myself because I believe playing music while he was in the womb using a headset on my wife’s belly caused some sort of disfunction in the brain or connected synapses too early. He also has Synesthesia which I have also but not to the degree he has. He also has a bit of dyslexia. Other than that he is very intelligent enjoys music and art.

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  47. Hayley

    I’m glad I’m not the only one here, people look at meet strange when I say please blow your nose or please stop doing that, once I almost quit my job as I had a guy constantly breathing loud he was on par with darth Vader, Thanks goodness he quit though! I work with a guy that knows I hate whistling so I’m stuck with him whistling for some periods of time 5 days a week 10 hours a day! Ughhhhh what can I do to ignore this!

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  48. Jamie

    Wow I never knew what it was or what it was called

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  49. Kate

    Only today found out about this via a colleague who was reading a book in which it was mentioned. All of my life I have felt like I am going mad. My parents thought/think I’m being precious – “it’s such a shame about you, isn’t it?” is what I would get if I reacted to certain sounds, which of course I always did. For me it’s a whole raft of noises/actions – eating – especially apples, but really most things related to eating; flip-flops/noisy slappy summer shoes, foot dragging, repeated actions – eg leg jigging; breathing, whistling, tapping, anything dripping, mobile phone beeps when someone’s texting . . the list goes on. It is SO good to know that a) I’m not alone, and b)I’m not actually going mad. Not so bad that fight or flight kicks in, but bad enough that I get very angry, and have to remove myself from the situation, if at all possible – which it isn’t always. SO glad I found this forum. . !

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  50. Shai

    I feel angry when ppl clap their mouth when eating, I feel to literally floor them, it feel as though they are provoking me even though I knoe they are unaware I start hating them just looking at them slapping that mouth I either walk out the room or ask them to stop but I still hate them for doing g it….

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  51. Michael

    jiggling of legs/feet is even worse than someone eating a salad or potato chips. I’ve been tortured by both since less than 10 years old. I’d set up books so I’d only have a peephole to the chalkboard so I didn’t have to watch those effing feet pump. Now I’m nearly 60 and in charge so I can usually design my own environment. But it is still torture when it happens.

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  52. Michael

    and it’s so weird. if there is someone eating popcorn at a movie I have to leave. but I can eat popcorn at a movie no problem. How is that possible? Should mention I’m a doctor and that hasn’t helped a bit.

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  53. Pearl

    I have an extreme version of this … I used to be so bad I’d bite myself pull my hair or scream while holding my ears to take away the feeling I get from sounds I get headaches and aggression and feel my blood pulsing through me in anger noise triggers for my breakdowns include slurping, chewing, certain voice tones, snapping fingers, chalk, scrapping sounds, and knuckle cracking I’ve worked on tolerance for 20 years but I still struggle very much I grind my teeth and need to walk away most times I can’t candle it out or make it stop I thought I was crazy and going insane and maybe I am but it’s nice to know other people face this as well …

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  54. Angela

    I’m glad I’m not alone, I feel horrible sometimes because I get into my kids for sniffling. Breathing heavily, smacking, and things like that. Worst thing for me is scrapping a metal fork against their teeth, ugh it drives me up the wall and that’s all I hear.

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  55. Jack

    I used to have such a problem with these sounds around age 12. I soon discovered that the more I tuned into them the more I wanted to react aggressively. I was around age 19 ,when out of frustration, I began to mimic sounds that would irritate me right at that moment, to further cope I would laugh. After a while the sounds seem to fade out and now noises are no longer a control issue.

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  56. Emma

    I feel so desperate. My husband thinks I am going mad.

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  57. Mary

    I can’t handle hearing other people breathe and its impacting my life greatly. Belching and chewing are also sounds that tigger me. Wish I wasn’t so intolerant.

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  58. Margaret

    OMG! Liquid gurgling sounds like pouring something fast from a pitcher to a glass is insane to me! My husband drinking something fast with that loud gurgling sound drives me crazy! Gulping his water when he swallows his hand full of meds drives me BIZERK!!!! Him gurgling his mouthwash–OMG !!! Can’t take it !!!
    A fork constantly scraping a plate; I want to take the plate, throw it against a wall and tell the person: “if you have to scrape your plate, just go get more!” —–I HATE THE SOUND !!!!

    I remember Dr Phil doing a short episode with a Mom (years ago) who hated to be at the same table with her kids and husband bc of the sounds—-I SO related to her, but Dr Phil passed it off as something kind of wrong with her….BUT, at that time, I had never heard of Misophonia !!! After Kelly Ripa talked abt it, I knew that was what I had !!! Same exact “symptoms”!!!

    My elderly dad now chews with his mouth open AND makes this noise that I DETEST !!! I cannot sit near him any more — my husband says I’m crazy, but I TRULY CANNOT STAND TO HEAR AND SEE food in the mouth like that !!!!!! Gets under my skin and grosses me out !!!!

    I also cannot eat and watch tv if there are animals on the screen !!! Weird !! Esp like snakes that slither—omg—I have to stop looking to put a bite in my mouth !!!
    It gives me a gagging sensation !!

    Now that I know a name to my “symptoms”, I can now tell ppl if they ask why I moved from a certain area at a table !!!!

    Guess I need to get me a nice set of ear plugs and just leave in my purse; it does not look like this is something that will ever leave my head !!!

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  59. Carla

    I have been dealing with this issue since I was old enough to remember. I thought something was seriously wrong with me. I am 52 and been trying to deal with it my entire life. It totally drives me crazy and puts me in a really bad mood. I am normally a very calm and together person, but when these little sounds occur, they drive me crazy. Monotone voices, chewing popcorn, clicking nails, the slurry “s” sound people make when they talk or whisper, sucking teeth (this I the worse, it drives me over the edge), a humming sound, along with a few others. It is good to hear there is a diagnosis for this now, but what do I do about it and it is not covered under insurance or widely accepted by the medical profession. I guess I just have to continue dealing even thought it is very difficult at times.

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  60. Paul

    When a dog licks itself and makes that slapping noise with its tongue. It drives me apoplectic.

    Young babies screaming set me off to. Repetitive sniffing could probably drive me to hurt someone. I am really ashamed of this and wish there was something that could be done so I didn’t feel like a freak.

    My young son suffers this too so I suspect this is something in the DNA.

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  61. June Cleaver

    You guys would not be a fan of ASMR or Mukbang at all ????

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  62. Sharmeen

    When someones blow their nose mean when someones sniffs u remember their kindness towards you and say him to get permission of sniffing from you thats give you some comfort and when anybodys eat in front of you you also starts eating its brings you some comfort bcz these ways a bit help me but mostly i cant control the triggers means the sounds

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  63. not yourbuisiness

    ANY sounds that young children make cause irrational rage. it makes me want to fucking strangle the kids.

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  64. Anon

    I can hear my sister blinking and it drives me crazy sometimes…

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  65. Sabrina

    Do I have misophonia ? I’m not too sure,I just can’t stand the noise when someone turns on their tv or radio and when those bikers ride through my neighborhood it drives me crazy.

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  66. Richard

    This is a revelation. I’d never heard of this until today. I couldn’t bear family mealtimes as a kid, and old people, especially my Grandma, used to drive me nuts because of their dentures smacking. Noisy gum chewing and the one that makes me shiver, people using nail clippers.

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  67. Lisa

    Sometimes when i’m on the subway and someone sits close to me while chewing gum i get so angry/irritated that i get this warm feverish almost burning feeling in my head. Some people are just complete idiots. They chew like camels and it sounds so fucking disgusting. WHY?

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  68. Hayley

    I have this aswell. I have to share a room with my sister and she snores and sniffs and I get annoyed or angry even, so every night I remove myself from mine and my sisters room and I sleep on the couch because it’s that bad.

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  69. Joanne Thodis

    I can’t bear the sound of the electric toothbrush being used. It drives me crazy, to the point where I would prefer to leave a room or even the house rather than listen to it.

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  70. Jen

    I have these exact same feelings, rage running through my body, my blood boils when there is a certain noise I can’t control, or if someone is shaking their leg while taking to me. I have to look away or I’m afraid I’ll scream at them. I thought this was a symptom of ADHD.

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  71. Superstate

    For me its chewing especially the crunchy stuff and they open their mouths to even make a better crunchy noise. In office, where it happens the most in the opposite circle, I just put on my headset to deal with it but my heart turns upside down till I manage to take out the headphones and put them on… then I still hear it till I actually start playing the music… Can’t stand it.
    As a kid I had the same with chewing noises but I always remember that I also chew and eat crunchy stuff but I try to make not so much noise. I let it melt in my mouth first and then start chewing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  72. Steve

    Good thread, My wife does this on purpose, some evenings she starts on the crisps, I have never in all my days heard anyone who makes so much noise when eating crisps, it’s more like a bloody farm animal, I eat crisps but I never suck and chew them with my mouth open, slow or fast as it seems to be a mixture of speeds, the sound of a person sucking while crunching while rustling a plastic bag while breathing out their nose is unbearable, thank god there’s other rooms in my house to retreat too. I think it’s a simple manner issue, I’m just glad I evolved, maybe she will one day.

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  73. Lisa

    I just realized I may have this issue. I cant handle hearing someone eat…and when they breathe through their nose when eating. I dunno if it just sounds more defined to me because of the eating. Like, I get really angry. Also, when someone screams, my first reaction is to reach out and slap them. Not like deep screams, but screeching. I cant stop myself. I hear it and see red and then POW! I hate that I do this. Any advice on how to stop?

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  74. Ender Esposito

    The sound and sight of dogs licking themselves (any place) completely and utterly infuriates me. It’s only dogs for some reason although cats licking annoys me to some degree. People chewing with their mouth open is another one, but not NEARLY as rage-inducing as dogs licking. I know it’s irrational but I absolutely despise it and when it happens I can’t help but completely flip out.

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  75. Maev

    I am 70 and never knew this…but oh my…I have it..sniffling makes me ill…if I don’t get away I am physically ill…knuckle cracking also makes me feel ill and angry….the sound of a bouncing ball, any ball…. drives me insane…the minute it starts…Things dropping on hard floors..and I do it a lot lately…but makes my blood boil…does not matter who does it……I am super aware of sounds…people adding bottles to wheely bins…and banging them while moving around…And yet like others…I am sitting here with the TV loud…which also annoys me when I go to the bathroom and realise how loud it is..Watching someone chewing gum make me want to slap them….
    Oh and women’s high heels on hard floors…that noise is intolerable….
    But like another poster…I have made my life to suit me….and I find 4-7-8 yoga breathing helps control this and panic attacks etc…

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  76. Lori

    This is a relief and so incredibly sad at the same time. I am relieved to know that I am not the only one, but it just adds to the mental health issues I have. Very frustrating to have another hurdle.

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  77. Jon

    I have co workers that sit around me popping gum, crunching on giant cups of ice, another one slurps ice, and like 4 others eat sunflower seeds constantly. I can hear them from across the room lol. Yeah rustling bags are horrible. People fist the bags like a dog tries to get a stick through a dog door lol.

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  78. Mar

    Holy cow! I’ve asked my therapist about this several times to no avail! I have two trigger noises and they are very odd. The biggest one is someone peeing. I absolutely can’t stand that noise. It makes me mad like nothing else ever has. Another is the sound of people clipping their nails! Doesn’t make me quite as angey but still very upset.

