The exact cause of misophonia is unknown and there is no completely effective universal treatment for misophonia. Currently, there are some journal articles and reports on the treatment of misophonia but more work is being published as research and treatment methods are explored. Misophonia is not yet classified as a discrete disorder in the DSM-5 or ICD-10, so increased public awareness may help encourage more research into possible treatments for this disorder. This website often publishes invitations from researchers to participate in data gathering such as interviews, surveys and questionnaires and hopefully effective treatments 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 although others think that exposure to triggers may desensitize one from the negative effects of trigger events, most people with misophonia do not agree.

Many people report that paying attention to the basics can help. Those 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 The use of sound machines, ear plugs and sound masking by other methods is a common and often effective treatment and can be very helpful in many cases.

Research into possible treatment methods is vital and supporting research is the only way answers will be found.

For more information on the current state of misophonia research, visit: Misophonia International’s Misophonia Research Campaign.


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.

Martin JMarch 3, 2016 at 6:56 amReply

My doctor gave me small doses of anti-depressant (Effexor) and while I usually believe people should try other treatment than drugs, it sure beats self-harm.

Maybe you’d want to look into it. It got pretty bad for me too but now there is a lot I can tolerate and I rarely get angry anymore.

jayMarch 31, 2016 at 2:42 amReply

I am staring at this empty page wondering what to write. Age 62. Tourettes, ocd, and miso since early 1960s. The inflicting of pain on yourself. Sorry to hear that. I understand. Entire lumbar, cervical and much thoracic spine, muscles, ligaments, tendons I have destroyed through tensing, writhing and violent seizing of my body and limbs for over 50 + years of my 62 years. Just trying to stop the neurological pain the off pitched sounds can cause. Condemned to isolation hoping the next damn TV commercial isn’t a twix commercial. Doctors and the ignorance of the medical profession is our biggest obstacle. But I do not wish to insult you or the others out there inflicted with this with what you all ready know. A lifetime of this I do not wish on you who have it. I do wish this on every doctor and person out there and their family. Those whos ignorance have blown us off. I do not fear the end of life. I fear never having been allowed to really live. I hope they find a cure in your life time. Good luck too all of you. I will keep an eye open for the day they cure us all.

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!”

SarahMay 31, 2015 at 7:30 amReply

I’m the same.Slurping crunching smacking sniffing snorting,sends me demented! It’s a manners thing for me too.
But loud noises also,vibrational noise too.
I ware earplugs all the time they are my saving grace.
Sorry you suffer too:((

JemmaNovember 9, 2015 at 8:44 pmReply

Hi Sarah,

I feel the same as you and also wear ear plugs all the time – I have done for about 10 years now – I honestly would not cope without them.

I just wondered, do you find that you get ear ache/infections a lot? I cannot use the foam ones as they just dont make any difference in blocking out the noise for me so I use silicone ones now as the wax ones gave me much worse ear ache! I find that I can go weeks though where my ears are agony and any sort of suction like putting ear plugs in is awful…unfortunately there is no other option. Just wondered if you experienced this too or if you had any method of avoiding this?


ConnorMarch 3, 2016 at 1:09 amReply

I had to have tubes put in my ears due to frequent ear infections as a child. I have not been able to deal with chewing (nuts, popcorn, or gum) or loud breathing. I started smoking Marijuana a long time ago and it was the only way to calm myself down and keep myself from wanting to hurt someone. It completely resolved the problem until I recently stopped to try and find a job that required a drug test. The misophonia has returned and I can’t handle it anymore, I’m going to start smoking again.

LeeDecember 15, 2015 at 9:21 pmReply

I agree!! I can’t help wondering if most of this happening is closely related to people’s upbringings, manners taught and even common sense has changed drastically.
It would’ve never crossed my mind to be chewing gum in class, I couldn’t even imagine to be popping bubbles! But no one seems to find it wrong! Professors just keep talking as if there were no bubble gum symphony in the background!
And/or sniffing their nose for 2 hs straight during an exam, instead of cleaning their nose with a tissue! Makes me think many times! This is just not right! It’s not me, it’s terrible bad manners and lack of boundaries is what’s really happening!

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

NatalieOctober 21, 2015 at 1:30 amReply

Hang in there! I am a 35 year old music teacher and have been suffering from this my entire life. Some of the things that help me or have helped me are;
-Talking to teachers in classes with gum smackers in it about sitting in a quieter area so that you can focus. I know for certain that every teacher worth their salt wants their students to learn and will support them however possible. If they don’t tell the to email me! When you get to college, check out disability services. This is classified under the umbrella of anxiety disorders. I also have obsessive compulsive disorder which is also an anxiety condition and used a few of the services through disability services. I was able to take tests in a quiet room by myself, I did not have to sit anywhere the provoked my anxiety, it was amazing!
-Soothing music
-making your personal spaces relaxing
-Get out into nature
-yoga and meditation!!

Hang in there, I promise that it will get easier the older you get. There are more of us out there than you know :)!


AndreaNovember 8, 2015 at 8:56 pmReply

Hi Natalie,

I’m 33 and I have been suffering from this my entire life too and just found out it is a real thing only two years ago!

Did you have any specific therapies? I thought this disorder could be related to OCD after watching a series on Netflix about OCD. There was one person who couldn’t stand her mom’s or her brothers hands. I’m the same way with my boyfriend. It bothers me when he rubs his beard too. I only intensely experience this with my boyfriend, sister, Dad, and mom. Strangers can annoy me too – but I always experience this with those who are the closest.

Any experience with this?

HeidiMay 3, 2016 at 4:48 amReply

Hi, I’m 44 and have suffered with this since I was in my early teens, and now my 17 year old daughter also has it, although I think hers is more severe than mine. But only this morning I screamed at my husband to STOP STROKING YOUR BEARD, for god sake!!!! Although it is easier to cope with the older you get, I find there are new triggers almost weekly! I am trying to find ways to help my daughter cope with this as this is coming between our little family, her dad is her trigger, its very tense most evenings! I went to the doctor to ask for help for her, his suggestion….”tell her to leave home”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is what we are up against!

BecksFebruary 17, 2015 at 6:30 pmReply


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.

LizJune 3, 2015 at 11:20 pmReply

I understand what you are saying. I am the one with miso, but I get how annoying it could be for my husband. He has tinnitus and will tell me that he doesn’t hear things – like me talking to him – because he is so consumed with the noise from the tinnitus. His snoring drives me completely bonkers at night, and I have suffered greatly from lack of sleep due to his snoring – yet if I happen to snore just a little (and I wear ear plugs to bed, so I don’t hear myself snore, if I do) – he will roll over and bounce in the bed to wake me up because he says I am bothering him! So, yeah, I get it. I guess you just have to decide if you really want to be with that person when it comes right down to it. Do you have enough good times to make up for the bad/annoying/frustrating/hurtful times?

DavidJuly 7, 2015 at 4:26 pmReply

“I am frequently told to stop fidgeting”

This is something that until recently was difficult for me to communicate to my partner. Even though there may be those that will purposely make sounds or movements because they know it bothers you I find the vast majority of people have no concept this could be annoying nor do they mean any harm, they are just doing normal things. With this mind set I changed from telling others to stop doing something because it hurts me to explaining to them how it feels when they do something. If my girlfriend starts picking at her nails, especially if her hands are touching me in any way (I hear the vibration to my core) I will either gently place my hand on top of hers or I may move myself away slightly, but the key is I am sure to communicate why I am doing this and never in an accusatory tone. I don’t want her to think I am pulling away from her because honestly I am not, I am pulling away from the stimulus. I used to think my feelings had something to do with the actual person which definitely led to negative consequences in relationships, but now that I understand I can assert more control and help those around me understand as well.

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.

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?

KaronJuly 15, 2015 at 3:01 pmReply

Try maskers! They seem to help integrate the sound in a manner that works to permanently integrate the sound. I use regular hearing aids with a mild flat gain frequency response then turn on the masker. The patient selects how the masker is set for frequency and loudness and we create 3 or 4 different programs that can be used in different environments. My patients “know” within a few days if they are helped, so I am able to loan the device out to see if they want to make the investment. It is a thrilling experience for me to watch. Most people say it changes their life! So far I have fit 6 year old and up. Works for head injury induced Misophonia as well.

ReebkahSeptember 27, 2015 at 6:31 amReply

I have often wished there were hearing aids that did the opposite. I’ll look into these!

gailFebruary 29, 2016 at 7:07 pmReply

Where can I find these special hearing aids or blockers?

PatMarch 26, 2016 at 9:11 pmReply

I don’t really have a suggestion. The one thing I can tell you is that a lot of studies done on this say that the closer the person is to you, the more the noises bother you. I have found this to be very true. I have a teenage son and he has been aware of my “issues” for sometime. He has terrific manners – chews with his mouth closed, doesnt over stuff his mouth, doesnt talk while eating, doesnt slurp. You get the idea… But still when the random occurrence of a strange mouth noise occurs I cannot help but get angry. I’m more of a flight person, so I dont get verbally angry; however, he can tell I’m annoyed.

So, maybe my advice is just being aware of the issue and making sure that those close to you know and to tell them not to take it personally.

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!!!

EliseOctober 13, 2015 at 4:13 amReply

Hello, I am a misophonia sufferer as well. My family doesn’t believe misophonia really exists, so I’ve found some ways to help with the stress. The main one is listening to a sound I like. For me, I’ve always had an interest in certain types of music so I listen to it during, before and after meals to calm me down. If you have a pet (especially a cat because they purr) then let him hug it or let the pet sit on his lap. Possibly get a stress ball for going out to meals. Let him listen to music at the dinner table if it’s getting bad/worse. Maybe get him to participate in conversations at the dinner table to distract him from the sound of others chewing. If he has an inquisitive mind (which I do) then get him to figure out the answer to a philosophical question (e.g. What is beauty? What is love?) These methods all helped with me. I hope this will help.

ElizabethJanuary 13, 2016 at 2:11 pmReply

Elise, the philosophical method established by Socrates was my saving grace for misophonia. I am glad you mentioned it. and I will make sure to continue with it. For some reason open ended questions help me modify the behavior and concentrate better.
I am 43 years old and just found this today. I try to explain to others, but they think I am autistic or violent or scary. Philosophy with the ghost person is my saving grace.

I recommend starting with Socrates and platos books on Socrates. then moving to Aristotle.

thank you.

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.

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!

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.

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.

LoriJuly 23, 2015 at 2:07 amReply

Laura, as I read your comment, I began to cry. I’ve suffered with this problem since junior high…I’m 45 now. It has gotten so bad for me, that I can’t hardly stand it. And my trigger is someone who has the kindest, most gentle, loving, and selfless person I have ever known…my father. I grew up daddy’s little girl, but as I grew, I started noticing these vocal tics and movement tics. As he gets older (he’s 87), the worse they get…and the more hyper sensitive I am to it. I love my dad with every bit of my heart, but I end up literally having to run out of the room, plug my ears, and hide. It hits me so hard and so fast. It’s like a massive panic attack, but I feel like I could hurt myself to escape it. Even though my dad’s tourettes syndrome has become almost non-stop (every few seconds for tics and literally constant “whistling”…which is actually pursing his lips and blowing, while moving his tongue and lips to change the sound…he swears up and down he doesn’t do anything like this. I know he does because my husband and kids can hear and see it, even though AMAZINGLY my mom and siblings never noticed. Oh how I envy them. My problem is seriously hurting my relationship with my dad because I avoid so badly. Even thinking about a visit sends me into panic. And talking on the phone is just about as bad. I keep asking why God would pair us up as father and daughter (even though I’m the most blessed daughter in the world to have my dad). But how awful to pair a daughter with this miso to a father with severe vocal and movement tics. I need help so badly! I want to enjoy my dad’s company like everyone else does.

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

SofiaOctober 28, 2015 at 7:12 pmReply

Yes! People need to be more considerate. It won’t eliminate the stress, but it will help greatly.

MichaelMarch 4, 2015 at 8:33 pmReply

I’m 50 and have had this since I was a teen. I actually know how this started. My sister was walking around the house making a whistling sound and my mother told her to stop it several times so when she did it behind her back I told on her, lol. Ever since then she would make different noises just to get on my nerves, and it worked. Now we both have this condition but at least we’re much closer. I’m not sure what stage I’m at but I have to wear headphones constantly at work and when my girlfriend eats I have to just suck it up and prey for her to fill up quickly.

JessieMarch 7, 2015 at 11:41 pmReply

Hi I’m 29 when I was 11 that’s when the sound of eating started to affect my life in the end I would eat my dinner in my room coz the rage I got from hearing my family eating scared me coz I wonted to scream an hurt them ,in2008 I became very unwell I have a auto immune condistion ,an since an small baby iv suffered with recurrent shingles ,I don’t know were to get help iv sat with some of the best consultants an proffesers an I have told them about this problem an it just got laughter at an dismissed as nothing ,if there r any doctors out there that won’t some one to stuffy me An my illness I would jump at the chance ,it’s making my life hell please is there someone out there that can help me xxx

elizabethJanuary 13, 2016 at 2:15 pmReply

Dancing. Use the native American music. especially the drum beats. its an outlet for the absorbed energy and irritation.
As for the positive you have learned great self control and patience. so some good comes of this. a vibrational lower baritone will be best. something with a steady beat will make you feel more stable.

Doris DyerMarch 12, 2015 at 5:57 pmReply

I need help bad I can,t stand to here anybody chewing gum or food sometimes TV gets on my nerves my husband sleeps on the other end of our house I can,t stand to here him breath ,I try to tell my brain not to lison but that’s all I can hear .i can,t set with my sister at church she chews gum all I hear is her chewing my mind don,t hear the pastor .this is offel and with my age it is a lot worse ,,please help me

AnthonyMarch 13, 2015 at 7:06 pmReply

I’m 22, the first time I remember myself getting irritated by the sound of chewing was when I was 17 while I was studying and my mother was eating. Since then, it had happened countless times and it always makes me want to hit something. I found out about misophonia just a week ago. I’m quite happy to know that my problem can be explained and I’m not the only one. I hope a treatment will be found soon enough.

