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Here’s Why Noisy Eating Drives People Crazy

Many people among us are highly sensitive to noises. Certain sounds like noisy eating, gum chewing, slurping, tongue clicking, and other kinds drive them crazy.

If you’re one of those people, you may have a real neurological condition which is called misophonia.

Here’s Why Noisy Eating Drives People Crazy

The term means “hatred of sound”. Misophonia is a lifelong disease with no cure. Nevertheless some methods like cognitive behavioral therapy have shown to be effective in managing the disorder.

Although misophonia was formally named a disease back in 2001, many skeptics still questioned whether it was a real disorder. Recent studies show that the brain’s frontal lobe of those with the disorder differs from the brain of the ones without it. The difference causes an intense response to noises.

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Misophonia makes people with the disorder more susceptible to subtle background sounds. Therefore it is not surprising that the condition can also affect people’s ability to concentrate and their academic performance.

This is why students with the condition need to avoid studying in places where there are a lot of triggering sounds. Using earplugs and positive internal dialogue also helps in such cases.

Does noisy eating drive you crazy? Share your experience in the comment section below. Also read our other articles on rare phobias.


Like many people nowadays, I love to explore new places. My favorite type is slow travelling, when you can really blend in with locals and learn about new cultures and languages. But I think there are also perfect times for enjoying freshly baked pastry, a cup of fragrant coffee, and a good movie in the comfort of your own home. I guess I'm kind of a cultural omnivore, and I watch different types of movies, but the ones about art and food inspire me the most!

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Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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