My husband and daughter have misophonia. It wasn't until my Mom watched...
20/20 about a teen suffering with the disease that we realized both Steve and Sloane have the disorder. I learned to deal with what I thought to be short tempers from both of them. I feared Sloane had inherited a poor character trait from her Dad. She inherited a real disorder.
The word misophonia literally translates to "hatred of sound". Hatred of sound is in fact an understatement for those who suffer from this disorder. Misophonia sufferers are extremely sensitive to sound, so much so that they have sometimes violent reactions to a certain set of sounds called "triggers".
Here are the top 10 triggers at our house:
- Crunch ice (My son-in-law loves to crunch ice, uh-oh)
- Eat potato chips (I'm a closet potato chip eater!)
- Rake your fork on your teeth (I can't seem to eat without raking my fork on my teeth)
- Any kind of continuous tapping (I can't seem to cook without banging a spoon on a pot)
- Gum chewing and popping (If I get to chew gum, I can't blow a bubble or pop)
- Nose Whistling (my husband says my nose plays a different tune every day)
- Humming a tune (with your mouth and not your nose)
- Heavy footsteps (my husband has always told our oldest daughter she walks like an elephant)
- Typing on a keyboard or texts with sound (silence is golden at our home)
- Water bottle squeezing (I can't seem to drink out of a water bottle without it making a loud noise)
|Misophonia makes these two Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde!|
The Happy Handicap