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  79. Rebecca

    It is terrible to have this condition and everyone around you doesn’t give a hoot. Some people are just rude. My husband dissolves his medication every night in tea. We now go through the slurp-gulp-sigh fifteen minutes right before bed. I just want to cry. Then the teeth gnashing and jaw snapping started all night. A pricy night guard was purchased and used a total of one night before it was thrown in a drawer. I’ve had to move to the bottom of the bed so I don’t hear it. I also must have a fan running all night to drown out the teeth gnashing. I wonder how many relationships end because of this.

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  80. Tracey

    For years I have had Doctors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Friends & Family just give me a pitying blank stare whenever I told them that “sounds hurt me”.
    The list is long but includes phones, slurping, sniffing, baby/toddlers crying, dogs barking, loud tv, too many voices (more than 1 lol) in the same room – all send me into a flying rage.
    Socializing is almost nil except with a couple of close understanding friends. Holding down a job – forget that.

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  81. Liam

    I am a positive person and things that “bug” other people typically don’t get to me like general rudeness, but as soon as someone starts chewing with their mouth open, my insides start to turn and I want to tear my own skin off. I feel like I’m screaming on the inside. And it’s not the open mouth while eating(which in my opinion is still gross because of all the small food fragments they are spilling all over), it’s all the damn sound that comes out with it. And I can’t ever seem to tune it out. I usually end up walking away abruptly or putting headphones in at the table. And it’s worse when I feel like the rude person for wanting to tell them to shut their freaking mouth when they chew. Like how do people make that much sound chewing and not notice?

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  82. Mason

    I suffer from this the sound of people sniffling drives me nuts i’ve almost punched so many people from it.

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  83. Laura

    I want to pull my hair out when my people sneeze in a row, hate it. Yawning, loud chewing (croutons especially), certain gum chewers, I am glad I am not crazy.

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  84. Carla D.

    I get so angry to borderline explosive when I hear people chewing loudly, smacking, gulping, slurping, sneezing, clearing their throats, sniffing, chewing gum, and when people eat really crunchy things or really juicy food. It’s like my blood boils and I can’t get away fast enough. I’ve always struggled with this and I never even knew it was an actual “thing” until I watched an episode of Dr. Phil. I’m just so glad I’m not the only one out there that has this. And I’m not physically violent toward people when this is going on…but I’m not exactly nice when I ask them to stop either.

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  85. Ruby

    I can’t stand people eating in a movie (I mean the actor) for example in the movie “The Proposal) old I know, Demi Moore was in a boutique eating free chocolates and it really really annoyed me! Does anyone else feel like this?

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  86. Crystal

    My top triggers are below. Reading through the previous comments, I’m very relieved to find that it’s not just me.
    1. The sound of people chewing…as bad as it is when they eat with their mouths open, someone chewing with their mouth closed with a lot of saliva in their mouth causes an instant rage so bad that I have to walk away or risk screaming (really inappropriate at work).
    2. The constant click of a pen, scroll of the wheel on a mouse, or even the sound of typing. This is really bad since I work in a cubicle around 100 other people.
    3. Slurping or gulping. Why, just why? Is it so difficult to take a drink without it being so loud that everyone around you can hear it?
    4. People who chew gum where it *cracks* between their teeth with every chomp.

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  87. Anon

    I’m not sure if I suffer from this, but I get really irritated when my sister breathes with her mouth open (weird? I know), or bites her nails, or even when she whispers. It gets me so irritated that I just want to listen to it ore so I could get angry. I don’t know. It’s like I focus on it more than anything. I get so irritated with sounds so quick, but mainly when my sister does it. I don’t know if it’s me or not…

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  88. Sarah B

    So glad I’m not the only one. For me it ranges depending on how my mood had been. To help me no to burst at my family and loved ones, I have to eat so I annoy myself and take the focus off of them. I hate family meals to an extent. I usually have to take a nap after huge extended family meals because i use so much mental energy to not scream at all of them.

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  89. Metia

    If I base myself off the levels I would say I am a bit of two or three of them at the same time. I have some triggers, like too many people or too many children of the family in the same area. Sometimes it can be a smell that someone sprayed or a sort of sniffle-snort sound thing that some allergy people share. Afterwards I just can’t concentrate until they go out the door or I put headphones on to listen to something loud, but that makes me angrier because I was enjoying the sounds before the sniffle-snort and the music. I go from relaxed to angry or just disgusted or annoyed. Sometimes I think of violence, basically imagining torturing the source of my discomfort. I response is automatic anger or a need to get away from it. I don’t know if my feeling of thinking a group of people at my house is an inconvenience and it annoys me greatly because since it ain’t my house I can’t tell them, the problem, to get the heck out, is related to misophonia. I was trying to find out why since I have noticed this. Reading the levels I noticed that I have some things in common with some of the levels. If not, could someone point me in a possible direction that may help me discover this? I would talk to a therapist, but there ain’t no money for me to spend for a professional. The only thing I keep to try and help out is a journal, use to have something to hit, but not anymore. I don’t really write in it because I usually rant until I feel like it was enough then I say ‘I’m over it,’ because if I don’t I’ll never stop my imaginary-talk-to-someone-rant. I hope it don’t develop into some sort of weird OCD thing.

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  90. anon

    I literally cannot stand to hear people eat i feel sick so fucking angry nothing i can do AARRGGGH it drives me up the wall i just wanna punch them its bad i know but i cant help it ive never come across anything i hate more than heaing that stupid food mush through their mouth and literally hear every aspect of them eating it i get so tense and annnoyedddd i expressed my annoyance so much cuz im experiencing it RN and i cant get away ffs

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  91. Ang

    Cats meowing, dogs barking, whimpering, licking or growling,candy wrapper cupcake wrappers, chip bags, any loud talking (everyday i have to tell my kids please please get away from me i cant take the noise). But the worst one is knocking whether its sumone at door or just kids goofing off that sound cuts right through me.i flip out on everyone who knocks on my door. Phone ringing sets me off too

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  92. Joanna

    Hi there,
    I am only discovering that other people have similar sound sensitivity to mine. My triggers are TV, music, conversations, door slamming in the background even the low level. As long I can hear it in my room it is a problem to me. I can’
    t concentrate on anything and have to go out to parks and libraries if I want to study or read or think. This has caused me feelings of fear, anger, hopelessness and panic attacks in the past. It only started to affect me that much few years ago and mainly at home, sometimes at work. If I have a bad day and I am than extra sensitive in general, someone’s coughing or clearing their throat can also be very annoying to me. I am finding it very hard to find the right accommodation in London,UK especially that I can not afford to live on my own (London renting is crazy), so I have always been renting rooms. It is hard to find a room in a quiet house with one quiet person. It makes me wanna cry and tear my hair out. I feel hopeless at times but there is nowhere I can really run away. There were times when I was avoiding being at “rented” home to the point that I wasn’t really eating, didn’t have a place to relax. I was scared of these noises at home and was doing everything to avoid them. I have contacted a Support Group in London, but no one has replied to me so I don’t know if this group even exists. I was hoping that apart from sharing the experience I could potentially come across someone who either can direct me on how to find the right place to live or maybe even one of the members on the support group would have a spare room to rent. Living with someone who understands how it feels would be the best thing ever, cause then you can freely talk about that and the other person would understand and adjust.
    Does anyone know of any ACTIVE Support Groups in London,UK?
    Please help…..

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  93. stephanie colclough

    I cannot function when I see or hear someone chewing on gum. I cannot function when I hear throat clearing, actually coughing doesn’t make me angry, the bubbly hoarse sound from throat clearing makes me want to punch someone. It’s gotten so bad I grind my teeth and clench my fists and look very distraught. When I was a child I BIT A KID because they were obnoxiously chewing gum during a test… This is a serious issue and you cannot do anything about it, its a compulsive hate of sound.

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  94. Aqua13

    i don’t know why it’s happen to me. since this year,i stared to feel very annoyance with loud stuff.i found out when i was in my class and each of them try to give their opinion at once.i found it very annoying.i felt angry but i kept my mouth shut.after that day,noises like sneezing,chewing,typing and coughing make me pull all of the trigger.so now i know,i have misophonia.

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  95. Me

    I suffer from misophonia but, I’might on level 4.

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  96. Cherry

    Thank you all for sharing your stories. So relieved it’s not just me. Smacking, slurping, chomping, gum piping all drives me bonkers but loud music sets my a$$ on fire and I’m instantly ready to physically fight. Smh I can not control it. ๐Ÿ™

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  97. Shez

    The sound of snoring, chewing ice, breathing and slurping food or drinks all make me feel violently ill, crazy mad out of mind to the point I need to leave the area as I’m afraid I’ll hurt the person involved. I have never felt so much rage other than when these things happen. It makes me feel evil as the person who does these things is my mother and I generally have nothing but care and love for her. That being said, I am extremely concerned that I’m going to tip over the edge and actually do the bad things I obsessively think about when I hear her make these noises. I have tried to explain the anxiety and disgust I feel as well as my need to leave the area so I can’t hear it- she doesn’t seem to understand or maybe doesn’t care. I really am scared I will just blow up and physically respond as my rage in regards to these repulsive sounds is escalating chronically and I don’t feel it is safe for me to be around these noises. The rage and desperation I feel about hearing them is even staying with me long after the noise has stopped or I have removed myself. I’m also starting to get anxious, stressed and annoyed if I hear the freezer door or if it looks like she’s about to doze off while we’re watching a movie. I really don’t know what to do. I want to be deaf so I can never hear it again or ever feel this way. I am serious that I would like to be deaf. There are other noises I don’t like and have issues dealing with but they are not as bad as the ones I’ve talked about here.

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  98. Shez

    After thinking about my last post I’ve realised there are way more noises that irritate me to the point that I avoid a lot of things as I end up so frustrated and thinking I’m a bad person for my thoughts, feelings and words. It’s exhausting trying not to be unreasonable towards others for these things. Doors or drawers of any sort being closed loudly or too many times, shuffling feet, high heels clicking, too many people talking at once, kids screaming or using big voices for no reason, certain ways people knock on doors, generally being noisey during activities that can be done quieter, people clicking their nails, steering wheel sliding through dry hands, people trying to remove food from teeth without a toothpick, gargling, a lot of eating and mouth noises, deliberate loud sighs or yawns, people who talk too loud when it’s not necessary, keyboard typing, tapping fingers, repetitive sounds, sliding things on glass table tops, dragging furniture instead of lifting it, the list goes on. I often consider buying and wearing ear plugs but they irritate my ears. Which is why I often wish I was deaf. When I hear any of the things that bother me I can not concentrate on anything else around me and it’s like the noise irritating me is the only thing I can hear properly and it seems to get louder and every other sound becomes so distant I can’t hold a conversation or a line of thinking as the annoying noise takes over all my hearing and other senses, thoughts and feelings. I try to work on these things not getting to me but its too tiring and weird in a social setting so I avoid putting myself in situations that I will be subjected to the things that stress and anger me. I avoid a lot of things in life because of these issues. Think I will seek help so I can learn to deal with or ignore these things so I can have a normal social life and not feel anxious about sounds anymore. I’m tired of not enjoying things because of the stress I feel about the sounds I hear and can’t stop. The more I think about this the more I’m realising why I avoid certain places and activities. Not good to feel like you’re missing out by your own choice to save the stress of being agro at sounds that others don’t notice.

