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 most 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 to acute annoyance or go all the way up to full-fledged rage and panic. Fight or flight reactions can occur. While experiencing a trigger event, a person may become agitated, defensive or offensive, distance themselves from the trigger or possibly act out in some manner.

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

The sound of fingernails on 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 the 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 nor will it result in producing an actual fight or flight reflex.

The people closest to the person with misophonia often elicit the worst triggers. This can make personal relationships difficult and stressful. An environment known to include trigger sounds can limit social activities when a person with misophonia anticipates a problem. In some cases, a person with misophonia can become socially isolated and pull back from family and friends in an attempt to reduce the associated physical symptoms that they experience when triggered (tension, headache, tightening jaw, stomach issues, etc.).

the sound triggers of misophonia vary greatly

A person with misophonia does not always have any control over the work environment. A coworker munching on food may be too distracting or could 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 and challenges for 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.

People with misophonia can be reluctant to share their symptoms and triggers with others because sharing can have several different outcomes. Reports from sufferers indicate that sometimes people purposefully mock them with offending noises (at times exaggerating them as well). Also, sometimes family, friends, co-workers and others minimize the problem. A person with misophonia is sometimes told to “just 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. And people with misophonia often say that if they could simply choose to ignore their triggers, they would have made that choice a long time ago.

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.

List of common triggers

Please note, some people find that reading about triggers has the potential to make them take on new triggers. Some people also 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. 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

        • 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.

        • 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?

        • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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. 🙂

      • Amanda

        Yes, you can take anti-anxiety medication for misophonia. It should be noted (because I see a lot of people commenting about this) that all anti-anxiety medications work differently from person to person, and everyone will have different side effects. If your misophonia is bad enough to merit medication, you and your doctor may have to try several medications before you find one that works well for you and has manageable side-effects. If the first one or two don’t work or have bad side-effects, don’t give up! There are plenty to choose from, in several different “classes.”

      • melissa

        Yes.. I take Prozac.. it helps with the rage and emotional outbursts.. today i missed a dose and was crying at my desk.

        • Jamie G

          Prozac doesn’t work like an Advil, it doesn’t kick in 30 minutes after you take it. There is a steady state in your system and it takes weeks to get it out. Having withdrawal symptoms from not taking it that day would be like a placebo withdrawal.

          • Wendy

            You took the words right out of my mouth. So correct!

        • Tami

          Don’t feel bad about what others say about Prozac not affecting you same day. I believe you. I have had the same reaction as you. The advice was given to doctors to tell people not to expect to feel better too fast. Bogus! When I used Prozac ( for 4 months 15 years ago) I felt better the same day—and when I missed one dose I was down and depressed same day. Just like you.

        • Suzie Santos Santos

          I have been on 80mg of prozac a day for the past 23 years.
          I will never be able to be of this medication and my misophonia is very bad. prozac does absolutely nothing for me in that departmentment. My advise if you want to try
          prozac dont go longer than 6 months or else it stays with you. Best of luck.
          Loud music and head phones help.

      • Chelsea

        I just found out yesterday that I have this disorder. I have suffered all my life not knowing what was wrong with me. I take depression pills because I have a lot of depression from this disorder taking over my life but they don’t work. Maybe its just that I’m not taking the right ones

      • Tim

        I’m going to try hypnosis to re wire my trigger responses from negative to positive. I hope it works!

        • Amy

          Let me know how you get on I’m about to try it. At the end of my rope with this disorder x

      • This is annoying!

        I just started cymbalta and a man whistling just set me off… Not sure how well anxiety meds will work on this type of thing.

        • Hannah

          You’re the first person I’ve seen who’s mentioned Whistling as one of the main irritations. Me too..!! Argh! I’ve put up with this for years, no idea how long – I just bite my tongue and crack on… One to see my Neurologist about – it’s tricky for me as I already take anti epileptics, and anti depressants for the side effects of those, but None of them help with my Misophonia – unless not smacking family members or not killing people on public transport counts..! LOL!

      • Darrell

        Hi Hannah,my doctor prescribed Ativan to help me. I opted to stop taking the medication though. My biggest triggers are the sound of people chewing / eating and the sound of silverware scraping a plate or bowl. At home,my wife and son help to reduce these noises and at work,I’ve opted to wear ear buds to help down out other people’s noises. Hope this helps.

