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What is Misophonia?

Slurp. Tap. Crunch. *Cringe.* Do sounds like these drive you nuts? You may have misophonia — a condition that makes certain noises unbearable.

Noises Driving You Mad?

Irritating? Maddening? You may have misophonia. Misophonia — also known as the “hatred of sounds,” usually begins around the age of 13. It worsens over time, often growing to include more triggering sounds. Only recognized as a condition since 2000, misophonia is not officially listed as a diagnosis in medical manuals, yet it may affect as much as 20% of the population. Many doctors have never heard of it, and if patients do mention their symptoms, they are sometimes diagnosed with a mood disorder.

While the underlying causes are, for now, unknown, research suggests that misophonia is a brain-based disorder. This really is a brain phenomenon that is misinterpreting normal and loud sounds as pain. With proper management and treatment — including cognitive behavioral therapy, most people can greatly reduce the effects of misophonia in their daily life. It starts in children where the cafeteria is just too loud, and it goes from the cafeteria being too loud, to the kid tapping a pencil in the classroom is too loud, and it goes from that to “I really can't tolerate dinner with everybody,” or “I'm not comfortable watching TV or going to the movies with everybody.” So, these are very normal things, these are things we take for granted that we do,” states interviewee Dr. Sujana Chandrasekhar, MD ENT-otolaryngologist.

It is a perception of what most would consider normal sounds as either, just terribly irritating, or in fact so extreme, that they cause anxiety and frustration, and anger because they're almost hurtful in nature. What happens is that when the complaint is discounted, the anxiety related to it becomes more excessive. It's a real problem for so many. That is then made more excessive, because even though the person is trying to seek help, nothing is actively broken that anyone can see.

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07/09/2019 11:57 AM
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635 comments

  • Melanie C.
    02/26/2020 03:24

    the beginning was hard to watch lmao

  • Angel M.
    02/22/2020 02:51

    I cannot stand hearing the sound of Styrofoam at all!!!

  • Jennifer P.
    01/07/2020 01:03

    solidarity

  • Elizabeth G.
    01/01/2020 02:08

    Liz Botello

  • Colette M.
    12/31/2019 18:14

    The fact that people choose to eat like this is disgusting, they have no manners or respect. I've actually left a partner because of this, he started chewing louder because I mentioned it to him so I just got rid. No more noise (perfect)

  • Monserrat R.
    12/31/2019 06:16

    omg I have this 🥺😂no wonder I always want to sock you when you chew loud 😩

  • LaJaveya N.
    12/31/2019 02:03

    I think I got this 💀ss

  • Rodriguez S.
    12/30/2019 19:46

    Ik what you have now

  • Alexa D.
    12/30/2019 17:30

    LMAOOOO

  • Sarah E.
    12/30/2019 16:53

    c toi !

  • Farhana S.
    12/30/2019 14:18

    I love the sound of chewing!!! What does that make me?!?!🤔

  • Jotee T.
    12/30/2019 11:31

    is victim of misophonia🤣🤣🤣 Dipa Thapa Veeshu Thapa Chhetri

  • Alfred M.
    12/30/2019 10:23

    Rami Sawaya

  • Jeanette M.
    12/30/2019 09:08

    I hate the sound so much

  • Shubendu Y.
    12/30/2019 07:20

    Oh ok I thought I was crazy

  • Aanjali S.
    12/30/2019 06:29

    That's why i don't like to watch asmr 😂

  • Sulaiman M.
    12/30/2019 06:18

    . You see why I feel like strangling you when you eat close to me? One day I will break your head wlh

  • Summer A.
    12/30/2019 04:55

    No I have a proper hearing ability 😏

  • Gertraud B.
    12/30/2019 04:26

    Bloody ridiculous to call it a disorder! If anything, chewing loudly is a disorder as it shows lack of concern for those around you! One of my biggest hates is when people start eating apples and I can't escape. I never eat apples when other people are around because they are one food that can't be eaten without making a noise

  • Brent L.
    12/30/2019 03:01

    They've got a name for every "disorder" nowadays, if you were raised to chew with your mouth closed then yes, this kind of thing is irritating, not just the sound, but also the fact that manners are absent. It's not a "disorder".