Do you hate noises? Like, loud crunching noises and tiny sounds? YUP. YOU HAVE IT.
Do small sounds like chewing, coughing, and slurping drive you batcrackers? Maybe you have misophonia. It is a real thing.
As in, it’s an actual neurological condition, characterized by “excessively negative and immediate emotional and physiological responses” to certain sounds. This can totally destroy your ability to live like a normal person.
So WTF is misophonia? Misophonia, otherwise known as “selective sound sensitivity syndrome,” is characterized by feeling a deep irritation and anger at certain sounds.
What are those sounds? WELL, according to a 2013 study of 42 people who reported having misophonia, eating sounds like lip-smacking and swallowing, breathing sounds including nostril-flaring sounds and sneezing, and annoying office things like typing and pen clicking.
Misophonia can be a serious condition for sufferers, who say they feel anxiety, anger, panic, and rage when they hear their trigger sounds. According to Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, trigger sounds “compromis[e] their ability to complete everyday tasks and engage in healthy and normal social interactions.”
While it’s unclear just how many people suffer with it, those who DO have it know that the struggle is REAL. How do you know you have it? Loud chewing is your sworn enemy.
Someone whispering in your ear might as well be stabbing your face with a fork.
You think popping gum in public should actually be illegal.
And you’ve come THIS CLOSE to making a “citizen’s arrest” of someone popping gum on public transportation.
Actually, chewing gum at all should probably be outlawed, tbh.
You’ve avoided dinner parties where you know a loud chewer will be.
In fact, sometimes you just have to leave the room when chewing is involved at all.