Misophonia Test – Do You Have It?

There is no official Misophonia test. However, this check-list may be helpful in self-diagnosis.

Currently there is no formal diagnostic criteria for Misophonia. This means that there is no way to truly test whether or not a person has the disorder. Symptoms vary from person to person. This does not mean that you cannot tell if you have the disorder. Many sufferers have come together in communities based upon their similar experiences.

It is important first to note that current tests and scales for misophonia are not necessarily ratified by extensive science. Because of this, you should be cautious if you are presented with a misophonia test. As there is no official classification for misophonia, diagnosis is complicated for professionals. Though these scales are not necessarily perfect, professionals may use them to help decipher if their patient is struggling with misophonia.

If you suffer from several of the following you may in-fact, be suffering from sound sensitivity or audial over-responsivity.  The checklist below may be helpful in determining whether or not you have sound sensitivities, however, if you are here, then chances are you already know the answer is, “yes”. It’s not in your head and you are not alone.

While we do not have a misophonia test, the following checklist may be beneficial to understand whether or not you may have the disorder. If you are interested in what triggers are common in misophonia, you can read our list of triggers. This list is not exhaustive.

Take the quiz and find out if you may have misophonia. Please note that this is an unofficial test.

If faced with a sound that bothers you, how do you react?

How do you react to whistling?

Does the decibel of sound change your reaction?

How do you react to gum chewing?

Have you changed your lifestyle to avoid sounds?

Misophonia Test
You Probably Have Misophonia

While there is no diagnostics code for misophonia, you show many signs of the disorder. If you do have misophonia, you could benefit from coping skills. While there is no treatment for the disorder, misophonia is a neurological disorder where sights and sounds cause an aversive reaction. For persons with this disorder, these sounds (and visuals) feel angry, uncomfortable, and even feel pain.
You May Have Misophonia

Since there is no diagnostic criteria for misophonia, it is hard to properly determine whether or not some one has it. However, if a person has a negative reaction to sounds or visuals, they are likely to have at least some degree of over-responsivity. There is no cure or treatment, but coping skills can be beneficial to sufferers.
You Probably Do Not Have Misophonia

While there is no diagnostic code for misophonia, it is unlikely you have the disorder based on some annoyances. If your degree of suffering changes, you could have misophonia. Stress or anxiety could also be worsening your symptoms.

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Other Sensations sufferers may have

  • Normal every day sounds cause a reaction of panic, anger, frustration, or irritation
  • Certain textures are hard for you to touch without feeling “strange”
  • Normal every day visuals cause a reaction of panic, anger, frustration, or irritation
  • Increased anxiety when faced with a “trigger” situation
  • Feeling “out of place”
  • Some scents are overwhelming such as “scent allergies”

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If you believe that you have misophonia you can read coping tips, view misophonia treatment options, or try the sensory diet listed above.

 

Looking for more information on misophonia? Consider attending our workshops at Misophoniaeducation.com

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39 comments

Katie February 22, 2017 - 9:00 pm

I have it, and I’m actually an incredibly picky eater as well! Both because of texture (things like onions and nuts) and taste (really not good with spicy and very picky generally). I’ve thought that might be related as it is to do with other senses.

Admin February 22, 2017 - 9:18 pm

It’s a strange and wacky disorder, that’s for sure. I’m glad you’ve found us Katie. Let me know if you have any questions about the research or coping tips! Much love!

Constanzia May 12, 2019 - 10:20 am

Is anyone else with Misophonia bothered by loud commercials on TV? I have the same rage/panic reaction to them that I have with the worst chewing triggers.

Ava October 12, 2018 - 2:32 am

My daughter is 8 and has misophonia. She hates sweets and can’t stand the smell of chocolate.

Guest July 27, 2017 - 5:01 pm

Very interesting to read about the visual and scent cues as well. I have known about the auditory aspect of misophonia for a while now, but there are also some visuals that bother me and I’m very sensitive to cologne and perfume. This problem is infuriating to have in the workplace where I sometimes cannot get away from the stimulus. I’ve asked a coworker to stop whistling, which luckily went over alright, but that same coworker chomps on tortilla chips and cracks his gum everyday. In addition my coworker and friend reads aloud to herself under her breath all day long, using her voice, and is barely audible. I asked her to stop once and she didn’t speak to me for 3 weeks! Now she’s forgotten all about it and I don’t want to bring it up again.