AlexisMarch 13, 2015 at 9:05 pmReply

HEADPHONES! They help me a lot. Especially in my cube farm with the worst human noises I have ever heard in one room.

JKMarch 14, 2015 at 6:32 pmReply

I just started crying when I read this. I have been suffering with this for over 20 years. I didn’t know what it was. I only know this article describes me…down to anger and my intent on stopping whatever is causing the noise. When there is no noise, I’m the most quietest person people know. NOW I know what it is. NOW I can tell my doctor. NOW I can set out to help myself.

Thank you so much for posting this.

I saw an article about this on Facebook today and someone posted the medical name of it which led me to here.

God bless,

chelseaMarch 15, 2015 at 8:54 pmReply

i am 22 years old and just found out that this is real. i always thought i was crazy and so did my friends and family. ever since i can remember i have had a level 9. from clicking of the mouse on a computer and a keyboard to breathing loud i have always had it bad. especially when i am trying to sleep i dont like complete silence but i cant have any noises from Rain to beeping so i have a loud fan.. i hope that helps everyone cause it really helps me. thank you

BellaMarch 16, 2015 at 9:29 pmReply

I have had this my whole life. I always thought that it was my Mother’s fault. She would go crazy over mouth noises and I felt that it was her that brought my attention to these noises. Now I realize that she was suffering from this as well. It must definitely be in the genes because one of my four children has it really bad as well. And as I have always thought that my Mother made me aware of the noises, I have always felt that I must have done the same to my daughter. I carried a lot of guilt over this. Anyone who has this will identify with it immediately. Mealtime has always been an issue for me and my Daughter. The movies, going there makes me crazy. I wanted to start a petition that makes it illegal to eat popcorn and wrinkle the candy bags. The sound would actually become louder than the movie in my head. Hopefully down the road there will be something to help those of us that suffer with this.

AvaDecember 2, 2015 at 2:32 pmReply

I would sign that petition! I like to think we have spidey senses, I smell things before anyone else or that others don’t pick up on. Noises at the movie theater are the worst! I don’t have trouble with mealtimes, unless someone chews with mouth open. But, bass anytime, anywhere and banging sounds, rattling, or raspy talkers drive me nuts. I also have to watch movies at home with subtitle. DVR invention has helped immensely…pausing my show or movie, or rewinding.

JoeMarch 21, 2015 at 4:57 pmReply

…or maybe someone that is actually coughing or throat clearing every twenty seconds is in fact actually annoying…especially when they know it is not appreciated and they could seem to care less…is it you that needs a disorder diagnosis really? Or is it instead a normal reaction from a reasonable person that cannot get relief from an annoying situation? Someone is being callous to you so you need to be “diagnosed as having a problem” that doesn’t seem right to me.

Mike VMarch 24, 2015 at 6:56 pmReply

Finally! I found people with a similar condition as mine. For as long as I can remember (probably all my life) I’ve been annoyed by certain sounds: chewing, lip smacking, straw slurping, coughing, pets cleaning themselves, kids fighting, just to name a few. I seriously thought my hearing was over-sensative (like the bionic woman’s) only to discover that I would actually get angry at the source/person/pet who was making the noise. OMG, there are times I feel like crawling out of my skin. I am even sensative to moving/swinging limbs or my daughter bouncing on her exercise ball.
Headphones work for me at the office but it’s not practical to wear them at home. Many times I must physically remove myself from the vacinity of the irritant or walk around the house with my hands cuppoed over my ears, yelling “I can’t take this any longer!”.
My wife and I thought I was losing my mind. Now, I have a name to hang on my affliction.

cheyenneApril 9, 2015 at 8:54 pmReply

i’m a level 10…I cant go to social gatherings because of it

George CheungApril 18, 2015 at 4:24 amReply

I just hate my dad chewing out loud and my sister coughing. I also hate when my dad snores. I can’t believe i am not alone! Unforturtunately my parents doesnt believe in this “gimmick”, they just tell me to bear with it. and good to know that I am only group 3. thank god.

MichelleApril 28, 2015 at 6:23 pmReply

Who can do the diagnosis of this condition? I am going to occupational therapy tomorrow for ways to deal with this condition but my health providers aren’t sure who can diagnose it. Any suggestions?

drNovember 26, 2015 at 8:37 amReply

my general practice /family practice Dr diagnosed me. in fact she is where I became aware of misophonia’s existence. hope this helps. but not much a Dr can do, I believe.

LydiaMay 2, 2015 at 12:16 pmReply

Something that is the best treatment for me is listening to ASMR on YouTube! Type in:
Fairy char ASMR.
It soothes your misophonia. It helps me go to sleep and just calmed me down and it is the one thing that helps a lot!! I really think you should go on YouTube and listen to videos but turn it up load and pop head phones in and let the relaxation begin!

MichelleMay 2, 2015 at 12:50 pmReply

Stephen I am the same way it’s getting worse I dread Friday saturdays and school holidays incase my neighbours might play their music in all honesty they don’t play it really really loud but I can hear it when they do they also don’t do it all the time but I am always waiting tonight I nearly had a breakdown I can’t keep living like this or I will go mad has hypnosis worked for you I am so very desperate for help

MeganMay 17, 2015 at 5:13 pmReply

Hi everyone. I am 16 years old and im almost positive that I have misophonia. I haven’t been professionally diagnosed but I have all the problems. I used to share a room with my older sister and I HATED the sound of her breathing because she has allergies and was always stuffy and breathing heavily. I had to sleep listening to music, i went through headphones like crazy and my ears would hurt all day from having them in all night. I can’t be near my mother when she eats an if i am i get really angry and sometimes i start crying and it makes her mad as well there have been times that she would scream at me and tell me to control myself but i cant. but theres also certain people that dont bother me as much like my dad and some of my friends… its really confusing for me. i need help.

Cassandra BirdMay 23, 2015 at 9:09 pmReply

My daughter has this and takes it all out on me. Its so very difficult to live with. I’m disabled and at times I can hardly breathe without inducing extreme sometimes violent or self harming reactions from her. She’s nearly 11 and this has been getting worse for several years. Yet she loves me most and feels safest with me, often not leaving my side so I’ll often go hungry. I heard her father on the phone a few weeks ago and he seemed to purposefully exaggerating the sounds of eating whilst talking to her. I felt so angry at him. He thinks its funny cos she attacks me and he hates me but the poor girl can hardly control herself and feels awful for being this way. She says she holds in all the stress from hearing sounds all day at school and will come home and pour it all out. Its truly awful for her and I so wish I could help her overcome it. When everything is calm at home and we all work towards supporting her it doesn’t affect her as badly. Under pressure she literally screams and kicks at me not to breathe. It can hurt so much x

AnnaOctober 16, 2015 at 6:11 pmReply

I really hope it will get better for you and your daughter 🙂 Try to make her conscious about her disorder. She is very young and as she gets older she might be able to control herself (at least that’s what i did and I am 20 now)
Good luck!

AliceMay 24, 2015 at 6:05 pmReply

Glad to know I’m not alone. In relationships I try to handle the problem by moving a little farther away when the noise is bothering me. But I don’t get to see my significant other very often so his noises don’t have much of a chance to bother me.

At work I use headphones and listen to music or books on tape depending on how distracted I need to be. Mild is music, serious is a favorite book. The speaking in my ears of my favorites kind of cancels out the annoying stuff.
The beauty of living alone is I can avoid most of my triggers at home.

It is nice to have a name for this and I too wonder if it is linked to tinnitus in any way.

elizabethJanuary 13, 2016 at 2:22 pmReply

My question is what is the link to the mercury in the vaccinations? And I am glad I am not alone in it as well.
I do find fire, running water and native American drum music to be very helpful. I cant listen to rap because I memorize the words and its hard not to repeat them all the time.
Poetry is good. and philosophy. but mostly being out in nature is the think I can handle best.

The good thing, and I am a 10. certain sounds will send me into a violent rage to destroy something. I have learned amazing control from this. So something good does come out of it.

elizabethJanuary 13, 2016 at 2:23 pmReply

oh and I know all the good gossip around me. I wish I did not but I have to keep my distance. it does make me less likely to believe rumors though

PaulaJune 1, 2015 at 10:09 pmReply

This drives me mad.
I can not cope with the noises, it’s mainly my husband, he tells me iam only eating but I hate home and want to put a pillow over his head when he makes noises.
From picking his teeth to snoring, I hate it.
I am glad it is actually called something and known as a condition.
Please how do you sufferer get through the day?
Help before I commit a murder!

pattyNovember 26, 2015 at 8:40 amReply

may I ask if you are British? did not think about this all over the world.

jenJune 3, 2015 at 3:37 amReply

I just found this site and am so happy to see see I am not alone in this. Like most of you, I thought I was crazy. I don’t have to tell any of you how no one understands exactly what it is I go through when I hear certain sounds. I’ve had this since I was 10. I can remember when it started. I am now 29. It’s been rough but I’ve found some stuff that works.

Earplugs. Bring them everywhere. Don’t be shy about wearing them. If your hair is long, no one will notice you have them in anyway. If someone does notice, tell them. It’s really hard to do, but most people do not want to disturb any peace or cause conflict. Even if they don’t understand, they will just say “oh.” I like the kind that actually go in your ear because you can feel them blocking noise.

If the sound is just too loud for earplugs to block. Headphones work beautifully. Wear them both at the same time. Earplugs and headphones. When I do both of these, nothing bothers me. Sometimes I might miss when someone addresses me, but I’d rather that happen then fly into a panic attack or into a rage.

To parents and spouses of people with this, keep being patient and understanding. Especially if you have a child with this. It’s very hard for children. It pretty much destroyed any academic success in the classroom for me. But I made it. They will too, if they have wonderful guidance like I did.

MiarandaJune 6, 2015 at 2:57 pmReply

’ve known about Misophonia for a few months now, but haven’t really done any research on it. I’ve always not been able to handle eating sounds but now it’s getting worse. I’m 15 and still in school. A lot of my teachers let kids eat food in class, their choice of food usually being chips from the vending machines. The chips are the worst part. Everytime I hear that ‘crunch’, I just want to cry. My anxiety levels sky rocket through the roof. Its getting so bad, I can’t deal with it anymore. Usually I can just plug in my earphones, but even then it sometimes gets through. I’ve resolved to turning up my music way high, but thats been giving me huge headachs. Another worse thing is when it’s during a lecture, when I can’t plug in my earphones. I literally cannot ask them to stop either. I get all clammy, tougne tied and it just makes me want to cry even more. I’m already the weird quite girl that sits in the corner, I don’t want to be labled as crazy. I can hear the crinkle of the bag from way across the room and it makes me want to scream. Smells are starting to affect me too. A girl brought popcorn into first hour one day, and the smell was so bad for me, it made me sick for the rest of the day. I try to explain it to my friends, and they don’t believe me and just taunt me for it as they keep doing it, day after day. My little sister is the only one that gets it, as she can’t handle forks scrapping teeth. I work in a restaurant, and its never really bothered me there, as I can escape into the back when the need arises. But at school during a lesson, I can’t. I can’t handle this anymore, I’m afraid I’m going to hurt someone or make a scene. Going to school is such a fight in the mornings. I use to love school. I don’t want this for my sister either, hopefully she’ll grow out of it or it wont get as bad as mine. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to block out the sounds? I’m at a loss and don’t know what to do.

Lauren MarshallJune 6, 2015 at 9:48 pmReply

My boyfriend has just introduced me to this. I can’t believe this is actually what’s been going on with me. I get extremely frustrated with any heavy breathing, low whispers, swallowing, lip smacking, licking, general food noise (especially luquids). I can’t believe it! Really hope they find something to help, I’m finding it so hard to keep on good terms with people where I can’t help but shout at them when they do this stuff!

KimberlyJune 7, 2015 at 9:02 pmReply

So glad to know im not the only person in the world with some of these problems. The trigger and reaction that brought it to my attention that there was a problem was over lip smacking from cotton mouth. I had noticed how irrationally angry I would get over it and one day i actually struck my mother over it before realizing what I was doing. I felt horrible later, but so angry at the time.

Now ten years later I have examined my life and found my others. Loud sounds in particular i have problems with. Music, peoples voices, cars with heavy bass, screaming, babies screaming and crying is not only annoying but sometimes PAINFUL. Sometimes I cringe and have to cover my ears. Dogs barking loud and for a long time makes me, an animal lover, want to shoot it. When people snore i have to leave the room or the anger builds and i want to shake them silly.

My own brother didnt want me holding his baby because he was afraid I would hurt it because I “cringed” when I heard the baby cry. He was more concerned over that reaction then the fact I have seizures…

BrandyJune 11, 2015 at 6:07 pmReply

Wow- all these years that people just thought I was being bitchy when I would ask them to close their mouth while chewing or ask them to take their gum out… I work with a person that slurps her soup everyday and I have to leave the room from completely going off the deep end!!! I had a boyfriend that didn’t like loud food so no eating chips and other crunchy food so that must have started it- some are just general manners… don’t they teach manners in school anymore!!! I may be still bitchy but at least I know that I am not alone in this!!! Thanks to my friends that posted this!!!

KathyJune 12, 2015 at 2:16 pmReply

WoW! This is amazing. Now, I do not feel alone or crazy. It is an actual condition. My family gives me such a hard time and do not understand why things drive me crazy. I cant stand to go to movie theaters, etc.. and be near someone chewing gum. I literally want to get up and leave. I have the same issue at the kids sporting events. I have to move chairs downstairs at night when we are watching tv because my daughter is constantly fidgeting. It actually can take over your life. Tuning it out does not work.

