The Symptoms & Triggers of Misophonia

The literal definition of misophonia is hatred of sound but a person with misophonia does not simply hate all sound. People with misophonia have specific symptoms and triggers and are sensitive to only certain sounds and occasionally to visual triggers. Any sound can become a problem to a person with misophonia but many are some kind of background noise. People call the collection of sounds that they’re sensitive to their trigger set. It is possible to add to one’s trigger set over time. Exposure to a trigger sound elicits an immediate negative emotional response from a person with sound sensitivities. The response can range from moderate discomfort or annoyance to full-fledged rage and panic. Fight or flight reactions can occur. During a trigger event, a person may become agitated, defensive or offensive, distance themselves from the trigger, or act out in some manner.

misophonia (n.) by Christian Hughes
Notes on the video by Christian Hughes

The sound of fingernails scraping down a chalkboard is unpleasant to many people.

But this is a very mild example of what people with misophonia experience when exposed to a trigger sound. It lacks the intensity a misophonia sufferer experiences and doesn’t have a strong negative emotional component. Not liking something, even if very strongly, is unlikely to cause a person to feel like lashing out at the source of the offending sound. Also, it is unlikely to produce an actual fight or flight reflex. The people closest to the person with misophonia often elicit the most problematic triggers. This can make personal relationships difficult and stressful. An environment known to include trigger sounds can limit social activities because the person with misophonia anticipates problems. Consequently, a person with misophonia can pull back from family and friends in an attempt to reduce the symptoms that they experience when triggered.

People with misophonia are aware that the sounds that trigger them don’t bother other people.

A person with misophonia does not always have any control over their work environment. A coworker munching on food may be too distracting or even produce a full-fledged panic attack. An environment that will not or cannot accommodate the needs of a sound sensitive person can result in anxiety for the person with misophonia. It may also challenge supervisory staff. At times, the sound environment can be enough of a problem to make keeping the job intolerable. A school environment can be similar; having a long-term negative impact if it interferes with the ability to learn or socialize. When exposed to a trigger sound, some people feel the need to mimic what they hear. Mimicry is an automatic, non-conscious social phenomenon. It can have a calming effect and make the situation feel better to the person experiencing stress. There is a biological basis for how mimicry lessens adverse reactions to triggers because it evokes compassion and empathy.


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Those with misophonia can be reluctant to share their symptoms and triggers.

To them, sharing can have uncertain outcomes. Sometimes, people purposefully mock those with sound sensitivities. Also, they may make exaggerated trigger sounds in order to intentionally cause distress. Unfortunately, some family, friends, co-workers, and others minimize the problem. A person with misophonia is sometimes told: “try to ignore that sound,” or “you’re just being difficult,” or “don’t let it get to you.” Suggestions like these are not helpful. It is not simply a matter of making a conscious decision. People with misophonia cannot ignore their triggers any more than a person with epilepsy can will themselves not to have seizures. On the other hand, there are those who are supportive and offer encouragement. Anyone with a problem or difficulty appreciates a helping hand now and then. If you know someone with misophonia and want to help them cope with the disorder, all you need to do is ask what you can do to help.

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List of Common Triggers

Please note, some say that reading about triggers has the potential to make one take on new triggers. This is only true for some people and is not universally experienced by all people. Also, some people avoid hearing or imagining sample trigger sounds for the same reason. If you think that learning about new trigger sounds could in any way be a problem for you, then there’s no need to read the lists below.

Mouth and Eating: “ahhs” after drinking, burping, chewing, crunching (ice or other hard food), gulping, gum chewing and popping, kissing sounds, nail biting, silverware scraping teeth or a plate, slurping, sipping, licking, smacking, spitting, sucking (ice, etc.), swallowing, talking with food in mouth, tooth brushing, flossing, tooth sucking, lip smacking, wet mouth sounds, grinding teeth, throat clearing and jaw clicking.
Breathing/Nasal: grunting, groaning, screaming, loud or soft breathing, sniffling, snorting, snoring, sneezing, loud or soft talking, raspy voices, congested breathing, hiccups, yawning, nose whistling and wheezing.
Vocal: humming, muffled talking, nasally voices, overused words such as um or ah (repeated words), sibilant sounds (S, P, T, CH, K, B sounds), singing, gravelly voices, bad singing, soft whisper-like voices and whistling.
Environmental: clicking from texting, keyboard/mouse, TV remote, pen clicking, writing sounds, papers rustling/ripping, ticking clocks, texting and cell phone ringtone.
Utensils/metals: dishes clattering, fork scraping teeth, silverware hitting plates or other silverware and rattling change in pockets.
Plastic: water bottle squeezing/crinkling, breaking hard plastic and bouncing balls.
Wrappers: plastic bags crinkling/rustling, plastic bags opening or being rubbed and crinkling food packages.
Cars: sitting idling for long periods of time, beep when car is locked, car doors slamming, keys banging against steering column and turn signal clicking.
Heavy equipment: lawnmowers, leaf blower, air conditioners and chain saws.
Impact sounds: other people’s voices, muffled bass music or TV through walls, doors/windows being slammed and basketball thumps.
Animal noises: dogs barking, bird sounds, crickets, frogs, dogs or cats licking, drinking, slurping, eating, whining, dogs scratching themselves and trying to bite their fleas and claws tapping.
Baby: Baby crying, babbling, adults using baby talk and kids yelling.
TV: loud TV or radio. Body Movement related: Foot shuffling (dry feet on floor/carpet) or tapping, finger snapping, foot dragging, heels, flip flops, knuckle/joint cracking, eye blinking, nail biting and clipping, eating, chewing, fidgeting, hair twirling, movements out of the corner of eyes, repetitive foot or body movements, jaw chewing/movement.


  1. Margery Phelps

    I’ve suffered from misophonia all my life and only found out last week that it is a diagnosable ailment. I was so relieved to learn that I’m not really “weird” because of this condition and that it is REAL. My triggers include ball bouncing (like a basketball), hair twizzling (glad to find out that misophonia included visual triggers, too), gum smacking, and radio/t.v. ads that have those really fast talkers that sound like a bunch of monkeys screeching. This is good, though, because as soon as ads come on, it turn them off so I don’t have to suffer.

    Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a powerful tool for treating emotional stresses, and I’m thinking that tapping might be a good modality for treatment of misophonia.

  2. Sophvict

    I’ve struggled with this for years, my main trigger is throat clearing, as soon as my mother or partner do it I get so angry. Another one is wet chewing sounds but someone can be eating as quietly as they can and it’s like my hearing focuses on it and I can hear everything about it and it drives me nuts 🙁 I’ve told those closest to me but they don’t take it seriously and I feel awful because they think I’m just picking up on little things. I get so anxious and stressed sometimes I have to leave the room when I know it’s going to happen, I wish it was more recognised.

  3. Mechelle

    I believe my 7 year old daughter has misophonia which is specifically related to snoring, heavy breathing and generally sleep related noises. It’s so bad that we are coming home mid-holiday after our 3rd night of trauma and poor sleeping. I’m devastated and don’t know how to support her to overcome these issues. She’s so rational during the day but when it comes to sleeping in an environment with others it’s like she’s possessed and cannot be reasoned with. The impact of this on the lives of those around her is huge … possibly more than we can take as a family unit 😢

  4. Wendy oconnor

    The sipping sound out of a spoon And also whipeing a Runny nose And also cant stand the sound befor spitting yuck Its making me feel sick just thinking about it

  5. Mikayla

    I’m 15 and hate any sounds people make when chewing, especially if they do it with their mouth open. It makes me feel so panicky and irritated, I sometimes try to plug my ears or put in earbuds if I can. Seeing someone chew is also a trigger, I usually just look away because there’s nothing else I can do.

    I dread eating dinner (the only time my family eats together) because they all eat so loudly! I usually turn the tv on to the news so I can use it as a background noise and look down at my food the entire time. If someone turns the tv off, I start to feel so panicked and begin talking about something extensively to drown out the sound of them eating. Sometimes I have to try so hard to hold back tears and just want to run up to my room so I can calm down for a few minutes.
    I tried telling my family that I hated the sound of chewing (this was before I learned about misophonia; I haven’t told them about that yet), but their responses left me feeling dejected. My dad told me to get over it because I would have to face it at other people’s houses. My sister said, “That’s weird” or “You’re weird” I can’t remember which one. My mom seems to think it’s stupid and thankfully my brother has had a slightly better reaction, he stopped chewing gum when I asked him to once. We were on a plane so there was no where I could go to escape it.
    I’ve told a few of my close friends about misophonia and that I have it and they were very sympathetic and respectful, I’m so glad. 😀 I came up with a metaphor in case anyone wants to use it to help explain to a friend, relative, etc:
    It’s like going to a restaurant and instead of all of the conversations blending together to create a din, you can hear each one as clearly as if they were talking to you and no matter how hard you try, you can’t drown them out and you just want it all to stop so you can have some peace.
    Good luck coping to everyone else with this

    • Daisy

      My experience was EXACTLY like this!!! Eating dinner with family has been torture for the past few years and has caused many arguments because my reactions have seemed antisocial/annoying/rude/ridiculous to them!! So glad to find people who understand and can relate to me when i say that the urge to just throw something or run to my room is so hard to resist!!! I also hate people yawning and it makes me feel so uncomfortabe and like i want to slap the person doing it. Hopefully one day people will learn more about this problem and be more understanding!

    • Chris

      This sounds exactly like my symptoms. Mainly focused on mouth clicking. Im 23 now and developed misophonia around the age of 10, syptoms starting at age 9. My parents forced me to eat dinner with them every day until I couldn’t handle it anymore. At age 16 I moved out and never went back home. Since then I have progressively gotten better, but very slightly. I do not believe I will ever fully recover, but I have learnt many coping mechanisms. It’s unfortunate that my best friend is one of my worst triggers, every time he takes a sip of something he smacks his lips 4-5 times in a row, which makes hanging out with him quite difficult. I’ve tried explaining it to him multiple times, but he always acts surprised and says “i had no idea that bothered you, I’ll stop.” He never does stop though as he’s completely un aware he does this in the first place. I once told him he was a noisy eater and he got offended and tried telling me that he eats very quiety (this is quite the opposite). For a while he dated a girl that I’m pretty sure had misphonia, (although we never discussed it). while he was dating her the mouth clicking seemed to have stopped for a short period, after they split up it became worse than ever. I feel rude when I bring it up, i try to be polite, but usually when i finally build the courage to bring it up, it’s when I’ve become too irritated to handle it, and I snap a liftle. I feel very bad, and am embarrassed by the condition. Thankfully he is a very good friend to me, and he tries his best when I do bring it up. Unfortunately he, nor anyone without misophonia will ever understand the feeling, and therefor they will always continue to trigger.
      They will also be very surprised when i mention that eating with your mouth full also annoys me, or that gulping your water or licking your fingers annoys me as well. It’s like they think you can just turn this switch off and ignore it. But you can’t. Your brain is hardwired to react with negative emotion when you hear your trigger noises. At this point i have met 4-5 people in my life with very real misophonia, the sad part is that every single one of them have different triggers, and I am yet to find somone with the same set as mine. One of my friends is deathly triggered by crunching noises, but doesn’t mind clicking. I am the complete opposite.
      I also get triggered heavily by seeing people chew. If their mouth opens wide, even if closed, i get greatly bothered. Or if they stick their fingers in their mouth, (my best friend did a lot when he had braces). This can have an impact as far as driving, as i often spot other drivers eating like animals. Which is funny because animals eating do not bother me, nor does it bother me when i eat loudly, (not that I ever normally do.) although, one great coping mechanism i found that works well, is to match the way the person you’re eating with eats. I eat noisy around friends who eat noisy when we are alone, and sure enough they notice and actually often get bothered by it, and in turn start eating quietly without me having to say a word. When i mimic them it makes me feel better for some reason, and when they start eating quietly i feel even better. It started as fight or flight response, but i no longer ever feel physical urges, it’s become more of a flight response now. I remember when i was little, my dad was my biggest trigger, for most of my misophonic childhood i wanted to attack my dad when he made these noises, which i would never have done as i loved my dad very much. It’s a sad strain on our relationship as he’s the most understanding in my family and tries very hard, he just can’t seem to stop smacking his mouth together constantly around me. He understands fully how much it bothers me, and tries very hard, it’s like he physically can’t stop. My mother and sister opted to continue to tell me to get over it and that there was something wrong with me. without making any attempt to eat quietly or avoid putting food in their mouth when I walk past them in the hallways or kitchen. (Instead they threatened me with councelling like it was a bad thing, I’m sure that’s exactly what I needed, but of course they made me feel there was something wrong with me as a person, and that councelling was a bad thing, so i eagerly refused the idea. I have always been very emberassed by this condition, and have told very few people in my entire life, perhaps a handful.) Thankfully my brother has a mild from of misophonia, including my dad. So they are more understanding.
      Always remember there is NOTHING wrong with you, you do not chose to have misophonia, and I know if given the opportunity you would trade anything to make it go away. You were born into a genetic and enviornmental set of rules that are impossible to break. You have no control or choice, and I pray for you that there are people in your life who understand this. Always remember it is ok to talk about it in the correct setting, just bring it up at a time of peace, not while you’re being triggered. It took me 13 years to realize it’s ok to talk about it. Since people don’t understand it anyways, they don’t usually think it’s that weird, they just think you’re annoyed and they will try to stop. I try to explain to people that when i am looking at them angrily, it’s only ever because they are triggering me. Many people are smart enough to realize why I’m looking at them angrily, and they will stop right away. Other people will smile at me and continue, completely un aware that I even look angry. This condition has destroyed a relationship I was in, and has prevented or ended countless friendships. It’s a sad way to live, but if you ever get so upset that you don’t want to live anymore, remember that you have two arms, two legs, and a functioning body. And you can ALWAYS change your environment, just apply yourself. In fact i would say misophonia has motovated me greatly to improve quality of life, as i could never work for anyone because of co workers or situations i would be put it, i started my own business, live alone in my own house with my dog. And have a good life. (For about 12 years i contemplated suicide seriously, which always saddened me as I am a GREAT lover of life.) None of my friend have done any of this. Which makes me realize I am ahead of most people. So I count my blessings every day, and hope that this is all the universes way of building me up to something awesome. Just make sure you never give up, if you ever need to talk, there are people who will listen. Free writing is a great method of coping with the depression that misophonia causes. Often i just start writting as if im talking to someone, explaining my frustrations and how I feel. By the time I’m done and have read it over, usually I’ve calmed down. Feel free to email me if you ever need to talk, speaking with someone who has misophonia can be one of the most therapeutic things you can do. My email is This applys to anyone with misophonia who needs to talk. I have countless other coping mechanisms, and even triggers. So I will understand what you are going through, even if your main trigger is not the same as mine, I will understand and know I can help. Anyone who needs to talk, feel free to message me. – Chris

  6. Tim Chanter

    I am so pleased to have found this site. I have suffered from this condition without realising, until today, that it is a recognised and named condition.

    This may seem like a silly point, but I feel the term Misophonia (literally meaning hating sound) isn’t quite the best description. I love many sounds (nearly every genre of music except loud dance music, wood pigeons cooing, attractive voices, most water-related sounds especially waves), though as everyone else posting on this site there are some which DRIVE ME NUTS!! – as with so many others eating noises, gum chewing, loud phones, sneezeing, loud crumby TV ads . . .

    Can we find a better term, fellow “Misophonists”. We don’t hate all sound surely, we hate those nasty grating, unstopping irritating sounds?

    Regards to fellow sufferers . . . Tim

  7. Nadine

    OMG, this is so me. I think I tick a lot of these boxes and the best thing that I have ever come across is noise cancelling ear phones. I can now explain why noise can make me so angry, and why I snap at people and want to yell at someone on the train to shut up or stop slurping or eating with their mouth open. I have always disliked busy areas and even avoided them because of this and choose to live in rural areas because of less noise. This explains so much.

  8. Maz

    I read all of your comments with great, GREAT sympathy!

    I am a team manager of two staff. We’re sat in very close proximity to each other. One of them is a constant sniffer…I’ve made many comments to him in the past along the lines of ‘have you got some tissues’, ‘have you got a cold again?’ He must have picked up on my extreme annoyance about it as I tend to put headphones in the moment he starts, but it doesn’t help, I can hear it through the music. It’s so bad that I would skip to the next song before the current song starts fading out, because I am so anxious that he will do a sniff in the quiet moment between two songs. He now sniffs quieter, it’s clear he is trying to make an effort, but it makes no difference to me, it’s still there, no matter how quiet it is. Apart from this, he has a really loud, booming voice, it startles me each time he speaks – I HATE his voice, I just want to smash his head in with every single word! He also pours cereal out of a box at his desk in the morning (do it in the kitchen!), the rustling of the plastic inside when he opens the box and then pushes it back in drives me NUTS. At lunch times, he will eat crisps. For some reason, he has to keep rustling the packet, endlessly, WHY!!! He bangs his coffee mug down each time he takes a sip, or scrape it across the desk – it goes straight through me. He will scrape and scrape and scrape at his lunch bowl with his fork, all the while quietly sniffing throughout. I simply cannot deal with this anymore, but I can’t remove myself elsewhere, because I am his manager, I can’t quit my job, cause I need the money. It’s so bad that it’s the first thing I think about in the morning when I open my eyes. When I hear him coming in the morning I feel physically sick and I sometimes don’t even want to say ‘morning’. I relish the days he calls in sick or is on anual leave.

    My second member of staff has an enormous bunch of keyes that she throws down on her desk every time she goes to the bathroom, when she picks them up, she also needs to scrape it across the table first.

    Then there is the rest of the office – the coughing, the loud voices, the throat clearing, the squeals, the ‘errrmms’ between words, the trucks outside collecting glass, the occasional drilling, the horn blowing of cars.

    It’s turned me into a person I don’t want to be and I simply can’t control it. I would give anything to have a normal functioning life, without these constant flight or fight triggers. I am a soft spoken person, so my usual action is to flee, but it’s not always possible, so you quietly implode and each time it causes more and more damage. It leaves me feeling battered and bruised and misunderstood. I dream of removing myself from society entirely and go off living as a hermit somewhere. I wish there was a miracle cure.

    • Annia Duran

      I am so sorry that you are going through this. I understand what you are saying, right down to the trying to keep sound going so there is no exposure to the noise in between the songs. For me it is my earbuds even without music on because they drown out almost all of the offensive noise (teeth sucking from a coworker in my case). I have lived most of my life with ‘misophonia’ but did not have a name for it pretty much all of that time. Most noises do not bother me but the ones that do are pretty nearly unbearable. Also, while I can sit through a few such noises, especially spaced out, if the noise keeps happening repeatedly I start to lose my mind. For me it is mouth noises and snoring/sleeping breathing sounds primarily. I suppose I am lucky to have it limited like this. But I feel after repeated exposure to one sound I hate I start to get more sensitive to sounds I would normally block out. It is like having my nerves grated raw. So anyway, I just wanted to let you know that like so many other people who have posted here, I get it and I deeply sympathize. I would like a cure as well. I will be facing asking my coworker to please try and be conscious of the sound and tone it back soon and I Dread conversation. This is something that even with friends is awkward to ask.
      Stay well and best of luck. The human body is such a bizarre organism but we are smart and adaptable creatures and even with the odd things we face surely we can find positive, peaceful, creative solutions.

  9. Rafe M Spaulding

    I have always known I had anxiety, but this aversion to “noise” has always baffled me. This makes so much sense! Sounds make me angry! I am most content in a quiet/dark/alone environment. However, I found a youtube video (brown noise) which helps me.

  10. Michael

    Is it possible to have your trigger be someone’s voice like a handful of certain people’s voices just make you overwhelming angry and you just want them to shut the hell up…I haden’t ever heard of this until today….

    • Michael

      I’ve also known I have Hyper-acuity (confirmed by a neurologist) for the over 4 years now when i devolved a serious neurological condition which just made it worse, specifically for hearing and sight.

  11. Jordi Iwamizu

    I have PTSD and I didn’t realize the misophonia until after I was diagnosed with PTSD. It was present before then, but I was just not conscious of it.
    1). Picking of skin like cuticles or scabs.
    2). Ahhs after drinking.
    They both make me panic. My flight response is in full gear and I feel like hiding.

  12. Jo

    I think I have it too.
    My triggers are loud eating and believe it or not – windchimes.
    Those noises drive me insane. I feel such anger and my heart starts to race. I get all hot and just want to run away.
    Even the thought of them makes me stressed. My neighbours have loud winchimes in their garden and every time I hear them my adrenaline goes up.
    I dread having dinner with my family, because I just get angry with all the noise they make.
    It’s exhausting and I feel guilty for letting it affect me so much. I don’t know what to do about it.

    • Hailey

      I have so many, where to begin. i absolutely cannot stand ANY mouth noises, chewing, slurping, burping, crunching on ice, chronic sniffling, women’s voices, children’s voices, crying babies, dogs licking, two sound sources at the same time, too many people talking, gum cracking, my ears ringing, my ears whooshing, my ears screeching, Jessica Tarlov (I think everyone has a problem with her, regardless of having Misophonia). There’s more, but someone has there phone blaring a video and the TV going at the same time while they’re laughing and I have to go and throat punch them.

    • Jennifer Dey

      My neighbor plays… no, BLASTS, his radio in his yard all summer long. Drives me insane. I put up a dozen windchimes to try to drown out the sound. Then I wondered if the sound of my windchimes was annoying other people so I asked my neighbors if they were bothered by them. Fortunately, nobody was. I am literally selling my house and moving next year to get away from the stereo. But I’m having anxiety that I’m just going to end up next to another noisy neighbor. Ugh!

    • showts

      Every time I hear a Siblant person speak it pisses me off so much that S sound it annoying. AND when people squeeze those plastic boards. Certain voices of people pissses me off especially. AND most of all is the whistling immediately I shout at the person to stop.It drives me nuts.

      • amy

        The sound of S’s drive me crazy… I can hear them above anything else when people are talking. it’s like it pierces my ear drum or something.

    • Eb

      I have the exact same problem, I always get dirty looks or told to shut up. I have about 5 triggers and it’s so hard because my sister, and two best friends do all of those things.

      • Alex

        I am laughing and feeling so relieved reading all these comments! I just came home half crying half chain smoking from a coffee shop that was playing muffled rock music with a weird beat and I could also hear the traffic outside.

        My friend said she didn’t notice either noises and I’m sitting there freaking out, just trying to keep breathing ready to throw my computer at the wall! Came home to google (anxiety/panic attacks from the sound of traffic) for the 100th time and ended up here.

        My trigger set: sound of rushing traffic, high and soft voices, people whispering in my ear, humming tunes that don’t have rhythm, rock music, loud bass music from far away, that one person who sits in the restaurant with a super loud voice that you can hear over everything, dishes clattering, a drum being played anywhere other then a drum circle, dogs barking from a distance, kids screaming, adults baby talking, commercials on the radio, oh god this is therapy right here!

        Happy coping everyone <3

        I feel like we should start a leaf blower ban…anyone?

    • Elona

      Hi Jo,

      I have it too, for me it’s eating and keyboards.
      I understand and feel your pain, totally.
      With eating I cancel the noise by eating as well, but when I am not hungry I leave the room or put my headphones.
      With keyboards well…. I have lost so many jobs because I couldn’t tell them that the people around me are typing so hard and that is making me go insane, so I left those jobs instead.
      I found that using headphones help.

  13. kadisha

    my brother shatters his teeth together and it drives me crazy, my heart starts beating and then I cry. or things such as the butcher cutting machine or cutlery scraping against plates.
    could these be symptoms?

  14. Joanne buckingham

    I think I’ve got this condition but not sure I was in the bath when my home phone went off the noise went through me It took all my power not to go downstairs to answer it most of the time I have to switch all my phones in the house. But that not the only noise I don’t like I also don’t like screaming kids and very loud music unless I like the song then I put it up a bit louder can any body can confirm I have this condition please I’ve notice lately that my daughter gets frustrated when I eat with my mouth open I would love for her to unstand she has the condition too

  15. Ella

    I am unsure of whether I have misophonia or not, but I think I do because sounds that don’t bother other people drive me insane! My biggest trigger is people chewing, especially with their mouth open. One of the worst sounds in the world is the sound someone makes while they are chewing a banana. Sometimes I get so upset I have an urge to attack the person, to rip the banana out of their hands and throw it on the ground and stomp on it, which of course I can never and would never do but I really want to. Also, I have a classmate who has a very raspy, whispery sort of voice that I hate so much. I don’t like the person much anyway, but I just HATE them because of the way they talk, and I CAN’T STAND IT! And it’s not like I can tell people to stop talking, or stop chewing. Sometimes I just can’t hold it in and give them the most murderous glare I possibly can to try and get them to stop, and then of course they get all upset at me and that just makes me more crazy. It started around the beginning of middle school and it has been getting even worse. It has gotten to the point where I can’t even eat at lunch, because the sound and the sight and the smell of other people eating just overwhelms me and I can’t stand it. Even the word “lunch” makes me want to scream, because of the way it sounds and what it means. Sometimes when other people use it it stresses me out so much I snap at them, and then I feel bad because they’re not even doing anything but saying a word, and it’s not their fault I’m insane. It just makes me hate myself and everyone else so, so much.

    Is this misophonia?

    P.S. I am also synesthetic, if that affects anything.

    • Angela

      Oh, my gosh, me too. You’d think, how noisy can a banana be? Enough to make me want to strangle someone.

      • CM

        I know that feeling so well… it’s unbearable. But one thing thats even worse for me is people chewing bread, the sound it makes, you can literally hear the spit mixing with the bread and it drives me crazy. I’m usually okay if i’m eating something myself and other people are chewing food but if they’re eating bread I can’t do anything and its so annoying because when having breakfast with my family, thay all have to make sure to chew extra quietly because of me because otherwise I get this hot anger boiling inside of me and I can’t stop it. I feel really bad that they have to act and eat differently because of me but I really can’t help it

    • Eb

      i have the exact same triggers and same experience. I feel so bad because my sister could just be sitting there eating, and I would just glare at her, but then I get moaned at for it and told to stop, so I freak out and just run to my room and cry. I’m scared that this is ruining my relationships with so many people.

  16. Simone

    Right now I’m listening to the sound of a leaf-blower going somewhere up the street, and it’s driving me mad. I work from home (thankfully), so often I’ll close all the doors and windows (even though I’m pining for fresh air) and turn the fan on high to drown out the sound of it. I just don’t understand how someone can use a leaf-blower EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
    Another thing that sends me into an immediate rage is our Great Dane licking himself. Just thinking about it now makes my heart race. He sleeps on a blanket in the lounge, so in the evenings when we want to watch TV all I can focus on is the repetitive licking and slurping. Usually I end up screaming at the dog to stop, or throwing something at it. Poor guy.
    We had 2 Whippets too (one died) and the sound of them jumping off the bed/couch and their nails ‘ticking’ against the hardwood floor drove me crazy. It got so bad, and they were shouted at SO often about it, that the one learned to TIPTOE (tread super lightly and walk slowly) every time she saw me. Clever girl, haha. But I do feel guilty for raging at an innocent dog who’s only crime is WALKING.
    The birds chirping outside my window in the mornings – and I love birds. I struggle to sleep past dawn because of it. The sound of the TV when my husband watches late at night. Snoring, coughing, hacking, EATING.
    The absolute worst is having dinner at my in-laws’ place. We sit around the table and the sound of hubby’s dad and brother chewing, slurping, scraping their cutlery, breathing etc drives me crazy. I sit their unable to touch my food while I clench my teeth and fight the urge to smash their faces in. I think hubby has picked up on it, because sometimes he’ll look at me and then get up to put music on. It’s not enough to drown them out, but it helps.
    My daughter crying is another one. My reaction is a mixture of rage and panic, with more panic. Adrenaline surges through my body and I jump up like a psycho to calm her as quickly as possible. I never it show, of course, but I don’t feel like it’s normal to feel so irrationally anxious and panicky. It was terrible when she was a newborn. I lost about 20kg (all the baby weight and then some) within 2 months from the constant stress.
    There are certain people I will never join for lunch, or I will hate them forever. I also dread Tuesdays when our cleaning lady comes in because of all the dish clanking, vacuuming, etc.
    When my phone rings my first reaction is to smash it against the wall. It doesn’t matter what ringtone I use, it’s just the fact that it’s ringing. It’s always on silent now, and people complain they can never get hold of me.
    I feel like an irrational monster. My poor family.

    • JC

      Definitely feel your pain!
      I am working from home at the moment, too, and at first I was so excited about that opportunity as it meant no more crackling chairs, keyboard typing or people banging their coffee mug on the table. However, now I have lost all excitement. We also have a caretaker in the neighborhood who uses the leaf blower or hedge trimmer EVERY DAY! Then there is a school close by and I can hear the kids screaming. There is also a fire station across from us and the sound of their extendable ladder (which they seem to use for practice every day, including weekends) is driving me crazy. It’s not even a bad or loud sound. But still makes me want to rip my ears off. Luckily our neighbors aren’t at home during the day. Always dreading the evenings when I hear them walk around or bang doors and my husband has to deal with my bad mood all the time.
      Hope you have the strength to cope with it!

  17. Gabrielle

    You folks have made my YEAR! I have had this all my life, but haven’t had a name for it. I just thought I was a difficult, picky, irritable person (and I still may be–haha–but at least I know why now!). Here’s my list in order of annoyance: leaf blowers, lawnmowers (guy across the street has a stand-up mower that is industrial-strength loud!), BARKING DOGS–omg I hate them so much!!!, my own refrigerator (I have to unplug the blasted thing if I’m sitting near it trying to work or read), chewing (especially others eating cereal), my own three cats bathing themselves, snoring, high pitched or loud talkers in restaurants or public places–I simply cannot tune them out…we have to move tables. I’m so glad I’m not alone. I have despaired so many times and thought there’s just no place on earth quiet enough for me–and you ALL KNOW HOW I FEEL! At least I have that…

  18. Bekah Ryan

    I never knew this was a real thing until I did a Google search to try to find a polite way to tell my friend to stop chewing with her mouth open. I do not want to hurt/upset/embarrass her by what I say, so I was looking for a tactful way to approach the subject. Anyhow, my search led me to find out all sorts of information about misophonia. Growing up I thought I was just the “weird kid” who was overly sensitive to noise; nobody else in my family seemed to be bothered by any of the annoying sounds/actions. My dad slurping his soup, my sister chewing her gum, my grandma twiddling her thumbs, my mom’s constant foot moving (restless leg syndrome), my friend “crunching” her plastic water bottle, my brother turning the pages of his book… all of those things would put me into an instant internal rage! I mean flat out ANGER! Now as an adult, I encounter coworkers who sniffle all d&mn day, or they chew their chips as though the rest of the world wants to hear it, or friends who think their obnoxiously loud texting is okay (no, I do NOT want to hear your tick, tick, tick!). I’m so afraid that one of these days I’m just going to snap on someone! My brother says I just have issues that I need to deal with, and that I should try focusing on something else. He doesn’t realize that this isn’t made up, it’s not a joke, and it certainly isn’t something that can just be brushed away. I legitimately want to throat punch people when these things happen! I wish there was a cure or some sort of coping method for this. I already take anxiety medication, but it honestly doesn’t help when I encounter these triggers. It’s like someone poked mama-bear, and it’s about to get real, if you know what I mean…

  19. Caleb C

    I’m a younger guy, and I live with an older couple. The man now has dementia, and things are getting worse. He sucks on his teeth or something every few minutes, and I’ve been wearing earbuds at dinner for a few months to handle the chewing with his mouth open but it’s getting worse to the point that I can’t handle it. I’m to the point where I feel like I’m going crazy. The last time he triggered me I hit myself in the head repeatedly with a heavy object and almost knocks myself out. I really wanted to kill myself in that moment and the following few minutes. It’s getting so bad idk what to do I can’t handle it anymore

    • Dan

      Eat your food after they have finished, or in another room. If that’s not practical you’ll probably have to find another place to live. I suffer from misophonia too, so don’t think I’m ignorant of your situation 😀 Good luck and stay safe

    • Mimi

      I also hate mouth sucking , my brother does that all the time and i have the urge to scream and cry even attack him but what makes crazier is that they never feel my anger and call me crazy

    • Sharon Chandler

      Hi CALEB

      I’m considering dating a man with this issue. Are you aware of men getting physically violent with others?
      Thanks for your time, Caleb.

  20. Geoff Challis

    I’ve had a problem for a few months now, so bad that I’m lucky to get even a few hours of sleep. (I only notice it in the evenings) Sometimes I think it’s a radio on in the downstairs flat (Voices not music) Then it sounds like an asynchronous plopping noise from a water tank or something. I just can’t work out the source. I’m starting to get freaky about it and wonder if I’m being targeted by a kind of audio weapon. Don’t laugh. Eventually it just gets to you and the missed sleep really takes a toll. I live alone so I can’t even be sure that it’s not tinnitus. Has anyone else experienced such an odd noise?

    • Jan

      I’ve had the radio thing for years (only people talking) in several different houses
      It doesn’t botherme…just a curiosity

    • Janice Waters

      I have a similar experience. For the longest time I thought it was the neighbors tv up loud coming through the walls. I said something to my husband and asked him to turn off our fan and nothing. To me it sounded like muffled voices in another room. Still affects me but my worse thing is bags cracking. I can’t stand the sound of rustling plastic. It doesn’t bother me when our 3 year old granddaughter does it as much but I will pour food out in bowls or cups for her.

  21. Lauren M.

    Thank heavens I’m not alone!

    I’m only 16 and I’ve only started suffering from this in the last few years. I’ve found that my triggers are always to do with eating or chewing. I can’t stand gum-chewers! It’s got to the point when I can’t even smell gum or spearmint toothpaste without instantly getting agitated over it!

    I’m so glad I’m not alone! I still go to school and it gets so bad sometimes that I’ve failed important tests and had to resit them because someone was chewing gum in the room, and of course my teachers won’t let me put in earphones or anything to block the noise but chewing gum is very welcome in classrooms despite the foul chewing that sets my teeth on edge. I can’t even imagine the situation without being triggered (to a much smaller degree, but still triggered).

    On days when I’m already stressed or upset by something, even things like the noise of a bus engine or crutches clicking on the pavement get me raging mad.

    It’s really annoying, because all my friends chew gum obnoxiously and almost all of them chew with their mouths open, so I can’t spend any time with them over break or lunch cause they’re all eating! It’s INFURIATING! I’ve lost friends over it, and even if I really like the person I can go to detesting them after just one meal if they chew with their mouth open or something! And all my friends do for birthday paties is pay for us all to go out for lunch, and it’s a lose/lose situation cause I can’t not go or I’ll lose even more friends, but when I go I get irrationally agitated and can’t be around any of them for at least 24 hours afterwards or I’m almost guarenteed to lash out at them at some point! Then I feel awful for being so difficult….

    I’m a worrier as it is, and because of this my worrying tendencies have gotten worse. I worry about every tiny thing like if my friend minds when I don’t make eye contact for a brief moment, because I don’t want to upset the few friends I have left and lose them too. My absolute nightmare is being stuck in a car for hours on end surrounded by gum-chewers – or, even worse, an exam hall! I’m almost guaranteed to fail any test if I’m sat next to or near someone chewing gum. I can’t even talk to my teachers about it because I’m at the age when most adults I’ve come across just brush your complaints off as you being a hormonal teenager without any reason behind your complaints… I’ve just started a new medicine for an unrelated reason that has “mood swings (depression, anxiety etc)” listed under common side-effects too, so now I don’t know if my feelings are legitimate or just due to the hormones in my meds messing up my body…

    Anyway, rant over! It’s really good to know I’m not alone and that I have a legitimate biological/psycological reason behind my problems!

    • Marian

      Gum chewing is one of my triggers too. I can truly relate to your situations and feel your pain. I have found that the closer the person is to me, the harder it is to tolerate their gum chewing, especially if I cannot leave the situation. Feeling trapped with it is the worst. I can actually tolerate many strangers’ gum chewing, however, there are those that chew in a certain way that still drive me crazy. I think my tolerance is usually in situations where I know I can get away. I was so relieved when I found out that I am not alone with this problem. I just wish I could wish it away, or at least get some coping skills to make life better. I have ordered some books on the subject to learn more.

    • Nate B

      My girlfriend is clanking and scraping a soup spoon across a porcelain bowl as I write this. So I looked up Misophonia and read the symptoms to her. She responded to ‘Get over it’. I think this is the REAL problem! I’ve heard this my entire life, “Get over it” as tho I’m intentionally creating an issue. The sounds trigger a full adrenaline rush that I can not handle and my coping mechanism is to earlier tell the person to stop what they are doing or excuse myself from the room. My mom had this with porcelain bowl clanking and I have it too with the entire list of triggers. The worst is that my gf cracks her thumb constantly even while in bed. I want to break her god damn thumb off sometimes but I realize this is a problem I have with a condition I can not fully put on her.

      • Mandy Phillips

        Hi Nate. I turned 50 last year and finally found out about misophonia. It started for me when I was about 10 years old. I used to hate family meals. My dad would scrape his plate and then try to get his gravy up with a fork. I used to go and get a spoon and tell him to use that if he really needed to scrape up every bit of gravy. I never allowed my boys to have ‘chompy’ sweets or chewing gum. People sniffing – really?? It makes no sense. Blow the snot out and you’ll get rid of your cold sooner doh!! I sit in an open plan office and the other week a lady behind me was crunching on celery sticks and then raw carrots. I wanted to knock her out. I have to take minutes at meetings and I find it so hard to concentrate when people are chomping on mints or chewing gum. Why do people have to eat in a meeting?? There’s absolutely no need. I used to sit near someone who would crack her fingers about every half hour. One day someone else shouted at her to stop, which was such a relief as I thought I was the only one in the office it irritated. I have to ‘pig myself in’ at work when it gets really bad. Lunch times and people crunching at their desks drive me to distraction. I feel everyone’s pain, my boss has just got some mints out, which she does regularly and I know it’s going to drive me mad. She is also aware of my misophonia but says she’s not going to stop just because I’m intolerant of other people’s noises. Common response, just wish there was more understanding out there and a way to try to get people to understand. I had a colleague once who noticed it irritated me and she decided to do it even more to annoy me. She would smile over the desk when crunching on crispbreads all morning. this is actually a sign of bullying and can be reported to HR – if you have an understanding HR person. Maybe I should apply for a job in HR and get everyone to understand

        • Ella

          I totally feel you! I’m only a teenager, but people always, always eat in class, even after lunch. Like, lunch is for eating, people. Please don’t take out your breadsticks or your carrots or whatever and loudly chew them in my face unless you WANT me to lose my mind. Maybe you should have your boss read some of these comments so she can see what it is really like for people with misophonia, and how you can’t “ignore it” or “get over it” because that’s not how it works! Also, that is by far the most annoying thing that someone can say to you.