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Pat February 9, 2018 - 9:04 pm

Thank goodness this has a name and I’m not the only one. My family and friends made me feel like I was exaggerating and that I was being picky and annoying. Now I can actually say that there is this thing called misophonia and while it isn’t formally approved yet, there is research in progress and some doctors believe it to be a true disorder/disease. I’m a teacher and when students are eating an apple or chips, I just want to scream or run out of the room. Thank you for letting me know that I am not the only one. Also, many thanks for the news on research because, as you know, if there isn’t proof, there isn’t an issue. Keep up the good work!

Madi July 21, 2018 - 3:34 pm

I believe I have this disorder because when anyone chews a curtain way like with their mouth open or with gum I can stand it especially with one of my family members. Sometimes I rage when I hear that noise but I have to deal with it and try to be a polite person.

Denise Pennell July 22, 2018 - 10:17 pm

I am also feeling like everyone who hears me complain thinks I am being over dramatic. The sounds that I am finding more and more annoying (especially when that person doesn’t seem to have a clue) include:
pen clicking
gum popping
nails on a chalkboard
sniffling
ice crunching
food smacking (mouth open)
biting or clicking nails repeatedly.
I have been listening to a sermon at church and automatically turn my head to a distracting sound of a pen click. It infuriates me when no one else seems to hear it or blocks it out-and I can’t!

Linda October 19, 2018 - 10:25 pm

Well thank goodness, there is a name for this insanity that has tormented me my entire life! One thing is I was never alone in this madness as my Father, sister, my daughter, and my sisters 2 daughters are plagued with this disorder! If you can imagine the hell hole we lived in. One example, this being before me and my sister had kids, me , Dad, and sister all being chip addicts, as long as we all 3 was eating chips together it was tolerable but let one eat chips alone in the same room , uh oh, the fight was on especially between me and my sister and before it got physical my dad would tell one or the other to get in a different room. One of my dad’s favorite cereals back then was, get this, GRAPE NUTS, of course us being kids we couldn’t jump on our dad for tormenting us with those little hard crunchy balls that seemed to fill the entire kitchen area , that the first bite drove you over the edge. My sister would go to her room when she seen him get the box out and shut the door, I would try to stay because normally that time of morning my favorite cartoons was on and I thought if I go sit nearly on top of the TV and try to focus on nothing but the cartoons I can make it , ya think! The first bite would hit me right in the head , I still tried, before he could get through chewing it up I would be nearly nuts, face red with rage, turning the TV up some and then putting my fingers in my ears, on the verge of tears, and the bad part is the thoughts of wishing I could yell at my dad or even slap the bowl through the wall, at times I got the nerve to say daddy your killing me with that crunching! He’d say I’ll be done in a few minutes, could I endure those few minutes,, not even 1 more second I’d be running outside crying and feeling hatred towards my daddy for doing me in, he was just simply trying to eat breakfast. Let me or my sister start crunching on something in a room with him , he tried to tolerate it a little while but before to long he would tell us quick , ” I’m gonna give yall about a minute to get done with that or get in your room with it! Thank goodness our poor mother didn’t have this mess, bless her heart we could chew, chomp, or stand on our head and it didn’t bother her, but God love her she tiptoed around to chew gum or crunch or any of the sounds she knew that would trigger us kids into a fit or sqwalling. We none knew what was wrong with us , we just knew we hated being like that. Movie theaters, as bad as we loved to go see a picture show, it just seemed like it never failed that we would wind up beside someone blowing bubbles or popping gum or smacking, and if looks could kill, we moved all over the theater trying to find spots very few people was seated,we have got up and left if that wasn’t possible. School..it was the ultimate challenge, at least 30 kids in a room to deal with all day long, I barely learned anything for my focus could not be held on learning , not with that many noise makers in one room, not all noises was bad just some and certain people. I’m sure that you folks doomed with this monster on your back that spends 24/7 …365.. with you know it all to well . I’ve spent 64 years with it and I’ve definitely made a lot of adjustments to keep myself from being trapped , I’ve got 1 friend that I can spend any time with because we grew up together as kids to the present , she made adjustments for the sake of friendship she quit chewing gum because she popped it and knew that it drove me up the wall , she didn’t even let her kids do it, now that’s a real friend for ya! She chewed gum but just not with me , I felt bad because of it and I tried to stand it but when you get trapped in a car with someone, and I associate it to a P.O.W. camp, a prisoner being tortured , it could get to a danger zone, if it couldn’t get it stopped or you couldn’t get away from it, I don’t know how long you could endure one of the sounds before you snapped , I don’t know what would happen, it couldn’t get to a point of acceptance because your trapped where you can’t exit, so what to do? What if your on a plane or subway and you don’t know anyone, I have been in the plane situation, all I could do but jump out, I went back and forth to the bathroom till we could get landed. I’m telling you, I think I would rather be afflicted in other way than with this ! Will it ever end..yes, at death ! I’ve twirled my hair all my life , it makes no sound, my sister to this day will not come visit me unless I promise not to do it, of course I do, but I go in the bathroom and twirl , she rubs the end of her jeans along the seam and always has, it makes no sound but still I can’t stand it, Misophonia is a no win hopeless situation, the world would have to stop turning, who can stop that! One last thing, here’s a list of sounds that push my buttons: crunching,gum popping, smacking, slurping, gulping, flip-flops slapping, snoring, tapping , knuckle popping,biting or clipping fingernails or toenails,teeth sucking, some boots or shoes that sound like the heels are hollow, high heels , kids sqwealing,hammering, and then the no sound bothers, lip licking, the way some people chew food etc. , flipping pages in a book , people that hold a cigarette in the corner of there mouth and just let it hang, finger licking,foot wiggles, leg jumping, etc. , I guess that just about covers everything a person could do at some time or another including me. I forgot one…hiccups, boy that’s a killer. Good luck to everyone that lives with this damnation,I feel ya!