SheilaJune 16, 2015 at 3:53 pmReply

Hello to my fellow sufferers…

I am 61, and have had this since I was about 9. It was first the chewing of my step-father. Then my list grew exponentially. Slurping, tapping, crinkling of cellophane packages, gum popping, keyboards, those who constantly swirl their ice in a drink(UGG) and sniffing. Sniffing being the most “upsetting” for me. I almost quit a job, as I had a coworker who sniffed ALL day. I used to count her sniffs. I finally had to say something. Of course she thought I was crazy. I used earplugs, and listened to music (my “double muffle) (I had an understanding boss)…and that was the only way I could make it through the day. My newly acquired problem is with those who whistle when they talk. I cannot watch or listen to President Obama..he’s one heck of a whistler. And now, Carly Fiorina. She’s worse. I have to change the channel when they are on…and forget Sean Connery. Love him, can’t listen.
My sister actually told me about Misophonia, and that my condition had a name. It’s great to know, that I’m not crazy. I spent many years wondering and psychoanalyzing myself. There’s safety in numbers 🙂

ElizabethJanuary 13, 2016 at 2:27 pmReply

I have to have a deep deep baritone voice to soothe me. if its high pitched, whiny or crying babies, barking dogs I will go ape shit. People breathing or eating near me will cause me to instantly get pissed off. And yes the whistling talker like the gopher on pooh bear. I want to destroy the tv. nancy grace makes me want to torture and kill her.

its painful in a way you cannot know unless you have it.

RachelJune 17, 2015 at 10:06 pmReply

People that don’t have this condition have no idea how miserable your life can be. When I was 6 years old I was laying on the living room floor relaxing and watching my favorite show Laverne and Shirley. My dad came in, sat in his recliner and started snacking on a piece of fried chicken that he snuck from the kitchen when mom turned her head trying to finish getting dinner ready. The crunching completely pushed me over the edge. I tried not to say anything, the harder I tried the worse it became. By the time he was finished I was sobbing, crying, couldn’t even tell him what was wrong. My mom rushed in and thought I was hurt. When I finally got the words out and told them his crunching was the reason for my melt down…. they looked at me like I was crazy. He apologized and gave me a hug but they thought I was tired and just being emotional. It wasn’t their fault for not understanding. I knew then something was wrong and I didn’t know anyone else that had this problem. Crunching isn’t my only trigger. I have several. I can’t stand it when people say I’m exaggerating, it can’t be that bad, just ignore it. I wish it was that easy. I’m now 40 and it has been getting worse, think my hysterectomy helped with that LOL. Glad to know I’m not alone. This really made me feel better. Good luck everyone. I haven’t found any treatment literature that I think would help. If anyone has more info they could share would be greatly appreciated.

JohnJune 19, 2015 at 3:52 amReply

I’m 49 and just recently realized that I’m not alone.

Around 7 years old I remember (VIVIDLY) the rhythmic sounds of a spoon in a cup from my mother making gravy in the kitchen. She had a pattern of “clackity-clackity-clackity” that was like nails on a chalk board to me… she made gravy often too. I can add my brother chewing with his mouth open, crinkling bags, dry-food crunching, loud grunts and groans, and many more since then.

I’ve silently coped by using many of the methods I’ve seen here like head phones, leaving the area, and drowning out the sounds with other sounds.

My frustration is that these don’t seem to be getting to the root of this issue and instead are treating the symptoms rather than the cause. I’ve seen therapy mentioned here but if anyone has any other treatments I would love to know of them. In the mean time, I will search for solutions.

RyanJune 21, 2015 at 1:15 amReply

I’m 34 years old and have been suffering from Misophonia for as long as I can remember. I honestly thought I was insane until I stumbled across an article on it last year. I showed my girlfriend, and forwarded the link to my family as a sort of explanatory apology. Of course, not two days later, It took everything I had not to snap at my girlfriend for chewing gum. Which I will be the first to admit was not loud or invasive at all.

Have you ever found yourself stifling your anger because of what someone is ordering for delivery? Like the anticipation of them eating is going to send you overboard?

I feel so bad because I know I’m the one in the wrong. So much so, that recently I’ve even made it a point of fighting this thing head on. The other night my girlfriend and I ate chips together, side by side, and miraculously with the exception of a few urges to explode, I was able to get through. I’d be lying if I said things are any better, though. Not sure I could do it again. In fact just the thought of it has me grinding my teeth.

Misophonia has been the driving force in my life-long introversion. I can’t sit close quarters, or at dinner tables. Thanksgiving is a nightmare. I can’t stand when other people eat– especially salad, apples, chips, pickles, pizza crust, toast, gum, carrots, etc etc It’s enough to make me leave the room… Even more so when it’s my mom, brother, father, grandparents, girlfriend etc

It’s like I’m most disturbed by whoever is in my inner circle. Why is that??

Also can’t stand general annoyances like slurping, moaning, groaning, nasal breathing, clicking jaws, cracking knuckles, loud talkers, nail biting, typing, repetitive clicking of a computer trackpad, muffled music etc etc. Worst of all, It only affects me when other people are the source, making me feel like a hypocrite.

I try to empathize as much as possible, but it’s no use, no matter how much I explain or apologize, my frustration always takes over. I’ve tried every approach imaginable, but in the end, It’s just Ryan having to go to the other room, pretending to be okay while psychoanalyzing himself. I prefer not to eat in front of anyone either- It’s like I feel like I’m being rude or something. So weird.

Obviously I can’t go around hiding every time I eat or someone else does and over the years have had to cope with it as best as possible, but I think my definition of a nightmare would be a quiet family dinner with no way out.

Although not nearly as bad, fidgeting, and unanswered questions can get to me as well. I’ve also always had an extremely tough time looking at people when talking to them. Small talk could very well be the death of me.

My heart goes out to those of you that for whatever reason take to harming yourself as a response. I don’t pretend to understand what the cause of misophonia is, but rest assured, I wish everyone the absolute best in overcoming it. It has really taken a toll on my relationships– especially with regard to family. Imagine what it must be like to sit unaffected while eating with your loved ones?

As for my level? I do remember reaching a 9 at one point, but could probably curb myself to a 7 or 8.

PS. I’m more interested in finding out the cause than some newly developed drug. Firm believer that once we know the origin, we can overcome anything. Even this.

elizabethJanuary 13, 2016 at 2:31 pmReply

Hey, its not your fault. its an imbalance. and any suffering is a motivator for us to find relief.

I take methylphenidate for ADHD and it does help the ocd effects. as well as native American drumming music. As well as dance.

but the most helpful is nature herself. a waterfall is the best. and I also use the response mechanism of the socratic method and philosophy to help me control my anger. there is so much energy in it that it has to explode. hermetics will also help you understand things better.

The eating thing is to learn to focus so much on something else that you don’t notice it anymore and this is habit that is learned. practice, practice, practice.

ColinJune 21, 2015 at 1:53 pmReply

I am seventy years of age and suffered from the curse of misophonia for over fifty years. I was raised in a home where as children we had to creep around the house making as little noise as possible.
When we closed a door we could not pull the door shut, we had to pull the door then use the handle so there would not be any noise closing it. It was the same with cupboard doors etc. Consequently when I entered the real world banging doors including car doors became a problem.
I have lived in sheltered housing for five years, my flat is located opposite a Mormon church with thirty-five parking spaces in the car park. The majority of the church-goers have no consideration for us elderly folks opposite. About two thirds of them slam their car doors. As these people have so many children, it is not unusual for a four door car to have its doors slammed shut six times, kids often have to go back for something they left behind.
If you multiply 25 (35 cars minus 10 cars with considerate occupants) by an average of four doors being slammed, multiplied by two for arrival and departure, that is two hundred car doors being slammed on a Sunday.
I have 10mm thick sheets of Plexiglass acting as double glazing which helps a little.
Yes, I am looking to move away, but that is not so easy when you live in sheltered housing.

DewanaJune 24, 2015 at 2:51 pmReply

It’s so good to know I’m not alone. Was starting to feel like a bad person because of the things that drive me nuts. Someone clicked a pen during a meeting at work and I snatched it from his hands without even turning my head…he laughed, thank goodness. They’ve moved a man to the other side of a shared cubbie wall that’s CONSTANTLY clearing his throught or making other snot noise. My ear buds are turned up so loud I think I’m damaging my hearing trying to make it through the day here. Very sad.
Thank you all for sharing your experiences…it’s really, really good know I’m not alone. If you come near me, I PROMISE to sit still and keep noises to a minimum!!!

KristinaJune 24, 2015 at 7:50 pmReply

I am so glad i am not the only one, i have had this issue since i was little and i always felt there was something wrong with me. my biggest issues are anything eating related (crunching, slurping, open mouth eating, gum chewing…you name it i cant stand it). i feel horrible because my husband will not eat in the same room as me and if he does the sound on the TV has to be turned up so that i cannot hear him. at work i have to have earbuds in around lunch time otherwise i go crazy. it is good to know that i am not alone in this.

HamidJuly 1, 2015 at 10:03 pmReply

i have this, i found out when i was 8 and im 9 now it is the most annoyigost thing ever, when im playing ps3 my bro eats an apple then i leave the room and cry

TomJuly 2, 2015 at 8:10 pmReply

Like everyone here I’ve felt these things for ages but never been able to put a name to it. My main triggers are eating and drinking – lips smacking, chewing noises, swallowing, gulping, the little exhale people do after drinking that I know they can’t help but drives me insane. Yawning and burping as well. I don’t know what it is that causes it but I’m going crazy. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

ErikaJuly 5, 2015 at 5:02 amReply

Nothing has been worse this year than CPR / First Aid Class. I thought it would be a safe haven due to that class banning gum. I was, apparently, wrong. This girl behind me smacked her gum harder than anyone I have ever met, popped it almost right in my ear, and was rarely told to spit it out. There were also times at the end where my teacher smacked his lips and chewed loudly because of lunch switcharounds so I had to listen to him too. I clawed at myself, mimicked the noises, dug nails into skin, cried, pulled at my hair, and it was an awful experience overall.

ChrisJuly 6, 2015 at 10:33 pmReply

I’m 44 and have the same as you all mouth noises eating sweets chewing etc
Glad it’s got a name
Sad it can’t be cured
I could be level ten at times. It’s my dad’s fault but many things are his fault like my mums death
I hate everything he did drinking smoking eating arrhgggghhhhh!

meJuly 9, 2015 at 3:46 pmReply

I have suffered all my life. Almost everything on the list is a trigger. It’s gotten to point when at home I can not eat in the same room with others. As long as there is noise in the back ground its ok. Eating out is ok because of the noise in the background, but if I see someone else chewing, forget it. whats odd is so many noises bother me that I have to have a radio on or the TV to drowned out the noises I can’t tolerate. My husband, my daughter and I will be watching TV, when she fastwards thru the commercial I feel the flight or fight because I can then here them breathing and it takes everything I have not to leave the room. I sleep with the fan on so that I don’t hear him breathing. I struggle going to the park with my daughter because once the kids start their screaming… Aaahhhhh I can’t take it. And dogs, those are the worst… I had a dog once. I can NOT stand the sound of a dog licking. Someone just kill me when that happens. I would give anything for a cure.

SamanthaJuly 13, 2015 at 2:27 pmReply

I’m so glad that I’m not crazy and people really suffer from this. It’s horrible!!! I mean, since I can remember I’ve been annoyed – and beyond annoyed with mouth noises. My mom would get so mad at me when I would tell my sisters to chew with their mouths closed or something like that. I feel myself get seriously frustrated. My boyfriend will be eating and I have to walk away. I work in the health care field and it’s so hard to help if I have to feed a patient. I’ve had to ask people sitting next to me to stop chewing, or I have to remove myself from a situation. I’m having my first child later this year and it worries me that I’ll have a hard time feeding him. I hope not. I’m really praying that God will just take this away from me. I hate living with it. I always thought I just got easily annoyed but had no idea that so many people suffer from an actual disorder. Has anyone tried hypnotherapy for this? I’ve thought about it often. Noises give me anxiety. I just want to sit down to a nice dinner and not feel so annoyed. I can usually distract myself with conversation, music, something. I have to have background noise though. It’s just so frustrating. 27 years old and I thought I’d grow out of this nonsense.

livvyJuly 17, 2015 at 3:40 pmReply

it makes me feel so much better knowing there are other people out there who have this problem. Mine’s gotten worse over the years, I’m 17, and from when i was about 7 i’ve got extremely angry and wanted to really hurt the person eating/drinking or myself upon hearing the noise of someone chewing and gulping etc.
It’s become considerably worse, and it’s horrible when I’m told to ‘just ignore it’ or ‘get over it’. People think I’m insane as whilst doing work experience, there was a man eating a gobstopper next to me, and i got up as quickly as i could and knocked over loads of chairs. it’s embarrassing to me, and i feel like im trying to play god, or being a controlling freak whenever i ask someone to be quiet. i often wonder how i will function as a normal human being. How i will get a job, or even have children when i’m older. the future deeply scares me because of this. I’m glad im not the only one, and hopefully i will meet and become friends with people who have misophonia so we can chill and eat with earphones in together, instead of always being the odd one out alone.

clareJuly 21, 2015 at 8:54 pmReply

I’m so glad it’s not just me all these sounds also keys jingling are driving me crazy if I wear earplugs I can’t ear people talking i don’t know what 2 do has I feel like lashing out at people please can somebody suggest something I can use

TiffanyJuly 22, 2015 at 1:01 pmReply

How do you get diagnosed with misophonia?

pattyNovember 26, 2015 at 8:49 amReply

Dr, but contact Tom dosier for more help. look him up on the Web.

ValerieJuly 27, 2015 at 9:23 pmReply

I have had this since I was 13 and it has been a long road as it has now been 12 years and the anger has only gotten worse but I no longer harm anyone like I use to when I was a teenager so I am able to just control myself better by leaving. I would say I was a level 10 since if anyone was drinking or eating I would usually take the drink and throw it at them and same for food. Like many of you, my family just thinks I’m insane and think I’m exaggerating or making it up! So happy to know there are others like me so I know it is not just me being insane and huffing and puffing when someone around me is making a repetitive noise! It has been a tough road especially with school, with kids eating in class I can focus on nothing but the noises they’re making and because I can’t exactly scream or really hurt them i usually dig my nails into my palm and tense up or just leave class, which probably isn’t always the best choice! I look forward to learning more about this and hope to research more on the topic and hope down the road they have some treatments! Just remember you are not alone!