      • Anne

        It is a huge problem. I have had it since I was about thirteen. Now in my fifties. I work in an office where someone is pretty much eating,rustling packets,chewing apples or clanking cutlery all day long. I want to get crisp bowls for the two worst offenders but at the same time do not want to admit I am a sufferer. Any thoughts? The reason I don’t want to admit it is that mysophonia is linked to mental illness…

    • Ben D

      Hi Lauren,
      Please speak with your Exams Officer about this – perhaps they can arrange a separate room for your exams (or seat you with a smaller cohort) – and they will have your best interests at heart.

      For the last course I took, I sat a 3 hour exam with the guy in front of me chewing audibly and gulping at his energy drinks.
      It took everything I had to fight the rage and stay on-topic, and I know I could have done so much better had I tried to do something about it.
      So, I did ask, and for each subsequent test I was seated as far away from him as possible and everything became that much easier as a result.

    • Zac

      Hi Lauren,

      I’m so glad that there is someone else out there my age going through the same thing as me. My triggers are also chewing, eating and food related noises. Trying to manage this problem in a school environment is like mission impossible. Because of my disorder I’ve lost friendships as I distance my self from people and some situations as I can uncontrollably burst out in rage and start yelling and screaming. I’ve had an incedent with one of my teachers where I got uncontrollably vocally violent. So I’m just letting you know that your not alone in this struggle that just about no one can support you with or tell you to just get over it.

    • Ty

      Hi Lauren,

      My child has this and has had issues in school. Have your parents talk to your counselor and your teachers.
      At the beginning of the school year I sent in a letter explaining the situation and how they could help, I also sent in information explaining what Misophonia is and a letter from her Audiologist (she has maskers that are at times helpful).
      Accommodations can be made for you during testing. Misophonia is a recognized condition and accommodations have to be made for disabilities.

  22. Raz

    Wow! I’ve always thought I was being overly petty cos many sounds irritate me.. At my work place there’s a colleague who can yak non stop in a high pitch voice.. I could hear her miles away, and one day, I joked to the office staff that she defined a new law of physics in that “Sound travels faster than light” cos I hear her first before I see her.. and then she got to find out and then started to feel conscious about herself and now its slightly more peaceful. I even noticed her walking past my cubicle one day and not talking at all and which was like so amazing.. But then she recently started a new habit.. when she makes her morning cup of coffee, she will stir her coffee by hitting the spoon against the internal aluminium mug and make such an awfully irritating fast clanking noise it’s driving me nuts.. she will stir the coffee while walking from the pantry all the way past my cubicle to her work station about 20-30 metres away, then she settles down, and then occasionally does it again from her table! Funny thing is the other people are not the least bothered.. If it drives me up the wall I’m gonna ask her to change her mug to the plastic type with a plastic spoon ha ha.. But I’m glad I now I understand that I could possibly have this condition and that there are others out there.. well at least there’s an explanation for this!

  23. CF

    The sound of animals cleaning themselves fills me with such rage. I only recently realized it might be because of Misophonia. It causes me to get anxious after the rage settles. I own two cats!!!

    • Nate B

      There is a short story my sister once mentioned about a guy sleeping in a barn to the sound of a goat cleaning itself. It ends with him shooting the goat. Lol.

  24. Shirley S

    I have suffered with misophonia for a long time – almost 40 years out of my 47 years alive. My parents growing up hated my noise sensitivity. I was lucky in that I grew up in the country as there wasn’t so much of it was until I moved to a city and then back to a fair sized town. I moved to one apartment building that had the one and only laundry room for all 24 units on the other side of my wall. Slamming laundry doors, washing machine lids banging, dryer doors banging all through my poorly insulated wall. I had one neighbour that had her cupboard doors up against my wall and I would hear her open/close them all day long. I moved to another adult apartment and never realized when I viewed and accepted the apartment there was a fire lane next door between my building and the adjacent building – kids play and scream and yell all day long and I can hear it throughout my apartment with earplugs in. There are 75 to 100 cars that pull in each day and its only 3 feet from my window and my muscle tense up and I hate it when I can hear them throughout my apartment door – its not the cars but the slamming car doors. I do use earplugs that I get in the store and am considering getting higher decibel rated ones from a professional hearing store. Some days I just leave my apartment to get away from the slamming doors form the cars….other days I wish I could move to the other side of the building where there’s no fire lane but I can’t afford to.

    I understand also about the basketballs and bouncing balls – I lived with my parents for a while and one kid and his friends played basketball all day long and it could be heard throughout the house and the kids that play in the fire lane next door to my window, they bounce balls, yell and scream all day and can be heard throughout my apartment.

  25. Don

    I just learned there’s a name for this. I’m glad, but wish there was treatment also. This is a start. I’m about to lose it today because a co-worker as coughed for weeks…deep cough every few mins. OMG. I also had to report a neighbor last week for a barking dog. Family think I’m crazy for losing it about the dog who barks occasionally. People gargling snot…I can’t take it. Happy coping to us all. 🙂

    • Susan

      I really feel for you about the dog.
      I have this condition myself, which I thought was anxiety/depression, but now realise it is misophonia.
      4 weeks ago, a doctor said I must reduce my meds. which keep me balanced, and coincided with a neighbour getting a barking dog, and them slamming their external doors. I relapsed to be so ill I can’t manage. I have written 4 letters to the neighbours and wear earplugs day and night.
      Now I can’t enjoy my beloved rock music.

  26. Kayla

    Thank goodness I’m not alone!!! I can’t stand it when I visit my parents house for a weekend and it’s like 8 in the morning and there hound dog is outside howling at everything! Everyone is so sound asleep and I’m outside screaming at it to shut up! Then it could be an hour later and I’m still trying to sleep because I’ve barely got any and everyone’s up clanking and stomping. Also I can’t stand it when someone gets a text message one after the other and there phone keeps ringing and dinging like it’s not even my phone and I want to toss it!!!
    There’s so much more too!

  27. Angela

    So, for me High pitches annoy me. Like someone watching a video on their phone at max volume. Or when there are multiple sounds like; a T.V., music & computer video are all playing simultaneously, the combination drives me insane. Another example is when I’m in a class and the facilitator is speaking while others are having side bar conversations during the presentation, I become very annoyed. Finally I now know why these sounds irritate me. This is very helpful. Thanks you.

    • Candace

      Ughhhhh I’m sooooo happy that others have this . I have developed more of these as I age;
      At a young age;
      The sound of my brother eating anything but MOSTLY toast with peanut butter
      I thought I was being irrational but as I matured I still could not deal with the sound of chewing.

      As a teen ; the sound of a can opening was torture

      As a young adult; the sound of humming
      Now the sound of humming makes me feel homicidal – I feel so violent and I can’t even close my ears to it because once someone has done it it now stuck s in my head

      It’s murderous.

      • Mark

        The sound of people eating.. Instant anger response and the rustling of crisp/ sweet packets omg I just want to throat punch them. I’ve had this for about 30 years an I know it’s completely irrational, it’s worse when I’m tired and less tolerant. I try to remove myself from situations or desperately try to concentrate, focus on other sounds, the emphasis being on try. I have more triggers but those are the most rage inducing.

        • Wendy

          Mark I fully understand as crisp packets can send me in to a totally irrational rage!!!!
          It is so good to read that I am not going mad lol

    • Jan

      Exactly what Angela said. I never knew that this annoyance had a label. Drives me nuts… Thanks for sharing.

  28. Cindy

    Its good to know I’m not alone. I have literally gone outside at work & screamed. We have a girl who clears her throat every few seconds – it drives me insane!! Thank God she doesn’t work full time, but I can hear her as soon as she enters the office. I put an earplug in 1 ear so I can still hear the phone. That and the sound of the vacuum at work – HATE IT! I hate people chewing loudly too – especially with their mouth open. Nail clippers drive me nuts. People who drag their feet – pick up your feet – learn how to walk! People who sniff all the time – just blow your nose already! Everyone think I’m being silly – or picky. Most of my triggers are at work – I love my job – but makes for long days.

    • Jack

      THANK YOU!!! i am not the only one… the lady in my office smokes like a chimney and has a hacking cough all day, sniffs, and does those weird throat clearing moves. It got to the point that i started a tally mark for each one.. within a 4 hour period we were at over a hundred of each…truly gross.. and this doesn’t include her nail tapping on the desk or cabinets… and even on the office door… before she opens it she taps the door first with her nails… and her manager likes to hum…in the last 2 years i’ve had to put my earbuds in to listen to music to tune them out… i just have my desk phone forwarded to my cell phone (where my music is coming from) so i don’t miss a call…. and right on cue… old lady just sniffed, cleared her throat and did an old lady stretch/yawn noise…

    • Emily

      THANK YOU! Throat clearing, my goodness, my father does it every few minutes and he’s been doing it for months and it drives me INSANE.


        Same here . I have to plug in my music constantly to block it out – and it makes me feel like I’m being anti social and rude but I can’t stand it.
        Feel like I’m being driven insane! It’s so gross and so irritating -grunting / throat clearing. Sometimes I wonder if I’d be better not being around cause I feel like I’m being harsh and blocking my father out cause I can’t stand the noises he makes constantly.

  29. Nina

    I can’t believe that this is a thing and I’m not crazy😆
    People always make fun of me because I get angry when someone is chewing gum or food. Or just dragging their feet. But the worst one is walls when someone cleans walls and they make that awful noise scratching ahhh, just talking about it drives me crazy.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  30. Elise

    I haven’t read all the comments here but I get super angry to the point of wanting to hit someone when I hear too much sound. Point of blinding pit of hell anger. It’s really crazy. I don’t mind sounds like chewing,nails and so on but the amount of sounds are enough to make me go crazy.

    For example if I’m in the car driving and whosoever is with me starts talking to me, I literally want to drive the car on a building or something- not because I’m annoyed by that person but because all the noise is driving me crazy- the other cars in the road, the noises from my car, the thoughts inside my head.. its basically the whole package. The same with wherever I am if there are multiple sounds, I just want to shout SHUT UP and hopefully everything will go quiet, but I’ve never done so- I just told my husband yesterday to explain why I get so angry sometimes, even though it’s been going on and escalating for a year or so.

    What makes me wonder though is my ears have been ringing for some time now and the sound never stops. I did take meds, it went away for a bit and now it comes and go, so maybe these two are related somehow? Anyone have a similar symptoms?

    • Alison

      Hi, you have my sympathy xxx Have you seen your doctor, or had a hearing test lately? The ‘ringing’ is likely to be tinnitus, which tends to be a symptom of damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. Your GP should be able to refer you for some investigations by an ENT department. It may be that you have some hearing loss which is increasing your inability to ‘cope’ when you are in a complicated environment such as the car. There are also conditions that manifest themselves as increased sensitivity to ‘everyday’ noises. Once any underlying physical issues are eliminated, there may also be specialist advice available, such as mindfulness training or relaxation techniques, that can help you reduce stress related responses to the environment
      I really hope you get some relief, best wishes Alison

    • Tyler Raprager

      That wonderful ringing noise is called tinnitus, which is damage to the tiny hairs on the inside of your ears. It isn’t related to Misophonia, it results from too much loud noise.

  31. Sharra

    I get the desire to punch people in the face when they cough. I don’t even like it when I cough. I have to use the clock radio or a gentle melodic tone as an alarm, because normal clock alarms first make me panic,then leave me inexplicably angry for hours. I appreciate modern TVs, because the old ones emitted a high-pitched tone that made me feel sick and want to run away. Off-key music, doors and drawers of any kind, loud breathing (but only adults, not babies or animals, for some reason), chewing, silverware tapping or scraping on plates or teeth, that saliva sound some people make when they talk…I could go on, and on, and on…

  32. Paula G

    When I was a child I couldn’t remain in the dining room with my parents until my dad hooked up a sound system and we played music during meals.
    As an adult, my biggest irritation comes from clocks…only digital ones can I tolerate. Gum chewing behind me or any kind of chewing sound that I become aware of is still irritating.
    Never knew that this problem has a name.

  33. Sammy Joe

    I dare not even read the other comments for fear that another sound might be added to my list. Neither will I type out the name of the sound which bothers me because just thinking about the sound sets my teeth on edge. I will just say this, if a friend or relative has this problem take it very seriously. When I tell people my problem and they just laugh and keep on doing it, they might as well just punch me in the nose. I will just walk away from the situation and the friendship ends.

    • Dee Kay Dee

      Oh gosh, I can relate to you’re comment and this whole article! I can’t tell people what noise irritates me ANY of them, people have taken the piss before and I just turn phycotic and they find it hilarious! its distressing as f*%~. I’ve even imagined self harm just to get away from it! Why are we like this?

  34. Sonny

    Misophonia – I’m so glad that this condition has been recognised. I’ve suffered in silence with this for years, it wasn’t until I mentioned it to a friend that they said they had the same thing and it was called Misophonia. Noisy eaters drive me to despair, crunching boiled sweets, eating with mouth open, those with vast sinus cavities that amplify the noise. I work in an open plan office with many others and it’s not just eating that seems to bother me, whispering, pen clicking, desk tapping, loud sighs, people talking to themselves, noisy wrappers, talking unnecessarily loudly – the list goes on. It distracts and annoys me, I’ve had to buy noise cancelling headphones just to be able to concentrate on my work. For years I felt unable to talk to anyone about this, it sounds so unreasonable to have such a reaction to me, no one else would possibly understand. I’ve read that controlled exposure to the sounds that cause a reaction can help reduce the effects – does anyone have any experience of this? Any known cures or proven methods to reduce symptoms?

    • Kathleen

      We moved into an open space office and it’s driving me nuts. Papers flipping, degrees in volumes of conversation. Friday a coworker dropped her metal water bottle behind me and I thought I was going to stroke out. I had a level of internal anxiety the rest of the day and into the evening. I’m looking into getting some noise cancelling headphones.

      • Alison

        Kathleen, I was bought some noise cancelling headphones for Christmas and I am not being extreme when I say they have changed my life! I am currently wearing them whilst typing this and staying in a hotel where what I assume is the water heater keeps kicking in every 2 minutes for around 30 seconds. I work away so regularly stay in hotels and just having these earphones has reduced my anxiety levels vastly as I know if I am faced with any annoying noises I can simply pop them on. They aren’t the most comfortable to wear all night (I have to sleep on my back) but my goodness they let me sleep which is a god send! They were quite expensive (Bose) but worth every penny.

    • Kathleen

      We moved into an open space office and it’s driving me nuts. Papers flipping, degrees in volumes of conversation. Friday a coworker dropped her metal water bottle behind me and I thought I was going to stroke out. I had a level of internal anxiety the rest of the day and into the evening. I’m looking into getting some noise cancelling headphones.

  35. Scout21

    Crinkly Packages!!!! And some chewing noises!! I get so twitchy, it is very hard not to snap and blurt out something to the person, which is completely not my personality. I will push my ear canal closed with one finger on the side facing the chewing person and try to be discrete about it. Or I will just leave. I will shuffle my feet or fidget – it’s like involuntary movement because the feeling is that I must do something or I will explode, and I can feel changes happen in my body – heartrate and heat rising. In stores where they are restocking shelves with crinkly packages, like dog food or candy bags, have been the absolute worst. So I guess I have this.
    I do have other anxiety issues. OCD runs in my family. I’ve been treated for panic attacks and social phobia in the past. I am very interested in the brain basis for this. It is fascinating.

    • Leanne

      Oh man yes the finger pressing the ear closed routine – do it all the time 🙂 Like you no doubt do, I understand that people have to eat (even tough some of them were clearly raised in a barn the way they eat hahaha) but yeah, heartbeat goes up, breathing gets faster and shallower, white-knuckle rage (for me). At work (open plan offices worst nightmare ever – mind you, rather that than be enclosed with a few people and then have them eat apples!!!) I use my ear buds. At the moment we have a sniffer and tea slurper on the left, an apple eater behind me to my right, and I am listening to “Crackling Fireplace with Thunder, Rain and Howling Wind Sounds (Long Version” on Youtube! Such a blessed relief 🙂

  36. Abi

    I am fairly certain I have this
    For as long as I can remember, the sound of people eating has bothered me more than it should. Not even 30 minutes before I wrote this I had a panic attack because my dad was eating with his mouth open. Honestly I wanted nothing more than to either slap the food out of his hand or yell at him, but thankfully I’ve had years of practise and managed to direct the rage into crying.
    It’s not just people chewing with their mouth open that bothers me, it’s even just chewing in general.
    Eating in a restaurant is horrible because I can just hear all these people eating and find myself singling out the noisiest eaters and then I’ll spend the whole meal just sending glares and stares at these random strangers.
    I feel sorry for my cats sometimes, a lot of the time I’ll stop them from washing themselves because just hearing the sound feels like torture.
    I just carry earphones around with me everywhere and use them to block out the sound whenever possible.

    • Helen Middleton

      Abi your are not alone! I have the same thing and I have to wear headphones or ear defenders when I am at home with my partner at tea time and all day due to heavy breathing and noisy eating. I also have an issue with repetitive movements like people tapping feet and bobbing up and down. It’s mentally exhausting 🙁 also my doctors don’t believe me.

  37. Sam

    I can really relate to many, if not all of the comments, I have read. I was so happy when I heard the term Misophonia. I yelled thank God I’m not crazy.
    I was so excited I thought of starting up a self help group locally. But my wife, of 50 years, said that she could just see 10-15 people like me in one room. I agreed. That’s why I’m so excited about this forum. Keep the comments coming.. We may be miserable but we are not alone.

    • Ashley

      I’m sobbing. My bf and I just had a fight over this. He made a noise louder on purpose (him crunching on celery) and I literally just lost my shit. I’m so tired of living this way and I don’t know what to do to help myself.

      • Shinji

        I’m so sorry to hear that Ashley. I can totally relate to everything you described. When people intentionally make a noise to annoy you shows how they don’t understand us at all. Him being a loved one makes it all the more hurtful.
        I hope you guys can work it out. Try to be assertive… I know it’s a hard battle.

        I’ve been living with my gf for 1 and a half years now, and I’m getting to a point where I don’t know what to do anymore. I’ve been slowly letting her know what bothers me (she’s a loud chewer), but I see very little improvement, if at all. Of course I feel like I’m the one hard to live with, because I’m the one annoyed by “a little thing”. Even though she admitted that chewing with her mouth open was a bad habit she picked up.

        • polly

          I have this problem…have always had it. Lip smacking…heavy breathing whilst eating just any kind of loud slurping eating. It’s usually people who I’m really close too who piss me off the most which is really annoying, my mum thinks I’m mad…my brothers wind me up. The guy I have just started seeing is probably the loudest eater I’ve ever met…..which isn’t great but we will have to have a “talk” one day …at least he eats fast. I just have to eat louder to drown him out. I find that tv or background nose helps a lot. Literally I’m the most mellow person usually but it’s like a burning rage that overcomes inside me when I hear this. My uncle is the worst he’s lovely bloke, but Jesus….I want to kill him when he eats a yogurt,,or anything! Thank god we are not alone. Besides…these people should have been taught at young age to eat with there mouths shut and quietly. It’s a pain in the ass and not well mannered I don’t think, anyway rant over !

          Hope you can live with the struggle

          • Polly

            Funny just as I wrote this reply and reading these comments, my aunty whips out a tangerine….and if any of you could witness this you would want to stab your ears out. Nobody eats a tangerine this way….it drives me WILD!!

      • Kristina

        I’m with you 110%. Every member of my family makes the noises on purpose because they think it’s funny. I’ve been on multiple different medications and I’ve had CBT, but so far nothing seems to work.

      • Nellie

        I feel you. I swear my adult son annoys me on purpose. His jaw click with EVERY SINGLE BITE, and he’ll stand behind me and eat something. I not only can’t stand any kind of mouth noise (chewing, slurping) I hate it when anyone stands behind me.

  38. Shorty

    Every since I learned that our condition has a name I’ve been excited. I wanted to start a self help group locally. My wife (of 50 years) said that she can just see 10-15 like me in one room. I agreed but this forum is really great.

  39. Tori

    I’m in college and I hate that the silent study floors of the library are not silent enough! I live in an appartment and my upstairs neighbors are the Bain of my existence! God help me if my roommates have friends over! I never bothered with foam ear plugs beforeas I barely knew of their exsistence but last christmas the the neigbors down the street were blasting base for hours. It wasn’t late enough to call the police unfortunately, so I was curled up in bed crying from the stress and frustration when my brother handed me a pair of the kind of ear plugs they use at Home Depot where he works. Best Christmas Present Ever! They’re annoying to have in all the time, but it’s better then just enduring the torture.

    • Shirley S

      Are they exclusive to Home Depot and what decibels do they cover? I heard my cousin had special ear plugs at GM but can’t buy those anywhere either. The stores only sell up to 33 decibels that I can find here in Canada.

  40. Kathy

    Basketballs bouncing!!! I cannot stand the sound, it stresses me out and makes me so angry. And of course our next door neighbor kids play constantly with multiple balls at once. I’ve told the parents how much it bothers me, and sometimes I think that they have their kids do it more. I can’t use my front porch anymore, and I’m angry a lot. This goes on for hours on end almost every single day. I’m dreading summer. Last summer was horrible. I fantasize about being able to buy 10 acres with a house in the middle of it. They are renters but seem determined to stay.

    • Dianne Wood

      I agree 100 per cent. Along with gum chewing, whistling and pen-clicking it has to be one of the worst sounds ever!

  41. Cheechee

    I don’t like people who chew with their mouths open!! I thought that was basic. I also hate people who yawn without covering their mouth – I don’t want to see your big open mouth. Note that many people who hum or talk to themselves or make repetitive noises may be suffering from anxiety or ADHD as well.

    We need to consider both sides!!

    • Zara

      I hate the sound of people eating soo much that it literally makes me cry. I extremely hate the sound of eating cereal and need to eat breakfast in a different room from everyone in my family. It physically hurts my brain when I hear certain sounds. I probably have misophonia… 🤔

      • Beverly

        Ohmygosh, me too! I was once sitting next to my brother as he was eating a bagel (with his mouth open, I couldn’t bear to look) and I was doing the good ol’ lean-your-head-on-your-hand-and-subtly-cover-your-ear thing but it was not working. I asked him to chew with his mouth closed and he just glared at me, eventually I couldn’t take it anymore and asked him why he had to chew so annoyingly. He started to cry, and I felt really bad and got in tons of trouble… It’s a horrible life! But at least now I know it’s not just me. I’m not crazy, yay!

  42. Julia

    I am currently sixteen years old, but I’ve had issues with certain noises.. even before I turned twelve.
    I remember finding myself horrified when I realized the reason I was getting so agitated with my parents wasn’t because of what they were saying, it was because of the language they were using (they’re Bulgarian).

    It’s nothing to do with the fact that it’s a European language or that it not the English I was surrounded with or anything, it’s more like the texture of the way my parents spoke it, THEIR way of speaking Bulgarian. Korean, heck – even Spanish too. Just hearing some specific people speak in certain languages makes me feel so uncomfortable.

    Then we got our dog, who we have had for about eight years, and the first WEEK we had him I was writhing in discomfort at the sound of his tongue licking his muzzle. It sounded to me like rain going into a gutter, which I also hated and is why I couldn’t sleep in my room for 12 years (because the gutter was right outside my window.)

    And it’s so ridiculous because I cannot be in the same vincinity as my mom when she’s on the phone or talking to my brothers because I just can’t stand sticking around and evidently saying something I don’t mean or regret.
    Whispering too! Now, when I hear whispering in class I have to put my headphones in or physically leave the class. It’s absolutely terrible.
    Pencils hitting paper, talking with gum in your mouth, chewing, someone using a hammer outside – there are so many things I have so much trouble hearing and whenever I tell someone they just say “deal with it.”
    It’s so nice to finally have a name for it.

    • Nicholette Bartlett

      I am so glad they have named it! since i was young i have been unable to stand people eating. Drives me insane! i hate going to restaurants because of it and frequently yell at my family when they eat. I have actually yelled at someone in a restaurant once when they were eating with their mouth open. Old people who seem to be making all the eating noises but are not actually eating!!! I find life quite stressful because of it but manage to control my urge to scream at people most of the time. I am quite obsessive as a person though and clean the house everyday and often find myself counting for no apparent reason in my head when I am stressed. Prehaps to calm down, though i think it makes it worse.I feel for you all as every day life can be hard because of it.

    • Leanne

      A friend of mine is from Northern Ireland and it’s not the accent it’s just the way he says some words irritates me so much! I’m glad this is not just me 🙂 I didn’t realise this may be part of misophonia until I read your comment. Be glad you don’t work where I do, as soon as they found out eating sounds sends me crazy they did it on purpose :/ I had to stop reacting until it didn’t amuse them so much anymore. So, it’s earbuds for me almost all day. Also there are quite a few guys here that for them, their culture doesn’t frown on a lot of excessive sniffing and doing that hawking thing so yeeeeeeaaah – difficult! I’m just happy that there are more out there who are like me because for so long I thought I was just a horrible intolerant person with zero patience! I might still be but……. 🙂

  43. Lena

    There are so many sounds that almost kill me. The old Victorian adage ‘Children should be seen and not heard” applies to me. I have vacated public transport when I see parents with kids embarking. It is for their own good more than it is mine. I call eateries in advance to ask if they are family-friendly. If they are, I will take my cash elsewhere.

    Thrift stores are full of children at times and again, I will vacate. If a kid throws a tantrum, the parent gets a death stare from me. Shrieks in the park, I will go elsewhere. Even as a child, I didn’t like the sounds that small children make and I was a loner at school, mostly.

    At 13, I asked a doctor to do a tubal ligation for me. Of course, he declined. I told him I did not want kids.

    At 52, I am childfree and live alone in peace and quiet. No radios. The sound of voices on radio grates. I don’t consider myself to be a cold bitch. If babies didn’t cry, I would have had a few. If toddlers didn’t have meltdowns when refused sweets, toys or pets, I would have them. I avoid people with children.

    The other sounds I just hate – High rise inflections which sound moronic and I will ask the person talking if that was a statement or a question. I detest vocal fry. Don’t speak to me, for love of all that is good and holy.

  44. Tia

    My symptoms certainly aren’t as severe as a lot of people commenting here, but I know I am undeniably uncomfortable and my skin crawls when I hear tongue clicks. I discovered it when I heard a couple of songs that use mouth clicks as percussion. I even came across it in a game that used tongue clicks as sound effects, and I felt inherently disgusted and my skin crawls.
    I also can’t stand most ASMR videos as they give me an unbearable tickling sensation that shoots down my left leg and I simply can’t go on watching/listening, particularly for whispering videos for some reason. It’s really strange so I’ll never understand how people derive pleasure from ASMR videos.

    • Sal

      Actually, that tickling sensation might be considered synesthesia, not misophonia. I relate with the skin crawling thing tho 🙂

  45. Marlene Hestand

    I admit that I did not read all the comments but I did find that there were things that I have in common with several people including intensely disliking the sound of someone chewing their food loudly or with their mouth open and the sound of someone chomping their gum loudly. I haven’t seen anyone mention the one horrible dislike that I have and that is the sound of kids or adults loudly dribbling a basketball outside. It actually causes a migraine to start every time. My husband, family and neighbors don’t even begin to understand when I try to tell them how it affects me. They actually got mad at me and told me that I was a mental case because no one else gets mad at a kid playing basketball. I am trying to find ear plugs that will help block it out. There is a nine year old kid two houses from us who has started dribbling his basketball outside every day, sometimes for over 4 hours at a time! You can hear the loud thudding throughout the whole house, no matter what room I am in. I have to actually get in my car and leave because my head starts to feel like it will explode. Please, if someone else experiences this type of reaction to loud basketballs thumping, your comments would be appreciated.

    • Tim Head

      When I was A teenager, a neighbour would kick a ball against a wall for hours on end. The thud followed by the scuffling of the ball drove me mad. I found it impossible to sit in my house, listening to the sound. It set my teeth on edge, and I felt utterly helpless. I would go into my garden, tempted to shout something at the boy, but realised it would be unfair. I have so many other sounds that drive me mad, and I have always assumed I was a bit weird because of this. Today, I heard of Misophonia for the first time, at the age of 45. I am so relieved that other people are also affected, as I don’t feel quite so peculiar.

    • Joy

      I also have this issue. My youngest son loved to play basketball. His dribbling up and down the driveway would drive me nuts. And then when he would bounce it off the side of the brick building (we live in an apartment), I couldn’t take it anymore. I would have a full blown panic attack. The pressure in my head was too much. Yes, it was like my head was/will explode. I would make him stop playing. I would tell him to go play at his friend Brian’s down the street.
      Marlene, I understand you. You are not alone. You didn’t mention if you have your own children. If I can give you just one piece of advice. And I know it won’t be easy, but try to be patient with your kids or future kids and their “noises”. They WILL remember Any and ALL negative responses from what ever issue it was regarding. I wish you good luck 🍀

    • Sandra

      Marlene, I share your hatred of bouncing balls. I took my grandchildren’s ball from them and stabbed it. My children laughed and said, “No balls around grandma”. It feels like your whole body system gets thrown out of whack. Puts stress on your body. Nowhere to run or hide, to keep from exploding.

    • Desiree

      I too hate basketballs. For the love of God, shoot the dang ball and stop dribbling. While visiting my Mom, I’ve actually left abruptly because the kids across the street were dribbling their basketball on the sidewalk – no hoop in sight. It annoys me beyond words.

      • Sasha Montenegro

        I have suffered from sound sensitivity/misphonia since I can remember.
        The list of mind-grating & nervewracking sounds are endless. But one that stands out is the sounds that people make when using sign language

        Grew up in deaf household & as a CODA, (child of Deaf adult) it was unbearable to sit through the lip popping, hand slapping, elongated sighs & tongue licking, etc
        I feel badly as many loved ones in my life struggle not hearing, yet ai struggle to stay sane in this noisy world. Oye

        Furthermore, I seem to attract construction wherever I go… especially on vacation & at the most inopportune times- like when am trying to rest!

        Loud breathing, chewing, foot & pencil tapping, muffled base througj walls, slamming doors, leaf blowers, toddlers, crinkling food wrappers, scraping utensils, etc

        Thank God I no longer reside in an apt bldg, as I was driven to the brink of insanity by all the peace-disruptive noises

        I am a big fan of fans, to provide a constant of white noise & headphones…

        Wish all of you the best with this

    • Amit

      100% the same. I’ve been called rude and evil for getting angry at a child bouncing his ball lol. Was totally irrational but I literally couldn’t hold back the infuriated reaction it bought out of me.

      Someone else mentioned the same above too so you’re definitely not alone.

      My others and main ones are chewing sounds, kissing sounds, rusty/dry sounding throats. Rustling paper or plastic. Unfortunately too many to list lol. I wonder sometimes if one had some inner peace that a monk speaks of, would i still suffer from these things?

      • Martin

        Hi there!
        Finally, I see I’m not crazy! There are actually people out there who share my problem.
        I have new neighbors, family of 5 boys (!) aged 6 to 18. Always basketballing on their concrete front yard, hitting it into the net, which has a backboard just a few feet away from my bedroom. And between, those kids can keep it up for hours. Yikes!!!

        I have offered to pay them to build a space in their backyard to relocate, but they refuse (they like the front better).

        Lately, I have to leave the house if it goes on for too long.

        Can anyone help????

  46. Gemma

    Misophonia has only occured for me since I got pregnant and my daughter is now 3 and half months old. I have 4 cats and the sound of them cleaning themselves drives me insane, like I can actually feel the anger brewing inside but it never used to, I wish it didn’t get to me so much 😟.

  47. Tortured Brain

    Misophonia is turning into the new OCD, where people will just never get it. People who get annoyed by a sound are saying “Oh yeah that sound annoys me I have Misophonia too, like I have OCD because I like my house to be clean.” Sometimes I get that feeling when I think I’m hearing a sound, for example cutlery clunking a plate, but when I find out the sound is something else, like perhaps it’s a piece of metal hitting a flagpole, I suddenly lose that sense of mental torture simply knowing it’s not a human clunking a plate. Therefore I have hope that this is just psychological one day my brain will change. In my 40s now and the urge to mimic has turned me into a hermit because family get angry and think I’m deliberately mocking them. I don’t know what’s worse, the Misophonia or the fact I know those who don’t experience it will never ever understand.

  48. Suzie

    Impact noise from people walking and children running or playing on the floor literally gives me a headache, makes my heart race, and angers me so much that I drop whatever I’m doing to scream and bang on the nearest wall with my mop handle. The sound of footsteps from upstairs has literally woken me out of my sleep at 4am. I live in Eastern Europe and the building construction here is a complete joke. The developers are in such a hurry to sell condos at a profit that they do not insulate or soundproof the walls and floor adequately. Plus every building is pure concrete and people do not believe in proper carpeting or being respectful to neighbors by walking softly. I am at my wits end. No one else is disturbed by this or even hears the noise sometimes but it is so loud and makes my head throb!!! I m forced to listed to relaxing sounds on youtube with my headphones, but sometimes that gives me a headache and I can still hear the tumbling and footsteps. I wish all these a-holes would just site the heck down! Soooo glad to find this community! I’m not crazy!

  49. Emily

    I suffer from many of these triggers (chewing, slurping, sniffing, heavy breathing, cars revving repeatedly) but my HUGE trigger is barking dogs. Our last house was across from someone with 2 dogs who barked incessantly. It makes me feel completely enraged, helpless, and my heart actually races. I have complete and total anxiety over it. Even when they aren’t barking, I’m anxious about what if they do later. We moved 6 months ago and the man across the street has 3 dogs who bark incessantly. The fact that I can’t escape the noise makes it that much worse. I fought our township to enforce a dog barking ordinance and they finally have. I’m praying this resolves the issue, because it’s gotten so bad that I actually hate warm sunny days when I know the dogs will be outside the most. I shouldn’t have to live my life wishing for cold and rain. And I truly wish there was a medicine for this, because I would take it faithfully every day if it meant the symptoms would go away.

    • Joy

      Hi Emily. I too have the issue with barking dogs. And the funny thing is……I have three of them. I tell you truly, I am all up in their business when they start barking. My two little ones are not so bad but my standard poodle is driving me crazy! She stands on the recliner looking out the window just hoping something, anything, moves. It is a constant , Gaia, you will go to crib. Her crate. And like a two year old, she only listens if I yell. Which in itself, drives me crazy. The thought of yelling right now is giving me a pressure around my head like a vice.
      What helps me? Prozac!

  50. Charlotte Tomlinson

    The sound of my husband biting into an ear of corn makes me crumble inside, and I could cry from feeling so uncomfortable. When the letter P is pronounced with a little extra emphasis at the end of the word “top” I get irritated. The odd speech impediments half the narrators of TV commercials have make me never want to watch TV, which isn’t a bad thing really. People who roll on R when they should not, and people who, just like in Family Guy, stress what should be a silent H in words such as “Cool Whip” make me physically hurt. These things stress me. They make me cry. They make me want to live in a cave alone. Now, I have worked countless Black Fridays with zero stress. I have worked infant rooms in a daycare with zero stress. I have translated letters under pressure in rooms filled with noise with no stress. Go figure.
    I mostly suffer in silence because how do you tell a person their speech impediment makes you so sick you have to vomit? See? That makes me sound like a biatch. -And the last thing I want to do is make somebody else sad. It is not super bad for me. I have just a few triggers I cannot ignore, and I have to leave the room when they happen.

    • P

      I’ve been reading through a lot of these comments and one thing that stands out is the general inconsistency of the trigger noises. Most of us seem to have difficulty with “mouth noises” but, like you, I have no issue with so many noises that do bother others. Barking dogs are annoying, but no more so for me than most people. My husband chewing, on the other hand …. and he’s not someone who chews with his mouth open. I just have to move away from him so I can’t hear it. Chewing and licking, wet noises like kissing in a movie, those commercials that make the eating noises really loud (Carl’s JR – I mean you!), painful! I always thought I was being intolerant and unreasonable, and I’d get very angry with myself for getting angry with whoever was making the noise. Knowing what it is really does help. It doesn’t make the noise any less irritating, but it does help to know why my internal reaction is so out of proportion. The noises trigger an anger response that I can’t control, but I can control my reaction and I find that I can be at peace with leaving the room.

      • S

        I know how you feel. The sound of chewing drives me to complete madness. When I was younger, before school my siblings would always try to annoy me about it by constantly chewing very loud. I would literally curl up in my chair and plug my ears, or wait to eat. I also the sound of a door slamming. I would always wake up in the middle of the night with my heart racing in the middle of the night. It was horrible. The worst thing is, my siblings are in love with the chips Takis and they are really crunchy. Don’t get me wrong, they are really good. But the sound, the sound make me want to punch someone in the face! I almost poured water on my sister head for slurping to. I’m shivering just thinking about it. But whenever things like this happen, my family just tells me to ignore the sound because I’m over reacting. But at least I now know that this is actually a condition!

  51. Rita Vance

    After spending time with the grandkids while they were out on snow days, I realized surely I am not such a bi–h that I have to constantly get after them for the noises they make. I always felt like I was raised like a soldier. Think my Mom could not stand sounds either. I feel like I have made the kids think they can not do anything right. I make sounds myself that make me want to be alone. The sounds I make due to allergies make me feel self conscious. This is when I went to the internet for answers. Who knew they had a name for my phobia or even it was a phobia. Somehow I have to overcome my nasty looks I give people making noises. Sucking through a straw when the glass is empty kills me! Sucking on their hot chocolate and banging their spoon on the mug! Chewing food with their mouth open and seeing their food! Etc………Etc……..Etc………!

    • Tanja

      Rita, I too have an allergy which keeps me isolated. I don’t know how it is caused but sometimes my inner ear/ear canals itch so much I have make piggy sounds in my throat to relieve it. I disgust myself and am resigned to being single for the rest of my life because I do this in my sleep.

