Patient Comments: Misophonia - Triggers


What are your misophonia sound triggers? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Fairooz, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I live in a building where there were no buildings around close. It was a very calm and quiet place. Suddenly another building was constructed and it was for rent; it happened very quickly. My neighbor kid was very noisy. I used to feel angry. Suddenly it turned to fear and each time I used to hear it I felt tired and angry and frustrated. The misophonia it triggered disturbed my life badly. Then the neighbor went away and I never had any problem, but I notice now I get a negative impact from any child’s scream.

Comment from: quietplease, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 18

My misophonia triggers are kids playing football, and the constant thudding of the ball. I even become anxious if I can see them playing football before I can hear it. Dogs barking drive me crazy, and wearing earplugs doesn't help as it aggravates my tinnitus.

Comment from: SugarBalls, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

I knew I was sensitive to eating sounds since I was 12. I didn't know it was misophonia until 7 years ago. I was upset that I was being terrible to my girlfriend because she was sniffing constantly, and also she liked chips... shoot me. I found out I wasn't alone, that made me feel better, but I don't like being a cad. I won't go to the movies; popcorn is bad. Chips and salsa at a restaurant, better control your kids. Bass thumping in a car, clicking of a pen, bouncing of a ball, gum popping, ice chewing, all are triggers.

Comment from: Leigh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

It makes me very sad to read these comments when I realize how many times, just today I've lashed out at my husband for not 'controlling' these sounds. It's not his fault. He's not trying to annoy me, he doesn't understand how much these sounds trigger my misophonia and upsets me because it is irrational. Here's a sample, 'Turn off the sound on the TV! No, don't just lower it, can't you just mute it when you want to say something? Stop whipping your food bowl! Why do you do that? Chew with your mouth closed. Take smaller bites!’

Comment from: Victoria, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

My misophonia sound triggers are people chomping on food, sniffing, snoring, eating with their mouths open, mouth breathing, and normal sounds such as electronic pencil sharpening (this drives me to leave my classroom, if someone is doing it for an extended period of time, like when they sharpen 10 pencils in a row), water dripping from a leaky faucet, annoying voices, etc. I try very hard to keep my composure, but when someone sits in hearing distance of me when eating an apple, I lose my cool.

Comment from: CU, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I can't stand the sound of a running ceiling fan. I keep hearing faint sounds of my dad and mom that I can't understand (even when my dad and mom are asleep next door). It has forced me to switch off the fan when I am hot and my hot-blooded partner has to suffer on my account. I end up suffering the uneasiness even when the heat is too much and he wants the fan on. When I'm on my own, I just sit and sweat profusely but never switch on the fan unless I am going to sleep. Sleep is easy. I wonder if this is a kind of misophonia.

Comment from: Just stop it!, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I have so many sound triggers for misophonia like a lot of people have listed already, but was very interested to read of the lady who gets angry at her husband when eating from a bowl! Why do they have to constantly whack their spoon on the bowl or plate even! We need rubber cutlery, please!

Comment from: Ian, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 31

Chewing, slurping, mouth breathing, sniffing, nail filing, typing, mousing, whispering... pretty much whenever I have to listen to and don’t want to trigger my misophonia. The ear spray from someone’s headphones is up there with chewing.

Comment from: Anonymous , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

I feel rage when I hear people slurp, chew with their mouth open, burp while eating and resume to eat loudly, so basically almost any sound while eating food that is not based on the consistency of the food like crackers or popcorn triggers my misophonia. Sounds made on purpose do not evoke rage just regular annoyance except for slurping after a few times. Prerecorded sounds do evoke rage and imagery, but it also causes me to anxiously laugh because the sound isn’t coming from a person making it ridiculous to be angry.

Comment from: Jillian, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

Slurping food or drinks even if it's done quietly, smacking food, sounds of finger licking, smacking lips if someone has a dry mouth, the sound of someone's voice when they need to cough/clear their throat are triggers for my misophonia, I've even told people that it sounds like they need to cough. Crunching loudly doesn't bother me as much as long as it's done with the mouth closed.


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Comment from: Matt, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I feel my misophonia is acute, as I don't only get irritated by sounds, it is over movements also. Eating with mouth open, slopping, chewing loudly, tapping etc., are triggers. But the one that has made me quit my high paying job where smoking is banned, but chewing noises are not. Mainly when people chew with their mouth open like a llama, I can't stand to look at them.

Comment from: Kindly, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 30

A trigger for my misophonia is soft or loud overhead music and people talking really loud, especially when they should be softer, like in church. Also people who talk over loud TV instead of turning it down, so you can listen easier. The sounds build rage inside me. I want to scream sometimes, at people, can't you be quiet! This is affecting my job performance and my desire to go to work.


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