Friday, September 18, 2015

Day 2172 - Misophonia

Do some sounds drive you crazy?



The constant tapping of finger nails on a desk, the clicking on and off of a pen, the noise of someone chomping on potato chips with their mouth open.

How about that whistle people get in their nose, or hearing people sniffle in winter, or perhaps the sound of gum-chewing.

These are some of the repetitive noises that could drive a person to drink.  Or at the very least, drive them to say "shut the *&@# up". (Please.)



I was listening to the radio a couple of days ago and the morning crew were chatting about Misophonia.  It literally means the hatred of sound.

It's a new term used to describe a rarely diagnosed disorder which is thought to have neurological origins, where some sounds can trigger a severe negative reaction in people.

I'm not just talking about causing them to scream "shut the front door".  Hearing someone slurp their drink or clack, clack, clack towards them in high heels can trigger absolute murderous rage.

It got me to thinking about the noises that irritate me. Um ... that would be all of the above.

I think my irritation occurs from the repetition of certain sounds (rather than the actual sound itself).  Being stuck in a situation where somebody else's pesky noises are making me feel trapped.

Anyway, I started to wonder if perhaps I could be a bit on the Misophonia side of things.

Well, I haven't murdered anyone (yet) due to their chomping, nor have I punched someone in the face because of their pen clicking, nor run in complete fear from someone with a nose whistle, so I doubt I've got an official diagnosis.

But some sounds do piss me off.

So I looked it up and discovered there are entire websites and support groups for people who suffer from this syndrome.

There's even a self test! Yep, you can go in and check to see what level of Misophonia you might have.

So there you go. Wanting to smack a work colleague over the head with their keyboard because their acrylic nails are making too much noise as they type is actually a thing.  (Apologies now for anyone who has to sit near me as I type.)

Do some noises piss you off?

What noises drive you batty?

Have you ever heard of Misophonia before? 


Happy Friday! Take it easy ...



If you feel as though you might have this syndrome there are books you can read to help you get a handle on it, and there are support groups and forums you can tap into (no pun intended). 



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27 comments :

  1. The nails on the keyboard is common where i work- some people utterly refuse to work with others who have acrylics! For me, its noise while i'm trying to sleep. Once it was council workers with a jackhammer. I was sleeping between night shifts and murderous is pretty accurate!

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  2. The sounds of cracking joints and fingernails scratching against fabric!

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    1. Fingernails on fabric? Oh wow ... no, that is one of the few ones that doesn't seem to bother me,

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  3. Hahahaha there is no way you could murder anyone but I will make notes if we meet to not sit next to you and make noise. My hate is eating. I can not stand people eating near me who make noise. The chomping of an apple, the slur of the tongue, the sounds of crunching ARGH it is driving me crazy just writing about it #FYBF

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  4. Oh my gosh!! I think I have Misophonia!! I can't stand so many noises - repetitive and not! Nails on a blackboard, yes the tapping acrylic nails, the flicking of a pen, cracking joints, constant sniffing and many more. Another one that I've found has got worse as I've got ... um ... a little older ... is my intolerance to the high pitched piercing screams of small children. It literally hurts my head. Love kids though! ;-)

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  5. There are just so many these days - I find myself not tolerating background noises very well and the kids can just breath and it can turn me. I had not heard of this before. It is amazing to know that this is an issue for some. Mel xx #fybf

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    1. I know right! I hadn't heard of it either. The extreme version would be pretty bloody hard to live with. They say they become reclusive as a result. You can understand why!

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  6. Absolutely hate the sound of cutlery scratching across the plates and of people that try to breathe through wet, stuffy noses :P

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. Oh that plate scraping can grate on your nerves for sure ...

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  7. I'm pretty good at shutting noise out but lately with the lack of sleep I'm losing this ability and I'm finding strange noises are really starting to tick me off.

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    1. Yeah, lack of sleep tests all sorts of tolerance levels. I hear that!

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  8. Haha! Seriously, any noise made by my mum! (I loathe the way she opens doors - like there's a major emergency!)
    Rustling plastic bags drive me insane. Nose whistling - bleh! Thumb twiddling (a pet peeve), just kills me. If it's really quiet, you can actually hear those thumbs rub - kill me now!

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    1. LOL. I am going to have to start listening for thumb rubbing now .... can't say I've ever heard that one!

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  9. I have several close family or friends who CANNOT stand eating sounds of any kind. And while I understand it, it is really hard to eat around them...as you become very self-conscious of every swallow, sip, crunch. Generally, I can put up with most noises - maybe because I lived in a boarding school, and then a residential college for uni, so I'm tolerant to most stuff!! However, any unnecessary repetitive noise (like clicking a pen) drives me a teeny bit bonkers.

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    1. Boarding school would make you pretty resilience I imagine!

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  10. Hahaha the sound of people chewing drives me insane... and it even annoys me when I can hear myself chew!!!

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    1. Well that's a conundrum ... LOL ... especially for a baker extraordinaire like yourself!

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  11. I thought it was quite normal to get annoyed at repetitive sounds, though I suppose there is always an extreme version of annoyed.

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  12. Cracking joints and the sound of tinkling coins don't drive me to murder but they do fray my nerve endings somewhat. But that disgusting thing where instead of blowing their nose, people do this gigantic sniff and kind of swallow/growl back their own snot. That takes gross to a whole new level. In some countries, people think blowing noses is impolite so the sniff and swallow snot instead. Ewww! I work with lots of international students and sometimes I have to point out the error of their ways. And give them a pack of tissues!

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  13. When we flew back from the GC in March, the kid in the row behind me chewed gum so loudly, that I nearly turned around and said something. I was so close to losing my nut over it. It was feral!
    Off to do the test now....

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  14. Living in Japan, it used to be people slurping their noodles. A hard one to avoid as it was known as the ONLY way to eat noodles. So glad I don't deal with that anymore...

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  15. Misophonia is triggered by not just any sound, but repetitive and pattern based auditory (and sometimes visual or tactile) stimuli. Most common triggers for misophonia are eating sounds and anything associated with breathing or nose sounds. Misophonia has recently gained the attention of audiologists, psychologists, and neuroscientists, but it is not classified in DSM-V or ICD-10, and most people are self-diagnosed – some say that aproximatelly one in 1,500 people (0.07%) are affected with this condition. The research behind misophonia focuses on central auditory gain. Read more: http://www.hearlink.com.au/industry-news/spotlight-on-misophonia/

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