SebastianJuly 29, 2015 at 12:05 amReply

Apart from people chewing (the obvious one) – I really can’t stand when cats and dog clean/lick themselves. Some are ok, I have a cat myself and for the most part i can deal with her cleaning herself. The real issue is that my girlfriend has a long haired cat (persian) and I can’t stand the sound of it, I cant deal with seeing him clean himself when i have earphones and even knowing he is in the same room as I when doing it, even if he’s “hidden” or anything. Mostly I have the option to leave the room and wait for him to settle and go to sleep or whatever he does, but in some situations it’s gotten to the point of me either handling him a bit too harsh or lashing out on furniture or doors etc. Only one door is actually broken, kind of smashed my head into it.

I feel like it’s very possible its actually misophonia I’m trying to deal with, but this is the first I’ve heard of it.

Any tips on what I can do to try to deal with the damn cat? I can sort of deal with the people part, but “for some reason” animals have a hard time dealing with my issues.

JuliaNovember 16, 2015 at 10:49 pmReply

Funny thing: when animals lick themselves and eat noisily, I don’t mind. I find the sound of horses eating hay to be soothing. However, let a human over the age of 4 try something like that and I’m ready to go postal on their ass. Animals know no better and cannot be taught differently. Ppl, quite the different story.

NicoleJuly 29, 2015 at 9:17 pmReply

I think my daughter has this. I was talking to a friend who said she has it as well, she is older now, married and has children of her own. She said that since she has introduced probiotics into her diet and ate better to improve her gut health, the misophonia has improved tremendously! I have a really good probiotic for my daughter so I’ll have to try that and see if it makes a difference. If you do end up using probiotics (which I think everyone needs nowadays) make sure it is good quality. Plexus probiotics so far have been the best I have tried.

melJuly 31, 2015 at 9:01 pmReply

Thank you for building this site. I finally know what this thing is. I get very very very anxious, irrationally angry (to the point of tears sometimes), and tensed when I hear silverware scraping against plates or dishes, silverware scraping against other silverware, and silverware scraping against teeth. There are moments when it’s not so bad. But there are moments when it’s so bad that I get a headache, and i find myself clenching my fists until i can feel my nails digging into my palms, or moments when i have to pinch myself hard until the sound ends. After that, i have to lick the silverware, or my teeth again and again until the feeling of rage or frustration subsides. It bothers me because I had no idea whats happening. Now at least i know there are others like me. Thank you so much for this information.

KeavieAugust 2, 2015 at 9:19 pmReply

Im not sure whether I have misophonia or not but it makes me so angry & annoyed when I hear the sounds of people eating, sniffing, tapping, slurping/gulping or just general mouth sounds. It gets to the point where I want to burst into tears or punch them. I’m not really sure where it appeared from but I just want it to stop. Any help ?

LaceyAugust 3, 2015 at 2:05 pmReply

I’m 17 years old, and I’ve had this my entire life. Due to this, it has ruined my life. Medical Cannabis has helped extremely, it’s helped me life a some what normal life.

mohammadAugust 5, 2015 at 5:54 pmReply

I am suffreing from misophonia too . Now while i am typing i listen to White noise , i don’t know its effects on my ears . This problem is strongly affect my live . I went to psychiatrist and he said that i have OCD , and said i must take drugs . I don’t want to take this drugs . I found two groups on facebook on misophonia , this good thing!

ShannonAugust 9, 2015 at 10:36 amReply

For as long as I can remember, small noises that do not annoy other can irritate me so much that I become so angry and sometime it makes me cry and I feel depressed. My family members just think I’m crazy and I never even knew it could be an actual disorder (I’m not saying I have it) but if someone is sitting next to me and they are picking their nails, biting their nails, chewing loudly, humming or singing I have to stop myself from asking them to stop. I looked if there was a cure, there isn’t but I’m only 13 so what should I do?

sophieAugust 9, 2015 at 8:34 pmReply

finally!! a place where I can let all my problems out without feeling uncomfitbal or intimidated, I am 15 and a suffer of misophonia. I would say I am a level 8-9/10, i have had this for what feels like all my life but i only started to notice it when i was around 8, i am effected by: chewing/ the sound of the letters D,S,T,C,F,G/ rubbing of the skin/ heavy breathing/ sound of bare feet on the ground and Turing the pages of a book, when i am effected by these sounds i often find myself either digging my fingers into my skin, clenching my fists or hitting my self, i cant really communicate with people when its effecting me as i get the feeling of anger built up inside of me and i don’t want people to notice it, its so hard because i cant talk to people as much as i want or have a conversation as i don’t like hearing certain letters and ill just get all angry . Its hard because i mostly get effected by the people i love and care about the most, for example my best friends, my mum, sisters, nan and others, to help i usually leave the room or go for a walk to calm my self, if were out for a meal it harder as it cant go to the toilet every 5 minutes. sometimes it had lead to me having a panic attack as i get so worked up over what feels like the smallest things, my parents say that the sounds i get effects by are natural and that people cant help making those noises, but i cant help to react in the way that i do. But the worse thing about it all i cant talk to anyone about it (hence why im tell it on this) because i don’t want people to think im doing it for attention or anything. Anyway i was wounding if any of you knows how to stop all off this from happing, i hope you all can find away for you to get better, good luck and stay strong because i know its hard. (im so scared to post this arhhhhhhhhh)

JamesAugust 11, 2015 at 6:33 pmReply

I share an office with an individual who plays videos on his computer which I can hear and is constantly with something in his mouth. I can not stand the constant eating, food noises, drinking from a straw slurps, crunching on candy, and low audio belching. I have put head phones in, however I can still hear the noise and it compounds the issue. I do not have this issue at home or around family, only work. As we speak, all I hear is the rustling of another candy wrapper coming from his desk.

SueAugust 12, 2015 at 4:31 pmReply

I also have this condition and I am constantly in tears over it. I am sitting right now on a webinar and the person conducting the webinar is typing and I can’t stand it. My issues are destroying my marriage because my husband feels that I am “crazy” and I am hypersensitive and why should he have to eat with his mouth closed because of MY problems. We live in a large house and the sound of his spoon in his cereal bowl makes me cry. I have almost always slept with a box fan next me in bed to drown out night noises but what is bothering me know is the sense that someone is walking around or that one of my children left a light on so I have to get up and check or just sleep with blanket over my head so I can’t see lights under my door. The issue I am having is that I can tolerate strangers more than my family.

CamAugust 14, 2015 at 4:09 pmReply

I’m 18, and since I was about 8, I’ve been experiencing Misophonia. Up until about ten months ago, I didn’t even know what it was called, until I looked up my symptoms, and then this site came up.
Mine started when I was in class during the winter months, about third grade, and it was the beginning of flu season. Everyone was sick, and, of course, everyone sniffled loudly, coughed, and just the associated “sick” noises. It wasn’t as bad then, but it escalated quickly, and about sixth grade, I was seriously becoming affected. When people would sniffle in class, I’d loudly mock them, which, to an outsider, just seemed as though I was also sick, but to me, it helped alleviate the reactions. It then grew to where I would pinch, scratch, and bite myself in public, to distract myself. I went to see a psychologist, and she said that there really wasn’t much I could do to help. I told her that listening to music through headphones helped a little, and eased myself from having to self-harm to escape. But you can’t always use headphones in class, or at work. I isolate myself from my family constantly. My mom breathes loudly, through her nose, and my dad crunches ice constantly, even though I sign, hurt myself, and yell at him to stop. They realize the seriousness, but say “We aren’t going to change our lives just for you.”
I work at a desk job at the college, the college I am attending this fall, and currently, as I type this, my coworker brings bottles to work, full of ice chips, and crunches them from the time I get here, to the time I leave. The only time she doesn’t, is when she’s not here on her lunch break, which I look forward to each and every day.
I would put my reactions around a level 9 or 10, because I usually resort to biting my knuckles to distract myself, or scratching my wrists.
This affects my life daily, and I have no idea of a cure, it’s so terrible. I have a bad family relationship, because I cannot be in the same room with them for longer than 10 minutes at a time. I don’t tell anyone, because when I do, they mock and make noises on purpose of even louder. I have been “coping” with this for about 10 years, and it needs to stop.

J.August 18, 2015 at 11:03 amReply

I thought I was the only one too… I am 19 years old and it’s really hard for me to eat with other people. I’ve told my mom a few times that the sound of eating makes me want to destroy everything on that table, I want to punch people in the faces. I even get aggressive and curl my toes by just reading the words “slurping” or “chewing”, because I then hear it again in my head, like it’s next to my ear. Even when I go to bed, I hear it again in my head. I then have to listen to loud music to calm myself down.

My mom was very insulted when I told this, and she doesn’t understand it a bit. I even get off table hungry saying that I have to go the toilet, waiting till everyone’s finished. I can’t wear headphones, and the music is always too silent. I can’t enjoy eating anymore. I can’t even eat. How can I make my parents understand this, without them being angry again?

JoeAugust 18, 2015 at 7:39 pmReply

My son Tyler who is 16 really struggles with this but is mostly affected by me(sniffing,slurping,breathing noises,chewing)and his mother when she says words with certain constanants. Has anyone found any successful treatments to help minimize the reactions. I would love to get him some help before he goes off to college because I fear he could have similar issues with a roommate, etc. Stressful situations seem to magnify the reaction.

Appreciate any guidance on this.

TanayaaAugust 19, 2015 at 2:32 pmReply

I need help no one understands how tormented u feel when they do repeatative sounds I. And stand breathing crunching slurping gulping scraping sniffing, I ask them to stop and they laugh and laugh I can hear them over my head phones and I can’t not hear it and it puts me in a horrible mood for the rest of the day, my family does is to annoy me and don’t understand the full extent on what it’s doing to me and my well being I can’t sleep anymore and I keep crying and yelling I’m sensitive to everything and it’s making me depressed I’m scared of what might happen if I don’t get help I need somebody to talk to

Julia SteenAugust 24, 2015 at 12:39 pmReply

Hi, My 19yr old daughter is really smart and very pretty but has misophonia which is ruining her life. She went to university last summer but has Anorexia now because she couldn’t go in the student kitchen and won’t eat in public places. The noises in the lecture halls and the study areas were impossible for her . She’ll probably have to drop out of her course because she won’t get help and we can’t make her, which is awful for her and us. We try not to do the things that really annoy her but sometimes we forget and she doesn’t have many friends so doesn’t go out much.
We are so worried about her physical and mental health because we don’t know how to help her and what kind of future she can have. It has made things so hard at home and has had a very negative effect on her relationship with us and her brother. We try so hard to be loving and supportive but she constantly shouts and pushes us away. It’s heartbreaking.

LorraineAugust 29, 2015 at 10:54 amReply

Hi, I really feel I must reply to your post as I would like to help. I myself have misophonia – I have had it for years but have just realised quite recently that that is what is wrong with me. I’m 36 and have a 9 year old son. The condition has led to huge arguments between myself and family members who cannot understand why I go off on one over simple little things. I actually have a degree in psychology from years ago which I luckily completed without help but looking back now my condition was not too bad at the time. It is definitely at its worst right now though. I am trying to find others with this condition so that we can support each other. I live in Northern Ireland so if you are in England we could email each other or chat on the phone(I mean you and your daughter of course if you think it would help). I completely understand what you are going through it’s really hard and where I live no one understands it. When I leave the house some people on the street and at the local shopping centres keep muttering words like “crazy” under their breath as I walk past. People have told me to f*** off and told me I’m a crazy bitch or mad etc. It’s really horrible. I’m not mad i just react badly to certain sounds eg I can’t stand dogs barking, I don’t like listening to people eat or kids playing very noisily and many many other sounds. I can’t deal with more than one person talking at a time. I don’t like leaving the house anymore and my poor mum has to bring me food and essentials sometimes so that my son and I have enough food to eat because I find shopping and busy places so traumatic.I actually have panic attacks quite regularly now too because of noises and people etc. Has your daughter tried accessing the university’s learning support team? They must have one and if they don’t maybe you could check out other universities or even a technical college or something. I have done numerous courses at my local tech(I keep doing courses because I can manage that better and you get to study on your own some of the time etc as I kept getting dismissed from jobs because of the misophonia). The point was the tech has a good team in place to help support people. Perhaps your daughter could get a mentor or support worker to go around with her at university, attend lectures with her and help support her with her eating disorder. I know in my city there is a recruitment agency who hires support workers for students. Before my degree I studied for one year at a different uni but had to drop out because I couldn’t cope with the halls of residence, sounds, people and I struggled with the course I was on. I felt suicidal and wasn’t eating -basically I had a banana or slice of toast to do the whole day.I did drink water or tea/coffee too. I went down to around 6 and a half stone and almost became anorexic but started to eat again when I thought about how I definitely wanted children in the future and anorexia can jeopardise that. I now love food! I probably eat too much rather than too little.I find food comforting- other people eating can bother me but I eat quietly so don’t find that an issue. Sorry I’ve written loads about me now when I actually wanted to help you guys if I can! Anyway it at least shows you there are others out there with similar problems. The main problem is this is still under-researched and I can’t even find anyone local who has heard of it. A lot of professionals don’t know about it either. Feel free to email me or pass my email address to your daughter. If I get a reply I can give you my phone number then sure. Thanks for reading, take care, Lorraine.

BrittyAugust 24, 2015 at 11:52 pmReply

I am a 10/10 I cant stand any noise at this point. When I was younger I would scream in the middle of a resturant because I would hear chewing and loud noises. I have to carry headphones everywhere I go. What usually triggers it for me is gum chewing, breathing, leg shaking, anything loud, crunching, slurping, sniffing and the list goes on. I ask my family to stop and they tell me “you know it’s not just annoying for you we have to listen to you complain” seriously no one understands what it’s like to hear multiple noises at once. And it’s repetitive! It instantly ruins my mood for not only a day but sometimes the entire week. I will put headphones in and it helps a bit but since I know the noise is there I keep listening for it to see if it stops. I have to eat dinner in a separate room occacsionally because it gets so bad and makes me really angry. I’ve noticed this has been harder to control as well. Its really an awful feeling and I can’t help it.