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  99. Rose

    One of my trigger sounds is the popping of gum. Just recently, one of my classmates (Let’s call him J) was popping his gum as he always does, and I politely asked him to stop. He got defensive, and told me that my eyes are lying to me (For context, I saw him doing it). This ended up triggering a panic attack, which the rest of the class got angry at me for. I’d tell them about my disorder, but they’d likely brush it off.

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  100. Gladys

    Oh my god my boyfriend gets so angry cause I always yell at him for either chewing with his mouth open, chewing chips or anything that makes a sound. It even triggers when he is simply opening a bag of chips. I don’t know if anyone else also hates this but I hate when I’m in the bedroom and I can hear the tv from another room or when i hear a car passing by with extremely loud music like ugggh I’m getting anxious just thinking about it. I really thought there was just something wrong with me.

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  101. daniel

    i was thinking it was an anger issue so i decided to take anger management classes to help me with Misphonia i get really hostile sometimes.

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  102. Michael David Whiteford

    Hello everyone
    I did a Google search for “why does the sound of cars driving by irritate me?”
    I stumbled on this website and I’m glad I did !
    I’m 46 years old and this just started to happen maybe 2 weeks ago and has progressively gotten worse to now include the sound of water swishing from the bathroom sink faucet while I was trying to shave just made me feel so agitated and activated the feeling of RAGE ran through me
    I went to my family doctor and he just started me on a drug called “Abilify” here in Canada anyway I sure hope and pray it works as I feel I’m going nuts and gonna lose it or something I feel that angry and from something as simple as cars whooshing by or the swishing or hissing sounds and just the past couple days I’ve had to stop listening to my local classic rock and roll station as the voices of some of the dj’s and even some of the music and music I loved up until a few days ago makes me feel so damn flipping irritated it’s crazy and that’s how I’m feeling right now
    It certainly helps to have found this website and I know I’m not alone !!!
    If anyone has similar situation as mine please feel free to contact me on face book I’m mike David Whiteford and or my email address is ve3hip@icloud
    Any help or advice or something would be great!
    Sincerely Michael David Whiteford
    Ps I feel like I’m treading water and about to go under.

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  103. Lotus

    This is the absolute only thing that can explain the severe rage I feel at certain sounds. I know I have anxiety and PTSD, but from what I’m reading here, I’m at a level 4 on the misophonia scale as well.

    People tapping pens and fingernails on surfaces.

    Bass from music where that is the only thing I can hear is the bass, like a neighbour playing music (if there is treble, I can usually handle the bass). I’ve actually had full-on feuds with neighbours over it, and they would actually purposely play the bass as high as possible just to set me off. It also gives me bad headaches.

    My boyfriend hums in the same room as me, and that’s the only thing I can hear, and it just cuts right through me. Funny thing about that last one, is it never bothered me when he was doing it over the internet, but him doing it in person makes me want to punch him in the face.

    Snoring is a huge one. My ex-husband was bad with the snoring, and I literally would have to wake him up to get him to stop, or I’d have to sleep elsewhere because I couldn’t fall asleep if he fell asleep first. I actually slept on the living room floor a few times, it was that bad.

    And all of these are ten times worse when I’m under extra stress, or am close to menstruation. It’s sometimes to the point (like today) where I have to listen to music with sound-dampening headphones, as loud as possible, and it doesn’t always block it out even at max volume.

    I had to start keeping it to myself, and not really say anything to anybody, because no one I know really understands why it bothers me as much as it does. I wish there was more of a way to actually handle this. I can’t take most psychiatric medications due to the zombiefication effect. Trying to drown out the sounds with other sounds doesn’t work all the time.

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  104. Kamia Moir

    I have been annoyed and angered by any mouth noises, sniffling, and “s” sounds. When people have a sound like a leaking air hose when they speak anything with the “ssss” sound I want to go into a full on rage! I have had to train my daughters to not accentuate those sounds. They have to be quiet eaters and not allowed to chew gum around me. Also dry mouth/cotton mouth is another trigger. I wish I could find a cure! Maybe hypnosis?

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  105. Elizabeth A

    Oh my god i thought i was alone what a nightmare it truley is! I hate listening to people chew, breath loud, and gulp! Like stfu!

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  106. Lisa

    WoW. Well i thought I was just being a picky nagger. But everytime my husbamd clanks his teeth, or grinds them or someone feels like they should eat with their mouth open i just want to scream ” what the hell is wrong with you!!!!” I do this real fast head turning jerk straight @ the person and even sometimes wuthout thinking will remake the noise their making, that is so annoying me, right back at them before i most likely remark on it. ๐Ÿ™ sad i kmow. But omg! Really im not alone!! Im sorry others have to feel and act the way i do lol….lisa

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  107. Niomi

    I think I must have this problem, I have had to wear earplugs when eating with my family it gets so bad (they think I have anger issues because of it) and I get really angry and annoyed at them when ever we eat or they just sit and breath in the most disgusting way and when they chew I actually leave the room and I cant talk to them and just stair angrily at them because it’s so over the top and loud I think they do it on purpose to wind me up. I have been so close to almost punching my dad in the face when he was eating near me I had to hold it back and I then punch stuff later but I feel so angry and disgusted I cant concentrate when people do it. I hate eating with people.

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  108. Jess

    Oh my goodness. The freaking sound of snoring, squeaking, a clock ticking when it’s quiet absolutely drive me mad-among many others. But snoring is THE worst for me. I get so enraged that I want to smother the other person with a pillow. Like tonight…just got to sleep and the snoring automatically began. Like they plan to do it. Ugh. Went to the living room and could still here it. Quieter but irritating nonetheless. I’m so angry I just want to throw things and cry. I’ve tried ear plugs/muffs, meditation music with headphones, waking them up, pulling the sheet from under them until they roll over. I think I’m at the highest level anymore. It absolutely enrages every fiber of my being. My head hurts, my chest hurts, I yell and cuss. I can’t freaking stand it.

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  109. ANON

    Chewing with your mouth open or loudly makes me go absolutely crazy. My brother used to do it and every time he did I would slap him because it made me fell so angry inside

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  110. Luke

    Im glad I found out about this. I hate it when people talk loudly, like when my friend has to let everybody at a restaurant know he is talking. I’m always shushing him. I don’t like everyone else to know what we are talking about. Loud walking. This next one really drives me up the wall, the slamming of any kind of door, e.g house doors, cabinets,and CAR doors. SPIT/ human saliva in any way destroys me. chewing with your mouth open.
    I’m like a ninja, quiet and very self conscious of annoying others, especially with a lot of the stuff mentioned by other commenters.

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  111. Olivia

    A ticking clock,the clicks from a phone or computer, knuckle cracking, and chip bags drive me nutsz ughhhhh!

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  112. Tayley Simpson

    I just told my Mum that she was chewing loudly and she got so freaking mad at me, I JUST CANT STAND THE NOISES SOME POEPLE MAKE, I CRY!!!

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    • Camille

      same with my parents, you’re not alone

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  113. Lauren Kelly

    It started with my dad because he chews with his mouth open. Now I can’t stand the sound of anyone eating ANYTHING. I feel uneasy, and I want to throw a temper tantrum and punch things. I even feel anxious when there is a potential to cause noise that I don’t like. And when people rustle their hand in the chip bag, that bothers me. It’s been getting worse, and now i’m getting mad when my roommate types on her laptop.

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  114. Hannah

    I have these problems. I also have fibromyalgia. It makes one very sensitive to EVERYTHING. So screaming kids. Phones beeping. Alarms. People talking too loud. Coughing. Especially the garbage disposal. I hate it. Peel me off the ceiling.
    However. Some of the things I have read of complaints seem quite easy to avoid. Peeing?? Well. Remove yourself from someone else urinating.
    As well as crisp eating. I’d think you would have bigger triggers than crunching.
    Someone’s complaining about dogs licking. Really?
    Ok. I have a solution.
    It’s called a little maturity and self control.
    I suffer from CPTSD. Fibro. Cfs. Hypothyroidism. My husband just died 7 weeks ago.
    I don’t let noises get the best of me to the pint I go running out of a job. Or freaking out in class.
    Positivity and being stronger than chips and chewing is your solution.
    Walk away. Remove yourself from the trigger. Seems easy.
    I’ve never read so much complaining and helplessness. Be proactive and take care of yourselves. Noises are everywhere. You can’t let them run your life.
    Not trying to be mean or sarcastic.
    I’m trying to be realistic. It’s life. It’s noisy. It’s chaotic. Still have to be in it.

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    • Hannah

      Hannah,

      I also have hypothyroidism and Lyme disease that make me sensitive to noise, but I think you were misunderstanding the point that misophonia it more than just a sensitivity to sound or simply being annoyed about some things. Some people here commenting may just be super annoyed about chewing and loud sounds to the point where it makes them angry, but that might not actually be misophonia. The main thing about this condition is that you cannot focus on anything else and cannot control feeling extremely disgusted, angry, or panicked. For me, I don’t (logically) mind when people click their nails, but when I hear the sound I feel so panicked that I burst into tears, even though I know it seems silly. The sound is almost like physical pain. I will leave if I can, but I can’t always leave, and sometimes the person won’t stop, and in that case I feel intense rage, not at the person, but at the noise because I cannot handle it. I have thought the same thoughts as what you wrote,”people make noises, get over it, be mature”, but it’s not a simple annoyance, so it doesn’t work. I even agree it sounds crazy, but people with this aren’t just immature or silly. This isn’t just being sensitive to sounds, it’s more than that and it’s debilitating.

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  115. Camille

    The thing that gets me is when people smack their lips while eating. Another thing that bothers me is a combination of misophonia as well as the physical appearance of it– I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT when people use their tongue to get food out from their teeth after eating. I understand that it’s a normal thing to do, but it disgusts me on a level that I can’t put into words. Unfortunately for me, both of my parents do these things while eating, almost to an extreme level. I hate to look up during dinner because I know that I’ll see the shape of my mom’s tongue writhing around madly in her mouth, but even when I look down, I can hear her smacking. My dad also does this thing where he makes slight wheezing-moaning-exhaling sounds when he takes a bite, and then he chews it about 20 times before he finally swallows it and then gets in there with his tongue. Sometimes I’ll cautiously point out to them that they’re being a little loud or ask them if I can go grab some floss for them, but then they just get mad about me not “accepting them for how they are”. I wouldn’t say my misophonia is extreme, but no one wants to lose their appetite at the dinner table. One plus of sorts is that my fraternal twin brother is bothered by this too, so I at least have someone to empathize with. I didn’t realize how much this affected me until I started typing…

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  116. Camille

    I’m thinking about my last post and I’m realizing that in marriage or a serious relationship, gross eating habits could actually be a deal-breaker for me, or at least a huuuge turn-off. It sounds insane but I don’t think I could sentence my self to years or a life of listening in on horrifying slurping and smacking noises, or licking the corners of the mouth after eating, or anything else of the sort. Horrifying to me. Anyone agree?