      I’ve asked many doctors and anonymously asked people on the net about this and nobody seems to have an answer to it. You can mail me a if you might be able to enlighten me.

      Thanks and keep in peace and quiet. T

      By the way, I hate most sounds so living in isolation is best for me.

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  53. Del

    I am okay with most sounds (pens clicking, people crunching, typing on keyboards etc.) but the one thing that makes me feel super uncomfortable is when people scrape forks on their teeth when they are eating. It gives me goosebumps and makes me feel ill every time! It also makes my mouth water a lot which is an odd side-effect. I think it might be because I used to grind my teeth so they are quite sensitive, and every time I hear someone do it I can imagine the feeling on my own teeth. My partner does it quite often and is making an effort to try and stop but he doesn’t realise when he’s doing it which makes things difficult for both of us. There have been times where I have had to leave a room because someone scrapes the fork every time they take a bite, I try to power through but it gives me an awful feeling every time I hear it!

  54. Mandi

    Im in counseling for all what I deal with.I told My counselor what I have and so she went educate herself about it. Well she telling me its not triggers and that its a fear and that I have to overcome it. I dont think she got the right facts. I think it may cause some fears for some people, but it not a fear in itself. If that makes sense. I know everyone is different. It hard to explain. Im struggling with this. I know I’m not alone. Which helps, but I don’t wish this on anybody. I have to keep earplugs in my ears at all times, sometimes I have the noise cancellation with it. I changed them out. In my room I keep the fan on facing away from me, just so it may drown out the noises. Im not going to list things that trigger me, because that may be a trigger also. Thank y’all. It feel good to be able to share and not be judge.

  55. Elizabeth Miles

    Wow I’m 42 and I have just discovered this. I seriously think I have this but possibly a milder form except some noises which really do cause me some distress. My husband just thinks I’m difficult and irritable. We have been sleeping in a freezing cold bedroom because the heater ticks slightly and I can’t sleep with it on. Cutlery being dropped on plates actually hurts my ears, my husband eating an apple next to me makes me wan to punch him. Fuzzy speakers that have sightly gone, I had difficulty watching my daughters Christmas play because of this that’s all I could focus on. I don’t understand when other people/family never seem bothered about noise like I am, I say ‘Isn’t that annoying you?’ and they say ‘no’. I was at one of those kids indoor play areas and the fire alarm was obviously low on batteries and it would beep every 10 seconds or so, it was like torture, no one seemed bothered some people hadn’t even noticed it. Buzzing lights, I could never work anywhere with buzzing lights. So glad it’s not just me!

  56. Casper

    So good to know I am not making this stuff up. I can barely go to yoga as they teach a certain type of audible breathing. If someone does that type of breathing, I have to put in my ear plugs (I can hear through the ear plugs, but it’s better than nothing)or begin a meltdown that feels foolish and embarassing. I always plan my yoga space away from people I know will do this to me, obnoxious, breathing. I typically have the tv volume on low which annoys my partner. I can’t be around coffee slurpers and gulpers. Is there a treatment for this condition? I have tried yoga and meditation, which calms me a bit, but the noise around me freaks me out sometimes. The world just feels too loud, people speak too loudly, I am over colleagues using speaker phone. It would be awesome to have a treatment that eases some of this distress.

  57. Gabrielle Turcotte

    I hate it so much. I told some of my college friends that I don’t like the sound of gum and they f***ing go out of their way to be louder. They just brush it off, day I’m over reacting. I’ve recently tried moving to the front of the class to be more social but that’s just proving to be a mistake cause that’s where my ‘friends’ sur and whenever I’m there I feel like they purposely take out gum.

  58. Carmela

    My daughter has EXTREME sensitivity to loud noises – revving motorcycles, car alarms, leafblowers, sirens, etc. Reacts with anger, panic, flight, or will fall to ground while covering her ears. Doesn’t seem to have any sensitivity to the “softer” noises mentioned – chewing, breathing, etc. She does, however, enjoy really loud music – as long as it is to her taste (classical, choral)… For example, she can sing in the middle of a 200-person choir along with orchestra accompaniment (LOUD horns and trumpets) and be just fine! ????? Would this still be considered misophonia?

  59. Alex

    Wow. It has taken forever to scroll to the bottom of the comments. There are so many of us describing almost identical symptoms, why is this not more widely recognised. If we can send things to mars and men to the moon, surely this can’t be beyond the wit of man to solve.

    It is only through Herculean self control that I haven’t seriously hurt anybody. Just their feelings normally. Nobody wants to hear that they eat like a pig.

    I heard of misophonia a couple of years ago and the relief that I felt was unimaginable. Except to you guys.

    I have a middling to high reaction to eating, clicking, plastic water bottles, whistling and it has been hard to manage simple things like meal times. I eat as fast as possible and get away as soon as possible. Looks rude, is rude… unless you know why.

    It can be controlled, but I find the internalized rage and self loathing that results from that self management hard to bear.

    I am 48 and have had this as long as I can remember.

    We are freaks, no doubt. However I don’t get why we are still lonely freaks. Everyone else seems to get a pass for this ‘ism or that syndrome.

    Come on world give the clicketychewytapwhistling haters a break!

  60. Karen

    I really dislike/hate, despise can’t stand whistling. I dont know why but it cuts through all sound and I am immobilized until it stops. Its usually someone walking outside my window and for some reason in the quiet they start and the sound carries. I feel like its just me but I think I feel actual pain in my body. Things like spoons hitting the teeth repeadtedly, slurping, smacking of lips. I can’t watch LL Cool J he licks his lips constantly. It makes me angry. I dont want these things to anger me but they do. Its weird.

    • Tim Head

      I have exactly the same reaction to whistling! It is so annoying, I just can’t stand it. If I’m in the supermarket and someone is whistling, I have to get as far away from them as quickly as possible. I thought I was the only person with these feelings!

  61. BummedAboutThis

    Since finding this site, I’ve read more of others’ accounts (for comfort) and it reminded me I have more: extra loud sounds (I’m the only one I see putting my fingers in my ears when a siren roars by); extra loud motorcycles (even though I ride myself, I don’t have augmented exhaust pipes for the extra noise) – I get immediately angry when one screams by. Forgot my issue of dry and/or dusty feet, either rubbing on other dry feet or lazily dragging on dusty, dry floor/ground or sole shuffling—actually gives me the shivers when I hear it and not in a good way. Gulping (glug-glug-glug) in a loud, gluttonous way is obnoxious. Dogs gulping water is appalling, though I find kitties drinking water charming (& I love dogs too). And I wonder if my Granny had it as well—she was adamant that snacks in bags get served in bowls to avoid hearing the repetitive crackling of fists going in and out of the bag.

  62. BummedAboutThis

    As someone in my circles who is generally recognized as being considerate and even-keeled, I also thought I was weak because I couldn’t “talk myself down” through the anger and disgust I feel for people whose habits drive me up the wall. When it happens, I am incredulous at the obliviousness and crude behavior some people display as a matter of course and I find myself silently berating them for their disgusting oafishness and even find myself questioning their intelligence—they strike me as cavemen and uncivilized. My self-talk often goes like this: “Who in the world wants to hear or see what’s going on in another person’s mouth! How can they think it’s ok to subject others to their poor manners!” I can’t stand hearing or watching people talk with food in their mouth or chew with their mouth open, hearing their saliva sounds, in person or over the phone. OMG, you can’t go to the movies without people mindlessly shoveling popcorn in without closing their mouths. Snapping/crackling gum in public is exponentially worse if I see their lazy, cow-like jaw horizontally chewing. Seeing the side of a moist tongue when people are kissing makes something nice disgusting in an instant. Nose whistles, mouth-breathing, coughing a couple of times is ok, but over and over is increasingly intolerable. The nicest coworker at work carries on LONG whispered conversations and the constant s sounds rising above the rest makes it hard to concentrate on my task (same with coworkers playing their own music that carries). Sometimes it’s the force I sense behind a sound rather than the actual sound that does me in. Someone who hits (slams) the keys on the keyboard way too hard is very jarring and distracting at work. I’m sensitive to anything repetitive that feels like it’s done with too much force—anything that makes someone appear as compulsive/obsessive or lacking appropriate sensitivity feels unhealthy and irritating to me. Someone tapping their leg, especially when it jiggles my chair or desk is bad too, it’s also their nervous energy I’m picking up (but don’t want to). Most of the time, it’s best if I just vacate the area, but sometimes if I can’t and the pressure builds, I finally have to say an exasperated, “Oh my god!” even if only I hear it myself. 23&me reported that I have the misophonia marker on my gene report—very enlightening and actually a comfort to hear that there are others who feel the same way I do (studies indicate between 19%-25% of people have it) and that it’s not just me being narrow-minded or not trying hard enough to be ok with people with unpleasant habits. It’s fascinating that science has detected the misophonia marker on the 5th chromosome, next to a gene involved in brain development—hard-wired and not learned, it seems.

  63. Sebastian Alexander

    NPR sets it off for me. The sounds of what I can only remark as the sound of spit splashing around in their mouths.. most talk radio I can handle, not NPR. I try and try to listen but sets me off and I get so angry. Im a classically trained musician, and can filter and isolate sounds very easily with my training, and can tolerate many sounds – this I can not block nor ignore… Secondly, the sound of fret noise, from a guitar player that needs to cut his/her nails or lift their fingers faster when changing chords, to me, is how most people describe the sound of nails on a chalkboard. on the flip side, when someone can talk without those sounds or play an instrument properly without the fret noise, I appreciate sooooooo very much.

  64. Jen

    Glad to know I’m not alone in this, although I completely understand everyone’s anger and frustration with this. I cannot stand loud chewing/smacking when someone eats. I also hate hearing people swallow after drinking something, and oddly enough, I can’t stand hearing people sing. I love music and professional singers. But average joes who walk around singing just make me insane! Like, to where I want to get violent if I don’t get away from the sound, insane :-/ I can’t control it. Believe me, I’d really rather not these things have an affect of me, but it’s beyond me control. All I can do is try to get away from it. If I can’t get away, I have to try really hard to not show my disgust (rolling my eyes, sighing hard, etc).

    • Nathan

      I literally just found this term and totally relate. What I find odd is that pretty much my whole life has been oriented around sound and music. I was in a band for years, I produce electronic music for fun and studied music ba and now sound at masters level. I’m just wondering if my life long annoyance of particular sound has led me into career which revolved around controlling sound or if anyone else has noticed a similar trend?

    • Mag

      It means I`m not alone, too. It doesn`t help but… help a little bit.

    • Katie

      I have the same issue with swallowing sounds. My son gulps and also during bed time stories, he’s constantly having wet mouth sounds like he has chronic cotton mouth. I feel so mean as I’m constantly reacting negatively to things that wouldn’t phase most people. My husband also has a high pitched whistle that makes me nuts!

  65. Jennifer

    I thought I just got annoyed easily. It is a bit of a relief that it isn’t just a simple annoyance. Some things this past weekend really got me to thinking about my reaction to sounds, I got out right angry when a noise wouldn’t stop. It’s happened before but I thought I was just over-reacting and I could ignore it next time. Nope. There is no ignoring certain sounds. Some sounds cause an extreme amount of anxiety especially if I can’t get away from it. Squeaking, from hinges, or this weekend our elliptical, that doesn’t stop I can’t tolerate it, I just can’t, even headphones didn’t block it out. I did get the issue temporarily resolved but will have to figure out something else to deal with it. However, it got me to thinking, there ARE sounds do cause me to be anxious and frustrated enough I have to get away from it if I can. Feet shuffling on certain carpets, coughing (unfortunately it’s flu season), plastic bags crumpling that doesn’t stop, chip bags (I hate opening those, I wished they had a silent version), constant humming, popping noises, and others. It’s weird, I just thought I was broken. Too bad I can’t work with earplugs some days.

  66. Jeanna

    Man, I didn’t even know this had a term. I was always told I was just high maintenance. In all reality, it’s why I live alone. I don’t want to risk living with a loud eater.
    I have all rubber based cooking utensils, because I feel physically ill when I have to use a fork or a spoon in a metal pot or pan.
    I recently lost my job, because I was mid panic attack all the time from the guy who sat behind me constantly eating and slurping coffee. I was scared to snap at people, so I would stick on my own. I have earplugs on my keychain, and they were the best investment ever.
    I donno. It sucks, and it’s true that people say to just get over it, and i don’t want to act weird, so I tend to endure it. It makes me feel like I have bugs crawling all over me.
    When I have a bunch of family around me, I wait to let everyone else to sit, because I know who chomps, and I have not brought a lunch to work for 2 years, because Lord knows that I won’t be able to eat around people. Sometimes I wait until everyone is done, then I eat, but most of the time I skip meals all together.
    I’m happy that I can read something that tells me what I do is kinda normal. It makes me feel better.
    Thanks for the article.

    • Brian

      I’ve battled ‘coughing’ sounds for 18 years. I became sensitized in college when I was the victim of cyber-stalking from a group of very cruel students bullying me. Earplugs are good, and loud, noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds with loud music block most sounds out. I’ve tried to find pharmaceuticals to remedy the negative response to my trigger sound, but to no avail. The amygdala is implicated, but aside from beta-blockers like Propranalol, which doesn’t work for me, there are few drugs that affect the amygdala, hence we’re stuck with our triggers. I sympathize with you more than you can probably imagine. Good luck, and keep searching for a solution. Someday one of us sufferers will find the answer. Thanks for sharing your story, means a lot to me.

    • Delilah

      I’m so with you, I just thought I was mental or just intolerable. Just finding a name for it I can now explain to people that it is an illness outside of my control

  67. Jalyn

    I have this problem with a lot of noises to where if I’m at school I just want to leave the classroom because of this problem and I don’t know if you can simply get rid of it?

  68. Sarah Stearn

    Thank god other people have this! But what (apart from earplugs which are kinda inconvenient when you’re trying to do something) can I do to help this? Some kind of therapy/ cbt type thing?
    I absolutely hate the sound of windscreen wipers, whether they are high, low or just normally pitched- I think it’s coupled with the image too. Chewing, squirty water sounds, air blowing loudly (in a car for example) all make me have anger/panic attacks. My partner thinks I’m mad, even if it’s freezing cold I cannot have the air blowers on in the car, he doesn’t understand the distress is causes me.
    I need some kind of help for this as it’s almost daily now, and feel like it’s getting worse, with new sounds being added all the time! Helpppp!

    • Ruby

      I have this too I found that when I have to sit at the table and eat with my family I just put my earphones in and listens to full blown music

    • Grace

      I was told that wearing ear plugs were really bad to use during misophonia. You develop the symptom where you begin to get mad at the sight, so it’s always best to steer away from ear plugs.

      • Shorty

        I don’t go any place without my earplugs, church, Drs. office waiting rooms, restaurants, some dinner tables, most gettogethers,
        outside for dogs barking, basketballs, wind chimes, loud mufflers on cars going by and on and on and on.

        Ear plugs and my headset have been my salvation. Some situations I also have to just close my eyes.

  69. Abu

    How do I differentiate between me having misophonia and people are just being mean or abusive? If I had just thought everything is fine and I have misophonia then I would be a lot more confident. What will happen if I end up in jail with this condition as misophonia people are aggressive or have violent thoughts? what if frustrated people in life get a kick out of you being tortured by misophonia? phychiatric medication that have side effects can make misophonia worse? How bad and embarrassing can misophonia get at the end? I was in a situation where I felt like getting hanged but I luckily had earplugs. If I could end this life without a painless way I would because this is just too much. I don’t think anybody in this world has suffered more than me because of this and that is a long story…and people are still after me.

  70. Nicole

    Hi everyone! I’ve had this for as long as I can remember, and I’m 26 now. I used to think that everyone got agitated with noises, which they do to an extent (no one likes a loud chewer). I really used to get pissed at the sound of my mom slurping coffee (particularly in the morning when I was annoyed and tired). Now, I hate chewing noises, although that has gotten a bit better. The sound a trickling/running water sets me off (such as in a pool filter). I discovered a few days ago that the tapping of my boyfriend’s video game controlling makes me almost go into panic attack mode. I just had to hang up on a FaceTime with him for that reason… and when I tell him why he just makes fun of me and does it more…

    Altogether, it’s quiet, repetitive noises when there is not a lot of other background noise, particularly when caused by another person, but not always. Sometimes it’s worse than others.

    I also have a lot of other generalized anxiety/hypochondria, maybe that’s related?

    Oh well! We just deal.

    • Yvonne

      I have generalised anxiety which I definitely think is related. Sounds get worse if I’m stressed, tired or dealing with PMT. Ugh. So painkillers dull it a bit, but the disgust at some sounds is always lurking in my brain somewhere:)

  71. Charl

    What kind of help is available for this? It’s strongly effecting my day-to-day life and I’m struggling to cope. Ive had to temporarily move in with my nan because of this. I’m a 16 year old British girl. I struggle to sleep at my mums house, due to me hearing the noise of her and her boyfriend talking downstairs whilst I’m trying to sleep. I also can’t eat a meal with my family and have to sit alone because it makes my skin crawl and makes me so triggered and angry I just want to scream ‘shut up’. People think i’m bitchy, rude and irritable for this but I genuinely cant help it and its affecting my relationships and my everyday life. I’m so so frustrated and nobody in my family seems to understand me and thinks I’m just being rude. I’m so glad ive found this page as its really comforting to see I’m not alone. How do I convince my family to take me seriously and get me help, and show them I’m not rude, just struggling? Also where has this came from? I haven’t had this before but started noticing it Summer this year. Now its just spiralling out of control and I feel hopeless. The examples I gave are just a couple of how this is affecting me. My list of triggers are: Breathing, eating, chewing, crunching, low level talking, whispering, low moaning noises, blowing nose, kissing, slurping and wet mouth sounds. It even was gross to type that haha, but anyway, any advice would be appreciated xx

    • Carrie

      Charl, my daughter has Misophonia, but this wasn’t a classified disorder until she was an adult. She is now 35 years old. Over the years she has learned what works for her, and the main thing that she utilized are ear plugs. They are the compact foam type, capsule shaped, that she puts deep in her ear canal. Oftentimes she cuts them shorter with scissors so that other people won’t see them. I know that doctors would probably advise against how she uses them, because she often has to use tweezers to carefully grab the plug to get it out. It works for her to a satisfactory degree. Until recently she worked a government job as an editor and typist for our state legislature and had no major issues. Perhaps something similar to this might help you cope with noises, as long as you can get used to the feel of ear plugs. I wish you the best of luck. This is a real issue and I sympathize with anyone who must deal with this. 🙂

    • Kathleen Jimenez

      Hi Charl, I truly hope you can go to someone in your family with this. I’ve heard help is available. I am trying the headphones also because I’m already on several meds and don’t want to add another. I use my LG headphones right now and I have a very low level of music on. One thing that bothers me is popcorn crunching or like candy wrappers. Someone told me to ask for the headphones they give hearing impaired people as this supposedly blocks out those nasty noises. I understand how others don’t understand it but it’s nice to know their are others out there to support us. Best wishes.

      • Kathleen Jimenez

        In the last part, the hearing impaired headphones are at the movie theaters. Lol. Sorry

      • Anonymous

        What if you are not allowed to wear earphones or listen to music in school. I get annoyed especially when people sniffle or type loudly on their keyboard. Pls HELP!!! I m only 13 and I am scared that I might have to live the rest of my life like this.

        • Shorty

          You probably will. So start now and prepare yourself for your occupation that allows you to mostly work alone. Trust me. It doesn’t go away after school. Hang in there you are not alone.

    • Patricia

      I feel you girl, i have the same problems .. my family thinks i hate them or that im being a moody teenager – they just don’t understand it which is quite frustrating, my mum keeps telling me to “ ignore” the sounds, but how can I ignore something that i can hear .. like duuh , to be honest I don’t have any advice apart from just leave the room when something is triggering you… probably not the best advice but I’m happy im not the only one who has the same thing as me 🙂

    • Natasha

      I’m 37 years old and have misophonia really really bad. I’ve had it since childhood but it wasn’t such a thing then, it’s only the last year or 2 that it’s come to light through research and studies. My triggers were snoring, heavy breathing, family talking downstairs when I’m upstairs, dad hitting his teeth with toothbrush, hitting his bowl with his spoon, people slapping lips when eating, slurping, with my mum it is visual, so when I see her mouth move I end up mimicking her, I have constant rage with all of these trigger noises and I have to escape and leave the room. I then end up in tears. It has ruined relationships I’ve had. It is mainly with Mum, Dad and brother but becomes a bf too once I’ve spent time with them. Other people can trigger me sometimes. I’ve just had 9 months of hypnotherapy with someone that knew what misophonia was. I never in my life thought that it would work as I’ve been ruined for 28 years, from about the age of 9. It was all related to childhood experiences (but I didn’t know this at the time). I now eat with others without getting rage, I have the occasionally annoyance by the sounds, but not rage any more. Sometimes stress can make my tolerance slightly different but I 100% recommend hypnotherapy by someone that knows what misophonia is. There is no cure for misophonia but it is such a relief not getting rage all the time and being able to lead a normal life now

  72. Caitlyn

    I didn’t know there were so many of us out there! I’m only 16 and I didn’t really realize I had a problem with this until I was about 6. Both my sisters sucked their thumbs and chewed with their mouths open. Everyone thought I was just really intolerant. And even now I have still found no way to help this. My own chewing and swallowing or sometimes even breathing drives me up the walls. It sometimes gets so bad (especially at family dinners) where I start crying or panic or I yell and push around furniture. It sends a cold shiver down my spine every time some one eats an Apple, clicks a pen, starts bouncing their leg, or tapping. It feels like someone has dumped a bucket of pure hatred filled ice into my heart every time. If anyone knows how on earth people deal with this I would very much epreciate any advice y’all have to offer.

    • Me

      I feel you , sometimes my dad chews with his mouth open and I turned my head and see him eating with his mouth open and I legit in my head is just thinking of ways I could break his fucking teeth I wanted throw the fucking chair at his head but I was like no , it’s not worth the explaination and I just got up and left but why how can someone chew there food so retardedly

      • Stephanie

        I’m sitting reading these and laughing because I can totally relate. I always thought I was just crazy and intolerant of others rudeness. I originally read about this in a readers digest: Are you Nuts or Normal.

  73. Dorothy

    Amazed to come upon this forum- I feel much less alone! I knew I had a particular senstivity to sounds by the time I was a teen- the sound cracking their gum drives me insane- also- the way some people chew their food is like a dagger going through me. On the subway, which I frequent often- if someone is chewing gum and cracking it- I have to get up and leave. A car trip with a relative who liked to crack her gum nearly drove me nuts and I still have an intense discomfort when I am around her. I am also sensitive to smells and to light- stuff registers on me profoundly. I feel the tone of someone’s attitude in their cadence when they speak and once I have detected something ugly in a person- I cannot forget. Very odd. I know I am full of my own foibles and am really a tolerant person- but I can’t get past how certain behaviors make me uncomfortable in my own skin. My ex-husband used to tell me that I was “too sensitive” and on a good day I would tell him it was so sad that he was “so insensitive”. Yes- we were not a good match. People who walk and strike the ground hard and make a kind of clicking sound also annoys me to death. Less is more is my operating principle!!

    • Jenny

      What a relief to read these posts. It’s Xmas eve and I am sitting in paradise, beside a pool overlooking the Pacific and I can do is research this and not scream at everyone to be quiet.

      Shameful. Teased. Since third grade, right after a violent head injury, tv noises upset me. I could not do homework upstairs if the tv was on downstairs in the den. Everyone made fun of how sensitive I was.

      I have done a tremendous amount of work on myself over many years and yet the ongoing argument over the tv, when it’s on, how loudly it plays is the main reason my husband and I argue. Can go in another room and put on a white noise machine. I mediate. Do yoga. Somatic experiencing to calm myself. Hypnosis. He says my need to control the tv traumatizes him. It’s not a dealbreaker but my heart sinks when I know he wants to turn on the tv. Or music or something on the iPad. Or iPhone notifies at night when I am trying to sleep! Not eating, clicking…but tv, for sure, other peoples’ voices, yes. I can not control them, they are intrusive. I always assumed it was a psychological failing but it’s neurological! Amygdala based! Primitive. Of course…

      Still it persists and today it has a name!! Misophonia! Thank you! Me, too! Sending grateful. What a gift.

      Will visit again, for sure. For now, I have my swimmers earplug in. A little relieved.

  74. Amanda

    I got up and took a pen out of my coworkers hand in the middle of a meeting and threw it out the door because they kept clicking it. It took all my strength not to yell in their face. I can’t sleep in the same room as my husband without a fan on to hide the sound of his breathing, sometimes the fan isn’t enough and I have to sleep in another room. he isn’t snoring, just breathing. I can’t eat in the same room as anyone without background noise to hide the noise of chewing and honestly I even annoy myself to frustration when i can hear myself chewing sometimes. This thing is actually effecting my life and I want to know if there is any help out there for this. I am angry all the time and constantly stressed from noises. The lady that sits next to me is lovely but to me it sounds like a horse eating an apple when she has her apple every day at 10:00 and I have to leave my desk and walk away because it makes my skin crawl, I get so angry I want to hit something… just because she is eating an apple that doesn’t seem to bother anyone else, just me. I have to wear headphones on the train to work but most of the time that’s not enough either I am seriously going to snap and I feel so stressed and angry from it all. What is out there that can fix this please? Everyone just thinks I’m a bitch but I can’t help it and I hate it.

    • Amanda

      I’d be interested as well if anyone knows how this begins for people? I know I wasn’t alwasy like this. Is it stress induced maybe?

      • Randy Marsh

        For me, this started due to noises my father made (smacking, nose whistling, etc). I was literally screaming on the inside. I don’t know the exact age, but I was 10 or younger. Without being exposed to him, I don’t know if this would have started.
        I hasn’t improved over the years as I’ve aged.

        • Meg

          I had the exact same experience with my mom! Since I was 9 ish the sounds of her chewing, talking with food in her mouth, or scuffing her feet on the ground when she walks have driven me insane. Now I am 23, and my hatred of chewing is more universalized, but it’s the least bearable with my mom and sisters. Both of my sisters chew with their mouths open. Right at this very moment I am on a family vacation, and I found this site because my sensitivity to their chewing is worse than ever and I am not sure that I can make i though any more festive group meals without exploding.

      • Margery

        It started for me when I was a kid.. My sister & other people chewing gum and cracking it sent me up the wall. Also people smacking their lips, and people clicking pens…I didn’t realize it was a thing until I heard John Ritter’s son said his wife had it, and then I looked it up..People just thought I was a bitch…So they put me on some meds…and I might be misdiagnosed…lol!

    • Jenny H

      Amanda- I once told a coworker that if he didn’t stop shaking his cup full of ice and crunching his ice cubes, I would have to kill him. Also, another coworker eats an apple everyday at 2:00 and it gets me so sick and upset I want to scream. My neighbor is one of those maniacs who uses a leaf blower every single day. I have violent fantasies of doing him in with his blower! Crackling chip bags and crunching noises make me want to punch and throw things. It’s so weird that misophonia brings out such violent thoughts in me because, really, I am a peaceful person who just wants to live in silence!

  75. Shannon

    I think I have misophonia but i dont get agitated when i do some of the things myself eg:tapping a pen, chewing gum. But i do get agitated sometimes when i do some of the things. Eg:when ur breathing at night or in the day and im trying to sleep, the small noise of breathing as if i almost have a blocked nose

  76. Jay Wilson

    Oh my goodness, I have been like that for decades and people just thought it was me being moody and irritable as it was difficult to say to people that their eating noises were so horrible. One women I used to work with crunched apples all the time and she stood in front of me, talking to me, and I just wanted to burst into tears. My husband used to eat an apple in bed every night and I had to ask him not to – I know he just thought it was me being stupid and moody. He had no idea what it did to me. Another one is whistling – I cannot stand that whispering/whistling sound – it really upsets me. There, I have got it out now, not nothing there was a word for it!

    • jo

      So glad someone else feels like me thought i was just weird and only me like that. I would hate someone eating anything in bed unless i am too..can just bear it then. Never met a man like this ever hate whistling and crunching food and breathing god i am terrible

    • Katie

      I had a coworker that had this constant throat clearing from smoking that drove me bonkers! My son also pushes food from the back of his mouth forward and his tongue sticks out while doing it like a cow chewing grass! The sound of the mouse clicking and typing also makes me nuts. I feel like the biggest bitch!

  77. maisie

    im pretty sure i have at least mild misophonia. im wondering if its normal for the triggers to become more triggering depending on the situation or the amount of stress you’re going through already. while im eating with my family i usually can tolerate it if its just my sister if i can play music to block out her chewing, but with my mum (whos aloud chewer) I CanT DeAl WiTh It. i have to wear ear plugs. but sometimes im only sort of disgusted or have to try and make sure someone is talking to block her out but while at other times i end up getting so infuriated. once i was on a train with my family and i got so annoyed i started to hurt myself to distract myself from the noise and started crying a little. i dont like to tell my parents when im annoyed because they say im just intolerant. i often start to cry when i hear dulled music or the beat of a song from anouther room and dont have anything to block the noise out with. sometimes I’ll be watching a video at full volume (without headphones because mine are broken and i keep forgetting to buy some) to (unsuccessfully) block out any music. when that ultimately fails i go to my parents loft which i go to almost everyday now because of how peaceful it is almost all the time. even then i can still sometimes hear the music. i start to panic, cry and breath much more quickly and heavily (i dont think its a panic attack though) sometimes.

    while at other times, things seem more manageable. i still hate the sounds, but its much more bearable. i can deal with the chewing (enless its gum… gum is evil) and i dont feel like i have to leave the room to collect myself. im not sure if thats a regular occurrence?

    • Kyler

      I think I have it bad I can’t stand my step mother smacking lip smacking yawning burping singing talking with food in the mouth(that is the worst one) tapping whistling(another bad one) and a couple more and I feel like I can’t do anything because my parents just say stop being a punk when I get angry and clintch my fist so that I can control without it getting out of hand. They always act as if it’s my fault and that I can get over it and it has even gotten to the point where if I bring it up all she says is “I can smack when I want and do anything stop being a punk and get over it and they will just yell at me so who do I turn to when even your own parents think that it’s my fault and tell me to shut up?

    • Kyler

      Also to add on to it I have I have only been experiencing this for 2 years and has been getting worse by the month and even gets to the point of where I was to hurt them I love my family and don’t want anything like that but I don’t have anyone to turn to and feel hopeless in the matter.

      • Jessica

        Kyler, this is a neurological issue and a neurologist can help you by conducting further testing to see why you are having triggers. Best of luck to you.

  78. Sam

    I don’t suffer from extreme misophonia. But the smallest noises can really get to me. E.g The sound of a notification on my phone. Eating. Loud, sharp noises. Coughing and sneezing. I’m sure there are some more. My mom sent me this article and it said how ‘if you find eating noise’s annoying, you could be a genius.’ And I read though it. I’m so glad I have people to help me with this. As I know from experience, it’s really not nice, but I don’t think I could live without it in all honesty.

  79. Danielle Turner

    From around the age of 5 I realised that small noises seriously got to me. My brother chewing with his mouth open for example. I would get really angry and my parents would tell me that I was being over dramatic and I just need to breathe and ignore it. When I was 7 I was convinced (thanks Mum and Dad) that I was oberdramtic and making life difficult for everyone so I tried to tell myself that there was nothing wrong and people could hear me eat and get annoyed as well. When I was 12 I researched some symptoms because more noises were getting to me. Like my brother breathing in his sleep. Also I get hiccups almost everyday and I know that they’re annoying but hiccups are one of THE WORST noises. And my dad when he drinks he doesn’t just drink normally, he inhales the air and slurps and I want to slap the drink out of his hand. I found had that this is an actual condition and told my parents. They brushed it off as nothing and to this day still try to tell me I’m beinv over dramatic.

    And my friends do the mocking thing. I told them that I might get annoyed with their eating or breathing and they immediately started breathing really heavily. I told them it didn’t work like and they laughed and said that it wasn’t a real illness then.

    • Teear Lang

      Lol we are kindred spirits because I have the same experiences and reactions. I get highly agitated, smacking food/drinks is the worse for me. Snoring really kills me, but its funny because I know I snore at times but cannot stand to hear anyone else snore.

    • katherine

      I’m twelve, one of my best friends has this and so do I. Just typing this sets me on edge, while she is fine with it. She hates the sound of pen clicking while I love it and it helps calm me down. We constantly annoy each other, and are somehow still friends, is it because we both know we have this, and we are dealing with it together?

    • Linnea

      Try showing this website to your parents? Mine started listening to me and try to chew quieter. They also understand if I have to go from the dining table and eat on my own. Good luck! Hope it will be better soon <3 I know your suffering, trust me…

  80. Nik

    So glad I found this forum. Sharing the pain of misophonia is incredibly comforting as I felt like I was alone in tolerating the types of sounds that trigger me.

    For me it’s eating. My mother and sister produce loud mechanical sounds with their eating, whether their mouths are open or closed. Crunchy food like crisps and Rice Krispies tend to be big offenders. My mother has actually become worse in her older age as she experiences trouble eating with her mouth closed, and I empathise with this. Unfortunately, if I’m in the room when this is happening I have to get up and leave. She used to ask me to stay, but if I did I’d have gone ballistic and tell her to eat more quietly without letting her understand why a basic biological function triggers me. Now I just avoid being around her when she’s eating and we’re both better for it.

    I’ve heard of intelligent audio technology that can selectively noise-cancel specific sound sources. Not sure what this is called but would love to get my hands on it so it doesn’t ruin my relationships!

    • Jody K

      Thank you for posting/ I no longer feel crazy. I totally agree, especially with an aging parent who is suddenly making MORE noise than ever (and she lives with me). I read on a website earlier today that mimicking the sound can be calming. OMG? could I start making those sounds and actually feel better? desperate enough to try it. that or getting a hearing aid with white noise that I could wear during meals, or when I am in quiet environment with her. I love her and don’t want to embarrass her but it makes me INSANE.

  81. Annie

    I first learned about misophonia from my teenage son, who struggled with quite severe symptoms from late childhood. I’d always sympathized with him, having many of the same intolerances myself, but found it hard to cope with his anger and his compulsive need to mimic sounds that were annoying him. Now that we understand more, we can trace the misophonia back another generation to my father, who was a lovely, easygoing man – except at the dinner table. He had zero tolerance for poor table manners, and we learned early never to eat with our mouths open or to talk with our mouths full.

    I understand now far more about my own triggers, which include people eating loudly and eating anything crunchy, throat clearing, heavy breathing – and shuffling. I’m currently in the market for a new pair of slippers for my dear husband, who may not live out the month if he keeps shuffling around in the current pair!

    I can also see the ways in which I’ve coped; I haven’t been to a movie theatre in years; I moved to a different part of my office building to escape working beside a mouth-breathing, chip-crunching colleague who had push notification for everything on his phone so that it beeped, buzzed and chirped all day long (not that I’m bitter!); and at home, I am always looking for the quietest place, often retreating to the bedroom to escape the bedlam of boys.

    At the same time, I am far better able to cope now than when I was younger. I chalk this up to the following practices in my life: I meditate and journal daily; I am vigilant about nutrition and getting enough sleep; and I get out into nature to walk or hike every day. I’m convinced that these practices make a difference. (And I’ll be buying those new slippers for my husband any day!)

    My son is on his own journey, and though he continues to struggle, he has awareness and an understanding partner on his side.

    • Kathy

      Misophonia is getting worse as I get older. I work at a computer company, and the sound of people typing on keyboards makes me insane! That and the non-stop dings, rings, and chirps of numerous cell phones and computers. I think my biggest one is when I’m on a conference call and someone is ALWAYS not on mute. They are clueless and ruin the call for everyone when they shuffle papers, grunt, talk, adjust their microphone, etc. before realizing they aren’t on mute.

  82. Erin

    My family is constantly upset at me for my reactions. Any eating or mouth noises, tapping, whistling, loud breathing, plastic crinkling, mumbling, people speaking in high-pitched voices, and all the body movements listed above bother me. My parents tell me if I can’t learn to control it my relationships will be ruined. I tell them that if I were able to stop it of course I would, but they still somehow believe that I am yelling at them because I like to be annoyed (which has never been true). My reactions to triggers are worst when I am tired and stressed, which is the state I am usually in, but my family allows me no way to avoid conflict. I am forced to sit at the table and eat with them, and it took me a year to even convince them to let me play music during mealtimes. I dread dinner, because my dad purposely makes noises to make me angry, and I get in trouble for incessantly “picking” on people’s manners. They think I am crazy. Sometimes simply their voices set me off, which is something I am too afraid to tell them about. Whenever I try to explain Misophonia I get told that I need to “control myself” and ignore it. That I need to love my family. But then they don’t allow me to run away.

    I often describe Misophonia as a curse, but, has it ever helped anyone to develop patience?
    Every day we need to suffer and bite our lip and hate ourselves for our distress. Has this helped anyone to develop into a better person?

    I started to experience negative reactions when I was about 12, and it was only with my family. Now, at 16, total strangers can make me start to sweat and want to scream. It is getting worse, and although I really love people, I often can’t stand them. I can’t expect people to stop breathing when they have a cold, and it’s rude to tell everyone that the way they eat or chew gum is gross. What can I do?

    • Cynthia

      Hello Erin,

      I completely understand how you are feeling. I was about the same age as you when it began. As a teenager supper was a misery with my family, it always ended in screaming or tears. Then as an adult it became a problem in my relationships. I suffered in silence! One day an old friend showed me a meme on Facebook. Saying I should look into it. The best thing I ever did. For me the knowledge of what it is has helped, I can talk to myself and reason that I am being irrational. This person isn’t trying to puss me off! Lol. I would suggest you print some information about misophonia, this gives them the ability to understand what you are dealing with. Then for me, I always eat supper with background noise. No Exception. The other noise seems to get lost in the background. This works great for me. Even if the TV goes quiet for a second I feel my anxiety rising. But as soon as it comes on, in combination with my understanding of what’s going on I immediately begin to relax.