TracyOctober 15, 2015 at 4:22 amReply

I know exactly how you feel. I am just the same. I can sit watching TV and if someone is eating on TV and the microphone picks up slurping or chewing, I have to mute the TV. My husband breaths and although most of the time I am pleased about that, I can’t stand actually hearing him breathing in a quiet room. I don’t hear anyone else in the house. Chewing gum, the throat sound of my husband drinking like a drainpipe, the scrape of a spoon against a yoghurt pot, sniffing, picking nails, repetitive tapping, slurping finished milkshakes in McDonalds with a straw – all triggers which my family are now aware of. Some might think that these are just a manners thing but it goes beyond that for me. It gets to the point of my needing to say something or if at work, to leave the room or put my headphones on. There is building work going on outside my window right now and it’s the long drawn out drilling that’s grinding my teeth. I want to go home!

AlisonAugust 25, 2015 at 11:16 amReply

I can believe what I am reading here. I have suffered since childhood and beyond, I am now 53 and believed it was just me. My family and friends told me to get a grip and stop being stupid, but today for the first time I now know I am not stupid. I related between 3 and 9 as there was a part in each one I recognised through my life. I now choose to live alone before I kill someone and have done for around 10 years now. I have a wonderful man in my life, but he has got to be the noisiest person alive when it comes to eating so I only endure I evening a week with him and I am now hoping he will understand what I go through each week as he has read about this condition, he also suffers from COPD, so you can imagine how noisy he is just breathing. Even the dog licking his feet drives me insane and he gets shouted at, poor thing. Its the frustration and rage that goes through you entire being just hearing someone slurp a drink, apart from that, its just bad table manners and down right rude. Those noises just sound in your head for days, its like hearing someone sing a particular song and its in there for the rest of the day and you cant get it out.

AllisonAugust 31, 2015 at 10:34 amReply

I’ve dealt with this my entire life. I also have Sensory Processing Disorder. I wear earplugs9/10 when I leave my home. I’m in nursing school and wear them all day. Even at home I wear them. I hate it, but it’s my life. My husband has learned to be supportive and help people keep trigger low I’ve always been told to deal and grow up. Well I wish it was that simple. I’m 20 and it’s really hard. I hope that finding thins website will give me some ideas of treatment. I think hypnosis is my best bet. Anyone ever try it?

SylvioSeptember 5, 2015 at 9:41 amReply

I dealt with this all my life. I couldn’t stand listening to somebody else eating cereals at breakfast. (usually your loved ones, sad) My mother used to tell me to go back to bed and related it to being tired.
If I think about it…she was kind of right.
– I feel the pain behind my eyes when I hear eating sounds (yes..physical pain) (a spoon hitting the bottom of a yogurt cup is one of them) Nervous and quick strike of the spoon…it might have to do with the frequency of the sound itself and my eyes being tired. It is worse when the room is I usually put music on during dinner or breakfast. The room ventilation at work is loud, so this helps. I guess it hides this certain frequency that triggers the pain behind my eyes…it gets worse after long days of reading or working at the computer. I will not put ear plugs, but cover the sound with white noise.
I think a silent room is the worse condition. Try closing your eyes and take deep breath to see if the pain goes away…it works for me.

SylvioSeptember 5, 2015 at 9:50 amReply

I also don’t ask people to stop, since I know the problem comes from me…not them. From my own is a physical condition… you can use physical treatment (exercise, sleep well, rest, don’t read all day, close your eyes..)

MikeSeptember 20, 2015 at 12:03 pmReply

I will ask people who I know well, to stop. For example family or close friends especially if it’s what I’d consider to be unnecessary noise, though I was brought up in a house where if you wanted to eat crisps/chips you had better put them in a bowl and not eat from the bag, and if you crunched them too loudly you were likely to have two other people ready to take them away from you or throw things at you (applied to everyone and I did it myself!)

SylvioSeptember 5, 2015 at 11:02 amReply

I am just getting excited here. Through my 50 years of living experience, I find out that looking far away at a landscape reduces the stress on my eye balls and I can cope better with sounds. Constantly focusing on close objects, letters (text)or urban landscape can stress out the eye muscles and in consequences increases the sensibility to surrounding noises, I also heard that the color blue relaxes the eye muscle (the sky being infinite, it helps dilating the pupil, and relaxes the eye muscles..that’s my personal experience). Don’t take drugs…it will only create other problems.

MikeSeptember 20, 2015 at 12:00 pmReply

I’m 28 and have suffered with this as long as I can really remember and am somewhere between level 6 and 9 depending on how my day is going, at first I thought it was because of my Dad’s reactions to me if I made noise but as soon as I started to notice the noises I found myself getting angrier and angrier about it. Then I found out about pages like this and realised I wasn’t just mad! Father and Sister also suffer with it so us three out for a meal is always fun! Three worst triggers for me are cracking gum, chewing loudly especially with the mouth open (I’ve come so close to punching my friend’s 10 year old son in the face so many times!!!!) but the worst for me is scraping cutlery on a plate. It makes it even worse for me if I can see the noise in unnecessary and I start to find myself getting wound up even more as I convince myself they’re doing it just to annoy me for example scraping food off a plate, I can do this silently! The biggest struggle is to not shout or lash out, if I’m not in familiar company I will just try to leave the room or building and sit somewhere quiet for a while.

I’d love if more people could understand this as a few friends have caught had to endure me completely losing my temper at them after politely asking them to stop making noises (especially gum or crisps/chips with the mouth open) for them to do it again because they think it’s funny to annoy me. I wish they understood that I’m not just a bit annoyed, I’m furious and am using all of my will to not beat them to death for making obnoxious unnecessary noises

BrandonSeptember 30, 2015 at 10:53 amReply

Last night I was at my mothers watching TV with her when she decided to get ice cream. As soon as I saw her get a bowl I began to get angry because I knew what was coming. After hearing the lip and tongue smacking I was furious so I got up to leave. She asked why and I told her “I have told you multiple times, the sound of people smacking their lips and eating loudly makes me very irritable. I rather just leave than be angry” her response “OH GAWWWD just get over it”. The rage and hatred I feel towards people when they smack is ridiculous. After someone has finished eating or I leave, im perfectly fine but when they are in the process it enrages me. In my mind I just visualize killing them and standing over them loudly mimicking their disgusting mouth noises. I know its not healthy. Thats why i just try to leave or get headphones on asap, it calms me down once i stop hearing it and focus on something else. My coworker is smacking right now, so i have in my earplugs that i carry with me. Or sometimes i just leave my desk and go for a walk.

JuliaNovember 16, 2015 at 10:35 pmReply

I simply do not get the self-righteousness of folks with abysmal table manners. Why do they feel they are entitled to be uncivilized and disgusting? Early in the 20th century, and in upper socioeconomic classes, eating like a barnyard animal/ making noises not unlike those produced by a dog licking its ass was, and still may be, discouraged. Among the great unwashed huddled masses and/or working class, not so much. Good luck to you. Do not ever try to believe that you need to “get over” something like this.

Ms V.October 1, 2015 at 9:33 pmReply

I thought that something was wrong with me or I was crazy. I am in my late 50’s and suffered with this since I was a little girl. There are so many sounds that bother me. I read about this on facebook. I looked it up and could not believe that this is a disorder. Now I know that I am not crazy.

Jeff F.October 4, 2015 at 10:41 pmReply

Please help me if u can. This disease is destroying my marriage.

JuliaNovember 16, 2015 at 10:42 pmReply

Maybe your spouse is boorish, self-righteous and inflexible. If s/he insists on making noises that cause you distress when not making them would not cause him/her any difficulty, then your misophonia is only half the problem in your marriage. Good luck. Educating your spouse can’t hurt.

JonOctober 6, 2015 at 5:08 pmReply

Someone joked that I have misophonia. I’d never heard of it.
I’ve just done the test – I’m an 8 on a good day, regularly a 9 and more than capable of 10!
I’m in my fifties. Sniffing, coughing, clearing the throat, barking dogs, noisy eating, clicking pens, chewing gum are my common triggers. I have recently discovered a new one, someone who clinks their cutlery on their teeth.
I take headphones on flights etc. I don’t listen to much music, I just try to block out the people I want to kill!

Janet RobertsOctober 6, 2015 at 5:36 pmReply

I am 41 years old and have had issues with this since I was a little girl (9/10 years old) my first recollection is my brother sniffed a lot and I couldn’t stand being near him. I was married for 13 years and it started getting worse with triggers of snoring, heavy breathing and smacking of lips. I am now in a new relationship of 4 years and it is getting worse, he smacks his lips, snores, breathes heavy, wiggles his feet and drags his feet when walking around the house, which are all triggers for me, I feel anxious, cover my ears or remove myself from the room. I really don’t want this disorder to ruin this relationship. I felt I owed my partner an explanation for my behaviour towards him when I hear these noises, as I was contemplating moving out because of how this makes me feel. I have finally spoke to him the fis=rst time I have spoke to anyone about how these triggers make me feel and he is upset as he thinks it is an excuse to end our relationship, I have asked him to look into this disorder so he can better understand so that he doesn’t think I am making it up and excuses to ruin our relationship.
I am desperate for a remedy to help cope with this disorder, I have downloaded an android app ‘white noise free’ and about to try with bluetooth ear bud to see if any of the sounds cause a distration from these triggers, whereby I can watch TV with my partner.
Any advice on coping mechanisms that any of you have tried that are successful would be great, as it feels like you are suffering in silence, almost like your own living hell when subjected to these triggers. Glad I am not the only one, as I don’t feel so isolated and crazy 😉

ShannonOctober 10, 2015 at 11:09 pmReply

I Am so unbelievable glad that I am not the only one out. I have been like this as far back as I can remember; I hear everything…I can be in a room full of people and I can oddly single out an individual that is chewing louder then others? I hate chewing, sniffing,coughing, the sound of people opening things like chips etc I have always though I was strange, it’s the weirdest feeling when I hear certain things I can feel the anger rising in me. I’m wonder if this is associated with OCD? Because I these same feelings with disorganization. I hope they find a cure soon 😟

DerekOctober 11, 2015 at 3:00 pmReply

My youngest son (12) has this condition. It started around 2 years ago, or at least that’s when it became really noticeable. It started with him being annoyed by the other family’s eating noises and has grown from there. Currently the list of trigger noises includes – eating noises, breathing, the washing machine, the boiler, music played at a distance (including my son’s sax practice and my playing guitar), people talking in another room, the bath or shower running, the list goes on! He is also now becoming reluctant to go out because of trigger noises such as birds chirping, dogs barking etc.Thankfully his school work doesn’t seem to have been affected too much and he seems to be able to cope better away from us (or at least he’s able to contain his frustration / anger better).

It’s creating so much stress for us as a family as he gets so agitated and angry and swears and shouts and call’s us names etc when he is triggered by these everyday noises. We have tried seeking professional help through our GP and he had a few appointments with a child psychologist which were helpful and gave him some coping strategies, for example wearing earphones, but ultimately things haven’t improved, in fact they’ve probably gotten worse.

I’m worried for him and his future as I just don’t know how he’s going to cope as he gets older and worried that he will become reclusive so as to avoid hearing the noises.
I’d love to hear from any other parents of children similarly affected or sufferers of this condition themselves and their experiences and any coping strategies or treatments that have at least alleviated the problem to some degree. I’m also interested to hear if anyone’s been able to improve things by changing their diet, e.g. cutting out certain foods or drinks or maybe any supplements that have worked.

AlexisOctober 18, 2015 at 5:32 pmReply

Hi, I don’t really know if this will help, but I’ll try. I’m turning 17 next week. I don’t really know how long I have had this, but I would say it started at 15 at the earliest, or that’s when I noticed it. My mother always thought that it was me being intolerant, and I believed her. I started to feel bad about myself and that I was just an intolerant brat. I have sat down and cried because I felt so bad. I make my step-dad and brother feel so bad. They eat so loud and their noses whistle and it drives me insane. My mom told me to breathe slow or count, to be tolerant. This was a real challenge because the more I had to listen to the noises, the more it made me want to act out. It has progressively gotten worse. I can’t watch movies with my family or even eat with them. Then, they all get mad at me and tell me that the living room is a family area, but I don’t feel like part of the family anymore because I am always stuck in my room.

Very recently, it has also affected me in school. I am taking very difficult classes, so I can’t afford to fail. I sit next to a kid in english, thank god he sits on my left, he breathes so loud that I have to put my ear against my hand, but by then I have noticed it and I unintentionally concentrate on it and I can hear it in my right ear. The last two quizzes I have completely winged. This last one, for the first time, I had to excuse myself to go to the bathroom so that I could cry.

Today, I tried to have another serious conversation with my mom because I did have a big blow up. I know my mom understands, but my brother doesn’t. He is an “adult” now and wants to prove it by denying me turning down his video games and I tried to tell him he doesn’t understand, and he had the nerve to say that I don’t understand. I guess I don’t understand why he needs video game music to play his games, or why he must play them in the living room, or why he must play games and not get a job. Well, when I tried to explain, she said she understood and then instead of letting me finish began yelling at me. And this is really hard because she is the only one in our house that doesn’t make me want to die inside.

I’m tired of feeling like I can’t stand up for myself. I don’t want my grades to suffer or be looked at as a lunatic because I can’t control my emotions. I’ve suggested therapy to my mom, but we don’t have the money for it. Whenever I use earphones, my family gets mad at me. I need to ask my teacher if I can wear mine at school, but I don’t want people to think I am getting special treatment. I have to eat separately. I hate doing that because I do enjoy talking to my family and hanging out but I can’t anymore. Whereas, in the school cafeteria i’m completely fine. Sometimes, to be able to eat with my family, we have to turn on the oven fan, but unfortunately that annoys them, so I am stuck isolating myself from them.

