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When Annoying Noises Send You Into A Rage

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Have you ever been eating a nice meal and then the person next to you sounds like a cow chewing its cud? It’s enough to make you want to jump out of your seat and scream at them to chew with their mouth closed..oh wait, their mouth is closed…they just chew entirely too loud..or their food is loud, either way, I hear it and I don’t like it one bit. Or then there’s the clanking of the spoon in an empty bowl.. “Okay, Okay!!!! It’s empty!!! You got it all…. there’s no gold in that bowl, what’s next, licking it clean? Put the bowl down and walk away slowly and no one will get hurt.” Okay, fine, I’ll admit it: sometimes annoying noises send me into a rage.

you know that feeling you get when the most annoying noises send you into a rage?

When Annoying Noises Send You Into A Rage

It’s enough to give me a nervous twitch and my rage meter to hit the red zone. The rustling of plastic bags that sound like it’s being played through a bull horn in my ear.

Potato chip bags, every time a hand goes in to grab more…”Here, have a bowl to put those chips in” I honestly start to feel a little homicidal. *Insert Psycho theme music*

Need more examples? I’ve got a ton… The dog licking himself….for 20 minutes…that disgusting slurping noise. I’m constantly yelling at him, “That’s enough, you’re good, you’re clean now.”

It literally never occurred to me it was just me…except my family kept telling me, “I don’t hear that.”

Are you kidding me?

You can’t hear that annoying slurping noise?

Crumpling of paper?

Clanking of spoons?

Smacking of lips?

REALLY?!?!?! Are you freaking deaf?

Eventually my loving husband sent me an article, in an oh-so-loving way, “Here babe, you have this,” pointing out to me I have what HE believes to be a disorder called Misophonia. Because apparently he’s a doctor now, on top of being a loud chewer. You can call it whatever you like, hubby dearest, I call it annoying.

But, I read about it…agreed with some of it and accepted that I’m just one of those people who are annoyed by sounds….annoying, overbearing, amplified, constant sounds. I’ve embraced it. By this point my family has accepted my “Disorder” and look sheepishly away when I stare at them with my ‘if you don’t chew quieter I’m going to choke the life right out of you’ look. It’s amazing what a death glance can do. I have them trained well. What little I’ve looked into this disorder, I don’t think there is a cure other than Darth Vader’s death grip or wear earplugs for the rest of my life.

I guess I’ll have to endure the loud obnoxious sounds of the world. What I really need is constant music playing in my ears. I think that would be a suitable and pleasant solution…so if you need me, I’ll be listening to Metallica and pretending like you aren’t chewing on gravel.

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  1. Glad to hear there are others that share my same problem. The clinking of my husband’s spoon hitting his ice cream bowl every night, my kids rattling the chip bags over and over as I constantly ask them to use a bowl and they ignore me and keep rattling the bag as they grab another handful, and of course the loud crunching and chewing that makes me want to wear ear plugs at the dinner table or eat alone. My family just does not understand how crazy these sounds make me.

  2. I’ve always hated the sound of a loud chewer, but just recently noticed the loud noise paper bags make also the loud snoring my bf does is unbearable!

  3. I am feeling relieved that others understand. My WORST is the crinkling packet in an open plan work space – yip, “Here is a bowl.” repeats over and over and over inside my head. Is there NO remedy for us? I put in headphones and have music playing but nothing seems to drown out the sound. Well, at least I can hear I guess. Thanks for the awesome article.

  4. I happened upon this while googling “ why does chewing of chips and crinkling bags make me want to choke the life out of someone in front of Jesus?” And found myself here. My husband says “ why does it bother you, why do you let it bother you, just ignore it.” Hmmmm can you ignore me stomping your balls in? Thanks for the info . Glad to know I’m not in this alone .

  5. I literally have to sleep with earbuds so my loving mans snoring doesn’t keep me up all night. He knows things annoy me but he doesn’t believe me, says it’s just another excuse or complaint. Wish he did…. would save me from getting mad every second when he has to loudly eat his food or fustle with paperwork in an ever so annoying crinkle of paper…… it really bothers me have had this all my life I wish there was a way to mute it. Or turn it off. It has made me crazy so many times

  6. I can’t say enough about this and I think the author is my Twin. It’s just plain rude to do all these things. It’s a lack of manners. In addition, I have a male cat and he does this thing trying to bite his back nails and I will turn to him and say “enough! Mind your manners!” I don’t really believe it’s any type of disorder. I think 99% of people feel this way.

  7. I loved this article and I do know someone that listens to soft music on their ear plugs so they don’t have to listen to their family chewing. ?

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