      Hope that helps

      • Npg

        I feel you! I’ve only recently realised how I’ve made an image of myself as this constantly angry and agitated person and in the rare cases when I’m feeling good and can even ignore the eaters or people whispering in the office or outbursts of loud crackling they’d always remark something along the lines of “how come you’re so happy today” As if I want to be anxious and huffing all day and have to explain myself on top of it! When someone pops open the carrot sticks I dash for my headphones so quickly everyone turns around lol

    • Melissa

      Oh Erin. I am the complete model of you.. my fiance clears his throat and I want to scream out so much to shut the hell up.. get a drink.. He takes medicine to calm the clearing but forgets.. I didn’t learn about this disorder until I was in my 30’s. At least you can work on what triggers you. I have found heavy duty airport level earplugs. If they don’t let you leave the table make them disappear in your head. Also anti anxiet meds like Celexa have helped me tremedously. Good luck.. one note is that I think you sometimes can “grow out of it” as I get older its seems not as bad. They other thing I did is printed pages of symptoms , meaning of the disorder and explain to them .. if you could help it you would. Its tough.. I don’t suggest miso blogs, sites or facebook. Then tend to add triggers you never knew you had. Good luch hun

    • Joann

      See a licensed therapist with credentials in Hypnotherapy,

    • Sly

      Hi Erin,

      Deep sympathy… I’ve had the same experiences when I was adolescent. In addition my father had Tourette syndrome, which manifested in continuous throat cleaning and sniffing. Perfect pairing with a girl with misophonia, isn’t it :). It was a permanent ground of conflict, and I was declared to be naughty. That time no one was familiar with labels as Tourette and misophonia, so I was treated as crazy and naughty. I don’t want to accuse my dad, because in many aspects he always has been an excellent and loving father, but I was very much hurt because of the aforementioned conflict.
      About the possible solutions:
      – earplugs (you can use it during the suppers, it filters much of the annoying noises, but don’t prevent you from hearing the human voices and you can participate in dialogues);
      – relaxing music before and after intensive periods of loading;
      – a good psycho-therapist can teach you relaxing methods, by which you can get relief within a few seconds (after much practicing);
      – developing your general distress management skills (stress cumulates!);
      – if you are religious: prayer, meditation, spiritual remedies, placing your problems in the hand of Jesus etc.

      • Anna

        Wow interesting? My ex-husband had Tourette’s and I have Miso, that is an interesting combination. I was a very difficult time, he made a lot of noise. I know he couldn’t help it but I couldn’t feel how I felt.

    • Cooper

      I have that same problem, when I try to tell my parents about it at dinner, they will just mock me and make louder chewing noises right in my ear. Its so frustruating

      • Trina

        Cooper, I can relate to you on that. My mother enjoys slurping through the straw when there’s clearly no more to drink from the cup. She knows that sound annoys me, and purposely does it to irritate me. When she does to annoy me, she makes an extra effort to slurp louder and longer. If our family members could step inside of us and hear and feel what is going on when they did that, they would never do it again on purpose. I agree with you, it is frustrating.

  83. Emma


    • Megan

      Definitely tapping to a huge extent and whistling or popping sounds to a lesser extents. Tapping causes me anxiety attacks

  84. Mely

    Okay! I just read through all of the triggers and all of them annoy me and just reading the actions got me upset. I’m probably a poster child for this condition. I didn’t know that existed. I’m known in my family to turn off the television if there is a repetitive noise in the show or kids are super annoying in the show. My family gets upset because I randomly turn off the tv or radio if anything is repetitive, guitar, verse, drums etc. I had no idea this was a condition. If I am asked a question several times I lose it. OMG! Breathing, slurping, biting, chewing, clicking of the mouse…not good to my ears. The sounds pierce inside my ears and I react. No one in my family likes my reactions. Wow! Movie theatres are a nightmare for me, especially the rustling through the popcorn tub or the slurping of the refreshments, it drives me nuts. I have to walk out of the movies, get my composure and walk back in. Music, OMG music, if it’s a repetitive ending, ah! It drives me crazy. Okay, I’m done with venting. I did not know this was a condition. Now I can relax a bit knowing I am not the only one.

    • Isabelle

      For your movie theater problem, what I do is always make sure to bring a pair of earplugs – I wouldn’t go any higher than 29 decibel earplugs though or else you’ll have a hard time hearing the movie when you’re eating your own popcorn, haha. But yeah, it’s worked wonders for me ever since the crunching noises got unbearable to the point of not knowing what happened in the movie. I hope it’ll work just as well for you!

    • Bevvy

      It’s great to have a diagnosis? I hate abnormal breathing, noisy breathing and bad eating habits. The noises just drive me crazy. I’m 53 and for years I have thought it was just me, but to know it’s not is quite a comfort.

    • Sha Vorm

      You are definitely NOT alone. I had to laugh at your description of the movie theater. That is SO ME!! 🙂 What about when anyone tries to open a bag of candy? The “quieter they try and be the MORE aqnnoying!! GGGrrrr :-p

    • Amanda

      I wasn’t able to go to movies for a long time and then realized I could tolerate the popcorn sounds if I told myself they were coming from something other than a person eating. For popcorn specifically, I tell myself it’s puppies playing in styrofoam. Sounds crazy but it seriously works. (People eating apples are people stepping on hard snow.)

      • Bob

        I stopped going to movies because of ignorant, rude people. The last time was when a guy sitting in front of us had a large bucket of popcorn (he was a big guy to start with) He would get up and block the screen, stretch, adjust his pants and then go get a free refill. He did this 4 times!!!! I wanted to beat the hell out of him. We went home after the movie and I had a few drinks to calm down.

    • terryg

      Add sighing to the list and aaaah when people sit down. Why do they have to do these things?

    • ain

      i used to like watching movie in cinema but now i convinced people around me that i hate it because of something else not because the real reason. personally for me it is the score of the movie..the background song..but its random when the episode i try to hum very low of anything..and i’ve been thinking should i go to the toilet or wait outside until the movie finished but i cant seem to do that cause the people that i go with will question me why…so its really torture for me..

    • Becky

      I make a point of sitting in the back row with no one near me, if that is possible. Wearing foam ear plugs is a given when going out in public.

  85. Ttr

    Exactly, I become angry and enjoyed by people who loudly eat, but not all people, usually those who don’t see themselves eating or don’t hear, or don’t care. They have their attention somewhere else. Those who are noticing themselves somehow don’t make me frustrated and it’s totally out of my control, I just have to leave the room.

  86. Decidendi

    Wow just found this, I thought I was just weird strangly comforting to know other people feel this way.
    So many different trigger sounds but the reaction is always consistently the same absolute unadulterated rage that gets harder and harder to control the older I get.
    I have a small park next to my home and nightly in the summer young people congregate and spend hours and hours talking and playing music. I can cope with that and get that young people have a right to be but any hint of high pitched hysterical laughter usually of the teenage girl variety sends me into a blind rage. Last time I closed all the doors and windows even though it was a hot and muggy evening and turned the telly up but there is a certain pitch that I can’t shut out and I blew.
    After what felt like hours I threw the backdoor open and nastily mimicked the laughter before telling them to get lost in no uncertain terms. They left and I felt thoroughly ashamed of myself but still thought about getting one of those ultrasonic alarms that disturb youngsters till I got hold of myself and realised I would be inflicting the same horrible experience on them.Don’t know what I’ll do next summer but at least I now know I’m not just some horrible grumpy old git.

    • terryg

      I agree about the high pitched laughing. I can’t stand someone who cackles or does a little nervous laugh after everything they say. Also in a restaurant once there was a lady at a nearby table who had the loudest repetitive awful sounding laugh. It ruined my meal because I can’t tune it out

  87. Ron

    Well it’s good to know I’m not just crazy. For me it’s certain sounds people make when eating such as slurping and smacking lips that really set me off. It’s so bad that I almost cannot stand to eat at the dinner table, I usually eat alone in my room. Whistling is another thing that seriously upsets me. I try to tune it all out but I find it’s almost impossible to do. My reactions seem to be different at times…sometimes it makes me want to rage and other times it’s just an annoyance…but it always bothers me. I’m wondering if it isn’t genetic as my mom and my sister suffer from it as well. By the sheer amount of comments on this article it’s quite obvious that misophonia is more common than people think.

    • Jessica

      This hits home. I always thought that I was just being too picky when I noticed that certain sounds made me mad. But I did my research last year and found out that it’s an issue.

    • DAVID

      I am currently suffering greatly with this in the office I work in. One particular individual makes a slurping sound when drinking a hot drink, he makes a low whistle sound and cracks his knuckles constantly. I am now at a point where I don’t want to go into the office anymore. I suffer from an irregular heartbeat and being in this kind of environment is not doing my health any good.

      • Katie

        Hi David

        I have exactly the same issue.. I have spoken to HR and am hoping to be moved desks within the next few weeks. Until then i have started listening to headphones at work which helps alot (i’m not supposed to but it’s either that or get signed off with stress) i’ve been to a&e 3 times in the past few months for palpitations and anxiety.

        Misophonia is ruining my life and Doctors in the UK are unhelpful! I have now been referred to an Audioligy specialist but i’m not sure they will do anything.

        I’m also on my 3rd ear infection from wearing earplugs to bed and headphones all day 🙁

        I hope you get sorted soon!


  88. Ludvig Engström

    I haven’t seen anyone mention it yet but one of my biggest triggers is the sound that you get in your head when you eat. I absolutely hate it and there’s no way to stop it when you notice it. I’m sorry if this causes anyone else to notice it but I just want us who have this feel less alone.

    • Paty

      I normally turn the radio on so I don’t hear myself eating or someone else! Dogs licking themsalves, plastic bags, and so many others. I am glad I am not alone!!!

    • Alex

      Oh my gosh! I didn’t want to write it because I didn’t want to set it off in someone else! Thank you so much for validating this! There’s another one as well that is equally inescapable. That’s what makes them so incredibly difficult to cope with, when there’s literally nothing you can do about them….when there are times you just wanna punch *yourself* in the face….lol

    • eliena

      Ugh yes! I always leave the tv radio on whenever I have to eat with other people. I avoid food so much in general. I’ve become quite underweight over the years.

  89. Debby Quashen

    I always felt alone. I thought I had hyperacusis. I always knew I was different, sound sensitive. I didn’t know that it had a name. My health deteriorated because I couldn’t cope with all the sounds and noise, when I moved from a relatively quiet area to one with never ending sounds. People thought I was nuts, because I was always complaining about people talking, chair screeching etc., especially in places it’s supposed to be quiet, libraries. I suffered sleep deprivation because of it.

  90. Jay Edwards

    Just reading this article has helped me, because now I feel reassured that I am definitely not making this up and it is an actual condition. My triggers are chewing (which, to be fair, is just plain disgusting when people don’t eat with their mouth shut anyways), tapping, and banging on tables. I have a few other triggers too, but these are the main triggers.
    My main problem is that I’m 16 and now attend college, which is something I’m grateful for as I’ve finally left high school. I’ve always been the “socially awkward” person but that is because of my triggers and how literally over 30 people use my triggers to entertain themselves on a daily basis. I’ve never been able to explain why these sounds annoy me and I’m glad I can finally explain my reason with actual proof to back this. Thank you very much, this is so greatly appreciated.

    • m.perez

      Well, yesterday I was sitting on the couch and my husband knocked something off his dresser. I of course cussed out loud and he asked my what the “big deal was”did it break my arm or kill me? My reply was that it was ALL the time and it pissed me off. Today I thought I’d look on line to see if this was maybe some type of disorder. Surprisingly, it seems to be. The sad thing is I’ll be 62 in two months and this has been the cause of many, many outbreaks and has caused a lot of damage in this family. I wonder though, where is the line between just being who I am and the difference in the way I see or feel things than someone else? Why would ANYONE not mind the noises caused by clumsiness or just not having the know how to lift something to avoid the toppling of something else that will end up clanking or breaking? When reading some of these articles it seems some seem to look for excuses because personally the gum chewing thing would be part of etiquette which is usually acquired at an early age in life in the home. I’m sure not all will agree but “eh” that’s the way it goes. I’m happy for the 16 year old checking this out now rather than later.

    • Andrew

      My wife put me onto this from an article she read in a physio’s waiting room. I’m 54 and I have been plagued by reactions to apple crunching and fingernail clipping at home but, far worse, I am triggered by peoples conversation at work and any chatting by people anywhere. Its turned me nearly into a hermit and I was starting to believe I was some sort of misanthrope. Funny enough, up until I was 18 I was an out and out extrovert living in the centre of the fun and noise with no problems. At least now it has a name.

  91. Kathryn Smith

    I still remember the day when it all started. My sister and I shared a room when we in early elementary school. We were each laying in our own bed and I made a noise or sound (tbh I can’t remember exactly what) but it sent her in a rage. Literally, overnight. Since then she has always hated me till this day. Oddly, shortly after this I developed misophonia too. I can’t specifically remember what my initial triggers were, i think they mirrored hers actually, but both our symptoms severely progressed as we grew up and destroyed our relationship, or was a major cause.

    I grew out of a few triggers, some I can’t remember, but I will describe mine first that still exist today. Oddly though, reading among other various comments, my triggers were directed only from my mom or sister. Is a female dynamic common, within family? I can’t stand when they both chew gum, I cannot tolerate being around them. The gum chewing sets me off wayyyyy worse if my mom does it. To the point where I was sent in a rage, cry, scream into a pillow, run away, my body would shudder and jerk, I’d say rude comments. The only thing that would calm me down was to punch or kick a wall or throw something but many times once was not enough, especially after prolonged exposure. I have made quite a few wall dents and even kicked through a wall before, and have broken my or her belongings. Mainly mine bc my dad would have beat my ass. Not fun. I even saved money as a kid to buy headphones for this reason. Misophonia or not though, some people chew gum the most nasty way, and my mom is one of them. I think this was partially due to the structure of her mouth and was always thankful mine didn’t gape like hers, and has proper control. Other things that my mom did that set me off in ways I mentioned earlier was crunch ice. It developed once she developed this temporary ice chewing addiction. She had anemia and I feel guilty deep down bc ice chewing is a symptom of anemia I later learned. The ice thing kinda still bothers me but not as much bc she doesn’t do it anymore. My parents also live in another state now (thank god). The two other things she still does even when I visit that sets me off is when she licks her finger to turn a page, drinks from a straw (her tongue comes out in a nasty way), and when she licks the front of her teeth in a protruding motion that people do sometimes after they eat. She does is ALOT, especially when she realized it bothered me. Bitch. I know I have a problem, but really even before she realized this she still did it a lot, not just after eating. It’s disgusting and unattractive. I find this the same of other people who do it excessively which most don’t, but it doesn’t set me off luckily. Neither with my sister. Just my mom, and I cant tolerate it. It’s like once she does it even once, the image is burned in my brain for a while and I have to hit something and scream in a pillow. I will refuse to be polite let alone look at her. I won’t outwardly act out as I did as a child, at 28 I hide my disgust and walk away to let out but it still affects me the same. Even picturing her licking her teeth that way pisses me off. This has also affected our relationship as you can imagine.

    With my sister, I can’t say for sure if she is worse bc I don’t know or think she reacts with a violent release like I do, but she has more triggers then I do, I think. She also can’t hide her rage at 26 like I have learned too. She will torture my mom and I with her nastiness and eventually storm off. The gum thing with my mom doesn’t bother her anymore, but I think if I chew it bothers her. It bothers me more if my sister chews but she also does it loudly on purpose to be a jerk. If I say the word “well”, she goes nuts and repeats it. If my mom says “what”, lol, she goes nuts a repeats it. My sister will go crazy if my elbow brushes hers and will stab me with hers in return. If I say a word that ends with a ‘k’ like ‘think’ or ‘ing’ in ‘knowing, thinking’ etc she repeats the word with emphasis of the ending sound and goes nuts. I know she has other triggers between my mom and I but I can’t really remember more rn.

    The weird thing is, our triggers are specifically directed between us three (except my adversity to gum chewing, it bothers me when they both do it).

    Otherwise our set-offs are literally specific in this female dynamic, things that I do to that trigger my sister is different to what triggers her from my mother. And the things that trigger me mainly come from my mother, except the gum thing. Luckily I grew out of a lot of triggers that were specific to my sister except for the gum, which I can tolerate much more then when my mom does it. Although I may have grown out of some of my triggers with my mom, they have overall not changed. My sisters seem to be more evolving. Like the “what” trigger is the newest developed years ago. I can’t speak for her entirely but believe me what I do observe has been long observed and true. Our brother nor father ever bothered us in these ways, nor our own friends (I think this is overall true for her regarding friends but again can’t say for sure). Honestly for as bad as we have it, I’m pretty thankful this doesn’t affect me much outside of the family. There is one girl in class who always eats an apple really loud, and it can distract my learning and def piss me off, but again who the hell eats an apple that loud in a small quiet class during lecture? It’s rude and right before lunch hour so I feel a little more self control could be had till class is over (shes also very over-weight which is more annoying but unrelated to misophonia, stop eating so much to the point of making it echo through the entire class, on habit wtf? rude). Anyways went off tangent but again I am soooooo thankful this isn’t an issue with anyone else and really anymore period. Because I’d probably be locked up in an asylum. I also rarely deal with my family now, except for my brother, bc they are very abusive to me, even my sister (unrelated to misophonia).

    Side note, I grew up in an abusive (physical and mental) family, I have borderline personality disorder, PTSD (developed a year ago, other causes brought it out), depression, major anxiety disorder (mainly from PTSD). I’m pretty sure my sister has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. My parents soon learned it wasn’t beneficial to abuse all their kids nonstop, so chose me to take out most of abuse on. Idk if these factors relate to misophonia but I’m writing as much as I did to contribute towards science and a better understanding of this shitty disorder.

    Misophonia destroys relationships. It causes psychological damage if severe, im sure we all could agree that we feel like freaks for it. And god forbid a child who has it grows up in an abusive family. If you have a child that has this, DON’T hit them nor try to trap in a room while repeating their triggers.If this crosses your mind you are far more messed up than your kid. It’s hard to deal with i get it trust me, but we can’t help it, its like a curse.

    • Archie s

      I am 17 and suffer from what I feel is very close to what you have suffered. Currently I can’t see or be in the same room as either of my parents and brother when eat and can’t stand most drinking, with an exceptional reaction to my mother drinking hot drinks like coffee. I get irritated by my mother sniffing and coughing and have a very strong angry reaction and a compulsion to copy. One recent trigger is when my mother says specific words or sounds.

      The reaction can involve leaving as quickly as possible, getting agitated and raising my voice, copying the trigger and becoming violent.
      My parents have put up with it for a very long time and have occasionally tried to eradicate it, unsuccessfully, but they largely presumed I would grow out of it. I did not.

      Recently they have become exceptionally angry at me and are trying to force me to overcome the problem. This is only making it worse.
      I have never had any severe reactions to people outside my family but I’m worried as a leave home the problem will grow.

      But back to your story. I have so many similarities and reading your story helped me greatly. Thank you for taking your time to write it and I am glad I have said my part.

  92. Linda

    It was only the other day that I found a name for what I too find myself experiencing … for years. But, I’m sure no one professional will believe me now already having been diagnosed Bipolar and BPD. My 10-year-old daughter is identified as sensory integration sensitive — why? Because she was born prematurely and I noticed signs in her that I couldn’t explain 40+ years ago; a temper tantrum-y kind of life all my life (which would I guess suggest BPD), but even then I knew I was sensitive to some things. I know I’m very accomplished with my schooling and work, but at home I melt it all down. The worst are things such as nail clipping, throat clearing, sniffling, certain pitch of sounds (coughing-right/wrong levels), fans (particularly oscillating — still hate them, but a tower is a little better). I myself do however really enjoy my music (when I’m in a mindset to listen, and then I listen loudly), but sometimes if I’m stressed, that’s too much — I can’t for instance use it at the workplace (much to the chagrin I think of some of our clients who must sit in the waiting room). I once lost a roommate over my behind-the-back comments that she clipped her nails and it was one thing that BUGGED ME. Now, having lived with my husband almost 17 years and putting up with his sniffling (do to severe allergies), throat clearing (either tic or BP med side effect), just the right level of irritation in pitch to coughing, and clanging on the Smartphone (tick, tick, tick)or some of the annoying alarm tones,(mind you, I actually like to hear me typing and tapping on certain soft computer keyboards). I find myself either yelling (is it the sound of my own voice which is okay to me?), or ready to hurt him. But, since I can’t do that, I end up beating myself up and wanting to hurt myself or die. I am already treated for the Bipolar, but it’s the rejection of believing that he chooses to do these things on purpose, the lack of respect for me; when I should (CBT here?), know that he isn’t out to get me and doing it for himself to survive too. But, when I turn off the fan and explain that “I can’t take the noise”, and he insists to turn it on so he can breathe, neither of us can compromise and not a one of us can win. And, I resent, but it feels like I’m always the one to give in OR, to get angry and appear unreasonable by having a meltdown. At 51 yrs, that’s pretty childish coping skills I think. So, then the cycle continues of beating myself up. Maybe I do need to try to walk around the house in a headset? Or, just move out entirely; but life happens. Anywhere I go I would come up against this stuff. I just wish I could cope more calmly, but truthfully all rationality is gone in the moment, then it seems to pass (except for the guilt and anger and just wanting to cry because truthfully in those moments the thought is, “Why don’t you just kill me.” – like it’s the end of the world). I’ve tried Lyrica, lithium, and am on Lamotrigine. Like I mentioned, my psychiatrist will probably think I’m more hypochondriac than anything if I were to bring it up now that maybe I suffer with Misophonia. But, I am certain I do and I can think of where I could use the help. I’ve done DBT and CBT — just to draw on the techniques will take me more practise. But, I’d love to stop the reactionary effect the weird noises have on me. I am just so, so, so very surprised that many people feel as I do. Maybe the reactions aren’t quite the same, but even that seems so which makes up part of the characteristics. I just want to put it out there that I’m happy I’m not the only one, I’m not crazy and maybe I, like my daughter, should pursue some OT, or other counselling to get a handle on it. I’m most aggravated too it seems the more stressed out and tired I am. So, usually I get a good balance, but living day-in, day-out with my noisy spouse is something I’ve got to step up solving, not him. Well, thanks for the “ear” and I am interested on learning more on the topic and how to help myself help myself.

    • Vee

      Wow. You couldn’t have said it better. This is EXACTLY how I feel. I sometimes scare myself with the thoughts and feelings I get. I honestly don’t know how to control it and it affects my relationship negatively because my fiancé just doesn’t understand why I can’t just ignore things. It’s nice to read that others feel the same as I do and that I’m not just crazy. I often just want to end it, just check out because there are days I honestly don’t think I can take it anymore. I really wish there was a simple fix…. I’m pretty sure I’ll die of a heart attack due to the never ending stress and anxiety I feel 🙁 I’m lucky that my two younger sisters suffer with this just as badly as I do, because then we can vent to one another and get eachother. Other people just do not understand or think we should just learn to ignore things and be patient. Easy for them to say, they don’t suffer from misophonia!!!

  93. Michael

    I’ve had misophonia for as long as I can remember (I’m now 66). Reading through this forum has been like hearing my life’s story. On top of everything else, I also have suffered from tinnitus for the last 29 years. After explaining my situation to my wife (of 32 years) over and over and over, she finally gets it, but often forgets. We get through meals by listening to classical music. I get through movies by wearing Bose noise canceling headphones. They cancel out all the popcorn chomping, cellophane wrapper crumpling, ice crunching, slurping, ad infinitum, yet I am still able to hear the movie just fine. Fans are good source of white noise.
    Here’s a good article on misophonia from the NYT:

  94. Aerie

    It’s such a relieve to know others suffer with this too!

    One of my members of staff is a constant sniffer. He has picked up from my reactions that his sniffing annoys me, but all he does now is 1. apologise in advance when he arrives in the morning to say that he’s got a runny nose and might be sniffing (!?!?!) or two, sniff softly, but no less frequent. It makes me dread coming to work everyday and I look forward to when he goes on leave or have a day off. It affects my relationship with him in a very negative way. The same guy also crumples crisps packets and scrapes his bowl clean over and over, or continues scraping the last bit of yogurt out of a plastic pot. He’s also a very loud talker, a big booming voice that startles me every time he opens his mouth.

    My other colleague has a big bunch of keys that they keep throwing down on the table. It makes me go into fight or flight mode instantly.

    Does anyone else with this condition also have a problem with people talking to you excessively? I often get trapped in conversations with people who cannot stop talking, like they’re not coming up for air, which makes ME feel like I can’t breathe. It makes me feel trapped and incredibly anxious, like I need to remove myself from the situation immediately.

    I never thought a condition like this can be so socially debilitating. Has anyone had some sound, practical, non-chemical advice from a professional about this? I just feel like I can’t let this control my life like this. It appears to become worse by the week, a snowball effect if you will.

    • Al

      Aerie, I have an idea regarding your situation of becoming trapped in long conversations with people who appear to be unable to stop talking incessantly. One thing I find myself doing when speaking with an introvert or very quiet person is babbling, feeling an obligation to fill the silence. I end up feeling like I want to end the conversation and get away just as much as I suspect the person I’m talking at would like it to end. It’s very disconcerting when you get to a point where you expect/want the other person to interject their own story or otherwise respond to what you’re saying.

      Perhaps you should arm yourself with a few techniques and do some “rehearsing” for when those situations arise. For instance, as you listen to an incessant babbler, practice the technique of thinking of a quick, relevant story that you can interject and force yourself to pipe up when they are babbling and redirect the conversation with your own story.

      Also, have some responses ready to go that will get you out of such a situation – before you leave the house for the day, think of and practice interjecting a few excuses that will get you out of it. “Wow, that’s amazing but hold that thought – I need to run to the restroom.” Or, “I can totally relate to that but I have to step out and call my mom about dinner with the family…” Through therapy, I have learned that preparing for the situations that trip me up over and over can provide me with the tools needed to defuse those situations, not succumb to panic and have better outcomes. Walking into the house at the end of a long workday, I used to find a noisy house with kids possibly playing loudly, scrapping, fighting, just having their own day and being kids. But it would sometimes set me off into a funk and I’d start immediately barking orders and expressing anger and disappointment, without realizing everyone was in their own rhythm and my wife had it all under control. Now, I sit and breathe before walking in. I visualize myself walking in and being ready to meld into whatever the vibe of the house is, without feeling like I need to dominate the mood, and the results are way better.

      I only recently discovered that there is a name for the misophonia I have always suffered (mine centers almost exclusively around mouth noises, especially eating and drinking). Like anything in life, it gets way better immediately as soon as you realize you’re not alone and that your feelings are real (and that others have similar feelings). My therapy also includes treatment for PTSD in the form of EMDR – I am planning to ask my therapist if we can try using the EMDR to address the misophonia. EMDR uses vibrating handles that you hold as you think through stressful memories or situations. They vibrate in irregular patterns and as you visualize the stressful event(s) and live through them over and over in your mind, you become calmer each time until the situation no longer triggers strong reactions. It’s intense and powerful, can leave you feeling drained and sensitive for a day or two, but seems to have dramatic, lasting benefits.

      Does anyone here know of attempts to use a technique like EMDR to treat misophonia? I’ll post my results if I try it.

      Apologies for the long post – like many here, I’m excited to find community with fellow sufferers. Best luck to all! Don’t slurp your soup!

    • Vee

      I’ve been feeling this way ALOT lately and feel it’s getting worse with time. I’m actually starting to hate coworkers that I once enjoyed being around. I no longer find them funny and only find them annoying. I’ve been having lunch separately, away in my vehicle, sitting far away from everyone, with either ear plugs in or my music ear buds. Some days I can’t even stand the music in my ears, I just want quiet. I work with a lot of men and they NEVER seem to shut up!! It’s constant weird noise making, whistling. laughing, banging things around and loud talking. There are days I’m so tense that I feel like curling up into a ball on the floor and cry, maybe rip my hair out. I get violent thoughts that cross my mind that really scare me. It’s like something take over me and every part of me cringes painfully. I’ve told almost everyone at work that I suffer from misophonia and have made them read an article on misophonia so they can be more understanding but nothing has changed. I quite literally do not want to leave the house most days because I know that I’ll just break down. I also pick apart my fiancé… he cracks every joint, moves his feet and legs constantly unconsciously, and sometimes even the way he sits annoys me. It makes me want to scream and go into a rage (which most times I do) I’m lucky that he loves me because if I was him, I’d think I was psychotic… which is how I feel most days, psychotic. It’s the worst feeling in the world. I come home most days and put ear plugs in. I also wear ear plugs at work sometimes… I just don’t know how to control my overly violent reactions :(((

  95. greg

    I was self diagnosed with this a few years ago when I finally did a google search “hatred of sound.” For the longest time, beginning when I was a younger, I had no idea what was happening and why certain loud sounds bothered me and put me in a bad mood. looking back I think my father saw it as a behavioral problem and I was punished accordingly.
    It felt so good to know that I’m not the only one who suffers this. For me it’s loud sounds like loud music, motorcycles, no mufflers on cars, dogs barking, dishes clanking or banging, gas powered weed-eaters, fire engine horn, motors that run fair rides, babies crying, people talking, yelling and laughing really loud, and some tools like power saws. I am not affected by gun discharges, thunder or fireworks. I has caused me to keep to myself except for work and my girlfriend I stay home in an atmosphere I can control and avoid loud sounds. It has come to the point now where I want to hurt someone when I hear some of these sounds. I told girlfriend about my problem with most loud sounds and as she suffers from depression and has a difficult time explaining that, she knows how hard it is for me to explain this. I’m thankful she is understanding of it. She is a wonderful person who I love and want to do so much for.

    I would offer encouragement and help for other suffers but all I can say it I understand what it has done to you and how it affects your daily life,and how degrading it feels when some will say things like “get over it,” “don’t wear your feelings of your sleeve,” “grow up and get a life,” and so on.

    I understand that finally this is being looked at by professionals who are considering it a medical issue. hopefully they’re will be a treatment in the future.

    In the mean time what has anyone done to relieve themselves of hostile feelings or help deal with it?

  96. Tan

    Hey Volks,
    I wonder if someone can help me. I hate it if somebody around me clicks with his pen infront of me, but if i do it it’s unnecessary to me. And also i have the question if sex-mesophonia excists? I hate it to hear my parents or my Sister and her boyfriend making out. I get so angry i could smash everything in my room and start crying. Can somebody help me?


  97. Heartbomb

    Ear plugs, headphones with music and weed. I never leave home without any of them. Weed is the only thing that has ever helped calm down my responses. I get annoyed, but I don’t have meltdowns anymore… Well almost anymore. I also work from home.

  98. Chris

    I have this but didn’t realise for many years that I was different from anyone else. It’s kind of reassuring to know that it has a name and is shared by so many other people.

    I think mine is pretty mild as I’m lucky enough to just find noises on the ‘annoying’ scale rather than getting into a rage about them.

    My trigger set is something along the lines of: sniffing, people talking with food in their mouths (that’s my big one!), mouth noises, beeping, buzzing, (I hate it when people’s phones keep going off – just put it on silent!), when people sneeze more than twice in a row, or cough too much.

    If find if people are talking with food in their mouths I can’t think of anything else, or focus on what they’re saying. I’ve come close to walking out of meetings before. I can feel it in my arms and hands somehow.

    Interestingly I also mimic certain noises (usually beeps, sirens, alarms etc – anything in that genre). I don’t usually realise I’m doing it, but could stop myself if I wanted – it’s not a compulsion so much as a habit. My girlfriend finds it quite cute I think.

  99. Lyn

    I have had this for as long as I can remember and it is great to know that it is a known problem, not just me being intolerant.

    There are two types of noise that are really bad for me – eating/breathing/snoring (hubby is a very noisy eater/breather/snorer, of course) and children’s voices. So many people say that they love to hear children laugh but it makes me feel physically ill. It really is not socially acceptable to want to kill a child because they are laughing, or one’s husband because he is chomping his food . . .*

    Strangely enough, I actually often make the kind of sound that could trigger others. I am always humming, singing under my breath or tapping my fingers, I wonder if I do it to distract myself from other noises?

    * Note, you don’t need to call the police, I am not dangerous!

    • Misosufferer

      Wow, I too cannot stand children’s voices. It is mainly younger children who have yet to learn how to speak fluently. Even my own child’s speech goes through me when they sometimes mispronounce a word. A trigger for me is when they say wif instead of with, I cannot express the anger that follows.

      I even hate the sound of my beloved pets licking themselves, it makes my stomach churn.

      These are relatively new triggers, the triggers I’ve always had are breathing, snoring and the likes. Now unfortunately I can’t stand hearing people stammer, slur their words, pronounce ‘th’ as ‘f’ and vice versa.

      It’s very difficult as I come across as a horrible person (to those who know I have misophonia) but it’s soul destroying to feel this way.

      When at home I always need to have the tv or music on so I can’t hear my pets lick themselves/eat and when out in public I always need to carry earphones in case I get triggered. I despise when people say crisps on the bus. It’s vile.

      I seriously hate this. It is just another ‘issue’ that makes me feel inferior to the majority of people.

      • kim

        One of our dogs licks constantly and drives my hubby crazy. Plus she likes to chew toys and her teeth click together – its so weird. I think sometimes he wants to smack her, but we just take away the toy. I can’t stand slurping or open mouth gum chewing. Ugh!Oh, when people on TV pronounce the word “ask” like “aks”. I just want to throttle them.

  100. zachary haupt

    I have this problem right now I am hearing someone use a drill while working and I feel like punching the dude operating the machinery in the face. The noise is very annoying I also hate the noise of ticking clocks. People are full of shit and it makes me laugh.

  101. Ricky Smith

    Hello All,
    Does anyone find that this is magnified ten fold just after waking up? If someone starts talking to me within the first 10 minutes of waking up it makes my blood boil and i just want to go to a quiet room alone.Glad to find this forum.Keep advising us.

  102. Brianna Lynn

    I have this and it’s very hard for me sometimes. I hate going to malls because it’s so loud and the loudest people stick out too me and their voices make me want to hurt someone. Screaming babies are the worst. I have an overwhelming need to get rid of the child and the thought of hurting it makes me even more enraged, although I would never ever inflict pain on anyone because I am aware I’m the only one who’s bothered, or mimicking people’s voices. My parents smacking their food and saying “ahhh” after they drink or “mmmmm” after they take a bite of food sends me into a blind rage. Most often I have to leave the table. My boyfriend is the only person I can control myself around If and whenever the triggers occur because I’m calm and collected around him.

  103. Prarthna

    One worried Mom :

    I am glad that I found this forum as I have been googling and trying to find the answer to my 9 year old son’s behaviour.
    First i thought he might have mild autism but all test for autism came back with negative resuts (online test / not with doctor)
    His Symptoms :
    hates tapping noice
    through clearing
    cutting on chopping board
    he also reacts negatively to pointing fingers.

    However for all of above he is okay if it comes from him i.e if he is clearing his throught , chopping board etc.

    His reaction to all above things are either display his annoyance or repeats him self.
    so for example if i am tapping table he will either get annoyed or will tap it himself?

    otherwise he is very friendly child as he has lots of friends at school and does well in study.
    I am really worried about him as his negative behaviour is increasing day by day.

    I certainly dont want to put him on any medication however looking for some answers on what to do or to check if he really has misophonia?
    Many thanks

  104. Steve

    I am fifty years old and have been dealing with a lot of these irritants for 40 years. I have left jobs, skipped family events, & have not stepped foot in a movie theater in over twenty five years. I have walked out of church services and other gatherings and embarrassed my wife at my actions to many times to count. My reactions run from flight to rage and a need to find solitude. My wife and children think I am nuts. My wife and I only recently became aware that my issues have a name. I often wondered if I suffered alone with this or if others felt the way I did. My list of irritants has grown over the years and to be honest, I cannot think of any that have declined. My wife and I are researching this constantly now and she does have a better understanding of how I feel and wants to help me in any way she can. Little seems to be known about this condition and the public is not aware that many people suffer daily in dealing with this. Having a good woman by my side is the best therapy I have found and I am so thankful for her. She now knows and understands me just a little better. By the way, my children still just think I am

  105. Elizabeth

    The droning of landscape equipment drives me batty. Recently, I can add the constant barking of dogs. Sometimes babies if they have been crying awhile especially while on a plane or train. The sound of some people’s voices. It seems to be more female than male related. Singing commercials can’t stand them either. I totally can’t stand droning noises.

  106. Amanda

    omg!!! i can’t stand when people talk and they usually have pronounced sounds like “ssssss” in-between their statements. i don’t know when it started but i thought i was weird to be the only one that could not stand that particular sound…i also itch if the “sssss” sounds continue.

  107. constantchara

    Hey guys. I have suffered from this problem for years and only just now am learning that this is a real thing and I am not going crazy. (Well, I still am, but now I know why.) I have a very average trigger set (clearing your throat, sniffing, coughing), and usually want to murder whoever’s doing it. That seems to be a trend here. But there is one anomaly. After sitting here researching it for twenty minutes I am getting nothing. Nothing at all. Do any of you guys get triggered over a specific song? And I’m not talking normal annoyance/anger here. I’m talking about full-fledged, primal terror that makes you curl up in a ball on the floor and scream your head off like you’re being murdered. This is what the Twilight Zone theme song does to me. I have watched the show for a few years now, but I am in charge of the remote at ALL TIMES. I don’t know what it is about the song, and I have tried to fix it by just listening to it, but nothing works. My grandfather knows that it has an effect on me so he stood outside my door last night AS I TRIED TO SLEEP and played it on his phone. I plugged my ears and screamed at him to stop. He finally did. He didn’t take me seriously. I wouldn’t make such a big deal out of something if it wasn’t important to me. I sat there shivering and crying and didn’t get any sleep all night. I also have perfect pitch so I will remember forever what that wretched song sounds like. I haven’t read anything on the internet that matches the sheer terror I feel. Even as I grow up, always the same. If you guys have ever experienced a trigger like this, please tell me about it. I really need help. My misophonia is severe and I haven’t been to a doctor yet. I just have to endure it day after day after day and not take anyone’s head off with a text book. I really appreciate the presence of a community that shares my problem. Thank you.

  108. Bawana

    I’m sad. My daughter has this disorder. She’s 35 now, and I recognize she has had it for at least 20+ years. Her responses to the noises (perfectly normal noises in 99% of the case) is ruining her marriage. I like the idea of going to an audiologist, but what makes the absolute most sense to me is what someone way above said. Get some intensive exercise every day. For myself, I have noticed that in general, I feel great after a hard workout, and have a much better attitude about life. I sleep much better too. I have the power to help myself, but am too undisciplined to follow through. Go have a long walk!