Kelly August 8, 2019 - 8:52 pm

I am laughing hysterically reading this because this is ME! I always knew I couldn’t stand listening to people eat, but after reading your diatribe I realized I have way more misophonia problems than listening to people eat. Some noises make me extremely uncomfortable, but others send me into a rage if I don’t watch it. However, I have a habit that sends other people over the edge. I love to pull hangnails and ragged nail edges across fabric in order to get it caught on it and then pull away. I could do this all day long and I have ruined blankets, clothing, furniture, etc. by doing this. I will intentionally bite my nail to create a ragged edge so I can indulge in this past time. I know it’s weird, but I feel at peace when I’m doing it even though the noise is driving everyone else crazy

Orion M October 25, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Me and a Couple of My Family Members suffer from this, namely my sister and I. She cannot stand chewing and I cannot stand certain Frequencies, other people humming, and over lapping chatter. I once wanted to just scream and Run out of the room in 7th grade because it was so awful. nice to know I can finally Say: this a thing I may have, please understand this.

David November 16, 2018 - 5:22 pm

Life long suffer, found this page checking if there were any new tricks or treatments.
Much like others, sounds are the worst, but I also react to certain smells and visuals.
If it any help, I have found a few tricks that may help people not get charged with assault or murder.

Head phones help when wearing them is appropriate, I will only put on piano music or ambient music, sharp sounds from clanging guitars or worse a banjo will put me in a homicidal rage. Bagpipes are a murder-able offence.

If in situation I can not leave and are triggered, I will pressurize my ears , like what happens on an airplane, pinch my nose with inward pressure muffles all sounds but will give me a head ache. I know it can’t be good for my ears, but it’s better than killing someone.
I will also just put my fingers in my ears if I’m going to loose it.
Once triggered, I can regroup if I can get away from the sound for a bit, I’m a smoker so walking outside for a few min is not too weird.
Alcohol and drugs tend to make it worse not better.
Exercise seems to reduce triggering.
Hunger and thirst increase triggering.
Sleep is a huge factor for me, the better my sleep habits, the less triggering.

