Currently there is no completely effective treatment for misophonia but awareness and research is being done. This site has been asked by researchers to publish invitations to people with misophonia and asks them to partake in surveys and questionnaires. In this manner, the search for effective treatments can be studied and hopefully a treatment will eventually be found.

Members of our support forum may have some suggestions to help reduce the intensity of triggers and discuss possible treatments. You can find the Support Forum here

Some people avoid triggers to reduce their stress and others think that exposure to triggers may desensitize one from the unwanted effects of trigger events.

Paying attention to the basics may help. People who have a healthy and balanced diet, engage in consistent and adequate exercise and manage stress may have less intense or less frequent problems with sensitivity to sounds.

Treatment of Misophonia Some possible treatment are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Neurofeedback (NFB), Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and psycho-therapeutic hypnotherapy. There are other treatment methods as well.

The use of sound machines, ear plugs and sound masking by other methods can help in some cases.

Some people have had success with the suggestions listed above.

More than one treatment method may be necessary. One might try to combine different coping mechanisms to find a beneficial regimen to help mange the stress and associated problems with misophonia. Don’t give up!

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In the support forum, there are suggestions and experiences shared and the methods employed to help with daily living.

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105 comments:

georgia varbleJuly 25, 2014 at 7:22 pmReply

56 years old …. probbly level 5 or 6. Good to know I’m not alone. Hopeful that this web site will offer me methods to cope.

MichaellaJanuary 31, 2015 at 2:13 pmReply

Hi.. im also a level 5 or 7 i guess .. well I prefer that you use music as disturbance to the noise cause it helps me a lot, although people might wonder why you always plug earphones and listen to music.. I hope it helps to you also :)

MichaellaJanuary 31, 2015 at 2:19 pmReply

Hi georgia.. Im also a Level 5 … Try listening to music using earphones or headphones in any desire volume you wish to, It calms me when there’s this sound that I’m trigerring… I really hope it helps on you also …

Catherine ZahraJuly 29, 2014 at 1:51 pmReply

Hello. Please help me if you can. My son is 24years old and he has been suffering from mysophonia since he was 10 years old. It is a nightmare not just for him or to live with him but also because I cannot seem to find understanding or acknowledgement of this condition in Malta. consult.Please write to me and tell me if there is an existing help in England where we can come and consult.

He has been wrongly diagnosed with OCD since he was 10years.

I will greatly appreciate any help.

Regards

Catherine Zahra.

Laraine PipolyJuly 31, 2014 at 4:27 amReply

I have had this condition since a young age. I am now 70 years old. I didn’t know what to call it. A couple of years ago I found out about misophonia and it’s discription fits me to a T. It seems to be getting worse the older I get.
I live in the Long Beach area of California. I have to plan going out to eat. I have developed relationships with some of the restaurant managers over the years. I go in and explain that I have a hearing problem that magnifies the noises in the restaurant, in particular the music. Why do they feel they have to blast music when people want to visit with the family, friends that they came in. They are NOT at a concert.
This afternoon my husband and I were at a new restaurant near our home. The music was very high with twanging guitars etc. I told them my problem and that when I hear loud music I just want to get up and flea the situation. They were kind enough to turn it down until we leave.
Just before we got ready to leave another waitress came over and asked how our meal was. We begain to talk and I told her they could turn up the music because we were leaving. Turns out that she has had this problem all of her life. She appeared to be about 25 yrs old. She got tears in her eyes when I explained it to her. I wrote down misophonia on a piece of paper for her and she was coming home and getting on the Internet to do more investigation. She says she has had a lot of problems with her family about this. Now she is going to enlighten them.
If anyone wants to talk, please e-mail me @ LFrancone1@aol.com.

LucyAugust 6, 2014 at 9:57 pmReply

Today I discovered this irritation I have has a diagnosis!!.. I have suffered with this for as long as I can remember and I’m 27 now. I have 2 children and I can’t even feed them or be in the room whilst all this chewing ect is happening.. I’m at stage 5 – 6 but I feel more anger towards my partner. I have to sleep with my hands covering my ears! I’m so glad I looked in to it as I thought I was on my own. But now I can explain to people and give them a better understand and maybe they will be less annoying around me

KrystalOctober 29, 2014 at 2:53 amReply

I have had to buy n I is cancelation headphones to sleep in the same bed with my hubby. I have an app that I use to play relaxing music and it has helped tremendously.

HaydenAugust 9, 2014 at 12:30 amReply

I found out about misophonia just yesterday, I am 22 and cannot think back to a time when I didn’t have an absolute hatred for certain sounds and noises.. I had always been told to “grow up”, “get over it”, “stop being pathetic” but I don’t think anyone can understand unless they suffer it too..
I am a clear 9 on the scale, and I always thought I was very alone in what I was trying in vain to deal with. I never sought psychologist support as was too nervous about the stigma of being labelled with anything, and no one seemed to understand what I went through so why should they be any different.. Although I cannot find a magic cure at least I now have a base to start from, a website to send people to that explains me perfectly, and the knowledge that I am not alone.

TaviAugust 10, 2014 at 4:46 amReply

All my life, I have had a severe hatred of gum chewing/smacking! I never knew it could be diagnosed as anything more than just something that really irritates me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed other mouth noises and bodily noises have begun to bother me, as well. So how do I cope with it? I’m a paramedic! I have to deal with people making all kinds of imaginable mouth noises!! Some smells bother me too…. those are also part of my job description! I find that because my awareness of them is so heightened, I am a better able to detect and discern inconsistencies and subtle changes in my patient’s status. In other words, my misophonia makes me a better clinician! Imagine that….

Randy BAugust 10, 2014 at 9:14 pmReply

Most of my adult life I have had this issue. I never thought I was the only person in the world with this problem. I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one, I wish there was something that could make it go away.

Sabina JackmanAugust 12, 2014 at 12:27 pmReply

I am absolutely at stage 9 when I hear anything repetitive, usually background noise, clocks ticking, pens clicking, teaspoon clinking when stirring coffee, roosters, dogs barking, loud bass/repetitive music. Anything that seems like I have no control over or anything that I feel will never stop. Even when the noise does eventually stop (like roosters crowing, dog barking or music) I can still hear it for hours later, it’s just stuck in my head and sometimes I cannot tell if the noise is real or not which makes me feel crazy at times.

I now use a fan, ear plugs and play rain music or white noise on repeat (which is funny because the white noise, rain and fan are all repetitive noises… BUT maybe it’s because they drown out the noise and I know I can control them myself.

Anyway so glad to know this ‘crazy thing’ I’ve lived with for over a decade or more (I’m 38) is a real disorder and that I can finally find people who get me and understand what I am going through.

Cameron OrrNovember 7, 2014 at 2:52 amReply

Man, I have been reading these for a while, but yours probably stands out as the best example of exactly what I feel all the time.

I moved from the States to the Philippines and these are a “Noise loving people” I mean its non stop. Bassing sound sometimes 12 hours a day, people humming or singing very loudly everywhere, banging on things, and the worst of all ROOSTERS EVERYWHERE. Roosters literally drive me to the point or committing suicide to escape. I know that sounds extreme, but when you feel trapped and can’t get away you lose all focus on reasonable thinking. I feel like the sound is trapped in my head, I feel violated and helpless.

Like you I would also use headphones, but sometimes I’ll hear even with earplugs or headphones. I am not sure if I’m really hearing the sound like I have some kind of freaking super hearing or something or what. Sometimes Ill wait until I think I hear (whatever it is) and pull out my earplugs real quick to see if I’m really hearing it or if its my imagination.

For me certain DEEP sounds like Brown noise, or fans, or something like that so long as its steady and continuous are fine. I swear this is getting worse for me, and it will cause me a divorce more than likely as no one understands why I go nuts when things happen. I’m 36 now, Ill probably die from stress before I’m forty and in all honesty, I sometimes can’t wait for the relief.

Lori DunstanNovember 12, 2014 at 6:59 pmReply

I second what Cameron Orr said – I’ve been reading a bunch of these comments and I relate to yours the most.
I agree, I think there is a ‘lack of control’ issue when it comes to noise irritation. I’m happy when I have my headphones on listening to my music, or white noise like rivers, rain…and I have 2 fans on at night.
Thankfully I don’t have roosters anywhere near me (I live in Toronto), but sirens, honking, banging of balls on the wall/floor in my building…even my dog licking herself drives me batty. The worst though is at work. Phones are ringing in the office constantly and some of my colleagues (and my boss) insist on singing and/or whistling (two of them even clip their freaking nails in the office)!! Sometimes I have to leave and go to the bathroom for some peace or I feel like I’ll snap. I’ve explained to my boss in the past that sometimes I have to wear headphones at work so that I can focus, but I still feel like putting them in is frowned upon.
I’m 41 and just learned that this is an actual condition – I thought I was just too intolerant. I’m happy to learn that I’m not alone. I actually found out about this condition from a recent article about actress Andrea Martin, who also suffers from it.
I’ve realized the city is just too noisy for me, I need to move to a smaller town. But I’ll definitely make sure there aren’t any farms close by with roosters!! :)

DejaFebruary 16, 2015 at 5:40 pmReply

this is definitely me im 14 and have had this problem since i was 6 or 5 my misophonia is getting so close to a 10 right now i usually just hit myself or kick something and start crying but now i want to actually hit the person who makes the noise and 90% of the time people make noises on purpose to make me mad and they say misophonia isn’t real and i am definitely like sabina i always hear water dripping from the toilet clocks ticking and i just want to scream and people at school are always smacking and clicking their tongues and i just want to kill them it always happens during my longest period 7-9th lang arts and i just hate that class so much i can’t focus while hearing them make those noises

MartjieAugust 12, 2014 at 7:51 pmReply

Level 9 :(

I’ve moved 8 times in 7 years due to “noisy neighbours”
Working in open plan I have to listen to classical music on my earphones to calm me down and drown out noise.
I often get enraged and ask people in the office to turn down their music. (Which is a problem as specially since I am a contract worker and not an permanent employee.