      • Kristin

        I have had this condition since I was around 8 years old.. I’m 32 now and it’s still a huge problem for me! I take Zoloft for anxiety and ocd and it does NOTHING for my sensitivity to sounds, or the anxiety I get from sounds. Some days are worse than others. I have never asked my dr about it because it’s just something I have learned to live with. The only thing that would help me come down from a bad episode (sometimes noises make me super angry, like gum chewing) is Xanax.

        • karen

          OMG!!!! I’m on Xanax—no help. although I just found out this was an actual disorder. I always thought just certain things annoyed me more than others. Only thing I really noticed was more was annoying me the older I got. grrrrrrrrrrrr….. cant win for losing

      • Bea

        Yes I am taking coral opra and it has been a great help.

      • melissa flanagan

        I take Celexa for over 18 years.. It helps a lot.. makes things tolerable.. If I miss a dose.. I am a bear to deal with and I still want to choke people.. My husband is the worst noise maker and he doesn’t understand why the cat can smack his wet food.. its a human factor.. Cannot explain.. I just print this article and let him read it once in a while.

      • Sally Smith

        Zoloft has not been successful in my treatment.

    • Scott

      I’m 55 and when I was a child I kicked kids off my lunchroom table. It’s great to learn about this disorder. Sometimes, I have to simply leave the situation and come back later. The symptoms read to my family had them all in stitches. That’s you!. I was in automotive repair for many years where this was very helpful to find problems. I’m glad to me you all.

    • Paco

      My wife has this and she knows.I do my best to minimize the sounds I make that are triggers. What I don’t understand is why her only way of dealing with it is to have me change my normal habits. I think that she should seek help from a therapist but she won’t. It feels like I’m trying to help her by recognizing and avoiding the triggers but she is not doing anything to help herself and our relationship. Ugh!

    • Lucy Heft

      I have had trouble all my life with this and just found out about it today. If I had only known what it was maybe my life would have been different

    • Tony

      I think Neurosurgery would be a better outcome for this condition.
      A Psychiatrist could’nt help you.
      See a Neurosurgeon instead.
      I always thought ‘Hyper accusive’ was the correct term ?.

      • Heather

        Hyperacuity is a different disorder. A neurosurgeon won’t help with misophonia.

    • karl

      Hi it might be worth looking for a good nlp therapist the treatment is said to be excellent & quick you might have to go private

    • Karen Culpepper

      OMG! I didn’t think this was real!!! I feel better just knowing other people are annoyed by same things as me and I wasn’t just being overly picky. I find chewing,breathing loudly,grinding dentures,squealing from hearing aides & the ridiculous crunch of some foods,when others around me are eating them literally make me want to climb a wall.( or eliminate the people making too much noise!) LOL kidding of course So, I am not losing it—it is real. better day already! thank you

    • Jackie

      Oh my goodness. I thought it was just me. I feel better now(kind of). Now, how do we cure this?

    • Bill Green

      How to approach your psychiatrist about this problem? I have misophonia. I’m not under psychiatric care for misophonia or anything else, but my approach would be to read the text from this websites home page Considering the range of truly terrible mental illnesses and maladies to which psychiatrists are exposed, how could misophonia problematic for discussing with a psychiatrist. I don’t mean that to belittle you. Doctors should be good listeners, but I some are better listeners than others. Most MDs and specialists aren’t convinced that this really is a mentally painful disorder. However, if enough medical professionals hear about it, and presumably learn from their patients, there may someday be more medical concern, empathy, or ideas generated by the medical profession. Personally, I would avoid decline any prescriptive drug to help my misophonia. The main reason is that medical practitioners are unlikely to have enough understanding of the problem. It would be nice to find an MD or Psych who has the condition himself or herself. Signed a fellow sufferer.

      • Bea

        My GP was amazing and did some investigation to understand misopho nia better. I got prescribed citalopram which helped a lot and I was sent to a therapist.