I guess I have level 8 or 9. My triggers include heavy breathing, chewing (my first trigger), nose whistling, video game music that’s very soft, hearing a tv in another room, birds chirping, and mouse (computer) clicking. If anyone has any ideas that aren’t medicine or therapy, please let me know because I don’t know what to do. it’s killing me (metaphorically 🙂 )

AliceOctober 20, 2015 at 5:08 pmReply

Hello. My name’s Alice and im 15 years old. I’ve always been really annoyed with sounds. But it really started bothering me when i was about 12. Even when im in a loud room i can hear people who whispers or breaths. That’s my biggest trigger sounds. It’s like a lightning through my body who automatically makes me shout or cry or just get really upset. It’s such a pain in my everyday life. At school and at home. When im in class and someone in the room chews a gum i can’t stand still and just ignore it. I pull my hair and scratch my skin. It makes me in so much pain. I really wish there was a treatment for it.

At my home i always use ear pluggs. A year ago it was okay without them but now it’s gotten so much worse so i can’t stay sane without them.

Is there anyone else with misophonia? Because it would be so lovely to connect with someone who understands my situtation.
In that case please reach out to be trough email or something.
My email sounds silly but well, it’s the only one i’ve got.
MVH Alice

GOctober 24, 2015 at 2:57 pmReply

I have this and my ex husband never understood how I could still hear him eating or rustling bags even if he turned the TV up. That just creates another uncomfortable sound to deal with!

I could at times hear the sound of soda bubbles in a glass over a much much louder sound. It can swell to a degree that is ALL I can hear.

My worst ones now are rustling bags or repetitive motions on the side of my vision that I can’t quite see – the second I never really identified as being part of the same thing.

I have now discovered I have Fibro and CFS and wonder if that also plays a part.

SteveOctober 26, 2015 at 4:35 pmReply

I too, am a victim of Misophonia. I would rank myself on a 7 or 8/10. I don’t get bothered so much by noises like breathing, keyboard typing or pen tapping, but chewing (even my own), slurping soup, or people who say “ahhh” after drinking wants to send me into huge fits of rage (in fact, I’m raging just thinking about it while typing this). I’ve had Misophonia for about 15 years, though it got really bad over the past 6 years. The chewing are my biggest problems. What surprises me though, is that not every person who chews bothers me. 98% of people do, but for some reason there are rare exceptions that don’t trigger it for me.

There have been times I’ve lashed out at my son to go eat in another room because it drives me crazy, and I feel bad. My wife thinks I make this all up, and she’s afraid to take me back to her homeland with her family, because they all eat at the dinner table and people aren’t always good at keeping their mouths closed when eating (that makes it even worse for me than those who do). I’ve found when dealing with the chewing, it works best to converse at dinner, or even eat in a room with sound (tv in the living room). The more I can drown it out, the easier it is. I also have 2 coworkers and sit right by me that eat crunchy foods all day long, and it drives me insane. I have to wear headphones to drown it out and work, and thank goodness my department allows us to have them whenever we want them.

I really feel for folks who have Misophonia, and I also feel for people who have to deal with us. They don’t seem to understand what we’re going through, and there’s no way to explain it to them. I’m glad to see I’m not alone, and thank you for the article. It does help me a bit better to cope.

LeeOctober 27, 2015 at 11:31 amReply

It is such a relief to know I’m not crazy! I am 47 and over the last 10 years my condition has steadily gotten worse. Most work days I’m at a 9 and very well have fantasized about hurting people to keep them quiet. Even before discovering that this is a real condition, I realized that it was my problem and not the people around me but I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t just block it out like everyone else does.
I also realize my oldest son suffers from it as well. I know from a small child he has always been annoyed by sounds, especially chewing. I tried to be understanding back then but I know I was too hard on him at times.
Earphones do help but I’m worried I’m going to end up damaging my hearing because I have to turn the music up so loud to drown out the noises.
I work in an office environment with low cubicles. I can hear things that others say they can’t, like clear across the floor, at least 50 or more feet away.
Anyway, I will be coming back here to see if there are any good ideas and I will definitely share anything I can find to cope.

JamesOctober 28, 2015 at 5:19 amReply

My daughter has had misophonia from the age of about 10.
She is now 21, and it isn’t getting any better.
We got used to her eating apart from us, and always had the TV on in the background. As her father, I seem to be the source of many of her issues…. Eating, whistling,humming, jangling keys or coins, shaking my legs, singing…..
She seems to be able to manage away from home, but struggles to cope, and as a result is difficult to have as a friend. She has always been an excellent student, but walked out early last week from an exam, when the boy at the next desk kept clicking his pen…
I have found numerous studies identifying Misophonia, but nothing that offers much hope for the future. Does anyone know of people who have overcome it?

DavidOctober 31, 2015 at 9:01 amReply

I am in my 40’s and from a small child I remember having this gift lets call it. There is no scientific answer or cure for this as we know. I refuse to use Prozac and lithium again. Yes folks most people think we are crazy. I have been in 3 failed relationships and now I’ve been blessed with my worst nightmare. My new lady and her kids are the worst and loudest eaters I have ever met. I figure someone upstairs wants me dead. We can’t win this. It’s ours to deal with how ever you can. People who love you will get tired of you but understand. Other people don’t care no matter how much they say. So in my life I have found what I do for a living helps. I’m a Barber and it’s always noisy in my shop which helps. At home I spend time in my over run man cave and smoke Pot. I have found that Medical Marijuana has been the best thing ever. I’m calm enough to go inside and eat at the table. I still feel like throwing stuff at people’s faces but when I’m high it’s cool. I’m not encouraging the use of marijuana I’m simply stating that in all medical tests I am easily one of the worst sufferers of this and I have found a way to cope where I could not find one prior.
And trust me. If you have kids. They learn it from us. My oldest daughter in her 20’s if this is possible. Is worse than me. Now my 9 year old son is starting this crap. Pretty soon we will all destroy each other at the table one holiday.
Let me tell you. This gift is hard to live with. Added to my OCD I’m a ball of fun to live with. I have a lot of great days and great nights at home but I still go from butterfly to Freddy Krueger in a half a second when fingers get licked or someone turbos a drink with that awful swallowing noise. Those two are my worst behavior triggers. I have seen therapists, doctors, healers and I even went to a hypnotist. NOTHING WORKS.
I do read my Bible and pray a lot to have a good day before I leave my house. Prayer helps and believing in God has helped a ton. But as I said. We were made for this. Why I don’t know. But your personal way to deal with it is your responsibility. No one has a cure. Don’t get sucked into the medical lab loop. You still leave with your gift.
I’m always up for discussion on this as its a family curse if anyone has questions and/or any methods I haven’t tried or heard of. Thanks.

SophiaOctober 31, 2015 at 10:27 amReply

My husband has misophonia. We found out about the condition a couple of years ago. It was a huge relief for my husband, who was 36 years old at the time, because he was able to name his problem that he had for probably over 20 years and he was no longer crazy. It gave him control for a little while, but then his issues were back. He can’t stand chewing, stomping, “loud” talking, fidgeting, etc. The list goes on and on. It’s definitely difficult living with him as we have 2 kids and he gets very frustrated with them. I also apparently fidget a lot, move my fingers too much, can’t sit still. It does it make it difficult for him to hang out with us. It’s usually me and the kids in one room and he is alone in another. It’s his coping mechanism to keep from yelling at us. I am completely supportive of the disorder, but what is frustrating is that he has not sought out treatment. I always tell him he should wear a hearing aid he can turn off or wear ear plugs. We live in the Washington D.C. Area, if anyone can recommend any local centers that offer treatment, I would truly appreciate it. Thank you and good luck everyone. Identification is half the battle and now that had been accomplished, I am confident there will be new ways to alleviate the effects of this disorder.

AceNovember 4, 2015 at 4:57 amReply

My mom has this and so do I. We both have close to the same triggers too. I live with my best friend now and my level 8 misophonia is driving us both nuts.
She had her wisdom teeth removed and blames it on why she CLICKS HER TEETH WHEN SHE CHEWS. I’m never more infuriated in my life than sitting next to her trying to enjoy a show while she eats a whole bag of chips. There have been numerous fights because of the little noises.
After so much of it I can’t stand it anymore and yell at her to stop. Of course, she can’t just stop chewing but… I don’t know, it drives me crazy, trying not to punch the wall while she continues and tells me to calm down. Chewing’s the worst; but she drags her feet in Wal-Mart and makes a slurping sound to respond to things sometimes.
I also have trichotillomania and have just constantly pulled at my hair or dug my nails into my palm while she chews or drags her feet.
She’s my best friend in the world and I don’t want to lose her because of this, I just hope I can find something to help.
God I hate her chewing so much, just thinking about it pisses me off.

R GregoryNovember 9, 2015 at 8:12 pmReply

I’m 30 and haven’t been able to handle the sound of any eating noises for all of my life. feelings of anger, rage, hatred etc towards my friends and family just because they’re eating. Even if they’re not making a sound I’d hear something that would make me want to flip.
Its always been about eating but as I’ve got older it’s progressed into other sounds, such as my dogs claws tapping on the laminate floor as she follows me around the house or my son tapping a pencil or just fidgeting.
I’ve mostly kept this to my self for most of my life as I thought I was a weirdo for having these feelings and had no right to be angry with someone for eating or chewing.
In fact it is only my partner of 8 years who actually knows the full extent of it. I only heard of misophonia a couple of weeks ago when she told me she’d been doing some research and I have a recognised illness/disorder. I feel better knowing there are many others who can relate because I have never come across anyone in my life and really felt alone with this.

AshleyNovember 13, 2015 at 9:49 amReply

I’m fifteen and i have been going through this since 5th grade. I didn’t really know that this was a real thing until i looked it up on the internet. 2 days ago, i litertally cried myself to sleep because i told my brother to stop making that smacking noise and my mom was all like “Ashley stop saying that, you can get beaten up for saying that all the time”. Only if she knew the negativity that goes on through my mind when i hear the sound of chewing, popping, clicking, typing…the list goes on and on. I can’t choose to feel that way, it just happens. I hate not being able to talk to my family during dinner because i have put in earbuds and listen to music while i eat. Before i moved from my old school, there was a “No gum rule” now that i moved to a new school. they don’t give a crap about if you chew gum or not. And that’s all i hear in class. I don’t even hear what the teacher is saying beause of that problem. This boy in my class claims that he cares when i’m upset. I never really like to complain to him. It was only this time, i told him about my Misophina…he didn’t give one flying f*ck. He was not taking me seriously, he just told the people at his table and laughed. I got so mad. I really wished there was a treatment for this other than leaving or turining up my music. Cuz i am in class right now and people are chewing their gum like crazy. My music is not helping. The people with Misophina…SOS.

KimberlyNovember 15, 2015 at 11:14 pmReply

I have had this for many years. My family thinks that I just have something wrong with me and laughs at the whole situation. I can’t sit at the table with my family eating because it drives me to the point that I just want to start busting plates. I hate the sound of crunching and chewing. The sound of forks or anything scraping against a plate drives me crazy too. My list goes on and on. Starting with crunching, chewing, forks (or any utensils scraping anything), nail clipping, loud breathing, gum chewing, anything that screeches. That’s not even the half of it. Snoring is a huge one too. I can’t be in a room with someone snoring. I can be in a dead sleep and it will wake me up and irritates me so bad I have to get up and put headphones in and listen to music loud to drown it out, and still I feel like I can hear it. I went and spoke with my family practitioner about it and she prescribed me Prozac. It never helped me so I quit taking it. I haven’t been out to an actual restaurant in so long because of my triggers are unbearable. I am hoping they find something for this soon. If not I think I may end up on the crazy train :p.

JuliaNovember 16, 2015 at 10:16 pmReply

Oh, Ashley. I am probably your mom’s age or older, and have had misophonia since I was in junior high. Gum use was forbidden in classrooms then, but not in college. So, I talked to my professors after class and asked them to ban it during exams; I sat as far away as possible from gum chewers during lectures and labs. You may need to approach your guidance counselor on this issue, so prepare to educate him or her about misophonia. Go in armed with the medical facts, taken from reputable websites. Unfortunately, we cannot will ourselves to be less reactive to triggers. I wish you the best.

ThomasDecember 8, 2015 at 7:48 amReply

It is so nice to know that I am not alone in this, my school has a headphone ban, I often chose not to honour this ban by putting them in anyway but I do get shouted at a lot because of it, very few people fail to understand the situation that I am in and many sniffle more when I tell them my phobia of it just to annoy me which I don’t think is fair, you wouldn’t show a spider to someone with arachnophobia but when it comes to this people think it is a joke. It’s comforting to know there are people out there like me and I will continue to read this to reassure me. Many thanks.

CarlaDecember 8, 2015 at 8:25 pmReply

Yes Thomas, I agree. So many people do not or do not WANT to try to understand how we feel when we hear our “trigger” noises. I feel incredible rage! I often have ear plugs in to help with coping with the loud stomping noises coming from the office above mine during the day. What FUN! I have done the neuro feedback therapy for a while, until I couldn’t afford to pay for each session with cash.

MahekDecember 12, 2015 at 10:44 pmReply

Carla , they think we’re being snotty or rude. They don’t realize it’s serious, we can’t control our feelings

MahekDecember 12, 2015 at 10:56 pmReply

For us it’s hard for us to be understanding of these little things like blowing their noise or smacking their lips. I sometimes don’t understand why I get so emotional over these things. The best thing is to tell your mom to tell her that you have a serious problem and tell her to tell your school. See what happens

AshleyDecember 10, 2015 at 10:37 amReply

Is it weird to cry sometimes just knowing the fact that you have misophonia and can’t escape it?

RowanJanuary 5, 2016 at 7:05 amReply

It’s never weird to cry about anything. It’s a natural sign of distress.