I often fantasise about hitting someone when they are making a noise, whether it is a loud chewer, heavy breather, a cleaner polishing the floor or an upstairs neighbour walking to loudly. I unplug my boyfriends fridge when I stay over, and I’m always the one telling people to keep quite.
I used to go to the Cinema twice a week as I love movies, but I can’t go anymore as I always end up confronting someone and then leave feeling stressed and annoyed because people talked or chewed popcorn loudly 3 rows away.

I think its about time I get some help. I always thought i just have super sensitive hearing, but at least there is some treatment options I will look into

HarryAugust 17, 2014 at 1:15 pmReply

I empathise. I quit going to the cinema 30 years ago (in my teens) as it became a trauma. I never understood why no one, it seemed, could get through a movie without a super-sized tub of popcorn that they’d crunch, mostly with open mouths, and make last through to the end. Nevermind the nauseating smell…
My friends weren’t bothered in the slightest, in fact they were often “crunchers” themselves. I wanted to lash out and thump the nearest cruncher.
When asked after the movie for my opinion, I’d rarely be able to provide any reasonable synopsis because I had spent the previous two hours stressed and distracted.
Even though I now realise that there is a reason for my hypersensitivity, I still question whether in the absence of it I wouldn’t be still completely grossed-out anyway by those who bother me the most now. Some people out there have obscene eating habits regardless…
Open-plan offices… OMG, where do I start on that subject? Better that I don’t!

EmilyOctober 15, 2014 at 11:31 amReply

OMG the movies are the worst! Disrupts my whole movie!

SueJanuary 21, 2015 at 2:54 pmReply

I have learned if I take ear plugs, i can still hear the movie quite clearly (because they are usually pretty loud) over the popcorn crunching, ice chomping, slurping, and wrapper rustling (do people that open a wrapped candy slowly to try to muffle it realize they make it even worse by prolonging it?)

NanFebruary 25, 2015 at 12:59 amReply

I almost always sit in the last row of the movie theater so there is no one behind me slobbering on popcorn. In live theaters I have not hesitated to ask people sitting around me to stop making so much noise with their gum. Some people are polite and comply with the request but others do the opposite. I find it extremely difficult to be at the table with my husband during meal times and I know it hurts him. Suggestions anyone?

JessicaAugust 13, 2014 at 8:02 amReply

I thought I was just being a b*tch cause that’s what everyone was telling me! I didn’t know I actually had a REAL condition until I saw a friend’s post on facebook from OMG Facts – “Getting annoyed at someone when we listen to them eating or breathing is called Misophonia, and it’s an actual neurological disorder.” It made me curious so I googled it and found this site. Thank Goodness for this site!!!!! :)

On a serious note though, I have auditory processing disorder which makes it hard for me distinguish all of the audio/voices/music/etc. that I am hearing, but I am POSITIVE that I have Misophonia…..
the question that my specialist has not been able to answer is “Why can I not “hear” some things like my husband talking to me from the other end of our 3 person couch with the tv on at an average volume in the living room with the ceiling fan going, but I can “hear” our daughter doing her chore and humming in the kitchen which is two rooms away (with ceiling fans going) at the very same time, and yell for her to stop humming cause it is driving me crazy…..Any ideas??

AndrianAugust 25, 2014 at 8:57 amReply

Jessica,
I absolutely know what you are talking about. I am the exact same way. I went so far as to have an evaluation with an audiologist to try and diagnose hearing loss as I too have a hard time hearing my husband, low frequency sounds, etc.. yet I can hear the small friction sounds of fingers rubbing. This was before I found out what misophonia was and found it fits me to a tee- level 5. The audiologist did say I have mild hearing loss but nothing to do for it as I am young- 30 years old. But all my life I have struggled with tolerating various noises and never knew there was an actual diagnosis/condition. Wish I had some insight for you but just wanted you to know you are not alone.

Tarren CAugust 13, 2014 at 5:39 pmReply

I am 19. I’m also an auditory learner when I started noticing certain sounds instantly impacting me (I was 10 or 11) I assumed it was a packaged deal. My family has just told me to stop being a grouch. I never could understand why these sounds would make me so irritable, but they never noticed that they were even making the sounds in question. I’m so glad to know I am not alone. Something that helps me is to focus on a song I like until it is stuck in my head, it doesn’t make the trigger sound go away but it gives me something else to focus on until it has stopped.

HeatherAugust 13, 2014 at 6:17 pmReply

I am absolutely gobsmacked! I am almost 40 years old and have dealt with this for at least 30 of those years. I had NO idea that others have this. I knew things irritated people but to me I seemed over the top. I have felt like such a nit-picky bitch for soo long. I am a SAHM of 5 boys who are always loud. My youngest is almost 5 and I am at the end of my rope. He goes to Mother’s Day Out 4 days a week now largely due to the fact that I want to scream from hearing sound effects he makes while playing with toys. People who don’t have this totally do not understand and I am sure think I am just being selfish. I love my boys absolutely. I do not love noise. LOL

My husband has a leg bouncing thing he does. As you know, I’m sure, it makes me crazy. I have to cover my eyes so I can’t see it. I get so frustrated because we have been married 17 years, he knows it irritates me, yet he still does it. I know, rationally, that he can’t help it. But oh does it kill me. Now I am showing him this and hopefully it helps!

One more thing. I am in absolute awe of anyone who has this and has to work with other people. I truly do not know what I would do. The whole open office thing is all the rage now for several years. I cringe just thinking about it.

Lisa VFebruary 26, 2015 at 10:24 amReply

Yes! He letapping thing drives me nuts! I always seem to end up with someone sitting next to me at work who taps their leg or foot and it drives me crazy! I have to completely rearrange how I’m sitting so that I can’t see it out of the corner of my eye!

DebbieAugust 14, 2014 at 8:16 amReply

Good Day all .

I come to you all today to ask for your dear help and adivce. what better way to do it than to ask someone who has that problem too.
Im 25 years old “I DONT SUFFER FROM MISOPHONIA” but my boyfriend i think does.

He burst his eardrum on a water ski fall on his ear.

we started dating about 8 months ago and know each other 3-4 years now.
my realtionship with him is getting verry hard.
the othe day he posted on his wall on facebook this qoute: Getting angry at people when we listen to them breathing or eating is called Misophonia, which is an actual brain disorder.

and i immidiatly thought to myself something is up with him,he really hates it when i chew chips and ive also told him that its not such a big deal but now i know more of this disorder looking it op on google.
he also stuggles with alot of the socializing aspects..he doesnt show emotion easy and weve been fighting alot about this.. i just need some advice first hand on if this disorder can complicate emotional attachment to a person and if this problem can have an effect on relationship. his way of handling things are not normal its in a way of not caring what the other person asks and wants or needs. and if i show emotion it doesnt seem to have an impact on him. is this anyhow related to misophonia? any advice will be highly appreciated,.

deborahp@voltex.co.za

AidyAugust 28, 2014 at 3:05 pmReply

Debbie,

I have suffered from Misaphonia since I can remember. I’m 28 years of age and have been in a relationship for 1.5 years now. I have to be honest, it must be tough on my partner. After reading your comment regarding lack of emotion I have to admit that this is how I am most of the time. Misaphonia can be so emotionally draining for sufferers, sometimes I tend to just close myself off from others in an effort to not feel stressed or any of the other negative emotions which come from certain triggers. Its difficult to offer any advice as Misaphonia (as far as I’m concerned) is such a complex condition. Just try to remember that your other half is suffering from this and that deep down inside he doesn’t want to hurt you (emotionally of course). You need to know the exact triggers that he cant cope with and to make sure you don’t do any of these things around him! Literally, kick them all to the curb! This is the only way things will become easier for you both.

BecksFebruary 17, 2015 at 6:30 pmReply

Aidy

From a partner perspective cutting out triggers can be hard if not impossible, but it when it involves simple and necessary things like breathing and drinking.

Having just come across this site it fits my fella perfectly. I don’t exaggerate noises to annoy him, I do some times in frustration suggest he needs head phones. I love him very much but it is hard to live with.

I appreciate the partners aren’t the ones ‘suffering’ from the condition, however I have found that I am now paranoid about eating and swallowing in front of others as apparently I’m so noisy – no one else has ever noticed. We sit as far apart as possible during meals and when at home we never sit at a table. We have walked out of restaurants if they are too quiet, allowing eating to be heard. We don’t go to the cinema… Popcorn, rustling sweet bags, breathing, sniffing, drink slurping etc. I get tutted at during the night if I drink water. I am frequently told to stop fidgeting – never done on purpose. I ensure I close the bathroom door when teeth cleaning and nail clipping – but this is still too loud.

I just wish there was a little understanding and recognition of how hard it is to live next to this problem, when you constantly get negative responses from just living a normal boring life. And yes quite often the emotional response is missing or cold, possibly as trying to refrain from being irrationally angry. Either way it is not fun to live with and if you’re not in love with him Deborah, run away, the condition does not improve or become easier to live with…. Unless you can not breath…

One thing I don’t understand and maybe someone can help with… How come he can not hear me talking in the same room but can hear me clear my throat or eating crisps in another room? And why is it OK if he is heavy breathing or snoring as falling asleep, or eating loudly. Please understand this kind of anomally or hypocrisy makes it even more frustrating and harder to understand.

AllenAugust 14, 2014 at 3:22 pmReply

Coping with Misophonia is the most difficult part of my life, but I seem to build more tolerance as I get older. For me, avoidance is the best treatment. I went from living miserably with 4 people at a young age to living by myself for two years. Now when I experience a trigger sound it’s still annoying but not to the same extent. I’ve read that avoiding trigger sounds may make it worst but for me its simply not true. Exercising seems to take a little stress and anxiety off the top. I’m especially annoyed if I lacked physical activity that day. For advice if you know someone with Misophonia, just simply don’t do those trigger sounds around them. Gum is the worst because the chewing never stops!