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  117. Lucius_in_Europe

    Hi there.
    I am 52, I suffer of this condition since age 10 and I have an explanation for my case. I had a deficient relation with my mother (she gave me no affection, although she loved me ….in her style). And when she was heating her meal, she was very focused on her food, in a manner that made me feel that the eats were more important to her than me, her son. And hence, inside me, all her chewing and slurping sounds became converted into an immense hate and rage. Moreover, she was an apple eater, and was giving me the horrendous apple biting sounds.
    My job nowadays in carried out in an office together with 4 younger persons which chew, drink, slurp, eat apples. Fortunately the toilet and a scanner outside on a hall are a good pretext to leave the office. But I would take easier a 7M earthquake than this apple eating.
    NB – Most of those inflicted with this condition are anxious and neurotic persons.

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  118. Annie

    It’s a dripping tap for me , I have a shower in the ensuite and every nite wrap a towel around the head , I can’t sleep if there is a dripping tap anywhere in the house , a sprinkle going or birds chirping in the background we had love birds on the veranda, and had to get my partner to move them cause in the morning they drove my crazy but definitely a dripping tap drives me mad thank god I now know there are other people with this condition yours sincerely also at nite if it’s not dead quiet I can’t sleep

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  119. Mayukh Nath

    I get extremely annoyed when my father keeps on sniffing and making sounds when he eats. Its getting more and more annoying every day. Someone please advise

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  120. LisaEmm

    I just watched 20/20 Mysterious Mind and had never even heard of Misophonia before but I’ve clearly had it all my life. As a small child I would get so angry and cry if I was trying to sleep and I could hear the muffled sounds of the TV, or my Dad snoring. Now I’m an adult and I go nuts when my cat breathes loudly (I have to distract her or shout loudly to wake her up so she’ll stop). I absolutely can’t stand the following: people who lick their fingers when eating, loud eaters, people who snap their gum, people who clip their fingernails, people who smack their lips, whistling, people who hum (OMG my Mom used to do this when I was a kid and I’d have to immediately start talking to her, to hopefully get her to stop!!!). Another is people who sluff their feet when walking through a store. OMG, pick up your damn feet already. People talking loudly on a cell phone in a public place drives me up the wall too, but mostly because I think they’re so ignorant and rude and just have no consideration for the fact that nobody around them wants to hear their damn private convo. I also go nuts when I’m in a store and people push their cart, SLOWLY, down the middle of the damn aisle or just stop it in the middle of the aisle, without any consideration for people behind them who maybe don’t have all dang day to get thru the store. When i hear the above sounds I will do what I can to stop them..or i’ll have to leave the room. If I can’t stop them or leave the room (like in a workplace setting), I’ll give the person a dirty look, I’ll roll my eyes, tap my fingers, become restless in my seat and dream of giving them a smack upside the head to make them stop. Nice to know I’m not the only one!

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  121. Vivian

    I thought I was the only one with this.

    I usually get angry from various tapping noises, scraping, sniffling, low/gutter voices, whispering,and kissing noises. Chewing noises especially drive me so insane to the point where I hate eating with other people, and just want to scream. I hate it.

    Especially at night, I usually turn on the fan for white noise(even during the winter) so I don’t have to hear my parents or the TV speaking in whispers or low voices. I can’t stand it.

    Sometimes I’ll have difficulty concentrating because the person beside me WILL NOT QUIT SNIFFLING

    Repeating/prolonged noises also make me anxious.

    I can’t do anything about the noises when I’m with other people, so I just have to deal with it, making me very angry and irritable. It’s kind of upsetting because I’m usually this way around people I’m close with. I’m hyper sensitive to the noises, to the point where they are actually driving me insane or in extreme cases have made me cry.

    It’s always easy to say ‘deal with it’ but it’s hard for people who don’t have it to understand!

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  122. Gabe

    I am glad there is a name for it. Mine is certain noises. I don’t like loud sniffing, gulping or loud chomping of food. I also do not like hearing noises around me when I am focused on one sound. It puts me in a rage. Sniffing,or snorting annoys the hell out of me. I could swear I smell the snot when someone sniffs loudly and continuously. Neighbors next door play music sometimes to loud but even when lower it rages me. I cannot concentrate on what I am watching or listening to if I hear even a low sound from next door. Finally balloons. Scratching it or popping it causes me major anxiety.

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  123. John

    I’m not sure what my trigger Is, it seems like just to many people talking loud at once, it’s possible I don’t suffer from this but seems so,if I have it by looking at level 6 symptoms that’s what I have. And I can’t just get away from it cause I can’t just leave class and even after class I still fell like I’m going crazy

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  124. Gabriel

    For me my trigger sounds are:
    Feet dragging against the floor
    Silverware hitting plates and counters
    Exaggerated yawn/sneeze
    Throat clearing
    And close friends/relatives repeating sounds or words

    Trigger movements:
    Leg/feet bouncing(the worst of them all, oh man)
    Gently touching a surface

    My coping mechanism is usually anger and isolation, but my first urge is to imitate or repeat the sound/movement myself. Very strange I know. Anyone else with imitation-coping?

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    • Lucius_in_Europe

      Me too: Forks and knives hitting plates at home or in restaurants, that s crazy for me.

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  125. Richard

    oh wow, so not alone now. The food sounds get me but what really drives me mad is people who listen to music on their phones’ internal speaker thinking the rest of the world actually wants to hear it. It sounds horrible, music is not supposed to sound like that, hurts my ears and it sparks fight or flight every time. Can’t stand to be in the same room without boiling over in anger

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    • Wiktoria

      I am so glad I found this. I’ve hated the sound of loud chewing and many other sounds since I was a kid, but I knew that most people didn’t hear it the way that I did, so I’m really glad to find out that this is an actual “thing” and that I’m not alone.
      My misphonia is unfortunately so bad that I started self-harming three years ago. I always got mad at people when they made annoying noises, and I wanted to hurt them, but instead I hurt myself.
      I can’t be with my friend or family, I almost haven’t eaten a meal with my family for a couple of years now. Eating lunch at school is horrible too. I keep isolating myself from other people, and the only place I feel “safe” in is my bedroom. I can’t go anywhere or be with anyone. I want to go to the movies, but there are always people eating, and I can’t even concentrate on the movie. I feel like I’ll never be able to go to restaurant. Wherever I go there are just always people making annoying noises everywhere.
      My family doesn’t understand me at all and they just get mad me if I ask if they could stop making that noise or something. They always just tell me to “just ignore it”. Everyone in my family chews loudly, and I know that since I have Misophonia I think that everyone chews loudly, but my family eats REALLY loudly.
      I have gone as far as trying to make myself deaf, and trying to commit suicide just because of some stupid small noises. I hope someone finds a cure or something for Misophonia because I really can’t imagine living another (maybe) 60 years with it.

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  126. melani

    omg the sound of people typing on a keyboard at work has literally had me in tears and had to go buy earphones. I wanted to do bodily harm to the typist. I can NOT stand the sound of ice cubes in a glass either or paper rustling.

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    • Mike

      Typing on a computer or cell phone? I have a coworker that constantly uses his cell phone to text, and when he types on it, it makes a clicking sound that causes me to go in to a rage. I can hear it across the building. It’s crazy! I’ve asked him to turn off the sound and he said no.

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  127. Gary

    Hi, I too have this problem and it’s getting worse apart from the dreadful noises off humming,singing and whistling to name just a few that so anoy me, for some reason I now strongly can’t stand dogs near me especially when on leads that can stretch a mile who the hell made them! ok enough i better keep calm and add a lol,
    Do anyone know off any medication or tried anything that can help with this problem?

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  128. Lucius_in_Europe

    To all: The only clinic that is addressing MISOPHONIA exists in The Netherlands, since year 2000.

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  129. Lucius_in_Europe

    A co-worker of mine has nasal polyps, he is breathing through only one nostril, and his noisy sniffing-style breathing drives me mad.

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  130. Mike

    I can’t believe it. I’m right here with you. I get enraged with the ckicking/popping noises some cell phones make when users type on the keyboard! Also, when people talk and they pass air between their teeth and you hear when it makes a “ssssss” sound. Or when neighbors play music, and the bass passes through the walls. It makes me want to shoot them!! And pretty much everything else that’s been mentioned on this site. It seems like most sounds, but not all, that annoy me are high frequency sounds. They hijack my mind!

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    • Drew

      I sympathise with people who struggling with certain annoying noises like open mouth chewing, drink slurping or irritable coughing. All those things are fair cause for complaint. But on the other hand I want to strangle every last one of you that complains about everyday things that cannot be helped in today’s society like the tapping of keys on a keyboard. Or people complaining about birds tweeting outside. Unless you want to do away with all the computers that make the world tick or catch and euthanize every bird alive you are just going to have to suck it up and deal with it.

      It’s funny to me how these same people never seem to complain about the road noise of their car tires from inside the car as they drive down the road. Or their own swallowing sound which, while not slurping, is equally obvious at times. Everything is annoying to someone, somewhere but if you want to function as a human being you need to learn to behave in the proper social manner.

      These people need to get a life or snuff out their own because they clearly can’t handle living in the real world. I’d suggest they just piss off to a cabin out in the woods but then the sounds of the river or the chirping birds would probably be too much for them.

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      • Lucius_in_Europe

        Drew:
        This problem of ours is a phobia, its illogic by definition, its like having a fever. Its all about small HUMAN SOUNDS, that s why traffic noise or work-site noises are not bothering us. PS – No one of us wants to kill people or birds. Best regards. No one of us is throwing objects towards other people (i.e. although we have this suffering, we do behave in a proper social manner).

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      • Thor

        We realize that some of these triggers cannot go away. I am in IT. Keyboards are not going away, but some of them drive me bonkers.

        Remember it is not about that person, it is about the sound they are making.

        My wife is the most rockin human on the planet and if she smacks her lips when she eats I go thru the roof.

        My German Shepherd is my God and I am his humble servant but if I hear him licking I go bananas.

        It does not mean I do not know how to live in this society. Although if you want to come over and run your mouth I can show you how uncivil I can be. Say about 2am? If the I forget to leave the door unlocked just kick on it.

        So YOu go get a life or piss off

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  131. Lucius_in_Europe

    To all: How about flip-flops sound in summertime? Is anyone having a problem with this?

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  132. Sarah

    Mine is chewing with mouth open, snoring, heavy breathing and clacking! But unfortunately I rage when people foot waggle! Feel like I could pull their feet off, head hurts and chest when it happens I get so frustrated it’s horrible ๐Ÿ™

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  133. Lauren

    Its not just me!!! My mom’s jaw pops/clicks when she chews and that combined with the sound of chewing on its own makes me go bonkers!!!! My parents laugh and ” make fun” of me not knowing how physically challenging it is for me to listen to. And they always mock me saying “ewww” whenever im chewing a loud food item (chips, carrots etc) it really irritates me, when can i make them understand?

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    • Layla Rose

      Oh man, I hate people repeatedly popping their gum. I’ll give them evil looks. My mom used to do that. My BFF used to do it too, but she doesn’t really chew gum any longer thank God! I hate that too. So irritating.

