What are Misophonia Triggers?

Triggers for misophonia are unique to the individual. However, there are some that been reported by many. This does not mean one person will have all the triggers, or that they will not have other misophonia triggers. Misophonia triggers are events that set off the fight/flight/freeze portion of the brain. Since misophonia is most-likely neurological, the more you hear these triggers, the worse the condition gets. The brain, for whatever reason, has now identified these events as a threat.

Common Audial Triggers

  • Whistling
  • Tapping
  • Chewing
  • Breathing
  • Scraping
  • Sirens
  • Barking
  • Yelling
  • Plates clinking
  • Shuffling noises
  • Pen clicking
  • Clock ticking

Common Visual Triggers

  • Tapping
  • Leg-shaking
  • Finger movements
  • Chewing
  • Swaying

Because misophonia triggers differ from person to person, it may be exhaustive to have a total list. However, this page exists to help persons that are unsure of the nature of the disorder. Persons with misophonia may have only a few triggers, or many, and they may worsen as time goes on.

Do you have triggers that weren’t included on this list? Please include them below, and we will update the article with your suggestions.


Shaylynn H.
Shaylynn Hayes is a 23 year old writer, graphic/webdesigner, and
student in Political Science. Alongside Dr. Jennifer Brout, Shaylynn runs the News site Misophonia International. The site focuses on Research, Coping, and Awareness for the disorder. Shaylynn has also been actively involved in the web management and development of Dr. Brout’s research page, Misophonia-Research.com. What used to be a life-ruining disorder has become an interesting and defining adventure that has proven that the things that are “ruining our life” may very well be creating a new, interesting life in the place of the old. Shaylynn is the Editor-In-Chief of Misophonia International, and also writes for HuffPost, The Mighty, and Thought Catalog.