AdamAugust 17, 2014 at 5:21 pmReply

I am not sure if I have misophonia. I have the symptoms of misophonia — I become very angry, sometimes enraged, by the sound of people eating (especially with their mouth open), drinking, slurping, and opening soda cans. I feel awful for having such negative feelings toward friends and family, when I know they can’t help it!

I am 19, and have only begun to notice this within the last few years, which is why I am hesitant to say I have it (seeing that many people began noticing symptoms much earlier). I am very reluctant to fall into the hysterical self-diagnosis that many people fall into today simply because I have a few symptoms. I am hoping that, despite the gradual worsening of the symptoms, it too shall pass.

I have told my parents about this problem, in hopes of finding ways to manage it, but I’m only told to “get over it.” Once I was able to put a name to this condition, I told them about it, but was only told that misophonia doesn’t exist (my dad, who is a doctor, has said this many a time, yet has never even heard of it before) or that I am just being sensitive and need to get over it.

ASorryHeartAugust 18, 2014 at 7:34 amReply

I’m SO glad a friend shared this link. My 5yo most definitely suffers from this disorder, and bc he also has ADHD/OCD it’s really affecting every area of his life, and in turn all of ours as well. He started kinder last week and it’s TORTURE for him. We have to find our way, somehow :( This is very, very real and traumatic. Thanks to those who shared!

PattyAugust 21, 2014 at 3:27 pmReply

Thank you. It is good to know I am not alone. I criticize myself for this, thinking I am a bad person for getting so stressed by seemingly innocuous sounds. People do not understand this. I do not understand this. But it has gotten to be an issue n the last 10 years or so (I am 57).

MeaghanAugust 29, 2014 at 12:37 pmReply

Until about a month ago, I never knew this was a thing! I’m 16 years old, and at a level 6 already. What gets me going the most is loud breathing, or chewing. Scrapping and the pen clicking are pretty bad as well. I always thought it was wrong that I got so upset by the breathing thing! Nice to know this has a name and that I’m not just crazy!

NinaSeptember 12, 2014 at 2:04 amReply

I’m a 59 year old high school teacher who didn’t know that this was an actual disorder until I happened upon the term “misophonia” when I googled “low tolerance for noise” tonight. Yesterday after school I went to my principal, nearly in tears, and told him I was having a nervous breakdown because I was trying to mark papers in my room and there was a group of noisy students in the hallway outside my door. Today in one of my classes I asked a student to stop cracking her knuckles. One of my classroom rules is that if I see or hear gum I will ask that it be thrown away. When students click pens I get agitated and ask them to stop. My intolerance has been getting progressively worse and I’m turning into a cranky old lady. Last night I called my employee assistance program and have a counselling appt. next week. And I have an appt. with my family doctor next week. Also, I’m a perfectionist and that tendency is getting worse the older I get. Has anyone found that medication such as Zoloft helps? I have 2 years and 3 months until I can retire without a penalty and would like to make it until then. Right now every day is a challenge. I’ve been telling friends that I’m struggling with the school environment but they don’t understand. Thanks to those of you who posted. It’s a relief to know that I’m not the only one trying to cope with this.

EmmaSeptember 22, 2014 at 2:15 pmReply

Hi Nina,

I totlly get it! I am a 37 yr old teacher – music of all subjects and the school environment is driving me crazy. I can feel my blood pressure rise and my chest tighten on a daily basis. It is also getting worse as time goes on and I feel that some days I will literally ‘crack up’. I feel I should tell my employers but don’t want to seem like I’m totally bonkers. I am actually retraining as a play therapist as I know I cannot stay in this career.

I am actually going to the doctor today but really am unsure what they can do.

NinaSeptember 27, 2014 at 12:38 pmReply

Hi Emma,
I hope that your doctor didn’t dismiss your very real issue. My appt. is Wed. and I’m going to give her the brochure from this site. The counsellor that I met with last week totally got what I’m going through, even though she hadn’t heard of misophonia. She’s going to work with me to rewire my brain. Have you seen this site? http://misophoniatreatment.com/hate-sounds.I haven’t had a chance to read everything yet but I watched the first video and it certainly gave me hope. I have told my principal and VP that I’m struggling and getting help. My VP thinks that his wife has misophonia and asked me to forward the information to him. And when I my Department Head, who has become a good friend, about it, she realized that her husband also has it. I’ve talked to him and he’s definitely a fellow misophone. I feel like I’ve opened up floodgates by being open about it. I would encourage you to do the same. I’m actually coping better with my environment since I’ve had so much affirmation that my intolerance is not by choice. Not beating myself up has given me more energy to cope. Best of luck with your career change (probably a good idea) and getting support from friends, family and doctors / counsellors.

ninaSeptember 27, 2014 at 12:58 pmReply

Should have proofread before posting. Here’s the link so that you can click on it:
http://misophoniatreatment.com/hate-sounds

stephenSeptember 14, 2014 at 3:23 pmReply

I’m shocked that I’ve never been diagnosed with misophonia, I’m 52 and according to the scale I’m a 9. I’ve been plagued with not being able to bear noise from neighbours all my life especially the noise from their television or music. I’ve been hospitalised twice with anxiety and depression and been put on all sorts of meds to help me cope. I always knew the meds wouldn’t work and now I understand why! My intolerance of these noises which have blighted me at every level is real and recognised as a condition and no amount of medication is going to change that. I am now in the process of trying CBT hypnosis and hope that it will have some effect in my learning to live again free from stress and anxiety. I don’t know if anyone has the same problems as me but I’m on edge all the time just waiting for the neighbours noise to start and my blood pressure is now through the roof. My only hope is to save enough to buy a detached house and hopefully that will help. I salute anyone who is living with this condition as it can be such a disruptive force to come to terms with.

CatzFebruary 26, 2015 at 9:44 amReply

I really feel for you. You really need to leave the place you are in. I live in a house and had neighbours who used to blare their music loudly. Had many an argument with them to turn it down. One night I threaten to call the police and then they started lowering their music. Just about had panic attacks every time they played their music. Now I have wonderful new neighbours. I still need to block outside noise and use a combination of different tactics to get away from it all – White noise (TVs, fans, air conditioning), ear plugs and construction headphones. I have a wonderful noisy air con in my bedroom that is my sanctuary.

JessSeptember 15, 2014 at 9:14 pmReply

I’m 20 and only just found out that what I have is an actual condition. I thought I was just someone who likes to pay attention to extreme detail. I was just browsing the internet and found an post on neurological disorders, which I find interesting anyway because I’m studying Psychology at University. But then when it was describing the symptoms, I saw similarities. So like anyone else, I looked it up on more websites and found it!

I’m actually glad I found it and I am not going insane. I read about the self test thing on here and I would say I’m a 4-5. I cannot go to sleep without listening to my music, which kind of annoys me because I can’t cuddle with my boyfriend. He says he understands but I can’t help but feel guilty. I can’t go out or stay in to eat with him as I end up telling him to stop or slow down. I always feel like a horrible person because he doesn’t realize he’s doing it. Sometimes I can’t even sleep in the same bed as him because he wants to cuddle up with me but I can hear and feel him breathing on me, which angers and irritates me so much. I’ve tried to control it but it’s so hard. Other things like whistling, clicking of fingers, heavy footsteps or clocks ticking really annoys me.

I kind of want to get help but it’s more the fact that if I tell my mum (who I don’t live with anymore and is unaware of everything) how I feel, she will think I’m just being pathetic. It’s also one of those things I don’t know how to go about it – do you go to the GP or to a counselor at University? I really don’t want to waste anyone’s time if I’m going to the wrong person.

I feel a lot more better knowing I’m not alone anymore.

NinaSeptember 27, 2014 at 12:41 pmReply

Jess, print out the brochure on this site and take it to a GP and a counsellor. Share it with your bf, friends and family. I just replied above to Emma with more info. You are definitely not alone.

BelaSeptember 26, 2014 at 8:24 amReply

i was reading all of your comments and i realised that in time it gets worst.i’m 20. I still haven’t test myself to find my level because i’m afraid of how high it might be. i have all of your problems and disorders so much that i want to violent anyone who does those sounds or movement including my mom. I’m albanian, i live here and i’m sure that if i go to visit myself to a doctor or psycologist they will not be aware of misophonia and they probably will give me the wrong diagnoze, even thought i’ll give it a try. if i don’t find any help here I only hope not to lose my friends and boyfrend. lucky you who have where to rely to…

MelissaSeptember 26, 2014 at 7:57 pmReply

It’s good to know I am not crazy! This condition has grown progressively worse over the past ten years and I don’t know how to stop it. It started in college. I would be taking a test and in the absolute silence would almost amplify any noise- tapping of pens, clicking of pens, popping/snapping of gum (AHH!),tapping of feet. Anything like that would drive me batty! It was hard to conentrate on tests because those sounds were deafening! In the subsequent years it’s just gotten worse. I have even reached into my best friends mouth while SHE was driving and pulled the gum from her mouth because she chews like a cow. I could have easily caused an accident. In the past few years, it has no effected my relationships with boyfriends.

My last boyfriend was Chinese and if anyone is familiar with that culture they would know that their eating habits are different from Americans- especially in the soup department. Between his constant slurping of ANY liquids, to his teeth scraping across the fork after he took a bite, I couldn’t help but to actually scream at him to stop. Between that and some other things, we had to break up. Every relationship I have been in after I feel like I am just waiting for the rage to come out again. I am usualyl ok in the beginning but eventually, the monster comes out and I snap and ask them to stop whatever urks me.

It saddens me that I feel like I may end up a lonely maid because of this condition. What saddens me more is that there does not seem to be a definitive cure. I started therapy a few months ago and I was told that my misophonia may be caused from PTSD from a childhood abuse. Might be worth looking into?