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  134. T

    Gum chewing, especially popping and cracking, have made me nearly violent for 50 years. There are other triggers, but, gum is the worst. It’s full flight-or-flight response. Music and TV through the walls drive me to insanity. Nobody understands. I have to change train cars, leave movie theatres, and the prospect of getting on a plane next to a stranger is terrifying. The prospect of a long flight next to a gum chewer with no escape causes blind panic. I cannot describe the long-term effects of a life lived this way. I’ve learned to endure, but it never gets better. I function nearly normally, have a loving wife, friends and family, but one mouthful of gum in the room ruins all of it. At that point there is nothing else in the room.

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  135. Person

    Ugh. Chewing, repetitive coughing, repetitive sniffling, tapping, whistling, humming, lip-smacking, when you can hear someone’s voice through a wall or something but it sounds distant and you can’t hear exactly what they’re saying but it drives you crazy, and the sound of a hard candy/mint clicking around on someones teeth.

    There’s this kid in my class who incessantly whistles and i swear to God, it is THE MOST ANNOYING SOUND EVER. Everyone always yells at him to stop. And my Mom is always chewing gum in the car and I can’t. I turn the music up as loud as she’ll let me. I’ve told her how much it bothers me and she’s just like: “you’ll just have to deal with it”. GAHHH!

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  136. tj

    The sound of Styrofoam triggers me so bad I become dizzy and my entire body tenses up and I curl up into a ball and cant move for a couple minutes

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  137. Rachelle

    I never knew this was a real condition.I saw a commercial on mtv and I’m happy to hear others have this problem.Mine not just with chips or bags.ANY kind of repetitive sounds drive me crazy.It does make me angry as well.My kids tend to like to mess with me and do things to me on purpose to where I yell stop stop stop and they laugh but it’s not funny to me.It really bothers me.I’m glad I’m not the only one.I feel like im just crazy sometimes.

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  138. Disley Titchbender

    Speaking as a musician of over 50 years, the trigger for me is to hear someone sing off key or very badly. If I don’t leave and isolate myself from the noise, I’m sure I would end up throttling them.

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  139. Layla Rose

    I have hyperacusis and am extremely sensitive to bass. I live in a neighborhood where loud music w/lots of bass is playing at some point, sometimes constant, sometimes fluctuating, but it drives me bonkers. I try so hard to get away from it, mentally that is, but nothing works. The only thing that works is if I sometimes have my computer turned all the way up w/earplugs in, or my white noise machine turned up super loud w/ear plugs. Or in-ear ear phones. I am planning (mentally at least) to move, even though I just moved a year ago. I lived in NYC for 20 years and never experienced this before, but it’s just awful and makes my life Hell.

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    • Tess

      Same hereโ€”bass drives me absolutely bonkers. Like angry bonkers. Few things have ever made me as angry as hearing bass through a wall. Moved to a city a couple years back and am thrilled to return to rural life soon. Seems there’s bass thumping in every car that drives by our apartment. And every neighbor needs to play their music extremely loud. Ear phones only help occasionally, I can feel the bass as much as I can hear it sometimes. Anyway, totally know how you feel. Hope you get some peace soon.

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  140. Julie

    Bass,chewing, the pirecing sound of a grass hopper,snoring, heavy breathing, clock ticking, water dripping, leg shakers, pen clicking drives me up the wall! I’ve felt isolated for most of my life,endured suicidal thoughts and attemps I don’t know how to stop the rage inside. I’m lucky to have found a husband who is supportive and understanding of my disability. But I am still in search of ways to deal with it. I cannot live without my ear plugs and headset. We even sleep in separate rooms. Please help!!!

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  141. Lily

    It absolutely kills me when I hear anyone chewing wildly, as if the food will run away or slurping on tea/any other drink as if they have to get that drink from the air itself. I abhor it when people burp or make that weird satisfactory “aah” noise after drinking something. I hate it when people scrounge on bones like animals, it depresses me and makes me want to cry. It disgusts me and makes me want to puke. I abhor it when people put out their tongues and put the food ON it. It’s so disgusting, I don’t want to see anyone’s chewed food, for God’s sake! I hate hate hate when people scratch their private parts in public or dig their noses in public and make fucking balls out of them. I might be absolutely crazy with the highest level of misophonia. I also have FPP, it helps me escape my depression. I don’t even know what I’m depressed about because I do get occasional bouts of normalcy when I don’t want to kill myself because I’m not thinking about my life but the fantasy or a movie or anything other than me, in my head. My moments of escapism are the only times I don’t feel like killing myself! Otherwise I’m in a constant roll down through the rabbit hole. I’m a fucked up weirdo, yaey.

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  142. Chloe

    People whispering. It irritates me so much, the little mutters under the breath. It makes me want to punch them and I have no idea why.

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  143. Soar

    I struggle with ‘snores’, ‘gnashing /grinding of teeth’ and ‘chewing sounds’. I once got angry and shouted on my man for snoring. Many times I wake people who snore or leave the premise. I cry at times when I cannot leave or wake the person. It is really irritating that I can’t even get a sleep when someone snores

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    • Tammy yates

      I’m in the same boat!! I don’t know if my relationship will last.

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  144. Sandy

    Reading your comments made me feel some better just to know I’m not alone or crazy. The rustle of snack bags and crunch of food being eaten drives me crazy. One family member likes to eat ice and the crunch is more than annoying. I do have a question. How do you deal with it other than leave the room?

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  145. Tanya

    Well… like others have said, I thought it was just me. I can’t tolerate loud PA announcements in supermarkets or shopping centres, people talking at once in shopping centres & other public places, pen tapping, leg jiggling, sniffing, constant coughing, children yelling or screaming, cars noises or tyres screeching, loud concerts, children running or jumping around, my dog yelping or barking, crackling of lolly wrappings or crisp bags, cutlery hitting a plate, people who constantly fidget & pacing up & down, loud vehicle horns, gulping & slurping… Other than that, I’m happy ????

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  146. Jane read

    Most of this is how I feel but it doesn’t help knowing I’m not alone , there’s no help and no cure so everyone still goes round thinking you are over reacting while you live in your own bubble of hell .

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  147. Maya

    I remembered thinking I was insane when I wanted to physically slap the student next to me during a math test from last year. He ALWAYS chewed gum, might I add, with his mouth open. Dead silent classroom, all I can hear is sloppy gum smacking next to me. Horribly hard to take those tests, it was all I could focus on. I remember sitting there, looking around and thinking that there had to be SOMEONE besides me that he was distracting, but alas, nobody seemed concerned in the least. I thought I was in for it when I found I had to sit by him in this year’s math class as well, but it seems he’s abandoned his gum habits. I’m feeling much better finding about this misophonia.. I always feel horrible when I want to scream at someone for chewing loudly, because I know it’s not their fault that I hate it! A close relative of mine often clicks her fingernails together (often when we are driving together) and it just breaks my brain.

    I am not sure if there is a physical factor to this, but I know my fingernails anywhere near chalk or a chalkboard give me just about the same reactions. A couple days ago I had lept up in rage to slam down a light switch that I had just turned off multiple times because my friend kept wandering back in the room for no reason and turning it back on. I physically wanted to hurt someone. (Luckily she stopped when she saw me seething with rage.) Maybe the repetitiveness of the action made me as angry as repetitive noises?

    Of course I always feel bad when I make a fuss about things like this, it’s not their fault, but I sure do wish some people would take a hint sometimes!

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  148. Will

    The sound of people slamming doors when I am in my room or when the sound is unexpected fucking makes me so fucking angry ugh!!

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  149. Tammy yates

    snoring!!!!!! I get crazy!! I just can’t help it… my husband isn’t even that loud but it gets under my skin soooo bad!! I have slept I my car to get away from it!! I get soooo mad at him while he is sleeping and all I can hear is his snoring!!! I don’t even sleep in the same bed with him anymore… I’m afraid it will end our relationship. I just can’t handle it anymore! He doesn’t care or understand how serious this I to me….. chewing, biting nails, blowing nose, breaking heavy, taping…… they all get to me to but nothing like snoring…..I don’t know what to do

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  150. Spencer L

    The way people breath in that real, puffed out, chesty way makes me FURIOUS. I can’t help but get so mad to the point where I’ll throw something or storm out of my room. I also can not stand when people rub their skin and rub the hands or feet together. My sister and mother do it and I almost go crazy. I have many triggers but these are my worst. I always have my headphones in. I can’t even look at my sisters and mothers hands or feet without feeling some level of rage. I hate being irritated and upset all the time
    It’s honestly horrible because no one seems to understand when I explain nor care exept for the people here

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  151. Natalie

    I havent eaten today because the sound of my own chewing makes me feel sick and frustrated. It’s also hard to eat with people in a quiet area because i can hear all the noise their mouths make. Sometimes i get so frustrated that even the smell of food now makes me queezy because i dont want to hear anyone eat it.

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  152. Meurto

    For me it’s humming, singing and tapping. My little sister does all three, and it gets irritating when I ask her to stop and my mom defends her saying that I need to learn to “ignore” it.

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  153. Mike

    I suspect, at least for most of us, these sounds are causing something inside us (i.e. a muscle related to the auditory system, tympanic membrane, etc.) which triggers some sort of evolutionary survival response like animals do in the wild. For most of us, it triggers a “fight or flight” response, which we really can’t proceed with in a civilized society (or we’d get arrested or get put in an insane asylum). And because we do not have any control over the response, it frightens us or unnerves us in other ways. Does that make sense?

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  154. Vivi

    Loud breathing and snoring drives me nuts. My Dad and I have recently had really bad arguments because he huffs through his nose and groans on his exhales.

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  155. martin

    It’s Whistling for me, Sniffing, noisy eating and chewing nails, tapping, makes me rage

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  156. Shawnie

    For me the worst trigger is sneezing. The first sneeze immediately grabs my attention but the second makes me angry though if it stops there I can bring myself back down but if you sneeze a third time I’m envisioning smothering you, I snap at you for sure and tell you it’s ridiculous to sneeze that many times blow your eff’ing nose etc. It will ruin my day I will literally be angry all day. Other sounds that I react to just not as severely is chewing, tapping my son making sound effects, bag crumpling, nail biting the list goes on

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    • Bill

      Oh then you have to meet my wife. She is the east coast serial sneezing champ! I once counted almost 20 sneezes in a row out of her one day. When she gets like that, I put on the headphones and listen to some favorite tunes at max volume, and calm myself down. I can’t count how many fights we’ve had over this. And we’ve been married for 30 years!

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  157. Kayleigh

    Dogs licking themselves, any muffled sound through the floor when I’m upstairs or the walls, heavy breathing, SNORING. whistling. I instantly get nauseous and find myself holding my breath. My heart starts going fast and I can’t breathe. I feel panicked and have to leave. X.x I see I am not alone here though… This has stunted me socially unfortunately…

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  158. Courtney

    hearing someone suck through their teeth or make constant noises with their mouth sets me off. i thought it was just me. i have to get up and leave the room when someone is doing it. it makes me so mad, i sometimes blow up on the person. i’m glad i know now why.

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    • Bill

      Yeh, it’s me too. And my reaction is the same as yours.

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  159. Lee

    I have this problem as well. My trigger is someone coughing. That’s the only trigger I have. So far anyway. Chewing gulping everything else doesn’t bother me. But when someone coughs it drives me up the wall.