Now the fun part, triggers ….
All eating sounds, yes all of them.
Tapping, pen clicking, when semi rhythmic and/or consistent.
Slurping soda and the and gumming …. My co-worker is doing that right now and I shall kill him soon.
Cellophane, chips bags, candy wrappers, I can not go to movies because of this one.
Dogs … I love dogs ….. but the sounds!!!!
Cats … they don’t trigger me, but don’t like them so I am listing them anyway.
Silverware clicking on plates/glass/cups.
Silverware scraping.
Squeaky doors, cabinets, etc. I buy lots of WD40.
Chalk and chalk boards, just writing those words is a little triggering.
Twitchy people, you know, that person who just can’t stop tapping or wiggling their foot or hand.
Wrapping paper.
Blinking lights in the periphery of my line of sight.
Watching firewaorks, the sound does not trigger me, the flashing lights trigger me.
The smell of gasoline.
Patchouli oil and body odor …. basically stinky unwashed smells.
The smell of scented candles, Yankee Candle is the 18th circle of Hell.

There are more, but I need to go kill my coworker now, best of luck to everyone.

Kelly October 25, 2019 - 11:52 pm

And I thought Bath and Body works was the 18 th circle of hell!!!

M Holland December 26, 2018 - 8:44 pm

I’ve just discovered I have misophonia. I want to attack people if they chew gum, crack fingers, sniff, pick, click or clean fingernails, eat loudly, particularly apples, whistle, breath loudly, clip pens, tap fingers or feet or anything. I get so irritated if I hear people talking louder than they need to, young children crying, dogs barking and motorbikes. I’m toatlly fine if I’m the one making any of the above noises. I’m glad it’s a condition and not just because I’m a right moany b**ch!

Robin Blankenship January 3, 2019 - 10:27 am

I’m so glad I’m not the only one! There’s only one person who knows I loathe whistling and that’s my best friend who also hates it (she’s also scent sensitive) . Otherwise, I’m afraid to say anything for fear that someone will think I’m being a grouch. I’m also sensitive to other annoying sounds that are listed by other commenters as well as certain scents. Ever since I was a child I have to avoid the detergent isle of a grocery store and can’t go anywhere near fertilizer/pesticide/chemical isles in home improvement stores. I actually do run the other way. What’s crazy about my sensitivity to sounds, I’m a metal head and can practically blow my ears out listening to my favorite music. Mmmmkay :-/ Makes no sense but God forbid someone pop their gum or whistle and I want to throat punch them. LOL!

Mandy January 31, 2019 - 8:37 pm

Since I was about 13 (26 now) I can remember getting very anger whenever someone around me had a noticeably dry mouth. It was usually my mother, and I would literally have to stop talking to her and leave the room so I didn’t absolutely freak out on her for it. I still suffer from it very badly. Some days are worse than others. Some days its so bad that I cry, and even hit myself in the face/head. I also can’t stand gum-chewing, sniffling, excessive coughing. I do not want to be like this anymore!!

Mandy January 31, 2019 - 8:37 pm

Since I was about 13 (26 now) I can remember getting very anger whenever someone around me had a noticeably dry mouth. It was usually my mother, and I would literally have to stop talking to her and leave the room so I didn’t absolutely freak out on her for it. I still suffer from it very badly. Some days are worse than others. Some days its so bad that I cry, and even hit myself in the face/head. I also can’t stand gum-chewing, sniffling, excessive coughing. I do not want to be like this anymore!!

David February 1, 2019 - 4:51 pm

It will get better, my mid 20’s were really hard. As a kid and teen I did not understand what was triggering me and why I had such a crazy reaction. In my 20s I started figuring it out, slowly. What helped for me is to read every trick and suggestion I could find and figure out what helped for me. At this point in my life (over 50) I get trigger far less often and can pull back my reaction far far better. Key for me is to recognize when I am starting to get triggered and act immediately to either leave, take a moment, distract, whatever. If I wait too long and getting totally triggered it is misery. Honestly, I have gone from triggered every day to a few times a month at most.