ChristineDecember 30, 2014 at 2:48 pmReply

Melissa – I feel your pain. I have always said a “loud eater” would be a deal breaker for me. Fortunately, my fiance does not make any of my trigger noises. He lived his whole life with his older sister and younger brother both being misophonia sufferers also (his brother once threw a fork at him for eating cereal when he was 8 and his sister used to cry at the dinner table every night from noises her dad made). So, he not only understands my condition my I think he’s trained himself to be quieter (you get a fork thrown at you, I guess you stop slurping cereal). When I tell him that if he ate loudly I would have to break up with him he thinks I’m being ridiculous, That true love should over look a mouth breather or a loud chewer but I seriously could not spend my life with someone who triggered me. I know we need to cope and can’t expect to find someone and fall in love only because they can eat without biting their utensils (god, I cringed just from typing that!) but I understand where you are coming from. Good luck!!

steveSeptember 27, 2014 at 6:22 pmReply

Im 43 and suffered with this ever since i can remember

I am clearly a 9 but occasionally wish i was a 10 so i could punch the guy in my office who always eats crisps and apples

Ive thrown my best friends food out of the car window if hes been eating crisps food while ive been drivibg

My partner thinks its childish but she really doesnt realise how much hatred i get when i hear her flip flops.

Id give anything for a cure

RobynNovember 6, 2014 at 6:00 amReply

steve – would you mind if I put “I am clearly a 9 but occasionally wish I was a 10…” on a t-shirt with the misophonia awareness logo on the back? This gave me (and my husband) a good laugh even though I feel sad for you that you have to work with the guy! I think it would make a great t-shirt and get people talking and wondering what misophonia is all about.

I am also clearly a 9. And just reading these comments bring me back to my childhood (torture) and living in the city as an adult (torture).

I have moved to a remote and SILENT location in Northern Canada and have lived here for 10 years (I’m 41). I see more wolves in a year than I do people – that’s how remote/silent it is. Yet It took me close to 3 years to de-stress from all the noise I had suffered throughout my life. It took me about 5-6 years to be able to better handle trigger noises I still hear (my husband’s breathing, squirrels “chirping” incessantly, dishes clanking, my own “S” sounds, etc ETC!
The noises still affect me – don’t get me wrong. But because I am FAR less stressed from being attacked by noises all. day. long. like I would be in the city or with my family for example, I am able to “deal” with them relatively well now unless I am particularly tired physically or mentally. Now the trigger noises I *do* hear in a day don’t continue to build on top of each other because they are fewer and they are farther apart. I find myself angry less and less as time goes on.

I moved here thinking I’d rather live off pennies and be surrounded by nothing, with no neighbours, than have a lot of money and a good job living near so many trigger noises – that’s how desperate I was to relieve the suffering. (At the end of my city living I was on the floor, fetal position, sobbing, hopeless, thinking the only relief I’d ever get was death). I took a small job up North to see if remote living was for me and it sure was! Eventually, I ended up getting a good job working from home.

Now, after so many years living in a very, very quiet place (our only neighbours are wildlife and we don’t even listen to music or the radio or have a tv), I am *so much more relaxed* and thus I am more able to deal with trigger noises when I go to town or when I am around friends and family. I actually started to go out more and am even considering getting back into music (something I used to love because it drowned out the worst of the noises but had given up in search of true peace once I moved here).
Living in so much silence has helped tremendously. I wish this for everyone who suffers – a free/cheap retreat, for example, where one could stay as long as needed.

I have cried every time I come to this site or to other forums. The comments always bring up heavy emotions and feelings of not being able to escape the noise, of being ridiculed for being “overly sensitive”, of suffering without being able to explain myself, of feeling like I was a Bad Person. And knowing there are so many people (especially young people) out there suffering makes reading these comments even more upsetting.

But I’m glad we have finally found each other. It helps. Knowing there are people who actually understand, helps. Having a name for it, researchers studying it, hope for a cure – it all helps… if only a little.

If I could offer any advice to sufferers it would be to get away in to nature as much as possible – go for walks in the woods, a quiet park, go skiing, go hiking, biking, canoeing… go anywhere in nature where there are few if any people and no city noises, where you can start to relax. Do this for as long and as often as possible.

I personally think the more the trigger noises build in a day, and the days stretch into weeks and years, the more stressed/enraged one becomes and is less likely to successfully deal with even the ‘smallest’ of trigger noises.

If you are a parent of a child who suffers, encourage them to take up an activity where they can de-stress some while being in nature with few, if any, people. Also, help them get away for a few days, a week, a month. A camp, a cabin, a retreat, a relative’s place who lives in a quiet setting who is supportive and will try to be extra quiet for the visit (and who isn’t scared off by the LONG list of trigger noises!)…
Please, please help your child find some silence as often as possible. Don’t let them grow up like most of us and describe much of their childhood as “torture”. Give them hope for their future. Help them find some relief.

I wish I could tell everyone I found a better way to cope, an easier way. But I’m not going to lie… silence, for as long as possible, is the only thing that’s helped me.

I realize some think avoiding trigger noises makes them worse. I personally can’t understand this and wonder if they are a 9 or 10 on the scale. I’ve found avoiding as many triggers as possible for as long as possible helps me to deal with them so much better when I find myself triggered again.
Getting away is not always possible – and I didn’t find it possible until I was 31 years old. In fact, I didn’t even THINK of the possibility until I was that age. But until there’s a cure, this is one way some of you might find a little relief.

Peace for all,
Robyn

CatzFebruary 26, 2015 at 10:52 amReply

OMG Robyn what you are saying is so true. I too have been able to de-stress by getting away from the noise that now it doesn’t effect me as much. Don’t get me wrong it can return at a drop of a hat. I had a relative stay for 3 weeks who whistled, at first I thought it was cute, by 2 weeks it was turning into a problem for me. That last week was tough for me.

Lucky for me I have quiet neighbours and I love white noise that I use my tv, fans and aircon to get away from it all. I’m also a stay at home mum so no dealing with coworkers.

I agree with you, you need to go back to nature, also exercising helped me when it was really bad.

LisaSeptember 27, 2014 at 10:09 pmReply

My daughter has the same issues so many things make her so angry she will be 18 this year she has lost so many friends and is so angry all the time she’s got to the point she goes to her room and sits alone I’ve been so worried about her maybe going to depression.
I hate to see her day by day suffer the way she does.
Any suggestions on how I might help her?

Rachel SolomonSeptember 28, 2014 at 10:48 pmReply

Hi all! I found out about Misophonia last year by accident – some random general knowledge thing on the interent. That changed my LIFE. Just knowing that it was called something – that I wasn’t completely crazy for wanting to slit my own father’s throat for the way his little tongue was rolling around in his mouth and the clicking noises his jaw made. And also, thankfully, that other people cna understand it.

The first thing I want everyone to know is that I experience both auditory AND visual triggers. For example, sometimes, not only the sound of someone chewing, but the SIGHT, will send me into panicked rage. The sight of a quivering jaw, the shaking of a leg, the sight of someone biting their nails – Mostly it is repetitive actions and noises. These two kinds of triggers make me want to murder.

I used to get intense rage, anxiety and panic – from as young as 8 years old I would death stare my family while they eat, making disgusted, exasperated noises, sighing heavily, blocking my ears, rolling my eyes. Eventually pretty much every night would end with me leaving the room and crying silent, angry tears as I ate my dinner alone at the table while the family was in the living room.

I have learned to curb the feelings of rage and panic – I go through three steps usually.

1. I ask the person to stop what they are doing (if it’s not unreasonable to ask, I wouldn’t ask someone to stop breathing because it was annoying me – although I have been close MANY times.)
My friends and family know I suffer form this disorder, and so after a while I gave up on being polite and simply say, for example: “Are you going to be sniffing this entire time?”, or “Leave your fucking nails alone” – if I have to. Because they know about it and love me they usually respond with sorry!, or they tell me to fuck off – which I do. They are entitled to do the things that annoy me – I just don’t have to be around for them.

2.
I leave the room. If the trigger is something that cannot be stopped without being unfair – someone’s breathing noises, the scratching of a pen on paper, the clicking of keyboard keys etc – then I leave the room.

3. I make my own white noise in my head. This has been something I have been trying to get the hang of, and am slowly getting there. Its not easy and most often doesn’t work, but when it does, it’s really helpful. If I am at dinner with friends and I don’t want to leave the table (and I obviously can’t ask them all to simply stop all of their bodily functions), then try to stop thinking. I stare down at my plate and eat, simply focusing on not thinking about anything. Nodding my head here and there for the odd conversation input, stuff like that. It’s like white noise.

(Coincidentally, I have also found that listening to white noise playlists on youtube while trying to work or whatever helps a lot – to distract from both auditory and visual triggers).

Lex GodwillOctober 6, 2014 at 7:32 pmReply

The only effective treatment for misophonia I have ever experienced is consuming marijuana. When I was high, I could listen to all my triggers. I was so happy that it didn’t affect me anymore, and I couldn’t help but smile and laugh about it. It was the greatest and only relief I have ever had from misophonia. I even stayed around the people creating the sounds that trigger it, because it was amazing to be able to hear them and be unaffected, just like any other sounds.

However, the next day, when I wasn’t high anymore, the sounds were excruciatingly painful to listen to again.

It would be great to understand what happened, and why I wasn’t triggered by the sounds while under the influence. I didn’t even have that much at all, and I am not a regular smoker either.

Frankie VercammenDecember 27, 2014 at 12:25 amReply

You just cracked me up :-) That is the best first sentence on a forum I have ever read, honestly. But seriously, your point is quite interesting. Maybe it has to do with suppressing anxiety, when you consume marijuana.

Unfortunately I suffer from misophonia as well, since I was 1 year old. My father had it too.

lucyOctober 7, 2014 at 5:30 pmReply

i have dealt with this since i can remember. My younger brother would always make these awful throat/nasal clearing sounds that drove me up the wall! I could not sit next to him in a car or at a restaurant. this did not happen often, so otherwise , i avoided being around him when he was sick. we were close growing up, but this always but a weird block between us. I would try to sympathize by mimicking the noises. I hear this is normal for sufferers. It never worked. It grew into eating noises. Most people didnt bother me, but for some reason my brothers jaw clicked. Did i associate the early phobia just with him? It grew more with any outside noise while i was trying to sleep. Whispers, music, television…I Prayed to GOD that would go deaf. I felt irrational and crazy….

