This Is Why You Fucking Hate Hearing Other People Eating
Prepare to be absolved of all your sound-hating sins.
If the sound of people crunching apples, chewing gum, or typing loudly drives you crazy, you are not alone.
But not everyone who suffers from it finds the same sounds problematic.
Most misophonics are disturbed by problematic noises related to other people's behaviour.
There isn't a clear understanding of what exactly causes the condition yet, but it is thought that misophonia might have both psychological and physiological roots.
"It presents as a dislike and/or fear of specific sounds rather than a problem with the loudness of sounds," said Dr White.
"For instance, a person may have a problem with the sound of other people eating. It can present (and is often treated) as more of a psychological condition, similar to OCD.
"But, misophonia also seems to occur more often in patients with tinnitus and there is no reason to believe that there is not a physiological cause"
One trigger might be stress.
Between 7 and 23% of Brits suffer from an even more extreme aversion to sounds called hyperacusis.
Anything from dogs barking to fireworks and sirens can set off mental and physical pain, with up to 27% of children suffering from noise-induced anxiety.
But that's not to say that people suffering from one condition are likely to suffer from the other.
"They are linked in the sense that patients frequently have both," said Dr White, "but because our understanding of both conditions is limited, it is hard to say if there is a causal link".
"Of course, patients with hyperacusis may well develop misophonia because the discomfort they experience when they hear certain sounds is likely to lead them to fear/avoid those sounds."