    • Hanna Sikora

      Hi Bawana!
      I have misophonia. I also like to go to the gym, do some yoga or go for a ride on my bicycle. However, gym is sometimes not a good option because of all people chewing gum or talking loudly on the phone. I have left the gym several times because I just couldnt stand the sounds from others. Working out is wonderful for both body and mind BUT it doesnt help me at all to deal with my misophonia. Maybe it works for others but not for me.

      • Erin

        Hello Bawana and Hanna,

        I have dealt with misophonia for a while, and although going on a long walk helps me cool down, it does not change what the triggers do to me. Exercising after an episode of frustration may help someone cool down, but I don’t think it’s going to help in the long run. Especially if they still have to return home to trigger noises.
        My mother also thinks exercise would help, but actually, for myself, being away from people is really what’s helpful.

  109. Martin

    I’m starting to think I now have this…eating noises, lip smacking when eating, loud breathing, breathing through the nose and snoring are all my triggers….i’ve even ended relationships because it’s gotten so bad, how can I say to someone you eat too loud or snore…sometimes though when it’s strangers eating etc I listen and it puts me in a trance like state which is exactly the opposite of hating the sounds; its actually quite relaxing…. Has anyone else found this with the condition?


  110. D.S

    Glad to find this forum. I’ve had misophonia all my adult life, but only recently realized there’s a name for it. Eating sounds are my trigger, but not if I’m eating too. If I’m in the presence of somebody who is eating while I am not, it’s intolerable, especially if they’re talking with their mouth full. And if somebody is eating over the phone during a phone conversation with me, forget it. I’ve had to politely request that they refrain from eating, or call me back when they are done eating. Repetitive food wrapper sounds and ice chewing are also intolerable. I don’t enjoy going to the movies unless I can find a seat away from people. But I pretty much just live with it. I find it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I pray for tolerance and have found that a certain amount of mind over matter is possible with practice. But where people, such as co-workers, are being blatantly cluelessly loud with something such a food wrapper or ice chewing, I just politely tell them that I have a problem with repetitive sounds such as these, and they usually apologize and adjust their behavior.

  111. Raven

    My sister complains she has it, I’m pretty sure she does, I think I have it too, but she always says I don’t but I DEFINITELY do! How do I explain to her that I do have it??? HELP ME!

    • constantchara

      I would try to talk to your sister about her triggers and how they are similar to yours. And if you know her triggers, maybe make all possible efforts to causing them around her? I think that she will open up to you if you support her. I am sorry for what the both of you are going through. But you have each other.

  112. had enough

    I feel for all of us that have this. I have had Misophonia for over 40 years now. In the last few years this has continued to get worse, more triggers. I now not only have the rage, the fight or flight problems, but some noises are actually hitting me to the core and physically become painful this part is now new not sure what that is about. This condition hit several people in the family. I read some comments where they talked about OCD, have that, not sure there is a connection. I am going to assume many things can relate, such as touching certain textures/fabrics can’t do it. I am worried that now the increase of triggers in just a few short years, who knows what will happen. Worse thing ever is when you can’t hear what someone is saying because the voice sends you into a fight or flight situation.

    • tgreen

      I also think it must be related to OCD which is an anxiety disorder. I have Misophonia and can’t touch certain fabrics and also have germophobia — not afraid of getting sick but don’t like touching anything that someone else has touched. It makes life a bit difficult

  113. M.G.

    Mouth sounds
    Cracking knuckles
    The “ck” sound (lake, milk)
    Gurgley voices
    Incessant barking
    Crowd sounds
    High heel shoes clicking
    Ugly names

  114. hannah

    I am really afraid I’m going to snap one day and yell at my roommate and absolutely lose my mind. About 2 minutes into the noises steam comes out of my ears.

  115. Sandy

    I can take loud all nighter parties at the neighbors, construction crews hammering away all day right across the street, and even hours of nothing but Spanish music on long road trips. But I’ve realized that at 14, I just can’t stand whistling and soft singing, 2 things my mom does 24/7. I’ve tried explaining to my family but they only said I’m exaggerating, so until today I thought it was nothing I couldn’t get over. Still, misophonia does explain why I have the urge to punch the walls whenever I hear either of those.I try to block it out by listening to loud music, but it’s like my ears hone in to the sounds I can’t stand no matter how high I put the volume or even if it’s one of my favorite songs. I know I wouldn’t actually hurt anyone, at least I don’t think so, but I’m worried that when I grow older my intolerance is going to increase and it might lead me to yell or do things I’ll regret later at a whistler.
    Honestly I try not to think too hard on how angry I feel when I hear singing/whistling because I don’t want to sound like I’m being selfish and needy by demanding everyone not to whistle/sing within my hearing range. I have no idea what might have triggered my intolerance, since the punching-walls-urge hasn’t always been in me all my life. In fact, I used to like whistling myself back in elementary. Nowadays, I hear those noises and I can’t think straight, I feel both irritated and mad, and I badly want to scream whoever’s making the sound to quit it, among other things. I hate not being able to get over it or effectively ignore it. Also, how no one in my family seems to be affected.
    Like on one road trip two years ago, my mom was unsurprisingly whistling and I felt so pissed I began whistling obnoxiously loud on purpose. I figured if I could make them feel as bad as I did when they whistle, they could then understand how I feel and try to help. It didn’t work. My parents just told me to stop it. I remember thinking something like ‘Oh, so when I whistle and annoy you, I’m the jerk with the problem and I’m the one who has to change, but when you whistle, I’m being rude and dramatic by asking you to stop’. That day was the closest I’ve ever been to actually screaming in rage.
    Due to this, and prior to me looking up on Google why I can’t stand whistling, I thought I was either really messed up or exaggerating. I thought it was normal, that maybe it’s just a part of being a teenager, or that I need to learn to be more patient, tolerant, and comprehensive to deal with it.
    Now, though I’m not officially diagnosed with misophonia by a professional, I’m not gonna be surprised if I were later on. I don’t like feeling so out of control when I hear whistling, but nothing I do seems to help. I really hope in the near future we get more research into this thing and figure out a cure or at least healthier coping mechanisms than my current ones of loud rock music till my ears hurt and bottling up my feelings without a way to vent it out.
    It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with this problem.

    • Nancy

      Sandy, I have a teenage daughter who has misophonia. Similar to your story, I too thought she was just being a difficult moody teen. One evening it was unusually bad at the dinner table, that after dinner I started googling about “mouth noises etc. I found a blog such as this and started reading, noticed many similar stories such as what we were experiencing at home, I took it to my daughter in her room and asked her to read the blog. I asked her if this was what she felt, and she responded “yes”. That day for me, everything changed. When I educated myself, the whole situation in our house changed. Her misophonia did not go away, but the deep hurt and anger of my daughter got better now that her parents understood and were working with her to try and we also changed our behaviour with respect of the triggers. If you have not done so already, show your parents this blog, get them to read how this is affecting people. I was heartbroken for my daughter when I read this. I hope you find a way to make this a little better for yourself.

    • Lauren

      I’ve only just found out that this is a thing that lots of people experience and I was looking through the comments trying to find someone who can’t stand humming and soft singing. Unfortunately I do it a lot of the time so when I snap at my friends I feel like the biggest hypocrite. I’m actually so glad I’ve found something like this

      • damian lopez

        Lauren? I know exactly how you are feeling. Because I cannot stand the gurgle of a cough. I causes me a very visceral response. And dragging feel. But yet I cough and it does not bother me. I was feeling a bit hypocritical of myself also. Now about feeling like a hypocrite when you sing and it does not bother you. What is actually happening is a normal behavior pattern. I’ll give you a few examples. It bothers you when someone else hums or sings. Right? The reason why you are not bothered by your own humming or singing is the same reaction as trying to tickle yourself. If someone tickles you it will be unexpected and more intense as the stimuli is not anticipated or controlled by your brain. When you tickle yourself your brain knows it is you doing it. Same with a massage. If someone else is massaging you, you’ll feel more relaxed and more pleasure from the experience. If you massage yourself your brain tunes out the novelty or unexpectedness of the stimuli. The same if your back itches and you scratch yourself,if will produce less of a relief than if someone else does the scratching for you. Hope these informative words help to dispel the feeling of being a hypocrite. You are NOT a hypocrite. You are a Human being suffering from a condition called Mysophnia. Be Well. Be Free.

  116. Cat Person

    The people who live across the street from me have a large dog that seems to be outside 24/7. It barks at anything that moves, breathes, or exists outside, and I’m going insane!! I bought a dog whistle online to try to train it to shut up, but that hasn’t worked so far. I’m starting to worry that I’ll snap one of these days and hop the fence with a butcher knife to silence the stupid thing. My husband is annoyed by the barking, too, but when I’m home alone I find myself turning on music at full volume, plugging my ears for extended period of time, and yelling variations of, “Shut up, you stupid mutt!” in the general direction of my neighbors’ house. Ugh…

  117. Cece

    I am almost 100% sure that I have this and I want to tell parents but I don’t know how. Also do I need to tell them and what if they don’t believe me. Need some advice.

    • constantchara

      I think that it depends on who your parents are, honestly. If you think that your parents will help you and take you to a doctor or get you earplugs, you should definitely tell them. But if they won’t believe you or aren’t the type of people who would make special considerations for someone like us on the grounds that “you’ll just have to get over it,” it might be easier to cope by yourself. That sounds kind of bad, but if they overreact or do nothing the problem could worsen. If you’re at school and you are annoyed by your classmates, try resting your head in your hands and plug your ears that way. I’m not making any assumptions about your parents. But if you think they will help you, just tell them you have this problem.

    • Nancy

      Consider showing your parents this blog, try to explain to them what you have been going through. I have a daughter with misophonia. I stumbled upon this while I was googling about ” mouth noises” because I could not understand why she would get so angry with us sometimes. After that, we all try to watch our “triggers” while around her, and she tells us when she is particularly sensitive. We all work together. I love my daughter more than anything and I was heartbroken when I figured out what was going on and felt terrible when we would reprimand her for her behaviour, so I would try and encourage you to talk to your parents if you think there is even a small chance they will listen, show them this blog, tell them it’s hard to explain, you think this blog might help. Good luck to you.

  118. Angelo Cipparrone

    Finally found an answer to by situation at home.
    Daughter has bird that chirps , and the sound goes through me and I still hear the sound even when the bird has stopped .
    It is on the third floor and unfortunately I hear it all over the house.
    Will definitely do more read and research about misophonia before I discuss this with my family.
    Thanks again to ALL.

    • Roberta

      I had parakeets that I had to give away because they were so loud they would not just chirp but would screech for at least five minutes in a row and were constantly making noise it was so loud I felt like I was going to have a nervous break down I tried everything from covering them to talking to them but nothing worked they literality brought me to tears I don’t normally get angry with my other triggers but that noise set me off it was in there best interest to leave as well as mine

  119. Teri

    If I hear someone scrape their teeth on their fork while eating, game over. Or hear them slurp a drink (oh gawd) or hear them chew, forget about it! I also cannot stand to hear a large truck backing up (beep beep beep beep) or even a small motorized grocery cart backing up (same annoying beeping sound). I cannot tolerate crickets either, but here is a new one and is getting WORSE by the day. Listening to annoying FEMALE voices on TV, like watching the news and it sounds like Minnie Mouse talking. THAT ONE IS SO BAD! There are only a few male voices that make me cringe but it seems like 85% of female TV voices make me want to rip my hair out. Thank gawd for remote controls 🙂

  120. Emma

    i hate snoring and i dont know how to help it

  121. francine

    I was put on lyrica for a pain in my left arm … the pain would hurt throb , and I would put it in a sling ..with that drug the pain went away, I have sever blindness happening and not sure but may have stopped a tremor in my hand .. but my sight is so scary . Really I need help and no one will help me ..guess lyrica o.k. in a pinch the docs decision

  122. Rebecca

    I have dealt with irritability and anger relating to sound issues since puberty. My main triggers are repeated mouth noises. I despise hearing the sound of silverware on plates, particularly forks and knives that do lots of continued scraping. Other sounds like whistling, teeth sucking, talking with food in mouth and gum smacking royally gross me out. Worse though is that these sounds truly anger me. I feel the upset in my core and it radiates out to the rest of me resulting in a loss of self-control. I hate that I almost lose my cool because of everyday, simple sounds. The sound of cellophane and chip bags being opened repeatedly pisses me off. I once handed a co-worker a stack of plates because every single day at 2pm she would get a bag of chips (because she hadn’t eaten lunch) and annoyingly reach into her bag with every single bite. Pour the chips out onto a plate or napkin for crying out loud! Sadly, she doesn’t use the plates I brought her and to this day, I have to walk away from my desk when she starts her chipscapades. I hate the sound of dogs and cats chewing on themselves and repeatedly licking their bowls. The most recent episode was the other day when my husband put our record player on and I noticed a new screechy noise and he said the needle probably needed replacement. He continued to listen to the album and I did not connect the following dots until after… My mood became very bad (almost instantly) and all of a sudden I needed COMPLETE silence in the house. NO TV, NO record player, NO daddy and toddler rough housing, NO NOTHING! I realized a little while later that it could have been the screeching needle that caused my immediate mood swing. I ruined a perfectly good time for my family. Shame on me.

    I think the aversion to mouth noises began as a control issue. Growing up, my mom would eat watching TV and she was a little overweight and incredibly introverted. I wanted her to have friends, a man and an active life but instead she would often mindlessly zone-out to TV. I would have needed an evening escape too after working a full-time job and being a single parent. She is the best mom ever but I was a pubescent only-child that was always in the limelight with her and I needed her to focus on someone else. I think annoying mouth noises was a manifestation of dealing with that. I would be pissy and annoyed because of her noises and just push her away so that I didn’t have to be the center of attention. I have dealt with anger and depression in the past but never spoken to anyone and never been treated. I don’t want to take medicine because I hate medicated mind-sets – always waiting for that next dose. A whole separate issue I have is not fueling big pharma, they want your $ and they don’t want you to get well! I don’t like to live this way, always pissed off because of noise and pissing others off because of my ridiculous peculiarities. I have noticed something about myself because of misophonia – it is very self-centered, as are many “conditions”. Always thoughts like: someone is annoying ME, that is frustrating to ME, how do they expect ME to work in these conditions? I often pray that God will take away the ridiculousness of my self-centered woes so that I can better focus on my family and others. I can’t help anyone else if I’m always worried about me, me, me. God heals all – even misophonia. I want to be better for God and for my own. I don’t want a self-centered condition to disrupt my life anymore. My people deserve better.

  123. H.S

    Sounds related to mouth makes me soooo angry. Sometimes I feel like i would just hit that person’s mouth whoever makes that sound. It is just so hard to control. But yes I control myself.

  124. A

    I have misophonia since i was a kid. The earliest memory that i have is when i cried in a stroller because of the sound of shop grills being pulled down. And I eventually develop this “fear” towards other sound including music. Provided that it is repated more than twice. But i also managed to find a way in which i can handle my misophonia. I simply try not to focus on the sound. But if i broke my focus. And heard the sound. Than my misophonia will just comeback

  125. Sharon Westey

    The first time I experienced this condition is when I took a job working alongside a lady who smacked her lips all the time as a habit. It almost drove me insane. I stuck it out a couple months. I became aware that other people disliked her habit too. Finally, I went to my supervisor. I asked if I could be moved to another desk further away from her. I was embarrassed to tell her the reason as I never heard of misophonia before. Finally, I told her that it was my problem that I was irritated by the lady…who otherwise was very nice. My supervisor said that she had received numerous complaints about this woman’s lip smacking and that no one wanted to sit near her. She said just to hang in there for a week or so and that she would take care of the problem. They did. They actually fired the woman! I went to my supervisor again asking if they fired her due to my complaint. She explained that that was not the reason. She said that this woman had a long history of having a poor-mediocre work performance. She said that they did not want to lose good workers because of her. She had talked to her bosses, and they decided to let her go. It’s too bad you can’t fire all the people in your life who make oral noises that almost drive you berserk. My sister-in-law chews with her mouth open all the time and smacks her lips while she is doing it. I can’t stand to sit near her or anywhere where I can see or hear her.

  126. jason

    Mysophinia is my tomb, It controls me, sometimes to me with alot of trigger sounds for me it feels like the sound it shocking my whole nervous system.Makes me very mean and to the point i can’t be abound ppl sometimes , well alot of times, DR. here have no clue about it and just want to push random high $$ pills on me. God plz help

  127. Karen D.

    I know I’ve had this problem since I was a teenager..did lousy in school..had to keep rereading because of distractions…the top of the list is cellophane wrappers like on peppermint candy, rattling of paper of any kind. Someone clicking ink pen on and off..etc..anyways I am Bipolar and I am on Lamictal,Valium,Zoloft and Lithium and I’m still drove nuts with these sounds. Makes me angry or want to flee and yours of going over and making the s**t out of them. So it’s evident that all my crazy pills do not help my misophonia. I guess I will try ear buds.

  128. Nicole

    Just reading the different sounds made me so uncomfortable. It feels like I have an itch in your brain that I cant scratch.
    I am sitting here reading all the comments and I relate to every single one of them. I am not diagnosed by an actual doctor but my misophonia has gotten so bad that I cant sit with my family or friends when we are eating. i have to sit with the TV on or music playing in the background otherwise i freak out at the sound of my own breathing and chewing. The worst is when something is shaking their leg or foot while they eat, triggers me so badly.

  129. Adam

    I’m a self employed builder and I employ my nephew and my nieces boyfriend(2yrs now) who both sniff constantly all day….my neices boyfriend has nasal issues and can’t eat with his mouth shut and try’s to talk at the same time too…I’m struggling to cope with it but what can I do?? Don’t know how to express or explain what my feelings are…they call me a secret eater at lunch but it’s just a simple case of it’s too stressful for me to hear it…even on our 3min drive home it carrys on and I just hold back constantly because I don’t want to come across as being weird…my wife knows I’m irritable at tea time and she takes it personally but it’s nothing personal just how I’m wired and it’s really hard to imagine telling anyone that i have an actual condition as I don’t want people to feel awkward around me☹️

  130. Kari

    Does anyone else hate and have sensitivity to ALL of these noises? Because I for sure do.

  131. Erin

    Wow reading the information on this website, I definitely have this. I always just thought I was overly sensitive and irritable 🙁 When I hear noises that trigger me, I either want to fly into a rage, scream and hit something, or burst into tears. My partner has OCD and it seems that every one of his compulsions is a trigger for me – turning the taps on and off loudly, turning door knobs repeatedly, picking up and putting down objects repeatedly etc. I have really struggled to not react to his compulsions as I know that what he experiences is far worse than what I am experiencing, and I can’t ask him to just stop doing it! I would love to hear from others whether there any point seeking treatment or whether it’s something that I just need to get on with, and try not be a b!tch when I’m exposed to triggers! I have taken lyrica in the past for nerve pain and it did nothing for my pain, I didn’t make any connection between that and my irritability though so I really don’t know if it helped.

  132. Rose

    I thought I was losing my mind and felt so guilty when asking people to stop the noises, I was embarrassed. Thank you for this article! I have absolutely 99% of the triggers and this has lifted a weight off my shoulders knowing that I’m not losing it!

  133. Simon Bailey

    P.s. to be very light hearted about it; a girlfriend who makes minimal mouth noises would be most welcome!!!

  134. Simon Bailey

    Hello All,
    Initially I just want to post to say what a relief I find it to see that this is actually a recognised condition! For 20 years I have thought I was just weird, grumpy, intolerant and moody.
    I read a number of posts which also relate to Citalopram. I take this for other reasons and it’s interesting to read that people have experience with this also. On occasions when I have missed Citalopram doses I’m confident the issue with mouth noises has been worse.
    Does anyone know of any kind of ‘centre of excellence’ for working with this? I don’t think my general practitioner is going to be very interested (despite the fact they are generally great; this is just too niche!)
    My email is: I’m very happy to hear from anyone with similar experiences.
    Kind Regards,

  135. Krista

    I always just thought I was different. I have to leave class or offices sometimes. When I was a child, my brother would whistle and it would bother me so bad that I would pee. I do the mimicking technique, but I have always tried doing it because I think the other person will hear me and realize how annoying they are being and shut up. I snore, but freak out when someone near me snores or breathes loud (and any slight noise associated with breathing is loud to me), laying my head on a chest and hearing the heart beat, NOPE! When the dog snores or scratches, or licks, or whines it drives me insane. I used to be a little quiet about it, but now I just tell people straight up, that everything annoys me. I’m so annoyed that everything annoys me, and has for as long as I can remember, that I finally looked it up and am so happy I am not alone, but I feel for each and every one of you, because it is SO hard to deal with sometimes. It gets in the way of everything. Once I get annoyed, I just end up in a pissed off mood and it is nobody’s fault, I’m the one who gets annoyed while everyone else around me does not.

    • Jane

      I can’t go to movies. The sound is way too loud. I also wonder if others who suffer from this condition are easily startled. I’ve always been easily startled,even if I can see the person coming. Any loud sudden noise seems to get a very aggressive response from me. Repetitive sounds, sudden sounds, sounds that seem unnecessary or rude to do in the presence of others, Gross sounds(nail clipping,chewing,sneezing or coughing) one thing that really gets me is when people watching videos on their phones or iPads and don’t have their own earbuds in. I hate to say it but sound sometimes feels like an assault. I have felt like maybe it’s me.I’m in a bad mood or maybe I’m a bad person because I can’t stand other’s personal noises. I seem controlling when I ask for people to be aware of their surroundings and themselves when making noises. I hate feeling like I’m policing people all the time or what they’re doing makes me want to police them. It’s sad and tough to be angry at sounds. So happy I’m not forced to live in a city. I would seriously go postal. I also have been teased for being sneaky because I’m so quiet. I see no reason to stomp and thud through life. Luckily my now boyfriend calls me graceful,because he can never hear me. Amazed at how quiet I am and how conscious I am of my noises and the noise of others.

  136. Vina

    I think sharing this would help with the further research; I used to not be this sensitive when I was small till 2011, even when I was studying and the kids were like playing around, I was focused. But now, I cannot focus myself reading when people are talking near me and so on. I used to suffer from stress and depression as well, and so this may eventually lead to misophonia. I think it may not be hereditary because I was well till year 2 of middle school, and it started to change when I faced problems with lead to stress and eventually changes in the brain I guess. Hope that this sharing can help with the further research regarding misophonia.

  137. Vina

    This is a problem that I have been facing for a very long time. Just like this article says, I know that people are not aware of what they do is bothering me. I cannot stand snores, noise from washing machine, speaker noise from neighbours, sound of people opening and closing my room’s door and more. After searching about misophonia, I believe this is definitely an existing problem and also it is not just me myself in this world that suffers from it. I would want to try using white noises when going to bed tonight, but I think this will damage my hearings. Hope that there is a absolute treatment for this soon.

  138. gbs

    OMG. I have had this condition for probably 45 years. No one understands my agony. It is a wedge between my wife, my kids and I. I thought it was ADHD. I have been medicating myself on a dozen ADHD drugs that don’t work (Adderall, Ritalin, VyVanse, Nuvigil, Namenda, Strattera — all failing) I wear ear plugs all night and own 3 pairs of gun range muffs which I wear often. I cannot eat with my family. I can’t work productively around trigger sounds. I had no idea.

    There is one easy treatment (I am not joking nor recommending this but the truth is it works). Alcohol. I am not a drinker, but I have found for unavoidable events, such as Thanksgiving dinner — two good stiff drinks before “the torture” makes the event tolerable.

    If there is a therapy I want to know about it. NOW

  139. John

    I tried to politely ask my mom to stop clacking her teeth together because it drives me absolutely nuts. All she did was flip out at me and started to swear at me and have a big hissy fit. Its really hard to deal with the problem when whenever I try to tell someone/ask them to please stop they flip out at me.

  140. Patrick Barnaby

    Finally, I now know what my condition is called. I’m sensitive to high pitched sounds that plastic makes and similar sounds like whistling. High pitched plastic sounds can affect me physically but not whistle. Whistling just annoys me but not physically. This condition isn’t just a phobia but a real threat.

  141. Steve

    Finally at 67 years of age I’ve discovered that I have this condition and that there is a reason why I’m so intolerant of people who make all these noises that other people treat as normal (well they are normal of course – it’s me that isn’t!. Also now know why I love cricket, golf, birdwatching etc – all things you do in a quiet environment. I’m now hoping that someone in the medical profession, or a drug company that would like to profit from my suffering, will come up with ways of at least mitigating the effects, so I can enjoy retirement and holidays, and just normal socialising a bit more than has been possible in the past.

    • terryg

      I can’t stand having a pedicure because I have to hear all the dumb conversations. They are inconsiderate to others. Especially when they use their cell phones. Also in the doctors waiting room, this girl didn’t shut off her sound so I had to hear all her texting noises and the sound of her incoming texts. How could they not be aware that this is rude besides the fact that I just want to knock the phone out of her hand

  142. Anglophile

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew about what sets it off in the first place? I never knew I had this condition until I stumbled across an article in a paper. It made so much sense! I used to hate the sound of my late father’s chewing – I thought it was his false teeth clicking, but it was just his chewing. I could not be at the same table with him, even though I loved him very much. Now suddenly (a year or so ago) I noticed the same sound in my husband when he chews his food, and then not that long ago I noticed it in my middle son, especially when he’s drinking (the glug-glug-glug is nearly killing me!). Now I’m sure most people make the same sound when they eat, and it’s only suddenly that I’ve noticed it in these people I love very much, but I can’t NOT hear it anymore, and it’s driving me insane. It also makes me incredibly sad – I want to be able to enjoy mealtimes with my family, but sometimes it’s almost too much to bear. I certainly don’t want to take any meds for this. I wonder if it can be switched off as easily as it was switched on.

  143. lol

    does anyone else find squeaking brakes disturbing

  144. Kathy Jageler

    My Misophonia is having a huge negative affect on my work. On top of all the other sounds I have to cope with during the day, I have a co-worker who constantly hums or sings in a whisper. Drives me absolutely crazy! By the time I go home, I can hardly open my jaws because I’ve clenched them all day. I wear earphones most of the time and get all kinds of jokes from my coworkers. Talked to my doctor – he said to go an audiologist. Talked to my psychiatrist – he downplayed the affects and said I need to just make a decision that I’m not going to let this bother me. . . REALLY? Any advice on how to approach this with the medical community and my co-workers?

  145. Tony

    Traffic noise is my trigger,especially if they are speeding and the continual waves of traffic ticking off in my head the sound of the tyres on the tarmac the sound of a accelerating screaming engine cuts my nerve’s to bits and invades my space, Citralapan, Radio background noise and going deaf helps

  146. Brian Malsch

    I have misophonia and my trigger sound is mostly chewing, slurping, and gulping. Its really bad and its mostly from my dad though. If we are sitting at the dinner table and I can hear him i will get up and sit in the bathroom for about 20 minutes and finish eating after he finishes. If I ask him to chew with his mouth closed he will get mad and tell me to grow up. Its not a sanitary thing or the fact I think its gross, although it is, it really triggers it. My symptoms when i hear these trigger sounds are normally kicking and stomping kind of like reflex not like Im throwing a tantrum, biting my lip or cheek really hard, anxiety, teary eyed, and just plain out bursts. I explained it to my mom and she supports me and is telling my dad but he thinks its just some fake thing and I need to grow up. Any help?

  147. Sarah Jordan

    I have lived with the hate of eating noises, especially my mother’s. since I as a small child and it made meal times hell. Then I found that anything my mother did triggered me the same. It made me feel so bad about myself. Then it became the eating noises of my 1st husband and then of my 2nd husband. It seems much worse when it is someone I am, or should be, emotionally close to. He now accepts I eat by myself. What a relief! I found as an adult my sister had the same reactions, especially to our mother. She also now eats by herself. Anyone eating with their mouth open triggers it. Then 22 years ago the sound of my husband clattering plates became a trigger. I felt I wanted to kill him to stop the noise!
    My daughter has this reaction to any noise, such as music, she can’t control and has had to move twice so she lives in the country and the family have to drive many miles to commute. My sister can’t bear any noise she can’t control and lives on a mountain top! I became sensitive to TV through the walls when we moved here and the deaf lady next door had her TV on loud! We bought her headphones and now whenever the tenants change I worry what will happen. It’s been OK since then as they have turned things down or moved the position of things.
    Does anyone else have it in the family like this? My son seems OK. Perhaps it is mainly females.

    • terryg

      my dad used to put pepper on all of his food then sneeze nonstop forever. Annoyed the heck out of me. I also don’t like repetitive sneezing, sniffing or coughing

  148. Maria

    I’ve always been plagued by gum chewing noises or tongue clicking or tongue sucking. My partner sucks his tongue in his sleep and it keeps me awake. I have these strong negative reactions to it and I have to sleep on the couch. I’m not able to wear ear plugs because I won’t hear my alarm in the morning. I’ve tried headphones too but the music keeps me awake. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  149. Donna Manthey

    Whistling, pen clicking, finger tapping, gum cracking, keyboard banging, water bottle crackling, chewing noises to name a few. Like someone else said, why does it not bother me if I make that noise? Is it the sound itself or the pitch of the sound? I used to work with someone who clicked their pen against their forehead and never realized they were doing it. Is that also a disorder? When I hear noises such as these, they come right to the forefront and drown out all others. I don’t take any meds, I just ask the people to please stop as it really irritates me. Some understand, some are obnoxious and do it more. The people I work with on a constant basis have been informed of my “condition” and try to keep their bad habits at bay. My glare at them when they are remiss is usually enough. I am sympathetic to those who are burdened with these feelings and hope you all find a way to cope.

  150. Mike

    I hadn’t heard of misophonia until I read a news story about it this morning. Well this seems to explain why I get agitated or even annoyed by certain sounds, I’d previously put it down to me being grumpy or over sensitive.

    For as long as I can remember, there are certain sounds that are guaranteed to prompt varying degrees of reaction in me, these are (i) Noisy eating or drinking of any kind, (ii) Metal heel tips or stiletto heels on a hard floor (iii) Tapping on a keyboard, (iv) Repetitive clicking of a computer mouse; (v) Repetitive clicking if someone is using a touchpad on a laptop to flick through emails or web pages; (vi) Repeated clicking of a pen; (vii) Someone tapping their fingers or an object; (viii) Personalised ring tones; (ix) Someone who isn’t by me but is talking slightly louder than everyone else, especially in a busy place, some female tones really irritate me in this situation.

    Tapping on a keyboard is my worst trigger, I get a strong urge to get a baseball bat and smash the keyboard into pieces. I’ve visualised myself doing it several times. Being on a train with someone tapping away within earshot is a nightmare scenario for me, I have to move to another carriage to avoid the situation. When Blackberries were all the rage, the clicking of someone writing an email or sending a text prompted the same reaction, I wanted to grab the phone and smash it. My wife uses the touchpad on our Mac to go through emails and just the sound of it drives me mad.

    What does puzzle me though is why the sound of me tapping away as I write this isn’t making want to throw the keyboard out of the window?

    Now I know my reaction is probably down to misophonia, I’m interested to find out more about it.

  151. Jordi

    I am also joining the club. Great to know an study about this condition has been done. Hopefully is the start.

    I have dyslexia and now misophonia. I feel like a soldier collecting badges after going to war.

  152. nick

    I’ve suffered from this since I was around 10 years old and now up into my mid 40’s.
    Sharing a small room with my brother who had hay fever was extremely annoying during summer holidays and was when I can first remember this condition. The sound of people eating food and therefore why I despise of people who eat with their mouth open remains. The sound of fire alarms, hoovers and the screams of babies is still extreme. I suffer from tinnitus and hyperacusis, the latter covering some of the symptoms of misophonia. In addition the hyperacusis occasionally causes temporary deafness in one ear. Attempting to communicate in a noisy environment where other people are doing so is sometimes impossible.

    It seems that the affecting sounds other people make are significantly worse once you know or have become acquainted with them, as if it’s then being deliberately done but that’s one for the psychologists.

  153. Beebz

    dry feet on dry feet. i swear tho it’s usually whether i respect the person making mouth noises or not like if i think you are a stupid bitch then your stupid mouth chewing noises will increase my disliking of you even further

  154. Jane

    I feel for each and every one of you here. I am 40 years old and I have lived with this ever since I was around 10 years old I think. I could not stand the sounds my family made at the dinner table and I could not stand the non stop coughing coming from my brother’s room. I could not stand to hear my Dad snore and I could not stand if someone sneezed in class or laughed too loud. This only grew worse over the years and I somehow managed to get through both college and university however many times I sat in class in such a rage I was almost in tears at noises others were making. People are ignorant and don’t think anything of eating in quiet areas or breathing loud or refusing to blow their nose. I hate the sounds of so many things and even the sight of certain things. I am always upset and angry and I don’t want to be. I am otherwise a happy and very compassionate person towards other. I know this is a horrible brain disorder. One of my biggest disapoints was when I seen a very kind social worker and she told me that I could use “mindfulness” skills to deal with this and this is a choice. So it’s a choice that I automatically physiologically feel rage – and the urge to fight or flight – at certain sounds? Wow – if this is a choice then I have clearly been making the wrong choice all along. I have tried using skills. I am a professional and very intelligent. I can tell you that it takes more skill than you would ever imagine for those living with misophonia to get through their day when they are always upset. This is skill. To stay at a job that is making them feel they are going crazy due to rude co-workers eating and sniffling – that takes skills! For just one day I wish all non-misophonia sufferers had to live with this disorder and not know what was happening to them. They would be calling on all members of society to take serious intervention into this if they could see how those living with misophonia truly suffer. It’s hell. I don’t want to be driven to distraction by ordinary noises. I don’t want to fantasize the ceiling crashing in on someone crunching a carrot. I don’t want to feel angry and give bad looks to people who won’t stop coughing and sneezing or laughing loud etc. It is not a control issue. I am not being obessive compulsive. I just hate certain sounds and I can’t explain it – only those who have it can understand. I found out that you can’t tell others you have it or else they will mock you and judge you. Only if someone truly loves you will they work with you to try to eliminate some of the noise or else don’t let others know. This one day will be more common I believe with the rates of autism going up and mental illness. Everything is on a spectrum so who knows where this misophonia is. I take ciprolex – 20 mg for depression and anxiety and I take 25 mg of Topamaz for migraines. I don’t think the medication helps the misophonia – not sure.

  155. Jess

    Does anyone know if the is a counselor for Misophonia in Wellington?

  156. Millie

    A friend just sent this article to me. Thanks. I wanted to share what really helped me at work especially since the work industry has gone to working in cubes and you can hear everyone’s annoying sounds! Thank goodness smells don’t trigger a flight or fight reaction. lol I purchased a Soneic sound machine. The machine has 10 sounds. In particular there are 4 sounds that truly cover up human sounds (eating lunch, chewing gum, putting their hands in a chip bag, typing on a keyboard, etc…) I plug in my ear plugs and I am at ease and can concentrate. (The 4 sounds are Gray Noise, Pink Noise, White Nose and Brown Noise. Brown Noise is a deeper sound and very relaxing.) I hope this helps at work. (Use it at home if sounds from other rooms are brothering you! YOu will be a relaxed person. Too bad you can’t use earplugs at the family dinner table) Good Luck to everyone. Also, the machine was inexpense ~$40

  157. Potato head

    My whole family said I was crazy because I couldn’t stand their REALLY LOUD eating and REALLY LOUD breathing!! 🙁
    I saw a meme on this on instagram so I read this article and I’m glad I can show my family this and tell them I’m not insane. How do I fix this? I don’t want to get annoyed at eating and breathing anymore!! Will I have to live with this for the rest of my life?! 🙁

  158. Jala Crayton

    This may be random, but does anyone have a service dog because of Misophonia? I love to get one because I an emotional wreck when I am triggered by the sound of chewing, and I think having a furry companion with me, will be beneficial. I am just asking if anyone has one, and is your service dog helpful?

    • fred b

      I hate dogs and dog owners because barking invasion is my worst trigger, along with bass invasion. So I dog would not work for me. Even if it didn’t bark it would be licking itself, which is gross.

  159. Daniel

    I’m 40
    I thought my dad had something to do with the way I react to so many annoying or disgusting noises from telling us to eat with our mouths closed and not smack our lips as we pulled a utensil from our mouths after taking a bite. I firmly feel I did not ever smack my lips and also as a child seldom if ever chewed with my mouth open. I can hear myself if I accidentally smack my lips or make an open mouthed chew and it repulsed me. So the list of annoying sounds….
    Ladies heels on on a hard floor
    Ladies fingernails on keyboards or touch screens
    Mouth noise of all kinds including chewing gum with mouth open chewing any food with mouth open, sucking foods off fingers …use a frickin napkin for $&@@ sakes, people eating crunchy foods like nuts or vegetables at work
    Annoying voices …Dennis ya freak just die!!!!
    Heavy breathing
    People blowing their noses
    People peeing – like the women of my household
    Hold music being played at super low volume
    Idiots who never shut up
    Drunken laughter and excessive swearing or crappy singing
    Snorting laugh gross
    And a myriad of other things
    Sounds I love
    Running water whether it be a shower on the other side of the wall, rain, rivers or beaches

    I think people say we have a bad attitude for hating so many things many of which we occasionally may accidentally make ourselves to our dismay.
    Well now I know I have a disorder. So I can’t be blamed for being aggravated by it.
    And if the know it all jackass at the table behind me doesn’t shut the heck up I’m gonna….have to leave.

  160. Rebecca

    Since i can remember i have had majority of these symptoms (ice crunching, scratching, crunching chips,and tapping to be the worst and until today stumbling across this site have i known there is a diagnosis. I also believe i have OCD with this condition. Has anyone experienced the act of scratching, or tapping with nails, sharp object etc to make them want to “rub the surface smooth” to make the feeling of the scratch go away? Weird i know, but it drives me crazy and i feel i could be the only one with this issue?? Anyone else relate?

    • Chris Sullivan

      I can totally relate. I hate the feel of seatbelts and anything close to that texture – it gives me chills. I feel like I have OCD in conjunction with misophonia.