It is nice to know i am not insane for this. some 30 years dealing with it, and i just now looked t up. I think knowing helps..

StephanieOctober 14, 2014 at 3:24 pmReply

I have a problem with people “smacking their lips”. It started in the fifth grade because a teacher I did not like did it all the time. It drove me crazy. I cannot think of a time when I noticed it before but now, ten years later, my hatred for the noise has grown stronger and stronger. My family was very confused but very concerned on why something so simple that most people couldn’t hear impacted my attitude so much. When I was in high school I convinced my mother to take me to an ear specialist. When I first met with the doctor he was so confused he had no idea what to do. He had never heard of one noise making a person so crazy. I was put in a booth to do special hearing test which all came back normal. A few weeks later he called us back asking to come in. He did an MRI on my head and when it came back clear he explained he was looking for a tumor. It blows my mind that so many people seem to have the same issues with similar noises and yet doctors who specialize in eyes, ears, mouths, and throats have no idea on what causes it. This problem has caused me to attempt suicide multiple times in my life and had sent me into depression before I received help. While I am no longer suicidal or depressed the noise still bothers me. It has gotten worse over the years and I am scared that it will continue to get worse. We cannot expect a disease to be uncovered without raising awareness. I hate meeting new people because I have to explain why I have to plug my ears and grind my teeth every time a person smacks their lips but the truth is that the irritation I feel because of that sound won’t go away until I do. The truth is that it is painful to eat with certain people who are unaware of my condition or sit through a teacher’s lecture who smacks his or her lips while teaching.

c. robOctober 15, 2014 at 12:20 pmReply

I am the mother of a 14 year old boy who has misophonia. It is mostly focused on me and noises I make with my mouth. They are sounds associated with disapproval. Or the way I say my S’s. It is now gone beyond him getting angry about these involuntary noises. Recently he started accusing me if spitting in him. I could be across from him in a room and he will say I spit on him. He seems to have his reactions focused only on me at this time but in the past he had reactions to things his father did. Because of a divorce his father no longer lo
Ives here so he does not currently react to him.

I love my son and I know he loves me. I try to not do the triggers but almost all of them are involuntary and I want to keep breathing.

My main question is about him thinking I am spitting on him. Has anyone had these types if symptomes along with the misophonia?

Thank you for your help .

ChristineDecember 30, 2014 at 2:32 pmReply

I don’t know anything about the spitting (maybe it’s another tactic of his to get you to stop making the noises? Maybe he thinks if YOU think you are physically affecting him,spitting on him, you will stop?). However, I want you to know, as a misophonia sufferer I too fixate mostly on one person, my father. Other people annoy me as well (believe me!) but strangers can make way worse sounds than my dad and I will get more angry with him. I don’t know why but I love my father and I hope you know that your son targeting you is not because of some internal, deep seeded hatred towards you. I think we focus on the people we love the most. My relationship with my father is strained because of this disorder so I hope you always work through it with your son and not let this affect your relationship.

AlisonOctober 20, 2014 at 10:34 pmReply

C.Rob, I sympathise. It does sound as if he’s becoming more sensitive and you are absolutely right that there are some things you just can’t stop doing. Please do seek help!

BROctober 23, 2014 at 4:07 amReply

Like many here I thought i was a crazy person. All my life 80 years I have been hypersensitive to things like people making smacking sounds from their mouths whilst eating, dogs barking especially incessant yapping dogs, base music thumping from neighboring houses or cars,idling engines and a few others.

It drives me so crazy i really want to destroy who ever is making the noise, go deaf,or just live on another planet.

I have known many share my hate of certain noises but assumed many just gritted their teeth and bore it.
I was just great to find this site (after listening to an unthoughtful, ignorant mug tradie playing his getto blaster on a house work site over our fence)Grrrrrrr.

I’ll do some more searching re cures or salves as its really a burden and makes life a misery even though my normal state is laid back, happy , thoughful and kind this makes me a monster.

Lydia attarNovember 2, 2014 at 12:30 amReply

I am suffering a lot and I stopped going to places that they have noises I always have an argument with my husband I have my children and my family but no one understand my situation ,my father had this but no one knows about this and no one believe you what you feel ,sometimes I need to be by myself and alone ,but it’s difficult to be alone and lonely,

Mary petersNovember 5, 2014 at 7:57 pmReply

I’m soo happy for once I can believe I’m not alone here.. I’ve been extremely irritated to say the least for years by this condition and as my family say I could start a fight in an empty house through this . I’ve got off buses trains ,I can’t go to the pictures . I leave dinners and can hardly sit in relatives homes when they eat .people always said I’m just a nightmare but at last I can look forward to stopping this living hell .

MWNovember 5, 2014 at 10:23 pmReply

I’m only 15 and I just learned about this after a post on Instagram… My dad is just like this and I always got in trouble for doing stuff little kids do, smacking on their food, slurping etc. And I always thought he was crazy but about 3 years ago I started to get this irritation when my little brother eats. He chews with his mouth open as obnoxious as possible and it only bugged me a little bit. As times goes on I’ve gotten worse and and can’t stand coughing, sniffing, heavy breathing, slurping or chewing with your mouth open, gum is a big one… Kids that tap a pen or pencil on their desk as school or when it’s quiet and there’s those 2 kids talking I want to rip my ears off. I’m good about containing myself but inside I’m thinking about how I could just snap any second and I’m getting closer and closer. Just the other day for example, my mom likes to tap her fingers on the steering wheel to the beat of the song on the radio and after 10 seconds I burst to tears. I tried to show her that there’s a name for this and I think I might actually have Misophonia but she doesn’t believe me. She tells me it’s not that hard to “tune it out” but she doesn’t understand I have a serious problem and I can’t focus at school because of it. I don’t want to look crazy so I try to deal with it but it’s getting harder to keep from going into a full out rage. On top of this I have trouble with anxiety and sometimes I get panic attacks in the car from these noises. When my brother talks while playing on his tablet I ask him to stop because it’s driving me up the wall but he yells at me. I’m glad there’s other people out there but do I possibly suffer from this disorder or do you think it might be something I happened to pick up on from my dad? How can I show my mom that this is a serious problem and I don’t know how to stop it?

Daniel WatkinsNovember 7, 2014 at 6:51 pmReply

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jessNovember 7, 2014 at 9:22 pmReply

i dont know what to do i have this symptom and my family hate me for it

JayNovember 9, 2014 at 11:15 pmReply

My daughter appears to have this condition. She is very good about keeping it inside, however, we know it really bothers her. We have asked why she gets upset at us but not at her friends. She says that it is because she can let it out around us so we try to let get focus her anger on us since we can handle it. We have found that if she plays her music at dinner, it has really helped. We pick dinners that are “quieter” to eat at the dinner table. If it’s a “noisy” dinner like tacos, we eat in front of the tv so that we can all still be together. She is an amazing young woman who deserves all of the credit for dealing with this issue.

CherylNovember 14, 2014 at 4:43 pmReply

As long as I can remember I have not been able to tolerate the sound of gum smacking/popping, ice chewing, potato chip crunching, teeth scraping a fork and so many others. My mother was the same way and now one of my daughters too. I avoid going into crowded places such as big stores or the mall because I just know that someone will be cracking a piece of gum and all I can do to keep from losing it is to get away from it as quickly as possible. I don’t go the movies at all because the sound of people crunching popcorn is just too much for me to take. I have often wondered if I was just being a big baby and over-reacting to something I dislike. It has made me feel so much better to know that I am not alone! Now I just wish there was some cure so I could enjoy getting out more

DannyNovember 21, 2014 at 10:31 amReply

I have been suffering from Misophonia since I was around 13. I am now 27. I never realised there was a name for this or that it was a condition until recently. I know exactly how this all started for me and triggered my problem. When I was around 13 and I lived with my parents my father used to snore extremely loud and it echoed through the house and used to wake me up constantly. Every single night I had to go into his room and tell him to be quiet or shut his door. This pretty much happened until I left home at 26, so 13 years. I am sure you can all understand the frustratiuon and distress this caused and I know this was the trigger point for me. When I was around 24ish other noises began to irritate me like sniffing or eating loudly. Basically it was any noises that wasn’t a continuous sound. To drown out my fathers snoring I bought a fan and had that on every single night which made a continuos noise which counteracted my fathers snoring…I advise you try this in any way you can. At work I have a fan which drownds out sniffing, loud breathing and typing which really does help me. This is the only way I can cope with it all as my hatred towards noises is at an extreme level. I do have OCD as well which I believe plays a major factor into why these noises irritate me, because each noise is staggered and not contunious I reckon this is annoying my OCD level. I hope this information will help someone cope with their style of misophonia.

roseNovember 21, 2014 at 9:43 pmReply

are ther any real treatments Seems that people just talk about the problem. But no one talks about treatment it is horrible for the family memebers without it becuz the one with it is rude and unreasonable about it.

karenNovember 24, 2014 at 8:46 pmReply

I am relieved to find out I am not crazy. The sound of clicking pens, snapping gum make me INSANE. Also jingling change. And fidgeting. Unfortunately, my husband is a fidgeter/jingler. And I work next to a girl that clicks her pen ALL DAY LONG. And chews gum. She quits when I say something, but then starts up again 5 minutes later. I wish I was not like this, because most of the cures don’t sound too promising. I can totally relate to the people that say they don’t go to movies anymore. They are the worst, because you inevitably end up next to someone who chomps like a horse and slurps like a pig. At least I am not the only one who feels this way!

danielle shepherdNovember 29, 2014 at 11:26 pmReply

Sensory Integration Therapy may be of interest to people. I believe other conditions such as auditory sensitivity may also be related to misophonia. I attended a lecture this week on SI, at the Occupational Therapy conference in Birmingham and they identified that often auditory and visual sensitivities develop when the vestibular and proprioceptive systems are understimulated (which if sitting in an office job is likely to pose an issue). Other OT approaches might be to wear ear defenders or attempting to focus attention on a different stimuli than the aversive one e.g. having music on while eating!