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  160. Amber

    I always knew something was off with me when I would get upset at a family member or friend that won’t stop sniffling. It frustrates me to no end when I can hear people crunch their food and drink straight from a cup making a “gulping” sound. I also always tune in to these annoying sounds that most people I know don’t even realize these sounds are going on. I have always felt mean that I let these things get to me, allowing me to get frustrated and feel wrong for these annoyances. I always try to stay away from these sounds and to not be around the people who can really put me on edge from eating or sniffiling and it makes me sad that I even have to think about that. Hopefully in the future I will no long suffer with this.

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  161. Misty

    I’m glad to see that there’s actually a name for this. Chewing and whistling set me off like none other Especially when I’m trying to focus on a task like drawing or reading. I have a coworker who whistles incessantly and have to hear it every lunch break and at the end of the day when we’re waiting to clock out. I just want peace and quiet and the noise just sets me into a rage that I have to pop in headphones and listen to my music to drown out the sound.

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  162. Erin

    Does anybody else besides myself and my father get set off my the clicking of the turn signal? That’s not the only sound, but definitely a biggie. We both are known to fuss at people for leaving the signal on in a turn only lane because they know you’re turning so turn the damned thing off!

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  163. Enya

    I get so annoyed when somebody sits and eats next to me! It’s so horrible when they chew and when I try to ignore it, the sound keeps getting worse and worse. Clicking jaws are the worst!

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  164. Scott

    As a business owner I used to send people home when they kept sneezing and coughing. I would yell across the office, one more cough Snd you are gone for the day. My sue and kids get sick and are coughing and sneezing I get very upright and often blurt out “what the he**, you can control it” or “leave, go somewhere else and cough ”
    It gets me so rediculously irritated I hate it. My wife and I fight about it. I found this and she says it’s just an excuse that I am simply insensitive.

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    • Mike Esler

      Exactly. I think a lot of the problem lies in the feeling that NO-ONE without misophonia will ever have the slightest bit of compassion for those with it. “Get over yourself” is the sort of response we can expect, particularly as we have probably just shown signs of frustration at a noise they believe is completely harmless – if they have any awareness of it at all.

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  165. jack

    yay im not the only one ,im so glad i found this.does anyone feel the same about chewing gum when chewed loudly.i would literally jump out of a 20 story building if i was in a room with a loud chewing gum chewer and there was no other way out.haha

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  166. Sherry

    The sound of my dog licking herself and the sound of my husband chewing and snoring drive me bat s**t crazy..I literally cannot take it..I get very upset and tend to lash out (and I hate it)

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  167. Melody Adams

    I just found this site and like everyone else thought I was alone. I’ve actually overcome some of it. I felt so guilty because of the disgust I had for certain people.

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  168. Anon

    I have had this my whole life am now in my 50s. I don’t go to cinema anymore and have not had dinner with the family for over 30 years. On certain occasions when I have to my family know there has to be background noise. I can eat my dinner in under 10 mins then I’m off the table. I hate gulping slurping chewing gum coughing sniffing even the noise a cup makes on a saucer. I have screamed at people even strangers who have made any of these noises near me. I have ruined two tvs as I have thrown objects at them when someone has gulped a drink. I am seeing someone a psychologist as it is so bad it is preventing me from finding work as I couldn’t stand it working with people who make noise. My last job was great as it was small company and everyone knew and understood what I was like. I think I am an experiment with my psychologist who admits knows very little about condition. I will never be cured and find it easier to have my own ways of dealing with this. I continue to carry ear plugs around with me ad watch most TV on mute with sub titles.

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  169. Kay

    EXACTLY! Thank you to whoever made this and I was just in the living room with my mom who was chewing pizza really loudly and yelling at my cat and had to leave. It makes my stomach hurt and I couldn’t even eat my own pizza. It also annoys me when dogs or cats are licking themselves and I always feel bad telling my cat to stop bathing herself so…. I thought I was crazy.

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  170. Lila

    I have the exact same! When I’m in bed and I get woken up by sounds it drives me insane, loud breathing, chewing(mainly) and making a breakfast or smoothie at 6:30! Let me have some damn rest! I end up usually saying shut the fu** up under my breath then punching a wall and making a dent in it and also during tests when I hear sniffling I end up punching the desk which causes a dent and a mark what should i do to calm down?? And can a 13 year old have this? Please help because I usually get detention for my anger issues even though I swear I didn’t mean it!

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  171. Anon

    For me it is dog whimpering whining,barking, licking noises, the clank clank of their collars, it comes from my mom owning dogs and not as a family pet but as her pet alone with all sorts of loud obnoxious behaviors. I used to get very angry and it felt like someone was torturing me, smashing a knife in my ears, loud neighbors or music through the neighbors wall would also make me cry as a child, like when I’ve noticed it, I can’t not notice it and it becomes miserable that I can’t control the situation so I break down which used to lead to rage. My mom got 4 dogs at once in this tiny apartment after I broke up with an ex that used to hit me and get into my face and ears whispering/screaming/talking right literally in my ear to the point he damaged my eardrums. So I went from having psychotic nervous breakdowns to doing my best not to cry because the loud noises the dogs made would trigger my PTSD from my ex screaming and breaking everything including me. Bless everyone that has this problem, it can be hell with parents/siblings/neighbors make it worse and just tune us out. Peace be with you, try to think about that we all die one day and that it is hopeless to fight this, maybe my mom ignored my freak outs so long and kept promising the dogs weren’t here to stay that we were just fostering them in this ghetto but years later I accept the brutal truth that they are still here, that she doesn’t care and that I will never get my peace and quiet. Try calming tea like chamomile and research holistic medicine is the best help I can offer.

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  172. Mike Esler

    I am affected by most of the same things mentioned here. Tin pans and plates in the kitchen and unnecessarily loud yawning are big for me. Stomping of feet from upstairs, chewing, sucking of teeth and Harley Davidson bikes take me over the edge too.

    I have tried to understand where my utter contempt for these obnoxious noises comes from. When I was a child, myself and my four sisters were raised by a father with WW2 PTSD. He also worked night shift and it was our number one goal in life to keep him asleep because should we wake him, his rage was terrifying.

    I believe I have connected certain noises with the fear and anger that came when he was awoken and we all suffered from his rage. Even now, if someone slams a door, I am angered and fearful. Not so much at the noise itself but the fear there will be repercussions for it.

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  173. Bob

    I’ve always had an aversion to some sounds, TVs through floorboards and dogs barking were two of the earliest ones, 40 years ago. But the curse of the modern age for me would be the prerecorded, repetitive electronic announcements, the sort you get on trains, buses, automated supermarket checkouts, in lifts, at the end of escalators. Everywhere there’s an idiot in charge of ‘public safety’. The worst ones are where the voice is ‘woman trying to be soothing’. Something for the psychiatrist to work with there I fear.

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  174. Liv

    Is their any way I can stop focusing on an annoying sound?Chewing, dogs licking themselves and jaw clicking drives me crazy, during class I nearly punched someone who was chewing gum an I hate sitting around people eating becuase I end up punching a wall but even when I sit down far away I can STILL hear them and my dog sleeps in my room every night which is a problem..

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  175. Hannah

    I hate the sound of whistling s’s. I also can’t stand alliteration with the letter “P”.

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  176. T

    Mine is listening to someone eat with ther mouth open and chewing and then my boys and grandson all snorting there nose and throat and that sets my my gag reflex off I can’t stand it! It’s been so bad when I worked coworkers would chew and I would have to plug my ears because I thought I was going crazy! Strangers I want to smack them up side the head and ask them who taught you to eat!

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  177. katnyp

    I work as a consultant and I’m always in a crowded open concept work area. I can not stand people snacking out of plastic bags, and like many others here, it’s the rustle of plastic followed by the crunch that just makes me insane. Please people show a little courtesy. And not related to misophonia, but now I see one reason why some Americans are so fat – the people around me snack endlessly. If anyone has been in this situation and figured out a tactful way to address it, I’d be grateful forever.

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  178. Millie

    I’ve been dealing with anxiety problems for a while now,and have been seeing a psychologist for nearly a year. Until now, I never could quite grasp what my issue really was. Having never heard of misophonia before, I was incredibly shocked to find that I can completely relate to every single symptom listed. I’m so glad I’m not alone with this, because I constantly have to deal with this issue, and have never even thought to consult my psychologist about misophonia. I feel such relief now, having the knowledge of what I have been actually struggling with. Thanks for posting this.

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  179. Keaton

    Does anyone have a severe aversion to the sound of their OWN eating? Knowing that others hear me eating sets me off in a panic. I even had a small breakdown when at the head table as part of a wedding party.

    I do get severely irritated with eating noises caused by others, but it seems to mostly base on people eating apples in a disgusting way.

    No, no it’s definitely the self-caused noises I’m more concerned about.

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  180. Cindy

    Is there a pill for this? I’m on Zoloft and I thought that it would help with this but it hasn’t. Anybody? It’s horrible and my boyfriend doesn’t understand. My daughter has it too.

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  181. Nicole

    Name any sound, they all bother me, I can’t even eat dinner with my family. And having to go to school with all those years ahead of me in school, I don’t think I’ll make it. Too many triggers yet no one understands….

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  182. Jules

    I cannot stand my husband’s loud breathing from his nose….for goodness sake, can you breathe out of your mouth?!!! An don’t even mention him being a loud breathing eater. I have to leave the room and make excuses once I see him come out with a big plate of spaghetti….he is so friggin’ loud….I want to scream. I don’t draw attention to it but make up an excuse to go upstairs. Not sure what to do. Wish I did not feel this way.

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  183. Paul

    Popping gum automatically makes someone the rudest person in the world and I can hear nothing else. Clicking a pen at work makes me crazy. I have warned people that just don’t get it and have actually gotten up and snapped their pen in two right in front of them. Chewing and Ice crunching makes me crazy as well.

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  184. Chris

    I have suffered this thru at least my adult life. About 10 years ago I worked near a chatty cathy Project Manager and she was pregnant. Constant phone work and while I love her personally, her constant talking, coupled with the typing as she spoke, WHILE constantly eating (because of the pregnancy) was literally more than I could take. I simply could not be in the room with her.

    A promotion got me out of that office in short order but I remember telling my boss how I was on the verge of asking for removal.

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  185. Katharin

    Wow, yes, dog licking makes me cuckoo and my ex used to scrape his fork over his teeth, so crazy making.

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  186. 57 years of it

    OMG! Me too!!! I have felt this way since I was little! As a teacher, no gum chewing in my class (I hate the gum cracking sound); when students constantly suck in and swallow their snot, I hand them the box of tissues and tell them to blow their nose for gods sake; when they repeatedly tap their pencils or click their pens, I take it from their hands and put it down on the desk. I eat lunch with a group of teachers who eat those crunchy vegetable straws and it drives me crazy to the point that I have to teach them how to close their mouths at first crunch to which they quickly respond with a fierce fuck you and keep right on crunching. When I went away to college, my sisters made an audio cassette of my fave songs and without my knowledge all the noises that got on my nerves in my childhood home. I refuse to allow potato chips in my house and I go into another room if my husband starts crunching! I always thought they were being rude and never met anyone til now who suffered from this like I fo!!!! Help!