MahekDecember 12, 2015 at 10:40 pmReply

Every crunch of a chip and slurp of coffee makes my ears explode. This problem leaves me emotional, angry, and depressed. I thought I was the only one!! Hi I am Mahek, and this problem happened last year when I was 12 and I don’t know how I got it, but I never knew it was going to get serious. I get mad at my friends, family, especially my siblings. I roll my eyes and storm off. I am 13 and
I just want to get rid of it. I cry and so many emotions come out . I wish there was something I can do. I wish everyone understands what we are going through. I wish I was normal. I have to close my ears or use headphones earplugs and more. I’m sick of it! I am so glad I joined this group! Please help me.

MDecember 27, 2015 at 10:43 amReply

How do I actually know if I have it? For a while now the sound of chewing (mostly wet, sloppy sounds as well as crunching) and my mums sighing makes me want to pull my hair out and for a period of time i did and resorted to self harm and punched walls. I tried wearing headphones or earplugs but it did nothing because I could see them eating still so the noises still rang in my head. It makes mme cry sometimes or have panic attacks which is really hard to explain as it seems so silly. I didn’t realise it was an actual disorder in itself and im starting to think this may be it.

SireneDecember 27, 2015 at 3:19 pmReply

My brother is a fork biter and my father has a muted “click-pop” sound that emits every time he chews his food courtesy of an old boxing injury. I can remember at a very young age I would work myself up into rage filled tantrums at most family meals. I remember that as I got older it got worse. My rage grew so that I would storm off into my room w/my plate of food and proceeded to choke my food down in anger. I would punch my legs or run into the corners of furniture causing myself injury out of sheer anger. I have not caused myself injury for many, many years now. I can’t quite pinpoint when it stopped but I think it was right around the time I turned 18 and moved out and away from my triggers.

I am in my early 40’s now and I can’t stand the way my husband eats, or fidgets. I don’t lash out or fly into fits of rage anymore but I do find myself stifling anger or snatching things out of his hands to stop his fidgeting. I do sometimes leave the room when it gets really bad because by that point I just want to yell at him. I have mentioned to him that these things annoy me but it only hurt his feelings.

My triggers are: Fork/spoon biting, open mouth chewing/smacking, scraping utensils on plates, bowls etc, fidgeting, sharpening knives, abnormally loud sneezes (Is that really necessary?), excessive sniffling (Blow your damn nose already!), belching, dragging steps amplified by squeaky rubber soled shoes or popping flipflops.

For me, my triggers are lessened during eating if I too am eating and there is tv, music, white noise or ambient noise during meals. I find that my triggers are heightened if someone eats when I am not eating. For all other triggers my earbuds and my favorite music do the trick most times.

I didn’t realize or understand that I have an affliction which in hindsight has affected many aspects and relationships in my life until reading all of your comments. It has been eye opening and most helpful. I thought I was just a mean, surly and intolerant asshole. I will share this with family and friends in hopes that it will shed some light on my past behaviors.

To all of those young people that commented, take comfort in the fact that this is diagnosed now and that you can survive this. I’m glad that there is ongoing research for this.

I’m curious as to how many of us are introverts and what if any effects Misophobia has on weight or eating habits.

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LindaDecember 30, 2015 at 9:48 amReply

I am 67 and have had this condition since i was very young. I can’t even remember not having it. I first learned the term “misophonia” on Fox and Friends morning show many months ago when Brian Kilmeade admitted that he suffered from it and that it had a name for what many of us suffer from. I was elated to find there was a name for my condition. I had been diagnosed with “auditory processing deficit,” but misophonia is right on target. This syndrome has affected my entire life and personal relationships. Especially, where it concerned my career path. I was afraid to go to meetings where there was always someone clicking pens or popping gum, etc. I can’t go to movies (which actually saves me lots of money!) No longer go to church because there was always a man behind me shaking his change or someone chewing gum. Waiting for doc appointment there is invariably someone there cracking gum. I even have trouble when someone is shaking their foot or pulling on their mustache or beard, among other things. visual triggers sometime go hand in hand with bad habit noises.

Fortunately I attended high school when girls and boys were required to dress and act like ladies and gentlemen, not like today were they dress and act like hookers and gangsters. The girls wore clothes and the boys kept their shirts tucked in and No chewing gum allowed or you would be suspended, really! Good manners are almost non-existent.

I feel so bad for teens that have to endure inconsiderate teens at school where good manners are not taught at home or school. Now in the adult world it is just a bad. Fortunately I have close friends who are considerate, but strangers will lash out and become more annoying when I politely ask them to stop.

I found this site because a friend of mine called me yesterday and asked me to talk to her daughter whom she believes suffered from the same condition as I do. I am so glad I found this site. For more years than I can count, I thought I was alone. I wish we could have a convention, but I wonder if we could tolerate each others bad habits, because we all have them.

MandyJanuary 1, 2016 at 8:27 pmReply

My 15 year old daughter has suffered from this for a few years progressively getting worse. It has stopped us from having family dinner, going on road trips, out with the family… And put quite a strain on her relationship with her dad who is her biggest trigger and he doesn’t understand that she has a real problem. I’m trying to get him to understand. I feel helpless and it breaks my heart to see so many people suffering and to know that not a lot of people understand. I don’t want to see my wonderful daughter feel so terrible. I hope we find a solution. I pray every day to help my daughter and to help my husband understand. Right now he does nothing but make her feel like a terrible child. It’s heartbreaking.

Beverley BowyerJanuary 17, 2016 at 7:03 pmReply

Today I found the name (misophonia) to describe the condition I have had for over 70 years. It started with repetitive noises. My triggers have multiplied over the years with barking dogs being the worst. If I can control the noise by leaving the room or taking noisy toys away from children, I can manage not to panic. The worst thing is being on a plane with squeaking seats, constant bells ringing and not being able to escape. At times I have had full blown panic attacks due to squeaking or rattling noises in cars or buses. I am afraid to visit people who might have dogs or wind chimes, which are another trigger. Just thinking about my triggers can make me start panicking.
Noise cancelling ear phones help on planes and I carry several different ear plugs. My family knows that I have this condition and have learned to keep the grandchildren away from pounding the piano, or playing noisy video games in front of me. I’m also can’t stand bouncing balls and squeaky running shoes. My solution is to keep going out and dealing with the triggers when they happen.

MatthewJanuary 19, 2016 at 6:58 amReply

I am 38 and have had this condition for as long as I can remember, but before today I didn’t know there was an actual name for it. I have often told new people I meet that every person on the planet irritates me so don’t take it personally if I berate you for some insignificant noise you make or uncontrolled fidgeting . It has definitely made relationships difficult and I often choose to be antisocial to avoid triggers.

AdamJanuary 23, 2016 at 4:58 pmReply

Thank you for finding this.
Any eating noise, just makes me want to hurt people and me because of the annoyance. You think to start with have people no manners chomping slopping opening mouths when they eat. Various noises people make. It burns my soul. I have to walk away some times or like others have to take attention away by hurting my self.
But I’m starting to wonder if it effecting me in other ways, I am having massive control issues at work, things aren’t how I want them people don’t care, and it’s killing me making me feel ill.
Is this part of the problem or am I a control freak? I’m finding I’m getting into confrontational situations because of it. Please help

JayneFebruary 3, 2016 at 4:49 pmReply

Wow is how I feel at the moment, wow that I have found information on Misophonia and wow that I am not the only one. I am 52 and for a lot of my childhood got used to being shouted at by my mother who often became impatient when I became upset by noises, crunching and slurping in particular. Going to the cinema on a family outing was a nightmare for me. So much so that I would feign an illness so that I did not have to go. It also became a joke amongst family members who would often persist in magnifying the noises I hate so much that this led to arguments and resulted in me isolating myself. Within the open plan office space at work literally fear and panic would set in if I saw my colleagues place crunchy food on their desks, knowing that eventually they would eat them next to me. Hence I would make sure that as soon as I saw the dreaded food I would enter the filing room or seek out places where I could not hear others. In my work place now it’s extremely difficult, especially with a colleague who has extremely long finger nails and who types using only the finger nail part. How I have managed is by using ear phones or ear plugs. I tried mentioning quite a while ago how noise affects me, and although some colleagues appeared sympathetic, I also realised that it was seen as a joke. All of my life I have suffered with this well at least for as long as I can remember. My husband although understands still I feel thinks it’s a joke and would until I told him how upset it made me tell our children to suck quietly any crunchy food because ” you know what your mother is like” basically meaning it was my fault. I am so pleased that I found this site. Knowing I’m not alone has helped.

GretchenFebruary 4, 2016 at 4:55 amReply

My misophonia is riving me crazy. I’m still in school, which makes most of my triggers unescapable. I have to leave class every five minutes, but the school can’t help me without me talking to a doctor.While I’m writing this I’m having a mental breakdown.

EveFebruary 11, 2016 at 4:28 pmReply

Wow. I am 59 years old and always thought it was me. I have quite a few OCD issues but have not needed to medicate. I did not know there was a name for the reactions and feelings I have with noise. Crying children, dogs barking, horns honking…doesn’t bother me. Random noise does. I have used a sound machine for probably 30 years and use the white noise function and can sleep pretty well. I still hear sounds but they do not cause a reaction. Food chewing makes me nuts…nail clipping, foot swinging, throat clearing, ice chomping. I have to get up. I have not asked people to not do these things because if there are four of us eating and I am the only one bothered it is clearly me. However, it has caused major issues with my husband and I. He has a movement disorder so can you imagine how that effects me?! I have to laugh actually because it just never stops. I sleep in another bedroom because I could not deal with the snoring. I am afraid my adult daughter is worse than I am and is raising two children and has a “noisy” husband. Wait till I share all this with her. I am going to find those hearing aids that help neutralize some of the noise. And be more proactive about helping myself instead of suffering in silence and feeling like the most high maintenance neurotic I know. Yay. Glad I found this site. I was ready to go to a psychiatrist and ask him if I just cannot live in the real world of normal noise. And maybe try medication. Not now.

SamFebruary 15, 2016 at 11:36 pmReply

Helpful suggestion: I visited an audiologist and had a pair of custom made ear plugs. I’ve had them for more than 20 years and they’ve saved me from this terrible problem many times. Best $120 I’ve ever spent in my life. I carry them with me in my bag and pop them in when I’m in a cafe or with a friend that snores (though they don’t always work with snoring). I don’t like having to listen to music or some other noise and most white noise bothers me too, so good ear plugs that I don’t have to mess with and don’t hurt my ear canals like the foam kind are a Godsend. Highly recommend you give it a try. I’m sure they have even better materials that block out more specific tones today.

LyndaFebruary 19, 2016 at 6:33 pmReply

Life is miserable with this. I noticed this when I was about 13 and my dad was eating cereal beside me and I thought I was going to lose my mind. It makes me incredibly angry. My poor husband sounds like he eats over a bullhorn. Once I’m done eating, and it’s FAST, out of the room I go. I try hard not to let him know how much I hate it, but gosh, it’s almost painful. And don’t get me started on all the other things that I hate to hear…knuckles cracking, gum, tapping, the word “um”, over and over. Sigh. Awful.

AndersFebruary 22, 2016 at 3:51 amReply

The neighbour kid is playing basketball and the sound of the ball bouncing is making me go insane. Have tried to talk with them and explain to them, but they have difficulties understanding the problem. I have travelled away in summertime for days just to avoid the sound.. It is a hell.. Everytime the kid is starting to play it is like a switch inside me is turning on. I get filled with hatred, anger in a split second. Yesterday I went over to their home when he was playing again and there was nobody at home execpt him.. Luckily for i was in a furious mode. The others living here to not find it a problem, they have very difficulties understanding me. I can not go on living like this and I am affraid that my rage will burst out and become uncontrolled.. I really need to be doing something about this, it has been going on for to long..

JohnFebruary 25, 2016 at 12:18 amReply

Kind of happy to know I’m not alone. I’m 40 and have suffered with this since I can remember. People singing and chewing are my triggers. I can not get my wife to understand why I can not stand her singing along with the radio. She takes it personally which generally leads to a fight. I remember yelling at my sisters when they would try to sing along with the radio.

TSFebruary 26, 2016 at 2:41 pmReply

I’m typically an 8 or 9. I also get really tight in the head and upper chest when triggered. It’s something that’s developed over the last 18 months and I’m 43. Before that loud chewing bothered me but not to a point I had to leave or felt like violently making them stop, especially adults that smack. Lawd have mercy! They have zero home training and people tell us we have a problem. Loud rap music shoots me to a 9, as well. Nothing like filling up my car with gas or sitting at a red light and some moron pulls up with that loud shoe in a dryer sounding garbage playing spouting profanities about drive-by shootings, welfare, and raping women. I almost always confront the low mentality folks but remember that it doesn’t sink in with their troglodyte mentality.

