Could you be chewing and swallowing any louder?
Loud chewers, nail clippers, unnecessary slurping, general mouth noises… these are a few of my least favorite things. And I’m not alone.
If any of these sounds, not to mention countless others like sniffling, swallowing, bubble gum popping, finger drumming, heavy breathing, or countless others irritate you so much as to result in a physical reaction, then read on.
Coined by neuroscientist Pawel Jastreboff and biological scientist Margaret Jastreboff in 2001, misophonia is defined as the hatred of sound, specifically, the anger, hatred, or disgust brought about by certain sounds.
According to research, this heightened sensitivity to sound may stem from an actual disorder in the brain.