Alyssa February 6, 2019 - 2:36 am

I was on a road trip and my family were eating chips. My husband was eating them with his mouth open. I wanted to bail out of the car. I also have a phobia of balloons simply because of the possible out popping noise. If a young child is making awful noises with a balloon, I pretty much want to run away. It’s the fight or flight reaction….for me it’s flight. I also HATE repetitive tapping or clicking noises, they get on my nerves. My 6 year old makes a loud screeching noise when he’s wrestling with my husband and I have to yell at them both to knock it off. Those creepy ASMR videos of people whispering and making weird noise irritate the hell out of me.

Jillian February 19, 2019 - 10:07 am

chewing. my mom and step mom chew so loudly. i always get so pissed and i often imagine throwing their plate on the ground or spitting on their food. my dad also irritates me with chewing, but he cant help it, he has a cleft palate and cant chew with his mouth closed

Kitty Fox February 27, 2019 - 8:48 am

I was about nine when misophonia first reared it’s ugly head! It started with the noises my parents made when eating. I would make any excuse not to eat in the same room as them. Then it was when my mother spoke on the ‘phone. Used to drive me to distraction. I can also feel sounds and separate them out from very far off. People will say there is nothing to hear but I can sense a trigger sound even if there is overlying non triggering noise.

I still have problems with the way some people speak. If they ‘hiss’ their sssss’s and t’s it is unbearable for me. It is usually women who are the offenders and at work I had to ask my boss if I could move because a colleague’s voice caused me not to able to focus. It always seems to me that those who speak like this always talk a lot, which is completely irrational I know. I lost 4 stone by listening to a hypnotherapy tape but it was touch and go for a while because the woman’s voice on the tape was a trigger for me.

Also sniffing! Another colleague sniffs constantly, like every minute of the day, every day. I used to work in a different office to her which was fine but then they moved us all into the same office. Luckily, at that point, she was far enough away, that with my headphone on I could not hear her but then ….. they re-arranged the office and sat me right next to her. OMG, I thought I would have to resign as even with noise cancelling headphones I could hear her and even feel her sniffing. Anyway, another shuffle was on the cards and I Did not mind moving at all so it did not look odd to anyone. Now the good news is she is retiring this year but no doubt another person will trigger me!

Going on any kind of public transport is a nightmare as you run the risk of being trapped with a sniffer or a hisser. Similar in cafes and restaurants and the cinema is a no no for me. My mother in law , who I live with sniffs daily also which is tricky and my stepdaughter’s girlfriend similarly so I have to be very careful not to let my oddity show. My husband is very understanding even though his eating sometimes sets me off. My stepchildren all know their stepmom has this weird affliction and are cool with it.

I am 53 and pretty much resigned to the fact I have it for life it is just a case of mitigating the severity of my reaction somehow. When it is very very bad I have been known to throw things or break things with frustration which is not a good solution.

Debi March 31, 2019 - 5:50 pm

I completely understand the women’s voice trigger. Especially on the radio or news reports! I watch only movies & never listen to radio! Too many broken electronics! Another rage trigger are people “Flicking their Bic’s”! More than 3 flicks, I want to grabbed it out of their hand! I can hear it in a crowded bar, needless to say, I don’t go out much!

Lisa Lisa March 16, 2019 - 10:07 am

I, too, have this. My biggest peeve is mouth breathing. My precious son who is 14, breathes through his mouth ALL THE TIME, and just writing this makes me feel like the worst mom ever!
The minute we sit down to eat( we eat while watching tv) I can hear him and I always say,”Are you congested?” to which he usually replies,”No, I just can get more oxygen when I breathe through my mouth.”

I literally tune all other noise out and focus on his mouth breathing and just sit there getting increasingly agitated! I’m a horrible mom😥

I can’t stand repetitive sounds like tapping. My son will also sit while watching tv and flick his toe and it sends me I to an inner fit of rage! I’ve gotten to the point where I look at him now and he knows it’s driving me
Crazy.
My husband snores and if he just breathed I. And out it would be fine but when it’s rattle and gross sounding, I literally start cussing and slamming my leg or hand down in anger.
I have to wear an earplug in the ear that is not laying on pillow or Ill lose my mind.