    • Sean T male 20

      Alright. I am so relieved to know this is an actual condition. For as long as I can remember I’ve been tormented by sound. For me it’s any sound that is quiet or repetitive, but the worst of it comes from my family. My mother snores loudly and it has literally driven me to tears and rage as well as screaming for her to shut up and throwing things. My grandmother talks very mumbly and her “s” sounds set me off terribly as well as the way she says so many words. She also very lightly smacks her lips while handling any kind of food and it just makes me want to scream. I’ve tried to bring it up but it always ended up with “just ignore those sounds” or even my family getting mad at me for my reactions… it’s destroyed my relationship with my grandmother and it just seems like there is no way out.. even now my mother is snoring on the other side of my apartment and it is driving me so fucking crazy. I’m 20 and this has been tormenting me for well over 15 years. And more triggers just keep popping up. Nothing helps unless I leave the area. I end up unintentionally mimicking the sound which leads to accusations of mocking and my misophonic brain convinces me they’re doing it on purpose… I don’t know what to do anymore… my family doesn’t understand that I can’t just ignore the sounds and my family gets so angry when I try to bring it up… this is hell. And there’s no way to stop it.. and my mother just started snoring even louder. FUCK!

      • Heather Hooper

        Snoring and loud breathing drive me insane. I cannot sleep through them, even when it’s just my cat, or me, doing it. I’ve tried drugging myself to sleep with prescription meds, wearing earplugs, wearing earplugs with noise-cancelling headphones playing something soothing, etc. If I can still hear the tiniest bit of it I start going nuts. Sometimes it reduces me to hysterical crying, sometimes it puts me into such a rage that I have pushed a boyfriend out of bed, kicked a stranger in the bunk next to me, and punched a friend so hard that I bruised her. I’ve had to get off a long-distance coach in the middle of nowhere; walk half a km from friends in order to sleep while we were camping; and sleep in my car when I was sharing a hotel room with someone who promised that she didn’t snore. I’m so anxious about it that I never share a hotel room/cabin/long car journey with anyone unless I know for a fact that they don’t snore. I never take coaches anymore. I’ve had several partners who snore all the time, and we’ve never been able to sleep in the same flat. Vacations are impossible with them.

        I’m also triggered by barely audible music (someone wearing headphones with the sound up loud enough that I can hear it), even when I usually love that music, and by people sniffling continuously.

        This has been going on since I was very young. I failed a test in primary school because the boy next to me was sniffling. I couldn’t concentrate because I was focusing on not screaming. When I was 11 I told my Mum that I couldn’t visit my Dad anymore because he snored so loudly. He eventually moved my bed down to the (unfinished) basement, where I couldn’t hear him.

        My partner snores like you wouldn’t believe. Even now, when he invites me to go to festivals with him, he’ll reserve one room for us. It’s been 4 years since I last slept at his, because he got rid of his sofa, so there was nowhere to hide from his snoring. It drives me nuts that he still thinks that I should be able to “handle it” for “a few days”.

      • Lisa

        Hi Sean
        I feel and hear your pain!
        Your description is excellent
        I have a very acute case
        Family is the worst to emphasize with this impairment they just blow it off
        Right now the birds outside are making me angry
        I don’t have any answers
        Just want to say I certainly feel your pain

    • Dawn

      Every single one listed above is a trigger. I sleep with gun muffs every night and had to wear noise cancelling headphones at work because i could not stand the people around me. I have no friends and my husband thinks I should just “not let it get to me”

  2. 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 🙁

        • 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.

        • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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?

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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 !!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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…….

  28. 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.

  29. 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???

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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…

  34. 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.


    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!!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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)

  41. Sophie

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

  42. 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

  43. 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!

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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

  52. 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.

  53. 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

  54. 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 🙁

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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?

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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!

  62. TASHA White

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

  63. 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?

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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!

  69. 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. 🙁

  70. 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.

  71. 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?

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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…..

  75. 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. ????

  76. 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

  77. 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!

  78. 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 🙂

  79. 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.

  80. 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?

  81. 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

  82. 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.

  83. 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.:[

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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 🙁

  87. 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

  88. 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…

  89. 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.

  90. Maya

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

  91. 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

  92. 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.

  93. michael dalton

    my girlfriend has all them triggers. she goes crazy.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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

  97. 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.

  98. 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

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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 :/

  105. 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…

  106. 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

  107. 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.

  108. 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


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