  161. Makenna

    I have suffered with misophonia for about a year now and I just found out about it a month ago. My entire family is constantly sniffling, lip smacking, slurping, crunching chips, and so many other things that make me want to scream. Whenever I tell them to chew quieter or stop sniffling, they tell me to either ignore it or that they can’t stop. I have showed them many articles on misophonia, but they refuse to do anything about it. Because of this I spend all day in my room and I never want to go to dinner because know I will have to deal with these terrible sounds. I am constantly trapped in the car with people sniffling every 10 seconds and it makes me want to cry. I have tried wearing ear buds and listening to music but it still bothers me. Does anyone else feel the same way I do about this?

    • afra akhter

      I feel the same exactly the same I cant sit with mah family I have to stay alone all the time in mah room
      I just want to ignore it but I cant but seeing many people with the same disorder I am a bit relaxed nd can show mah family a hint or thing that I am not only the one many people are facing thisafr

  162. Lea

    Wow! This describes some difficulties I’ve had since childhood. I only react to the voices of certain people. I thought it was my ears reacting to a particular sound frequency. It appears that the article was an eye-opener for others as well. Interesting.

  163. Piper Arera

    I just read the article and ticked off all that I do. I have Misophonia and it’s annoying because I have really good hearing so whenever I am at work, on the bus to work, at home or anywhere, I find a way to hear something that bothers me. My methods to help is stress balls, punching bags or shaking your head. It really helps but u need to use them all the time and people will think your stressed or just out of your mind.

    The struggles we go through as a Misophonian,

    Love P

  164. CT

    Hi all!

    I am quite the misophonic myself and have always tried to find a root cause for my situation as it’s driving both me and loved ones crazy at times. I’m attempting a research essay to find out the probability of a partial cause for Misophonia and hopefully, some relevant cure with my professor, therefore I’m engaging in everyone’s help who may fit the criteria of the study.

    Other than being a misophonic,
    Subsequent criteria:- Identify as Female, Aged 18 to 55

    Here’s the link to the test:
    TRIGGER WARNING, Best with headphones and done on a PC.
    And thank you very much! Anonymity is guaranteed.

  165. Janet Witherspoon

    I just stumbled on this condition today, and am actually am relieved because now I can take this to my boss and maybe he will be more understanding. I have a coworker who has a plastic cup full of ice that she rattles and cracks and clunks down constantly, sometimes every minute, it’s triggers migraines in me, puts me in a rage, I want to scream atbher, dump,the ice on her, it distracts me from my work. Nothing effects me like this noise. I can’t ignore it. I feel I am in a hostile work environment.

  166. Lance

    My wife exhibits symptoms of Misophonia, but it doesn’t seem to be consistent. For example, she hates the sound of me clipping my nails. But, the sound doesn’t bother her at all when she’s clipping her nails or our kids nails. Is this something else, or with Misophonia does the reaction to a sound depend on the source of the sound?

    • Cindy

      I can only speak for myself, but if my husband is making a noise and I can’t see what’s going on, like the clipping nails, video game noises, even the clicking of his keyboard or the rubbing sound of his mouse and clicking, it makes me have this weird thing, my neck kind of sinks down, or my head has to turn and I have to take a deep breath. Even if I’m fully focused on something else and barely know he’s around..those little stabbing noises just jump inside my ears and go straight into distract me. However, if I am watching his game, watching him clip his nails (and this is the only reason I would do that!), or I can see the thing that’s making the noise (unless it’s mouth noises, eating, high pitched nasal squeaking, etc.) I don’t have the same overwhelming urge to run away:)

  167. Kieran

    I’m 14 so I’m doing a lot of exams at the moment and it is torture…
    Paper rustling feet tapping pens clicking people breathing is an absolute nightmare…
    Also, people in my year at school don’t understand the word quiet so when I ask them to shut up they just get louder and it is so irritating. my parents are not great at keeping up with me. They’ve managed to help me with my autism which is great but I also have depression, this, insomnia and anxiety which is great… Pile a load of anger issues on top of that and you have me. My sister just makes fun of it and makes it worse and although I live rural we foster babies so there is always a baby crying, planes crossing over, army people shooting and its torture. As I’ve said, my parents aren’t great help so I don’t really know how to solve this. I’m pretty glad that I found this though. Any ideas would be deeply appresiated 🙂

    • Sully

      Try meditation. I use the Calm app, which gives some free sessions. If only for 10 minutes a day – it will change the way you perceive life.

    • Piper Arene

      I feel u, when I had school it was soooooooo frustrating.

      There was this kid in my class that every 2 seconds would sniffle (I am not kidding), which just happens to the biggest trigger of all my triggers.

      Talk to your teachers next time, ask if you can bring ear plugs to tests. I did this and even though the plugs didn’t block out much of the noise, I was able to concentrate in tests.

      In class, just when you are working quietly, I perfected the ‘block your ears and look like I am resting on my arm’ look. It will be soooooooo much better, I promise.

      Good luck,

      Love P

  168. Akuma

    Oh geez, describes me really well. It’s the background noises like dogs barking, loud chickens, screaming and generally loud people, loud and sometimes high-pitched birds, noisy vehicles that do it for me. I originally thought it happened just when I was going to sleep and thought it might be because I’m tired, but it happens during the day as well. It gets me extremely irritated to the point where not only am I slamming my windows shut, covering my ears and expressing general noises of frustration (“argh!”, swearing, etc.), but I also have some really dangerous thoughts. Dangerous meaning that I want the animal/ person dead. I wouldn’t normally want to kill anyone and I’m not a murderer or anything, but these sounds drive me insane to the point where I honestly just want to storm over to the who or whatever is making the noise and scream for them to shut up and do whatever it takes to get rid of them/ the noise. I know it sounds horrible, but they’re just intrusive thoughts; nothing I’d consciously think of doing if this sound wasn’t triggering it.

    • Jasmine

      Yes, I feel the exact same. Pretty much any noise that someone can make with their mouth will trigger me to the point that I want to harm them or punch at least something. I also do the whole making noises when I’m frustrated and sometimes it relaxes me a bit but not really. I also absolutely hate the sound of birds, there’s a nest right outside my window and honestly I want to strangle them, and this is coming from someone who is an absolute animal lover.I also thought it was just when I was trying to get to sleep but figured I hated most noises in general. I sleep with a fan on that usually blocks out most noises but when it doesn’t I cry out in rage and start to sob loudly. My parents get angry at me and tell me to ‘get over it’ and to stop turning my fan on in the day. But they don’t understand how much most noises trigger me to the point that I want to harm what ever is making the noise. I know how you feel.

  169. Sully

    I am very happy to have found out that this is a true condition. I always thought I was the jerk by being offended at certain noises that are quite common. Here is my list: loud keyboard typing, pen clicking, plastic bag / plastic bottle crinkling, eating with mouth open, finger / foot tapping, smacking of lips. (probably more lol) I used to respond by mimicking the sounds, but found that the person creating them either didn’t realize what I was doing, or did not care. Sometimes, I have to disconnect from the situation entirely to release my mind from it. I actually replaced my coworker’s keyboard for a nearly silent one, but that really didn’t help. Mediation is the one way I have been able to build up any tolerance to this idea at all, and it has also offered better ways of dealing with life in general. Also, yoga is a great physical way to calm my body. If I could suggest a medication free way to start the healing process with this: try Meditation, if only for 10 minutes a day. It has taken me very far with solving this problem.

  170. Indigo

    I HAVE THIS! I always thought I was crazy!
    One problem: My mom doesn’t believe me. She says “those sounds are annoying to everyone.” It makes me so frustrated I want to cry! How can I tell her that I actually DO have this?!?

    • VEE

      Yessss!!!! My mom just says I need to control my nerves and everybody just tells me to try yoga and meditation…… ughhh

  171. Mark

    Sucky sticky noises like Mac and cheese, slurping and breathing. They make me cringe, just the thought as I type this get me going.
    The family love some of these sucky sticky foods, so I just go to the bedroom until after supper, I will lie awake at night and listen to my wife breathing and just have to get up and go to the lounge. I will stay awake all night, if she breathe heavily. and you cant do or say anything without upsetting the situation, so you just try to get to sleep before her the next night

  172. Anna

    I have it were repetitive noises trigger a BLOW UP

  173. Miss Mot

    OMG, I can hardly believe this is a disorder. I think this is what my 11yr old daughter has. I’ve been so upset tonight, I started look for parenting tips on the internet as I am at my wits end at my dd carrying on at the dinner table about eating sounds. Her annoyance at eating sounds started about 6mths to 1 year ago and I’ve been trying to teach her to be more tolerant of people because there are a lot of peoples habits that we might dislike. We have been at breaking point for the last couple of weeks and tonight I felt like the worst parent in the world. I made her eat her dinner alone in her room 🙁 She also hates sounds in her classroom and finds it difficult to focus on her studies but has done well considering. She takes the longest time in her class to complete assignments. This has been going on for approx 3 years. I’ve been taking her to a pschycologist now for 4 months, 1 apt per month. I will discuss with her this disorder and go from there.

    • Becky

      Miss Mot – just wondering how you are doing as a parent and coping with your daughter’s misophonia – I too have a daughter who has got misophonia and our life has turned upside down by this and I’m so scared to know what the correct thing to do and feel responsible for her future ability to live with this …. I know how ever hard it is for me her dad and brothers to live with this little known condition its a million times harder for her and I feel her pain so much.

  174. Jim Main

    Open mouth gum chewers, and any slovenly mouthing particluarly with food, or just generally languid things (pulling at pursed lips while watching TV even) is vile for me.
    I have just gone through a change in office staff in my place of work, and the person who sits opposite me now takes out gum at around 9.15am, and chews slowly, blowing the occasional bubble, never bothering to close their mouth and makes the most hideous noise.
    I feel genuinely violent. I have had to get off buses (inter town buses) in the past due to this…I really don’t know how I can cope without looking like a complete anti-social idiot.
    Does anyone have any strategies for blocking this…? At the moment I’m making excuses to run errands etc…anything to get away…

  175. Elizabeth McDonald

    I feel like I’ve just discovered the Holy Grail! Never heard of this before although I have had hyper-sensitivity to certain noises since my teens. People eating/chewing loudly (especially popcorn in movie theaters!!!!), loud cars/traffic, heavy breathing, clicking of computer keyboards by other people, and one of the worst: heavy walking! I cannot abide the “thumping” of people’s footsteps and whenever I have to stay overnight when I’m out of town I need to be on the top floor and away from any traffic. Perhaps this has been the source of years of anxiety and mild depression? – At night, I sleep with a big fan to muffle outside sounds. This has been a real problem for me but now that I know there is an identifiable medical condition associated with it, I will talk to my doctor.

    • Jasmine

      I can relate to you 100 percent! I cannot take it when people eat/chew loudly too, and heavy breathing don’t even get me started. If I’m staying over at someone’s place and they start snoring I will end up getting aggressive and really angry and end up sobbing myself to sleep, while putting a pillow over my ears and plugging my ears. I also have to sleep with a fan to muffle out all sounds but when that doesn’t work I’ll put my music on high. Also the sound of people typing on keyboards and mouse clicking drives me insane that I have to leave the room! When I tell people to either stop or limit the amount of sound they make they don’t listen and make it louder!

    • Mandy

      I’ve known for years that I suffered from noise sensitivity towards traffic, I thought it was only me and honestly didn’t know there was a name for it. I lived in a lovely house for 17 years the problem was it was next to a 6 lane motorway. It was really bad for my mental health so much so I didn’t want to go home after work, especially the weekends. I couldn’t open my windows, I couldn’t hear the TV for the traffic noise and I definitely couldn’t open them on a warm night while sleeping. It made me feel I couldn’t cope with my kids and my husband, always irritable (probably from the lack of sleep) there’s only so much a person can sleep with a pillow over their head. Earplugs are a big no, as they make my ears sore and I feel off balance. Anyway we moved house out to the country 3 years ago, I thought this was my saving grace but no, when I’m out in my back garden looking over fields I can hear the traffic in the distance, and when its windy the sound coming from the road is horrendous, I feel anxious and a panic attack coming on. When it’s quiet, I love it. I’m tired that it’s affecting my life so much, everywhere I go I listen for it, out for walks, holidays, I feel everyone I know lives in a quiet street, even my neighbours who live opposite me, crazy I know. I’ve tried hypnosis, mindfulness but nothing has helped. I really don’t want to live the rest of my life like this, I’m considering CBT but I’m embarrassed to go to my GP to ask. I’m glad now I’m not the only one. I think my daughter is the same, she hates me chewing and swallowing. I’m I came across this Web page and feel I’ve got a lot of my chest, there’s only so much a husband can listen to.

  176. Seeking Silence

    I am 33 and engaged to a man with three kids. Their constant noise agitates me beyond all reason. And the 3 year old… tantrums all the time and his screaming enrages me. He starts screaming and my heart starts pounding so hard and fast it’s actually painful. I would do ANYTHING to stop his tantrums. As it is I dump him on his bed and shut the door so the volume is somewhat reduced. I still can’t escape it anywhere in the house, though. And when he wakes in the middle of the night and almost always throws a fit when he’s put back to bed, there is no going back to sleep because I’m resisting the urge to kill. Silverware on dishes makes me flinch. The kids know this and do it on purpose-watching me all the while. I live for the half of the week that they are not in the house and there is blessed silence. This last part is actually funny. My love has a very gurgly tummy. Laying in bed and hearing that…. urgh. How do I pour pepto-bismol down his throat without waking him up?

  177. Shay Johnson

    Thank you im not alone on this, when i hear loud bangs on the wall in my apartment and my neighbors slammin doors, all at times, i get paralyze, because not all the time, are they doing it on purpose, but since i’ve lived here for long time , it effects me mentally, and emotionally, it follows me out in places, also, becuase people are always talking about me all the time. I can’t even sit in libraries, or places with other people all the time, or have my back towards them. Because there always talking about me, trying to start stuff, and now it’s gotten to the point, where i get very lightheaded tired, feel like im about to throw up, verbal abuse. If i want to be effective at a job, which im currently looking for now, move out and find a house, other goals, i can’t let that stuff stop me, and i refuse too. Things are going to change. It grieves me and i cry, especially hard at night sometimes to sleep and can’t even take a nap or relax doing anything, i have to have my earbuds on listening to music on my computer, or watch a movie, etc. I don’t like it when it’s too quiet. People are so noisy and always have their eyes on me, i have no privacy. I’m so glad i found this, i need some help. Please!

  178. Lisa

    I’ve had misophonia since I was 15 years old. Consonant sounds that my mom would make when she talked would make me angry and irritated. After about a year and a half she sent me to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist put me on Trilafon, an antipsychotic medication. It did not help at all. When I tried to get off the medication, I felt out-of-sorts and not normal. I’m on Abilify. Latuda,and Paxil now at age 57 and just a couple of years ago the sounds that people would make on TV started to bother me really bad. I yell really loud at the sounds and swear too. Getting so angry at the sounds from the TV makes me depressed sometimes. I can hardly wait until there is a cure or a treatment for this disorder.

    • Jasmine

      I’m sure I most definitely have misophonia for as long as I can remember! and I can completely relate to you with the whole TV thing. If someone has it blaring and I can here it through my room I will end up getting so angry that I cry and become very aggressive. I suggest that if you want to get to sleep go get a white noise app to listen to or a fan. Listening to a fan or blaring my music really loudly helps me to block out most noises.

  179. Miss.styles

    It’s realy a bad that our problem can harm our family. But who can understand our fellings? Nobody…….everyone say the problem is from you and it’s true but how we can fix it ha?there is no way……our problem is realy bad…tnx for reading this❤

  180. Lucy

    I feel much better I found this website and now i know I am not alone. Is anybody can recommend something for help? I cant take some sounds from my family and drive me crazy. I also can not understand If they could eat or breath without noise why they dont do that?! I try to dont say anything but after a while either I leave the room or start the ‘fight’…

    • Tony M

      Most people only see inwards and don’t get context. My advise, don’t spend too much time at home and move out somewhere quiet as soon as you can.

  181. Melissa

    Glad I can know what’s wrong with me lbvvs… there is a lot of things that was listed that I would have never thought would have been placed under this label….

  182. Lola

    Finally a place where people understand! I feel like it’s not going to be long before I lose my mind if I do not receive some help!

  183. Michael Diaz

    I have had this horrible disease for as long as I can remember. It started when I was 10 or so with my Grandpa whistling and my dad chewing at the dinner table. It has only gotten worse from there. I am 30 now and the only words I have to describe it is utter torture. The worst is at work. Its only one person, but literally everything he does drives me insane, and there is no way to get away from him, we work in a small office and he is 5 feet away from me ALL DAY. I lose productivity in a major way, and I go into an uncontrollable rage whenever I am forced to hear him on the phone, typing, eating at his desk (which he fucking does 50 times a day). Literally the way he walks drives me insane. There is nothing I can do to fix it either. I love my work, and have a great career, but this disorder is ruining it. I go home with my jaw hurting from grinding my teeth all day, and I drink every night to ease the stress and go to sleep. I am the single father of a 5 year old little boy, so I can’t simply quit my job. Additionally, when I pick him up from school or daycare he wants to tell me all about his day, which I love and it helps to alleviate the stress, but when we get home I literally have no energy to play with him, and I have to force myself. Its utterly hopeless.

    • Laurie

      I have this annoying disease too and I agree with you. The things certain people do drive me to near insanity. I can’t wear headphones at my job but is that something that could work for you to drown out the annoying sounds of your co worker? You’ve probably already thought of it so my suggestion may be worthless but thought I’d throw it out there.

  184. Pippa

    I can relate to all of the above, if I could live my whole life in absolute silence I would. The other thing that really upsets me, that I haven’t seen many others comment on, are extractor fans and air conditioning systems. That constant humming drives me mad. x

  185. Carmen

    I have had this disorder since I was 10 years old – I am now 60. My husband thinks it is all in my head and does not make the effort to minimise his eating noises, sniffing, scraping and a host of other most annoying noises. My 20 children do make the effort because I have insisted on it. Zoloft does not help. I use ear buds and this helps to take the worst edge off. This has been a horrific struggle and I just try to minimise my exposure to these noises. I hate this disorder- it is actually painful and unrelenting.

  186. Louise

    This is so me! I *cannot* stand:

    – people wiggling their feet (like when they stretch them continuously OML) it actually makes me so angry
    – tapping feet/hands
    – shaking legs
    – clicking noises like from a pen or recently a family member has a phone case and keeps flicking the magnetic clasp I actually want to snap the phone in two
    – people eating
    – sneezes and esp. burping, I have actually gone off and burst into tears
    – when people scratch their heads/pick at their hair
    – nail biting, people licking/sucking stuff off their fingers
    – when someone is rubbing someone else back in the corner of my eye!!!!!
    – nose picking
    – sounds of people eating

    The list is endless but these are just off the top of my head. I will literally slap the person’s hand or leg or whatever and tell them to stop, if they don’t I have to leave because I get furious and I want to hurt myself ? I will pinch the skin on my wrists to cope sometimes

    • Elizabeth

      OMG, wiggling feet. Me too! My beloved late father, rest his soul, did this a lot and it drove me to distraction! Not his fault but it affected our relationship somewhat.

  187. NSA

    I only have this with my mother. No one makes more noise than her when eating. Absolutely no one. She eats with her mouth open, makes more smacking noises than a dog drinking water, slurps tea like a vacuum hose hovering above a pool of water, belches constantly and walks like an elephant charging through the jungle. I think I’d rather starve to death in a hole than live with her again…

    • Amy

      I have to say I’m finding everyone’s descriptions of their experiences extremely therapeutic. I cracked up so much over your description of your mother, because it just relieved so much of my own pain over things like this. Thank you for that.

    • KAREN

      Oh my, your description of your mother was, I’m sorry to say…hilarious! And just like my own! My mother drives me nuts, with her constant need to fill her mouth with food and then begin a conversation! And her belching!!!

  188. Lori

    Anyone have sniffing as a trigger? The people in my class sniff every 5 seconds and I hear every single sniff and it makes me so ANGRY i want to rip their noses out!!! I can never concentrate in class because I’m distracted every 5 seconds, and during tests I bring earplugs but they don’t even block it out so i shove my hands on my ears and so it takes me really long to do the test because i don’t want to take my hands off my ears!! Right now its cold season and after that is allergy season and no one ever stops sniffing!!!!!! I’ve started crying so many times because its so bad and it never stops but i have a test and i can’t leave the room, or i have to learn i can’t leave school. What do i dooooo?????

    • Brad

      Yes, I can relate!! My dad has a problem with sniffing. Although it’s a bit more than a normal sniffing sound. It’s more like an extremely loud and sharp snort. ALL DAY. EVERY DAY. He’s been like that since I was a kid growing up and it absolutely drives me insane. Literally will get to the point where I can’t even stand being in the same room as him and I have to leave. I understand you pain :/

    • Nicole

      Yeap I can relate… but then again any repetitive sounds make me go balls to the wall crazy

  189. Bethany Schmitt

    I am sensitive to about 80% of these triggers. I just thought I was incredibly irritable until I did a Google search and found out there was a name for this. I have noticed as I get older the more they bother me. I am currently enrolled at college and have to listen to a full 7 hours of lecturing throughout the day, 5 days a week. I can not stand one of the teachers because I have zeroed in on the way he stutters, constantly repeats himself, snorts/sniffles up snot, makes weird squeaking noises when he’s formulating what he’s going to say. I also can’t stand other students talking in the background constantly if I’m trying to pay
    close attention.
    I take a train to and from school that has 20 stops and takes about an hour. The automated announcements at each stop drive me nuts. When I get home there are 3 small kids that are just being kids, but they are loud and at about that time I just have to take a mental break and go somewhere quiet. It feels incredibly exhausting.
    I’m not enjoying my quality of life but I can’t just hole up and never talk to anybody (even though that would be nice for awhile).

    Besides noise canceling headphones and focusing on breathing and taking lots of breaks what else do you recommend? It almost feels like it is a form of OCD.

  190. Pam

    I have had problems with heavy breathing, snoring & crickets chirping at night when I’m trying to go to sleep for about 50 years. I never knew there was a name for this. My husband & I use a box fan at night to cover the breathing & cricket noises but he has started snoring, very loudly so the fan isn’t working for that. I get so aggitated I usually end up moving to the living room & sleeping on the couch. But that’s not comfortable & I’m not getting a good rest at night. I don’t like adding more meds to what I already take. I guess I need to start looking for a doctor who understands this disorder.

  191. Stacy

    I’ve had this ever since I was about 7 or 8. I’m 28 now and just found out that this is a disorder and other people suffer from it too. I remember getting reprimanded for asking people to chew quieter at the dinner table. I still cannot stand the sound of loud chewing, though I’m better at hiding my irritability now.

  192. Frances Carter

    Wow I have never heard of this before. I have had strong reactions to noises for about 40 yrs. I started with my son clearing his throat due to allergies, then slurping. Over the yrs more sounds have been getting reactions from me. (bag rustling, typing, heavy breathing, my dog licking and the turn signal on the car). I have moderate hearing loss and periodically get tinnitus. I never put two and two together.
    Now I just have to figure out how to cope with the sound irritations.

  193. kathy

    Oh man. I totally have this. I just thought I was being intolerant because nobody else seems to be bothered by noises like chewing. I just went camping with a friend and she ate chips with her mouth open and belched repeatedly…ugh. Everyone focuses on the negative, but I have to say that I feel I’m more sensitive to good sounds as well. I deeply enjoy music and have started playing several instruments.

  194. alan t

    i married a psychologist. that sort of pill not only works, it also understands when i wear ear plugs when the grand kids are here

  195. Mark

    Very therapeutic to read these stories. I can only go to a movie theater when I know it will be uncrowded because I will have to change seats if someone sits near me with popcorn. I sleep alone because I cannot bear my wife’s gentle snoring. But sometimes I hear it anyway through the wall and the fan. I have to leave if someone is eating an apple. Gum chewers make me apoplectic. They are cows chewing their cuds. My worst experience ever was when I was seated in the middle seat on a plane and the man next to me started slowly and studiously clipping his nails. After half an hour I actually asked him to stop, telling him that I had certain strange psychological issues. After the crew served dinner — yes he slurped — he flossed his teeth right there next to me! I truly thought I might have a heart attack. In retrospect, it was rather funny. Now when I travel I immediately put on headphones and shut my eyes — since certain visual tics also drive me into a rage.

  196. Paulstone

    I’ve lived with this issue for as long as I have proper memories.

    I cannot stand the noise of chewing, lip licking, sniffing, swallowing, throat clearing etc. My ultimate is the sound of (as Americans say) hocking a lugie. My name for is ‘phlegm scraping’. My hatred of this sound has almost seen me have fights in the street with total strangers.

    I’m now 47, And although I have been in a relationship for over ten years now and I love my partner, I cannot sit in the same room while he eats. He’s not particularly loud, and he can’t really understand my feelings. I’ve BROKEN UP with guys before because I can’t eat with them. So, far, this one is the lucky one!

    It’s been so life affirming to read the stories here. To know you’re not alone. Or mad, makes you feel a whole lot better.

    Would really like to establish a connection with other sufferers, and share stories and/or tactics that are used to cope daily.

    Thanks all for just being there

  197. BJH

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented on something on the internet in my life before, aside from Facebook. But this… Oh my goodness. I’ll start by saying I am very educated, in the medical field, married and have two children. With all of my life accomplishments, I get furious to the point of being a psychopath in response to: deep voices, over-talkers, loud talkers, interrupters, chewing, breathing, tapping,pen noises, most background noises, loud TV, loud music indoors, people who speak just for attention, people who try to obtain attention from strangers (being idiots while in a line at a store)
    In addition, and this most likely isn’t related to this “disorder” I HATE stupid people. I don’t say that like most people say it. I really mean it. I am extremely intelligent and find most people to be complete morons.
    Thanks for the vent, random internet website.

  198. Elizabeth

    My little brother basically refuses to eat off of glass plates with multiple people in the room because of people scrapping their forks and knives on the plates. He usually gets irritated or gets aggressive.

  199. michael dalton

    my girlfriend has all them triggers. she goes crazy.

  200. karen f

    oh my! them lists. they have the things on them that my ears dont like. one thing that isnt listed is rattling keys in a persons hand, especially when said person had keyrings attached to keys. ugh!
    i actually thought my dislike of certain sounds was because i have mild autism. maybe not, or maybe it ties in with it. i dunno.

  201. Tadeo

    Hi All

    I’m sure I have this ,but in my case it is more of a case of “ unnecessariness “
    I would for example hear the one neighbour start with a drill or hammer and straight away start sweating and felling nauseas. However if it’s the other neighbour it’s reasonably okay because as a rule he does not go on forever. People that are loud in the office ,hands free dialling with the volume loud or speaking on the phone so that everybody must hear them.
    My main hate is the sound of a child. I go absolutely bananas.
    I am not sure what to do about this because lately I get nose bleeds as well

    Good luck to all who suffer from this

  202. Maya

    i thought it was just me, this makes me feel so much better haha

  203. Savanna

    I for sure have this. My mother is a smoker, and she often breathes heavy or has this odd breathing pattern. I find when I’m in the car with her, and I hear it, I could actually punch her. I get so irritated, and I’ll tell her that I’m irritated and to turn something on to distract me, but most times she’ll tease me. “What do you want me to do, stop breathing?” No, I want music to drown the sound of your extremely irritating breathing. I don’t think she understands just how mad her breathing makes me, I get a headache because my blood pressure shoots through the roof, I start to sweat because I’m that angry, and when she tries to speak to me, I lash out on her and get myself into trouble. Glad to read this.

  204. mike ahuja

    for the longest time nobody knew what i meant….with the crunching sounds…and then my friends friend told me the almond sound did the same thing with her..and i felt not alone..than when i had to quit a 90k job cause of the ice crunching and stuff…than…i read about it..and was like omg its real…

  205. Madison

    Y’all don’t know how relieved I feel when I saw this.. I swear I thought I was alone. All of these affects and symptoms are so relatable. I actually sat crying from being so scared. This is very true. And I have a huge problem with these symptoms. I hate the sound of chewing, sneezing, hiccups, ect. I try to address it to someone in a way that is polite, but they tell me to ignore it. I just want to smack tf out of them. It’s terrible. I feel so helpless if I’m in the same room with someone who is eating chips or candy… I hate feeling so crazy since I was little up until now, which I’m only 15

  206. Trinity

    I am sooo glad I found out what’s wrong with me, literally, my everyday school life:

    Friend: *eating and smacking lips*
    Me: *suffering* can you please chew a little quieter? 🙂
    Friend: Okay. *still annoying me*
    Me: No seriously. Jesus fucking christ.

    I have a friend who has medical issues with her breathing etc so she breathes a bit loud, I was taking a test next to her and I was so fucking stressed out. I wanted to tell her to be quiet but I couldn’t 1. Because we were taking a test and 2. She can’t help it 🙁

  207. Zan

    I had only one trigger as a child – nail biting. My brother did it on purpose and I always went berserk. One day I decided to pretend that I didn’t mind anymore. It costed me a lot of energy but that day something really had to change in my brain because everything turned the other way around. Since that day, this sound gives me pleasurable feelings. I don’t know how did it happen. Now it seems to me like a miracle. Then…I was all right during my teenage years but when I turned 20 I got new triggers – snoring, nut cracking, talking with one’s mouth full, nasal breathing…My anxiety got worse too. I don’t know how to deal with it. My family makes fun of me or gets irritated and calls me names. I am often ashamed of myself for behaving like a harpy.

  208. Tiff

    I have a roommate who chews with her mouth open. The worst is when she eats snacks slowly. I can even hear the smacking sounds outside the room. I cannot understand why, when the sounds are so loud, does she not notice at all that she is making them? It is like a dog eating. The moment she starts eating I’ll reach for my headphones and blast music loud enough to drown out any other sound. At work, I have colleagues who chew with their mouths open too. One in particular makes bedroom noises, ‘Aah.. Mmm..’ and I hate it when the others commented on it because she takes it as an invitation to make even more noises, thinking she is being cute and seductive with that excess fat that crushed the office chair.

  209. Leona

    I’ve had this for a very long time, since I was about maybe 8. I never really knew what it was until recent years. I’m 26 now, but find I have intense, adverse reactions to people chewing gum (even seeing the jaw and cheek movements from this action drive me crazy) and the sound of bass from music in another apartment. The latter one usually drives me to tears, I’ll lay in a ball and cry, I usually can’t relax until I find some way to isolate the sound from my ears. I literally feel like a prisoner in my own home, a prisoner that really really wants to stab or throw rocks at whoever it was that dare listen to some jams. When I was a kid, my father was my worst trigger. Everything he did drove me crazy, right down to the very sound of his voice. These days my biggest obstacle is over coming the music trigger. Which I’ve had no success in even lessening the adverse reaction. Exposure to the actual noise has proved to be useless as far as combating this issue goes. Unfortunately I know nothing except making a trigger impossible to hear/see that helps relieve some of the stress. Only blasting your own music isn’t really a fix when you really just want to sit and enjoy some quiet time. I need help, my therapist and doctor haven’t been able to find something that works either.:[

  210. Desert Tripper

    Glad to hear that there is a name for this – have had this in one form or another most of my life!

    Some of the triggers I have – crumpling or ripping of paper, kids yelling/dogs barking (especially when they can be heard from my house or yard), cars that honk when the car is locked, people chewing with their mouths open, chain saws, and restroom paper towel dispensers.

    Some of these affect me so much that I’m reticent to go into places where these triggers may be encountered, such as parking lots and public restrooms.

    Not sure if there is a treatment for this but would be good to reduce my reaction to some of these triggers.

  211. Overwhelmed

    Wow yup this is me i start to cry if the sound doesnt stop especially when im trying to sleep. Sounds that nobody else can hear but me my family says im crazy but i will get angry and wish it away my neighbor downstairs has a cieling fan that i can hear all night i want to knock on her door sometimes and tell her but i dont. Cause i feel its stupid. But i literally. Will be up all night listening to the fan that sound is driving me crazy. And the birds chirpings How can i fix this

  212. Kathryn

    I thought this was just me!! My problem is listening to people eat. Also snoring drives me to distraction or licking lips in sleep. The eating thing has prevented me from doing certain things and I’ve even gone as far as to stick my fingers in my ears when I see someone eating near me. Am I crazy?

    • Eve

      I have this but my trigger sound wasn’t mentioned, a ringtone. I’m really worried people at my school don’t understate how bad it is I get very violent when I hear the ring tone and I’ve twisted and bruised a student’s leg. They mock me for it and play just to see what will happen then just blame me for something I can’t help.

  213. Cynthia

    I have dealt with this problem my whole life as well, I have actually dealt with it in a way to now I have learned to block it out. However now my son has been having major anger problems with all sounds. We can not eat dinner together he is very aggressive to his younger sister who sings and talks all day long. I am at a lose because he is already on ADD meds and I am not about to change it nor add anymore. My therapist said you may can try occupation therapy, they deal with sensory issues but it may be beneficial to try. My son is just 12 and cries ever night because he can’t deal with it.

    • lulu

      I had this problem starting also with my kid sister who was a motormouth; and I feel compelled on his behalf to say: please let your son do anything he wants, outside of his being rude. If it takes him wearing earplugs nonstop in order to not lash out, let him wear earplugs nonstop. Permit himself to remove himself from the situation whenever he needs to. Try your best not to make him feel guilty by pushing or yearning for “family togetherness” in the midst of his suffering. In my experience it won’t help. Aversion/exposure therapy will not make him any fonder of his sister when she is triggering him. It certainly never made me fonder, and in fact damaged my relationship with my entire family for years – maybe even “decades”, is not too strong a word – as they “took her side” nonstop, spoke to and about me and my sensitivities dismissively and rudely, and continued to insist “the world isn’t going to remake itself for you!” Being told it wouldn’t, has not equipped me one iota in the venue of “suck it up and deal”.

  214. Jessica

    Wow, I think I’ve got this. I’ve always been really thingy about eating noises and some whistling (especially the eating noises). I used to get so frustrated that I’d start crying. My family would just tell me to learn some tolerance and ignore the sounds. I thought something was wrong because I couldn’t ignore them. Now-a-days I try to make more noise with my utensils or crunch louder to drown it out because I’m scared of snapping at them. Glad I have some idea of what it is now 🙂

  215. Sylvia

    I just realised today after reading about this in my local paper that I have misophonia and I have been like this for all of my 69 years! It is awful. My mother used to yell at me to “Just ignore it.” I grew up thinking I must be crazy but it is actually a relief to finally find out I am not alone. And I have been married for 43 years to a man with ADHD! Can ou imagine how his fidgeting and noisy habits have driven me crazy? I printed this article for him to read and he started laughing halfway through it because he recognized immediately what was going on with me. I have been on anti-depressants and anxiety meds for years and they have helped but I finally decided that when a noise starts irritating the heck out of me to remove myself from the situation. Sometimes this means leaving the dinner table or going to bed early because I can’t watch TV with the constant racket that is playing in my head. But I feel better just knowing now that I am not alone in my misery and there is an actual clinical name for this disorder. And no, I am not cazy!By the way, all he ceiling fans in my house have tape wrapped around their pull chains where they lay against the light fixures so I won’t hear them clinking when the fans are on. LOL!

  216. Heather

    Hi everyone I also suffer from this but only with food noises and occasional car door banging so not so severe as others are feeling. I truly feel for you, has anyone considered hypnotherapy. I was hypnotised 2 yrs ago for nail biting, and the therapist was excellent and stopped it altogether and I have bitten my nails all my life so this was amazing. Unfortunately the therapist said to go for a refresher 3 months later but because my nails were long I didn’t bother, unfortunately it wore off and I started biting again, the next therapist I saw was newly qualified and the hynoptherapy didn’t work at all. To cut a long story short if you haven’t tried it please please do it only costs about £45 and it could change your life, my only advice is research and find a well established therapist and if they say go back ( which they will) GO BACK as this is the mistake I made, I will definitely be going to see if they can help with the misophonia xx

  217. Oli

    I think I have this. I can not stand chewing (which is great when my sister chews open mouthed and my dad with gum ????????) but now this is weird but I think I was triggered once by an elvis impersonator. I was in town with my bf and there was a loud (like I could hear him from a mile away literally) and I just closed up and wanted to run away. It also explains why I get super annoyed at work cause they’ve started playing music near my department. ????

  218. Dorothy

    Even as I read this, I’m sitting at my desk having to listen to a co-worker in the cubicle behind me loudly smack/pop her gum. I’m fortunate in that the smacking/popping sound is my only trigger (of which I know so far, anyway). It’s unfortunate, however, that she didn’t respond well to my gently asking her to stop and explaining about my reaction to the noise — she stopped for about 2 minutes and then started up even louder than before.

    And yes, I wear headphones a lot to either muffle or distract me from the sound but have gotten comments from other co-workers and supervisors who see it as anti-social.

    Damned if I do, damned if I don’t…..

  219. Who knows

    I found clorapriamine helped me but I have had to come off them because I’m pregnant and I’ve found I feel like I’m going crazy and can’t cope at all. It just feels like my misophonia is getting worse and no one knows what to do, which I find really upsetting. I’m losing my mind and hate the physical reaction(fast heart rate, headache, feeling sick). I can’t see a solution and I feel so helpless.

  220. Catherine Boyle

    It would be worth getting your thyroid checked, as oversensitive hearing is a symptom. I have listening to my dads dry mouth noises and felt like screaming. Getting a diagnosis and treatment is difficult sometime. Look at sttm website.

  221. Nathan Milewski

    This is something I have dealt with for years. Why would anti anxiety meds help? What helps the instantaneous rage? I have damn near beaten total strangers at restaurants(I no longer eat out) for simply enjoying dinner. I no longer eat dinner with my family and on the rare occasion I do I have gun range muffs. My family used to get upset when I would walk away or get up and even though I explain its my problem I’ll excuse myself they will never understand. My wife and I assumed I was the only psycho but I guess not. My wife was killed a short time ago and my nine year old drives me nuts nonstop more so now I’m all he has how do I fix this shit so I can be a father and so I can tolerate being around all I have left?

  222. Andrea Cardoso

    I thought I was the only one with these problems.Does anyone know someone who was cured? Or will we just have to live on anxiety pills for the rest of our lives? Why do we have this? Bad chilhood, genetics or both? My doctor and terapist said it will never go away completely.I feel so hopelessly.