No one else in our home seems to be bothered by it but me and that just makes me look like an I credibly not picky person and I feel so guilty being so sensitive to it.

I am a singer and a music teacher and it irritates the fire out of me when my daughter sings!! I don’t know why but when I come ho w, I want co plate silence and if she sings I have to go outside or start a co versatile with her to make her stop singing.

Courtney March 21, 2019 - 11:56 am

I have it and deal with crime, abuse, slandering, psychological tactics, dehumanising treatment and basically rape.

Aaron March 21, 2019 - 5:31 pm

This test could be improved. I answered “gum chewing doesn’t bother me” (because it doesn’t). But “open mouth gum smacking” will drive me crazy. So while the test says “I probably have”, I could have answered a few of the questions either way.
For me, the noises are very specific and I’m pretty sure all mouth/nose related. The worst for me is open mouth crunching, while breathing out the nose, there’s an element of “mouth echo” (if that makes sense) that can make it even worse. I have come close to fainting; I have learned to just run at the first signs of “worst case sounds”. it does create anger, panic, weakness, dizziness.
I will read through the other posts here because I have not yet seen any mention of the physical responses I get. The worst sounds will cause me to “tick” or “twitch” “blink” “shudder” sometimes I’ll jump like being completely startled. The closest thing I could use to explain is somewhere near or similar to a Tourette’s like tick.

Constanzia March 30, 2019 - 4:52 pm

I’m 60 years old and just heard of this! I now know I’ve suffered from misophonia since I was 12 or so. I ended many relationships because I began to despise the person making the sounds that repeatedly triggered that rage inside me. I have now been married for 30 years. When my husband eats my heart races and the anger swells into a furious rage. I fantasize about sticking a screwdriver in his ear and twisting it until the chewing sounds stop. When he wags his foot while we’re watching TV I block the sight of it with a cushion or my hand to the side of my face. He drags his feet and the shushing shuffling sound makes me want to crack him with a baseball bat. He snores, he this, he that …. In short he’s a normal man and I’ve been a raging monster on the inside. I have never committed a violent act. He has no idea how much self control I have. He thinks I’m ‘oversensitive’. Now I’ve finally found people who understand. If I new then what I know now, I would never have gotten married. Yes, that’s how bad this is, and it’s the first time I’ve ever admitted it.

Constanzia March 30, 2019 - 5:08 pm

To Aaron–I agree completely about the test. I’m exactly the same way about gum. Discreet gum chewing – ok. Mouth smacking gum chewing – whole different ball game. It gives me something like a panic attack. I get a bit dizzy, heart racing, chest feeling tight etc. and at the same time anger.. I feel as if I’m being assaulted. it’s both fear and rage. The loud chomp of people biting into tortilla chips makes my nerves jump. It’s like being startled over and over again, even though I am clearly not startled.
Right now even writing about these things is making me a bit queasy and anxious.
I really appreciate your insights – differentiating between physical and emotional responses. The physical aspects are so intertwined with the emotions that I myself wasn’t even aware of them until I really analyzed them because of your letter.

Debi March 31, 2019 - 5:31 pm

I am so relieved that there is an actual word besides (rhymes with witch), I have been called for a half a century. I have destroyed relationships because I could understand what was going on. I couldn’t comprehend why the sounds that sent me into a rage, didn’t even irritate anyone else in the room! I felt I was insane and everyone else were insensitive jerks. Needless to say, I am single and have very few friends. Thank you so very much! I feel like a weight has lifted and I have been weeping for days! Now my family really thinks I have jetted over the ‘Cuckoo’s Nest!’