MaryMarch 1, 2016 at 8:25 amReply

My husband suffers from this. Growing up, he was OCD about certain things, like how his shoes were tied. He has outgrown that, but now Sounds bother him and it seems like new sounds are being added to the list. I get that it must be awful…like nails on a chalkboard makes my skin crawl, he says that is what certain sounds do to him. He used to have a better handle on it. I’m guessing the stresses of adult life (small children, a house, new job, grad school) are making it harder for him to deal with things that previously were not as big of an issue. Gum chewing, slurping (these also bother me in a, “that is so rude” way), eating, and now, the one with the most affect on our lives…the sound of my baby son nursing! What is the oddest part is that when our now-two-year-old nursed, it did not bother him in the least. And her eating does not bother him either. If anyone else is eating, he either has to leave or turn on music. The nursing thing is a major source of tension Btwn us. It probably started when the baby was 2 months old (now almost 5 months), seemingly out of the blue. We used to be able to sit and talk or watch tv together while I fed the baby. Now, my husband has to leave the room and many times has to leave the room and turn on music if he is just one room away. The worst of it is at night though. Part of the advantage of nursing is not having to get up to make a bottle, and instead being able to doze in bed while feeding the baby. Well, ha. This is a grave offense now. I am so tired. The baby often wakes at 6 (as well as multiple times before, which I get out of bed for) and if I can feed him in bed he will sleep and I can sleep for another 1 plus hours. But if I have to get up and then try to get back in bed with him, he wakes up. I have asked my husband to get ear plugs or put in headphones but he refuses! Funny, as when I would complain about his snoring he would tell me I should just get ear plugs (I have to hear the kiddos, so I can’t). I have asked him to try to find help. I am as accommodating as possible, even letting the baby cry for a minute while husband gathers things to leave the room. He says it may be reason enough not to have another baby, which really upsets me! I read through many of the comments, but not all. Has anyone had any kind of similar experience to this with the nursing sound? I know it bothers my husband, but I am also at my wits’ end. It greatly affects our every day life and causes arguments, tension and even more stress.

cameronMarch 3, 2016 at 2:40 amReply

I’ve been suffering with misophonia for a very long time and recently got punched in the back of the head. It released a lot of anxiety and depression which came with periods of intense OCD. I decided to try Neurotherapy without really realizing what it was to cure my anxiety and depression. After learning what it does my therapist said my misophonia should clear up to which is awesome because the main reason why I went is for extreme high levels of anxiety. I’ve been going to this therapy for 1.5 years now and to this day my misophonia, anxiety and depression have dropped tremendously. I believe I have 3 or 4 months left and then I’ll have no more misophonia which is the biggest blessing to think of. If you have patience then I highly recommend looking into neurofeedback therapy. It’s definitely working for me.

MariaMarch 7, 2016 at 9:55 amReply

Hello Cameron.

I’m really really glad you are getting better!!!! Will you share what were you sensitive about? Which sounds? And how many sessions have you had of the neurofeedback therapy? And where are you tanking it?

Thanks a lot!!!!!


Lisa HoggerMarch 9, 2016 at 3:54 pmReply

Mine is getting worse, I sometimes think it’s certain people my mother breathing, husband eating but it’s not and I’m getting worse I get palpitations and the surges of anger

TharenaMarch 10, 2016 at 4:51 pmReply

Hello, my name is Tharena (taa-re-na)
I have misophonia, I hate having this condition because I get told off by my parents becouse my brother chews really loadly, and that really annoys me (as you may all know) I really need to find a cure for this. I can’t live like this.. I hate being picked at school becouse people make annoying sounds that I don’t like on purpose. Could some one help me cure this 😭

KatyMarch 30, 2016 at 2:30 pmReply

I’ve literally felt like a horrible b-word to my family for as long as I can remember. Every meal time I get SO angry – I dont really lash out but I’m boiling inside. I feel bad, they can’t help it but it really annoys me. I sit as far on the other end of the table as I can and I look the other way, sometimes I discreetly lean on my elbow and plug the ear nearest to them – I feel horrible but I can’t take it! Even if I dont hear anything when I see the fork reaching their mouths I grimace. Im 29 now and I think my parents thought it was a bratty teen thing which would pass, it’s comforting to know i’m not the only one. I don’t know why it makes me so angry but if affects me daily. My parents also drink tea/coffee 5+ cups a day – the mintue the kettle goes on I have to leave the room because I cannot stand the slurping and gulping which I know is imminent! I know it hurts their feelings and they think i’m snooty becasue of it. I miss out on family movie nights and things because I know they will want to snack. My father has a clicky jaw and it grates on me so much I sometimes want to snap my fork in half. They also talk with their mouths open and that is when I can get really snappy… chewing plus talking I just cant respond to politely. Its not just my family its anyone – friends and people in restaurants. I won’t have dinner or go to a movie with a friend who I know eats loudly, other wise they would think im an insane b-word and leave. I wish this wasn’t an issue but at the same time I cant see myself ever being okay with these noises…

nataliaApril 4, 2016 at 1:00 pmReply

I have been suffering with misophonia for over 20+ years now. I hate it! No one knows what its like if you are not a misophonia sufferer. No, we can not just get over it, no we can not just chill or ignore it. It’s like it hits a nerve in your body, everything and we have no control over it. At times, I just cry. And yes, we understand that all noises can’t be eliminated but its not our fault. We wish we could ignore noises and enjoy ourselves without noises sending us in a rage. And the sad part about everything is that friends and/or family do not take it seriously because they have no idea. Some think its funny and have never heard of misophonia but I pray one day everyone will because it socially handicaps the sufferers and we have no control over it. 🙁

DarnellApril 8, 2016 at 7:29 pmReply

I feel some relief having found this site, knowing there are many of us out there as I feel this needs to be made more public. I am 31 married with 3 children and my wife is recommending we see a marriage counselor as this condition has started to really effect our lives together. I’d say im a 9/10. I have lived with this problem since I can remember, 5 to be exact, when I yelled at my cousin who was chewing loudly to “QUIT CHEWING LIKE A HORSE” and this memory also just happened to be cought on video! I inherited this condition from my father who suffers just as greatly as I do. I don’t wish this on anybody and I pray often that my children do not have it. There are people/family I avoid, jobs I had to quit because of colleagues chewing/slurping/laughing etc and functions I can’t attend due to peoples sounds they make. At my current job I keep a small fan on all day and play background music, I find this is a great combo and Earplugs are always close by just in case I need to block all sound out. I find trying to be as mentally/physically/emotionally balanced as you can be however one achieves these states is crucial to being able to tolerate trigger sounds or situations even working out and making sure I eat well I find helps. If I ever get to my boiling point I find leaving the room/situation is most effective. Sometimes I return if the sound maker has vacated or if not then I go about my business elsewhere, this becomes a problem with my marriage when I don’t attend certain functions to avoid inevitable sound conflict situations or avoid dinners with my in laws because they all chew with there mouths open. I pray that a solution is found and we can all live a peaceful life, as this is not living, it is confinement with in ones mind/self.

jodi strongApril 15, 2016 at 11:41 amReply

I suffer from this condition, and work in an elementary school where students are loud, there is nonstop commotion and my intolerance for noise is tested every minute I am there.
I am so emotionally drained when I leave each day, I don’t even talk to anyone for over an hour after I leave. Or worse, I drink alcohol to relax.

TJApril 17, 2016 at 10:01 amReply

Hi guys! I’m 17 and just realized (~20 mins ago) that misophonia is a thing?! What?? Even just reading this article has really helped me. In fact, the dishwasher started beeping (one of my triggers) just as I began this comment… the relief I felt in being able to name the cause of my heart leaping in my throat and my muscles tensing was intense.

I already knew I’m neuro-atypical, so I suppose misophonia shouldn’t be a surprise. I’ll add it to the list! Speaking of the list (which includes anxiety, depression, synesthesia, and now misophonia), I think there’s something all we neuro-atypicals should remember. I’ve struggled with it ever since I’ve begun to think of myself as depressed… I used to think that it was so unlikely that I would be one of those people with a mental illness that it couldn’t possibly be what my feelings really were, and I was just being self-centered and trying to get attention because I was using those labels. But here’s the thing: those labels are for us! That’s why they exist, to help us and to draw attention to the mental illness, not to us as individuals.

As for how misophonia in particular has affected my life, my triggers are super prevalent in my life. I’m still in school, and it’s very nice to know, now, that the reason I have so much trouble in tests is because of my misophonia! It’s impossible to concentrate when you’re so stressed, and since I’m an IB student (International Baccalaureate), critical thinking and the ability to analyse dense texts in short amounts of time are the skills I’m basing my entire future on, basically. I’ve heard the IB is the hardest thing I’ll ever have to do (and, scarily, that’s comforting) but misophonia is SO NOT HELPING. Also, I’ve had issues with socialization occasionally because people think I’m upset with them because I need to leave the conversation because they’re making a repetitive noise that I need them to stop making. Maybe now I know that it’s misophonia, I can have a conversation with the biggest offenders and ask them politely to stop.

I think the biggest help this new knowledge has given me is that it’s not something I can do anything about, and now I have a legit reason to ask people to stop (instead of me seeming to attack them for doing something they can’t help). Also it helps to know that it’s there when you’re born, and it’s not something that’ll go away. I realize that sounds like it should be the opposite of comforting, but there you go – as someone who’s otherwise neuro-atypical, it helps to know that I will always be able to justify these panicky or stressful reactions I have to my triggers, and that it’s not something someone caused me to feel. My mom has it as well, I think, to some degree, but my dad doesn’t. He’s actually the source of a lot of my triggers and my mom’s, mainly because he just doesn’t get it! Also, maybe I’ll be able to talk to someone at my school to help with my test situations – I’m allowed ear plugs in exams but they don’t block everything out, especially my visual triggers. Doing my exam in another room may help me enormously. 🙂

I’ll list my triggers here, but apparently reading about or hearing about triggers can cause others to get new triggers, so don’t read if you think that’ll happen. This is the end of my comment so you can move on if you don’t want to read the list.
Best of luck! Stay quiet, fellow miso’s. (Ooh – I wonder if the main guy in Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk has misophonia?)

Tiggers: (trigger warning!)
-chewing loudly, -burping continually, -sniffing (like from a cold), -my dad used to make this ‘tsk’ noise with his teeth and it really strained our relationship for a good 4 months (but he’s stopped now), and basically any noise that’s repetitive that I or someone can do something about, like the dishwasher beeping or the washing machine timer. Noises that I know are vital to something I can usually get over, but if I can see a scenario in which the cause of the noise didn’t have to be causing the noise, the noise usually triggers me. Visual ones do it in for me, too, like people bobbing their heads or chewing overly dramatically. If I can see it and it’s repetitive, I need it to stop. Oh, and sometimes someone will go “yeah” or “uh huh” or make some other noise while I’m telling a story and I usually end up just wrapping up the story unsatisfactorily because I need them to shut up so I have to shut up. I’d say I’m a 4 but I have sometimes gone the route of self-harm to escape (digging my nails into my palm, clenching my jaw until I get a headache, or even biting my tongue or my lip – and chewing my lip is a big one, too) so that’d place me in 6.

NatApril 17, 2016 at 12:36 pmReply

Try checking out for sounds to distract you from, or mask triggering noises. It helps me concentrate really well without getting distracted.

Sam PattersonApril 20, 2016 at 9:35 amReply

Just last week, I found out that there was a name for what I have. I am a sophomore in high school, and every day, I sit at tables with kids who eat, drink, snifflle, breathe weirdly, or click their pens, and I can’t stand it. Even with my friends, when I ask them to quiet their chewing, they yell at me to stop being so picky and obnoxious, and my parents tell me that I need to get used to it, otherwise I will be miserable for the rest of my life.

I have no idea what I can do to drown out the noise. If I could, I would ask my parents to let administration know about my condition, but unfortunately, they don’t believe that it is a real thing. If I try to use headphones in class, my teachers yell at me to take them out, and it’s really hard to cope because with every noise I hear, I feel like I could burst into tears at any moment.

So, unless my parents decide to contact the school, I guess I need to find another way to cope. I saw someone talking about earplugs from Rite Aid, and I think I’ll try that. It is nice to know, though, that there are other people like me and I’m not just crazy.

MelanieApril 24, 2016 at 11:55 pmReply

It started with my mother and she is still probably the biggest source of most of my severe triggers. However, I am now a single mom of 3 boys and they have become a huge source. The biggest problem is their happiest sounds can be my biggest trigger. The relief of finding out about misophonia was quickly replaced with the shame of my ex-husband mocking me. “Melanie thinks she has mesothelioma” or “sounds like me-so-phoony” were not only heard anytime the subject came up, but were repeated in front of his family and mine. I quit talking about it. Stuffed it down and again made it my problem, not anyone elses. But there has been so much struggle since my separation and divorce that there has not been a lot of happy sounds in my house. Now that they are becoming more frequent, I cannot bear to be around my children when they are being silly and having fun. The sounds that come out of the 3 of them are debilitating to me. They drive me to yell at my children over they having innocent and harmless fun. I can’t allow them to move around and be silly. I try to force them to be still and quit which is unfair and only makes it worse. I can’t even allow them to dribble balls. They must think I am psycho!

Martha WalkerMay 1, 2016 at 5:46 pmReply

Where can I get help with this?

JohnMay 1, 2016 at 7:28 pmReply

Its wonderful to finally have a name for it. For me its birds swarking and knowone else notices the noise. Ill be glad when there is a cure or at least something to tone it down.

AshleyMay 7, 2016 at 7:51 pmReply

It took me a long time to make it through, but all your comments make me feel so much better! I thought I was either crazy or just an insanely intolerant/impatient person. Turns out, I am a 9/10.

I am 31 and have tons of problems at home with this. Certain noises illicit REALLY mean thoughts and actions against the people I love most, and then I feel Horrible Later (after the noise has stopped and I have calmed down).

Any repeated noise makes me instantly angry–whether it is a light tap our loud bang. The sounds of plastic bags, running water in the next room…OMG!!! Chewing-especially sounds I can still hear when their mouth is closed-makes me want to hurl my plate at people.

I have found that in some cases distraction and behavior modification help me the most. I always have soothing music playing during meal times with my family, and I NEVER sit next to my husband when we eat-we are always across the table from each other. If I have a sound that bothers me I let people know right away and tell them to stop politely before I get to the breaking point, I don’t sit and silently go crazy by choosing not to say something right away, life is too short for that.

Another thing, if I hear noises, I instantly engage in conversation to drown them out. I have found that this has led me to meet many a people in public places and make really great contacts out there.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still going crazy, but some of these things help me. Best of Luck!

SelinMay 26, 2016 at 10:37 amReply

I think I’m a Level 10, or at least I started to be a Level 10. Last time I heard my father slurped his mouth, I threw everything in my hands and ran to my room. Started to cry and hit my ears a lot like crazy.I’m sure if something like stick was near me, I’d stick it in my ears and make me deaf. I’m sure if something like stick was near me, I’d stick it in my ears and make me deaf. I also hit my head to wall a lot and really hard. The redness stayed for like a week. I’m sure if something like stick was near me, I’d stick it in my ears and make me deaf. It’s really painful to have this kind of disease.