  223. Miss Ophonia

    Am I the only one here who would like to bash people in the head when they lock their cars remotely? That high pitched beep beep makes me want to scream. I disabled that feature for my own car the day I bought it. It feels like nails on a blackboard to me, and it’s EVERYWHERE! And just a little bit ago, I chased a chirping bird all around the yard, trying to get it to shut up! Lots of sounds make me want to punch someone, but those two seem to bring out the worst in me. I feel like an intolerant jerk, but I really can’t help my reaction. I sympathize with everyone here. 🙁

  224. Allie

    I am so thrilled and mad as hell that this is an actual thing. I have been suffering for many many years now with this, not sure what age it started but it’s been haunting me for as long as I can remember. My “craziness” and rage to sounds, sights and feelings (people touching me, standing too close) make others angry, when they realize I’m freaking out. It’s such a horrible thing to have to deal with and I’m angry that I have it. I can’t be around ANYONE for long periods of time and always need space and me time to regroup so I don’t physically hurt anyone, or hurt anyone’s feelings by cursing them out. I honestly don’t think at this point that I can have a relationship with anyone or get married bc I can’t be around people constantly for too long. And that really sucks, bc I’m lonely.
    As I’m reading through everyone’s comments I’m finding many similarities with the “triggers” which I will list in a minute as well as the other disorders that many of us share.
    I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 17 and my grades went up, the distractions were much easier to deal with. Now I’m wondering though if I was misdiagnosed or if there is a connection to the two. Maybe I’ve just had this misophonia all my life, and due to the fact that I cannot concentrate on anything other than the noise that they assumed it was adhd? Unlike others with adhd I’m not physically hyper active it’s all mental. Due to the fact that this is a “new” disorder (to the public) there just isn’t enough research and studies available to properly diagnose it? Also I do have a little OCD I believe, I was never actually diagnosed with it by my doctor.. But one of my coping mechanisms is to count the seconds, minutes in between the noises. Like a person who has a throat clearing thing, I’ll count how long it takes for them to do it again, but sometimes that pisses me off too.
    Anyone reading this, I’d really like your imput on my theories..
    So here is the giant list of my trigger noises..starting with my worst.. Plastic bags are the death of me. Especially really really cheap ones that are extra crinkly .. And for some reason don’t stay in a ball so people keep trying to ball it up over and over until I curse them out to just put it in the garbage already (and then I can actually hurt it uncrinkling in the garbage). Silverware drives me up a f*ckin wall, especially in restaurants when the silverware is being dumped into the bucket.. That is literally all I can hear. I will scope out the room and ask specifically not to sit near the kitchen or by any little station or tray where dirty dishes go. Heavy metal blinds being pulled up .. Like my ears actually hurt. Throat clearing, feet being dragged (uggs kill me) people rubbing their dry ass hands together (I know your cold, but that’s what gloves and pockets are for) people rubbing feet together, socks together, stockings. When a tie is pulled off fast and rubs Against the shirt, chewing, gulping, loud drinkers, pen clicking, tapping, foot and leg jigglers (especially when it squeaks or the whole table is going too), ripping paper (not always, depends on paper) styrofoam, nail clicking, throat clearing (like when someone is doing it bc it’s a habit over actually needing to clear throat, sniffling (get a damn tissue would ya!!) over dramtic yawns and sneezing, water bottle crinkling, faucets running on full blast for a long period of time, when people talk and yawn at the same time), when people put their hand over their mouths or turn away and talk to me, screaming, high pitch voices, or whiny voices, static, when people use a word repetively (I also count that) Just to name a few!!
    And then I almost have a reversed situation going on where if something is too low it drives me nuts, like radio or tv, or I can’t hear it at all. That’s why a lot of your coping mechanisms would never work for me.. I can’t use headphones.. I can’t not hear what’s going on around me..sometimes complete silence doesn’t send me into a rage but I don’t like it.

    Alright well there’s my list and what I’ve been dealing with..

    I think one of the hardest things is that people just don’t understand what is physically occurring while I’m hearing this noises. Like I’m going to explode. My family and close friends who know about my hyper sensitivity to noise work with me to a point, but tell me to get over it, or I’m being dramatic, or “omg just stop it already” or “did you take your meds today” (adha meds, which do help). Or they just are like I can’t like I’m sick of having to walk on egg shells around you bc your cranky today.. And it gets worse when I am cranky but that’s normal people are more prone to be irritable when they are tired. I can’t be tired too? Ugh I’m getting angry just thinking about this. I’m just going to send everyone this article and hopefully they’ll see that I’m not just always in a bad mood or “being ridiculous”.
    Thanks for listening everyone!

    • lulu

      Yes, I hate people standing too close to me – I hear it’s usual and traditional for lots of people to hate folks hovering behind them, but I hate them even and simply if they’re in front of me. You had might as well sit my desk in a cave with bats flying around my head all the time and expect me to do work. In my mind and eyes, any peripheral vision flutter, is the equivalent of someone hurling a baseball directly at my head. I cannot distinguish between someone standing diagonally in front of me, and someone rearing up over the top of my desk to come into my personal space. I literally feel compelled to stare at them and track their movements for as long as they are standing there, which is very popular as you may imagine. I also hate jiggling-leg, folks fondling the crown of their own heads, yawning, stretching,

      The list of audible things which enrages me:

      “other people’s bass” (admittedly, I’ve never turned a volume dial up higher than “4” in my entire life); jewelry jingling against each other or banging against the keyboard (I once had a brand new coworker proclaim to me cheerily that she never took those stupid rain-bracelet noisemakers off; I immediately thought to myself “too bad I can never tell you this is why we’ll never be friends”); dogs barking and howling; whining and thumping machinery; plastic, paper, and foil bags crinkling; nail clipping; crunched veggies; slurping or gumming food like hard candy or bananas wetly; the sound of liquid pouring into a paper cup from a great distance; spoons clinking and/or scratching (those people who spend several minutes mining diligently after the last 1/16th of an inch of yogurt contrails in the brittle plastic container, are my mortal enemy); “stupid laughs” or coughs. it’s hell on earth, and like many others here, I can’t even be comforting and say it’ll get better. My symptoms have, so far, gotten nothing but worse as I age and in each new scenario.

    • Amy

      On of yours was a light bulb for me, people turning away and talking to me. I find this maddening. I thought it was just because, well, it’s rude, I thought. But it’s more anger than that. It’s like, the meanness or callousness of doing that gets to me, even though it’s usually my kids, who aren’t being mean. Thanks for mentioning this one, as I will try reframing it when they do it.

  225. Kirstyn Miller

    Anybody on this site absolutely can’t stand whistling and people tapping things, about 10 minutes ago I fell asleep and woke up to my mom whistling I yelled at my mom to stop several times before I started getting more frustrated eventually I started screaming then I started screaming and slamming doors kicking my bedroom wall and finally i started balling. Now my mom thinks I’m crazy and is taking me to Dickensons center to get me checked out. Please someone tell me if this is normal. I’m 17 by the Way.

    • Erin

      Hi Kirstyn,
      I think that feeling is normal. I’m really sorry you experience that.
      I yell at my family members when they whistle, but I must not have it as severely as you because I usually can recover relatively quickly after they stop. If they don’t stop, I have to run away. I understand your feeling perfectly. I’m only 16 but I hope this helps you.

  226. Lori

    Finally something that explains the irrational anger and disgust I get over hearing and seeing people chew. I know I’m hard to live with and I’m always on the kids to be quiet while they eat. Explains why I also get so distracted by little noises other people wouldn’t notice.

  227. Alan Smith

    I’m 47 and have struggled with this all my life. Only just realised it had a name.
    Typing this in the bath with my head under the water to block out the distant sound of my daughters fork hitting her plate.
    Sniffing noisy eating and ear phones drive me insane.
    But movement is also a huge trigger. Just innocent movement of feet in my peripheral vision causes huge rows. Family just do not understand.

  228. Tori

    The most annoying sound for me in the entire world is whenever I’m tired and my mother is next to me and is breathing and it’s like she’s got something stuck in the back of her throat and each time she breathes out it just sounds absolutely disgusting but I don’t know how to bring up to her that this annoys me.

  229. Dan

    I have read many of the triggers, but have yet to see anyone that has any of my more unique ones. My triggers consist of more typical styrofoam rubbing/scraping noises to more unique ones such as the sound of shucking corn, chewing sounds of green beans, apple skin. These sounds make the hair on my arms and neck stand on end. The sounds are unbearable. I literally have to plug my ears. Does anyone else have any of these?

    • Amy

      Do you mean the squeak that the green beans make? I have an issue with the feeling of that rub, or squeak, rather than the noise. And Styrofoam is hell. Like it’s against all laws of nature.

    • Myles

      I feel the very same way. As soon as I see food about to enter someone’s mouth, I cross my fingers hoping they would eat properly. If they don’t, then I make up an excuse to vacate the area.

  230. TASHA White

    Omg that’s me all the way impact noise I can’t stand it makes my nerves so so so bad

  231. Anne

    My 16 year old daughter deals with this– started when she was about 12, that we noticed. It’s at the point where if she walks into the room and even thinks you MIGHT have food in your mouth, she get FRANTIC–“WHAT ARE YOU EATING?! WHAT’S IN YOU MOUTH?! YOU KNOW YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE EATING!!” very STRESSFUL and hard to be sympathetic when she is yelling at us all the time. Can’t stand the sound of so many things–including the clunking of the utensils against the bowl- we DO use plastic utensils when we can a try to be quiet with the forks! I myself, her mom, deal with it myself but not to her extent! just want a cure so she doesn’t have to suffer so!

  232. dawn speed

    does anyone have kinesophobia which i have as well as misphonia. ? its towards certain visual like seeing the mouth chew. wiggling feet, toes etc?

    • Michelle

      Oh God! YES! I have it all! My fella rubs his feet together constantly when he’s tired. My mother skims her foot on the floor lightly in a circular motion, which drives me crazy. She also rubs her thumb along her fingertips over and over. Anyone humming near me, or tapping… so many things set me off. The absolute worst are loud chewing/lip smacking or crunching food. I get so violent inside and want to scream. I feel I’m at my wits end with this awful thing, It affects my life so much that is affecting others around me who I truly care about, but could kill them at the same time. My daughter seems to be the only one who has tried to understand and will avoid doing things that trigger these emotions in me.

    • Lance

      Yes. People who wiggle there feet drives me nuts. I have to block the movement from my field of vision.

  233. Gloria

    I have this and I also have an extremely hyper 6 yr old who is constantly moving (can’t sit still if you paid him), clicking something, tapping something—then there is the tv and my baby on top of it. I’ve tried every anxiety med in the book. Nothing works for me. And no one else can’t understand why I just can’t “ignore” it. Somtimes I feel like the walls are crashing in on me yet I’m a bad person if I want to leave the room to re-group. I chose to have kids so I should be able to just “deal with it”. Yes, I get that but how am I going to take care of my kids if I have a mental breakdown~ I just started counseling. Just venting as it seems many of you can relate.

  234. misophonic & misanthrope

    Just reading through this list makes me mad at the thought of the sound- I honestly never thought of it being an actual disorder.

  235. Elizabeth

    I have this problem with my dad and I absolutely hate it because its ruining my relationship with him. I cannot stand his eating noises, his clearing of throat noises, the way his mouth moves when he eats. Also, he does this weird lip pursing thing ever minute or so when he’s not talking. It drives me up the wall to just look at him do that. Its terrible and I dont know how to stop it D:

    Anyone know any good coping methods?

  236. Jan

    Thank you ALL for sharing! I too have lived my life with the irritability that comes from being exposed to other people’s noises. I think those of you who commented on the control aspect are right on. I feel trapped. One of the worst scenarios for me is the movie theatre. My friends now know that I will stake out seats where it doesn’t look like anyone close by will be munching popcorn. It’s the scrunching around in the bag – just take the popcorn out and eat it dammit – why does it take you so long to get out your handful?? And PLEASE close your mouth while chewing. I’ve had to get up and relocate in the middle of a movie with friends going, where is she? It’s true – it makes you feel like the craziest most intolerant human on the planet.

  237. Lea Ann

    Finally people who understand and I thought I was just weird and a control freak. Here is goes: nail biting and clipping, my husband flossing his teeth, his foot shaking the bed, smacking, cracking and popping chewing gum, loud country music in a store or restaurant, pen clicking, people saying huh, sitting by someone at church and they bounce and shake their leg really fast for no reason, especially hearing the tv thru the way and my dear husband surfing thru the tv. I just feel better knowing that I am not alone

    • Gloria

      Ditto ditto ditto! My husband complains because I watch tv on volume “3”. LOL

  238. Sterphen

    Yes I relate to so many of the comments before. Snoring, mouth sounds, yelling kids, barking dogs etc. However these are context related and don’t affect me in certain situations. I am aware that the anger generated in me relates to, and is made worse by, seeing myself as a victim when no-one else is having to suffer this particular noise like I do. So why should I have to leave the room or not go in the garden etc? And why should my days be spoiled just waiting for the trigger to come? I really wish there were some techniques to dealing with this as it seems to be getting worse for me.

    • Jess (going insane I swear...)

      Yes! Those are my triggers too. My neighbours think I’m a f**king nutcase because their idiot dogs bark non-stop and when I’ve spoken to them about it they deny that the dogs bark (what blissful ignorance they must live in), and when I’ve tried to get the council to do something about it they tell me that the dogs ‘just don’t quite bark enough to be considered a nuisance’. I also lived across the road from a park for a period of time which I think contributed to my severe hate for children making noise of any kind, haha! I feel your pain, I’ve thought to myself 100 times ‘why should I have to leave the room/move house’ etc. but it turns out no one else is bothered by these noises and they ain’t about to change their habits for me 🙁

  239. Christine Taylor

    Whistling is my biggest trigger and it seems every time I go shopping a whistler will follow me around the store. Its enough for me to drop my groceries and get out of there

  240. Jay

    I am so happy to see that there are so many people that share this symptom. I have it too and it is impacting my social life. The only means of escaping the hell is to defend myself from the trigger. In other words, I would leave the location of the sound or visual trigger or listen to music, ear plugs, etc. As this tactic does enable me to lead a social life, it is daunting to think that I would have to live my life like this.

    So recently, I Have been engaging in a training of my own. So far it has helped and wanted to share the idea to others who similarly experience this symptom. What do we have to lose at this point. Cant get worse than it already is.

    What I did was NOT to block the sound as I always did, but to voluntarily listen to it. I would download a bunch of chewing, smacking, other triggering videos and would listen/view them. Of course the initial reaction is rage and anger, and it was really hell. Imagine listing to videos of people eating, smacking, chewing gum and food. It was really shitty and made me wonder whether I had really gone crazy.

    But with time (perhaps a couple of hours), interestingly, I got used to it, and gradually, I was able to listen to the trigger sounds while reading a book peacefully at a cafe. The one very important thing that I was able to discover from this is that

    “I was actually OK in listening to such sound as long as it was under my control”

    In other words, when I acknowledge that the play/stop button of this trigger sound was under my control, I was actually completely ok with the sound itself. Which means that it is not the sound itself that I am reacting to, but a deeper “something” that is causing the emotional reaction. You can also try doing something nice and happy while listening to the trigger sounds (I watched animal pictures and movies). That may help in altering the “schema” or the hard-wired reaction that is associated to the trigger sound.

    I am in the middle of writing up a blog about this and will post here again about the URL.
    I really feel for all of you struggling with this symptom. Hopefully we will find a way to cure this.

    • Amy

      This is very interesting as I am highly triggered but if a person try’s to trigger me on purpose (making fun of me) it does not have the same
      Impact upon me. So my husband licking his lips (every few seconds) is very bothersome but sometimes he teases me and does it and it doesn’t bother me!? Please
      Me posted on anything you find.

  241. Ellen Horrocks

    Does anyone find that this is magnified ten fold just after waking up? If someone starts talking to me within the first 10 minutes of waking up it makes my blood boil and i just want to go to a quiet room alone.
    My other triggers are chewing, loud voices (other people don’t think they are loud), the sound of leg thumping, mobile phone sounds (mine is always on silent. The sound of the tv through walls makes me murderous! But I am wondering if others have the same response to the early morning talking.

    • Amy

      I literally am the
      Same! Can’t deal with being being spoken to or even having to look at people for about an hour. You are not alone. Morning time
      Is not a good time for my Misophonia x

  242. Melissa Wilkerson

    I have this! I can’t stand repetitive noises like the looping music in video games, the computer mouse clicking, finger nail biting, someone clicking a pen over and over, foot tapping, finger tapping, windshield wipers, turn signals, basically anything that makes the same noise lasting more than 10 to 15 seconds. I also can not handle the volume on television commercial’s. I react violently to them, we have to mute them all.
    I read about the Meniere’s and looked it up, now I am worried because my ears have been clogged up for about 6 weeks. I have been on 2 rounds of antibiotics and my right ear is still clogged up. It’s a mixed blessing, it helps with the Misophonia, but I can’t hear my family when they talk! LOL. I am glad I looked this up. My adopted daughter has Misophonia, she can’t handle chewing noises during meal times. She has other meal time issues also. I will be on the lookout and be more supportive for her. Thank you for the article.

    • Cindy

      Melissa, I TOTALLY understand the video game thing. My husband plays a lot of games and that gunfire, the music, the clicks and pops that are random actually make me feel like I’m being attacked from the inside of my head! He is lovely and puts on his headphones, but I know he’s wondering if I’m nuts:) I can feel my heart rate go up even when I’m focused on something else like there is a bug buzzing around me and I can’t swipe it away and can’t ignore it no matter how hard I try.
      I have to say, it’s comforting to know other people have the exact same experiences. We are not alone:) But maybe we should be..haha

  243. Salawu Ibrahim

    I’m happy reading this, it has given me much insight as regards, misophonia. I happen to have this disorder, I noticed it when I was about 16 years old, now I’m 22 years old. It infuriates me when I hear mouth sounds, I think that’s only what triggers my irritation as of now. Be cause of this annoying issue it has affected my eating habit, most times when I eat with any person that makes such sounds I tend to chew, gulp and swallow louder for me to concentrate less on their sound. I feel bad about myself as I’ve changed over time to a pretty loud water. The main concerning issue are my family and friends, my dad is a loud eater, and sometimes when my mum chews him, she makes popping sounds also and as for my friends most irritate me the way they eat, but my little sister which I’m closest too sometimes eat loud beside me and I don’t notice. This has become a big concern for me now, because not a lot of people take me serious when I tell them I’m irritated at the way they eat. Also I don’t want to do anything that will hurt people close to me because of this issue, so I’m very concerned and I hope there could be a self therapy I can engage in to help me lessen or relieve me of the disorder. this is a brief of what i feel. I hope to get a reply soon. Thanks in anticipation.

  244. David

    My brother and I both have extreme cases. The triggers come from people close to us . In his case, his wife. They are now separated. In my case it was my mother ( now deceased) and my sweet loving partner of over 50 years. The only way I can cope is NEVER looking at him while he is eating, and, always dining in the living room facing the tv.
    It’s a little better when we dine with guests as I can distract myself away from him. My triggers are strictly his eating noises, and simple face gestures that have to do with food.
    They are triggered only by him.
    Also, scraping plates with his fork and when he flosses his teeth which I try to block out .
    BTW when others do these things I am not affected.
    When he does them I become outraged.
    Unreasonable ? Weird? Yes.
    Uncontrollable? Unfortunately, yes.
    Only recently have my brother and I have come to learn that other people have this disorder and there is a name for it.
    Unfortunately it does not get better as we age.
    We have shared this with some friends and relatives.
    But there are often consequences in doing so, such as ridicule and outright anger and disgust at our behavior.
    It is an embarrassing and terrible disease.
    Fortunately I have my brother to discuss it with. And this forum.

  245. John Minjiras

    For some reason my wife’s eating, slurping, nasal noises, snoring, and any chewing noises effect me. Other people bother me also. I always put cotton in my ears when eating with someone. I hope someone has some thoughts to help me. I wish I were deaf– then it wouldn’t be so bad. Any suggestions/support would be helpful.

  246. Natural Raw

    Analyst sorry submitted above and spelling was not checked on smart/dumb phone! Peace alll
    Raw where as right alongside wrong for you can’t have one without the other. Realizionation acquiring wisdom

  247. Stephani B.

    I never would have thought this was an actual disorder and I’m not alone. I always thought I was just crazy, since I have an issue with so many noises. Eating especially, if people make noises while they eat I get so angry to the point where I’ll call them out on it or leave the room altogether. At work, it’s horrible because the doctor I work for is CONSTANTLY chewing and sucking on ice all day long. It drives me mad. Sometimes I can get away from it but I work so closely with her and I feel strange saying something. It got to the point where I made it seem like her cup of ice got accidentally knocked over one day, just so she would stop. Loud breathing is also bad. The noise that styrofoam makes is absolutely abhorrent. Whenever I tried to describe to friends, coworkers, or family the level of anxiety it causes me when I hear these sounds, they just can’t quite comprehend just how bad it is. Glad to finally know there are people out there who get it!

  248. Bree

    I am so glad i found this. My husband has this. I have it also but not nearly as bad as he does. I am just so glad it’s a real problem and i am not the only one.

  249. Violeta

    Heeei!I have this thing, too. I don’t want to make it sound like I’m happy for it, but I am glad I’m not the only one in the world who reacts this way in this kind of situation. I hate a lot, a lot of sounds and everyone around me says I’m crazy and difficult, but the truth is that it’s over my power to react less. When I hear the triggers I feel like my head is going to explode and my stomach hurts and all I want to do is killing the source of the trigger, even if it might be a person.
    Thank you for letting me find out what’s going on with me and feeling that I’m not the only one who avoids a lot of situations because of the triggers!

  250. johnny

    its not fun having this super hearing when my brother eats I get so irritated by it I tell him to ####off and eat somewhere else I have a hole in my eardrum so any noise makes me nuts just always stay calm best you can

  251. Sophie

    Omg I have this I hate when people are chewing especially with their mouth open

  252. Jaiden blackwood

    Guys I think I have misophonia, when I listen to club, dub step, dj music I get very scared and run away. Also when I hear or think about it the first things that come to mind are (death and the colour brown)

  253. stephany

    My biggest trigger is slurping. I get so mad and sick i want to punch everyone in the face!. Growing up i would always have a tantrum and leave the dinner table. I had a special dinner with my fiancee and his parents and( fuck my life), it was Soup! The worst part was trying to put a smile while my partner who knows my issue, completely had a slurping concert! I felt my face turn red and ran to the bathroom to barf. Horrible experience!

    • Tony M

      Slurping is the worst. I say stop hiding it and just tell people, if anyone gets butt hurt it’s their problem. Life’s too short to put up with it.

  254. Kim Spinnan

    Anyone who doesn’t have this, you are lucky. Instead of judging those who have it, just be glad you don’t. It’s living hell. I never wanted to be this way, and I’m sure anyone else with this disorder will say the same. I’m just glad I’m not alone, because for more than half my life I was. A huge weigh lifted when I found out there was a name for what I had(and still have). I just wish there was a total cure for it.

  255. Nicky, 12

    I have grade 10 misophonia, which means i physically hurt myself and others and it drags on for hours because of this devil you call misophonia. everyone thinks “Just stop, its easy.”. nobody understands the true pain of having misophonia except people who have misophonia. my mom (who doesn’t have misophonia) thinks that all the pain is on her. not at all. you dont understand misophonia at all unless you have it. i have a severe anxiety disorder now and have severe depression because of this. every minute of everyday i have triggers happening, but i attempt to hold it in. then i have a rage and my mom says its juts a temper tantrum and that there is no point for me being upset. just saying there is no point of being upset is upsetting! i get upset from chewing, keyboard noises, loud breathing, gulping, talking ( the word S ), swinging your arm when you walk, your jaw moving up and down when you eat, muffled voices/TV through wall (happens daily), computer mouses clicking, just to name about 1/8th of the things that make me upset. you might think this is over reacting, but its not.and when im upset,i know how to stop being upset. but i cry-talk, so you cant understand what im saying but im saying stuff. and so im giving my mom hints on how to make me happy when im in rage but she doesnt pick up, at all. so she tries to ignore me, doing normal household things while im practically dying trying to tell her, which the ignoring me gets me more upset beacause its a pleasure to be able to be happy and ignore but i cant, so then i get even more upset. so thats when we both physically harm each other. im 12 yrs old now and have had this ever since i was 6 or 7. thats about 5 or 6 years ive had this. and it keeps getting worse. ive been to numeral doctors but none have been useful. ive been trying to find a misophonia group chat to talk with but i havent found anything sadly. its soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nice to know there are people who experience this with me, dont worry. we will all find a cure, together.

    • Sean M.

      Oh my god I know how you feel. Everyone told me to stop pretending but it literally makes me want to rip off my ears so I dont have to listen to anything. It is nice to know that people do have the same troubles as I have been experiencing.

    • Amy

      Oh yes the gulping too!! My husband, every time he eats bread I cringe inside waiting for the gulp that always follows. I tell him to chew it next time, rather than swallow whole, as it’s so avoidable! But no, always happens. Also tv through walls, drives me insane. I just thought I was a misfit for this world. When I was 15 my friends had milkshakes and were slurping them. I told them how difficult I found it. I am and was even more then very mild mannered, painfully shy, so it would have been gently said. They just slurped them all louder, at once, looking at me and laughing. Who would do that to a friend??

  256. Margaret R

    I have misophonia too like many with this wonderful affliction I find most day to day noises extremely irritating.
    I have passed this on to my daughters who find most noises dreadful most of the time.
    So pleased to know we aren’t alone.


    I literally can not stand my sister at mealtime..while she eats in my company I have to find some inner hiding place to drown out the noise.i do get agitated but I try not to let it show.i hide the Bombay mix when she comes to visit!!

  258. Faith

    Makes me feel better to know it’s not just me. Mine is certainly compounded by my adult ADHD. When I am on the phone or doing something that requires my full attention, any one so much as talking in the same room drives me insane. I sent this article to my mom to help her understand why when we are on the phone, especially when I am on my bluetooth, all those crazy things she is doing in the background that seem innocent to her (shuffling papers, talking to her cats, running water, typing on her keyboard, etc.) illicit a response from me that to her seems out of proportion for the activity. Now I know why and hopefully, her reading this, will make her more understanding. I am not trying to be a raging b*, it just happens when she makes those noises.

  259. Liz

    Wow this makes me feel like so much less of a bad person! My six year-old step-daughter annoys me more than anyone else with how loud she chews, scuffing her feet when walking, any repetitive noises really, and when I get mad at her I just feel SO bad after and my husband gets mad at me too! I can’t seem to control it, and it’s like that sound becomes ALL I can focus on until I end up exploding! It’s been like this since I was a kid, but back then it was my siblings I couldn’t stand being around. Oh God, the sound of people cutting their nails, they used to torture me with that. I talked to a psychiatrist about how so many sounds annoy me SO much it is ridiculous, but he didn’t really say much. I always thought it was related to ADHD, but now I’m wondering about OCD too…

  260. Phillip Hines

    Until now I thought it was just me being too sensitive, I didn’t even know this existed until I saw a Facebook meme on it. Anyone know how to deal with it. Sick and tired of these triggers affecting me so much, some times you just feel like hitting the person to make them stop the heavy breathing or the loud chewing

  261. Tahlia

    i already suffer from severe depression and anxiety which is always made worse by my misophonia. I’m 15 and have younger brothers who are 7 and 11 and extremely energetic and just don’t stop running around or doing something which is incredibly hard to deal with. When they use there imagination and play with there toys it’s great as that’s what kids should be doing but they always make blowing and shhh or skkk sounds or a bunch of sound affect type noises and it’s one of my worst triggers and i feel terrible to tell them off but i can’t handle it, neither or them know how to eat with there mouths closed so chewing is also a big issue and honestly 90% of the sounds they make everyday is so irritating and overwhelming that i have to tell them off or ask them to stop often resulting in me getting told off by mum or my brothers so most of the time i just end up shutting myself in my room and not often coming out unless i really have to mix that with all my support: physiologist and councilors telling me to spend more time with or around my family becomes extremely upsetting and cause me a lot of distress, I’ll definitely be mentioning it to them next appointment and hopefully getting some help.

  262. sara walls

    I was so happy when I found out that this is a real ‘thing’. I can’t stand snoring. When my boyfriend snores, I can’t decide whether I want to kill him or myself. I have had to leave the house before so that I didn’t hit him in his sleep. The sound just makes me so incredibly angry. It’s a good thing that when he’s asleep he can’t hear the horrible things I say to him when he snores! I have to wear earplugs every night and sometimes during the day, or else I can’t even think. All I can do is fixate on the sound.
    I also hate pulling the cotton out of pill bottles. I can’t even do it myself, I have to have someone else do it for me. It’s so bad that just thinking and writing about it made my mouth start watering, and not in a good way.

  263. LJ

    I have, what I feel is, severe misophonia(ticking clocks and everything that rattles or is squeaky). I also have severe tinnitus. Is it common to have both? Also have OCD. Is there something specific that causes all 3 or am I just nuts???

  264. Michael Slaton

    I work with people with brain injuries that repeat themselves a a lot so I thought it was brought by my work until I read this. I remember being a kid and my mom would eat cereal and every time she would clink the spoon into the bowl. It drove me so crazy. > could hear it all over house. Now I take her to Doctor appointments and she will eat crackers. She sucks her teeth the Entire Time and I want to throw her Out window. It’s a 90 mile trip to doctor. The one trigger I saw on list that is me 100% is car doors slamming. I have a neighbor that is in and out of car 20 times a night. That car door slamming makes me curse every time. Now I see after this article that my work only makes it worse. This has been in me all along.

  265. Steve

    I don’t eat at the dinner table any longer. I snap at both kids frequently for chewing loudly (with or without their mouths open.) I leave the office and walk down the hall when coworkers break out the chips. If I can’t leave my desk I find myself doing anything I can to avoid hearing that next chomp (knocking on table, covering ears, tapping my feet loudly.) It is crazy – after the first loud chewing sound, it is like my auditory system develops super human power and focuses/zones in on the source of the problem and the sound just gets louder and louder (i get images of being in that person’s mouth while they are chewing.) I hate how I act around those close to me. Attempts to just go with the flow, deal with it and “turn a deaf ear” just don’t work. It isn’t like I am totally debilitated by this, life goes on, but those moments are seriously intense…….

  266. C

    I find it interesting that most posters are female. Is there anything to this?

    One other noise that I have always joked is my least favorite noise in the world is a woman digging through her purse. Ugh.

    One suggestion that has helped me tremendously is meditation. I’m currently using a guided meditation app that tells you to focus in on the sounds around you. This has been really helpful since sounds in the past have distracted me so much from being able to meditate fully.

  267. Laura

    Misophonia has been a part of my life forever, ruined many relationships, pushed people away, and made people think I am literally crazy. My triggers range from the letters s, c, t, and f, along with chewing/chomping sounds, repetitive noises (people itching, typing, tapping), whistling, humming, slow movements (people wiggling their fingers, toes, twirling their hair). I have visual and audio misophonia, even when I explain my disease to people they look at me like I am crazy, they do not understand, and they continue to chomp away, whisper with their s’s, and bring me into a full on panic. I seem to focus on the sounds, then get more angry as I cannot seem to get my mind off of them, I get almost a tickley feeling in my tummy, I mimic people, and then I have to leave or look away. This disease has haunted me my entire life, and has been slowly ruining me, everything I try to do to control it does not seem to work. My anxiety is out of control, and I do not know how to control this, I am 22, someone please help.

  268. Ludo

    Everyone thinks I am nuts and a bad person, I am not hearing the sounds at extreme volumes, they just trigger instant brutality and anger, for me is very difficult to control, my attention is focused so fast into the sounds, I can’t think something else while being bothered by this. Quiet ,natural sounding spots are my fascination, All unnecessary sound feels like an aggression to me. I am glad, I am not totally a jerk.

  269. Karen Kennard

    The worst problem I have is with birds, can’t stand all the repetative chirping., commercial ads for all of these drugs over and over again, and the television in the living room when I am in the kitchen. I already take an anxiety pill, and it don’t help this problem !!

    • Jasmine

      Yes, a nest of birds live right outside my window and chirp all the damn time! It drove me crazy to the point that I would sob, cry and rage for hours when I was trying to get to sleep. I also absolutely hate the muffled sound of a television. I have to sleep with a fan on to actually sleep at night and sometimes I even have to have it on in the morning to simply block out all these sounds that trigger me (which is a lot!). The other sounds that trigger me is people eating loudly, slurping, crunching, muffled voices from other rooms. I just can’t cope and have to leave the room.Sometimes I even have the urge to punch the person or thing making these noises it gets that bad. I feel your pain!

  270. Denise

    Oh my goodness! This is a real thing! When I was little my doctor told my parents to take me to noisy places so that I would get used to noise. Still hate it. Drives me crazy. My office has now changed to a Open Office Concept. Oh, it is awful. I looked into noise canceling headphones, but they all play music or something to drown out the noise. That’s no help. Talk, talk, talk, phones ringing, keyboards tapping, people chewing, on an on . I thought I was being too sensitive. I use earplugs sometimes. I am so relieved to know this is a real thing. Yes, I have to sleep with my fan on, too. My neighbor has a clock that chimes every hour. And, either my house is haunted, or I can hear them talking as well. Oh, to be locked in a quite room, with no sounds. That is my wish.

    • Bethany Beck

      Hi I also have Misophonia I always thought I was crazy or too judgmental but I have found that when I’m eating with my husband (he chews with his mouth open uhhgg shudder) if I just put on background music usually classical or Jazz or blues it significantly decreases my annoyance of him. I am so relieved I finally found out what this is called and that it’s a real condition. Because I’m a good person I love people and animals I volunteer and do whatever I can to make the world a better place I really do love people. But my intense hatred for the sounds of people chewing has made my life unbearable. I mean it actually makes me angry! Like my husband will be chewing with his mouth open and I just want to punch him! It’s absolutely crazy! I love him like crazy so why does the sound of his slurping and chomping make me feel real hatred towards him?

  271. Tracy

    I, too, thought I was alone in this. My triggers are more environmental. Although I am highly annoyed by mouth noises such as smacking lips while chewing and popping gum, rhythmic sounds like turn signals, clocks ticking, dripping faucets, finger tapping, or a car rattle while driving send me over the top. I have to make them stop immediately. A fan is needed at bedtime to drown out most noises, too. I have a white noise app on my phone in case we travel somewhere that has no box fan to help me sleep.

    • Laura

      I have all of these triggers also, the fan trick I also use, I always bring one with me when I travel, try headphones with music that does not bug you, it has seemed to help me a bit when I am at my peak of anxiety.

  272. TS

    The sound of people chewing outrages me. I felt my blood boiling as my sister sat next to me curnching on a bag of Doritos. When my son eats, I feel as though the sounds he make are magnified and I sometimes have to leave the dining room when we’re eating as a family. I hate the sound of air conditioner and muffled voices. I have to take deep breaths when these noises are present so as not to react to them. I hate to hear someone gasping while eating because they think their food tastes so good. The ahs and smacking are enough to make me cry.

  273. Jennifer

    My office mate and good friend gave me the “just don’t let it get to you” and “just ignore it” advice. It is so hard to get people to understand what it’s like. Then, IT HIT ME!!! My coworker and friend has severe allergies. I told her to think of my misophonia as an allergy to “eating” noises. Telling her to not let her allergies get to her, or to just ignore her allergies is ridiculous. Once I put it to her that way, she got it! “An allergy to certain sounds” is a good description for those who will never get it.

  274. MoniQue

    Thank yyu for this article. My daughter goes crazy with raw food especially raw carrot munching. I never understood it till now. She munches crunchy fruit like crispy pears as soothers. She gets triggers from key pad or something…
    I would like to help her. Is there any herbal help? It is psychotic?

    • Lee

      I have a few things that bother me, but not sure whether it’s misphonia or just sensitive hearing, because I normally hear things others don’t like the alarm clock power supply buzzing, or light bulb buzzing, or that noise in the background of the car, it’s only when my kids slap there mouths together when chewing there food does it bother me, but is it in the mind or just manners?

      What I will say though, a few years ago I suffered a massive problem with food and couldn’t eat anything. It wasn’t until several stones of weight loss, blood tests all normal and a lot of research on the web that I found out about GAPS syndrome.

      Anyway, From my experience before any of these things happened and my problem with eating the book I got about GAPS with one recipe, liver, onion, garlic and a good dollop of butter fried up was my road for recovery and like a god send. I craved it.
      What am I getting at, the food we eat could well be the cause of a lot of our health problems. Bread is one of those things that makes me feel worse and get much more agitated and having the sounds become more pronounced and my feelings towards my kids becoming harsher when chewing there food causing me to leave the room before I shout at them, which is something I don’t want to do.

      I would never go on medication for these kinds of things but look at the medicine our bodies eat everyday, the food we eat. You would be surprised at what a change in your life it could make and the GAPS book could well be a start in the right direction.

      I know what I’m saying may sound strange for some as its not coming from a doctor, but when I had no success for my anxiety, panic attacks and stress from the doctor this book saved my life because I was in that bad of a shape.

      I hope what I’ve written helps and hope you have some success too.

  275. Naomi Ashley

    I really did think I was alone. I recently discovered my condition and it really sucks. I didnt know this was an actual thing until I did more research about it. I told my parents about it and they think it’s just funny. They smack in my ear on purpose and they don’t understand that it’s like I’m going into a rage . I really need Help and I want some type of treatment because I don’t wanna be like this forever. I’m only 15 and I want to be normal without having to be enraged by the sounds that I hear daily!!

    • C

      You should forward this article to your family. I just discovered this condition and I am 43. I have had this since I was a small child and have figured out ways to avoid a lot of my triggers so don’t despair! The biggest one for me is being at the dinner table with people. At my own home I always turn on the radio that sits in a corner just behind me. I play a local jazz station which seems to be a happy medium for anyone joining for dinner. When I go to my in laws for dinner though it is literal torture just to get through it. My father in law swishes water through his teeth to remove food and does pig snorts in addition to the sounds of chewing, etc. that regularly bother me.
      Finding this article makes me feel better knowing that I’m not just a sensitive jerk but going through the list and seeing that most of the sounds affect me is also disconcerting. I hope it relieves the steam in my head and doesn’t add to it. The tricky thing is that my five year old daughter is already showing signs herself.
      My poor husband….