Constanzia April 1, 2019 - 5:31 pm

Debi,
You summed up my life! When I heard about this last week I was flabbergasted! How had I never heard of misophonia before, or met anyone else with it? I broke off so many relationships because of this, but I wouldn’t even admit to myself that their ‘gross mouth noises’ were the reason. I never explained to anyone how deeply chewing noises affected me. Even to me it sounds ridiculous. I heard everything from ‘get over it’ and ‘what is your problem?’ to ‘you are really an uptight b****’. What they didn’t realize was that every lip smack was like being jabbed with a pin, every meal, every day over and over. Now I wonder how I did as well as I did. I wish there was a drug to make people live this life for one week. I’m 60 and believe I was about 12 when I first had symptoms. Maybe there will be a dating app for people with this. Too late for me, but you young ones out there …

Monika April 26, 2019 - 5:40 pm

I cannot stand the sound of the letter s. It is a struggle to not punch someone when they unintentionally s in my direction. It literally fills me with rage and sometimes brings me to tears.

JustKelly May 10, 2019 - 11:38 pm

I am sitting here wearing earplugs because my beloved family shamed me for not being able to handle my daughter’s dreaded snack: grapes, carrots and pretzels. All three make intolerable sounds for me but the pretzels just go on and on… and on. I found this site because I recently learned about misophonia but had forgotten the word. I wanted them to know it’s a real condition that I can’t help and it’s sometimes awful to live between my ears. Also, I used to marvel that none of her sounds bothered me (like crying, banging on pots and pans, etc.), when for SURE they would have if it weren’t coming from my own kid. Now that she’s a teenager and needs me less, I find her noisemaking, like gum chewing, crunching, tapping, bothers me, too. So it bugs me AND makes me feel like a bad mom. Great.

Everywhere I go, the noises people make drive me crazy. It’s a really big problem in my marriage because my husband makes two of the worst sounds for me: 1. Big time snoring and 2. When he eats, he clinks the fork with his teeth with every bite. So as much as I love him, most of what he does when we’re alone just seriously bugs me, like gulping bottled water, picking his toenails, mumbling. But also, he thinks I’m super ridiculous about my “issues.” So I don’t feel too guilty being annoyed with his one-man-band parade of endless sounds because 22 years later, he’s not at all sympathetic about my issues.

I’m sad to say that I think I’m getting worse, too, because I’m so strung out even ANTICIPATING sounds, that I can lay in bed and get zero sleep. So now I have to sleep with ear plugs, a Dyson air filter (I like the white noise but the pitch of this unit is a problem for me) and even a heavy duty eye mask. I find that if I get visual stimulation from ambient light, it makes me stay awake waiting for annoying sounds. Also, if the power goes out, God forbid, I’d instantly awake because I can’t sleep without something to drown out sounds. So, oddly, silence is a deafening sound for me, too. I do believe this has a strong genetic component because I come from a very big family and my dad had this, as do two of my brothers. My sister-in-law is so sweet because she jokes about it but she tries very hard not to make sounds that bug my brother.. Not because he complains, just because she KNOWS. She actually makes a lot of annoying noises – the worst thing is that she chews on the phone and talks at the same time, but I digress.

One more funny, ironic share: I think my hearing is going bad! I damaged my eardrum and the hearing in that ear is weird, like sometimes it takes a sec for me to figure out where a sound is coming. So I have to kind of laugh at myself because I feel like I OVER hear everything, but in a way, not. So I’m super keyed up by what I can hear, and also keyed up noticing that it’s ever slightly harder for me, too. One final thing to say: Bose noise cancelling headphones are such a godsend – so worth it. But also, I carry earplugs everywhere. If you get stuck in a waiting area with some jackass who takes 45 minutes to eat a bag of chips, it may keep you out of jail. Funny but not, amiright?

David November 12, 2019 - 2:52 pm

I use a marpac sound machine, works for me: Marpac-Classic-Original-Soothing-Cancelling
Also, find a white noise generator app for your cell phone, for when the power goes out.

ROCK E SCHOUMAN August 8, 2019 - 4:50 pm

My issue is triggered by crying sounds, and loud screaming. I get extremely angry, and it makes me want to punch things. Smacking used to be an issue for me, but after living in Asia for 5 years, I have been able to get past that. High pitched screaming sends me through the roof!!! Hulk smash reaction.