PamelaDecember 14, 2014 at 11:13 pmReply

I have this as well. Currently I am a 52 year old woman. I live with my boyfriend. He is an amazing man. Kind, gentle, understanding affirming… BUT his chewing noises are amazing. He even has great manners but he just makes noises that trigger me. I am alreeady getting some help with counseling for various other life changes… as I am terminally ill with an auto-immune disease with no cure.

My oldest daughter of 3 also has this. she is 22 and has had this since middle school sometime. Maybe she had it longer but that is when the OUTBURTS began. I used to be so upset with her for not tollerating the fact that we breathe and chew… yet now I totally understand.

There seems to be a traumatic event that causes this. I am trying to get to the bottom of that for myself to see if this can be lessened… in the meantime.. I do everything i can to help her when our family is together.. and I repeat to myself that others need to chew, swallow, breathe and to relax.

Life is short… we all have stuff… just trying to not let this get the best of a wonderful relationship.

Pamela

ChristineDecember 30, 2014 at 2:05 pmReply

You sound like my mother. She is always trying to difuse the situation for me and ask my dad and sister to be quieter when I’m around. But she also tells me to “just relax! it’s not worth getting worked up over! don’t sweat the small stuff!” and I know she has good intentions but for some of us it is literally IMPOSSIBLE to not get worked up over it. I know it’s not fair to anyone else (like you said, we all have to eat and breathe) but as much as I tell myself that, I just cannot change my internal, physical, emotional, and intellectual responses. If you can relax and not let it get to you as much, you are a saint! I wish I had that ability.

JWDecember 18, 2014 at 9:54 pmReply

OH THANK GOD THIS IS A REAL THING. I’m probably between and 8 and 9 on the scale. I always thought I was just intolerant and high-strung. People around me are constantly annoyed when I tell them to stop chewing apples, pretzels, etc. right in my ear. I can’t help it. It enrages me.

At work my office is next to a woman with a very annoying voice. It makes me almost violent. My co-workers laugh at me when I get upset about it, but it’s not funny to me. I have to sit here with my door shut all day and I can still hear her through the wall. I am looking for a water fountain to keep on my desk to mask all the noise. It’s so bad it distracts me from my work.

I also hear environmental/background noises that no one else notices (trucks beeping when backing up, stereo bass noises, idling engines). I always thought I was just crazy. What a relief to know I’m not the only one.

OwenDecember 28, 2014 at 5:16 pmReply

Fidgety people annoy the hell out of me. So do people that sing. I tend to get very violent. Well I start by asking people to stop fidgeting/singing but when they refuse (it is surprising how often they refuse) I often snap. My reactions have gotten me into a lot of trouble. There is definitely something wrong with me and it is very worrying for me.

But I also think that there is something wrong with the fidgety people. Why the hell do they have to fidget? Some people fidget 24 hours a day. Actually 24 hours a day. I know because I live with one. Do they have a brain condition as well? Like why the hell can’t they watch a film without constantly moving?

ChristineDecember 30, 2014 at 1:56 pmReply

I have lived with misophonia my entire life. I am 25 and can remember sitting on the couch, with my face buried in a pillow CRYING at 6 years old because my dad was eating cookies across the room. My main trigger is eating, chewing, tongue-related sounds and mostly directed towards my father. It has ruined my relationship with him because he cannot understand why I get so irritated and angry when he makes certain sounds (sniffling, clearing his throat, eating, continuously rubbing his *very callused* fingers together to rid his hands of crumbs). I cannot sit at the same table with him because when I do I just fixate on everything he does and I cannot stop myself from groaning or sighing each time he does something. He gets angry and leaves the table and I KNOW it is not his fault but he does not realize that it is not my fault either. For years my mom used to yell at me “just don’t listen to it!” but they don’t realize that I can’t. The ironic part is, my dad is the one who told me about misophonia a few years ago after he read an article about it and said, “that is so you!”. My mom also told me how my father used to get annoyed with HIS father when he ate too (I wonder if this is hereditary).

I had to switch departments in my job because I used to sit next to two people who triggered me. One would type excessively hard and loud on her keyboard, tap her fingers and pens constantly while the other woman would breath very loud, sighing frequently and it affected my work. I would fixate on their sounds and couldn’t concentrate. My stress levels were through the roof and I couldn’t make it through a day without extreme emotional and physical distress.

The more I try to explain my ‘disorder’ to people, the more ridiculous they think I am. I get the eye-rolls and the “oh, just get over it” all the time. I recently got in a HUGE fight with my best friend when I tried to explain my condition. She also is a loud eater (chews with her mouth open and talks with her mouth full…worse than my dad). She knows how irritated I get with my dad and I’ve told her to google misophonia and her response is always “well, you just need to stop listening and get over it”. The other day we were sitting in the car and she was drinking (GULPING and SLURPING) tea. I kept turning the radio up to drown out the noise and she kept turning it down. I told her, I need the radio on to drown out the noise. She continued to turn the radio down and purposefully lean into my ear and swallow yelling “it’s human! you can’t NOT make noise when you drink!” (which I proved her wrong…. I have trained myself to make as little noise as possible when swallowing and chewing over the years). Since she wouldn’t leave the radio up, I walked out of the car which apparently offended her. She started calling me horrible names (a miserable b***h, a stupid c**t, an a**hole, a horrible person) and we haven’t talked since. (She tends to be a little dramatic to begin with and her name calling was extremely unnecessary). But, this disorder is ruining my life, my work, my relationships and even when I try to explain myself to people, show them articles on misophonia, and use coping methods (turning the radio up or walking away) they seem to get more angry at me and think I’m just being a jerk.

I’m glad I am not the only one and I’m glad this isn’t just me being a “brat”. For years I thought everyone was right, I was just an awful person who got mad easily but I cannot control it. Luckily, my fiance is a very quiet eater with the exception of when he drinks coffee. But he understands my disorder and tries his hardest to be quiet or not come around me when drinking coffee. I have told him before that if he had loud eating habits I could not marry him, it would be a deal breaker. He thought this was ridiculous (“If you really love me, you would deal with it”) but I don’t think I could. I would end up hating him and living a miserable life of stress and tension (like I do with my father). That sounds insane, I know.

MeaganDecember 31, 2014 at 1:26 amReply

I am 30 and I have suffered from this since junior high. My biggest trigger is the ‘shhh’ sound. If I hear somebody making that sound, it drives me up the wall and I want to punch them in the face. I also can’t stand to hear the words, “yeah, yes, or no.” It is very difficult for me since they are such common words. The worse part is that when I hear my trigger words or sounds, I have to repeat them over and over again. I’m not sure if it’s related to tourette’s syndrome, but it is very humiliating and agonizing. I also cannot stand to be touched whatsoever, which is another aspect of my sensory disorder. Especially if it is light touch, rubbing, or unexpected touch. I can only be touched by my niece or nephew (or really small children), my cat, or whomever I may be dating at any given time but only if I really like him. There have been so many times that I felt the only option for me was death, and I would feel this way from just hearing somebody say ‘shhh’ or from being patted on the back. The anxiety that I get from these things is so overwhelming sometimes and I cannot find a psychiatrist in this area that deals with this. I feel that I can’t overcome this. I want to try to seclude myself as much as possible but it is difficult because I work a retail job where I am constantly having to deal with the public and I really don’t know of any other job that I can do where I would not be faced with these triggers. It’s also very difficult finding a job in my area and I have not yet finished my college education. I really just don’t know what to do.

JohnDecember 31, 2014 at 8:07 amReply

My father had this. He died without knowing he even had this disorder. I have it and I apparently passed it on to my oldest daughter. I recently found that it had a name. I am now trying to find a way to cope with it. It seems to affect me more when I’m tired or sick (a cold for example). I just came across this site and I will check it out more thoughley and see if I can find something to help me live with it. I cannot stand to be in the room when someone else is eating something like potato or corn chips. And some people do make a lot more noise while eating than others, and those are the ones that really get me fired up. I thought I got it by being raised by a father who would really verbally scold me when I was making noise while eating, but it looks like it is more of a real disorder from what I’m reading. This Christmas I am working my way through a sinus infection, and it has me feeling poorly. All my family was here and we are happy, and loud people. And being inside as it’s cold weather probably adds to the anxiety. I had to excuse myself several times to go to my room for two reasons, I felt sick from the sinus infection, and secondly, the noise was getting to me. I do better when I’m not under the weather. Thanks for listening to my story. I do feel better knowing I’m not alone in this situation.

PaJanuary 2, 2015 at 12:43 pmReply

Hello all, thank you for this website. It’s nice to know you’re not alone. I am in my 60’s and never, until today, heard of this disorder, MISOPHONIA. The list could go on and on of the sounds that just get on my nerves. I feel like I want to live in a bubble. I live in city, duh. That makes no sense, right? Cars, trucks, busses, people, planes, trains, neighbors in apt, talking, shutting doors. Talk about self sabotage. Yeah, the list is endless. I also read somewhere that someone typing on computer is a trigger, and OMG, that’s me, that drives me crazy, someone’s nails typing on a computer, GRRRRR. I sometimes wish I was deaf :(. Best of luck to all, Blessings for a Happy New Year :)

Oli NicollJanuary 3, 2015 at 11:41 pmReply

Hey everyone,

I’m 12 years old and have been suffering from this condition as long as I can remember. Whenever hear someone scratching a holographic image or eating loudly whith their mouth open, I just want to scream! The sounds make me cringe and shudder and I’m really fed up with it now.

