Illustration: Pamela Kogen (My amazing and talented sister)
For some reason, there's been a lot of noise recently about misophonia, aka sound sensitivity, aka don't chew or breath around me. The New York Times just ran a piece, "Misophonia Sufferers: Scientists May Have Found the Root of Your Pain." NewYorkMagazine.com featured "An Explanation for Why Some People Can't Stand Even Small Noises."
I've been writing about misophonia for several years. Click here for my Huffington Post, "Sound Selective Sensitivity: The Rap on Misophonia."
Wondering whether the sounds of scrunching, munching, scratching, and scraping drive you up the wall, too? Click these three links to test your hearing sensitivity:
The LOUDEST Noise Ever
Sound of Scratching a Fork on a Plate
Eating Potato Chips Sound Effect (4 People at Once)
I also have a Facebook page, "Misophonia Madness" where fellow misos from around the world join in on the discussion. We've got representatives from:
- USA (Arizona, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, California, Kentucky)
- South Africa
In summary, if you see me sitting in your midst wearing noise-cancelling headphones, tiptoe past quietly ... and wave silently. I'm just trying to avoid hearing you use words with the letters "p," "k," or "t."