Lisa October 14, 2019 - 8:57 pm

I almost feel like crying after reading the comments on this page. I’ve felt like a crazy person for almost 30 years and no one could quite understand what my problem was. If I hear or even see a foot tapping/knee shaking, my hair instantly becomes a curtain to block it out if I can’t leave the situation. I wear earplugs at home, work, the movies, wherever, just to keep the extra sounds out. And the sound of the bass of music or a whistler is enough to make me literally flee the area. Even the thought of hearing a triggering sound or seeing a person’s lips pursed in a whistle is more than I can bear. I’m glad I’m not alone!!!

Insta: plutobabyyy November 9, 2019 - 2:16 am

Omg same, my parents and my one friend keep making me feel like i’m imagining it and i’m going crazy or that it’s normal but it really doesn’t feel normal. i can’t imagine living 30 years of your life not knowing what was wrong with you or why you got mad over sounds, like i’m 13 and i’m so relieved i found out this early. i’d really like to talk more, if you have an insta i’d be glad to dm you, my insta is @plutobabyyy

David November 12, 2019 - 2:17 pm

plutobabyyy – I did not figure this out until my 20’s, now in my 50’s and I get triggered less and react less but it takes time and figuring out how you can deal with it. I have lots of tricks, some work, sometimes. There’s a lot good suggestions here, try them all. To keep things short, here is one suggestion … headphones can work, but people feel it’s impolite. So, I use a book, no one ever interrupts someone reading, and put in headphones with white noise. You don’t need to actually read the book, but since you will be looking down at anyway, why not. White noise and a book a little close to my eyes to block someone fidgeting in my eye line works for me.

Another is exercise, when I am exhausted I get triggered less. Just walking away and doing 10 fast push ups will snap me out of a reaction, most of the time, and bonus, I get muscles.

Monika October 15, 2019 - 8:39 am

i am very sensitive to any sharp s sound and an increase in volume elicits a rage response. I’ve never come across anyone else with this problem. Could this also be misophonia?

Insta: plutobabyyy November 9, 2019 - 2:13 am

i’m so relieved and happy to know that i’m not the only one who gets triggered easily over sounds. i’m 13 and ever since i was young i’ve had anxiety for a number of reasons, and eventually it sorta ‘went’ away when i moved across the country but that’s when i started to gradually get more irritated by sounds as time went on. i’m aware misophonia can develop from OCD or anxiety, and i’m sure it’s probably due to my past anxiety. i literally wear headphones plugged into nothing every time i get into the car because i can’t handle the sounds my brother makes. he does this thing where he picks his face and though i can’t hear it, when i see he’s doing it it makes me panic like crazy. i literally almost hit my brother with my metal water bottle because i couldn’t handle the sounds he was making. my mom has a habit of biting her nails and my god it annoys me so much and it makes me sad when i have to tell my mom to stop and then we argue about it. i also hate it when people fidget, like ik it seems hypocritical but if i fidget i’m fine with it but if someone else like picks at their face or taps their foot repeatedly, or bites their nails it really sets me off. for months i tried telling my dad about it, he’d always say i’m superman and that i have super hearing. my mama didn’t believe me either. you know that sound people make when they smile? it makes me so mad too, and i legit can hear everything from miles away. i also hate it when people whisper. before idk why but my irritation at noises would be only coming from a few people, especially my brother but now it’s literally everyone even my parents, even the small clanks of plates clattering from the neighbors and even my friends or strangers that chew loudly or make normal human sounds. i talked to my dad again yesterday, and he said he’d talk to someone but he kept going on and on that it was my headphones that made me more sensitive to sounds and that maybe super hearing is a blessing. it’s honestly a disease that’s ruined my life, and ik maybe i sound like some edgy 13 year old rn but i just wish he understood. i couldn’t find many people with the same disorder and ik it can be self diagnosed but a part of me under my parents influence and my friends influence who said it was nothing thinks that i’m imagining it. another part of me thinks if i’m imagining it then i’m probably going crazy. again i’m aware it can be self diagnosable since all you have to know are the symptoms but did any of you who’ve been diagnosed ever meet with someone? if you wanna talk more (pls do lol i’m desperate) my insta is: @plutobabyyy

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