      • Colleen

        I’ve just read the article today and I’m a little bit relieved. I’ve been suffering from an early age. I too am irritated by all the things listed. And I sympathise with all the people with this condition. But my little girl has started being the same how can I explain this to my 5 year old who has it too. ?

    • Nic

      I’m really sorry your parents don’t understand your issue. Hang in there. My husband has always been sensitive to sounds like tapping or rattles in the car. Whilst trying to be sensitive to his needs we have always thought it a bit humorous. We will be more understanding know that we know how painful this is to him. Our son is very sensitive to the sound of chewing food, especially my husband eating apples! He told me once it made him feel like he wanted to kill his father. Ever since I have tried to protect him from these situations.

  276. Tiffany

    I thought I was just an a-hole my whole life b/c of the way certain sounds ( chomping,scrapping food off plates and really all lip/eating noises) elicited such feelings of rage. I hate that I cant just ignore it and i’m sure my family hates it too!

  277. Nick

    Anytime I hear a plastic spatula scratching against a metal pan (for example), all of a sudden I just have to act out. My head often hurts for a bit and I shiver, even just thinking about the sound. I am 12 and have been like this as long as I can remember. Do you think it is misophonia?

  278. Anonyomous

    I sit in a “cube farm” surrounded closely by three other co-workers; one yawns loudly ALL DAY, one is constantly coughing and clearing their throat, and one whistles regularly. If I did not have some really good head phones I would be in the nut house by now!
    Then, when I go home you would think I could relax there, but no! There are screaming loud birds and when they make noise I feel like I am going to have a heart attack. Consequently, I spend most of my time with my earbuds on listening to music. Loud music does not bother me because I am controlling it and know what to expect, it is the unexpected, loud, irritating noises that drive me up the wall. Even my cute little rescue dog licking and biting his fur is almost unbearable!!
    I wish none of us had to go through this, but glad to know that I am not the only one.

    • Nicole

      This is awful road glad to know others are out there , but it’s sad at the same time.

  279. lauren

    I have it bad with the vocal, breathing, and the mouth and eating sections. my mom does all of it constantly and it makes me insane, I have no idea what to do to prevent it

  280. Carrie

    I’m confident that my husband is misophonic but I have no idea of how to approach talking about it when he currently believes that my sniffling, hair playing, nail biting, “noisy” eating (etc) are my problems to fix. He knows that he’s hypersensitive to these sounds and that I don’t hear/notice them but my lack of notice is irrelevant. What should I do?

    • Nicole

      Yall need to work together to find a solution that benefits both of you. I would approach him at a time when you wont be triggering him. Like, after you’ve cut your nail really short, aren’t eating or having allergies, and of course without playing with your hair. Let him know you’re not perfect, but you’ll try to be careful for him because you care. See if he suggests any thing and go from there 🙂 hope it helped!

    • Angie

      Hi Carrie, try to help your husband and understand that it is not his fault. My husband is not allowed to eat anything crispy when I am at home (nuts, apples, chewing gum, etc). I cant bear it and if he does it i need to run away or lock myself in the bathroom. It is horrible for me and unbearable. He must feel the same.

      • Kevin

        Is nail biting something that can stop. I have become very sensitive to this as my wife does non stop. I have discussed my anxiety with her habit but she continues. Especially during game TV. So now we do not watch TV together. Wish there was a cure for me or her. I have other issue with noise but can get past those better than the nail biting.

  281. Kay

    I’m sorry other people have this too, but at the same time I’m relieved I’m
    not alone. I get so upset and no one understands, they think I’m over reacting this has bothered me since I was a teenager and I’m now in my forties. I can’t stand the sounds of people/animals eating or any other mouth noises. I try to avoid these things as best as I can as they have driven me into a rage.

  282. Deanna

    I just came upon this when I was looking up the word misophonia. I hate hate hate the sound of a bag crinkling, like when my husband rolls a bag back up or opens one!! I also hate and can’t even be around anyone that “slurps”, I literally have to leave the room… I thought it was just me!

    • Ginnene Larrabee

      Bags and wrappers are the worst for me.
      Halloween was the worst when my kids were little.
      I didn’t know it was a thing. They just thought I was crazy.

    • Wend

      I have just googled this as I am getting more and more cross with bags / rattling noises. I have always hated the sound of people eating. I need to get coping mechanisms in now I know it is a thing. xx

  283. Beca

    I definitely have misophonia. My trigger sounds are snoring, breathing (or any other sounds made when you’re sleeping…), coughing, and wet mouth sounds. I also can’t stand it when my fiance rubs his beard while we are watching TV. I always smack his hand and yell at him. Five minutes later, he’s doing it again!

    Any sort of noise while I am trying to sleep, other than white noise, is torture. I sleep with a box fan and earplugs, and I can STILL hear everything around me.

    When I was really little, I didn’t know how to handle it, and I would just cry and scream if I was triggered. As a teen, I would scratch at my chest until it bled. As an adult, I can control my reactions a lot better, but it’s still torturous to hear my trigger sounds. Instead of crying or scratching, I’ll move away or put earphones in or something.

    The woman who sits in the cubicle in front of me at work had a wet, hacking cough for months…and it used to make me want to just throw up every time she coughed.

  284. Denise

    I have taken the misophonia test and I have 98% of the triggers listed above. My earliest trigger was about the age of four. I HATE having this and right now I’m in a very small office with three other people. My co-worker knows of my issue, feels it’s my issue and not hers. Her total lack of disrespect for me (she pops her gum) is amazing to me. She raises my blood pressure every day. I use earplugs underneath earphones. I have to take the earphones off when the boss comes in. Misophonia is an invisible disability and I’m looking to go out on disability. I’m sick of this!

    • Sandy

      I had to go on disablity. My anger was getting so bad at work I was thinking about hurting these people that whistled or popped their gum or just swallow. I was so young with this started I can’t ever remember not having it. I was never taught to chew with my mouth closed cause all of my family are like pigs in a hog pen. I never ate at the dinner table with them and I was 5 when I remember the first time I ask them not to chew with their mouth open. Bad mistake, they all started doing it on purpose. If I wasn’t so little I probably would have committed murder at the age of 5. So when I go to my parents house and everyone is there I just act like I have stomach cramps and go sit in the bathroom when they are eating or I would go sicko on them or would just walk out. So I know it is a disease because I wasn’t taught to have eating manners that’s for sure. And I never ate with my mouth open and thought it was discusting. I have been so irritable lately and seems like hubby is swallowing louder now. Omg! I want to pop him in the Adams Apple! lol. And he uses an ecig and I can hear that damn sucking air sounds everytime he enhalls. Then if the wick needs changed it sounds like him slurping a soda. He is going to push me off the edge real soon. And he knows it, if looks could kill. Lol I hate this feeling it don’t get any better but as we get older we learn to excuse ourself some how to avoid a confirtarion. I have a lot of diarea. Lol. It works so I will keep using it as an excuse or someone calls 911 on me thinking I feel In the commode. Lol. But If these damn people ate like civil human being and not pop their gum or I could go on and on as you all know. Who raised these people to be such slobs to pop their gum like a whore on a street trying to pic up a John. Just right down discusting to hear or even see someone doing it. I want to pop them while they pop their gum. Crazy that’s my middle name.

      • Angie

        Hello Sandy, I have the same problem with chewing gun and my colleague that eats breakfast (cereal) every day for 1 hour in front of me. The solution I found was music: I have headphones 100% of time in public (bus, airplane, office). I can’t bear chewing gum, one noisy and i have a panic attack. I run some many times from restaurants, cafes and trains…. now i am deaf (listening to music) most of time. My doctor never found a treatment or therapy for it, I was in treatment 1 year. Good luck.

  285. lindsay

    Its related to obsessive compulsive disorder. Look up CBT therapy. Ive been dealing with this disorder since I was 9. Now im 33 and hate pretty much every noise that was listed above. I reached out to a therapist who specialized in misophonia and he also specialized in anxiety and OCD. The more we explored my issue the more sense it made and I stopped feeling like a crazy person. It will never go away so in the meantime its ear buds or earplugs.

    • Jennifer

      Thank you for this information. I’m 37 and never received help. My daughter, who is 9, suffers the same. I will have to get us help.

    • Tm

      How double you find assistance for this. A Dr that will take you seriously? I can’t stand the sound of silver ware scraping on plates, or chewing noises when people eat. And my mom uses a timer that ticks every second when she does laundry so she knows when the cycles change on the washer and dryer and I just want to throw it through the window it drives me absolutely insane. Additionally I am sensitive to certain textures as well, fabrics, cardboard, seams on clothes, etc.. I tried talking to my Dr about this but she just looked at me like I was on a different planet. I have tried to find information on the internet about adults coping with this but have found very little, there is quite a bit for children with sensory processing disorders however. Are there any good coping skills, techniques to get your Dr to take you more serious? Thanks

  286. Anonymous

    Never knew this was a phycological disorder. I only ever thought people were just being rude and never grew up with table manors or didn’t realize they was being loud. I have felt like this since I was in my early teens. I’ve had these feelings of those around me chewing, chomping, snoring, breathing loudand ruffling bags. It annoys me so much and drives me to get angered easily and I have always found it to be very offensive.

    • Gaby

      I just realised it is a disorder. I hate the sounds of snoring, breathing (hated this since I was a kid and was always yelling at my mom for breathing so “loudly”), chewing, sucking, licking, smacking, lip smacking, wet mouth sounds, adults using baby talk and kids yelling and the newest is kissing sounds. And sometimes I get so angry and frustrated I punch either wall or myself.

    • Donna Berry

      Anonymous, I have the same triggers you do. I am 51 and JUST found out this is really a thing. I’ve always thought I must be very intolerant or high-strung. Folks, it’s just how we were put together. There are many worse conditions we could have (Ariana 6/19)

      • Chelsey

        I only recently found out that Misophonia was a real disorder and it brought me a lot of relief, because being told I’m a psycho or a spazz my whole life for feelings that were out of my control were very hurtful for me to deal with. My biggest trigger is whistling – the second I hear someone whistle I’m freaking out. I’m also triggered by almost everything else that’s listed above. It’s very hard to live with and really affects my quality of life. My boyfriend is fairly understanding and doesn’t whistle, but he does slurp his food sometimes and I hate having hateful feelings towards him but that’s absolutely what happens. I would just love some relief from this. I’m 27 and have been suffering from this for as long as I can remember.

    • absinthia darkbloom

      i think it probably is, however, i think it’s secondary to depression, not the cause of it. certain sounds are just really obnoxious and i was punished severely as a child (not saying it was right, but both of my parents couldn’t have had this disorder) for talking with food in my mouth or chewing with my mouth open. my parents would take gum away from me if i couldn’t chew it discreetly. i also think it’s rude for someone to eat while they’re talking to me on the phone, or worse, take the phone into the bathroom and pee without muting. i’ll hang up on someone.

    • Goon

      Show him this website Dawn, to show him it’s a real condition.

    • Goon

      Misophonia is considered a DISCRETE disorder NOT psychological. Read up on this disorder further and it may be even more helpful. I’ve been a sufferer for more than 62 years and it’s been hell on earth.

  287. Helpless

    The sounds my sister make drive me crazy! It’s ruining my relationship with her, and I don’t know what to do. Sounds of coughing, excessive sniffling make me want to punch a wall! HELP.

    • Nicola

      You poor thing, I had the same with my sister, we never got to point where it doesn’t affect me even as adults. However, I started getting the same reactions with my husband and told him about it and what it is, since then he’s tried really hard not to make noises that upset me bless him and I can eat right beside him anytime now and not react so much to accidental noises. Wish you all the best xx

    • Tay

      When I was younger, my sound sensitivity was towards my brother– mostly when he would blow on hot food? He made noise when he blew air out and it enraged me. I haven’t lived with him in five years, though, so that hasn’t been an issue.
      Since then, it’s been water running when it doesn’t absolutely have to (i.e. If you’re doing the dishes, I NEED you to turn the water off if you’re turned away. Even for a second.)
      My boyfriend is a twitch streamer, and his audio set up requires him to be a little louder than normal conversations (not to mention he has bulky headphones on, so he’s louder just so he can hear himself) if I’m high-anxiety or stressed out (or sometimes even when I’m not,) the loudness of his voice irritates me and sends me into fight or flight mode.
      I have to leave the room. This is awful.

    • Skye

      Me too!! I just came across this today, all these years, I just thought I was a horrible person! if anyone wants to email to support each other, feel free…

  288. Wendy

    My husband thinks I am nuts, the sound of a radio playing makes me want to smash it or someone. Makes me extremely angry. It is good to know that I am not alone in this.

    • Deanna

      OMG YES! I literally told the psychiatrist I feel like I get violently angry at certain noises! I have Meniere’s Disease as well, so it’s like a double whammy!

      • Tiffany

        Yes, I get violently angry as well ????. I was having a heart to heart with a family member and she started smacking her gum while she was talking…I love her dearly but I wanted to choke slam her, I clenched my jaws and rolled my eyes and told her I had to go. She had no idea why I left her standing there and was upset but I knew I was going to hurt her or forcefully slap the gum out of her mouth it’s no joke.

      • Linda

        Deanna, I also cannot listen to a radio without becoming in a rage and mean within a few minutes, regardless whether the radio is loud or soft. But I wonder now if this has anything to do with Meniere’s disease, as I have that as well.

    • Karen A

      You are the first to mention radios. I hate the sound of anything on a cellphone. My kids are constantly playing music or videos on cellphones and it makes me crazy. Also, cartoon voices.

    • Mari

      My biggest trigger is the bass from car stereos. All my friends and family know they have to turn the bass off if they want me to go someplace with them. Unfortunately that doesn’t help with people in the neghborhood/town that crank up their car’s sound system, especially when they are home outside. By the time it’s obvious they don’t plan to turn it off any time soon I’m so beside myself with rage I can’t go down and ask them to turn it down. Last week I tried and had to turn around before I even reached the end of our yard. I was so distraught I hit our fence so hard with my cane that I bent it. People really have no clue what this feels like.

    • Morgan

      I can’t even watch tv much anymore. Even my favorite show, Friends, because Ross’s mouth sounds make me have to turn the tv off. A lot of old shows do this. I guess because the audio isn’t as advanced?

  289. Dranna

    This is me. I try to keep my reactions to these triggers calm but sometimes it’s too much to handle. People just tend to think that you’re a jerk for being annoyed all of the time.

  290. Randall Miller

    This can be a problem for someone who has this disorder, however it can be even worse for those who have to live with them. I seldom see my brother because nearly every sound in the world “drives him crazy.”

    • Lacey

      As someone who has this, I’m sure it is worse for your brother. You truly cannot understand the way these sounds affect us. I can’t even explain what some noises do to my brain. I can’t even eat at the table with my family because mine is so bad.

      • Naomi Ashley

        I am the same way and I hate it . My mom is the worst especially and I don’t know why . I try my best not to bring to much attention to myself but I just go crazy sometimes

        • Kim Spinnan

          My mom triggers me the most too. (not on purpose of course) And my sister as well. It’s strange that the people I’m closest to bother me more than say, a random stranger. I wonder if there is a connection somewhere…

          • JOHN JONAS

            I’ve had this since I was a kid and it’s particularly ice hard candy and crunchy food and my mother used to chew ice as I would sit in the backseat and cry she definitely did it on purpose she used to tell me I was crazy as early as 7 years old

          • Cryptonical

            My dad does it all the time. My whole family yawn extremely loud, they’re always talking loud and smacking like they haven’t eaten in hours and my dad chews with his mouth open and it makes me so mad. When they yawn loud I can’t be around them, they think I’m crazy but I’m not 🙁

          • Keesha Davis

            People just don’t get it! or just don’t care, my sister sucks and smacks everything she eats and drinks, my mother is a gum popper to the competitive level, they listen to the TV as high as it goes and have a tendency to call my name repeatedly! Sometimes I swear I just want to hit myself in the head with a bat or put a plastic bag around their heads! this is not normal I don’t even think my doctor gets it…I’m suffocating and suffering.

          • Kayfabe

            Really? I am ONLY triggered by strangers. People I love have no effect on me they can make whatever sounds. Animals too, an animal can do whatever and Im ok because I adore animals over people. But a stranger or person I do not know VERY well, they even say something too loudly and I am fantasizing about riping their voice box out, or stomping them to death. My live in boyfriend can talk loud, laught etc and no issues. Loud TV bothers me tho. Music I like is fine, music I despise like rap, if I even have to listen for ten seconds I fly into a rage even after its gone. It is absolutely directly related to if I hate, dont know, or know you inmy circumstance. My mind makes exceptions if I love a person I guess.

          • J

            The same thing happens to me as well-I tend to get triggered by my parents rather than strangers? I wonder why that is.

        • Diane

          I totally agree with you! And I love my mother more than anything! But…her dentures make sounds that cause me to want to shoot myself! AND my husband sliding his feet across the kitchen floor has made me consider divorce. I’m completely serious!

        • Mary jane

          My mom and boyfriend get me the worst. I get so angry that I can feel the adrenaline pumping. I seriously have to fight back against the urge to hurt them.

      • Sarah

        I know exactly how you feel. My family tell me to ignore it or cope with it but that is not how it works. It just drives me insane and I feel the need to cry or scream every time I hear chewing or heavy breathing or satisfied eating sounds.

        • Danielle

          DO NOT try to endure the triggers. From experience I can say it’s better to throw a tantrum then to bottle it up, otherwise, you risk getting more triggers.

          • Blamed me for it

            No tantrums. You tell them YOU have a problem and ask them for help. If they won’t, then your relationship has problems. If they won’t help you, you have to find ways to protect yourself. As one who has lived with two people with misophonia, I can tell you that peaceful solutions can work out nicely. Blaming people for normal behavior (snoring, smacking lips, touching teeth with utensils, walking, listening to music) is a recipe for a living hell for everyone involved. We started out rough, not understanding, but worked through it with education and understanding. It’s not perfect, but better – for everybody.

        • Bea

          My mum does not understand it which hurts but my partner and close friends now totally understand me and have been very supportive. I think taking the time to explain to people and also referring them to info on Internet have made a difference.

      • Cindi

        Me either and it is getting worse as i get older!

      • barbara h seals

        I got up and ran from the table when I was a teenager because the noises of people’s silverware on the plate drove me off the wall my little brother still remembers it that was 4550 years ago

      • Mindy

        I feel like the worst mom ever because the sounds at the dinner table irritate me so bad…people smacking while eating, drinking from cups, breathing through noses because their mouths are full. They can’t help it, and I feel terrible because I cannot stand the noise. I can’t even hardly sit on the couch while someone is eating popcorn during a movie or when they eat a popsicle. This is miserable and I get so down on myself. It is hard for others to understand. My mom thinks I over react.

        • Brooke

          I am exactly the same. I feel so bad but I can’t help it. I become beyond irritated hearing my own children eat their cereal at breakfas5. I wish so much that I could just ignore it or not heat it but I litterally hear nothing but that sound when people eat no matter who it is. I love my kids more than anything but even their sounds drive me insane!! It’s crazy but awesome to me that I’m not the only one like this

        • Tiffany

          I am exactly the same way, I hate that I can’t have dinner at the table with my family but there’s just no way I can hear them all eating because it makes me immediately angry. I hate that and wish I could just ignore it but I can’t. I can be completely happy and laughing and just fine but the minute I hear one of my “triggers” my blood boils. No family dinners for me and heck no they can’t have Popsicles or popcorn while I’m in the room ???? Many days I feel like a terrible mom because of this

        • Bill

          Same here Mindy. My wife just sent me this link and it explains everything. I have insisted that she and our children eat with their mouths closed at all times and chewing noises drive me absolutely insane.

          I’ve been trying to find a “cause” in my childhood, like something behavioral must have causing me to be this way. I mainly blamed my grandmother’s second husband who had this special way of almost popping his mouth open while eating. There was food flying and dripping down his chin and made me physically ill.

          Overall, noises in general have become intolerable over the years and I rely on earplugs to alleviate the white noise. People laugh at me for wearing them, but I can hear the important things sometimes even better than without.

      • Karen

        I have to leave the room when my husband eats. When my cat eats too especially his wet food. I pretty much drop his bowl & run to another room.

      • Brenda Holloway

        Lacey my granddaughter lives me me and suffers from misophonia..I am looking for help because it is tearing me apart not to mention what it is doing to her

    • shelley

      Yes, you can take anxiety meds for this. Celexa is a good one.

      • shelley

        The celexa does not help all of it but it calms your nerves a little. Most noises on the list (the noises that just don’t HAVE to be there, you know) all bother me.

      • Donna

        Young Living sells Essential Oils and the Stress Away Blend and other calming oils really help me. I have little to no faith in western medicine.

        • Donna

          I use essential oils from Young Living. The Stress Away and others really help. I just read about this condition today and I am 53. I move away from noises, or turn on sound when I am around loud eaters. That one is my biggest pet peeve. I sometimes wonder if I am as loud as some in my family and hope not. I have come to the conclusion that I probably get on my husband’s nerves in other ways now after 30 years. At times I believe it has to do with my hearing in my left ear other times the sounds can’t be that loud, but bother me.

    • ariana

      same!! i dont know what to do anymore!! how do you get through it? i mean some days i dont even wanna wake up anymore

      • Deborah

        I either get up and walk away or put my headset on with music playing. I can’t stand loud chewing, slurping, clicking pens, clicking fingernails, scratching silverware on plates, etc. When I hear it, I ask the person to please chew with their mouth shut also. My husband works with me so that helps me a lot. Some days though, is worse than others. I went to the movies the other day and had to get up and move because someone behind me was chomping and smacking popcorn.

    • Nicole

      I don’t think you not seeing your brother as much as you’d like is worse than him having to live in such stress and pain all the time. From one misophonia sufferer to a normal person, believe me. It. Isn’t. Worse. Js.

      • Morgan

        You not seeing him probably doesn’t make things any easier… He probably hates himself for pushing you away. He might feel depressed and alone and crazy. As a sufferer, I have to advise you to never say anything to intentionally make him feel this way. I guarantee he already has these feelings on his own accord. Misophonia is a hopeless cycle.

    • L Swain

      It may benefit you to continue your research on Misophonia and how it affects the one who personally suffers from it. It is hard to imagine that it affects you worse than your brother.

    • Morgan

      Though I understand how annoying it is to live with someone who has misophonia, please realize that it is so much worse for your brother. For me, not only do hundreds of sounds bring me rage and anxiety, but they also make me feel horribly guilty. When I lived with my parents, I constantly would tell them that they were triggering me and then I would immediately start crying and saying sorry because I knew I was causing them irritation and guilt. People with misophonia often also have depression because of this. I know I do. You know only a fraction of how your brother feels. You are aware of the things that make him angry and anxious but keep in mind that you will never understand the things that keep him up crying at night.

  291. hannah

    I’m so have this!!!! How do I approach my new Psychiatrist with this?

    • Hannah

      Does anyone take any anti anxiety meds for this? If so may o please ask what one?

      • ariana

        yeah i found online you can use lyrica, but im not a doctor. i have misphonia too, and am considering going to one. it has a lot of side effects apparently, so idk if its safe

        • Phyllys

          Please don’t take Lyrica the side effects are worse than the disorder and you could become addicted

          • Scott Smith

            What are the side effects of Lyrica im on 600mg a day and half the time I forget to take it. I need it for neropathy or RLS at times. What are the side effects, can itssscause Tinnutis

          • DSPD2014

            Please take advice from your doctor and not a random person on the Internet. I’ve been on a similar medication for years with no side-effects and it’s helped my anxiety a lot. The “side-effects are worse than the symptoms” argument is misinformed, if used properly it can be very helpful.

          • Goon

            I too was on Lyrica for Neuropathy and suffered horrible side affects including vision so blurred I couldn’t drive, suicidal urges, and horrible nightmares. Now before you decide NOT to try this drug, everyone reacts differently. My Mother is on the same drug and has had excellent results and NO side affects. Everyone is different and reacts to drugs in a myriad of different ways.

            All drugs have side affects but not everyone suffers from them.

        • Karen

          I tried Lyrica for the peripheral neuropathy in my feet. Although these are 2 completely different conditions I wanted to let you know what happened.
          I suffer from several things that dont apply to the Lyrica. Anxiety being one. Never have I dealt with depression. Not even when I lost my first Husband when I, when I tried the Lyrica, because I was out of other options for my feet because of counteractions between meds, I couldn’t function which is not good when you have a young one. I couldnt crawl out of bed. I felt so “low”, I just wanted to crawl into a hole and be forgotten.not even when my husband passed away did I feel as low and like nothing as when I tried the Lyrica.
          Sorry to make it long, I just wanted to really let you know the depth of how it was for me.
          I send good thoughts your way that solutions that work for you can happen.
          This has been an issue with me since i was around 8 and has only gotten worse. Im 42 now.

          • Nina.Sskyy

            Omg this explains me!!! I can not take the sound of chewing and eating Ice. Omgeee I can’t take it takes a lot to control how nit makes me feel I even try eat the ice and make the sound so it will bother me less.

          • anna

            I have been on Lyrica too for RSD/CRPS. I had to go to the bathroom ALL the time. But it worked wonders on my RSD. The symptoms aren’t bad for everyone. Many people in my support group had been on Lyrica.

          • Natalie

            Karen do you have misophonia anxiety AND neuropathic pain in your feet? Please email me if you do. I would like to know more.

          • KAI

            Karen did you respond to Natalie? If so what did she say because I have the same problems.

          • J

            sorry, Karen, for your loss, and that this drug had such a bad reaction for you … I am suspicious of most meds they “Push”
            on TV …
            Drs and big Pharm often are often the lone beneficiaries; while some patients ~ apparently~ see improvement with these chemicals, you weren’t one of them, and it was helpful of you to warn others ! Very thoughtful !!
            I hope your condition has improved or disappeared : )

          • Crystal Morris

            Lyrica affects your serotonin. Depending on what other medications you are on, (like meds to quit smoking or melatonin ) or if you are specifically succeptable to serotonin poisoning, this can make you feel like death warmed over! You want the world to stop so you can roll off, you certainly couldn’t put any effort into getting off on your feet. Good info to know especially if you go to try any other med that affects serotonin.

          • Claudia

            After around 20 – 25 years with peripheral neuropathy in my feet, only one thing has helped me…a total health diet, eating beans, lentils, barley, brown rice and all other totally healthy foods. Salt was a major culprit, but SUGAR was the worst !! I have severe ADD, and people with this have a different style of brain, which can’t assimilate sugar at all. I’m just like a drunk person from too much sugar (alcoholics probably wish they could save on all that booze money by slamming a few mouthfuls of white sugar down, right ?) well, hope this has helped someone on here. BTW – Misophonia is considered a “frontal lobe abnormality” I’m wondering exactly what has caused all this, anyway…..

        • Dina

          Lyrica OFTEN causes weight gain!! The devil! I gained 48 pounds almost to the day, 1 yr after starting it! Been off it for several months, still hv the weight!!!

          • Amy

            I know i have the same problem, it did work though on my neuropathy but did absolutely nothing to my misophonia. Any other ideas guys?

          • Scott Smith

            It does build up LDL cholesterol in the body. Best to take omega 3 figh oils when using that med.

        • Patty

          I have suffered from Mysophonia for about 25 years. It has gotten a lot worse in the last few years. Dinner time is my torture.

          I began taking Lyrica about 3 years ago for a nerve pain issue and it has not helped the Mysophinia one bit. It doesn’t mean it wouldn’t help someone else though. As far as side effects go, the only one I’ve experienced is weight gain. I would rather be heavy than deal with the nerve pain I was experiencing though.

        • Tony M

          I have misophonia and adult ADHD. Took 20 years before it clicked and I self diagnosed. Trust me guys/girls, if you can, stay off the meds. The best medicine is to be properly active (age is no barrier. Be a gym bunny so you have a limitless supply of endorphins and make it your life’s ambition to live out of the city, somewhere quiet. You can do it!

          • Robert N

            I agree with Tony regarding exercise. After a long day of work being outside on a bicycle is about the only thing that makes me feel normal and helps me have a relaxing evening with my family.

            I am just learning about misophonia, I had always thought what I was experiencing was due to blood sugar issues, but this more accurately describes what I go through. I am looking forward to learning more about it and how to better deal with it.

          • Evie

            I’m a second generation misphonic, and although my father is deeply attached to his country living, I personally enjoy the city. I have far more noises that I appreciate than triggers, and I find that the wide variety of sounds can sometimes serve to buffer the triggering noises. There’s also a big difference between noises that are simply irritating and trigger noises. For example, I don’t like people talking on cell phones too loudly–it’s rude, it’s obnoxious to a large percentage of the population (including offenders). It is a more cerebral annoyance, by which I mean it’s a thing that is annoying in a way that can be thought about and easily expressed with language. Vacuum cleaners are a trigger. I don’t have the words to explain what it does exactly that pains me or why–it isn’t the volume, although the volume is a factor in the strength of the effect. I say “pains” rather than “bothers”, “annoys”, or “affects” because it is a lot closer to a physical pain than anything else. I can’t sit and think about the sound like I can about someone talking on their phone loudly. I can’t process any thoughts at all it seems, when a vacuum cleaner is in use my reaction is distilled to an extreme need to be AWAY. I have a lot more annoyances sound-wise than non-misophonics but they’re not the same as triggers and that distinction is what keeps me capable of living in a city. Likewise, my reactions to other triggers, while still being primal reactions, are not all as profound as that one example. It’s manageable. I avoid certain things and I keep high quality ear plugs with me. These are things I do everywhere. I think that endeavoring to find an environment where there are fewer triggers is sound (pun intended) advice, but I don’t agree that pastoral living is ideal for everyone’s soundscape and I personally believe that the density of urban sound is something that helps me. Neither blanket avoidance nor dilution/masking of sounds is as beneficial as identifying, avoiding, and preparing for individual triggers, though.

        • Sharon Arthur

          I have Misophonia (self diagnosed). I am on Lyrica 150mg for my nerve pain in my back from a car accident. Has made no difference to my Misophonia.

          • Kell

            In some people if a drug is treating one problem it does not seem to impact another. Example: I take morphine for pain caused by arthritis/fibromyalgia. It dulls the pain. If I get another, unrelated pain (such as head or tooth ache) the morphine does not address those pains at all – almost like it’s “busy” elsewhere. Strangely, even upping the dose does not help. This isn’t common to all people but is an issue for others.

            Given many anti-anxiety medications can have side effects many people might have to try various ones before settling with something that works for them. Provided there are no bad interactions with current medication, some herbal remedies may also provide relief, such as valerian (often used as a sleeping aid), but ALWAYS check for interactions before trying herbal medicines – something like St. John’s Wort taken along side antidepressants can cause a potentially lethal increase in serotonin levels, even though it seems innocuous.

        • Sarina

          I was on it for pain but it was a little helpful for this too. I am off of it and had no issues or bad side effects.

        • mindi burrell

          I think my 12 yr old son has this, he has isolated himself from peers, gets full fledged angry when he hears sniffling, chewing,humming,singing,and just any mouth or nasal sound period. We are noe looking for a therapist as home life is a battle everyday. If anyone could help, or refer me to a group, anything, i would be very thankful. I feel like im losing my son.

          Signed a Tired mama

          • Donna

            My 14 year old girl actually found this condition herself on the internet. I was flabbergasted to read how it describes her.
            She was about 10 and just leaving primary school when she was no longer ‘cute’
            I put it down to hormones, questioned my parenting, was I spoiling her, did I not punish her enough for her rudeness and lack of interaction at social events. Did I let her stay in her bedroom too much drawing death, blood, quotes of death, suicide quotes, getting into music that had undertones of suicide.
            She is highly intelligent very sensitive, artistic and articulate. So I allowed her to have piercings, go to concerts, with me, to see the bands she loves so much because I didn’t want to
            try to mould her into what society thinks a 14 year old girl should be like.
            I wanted and want the school and society to accept her for her.
            I’m doing ok. She is awaiting her first sitting with a child phsyciatrist that I walked over hot coals to arrange. Lack of government funding is a problem in an area where more and more kids are being diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders but there is not enough help out there unless you can pay privately I suppose. This ongoing crisis in family’s affects uncles, aunties, cousins as well as brothers, sisters, mums, dads and the poor tormented child themself. My story doesn’t stop there but I’m giving you an insight. Whether your son’s troubles mirror any of our struggles. Best Wishes

          • jess wright

            ive had this for as long as I can remember im now 32 but I can tell you that music has been my life saver, get your son some good head phones and if he has a phone download Pandora and have him go at it, its not an excuse to be rude so maybe at meal times and other social situations try to have background music playing I have found that to be very helpful if I can focus my ears somewhere else it takes practice and its not a perfect solution but I figure any thing that could help I would pass on, good luck to you and your son

          • Eliza

            You may be able to get him earplugs that filter out the worst of it…if you can take him to an audiologist for these. Otherwise just regular ear plugs are a godsend too.Good luck!!!

          • Nellie

            We are dealing with my teenage daughter and it is slowly building anxiety on her. What no one has mentioned here that we are looking at are two things: white noise with headphones and therapy testing with a neurologist. She mostly reacts to things my wife does, though I hold some blame to unwanted noise.
            What the possibility comes down to is whether this is nerves sending wrong messages to the brain on these sounds or part of the brain misinterpreting these sounds. No one knows for sure.
            Have your son tested by an audiologist specialist and see if he passes tests with misophonia. In the meantime, get him some noise cancellation headphones and find some white noise apps for him to listen to. Then learn what sounds irritate him and test yourself why or how you make these sounds. Best anyone can do is learning to cope with the symptoms.

          • Jackie

            Really, nothing has helped me but earplugs. No medical person ever acknowledged my problem which I have now had for 65 years. I have wax/cotton wool mix earplugs that I buy in Boots, UK. My son also uses them. I kind of adjust them continually depending on circumstances. They are more comfortable than foam or other types because they can be as big or small as your ears need.I cannot fall asleep without them, as tho’ the tiny hairs in my ears never go to sleep. Believe me, try earplugs. They are my godsend without them I would probably have been put away.

        • Halley

          Ariana, please be wary of the lyrica as it has many VERY strong side effects. My dr put me on it for my fibromyalgia but I ended up spending tons of time in a barely awake fog and even being off of it for over a year, I still have an abnormally high resting heart rate and now have to take an antanxiety medication every day. I did notice that the anxiety medication actually helps the misophonia and my general sensitivity to other stimuli.
          Best of luck, this is one of the most annoying things to deal with.

      • Julie

        Lyrica Valium and serequel to sleep

      • Pam

        Try ashwagandha

        • Renea Price

          Does it really help you and how much do you take?

      • TDYEarth

        My children bought me noise buffering headphones to use during wake time at home and a white noise box for the bedroom to use while sleeping at night. These have been vital to my existence and have allowed a quality of life. I have been going to school via online courses for three years and the noises around me were excruciating and not study-friendly.

        • Goon

          I wear ear plugs daily because of idling cars, car doors banging, dogs barking, and especially my neighbor that has a car that never cools off and is constantly setting the car alarm every half hour.

          Ear plugs have kept my sanity, even when outdoors because if people see them they think I have my ipod on. They don’t drown everything out but it helps.

          As far as sitting at a table with people eating, that’s a different story. Eat fast and get away from the table.

          I have 4 people in my life (close people) that are hyperactive and are constantly jiggling and swinging their legs while sitting and one person that is always clearing their throat. One plays with their hair and another is always coughing and inhaling cigarettes so loud you can hear them. I’ve mentioned to them how I find it very annoying and distracting to no avail. Now, since I’ve discovered there is a name for my condition I have ammunition and maybe they will try to be a bit more emphathetic

          Thank you everyone for sharing

          • Hannah

            It’s sad, but it makes me feel so much better when I read that other people feel the same way as I do. Anything to do with the mouth and breathing. It makes me want to hit them! So, I too, eat as fast as I can and run away. Sometimes I will Humm or sing songs to help block out the noise. Not completely effective but just enough to get me through it long enough to get away.

            Most people don’t realize that it’s like instant rage! We can’t control it, it just comes on. My friends don’t realize how much I hate it…There may not be enough words.

            But I’m so glad that people are talking about it, silently online of course, because people need to know that we don’t have a choice.

          • Mary

            I just found this forum. I’m sitting at work next to someone who eats ALL DAY LONG! And she’s not quiet about it. It drives me crazy! There is slurping of lollipops, popping gum, chips; it never ends. Sometimes I just get up and leave for a while. The guy across from me burps constantly, eats chips and pops cans of soda. I get anxious in the mornings just knowing I’m coming into this atmosphere. People get annoyed when I put on earphones to block them out. I HATE these open work stations. What else is there to do?

          • Man-Erg

            Your message illustrates how I feel about this. It’s not us, it’s THEM!

            You have irritating neighbours, don’t blame yourself for their bad manners. The close people in your lige have bad habits, don’t blame yourself for getting irritated by them. No one needs to cough all the time – they have the problem, not you.

            I think that people are not brought up to have what used to be basic good manners any more. They are either not aware, or just don’t care, of their impact on others. People aren’t brought up to eat nicely any more.It’s a side effect of the “It’s all about me” generation.

            Accusing people of having misophonia is victim blaming. Don’t expect psychologists to speak any sense on it. They are behind the “me generation” anyway.

            You could just as easily create a syndrome “compulsive selfish noise making syndrome” to describe those who slurp their food, don’t control their noisy dogs, slam their car doors, tap their pens etc. And I bet if you MRI scanned them, you’d find some difference in their brains!

      • Bunnie

        I take lexapro during the day and clonazapam to sleep after I was diagnosed with chronic PTSD. I never noticed that it makes the misophonia easier to deal with but maybe it would be worse without it.
        My doc and I also picked out these meds (after trying a couple others) after eliminating many because of possible side-effects and/or the way the body processes them.
        Maybe cognitive therapy? (she asks thinking out loud)

      • Katie

        I take citalopram

        • Kat

          I take that too. It seems to really help. I didn’t think I had a real brain disorder, I just thought I had irritants. I’ve been on Citalopram for anxiety but didn’t realize it could help with this. 🙂