Sometimes at school when people find out I hate the sounds they do it just to torture me! Grrrrr! It’s almost starting to control my life and it makes me extremely uncormfortable in everyday situations. You know it’s really nice to get conformation on what it is and it feels good to know I’m not on my own, not that I’m glad anyone else has it! If anyone could offer me advice or things that worked for them, I’d be very appreciative.

Thank you, Oli Nicoll

JordanJanuary 12, 2015 at 1:30 amReply

Hi, I’m Jordan and I’m 16 years old. Ive been suffering with this for at least two years and it’s really bad. I can’t standing chewing, repetitive noises, crunching, dog’s licking or anything like that. My family thinks its funny when i get upset, but it’s really not. They don’t understand how much it physically pains me to hear these things. I have to hold my ears. Sometimes its so bad that i can’t help but cry. When i tell them i definitely have misophonia, they laugh and say I’m crazy. They don’t understand; its not like i chose to be annoyed by these things.

BrianJanuary 12, 2015 at 9:47 pmReply

Smoke marijuana, it helps with this condition. Have you ever heard of someone being irritated while high? I haven’t.

Lee BrooksJanuary 14, 2015 at 3:44 pmReply

i am 33 years old and have been suffering from this since i was 12. for the first 20 years it was jsut sniffling and snorting that drove this hatred. i used to pray to be normal, but i could not control my emotions. over the past year gum chewing and lip smacking have started to drive me crazy. i notice the majority of the time the hatred is drawn towards people very close to me that treat me very well. for the past couple years i thought it was OCD until a friend with OCD told me that does not sound correct and directed me to this disorder. it is just teribly awful and hard to cope with everyday activities sometimes :(

NajaJanuary 19, 2015 at 9:37 amReply

Oh, hello! You can not imagine how happy I am to understand that this condition is actually a condition and that I’m not alone. All these years I thought it was just because I was brought up to chew with closed mouth, to try to be as quiet as possible and I was on a mission to civilize the people around me. But then i noticed that people that are well educated, life-experienced, interesting and so on did noises that drove me crazy. I feel a bit relieved now although I still believe people should not make any organic noises!

Amanda JaneJanuary 20, 2015 at 7:04 pmReply

All my life I’ve never understood why everything from food noises to people repetition of sentences and movement bothered me. I even mimicked some of them which made me feel better and had no idea why. It makes so much more sense that my brian is just wired differently! (Though sometime people just eat disgustingly! Ha.) Feel better just knowing this so that maybe I can move on from it.

maliaJanuary 21, 2015 at 3:08 amReply

Wow is all I can say. The craziest thing I have read about is this. I saw it on Facebook and couldn’t believe it! I have been dealing with this for many years. I am 38 and always thought I was seriously the only person on earth who could hear noises that no one else could and it annoy the living poo outta me!!! The smacking of the mouth, chewing and heavy breathing are so loud to me that I can’t hear anything else when it’s happening! I am very good at blocking things out but when it’s happening,I feel like ours right in my ear like bass in a car! I’m gonna continue to read this website and see how to deal with it better! I get so angry when my boyfriend is eating and I feel like I sound like a bitching mom when I tell him to please stop. There has been many days that I don’t eat at the same time as him because it ruins my meal. My ex boyfriend had a daughter that did it too and omg I couldn’t stand it after two years of hearing it, it was icing on the cake to leave! Thanks for sharing your stories,I have hihope that I can over come this. Ty Ty Ty

TinaJanuary 22, 2015 at 10:54 amReply

OMG, I thought it was just me and I had passed it onto my children. I have a severe problem with people eating and the noise that comes from people opening food wrapping. It is so bad that I do not like to bite into an apple because of the sound it makes. I am so rude to my family and friends if they even attempt to talk to me whilst eating and I will avoid eating with people if I know they make sounds. I have been known to leave the cinema if someone just rattle their popcorn or moves their straw in the cup whilst drinking. I can not tolerate people crunching and sometimes it gets so bad I can hear them swallowing. I get so angry inside like I am about to explode and unfortunately my children now feel the same way which I feel so guilty about. I did not realise this was a condition or even had a name, but am relieved to know that it is a common condition and I shall continue to research it.

MissyMissJanuary 23, 2015 at 12:45 pmReply

I have both laughed and cried at some of these comments. Mostly recognised aspects of myself and felt immense relief that I am not alone, and that I am not being the hyper-sensitive/intolerant bitch that people are all too quick to accuse me of being.

I have an extremely physical response to the mouth slurping/chomping/smacking noise. For me, it triggers the pre-vomit flooding of saliva into the mouth. It’s all I can do to swallow the sour tasting flood and stop myself from actually being sick. The fight or flight thing plays massively, in that I feel I have to flee the source of the noise, or make it stop by whatever means necessary. I have been repeatedly told that I’m being impossible and intolerant. In some instances, the noises have been deliberately exaggerated and my response mocked to the point where I’ve been either in tears, or positively raging. Gum chewing is particularly bad, because it is incessant – you can’t see the last mouthful on the plate and feel relief that it’s going to stop any time soon. I can’t help but feel that even if this disorder wasn’t the genuine thing I have come to learn that it is, some people actively do eat/drink like animals. It’s crude, uncivilised and extremely inconsiderate.

JulianJanuary 24, 2015 at 11:37 amReply

I feel better from what I’m reading, even as I’m typing my son was tapping his foot and I feel my chest getting palpatations. I thought I was just an intolerant stressed out nutter until I found this Misophonia condition. Although I dont generally like ‘labels’ I’m glad I found this as it makes so much sense to me now. I lethally can’t watch TV with my family as when they fidget or my GF bites her nails I can’t be in the same room, I thought I was going mental. There are allot but my worst ones are people biting their nails loudly or just randomly tapping on something, it elicits anxiety and anger in me thats completely unjustifiable, it has effected me socially allot.

JulianJanuary 24, 2015 at 11:39 amReply

I meant literally not lethally btw :o)

India ClayJanuary 24, 2015 at 5:26 pmReply

I recently just found out about this diagnosis I was informed by my Geometry teacher. I have been dealing with misophonia for as long as i can remember. I am glad to know that I am not the only one with this condition it makes me feel bless of a freak

michael DJanuary 25, 2015 at 3:55 amReply

Like most others I am relieved to learn its not just me. Importantly, I am now able to explain to my long suffering wife that its “not just me”
Sometimes she works to avoid the triggers but not always.
Perhaps now we will have less conflict over this problem.

MicheleJanuary 27, 2015 at 1:31 amReply

My daughter is experiencing these symptoms. Her triggers vary from my husband talking on the phone to chewing and smacking, but tonight she was in tears while my husband was on the phone with work. While I’m not going to recommend her smoking pot at 13, I was wondering what folks have found helpful. What can she do during the school day? She too, wants to punch people for their noises. I’m definitely sensitive to chewing, slurping, crunching and mouth noises,but more so with just my co worker and I’m able to walk away or put my ear buds in.

ChrissieJanuary 28, 2015 at 11:50 pmReply

I am shocked to find out that this is an actual condition. I have many triggers….people eating, snoring, loud tv, etc. We always joked that it was my “super” hearing. I suffer from anxiety, ADD, panic attacks, etc. I always just thought that I had sensitive ears and that I was a light sleeper. I am guessing this also has to do with how easily I startle. I seem to range from about 6-8! Any ideas to help me? Earplugs don’t work. I can still hear and white noise is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Glad to know I am not alone!

PatrickJanuary 29, 2015 at 4:52 pmReply

I really thought for the longest time that I was just an intolerant person and that I should just “get used to it”. I share my office with a really nice colleague, but she has to do alot of editing of texts and so the 4538 or more mouseclicks a day drive me up the walls and affect my productivity and ability to concentrate. Thanks for this website!!

JennaJanuary 31, 2015 at 4:52 pmReply

I am 22 years old and have been suffering as long as I can remember. It has greatly affected my relationship with my family. Within the past year, I have developed more triggers like s, f, and th sounds. It has become so bad that I can hardly stand to be around my mother who I love very much. It has recently started to affect my relationship with my boyfriend. Our whole relationship there was no triggers besides eating, which is normal. Now I feel a trigger EVERY time he swallows…
It is really strange because a couple days ago I never noticed it and now the noise seems to be amplified. I am truly devastated because I don’t want this to affect our relationship. I feel like I don’t have a chance at a normal/happy life.

MariyahJanuary 31, 2015 at 9:16 pmReply

Heyy guys i think i might have misophia. To behonest i’ve never actually heard of it till ma sister showed me just now as a joke. I get really irritated when my sister or mum or some other specific people is sniffing. It started from when i was abt 10 and the only thing i could do to calm myself was to copy when they made these irritating noises. Though sometimes i had to keep my anger in so ma sister wont make fun of me or ma mum wont get angry at me. I also get in a mood when someone beside is breathing really loudly through their mouths or nose i would sometimes tell them to stop being so loud but they just said i cant stop them from breathing which is true i suppose and might seem quite unfair but i dont know wat else to do to stop them from makin these noises. It also happens at school like if someone is clicking or tapping their pen or typing onto keyboards. I tried blocking them out using headphones or by covering my ears. But it got to the point when i constantly get angered and i dont always want to hav to use headphones to block ppl out because i dont want to damage my ears. I tried keeping it in but it got soo annoying and i cant do anything abt it because i dont want people to make fun of me like my sister does sometimes.

charFebruary 4, 2015 at 5:50 amReply

My daughter was diagnosed with this last year. We have been working on behavior therapy with her since. She can’t stand breathing, chewing ( even her own chewing), and general noise. We discovered if we keep her actively engaged in conversation during mealtime she does better. We allowed her to use headphones at the table but slowly have been weaning her off on days when we are eating more quiet foods. We informed the school of her condition and that has helped. She has stress balls she can squeeze when feeling overwhelmed. She advocates for herself with her friends and they are pretty tolerant. The idea of earplugs at the movie theater sounds great. I understand how difficult it must be. I would suggest people talk about it with their families/friends/coworkers. I would also ask misophonia sufferers to be patient with others. We try to accommodate my daughter but she needs to realize also that noises are a general way of life and most of us don’t hear them the way she does. I hope everyone on this site finds a form of relief.