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  187. Mary

    In addition to all you said (i have all of them)i also wear headphones all night because my family snores and I’m so sensitive that even i close their bedroom door i can hear this sound.you know i cant even study because of this and i have to listen to song with headphones while studying.this hurts me and drives me insane.Although my family knows that this eating sound makes me feel uncomfortable they do that and even eating my meal separatly from my family table doesnt help.This disgusting condition happens to me everyday.at first i thought It’s just me feeling this way now i see other people know what i feel. my family cant understand me and they think that I’m moron or crazy and it hurts me as hell.I’m a terribly shy person and this thing makes me feel more shy????

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  188. Bri

    I can’t stand snoring, crunching, scratching noises and the sound of people eating anything. I get scared when I hear snoring or scratching but with crunching or chewing noises it really gets on my nerves and makes me angry.

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  189. Ali

    I can’t stand the sounds of chewing, slurping, coughing, chalk board screaches, and much more, but the worst is when people have excess crums on their fingers and they slurp it off like NO STOP GET A FREAKING NAPKIN!
    I cry so hard and my family says its an over reaction but they just don’t understand. I have to eat my meals in a different room or turn on excruciating loud music (doesn’t even help) I’m pretty young and I just want to get rid of this horrible habit (misophonia i guess) but I just don’t see this going away ๐Ÿ™
    I’m sure other misophonia sufferers have it way worse, but at the end of the day most of us have it.
    #misophoniagoaway#fml#IjustWantToScream

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    • Ali

      I also forgot to add how much I hate when my brother finished a drink then swallows and goes ‘ah’. I’m so sick of it, I’ve dealed with him all my life and my parents say have some respect. I get it, I hate the way this clashes with my family but I can’t stand it. I want to ask my parents for some sort of hearing device but they’ll say no. (For a few reasons which I do not want to share).
      I’m worried about what’s going to happen when I’m at my boyfriends house for dinner or something when I’m slightly older ????
      #MisophoniaIHateYou ????

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  190. Carol

    I am 65 this year and have suffered with this since I was about 13…my dear dad was the cause by intentionally crunching celery, slurping and making noises because I reacted…My entire family joked about it all my life until one day recently I discovered a name for what was happening….my family apologised for joking about it. I still need to seek help and find my new partner eating cereal is unbearable, a work colleague tapping his feet on the floor irritating and chips, celery, apples etc enough to cause a flight response. So hard to explain to someone and this site is wonderful. We are not alone

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  191. Bill

    With me it’s sniffling, teeth sucking, and my all time favorite: lip smacking. But what really grinds my gears the worst is the sound of loud music. Specifically, the low bass notes. You know, where you don’t hear anything but that rythmic, thump-thump-thump. I can’t go to the movies anymore. The last time I did, there was a guy two seats over who did nothing but sniff the entire 2 1/2 hours of the movie! Misophonia sucks!

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  192. Tim Bohlman

    It’s a very difficult condition to endure. I find myself enraged at people for making sounds I dislike when there are people in the world whose problem is where their next meal is going to come from, if they get one at all. Although most non-sufferers would likely refer to it as a “First-world problem”, it is indeed real, and as all of us on this thread seem to know, it can disrupt and even destroy peoples’ lives. I’m glad I now know that this site exists and would like to know more about forums and groups. If anyone has any info please let me know.

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  193. Becky

    Crunching really hard foods like carrots and other foods like that, and when people smack their lips when the eat, especially with their mouth open. Really gets under my skin. I won’t be able to stop thinking about it for a while, either.

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  194. Whitney

    I’m annoyed by the common ones (the crunching, smacking eating sounds, tapping, heavy breathing, etc)…but I have a co-worker that plays with a gd metal slinky when she’s bored. WTF? I understand how that movement may be therapeutic for her, but it drives others around her up the wall. I literally want to jump out of my skin and donkey punch her. I’m pregnant right now and feel like my patience is even thinner than normal. How can she not know that it might effect those around her?!

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  195. I'd rather stay anonymous

    I don’t know if I have this or not, but chewing gum, cracking knuckles and clicking a pencil make me want to punch someone. I alway get extremely angry and I’ve destroyed my pencils and notebooks and dug my nails into my skin in an attempt to ignore the sound. And even worse, usually I can’t get away from these sounds, for example, in a classroom ๐Ÿ™

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  196. Klys

    Huh, it appears I’m at a level four. However, listening to my mother who constantly feels the need to cough because she smoked 60 years of her life and doesn’t cover her mouth, or having to listen to her annoying ass gravely voice with her prolonged “S” sounds makes me want to slit her throat. Maybe a little longer and I’ll be at a level six. Compared to the other comments though, I don’t feel bad about feeling this way and I doubt I’d be upset if she did die somehow.

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  197. Sally

    I definately have this disorder. My list of things I cant cope with include, people crunching boiled sweets,celery and raw carrots chewing gum and blowing bubbles, eating crisps and rustling the bag, eating popcorn in the Cinema. It has got so bad that I cant actually go to the Cinema anymore. I also hate people who crack their nuckles and people who listen to their iPod on the bus,but their headphones arent any good so I can hear the music being played.Any rustling of paper or plastic bags drives me crazy as well. I also can’t stand it if I am at a concert, at a sports event or the theatre and someone kicks my chair.I upset so many people because I constantly have to tell them to stop making noise and give them filthy looks but I cant help myself.I have to get up and go for a walk to get away from the situation.The first time I can remember it happening was when I was about ten and my Gran used to crunch peanut brittle in vast quantities and my Grandad who had no teeth used to suck the juice out of an orange every night after his dinner.

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  198. Terri

    I’m almost excited to find this website. I thought I was just a horrible bitch! For me it’s eating, breathing, sniffing, dogs licking, tapping/clicking. I become instantly focused on the sound and I try to make it “not bother me” but that only makes it worse. In the end I have to take myself away from the irritant for find a way to drown it out. It reached the point where I could no longer sleep in the same room as my husband. Fortunately I discovered a sleep machine which can drown out noises with white noise (rain does it for me) and I can sleep quite happily. In fact the sleep machine sound can act as a trigger to make me drowsy. Not figured a way around eating though, I eat my meals alone. Eating out is difficult.

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  199. Tom

    O my God I can so relate to the comments above. I am seventy years of age and had this condition all my life. Like many others I thought it was just me and I could not talk about it to anybody except my closest family members and friends. For me it is mouth sounds, mainly eating and drinking in a noisy way but particularly affecting when a person eats with an open mouth and I can see the food. It is unbearable for me and I just have to find an excuse and get away. It is also a mood changer for me and can change my mood from normal to depressed or even aggressive. It is such a relief that I now know I am not alone and that it is after all a medical condition. Thank you for this wonderful website.

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  200. annie

    I have definitely got this condition!!! I have always had trouble at the tea table and also at school. But the worst thing with school is u can’t leave or tell ur friends how much it’s frustrates u!!! Everyone in my family knows how much it drives me crazy but they just say to get over it… then they laugh and joke about it with other people… I always thought I was the only one that got so frustrated with these simple sounds but it’s such a relief to know there are others!! I also get annoyed when people are trying to sing without any music especially when they are leaning over ur ear!! Breathing doesn’t seem to be a problem for me unless their right next to me…
    I wish there was some cure for this other than listening to music the whole time and isolating myself!!!

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  201. Eni

    Hello.
    I’m really glad to see this site. I thought I was just being inconsiderate. The first time I remember this happening was when I was 12, I told my mom the sound of her eating made me mad and she told my dad I was a bad daughter and that she’d never forgive me….
    it happens with my sister as well, I’d storm out of the house when she came back from school because she made such disgusting noises with her gum. She’d suck in air through her mouth in the process.It made me wanna slap her(it still does). now that I think of it I absolutely cant stand creaking doors and dripping taps. Usually I just leave the place. And as for visualising a punch… its all too familiar.

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  202. Toni

    I hate to self diagnose, but I keep finding myself wondering if I suffer from this.
    I have tinitus (a constant ringing in my ears) and a high frequency hearing loss, so I always put my intolerance of certain sounds down to this. For me, I really struggle to deal with certain whistling and singing sounds, to the point where I end up uncontrollably crying and/or extremely angry and even violent.
    I’ve never really shared by problem with anyone, and I’ve dealt with whistling in the past by claiming that it hurts my ears, but it doesn’t really, it just makes me extremely angry very very quickly.
    I do find that it seems to be deeper male voices that trigger me, but I don’t know if that is because of the pitch of it, the fact that it carries more, or because I dont know many women that whistle continuously. Who knows

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  203. zoe

    I identify with all of this…drives me crazy; any kind of repetitive sound especially eating sounds and repetitive motions like foot shaking. If a ceiling fan is clicking, I have to stop whatever I’m doing and fix it or shut it off. Is there a on-line dating site for people like us? Someone start one please because relationships with people that don’t understand are difficult.

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  204. Ad

    For me, it’s crying babies, or whining children. I did not feel this way about my own child. But when I hear a small child whining in a restaurant or other crowded place, I’m just screaming inside my head: “Shut that kid up!” My friends think I’m nuts, because it makes me very very angry.

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  205. issy Swift

    My problem is a little different I can’t stand the sound of my husband’s voice when he talks taps his fingers on the table walks real heavy with this feet bangs his hands on the table and bed I just can’t stand his voice and he laughs about it sensitive to music sounds

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  206. Megan

    Finally! I’m not just an a@*hole! I have felt like such a jerk for leaving a grocery cart full of groceries sitting in the store because it’s either leave NOW or kick the cap out of the lady “molesting”the bag of chips she might buy. The packaging is the WORST. Then to arrive home and eat dinner with my husband of 28 years. He has been a trooper to put up with my “condition”. He has tmj. So every time he moves his jaw it makes a clicking noise add that to the eating sounds and I can’t be in the same room as him anymore. Don’t know what to do. Very sad to be this way.

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  207. Michelle

    im so worried about myself. when i hear loud breathing, wheeze coughs, snorting, loud chewing, or throat clearing i immediately feel like i want to die or i want the person making them to die. when i hear any of them i always slam my hand down as hard as i can on whatever is infront of me. just today i was sobbing uncontrollably because my dad wouldn’t stop coughing…

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  208. Jo Thomas

    I am completely fine with everyday environmental sounds except when I am tired normal everyday sounds like talking on the phone or typing on a keyboard is intensified. What drives me insane is the sound of heavy breathing and snoring aswell as breathing through the mouth instead of the nose which gives the Darth Vader sound. The noise of people eating with and without their mouth closed, drinking and the general sound of people swallowing aswell as people sucking and crunching of hard sweets or chewing gum also drive me crazy. I hate it and I have to tell my family to stop it, I find it harder to ask people at work to be quiet. I am glad I am not the only one to suffer through these types of things aswell.

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  209. Brenda Boston

    I don’t get too angry with triggers but tightening of shoulder and neck muscles is my first sign. then i feel electric traveling, face being pulled backward off my face, clamped jaw, nausea, inability to walk or speak, then vomit. My only hope is to get away from the trigger. I am sorry for the people that get angry. I freeze and get sick. people in grocery stores think i am having a seizure. my main trigger is when music changes from 3/4 timing to 4/4 . two ceiling fans running at slightly different speeds also sets me off

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    • Jean

      I am so sorry you have to go through this. At least you are not alone.I get the ceiling fan thing too, or if it wobbles I just fixate on the sound and make myself crazy. I have to shut it off or leave the room.

