Have you ever heard someone cracking their knuckles or chewing on a pen cap and wondered why in the world they would ever do so? Like, really, can you even hear yourself? When they stop, it’s like the sweetest relief you’ve ever had. Then someone else gets out their bag of carrots from their purse, and you wonder if this is the Seventh Circle of Hell you’ve fallen into.
If that describes you, even just a little bit, you may have what researchers have been labeling misophonia. Essentially, your ears are more sensitive than others and what would normally sound like background noise to others, actually sounds like it’s right next to you. Or even right inside your own ear.
Here’s a slew of funny, and accurate, ways to describe the feeling you get when something triggers this sensitivity:
First up, here’s what it actually sounds like for someone to chew on a carrot. Does this send shivers up your spine and want to dig your eyes out with a spoon?
Would it seem as if someone was doing this to you when they happened to be chewing on their gum in your vicinity? I think it would be like torture to me. Just the repeat motion of a tongue clicking in speech can sometimes get me.
What is misophonia really? In scientific terms, it is called “selective sound sensitivity syndrome”. The key characteristics are being disturbed by sounds which includes anger and deep irritation. It can, in fact, feel irrational in its scope, and cause one who potentially has it to feel compelled to make all sounds stop.
The “sounds” here are things like carrot eating and chewing on objects or other food, but it can also be lip-smacking, clicking, the drip of a faucet, or other repetitive noises. It can be anything from very low decibel to extremely high decibel, and may or may not be human made.
This syndrome can be extremely distressing and cause other mental disorders to become aggravated.
Not only can it aggravate other disorders or syndromes, it can also lead to anxiety, panic, and fear. A recent study showed that misophonia may also lead to a decrease in work productivity and a desire to remove one’s self completely from social situations. It is being looked upon as a conjunction to possible PTSD symptoms and is taken quite seriously by the medical community.
Blows your mind a bit to think this whole time you could be struggling with something pretty real and not realize it, huh? Here’s a few more images to encapsulate, and hopefully help, you understand more about what it feels like.
We all love Michael, but eating popcorn is like the equivalent of chewing on nails. For realz, that shiznit ain’t cool. Especially when you’re trying to enjoy yourself Land Before Time 32.
Really, though, you’ll know this exists because you will truly feel like ripping down everything around you and burning it to the ground:
You might even start to feel like this:
It is an honest reaction, however, because it sounds like it is truly inside of you, and that’s just not cool. We’re talking way beyond nails on a chalkboard here, too. It’s every, single, sound.
I wouldn’t blame someone if they had any other disorder, so I definitely wouldn’t blame someone if they felt like doing this every time someone scraped ice cubes together in a glass:
What if you’ve been having this since you can remember? It might be time to go see a professional. Have them talk with you about what bothers you the most and what are the sounds that don’t get right under your skin.
Truth be told, I’ve been bothered by my mother’s blowing gum bubbles since I can remember…
I’d much rather she didn’t, really.
It literally drives me up the wall. I have to leave the room or take the gum away. If I don’t I’m ready to drive my head into the closest brick. Or throw it through a window.
I might not go as far as Jack in The Shining, but it would be close. There’s just something to be said for the way that most people don’t chew with their mouth’s closed that drives me to drink. Does it do the same for you?
Yeah, I feel you on that Jean-Luc. Maybe Worf can knock some sense into them?
Well, okay, maybe not, but I do kind of look at people when they’re doing things like tapping their fingers on a table like Sebastian is here…
And don’t get me started on the image below, it’s like having someone drive nails into my forehead already. I might just have to stop looking at it before I go crazy. Perhaps you feel like you can pass on by it without problems? That would be wonderful, as it seems like more and more people are actually suffering from misophonia than a few years ago.
Definitely give your local therapist or counselor a call if you’re suffering through all of these photos as much as I am.
Remember, it is a possibility that you will be bothered for the rest of your life by sounds that are completely normal for others. Even if you think that someone’s singing is off-tune, or can hear what a t.v. sounds like turned off, you might be suffering from misophonia.
To conclude, if it seems that you are getting irrationally upset by the sounds that surround you, whether it is a ticking clock or someone smacking their gum, and there is nothing that you can seem to do to make that anger go away, you may be suffering from a syndrome that is real. Don’t worry about feeling like doing a rage-smash; if you have the symptoms, then you aren’t bad or wrong. You are simply in need of relief.
With that being said, here’s a hilarious video to remind you that there is light in the dark, dark tunnel of misophonia.