VickyFebruary 6, 2015 at 4:13 amReply

I would consider myself to be level 9/10.

Typing on a keyboard, eating (surprisingly not the crunch as much as the liquidy sound), low whispers, pen tapping and many others are all triggers for me; many which I can’t escape.

Hearing these noises reduce me to tears on many occasions and make me claw my skin. I lose all concentration and the sound becomes my focus. I shout and swear at the people that I can i.e. Friends but for teachers I have to keep the anger to myself which normally leads to inflicting pain to take the attention from the noise to myself.

What I do to deal with these sounds are not reccomended to others however I like to place one foot down on the ground and kick it with the heal of my other foot as hard as possible without attracting too much attention to refocus myself on me; clawing, pinching and punching are also different methods of doing this. Also, I like to tense up all my muscles as hard as I can which gives me the feeling of a release of energy when I let it go.

SolaceFebruary 10, 2015 at 3:22 amReply

Hello everyone,
I’ts really great to know that I’m not alone in this. I’m 15 and I’ve been dealing with this for at least four years, at this point in my life level nine fits me perfectly. Often I’ll come home from school/ another public area with self inflicted bite marks on my hands and arms that usually bruise and even after that I’ll still be seething with rage. Putting on my headphones and listening to music usually helps, though there are some triggers that I can still hear even after I put on my headphones and turn them up to a blasting level. can anyone give me some advice on what to do for these particular triggers?

Hannah-NoelleFebruary 13, 2015 at 10:15 pmReply

I’m also 15 and have been dealing with this for a similar amount of time. Level 8 or 9 is where I can place myself. I’ve actually resorted to harming myself to keep from lashing out. In school, when someone next to me is chewing gum, I lean my ear on my hand, dimming out the sound. It sort of works, except when your hand starts to hurt or you have to write. Another thing that sometimes works is earplugs. Like musician earplugs, they block out some noises but you can still here people talk to you.

allieFebruary 25, 2015 at 4:55 amReply

I am 19 and have had misophonia for as long as I can remember. We initially believed that it was just part of general SPD(sensory processing disorder) but, while I eventually became more acclimated to other sensory problems related to physical sensations and noise levels, I have not “grown out” of my misophonia. My mother’s breathing is the fist trigger I remember and caused significant stress between us but we have a great relationship now. Every once in while I still stand up and yell at her to “STOP BREATHING!” but the stress goes down a bit and I immediately tell her I love her before I leave the room. It was really hard with my grandparents who chew gum loudly, and they have in general refused to accept a lot of my mental health problems as real and used to blame my parents for, “raising me wrong.” School is really hard for me. I carry earplugs with me everywhere (the purple foam kind you can find at rite aid are the best). I keep pairs in a bunch of different jackets and my backpack just to be safe. I class I almost always have one earplug in usually in my right ear. I’m right handed so if I need to I can cover up my left ear with my hand and continue to write with the right one. When it gets really bad I leave the class and pace for a bit. It’s a huge relief to have a name for this disorder. Knowing that this is a real problem with a name has given me some confidence in actually talking to people I know and asking them to stop certain behaviors around me if they can. I had no idea this website existed and am exited to find a support system and others who understand what it is like!

STFebruary 11, 2015 at 10:56 pmReply

Add to this the word “Huh?” when it’s blurted out in conversation for no reason. Tapping on a bar, or clicking incessantly. Food and gum smacking…it all comes down to simple manners. I realize I have an extreme reaction (the desire to eradicate the offender) but doesn’t some responsibility lie upon the rude smacker, clicker or slurper? My dad was a renowned public journalist and if I dared crunch a piece of ice I was told to “Leave the table!”

GG ProctorFebruary 22, 2015 at 4:51 pmReply

While reading the biography about a Canadian comedian, she mentioned she had misophonia, and described some of the triggers that I have-I was so happy to learn that I am ” not crazy”- for years I have been telling friends that I am highly dis tractable. The clicking of the ball point pen, the flipping of the pages in a magazine, clipping toe nails, swinging of a crossed leg, jiggling of a foot, clearing of a throat repeatedly, shuffling of cards on an airplane, chewing gum, ticking clocks, water dripping, someone with long hair twisting it around while talking with me , ANYTHING THAT DISTRACTS ME FROM FOCUSING ON THE EVENT AT HAND. Let me say that I have always made fun of my condition telling people it is not them, it is my problem; however, just knowing that there are others out there like me makes me feel a lot better !!

MattFebruary 24, 2015 at 3:52 pmReply

Had no idea. I simply made a few social media comments, and a friend pointed out Misophonia. I work in an office where most of my “annoyances” originate. It does happen in public at times though. I feel like I was classifying or being appropriate, but I do realize it angers me a bit too. For example, I never bring foods to work like apples, chips, etc. I have a co-worker that eats an apple at 9:30 EVERY DAY!! I have to leave or use earbuds/music to drown the sound. On teh other hand, someone eating an apple appropriately is not so disturbing to me. I can hear chips crunching, but open mouth eating is extremely irritating. I don’t sit at intersections with my turn signal on because the clicking gets to me. A woman’s heels poundign on the floor is bothersome. Finger nail clipping is a HUGE one. I had a co-worker that did this almost daily. I waited until after work, and took his clippers from his desk, I was so disturbed.
Most sounds are OK unless they are inappropriate. I don’t notice keyboards at work except one guy who pounds the @%^ out of his and it clicks loudly. Pen clicking is another that bothers me. I had a co-worker that jingled the change in his pocket while talking. It was so severe that I rarely comprehended what he was saying because of the distraction.
Coffee slurping is a bad one. One that really pisses me off to the point of I tend to mimick them in annoyance is when smokers pound their cigarette packs on their hand.
I am a musician, so my sensitivity to sounds and picking out specific sounds is heightened. I hear frequencies that others tend to blend, and can identify them as a certain frequency. Poor signing, bad sound, or a bad chord is noticeable to me and “wrong,” but does not draw nearly the irritation as someone eating or sounds I mentioned.

AshleyFebruary 25, 2015 at 1:53 amReply

I just saw this on Facebook today, and cannot believe there is an actual name for what I’ve been dealing with these last several years. I’m a 19 year old college student, and I began noticing that the sound of people eating around me, more so when they chew with their mouths open, drove me CRAZY. Not just a “oh thats annoying”, but in many situations I would have to get up from the table and eat else where, or listen to extremely loud music so I couldn’t listen to my family chew their food. Even people who weren’t super loud chewers made me so irritated. That began in fifth grade, and only got worse as I got older. I can think back to MULTIPLE times where someone by me would be chomping their gum in class, snapping it, etc, and for the rest of the class period I couldn’t focus on anything but that noise. I’ve been in the middle of tests and someone by me would be chewing their gum super loud and I’d quick fill in the rest of my answer sheet, turn it in, and immediately ask my teacher if I could use the bathroom, just to escape that noise for even the SHORTEST bit of time. It’s affected many of my friendships, and definitely my relationship with my family. I can’t even count how many times my dad told me “just get over it”. But it wasn’t something that would ever go away, and it still hasn’t. And people who don’t experience this same disgust and kind of anger whenever you hear someone CHEWING FOOD, they’ll never understand. I’m relieved to know I’m not crazy, this is a real thing, and many others deal with it in some way.

CarrieFebruary 25, 2015 at 5:43 pmReply

I have an 11year old son that definitely suffers from this. It’s gradually getting worse and I feel so helpless. It bothers him to the point where everything drives him crazy. Any kind of breathing, chewing, moving around because he can see it out the corner of his eye. It’s affecting his school because I think he can’t concentrate and fixates on things happening around him. He just went with friends of ours snowboarding in the mountains and he came home to tell me that he had a great time, but oh my god mom you should hear them eat, as he’s imitating them, it bothered him so bad he said he had to go to the bathroom till they were finished eating and he couldn’t sleep all night because their daughter was making noises. It’s gotten to the point where it’s affecting his daily living and it makes me sad that I can’t change that for him!! Please help!!!

LauraMarch 3, 2015 at 12:40 amReply

Reading these comments is overwhelming. I am 47 years old and have suffered from misophonia since I was about 10 years old. Until I accidently stumbled upon an article on Huffpost last week, I had no idea this was a “thing.” I am about a 7 or 8 on the scale. Misophonia has significantly affected my life. How? I have spent all this time assuming there is something “wrong” with me; that the people I love and are closest to must have all somehow “let me down,” and I’m taking it out on them in a passive-aggressive manner by being so extremely irritable. My self-esteem has suffered as a result, as I’ve always assumed I was just a bad person, to a degree. I am so envious of friends who have close relationships with their mothers–I can barely stand to be in the same room with mine, even though I love her dearly. But leaving after a visit feels like I’ve been sprung from jail. Needless to say, this has always been a source of great guilt for me. Now my husband is taking the brunt of it. Thank God for this website, and thank God for him–he has taken the time to learn about misophonia with me, and takes it seriously. He is making an effort to tone down the triggers as best he can. I have said to him on many occasions over the years that I would give almost anything to switch off this crazy thing in my brain. I guess I was pretty much on target, recognizing that it was a glitch in my brain! My heart aches for the people whose triggers include sounds their children make–I live in fear that one day my brain will seize at something my 8-year-old son does and I will not want to be near him. My advice to the young people here is to try to NOT let it negatively affect the most important relationships in your life (parents, siblings, good friends, significant others) by sharing this information with them. I pray for your sake that they take it seriously and try to help you. May the support we find here help us all in some small way.

JulieMarch 3, 2015 at 12:17 pmReply

This is like living with a disability. Going to university was a nightmare with the gum chewers pen clickers and sniffers was insufferable. But not everyone does this. If everyone was conscious of the comfort of those around them life would be more bearable for everyone not just sufferers of misophonia. How often have you caught a flight next to someone sniffing chewing gum or someone behind you kicking the back of your seat constantly

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