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  210. Goldbass

    I’ve had this 55 years and just found out .

    When I tell family or friends they laugh . Kinda hurts ! I did lousy in school because of it and now I feel my marriage of many years is on the line ,and all because of this . I’ve pulled people off bar stools and off counters at cafes .
    Torture of sounds and now visual triggers are as bad . I’m exsepting I will end up in the desert alone surrounded by quite . Alone sucks but torture sucks more .

    Peace and quite

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  211. Graham

    I had no idea this was a thing. I’ve always had very low tolerance for high frequency noises, but obviously those are designed to make people uncomfortable. Like alarms and such. I hated them so much, when I was a kid my dad would sleep past his alarm and it would wake me up right away even though we were in different rooms, I couldn’t help but focus on it. It was pretty normal for me to walk over, turn it off and wake him up myself. There was this carbon monoxide alarm in my room that would beep passively, and because of that I totally could not sleep. But I thought that kind of thing was natural.

    Then other signs started showing up. Stuff I thought I was just making a big deal out of. Styrofoam was a big one. Any interaction with styrofoam at all. I tried opening bags of chips slowly thinking it would ease it, but every time it just makes it worse. Always use a bowl. Wet sneakers is something I cannot stand, that squeaking noise is the worst thing I have ever heard.

    I don’t know if anyone can relate, but I realized I had a problem when it came to young girls giggling. You would think that would be a sound of joy that everyone loves to hear but sometimes it feels physically painful to me. Especially if they are in high school. I have no idea why this gets me going so much. Crying children too. I cannot stand these sounds. Can anyone relate?

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  212. Jean

    I am relieved to find out I am not alone yet sad that so many others suffer from this disease. I remember as young as four or five crying because my Dad was crunching an apple in the next room and the sound was exploding in my head. I would grab my head to try to prevent the sound from entering my ears. Needless to say I don’t go out much because I cannot handle my own emotions when confronted with crunching, slurping, knuckle popping, snoring, hard candy swishing around your mouth, smacking, chewing and snapping gum, (which seems to follow me in grocery store check out lines, I have moved lanes many times to prevent myself from verbally assaulting a stranger.) My kids worry when we go out in public as to what will trigger my anxiety. I have been told many times to just block out the sound. If this were a perfect life I could do that but this disease prevents me from even thinking clearly when I am around these sounds. It is always my misfortune to find a nice quiet spot in a movie theatre to have a popcorn loving, soda slurping savage moving next to me. They shovel handfuls of popcorn into their mouths like it is their last meal on earth. I move seats so many times at movie theatres don’t know why I even try, it becomes a seriously stressful event. Don’t even get me started on ice chewing, pen tapping or pen clicking. I cannot sit with friends at a pool because someone brings out the chips and I think the worst thoughts imaginable. I feel terrible not being able to sit with my family during a meal because my son sniffs too much or crunch’s his salad so loudly. My daughter unfortunately suffers from the same disease so she is very careful in her chewing to prevent as little noise as possible. Do any of you suffer if you eat crunchy things yourself? I can’t stand the sound when I eat things like chips, carrots, celery it just magnetizes in my head.

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    • Ben

      Completely agree with everything you’ve said.

      The last time I went to the cinema I moved seats so many times I ended up just sitting right at the front to get away from all the popcorn grazers!

      I have to wear earphones at work to avoid going completely insane. There are 3-4 people around me who get an apple out at 10am every day. Apples are like me kryptonite! Just the thought of someone eating an apple makes me want to scream in rage.

      As I’ve got older, my intolerance has gotten worse to the point where I can’t bear to hear myself eat crunchy food like you mentioned. I actually get angry with myself because I’m making noise. I have to have some sort of background noise to drown it out and I always chop food like carrots and lettuce to the smallest size possible to reduce the amount of munching needed.

      What gets me the most though is that other people aren’t aware or just don’t care about making these insufferable noises!

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  213. Debbie

    I absolutely hate the sound of people chewing loudly, slurping tea, belching and farting and thinking it funny to do it repeatedly. Another thing I find completely unacceptable is people who snort their snot backwards into their throat instead of using a tissue. The noise is horrendous, and it makes the anger well up in me so bad that I have to physically try to stop myself from punching them straight in the gob. Really filthy, loud noise. Also I avoid cinemas at all costs due to the constant noise of sweet packets rustling. And people talking into their mobile phones right in your personal space. Makes me want to grab the thing out of their hand, throw it to the floor and stamp on it until its in bits.

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  214. Christina Woodd

    Wow!! I can’t believe that my whole life I never knew this was a thing!!! I’m so happy to know it’s not just me being a nutter and can explain myself when I tense up and have to leave the room or sit there and cover my ears. So so happy to know I share these feelings of discomfort!! Sorry too cause I know how this feels.

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  215. Rutherose

    I just realized that I have this. I have been extra sensitive to noise my whole life. Right now any sharp, explosive unexpected sound really jolts me: barking dogs, loud voices and laughing, especially fake nervous laughter, coughing and repeated throat clearing, crying babies and loud mechanical sounds like motor cycles are the worst for me. Chewing sounds don’t bother me but loud breathing and snoring does. I have had to leave a job that I liked because I had to work closely with a woman who cleared her throat very loudly every 3-5 sec. I just could not bear it. I have also changed hotel rooms many times or airline seats because of loud talkers/ laughers, coughers, throat clearers, and repeated door slammers. It is a real handicap and I want to look into getting some better custom made ear plugs to block it all out. I too sometimes wish I was deaf. The world is getting more and more crowded and noisy and it is very hard to find peace.

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  216. Andrea

    I have just only recently realised there is a reason for my absolute disgust when I hear my husband and son eat. Its bothered me for a long time now and its got to the stage where unless the TV is on I now have to leave the room. I get so angry and anxious that I’m now having to make excuses to leave. I honestly thought I was going mad. How does one cope with it? Its quite distressing really.

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  217. Jill

    The worse things ever are gulping drinks, chewing, especially loud crunchy foods, chewing gum, popping gum, sucking candy, snorting, loud sneezing, typing loudly, pen clicking and noisy jewelery like charm bracelets. Ugh!! Makes me want to scream

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  218. Carol

    I am so glad I have found this site. I have suffered for many years. Blighting finger nails, Crunching sweets, crunching apples, crunching ice or crisps, rustling crisp bags,slurping drinks or soups and my husband eats soup in a plastic bowl and the noise of the metal spoon hitting of the plastic bowl as he repeatedly stirs his soup and then the slurping drives me mad. I have to leave the room or put headphones on and listen to music. I am so scared that I am going to do something physically.

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  219. Linda DiPierro

    My biggest trigger is a bouncing basketball. It drives me insane. When the kids next door or across the street start playing basketball it makes me want to scream. I can’t enjoy myself, I’m annoyed and on edge until it stops completely. I can hear it even when I’m inside and have trouble watching TV while the noise is happening. I turn the volume on my TV all the way up but I can still hear the bouncing ball noise and it still bothers me because they’re playing right on the street directly across the street from my front window, which is where my TV is. I can’t garden in the spring and summer in my front yard while they are playing basketball. I have to either go back inside or go in the back yard. I hate wearing earphones, though I do when I’m really desperate.

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  220. Sana Byun

    I’m so happy to here that it’s not only me. But goshhhh I hate it when people smack and make sounds when they eat. Many people in my family has the tendencie to make a wierd noise with their tongues and teeth. It’s a very annoying schreeching sound that makes me want to puke and hit my head on the table. I get really angry but of course I wouldn’t hurt my family so I hurt myself instead like dragging my nails across my skin and claw myself. It sounds so bad but there’s no other way to endure the annoying sounds for me. Oh and when someone chews something crunchy like chips or something. And for some reason my family does that but like in extreme mode. It’s so loud I have to get out of the room and calm myself down. It’s not like when people eat chips normally but way more louder. I just want to cry when I hear these noises.

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  221. Erin

    Sometimes when my sister is mad at me she purposely chews with mouth open right in my ear!

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  222. Erin

    I so have this and it is so annoying! I am probably the only 6th grader in my school that doesn’t like that we can now chew gum in school. I mean come on how would you like to be siting in class trying to work while all you hear is POP, SMAK, POP. I literally can hear all the spit in their mouth swishing around. It gives me a headache just talking about it. Ugh!

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  223. hannah

    I’m so glad i’m not the only one! I think the worst for me is that i’m still in school, and people are constantly tapping their feet, or clicking their pens. Chewing food or gum irritates me so much, and they don’t understand just how much it irritates me. Typing loudly, and slurping are two other triggers for me. All of this just makes my school life so much harder, and I can’t concentrate in my exams because the sound of turning paper loudly, or clicking pens is too much for me. Any suggestions on how to deal with it for my GCSEs?

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  224. Tracy

    Oh man I don’t even know where to begin. I have this condition too. Mine is with wet mouth noises. Eating, chewing with mouth open, sucking on candy, sucking fingers, animals chewing or licking themselves. I will wake up from a deep sleep as soon as the dog starts gnawing on herself or if the cat yawns with a sticky mouth. All if this makes me angry. We have a senior dog who has become quite the pest with treats, he “snots” or whines, or yells if he wants a treat. As soon as he starts his crap it starts me. I become severely anxious, mad, angry, irritable, I’ll get stomach aches, headaches, panic attacks, shaky and just nuts. I suffer a chronic headache condition and I swear this misophonia shit is getting worse the longer I have the headaches. It’s at an all time high now. I can’t sleep with any animals near. They make a pig noise when they chew themselves. There’s no fleas but they act like their ass is on fire. It’s disgusting and makes me angry.

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  225. Ben

    The sound of eating and slurping makes me want to full on curb stomp people. I have to leave the room. I have someone close to me who eats half of the time with mouth closed and half open and can hear them breath trough their food. Like a nervous tic or some shit. Literally need to leave. I stopped carying my gun. Chew with your mouth closed people. And don’t breathe !!

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  226. AnneMarie

    Yep – I hate sounds during eating or drinking. Even my own! Slurping soup, slurping up noodles, grunting and sucking while eating something. Chewing loudly and what is with blowing on food? People it isn’t that hot! Stop blowing on your food and just leave it on your plate. Stop blowing your nose with your napkin at the table. Gross!

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  227. Kayla

    I cannot, I repeat, CANNOT stand when people smack or bite their nails. Those are my two biggest triggers, they make me want to rip my ears off. I also can’t stand heavy breathing, rustling, someone tapping their foot against metal (clinking), high pitched whistles that sounds like a tea kettle boiling, and bracelets or any kind of jewelry clunking or rubbing against a desk while typing; they just fill me with rage.

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  228. Phillip Fryer

    I live on quite a busy road, and the sound of a constant flow of traffic helps me sleep. However if I’m awake in the early hours when traffic is quiet, the sound of an odd car passing by infrequently drives me insane.
    Also if I’ve heard you slurp soup off a spoon, then there is a 100% chance that I’ve thought about you dying a painful death.

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