No matter how much you love someone and have accepted their quirks and faults, the sounds of them chomping into an apple, slurping long spaghetti noodles, and that moist lip-smacking sound when they eat a PB&J, for example, can be super annoying. If that happens to you, and the mere sounds of other people chewing food (or other common noises) drives you insane, well, you're not alone and some people probably have it much worse than you.
A new video from Discovery News helpfully explains recent research that suggests your discomfort when hearing things like chewing, heavy breathing, nail-clipping, pen-clicking, and others is actually more than just a minor annoyance, but rather an actual condition that's known as Misophonia. In fact, studies have shown that some people experience particularly intense physical reactions to these sounds that quickly transforms into full-blown anger and rage. About a quarter of one such study's participants said the sounds triggered aggression and forced them to try to avoid common noises entirely. Damn.
With that said, some medical professionals hope to someday classify the most extreme cases of Misophonia as a "discrete psychiatric condition," according to the video, which could lead to additional research on the condition and perhaps even ways to treat it. The good news is that you're not alone and that things could get better some day. The bad news is that people will continue to make annoying sounds.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and unapologetically chomped on an apple while writing this at his desk. Muahahaha. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.