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Find Out Why The Sound Of People Chewing Loudly Annoys You!

Find Out Why The Sound Of People Chewing Loudly Annoys You!

Are you one of those people that gets irritated with loud chewers and soup slurpers? Do get annoyed by the sound of someone crunching an apple or sucking loudly on a lollipop? Well guess what? There’s a name for the condition! You suffer from MISOPHONIA, which comes from the Greek words Miso-hate and Phonia- sound.

Misophonia, which was first named in 2001, is an actual brain abnormality in which sufferers hate sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated toe tapping.

For a long time it was thought people were just being precious and fussy when they complained about loud eaters, but new research from a team at the U.K.’s Newcastle University has proven that those with misophonia have a difference in their brain’s frontal lobe to non-sufferers.

A recent report in Current Biology, says scans of misophobia sufferers found changes in brain activity when a ‘trigger’ sound was heard. Brain imaging revealed that people with the condition have an abnormality in their emotional control mechanism which causes their brains to go into overdrive on hearing trigger sounds. The researchers also found that trigger sounds could evoke a heightened physiological response, with increased heart rate and sweating.

As part of the study, an MRI was used to measure the brain activity of people with and without misophonia while they were listening to a range of sounds. The sounds were categorized into neutral sounds (rain, a busy café, water boiling), unpleasant sounds (a baby crying, a person screaming) and trigger sounds (the sounds of breathing or eating). When presented with trigger sounds, those with misophonia presented different results to those without the condition.

“I hope this will reassure sufferers,” Tim Griffiths, Professor of Cognitive Neurology at Newcastle University and UCL, said. “I was part of the skeptical community myself until we saw patients in the clinic and understood how strikingly similar the features are.”

 “For many people with misophonia, this will come as welcome news as for the first time we have demonstrated a difference in brain structure and function in sufferers,” Dr Sukhbinder Kumar, from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University added. “This study demonstrates the critical brain changes as further evidence to convince a sceptical medical community that this is a genuine disorder.”
I’m so glad there’s an actual name for the condition because I think I suffer from it! There is nothing I detest more than being able to hear someone chewing- especially when their mouth is open. Coffee and tea slurpers are also on my hit list! Why can’t they just eat and drink quietly! Although having said that – my husband has been known to come in from the next room when I’m eating corn chips telling me to keep it down! 🙂
Do you suffer from Misophonia?

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at https://lovechrystal.com.au and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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