5 thoughts on “Do Your Kids Hate the Sound of People Eating? Learn About Misophonia.

  • June 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    My daughter has been having difficulties with people coughing, clearing throat or sniffles. It is causing her to hit and scratch her head. It is so hard to be around other people. Now that I know about misophonia maybe I can help her get through this

    • June 1, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      I’m glad my article might help you understand this issue. It can be so hard to handle noises like that when you have Misophonia. She might even be confused as to why it upsets her so much!

  • August 9, 2018 at 5:22 am

    My son has started getting these symptoms in the last few months. He actually starts to get panicy when he realises that we (the adults) are about to eat. Its causing great stress in our household. Distractions like music or tv don’t seem to help.

    Sometimes he’s fine, but mostly hes not. If were out it doesn’t seem to bother him.

    He’s always had issues with food, he suffers from allergies to Egg,dairy and nuts which has led to an avoidance to trying new foods.

    I don’t understand why it’s become a problem for him now when it hasn’t been a problem in the past.

  • November 7, 2018 at 8:10 am

    My daughter has recently started getting really annoyed at meal times to the point that she gets up and stamps about ,shouting and telling me off for making a noise when I eat. It seems to really upset her. I try really hard to eat quietly I thought it was me , that no-one had ever told me I was a noisy eater, but reading your article has made feel better. We didn’t know what to do , let her eat on her own ,tell her off or just ignore it. Now I know it’s a real problem with a name we can deal with it in a better way and try some of your suggestions. Thanks!

  • March 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I have this! I’ve had this since I was a child. As a child I would get super disgusted and mad while my asthmatic brother gobbled up his cereal (all congested and such); I would barricade myself behind the cereal boxes so that I wouldn’t have to view him eating too. I wonder if this “sensitivity” has to do with a heightend sense of hearing…? I always enjoyed music and danced and taught dance professionally for years. Maybe the repetitive sounds invade the listener’s sense of sound balance/harmony…by becoming an intrusive sound pattern that draws the listener’s attention away from whatever he is doing/focused on. An ongoing, annoying distraction. However, if the sound patterns were to be presented for the listener’s focus, perhaps they would be appreciated (i.e.: if the clicks of a ball point pen were set to a rhythmic pattern instead of just random rhythmic cacophony). Oliver Sacks (the doctor whose case studies were the foundation for the film Awakenings…Robert de Niro & Robin Williams) found that people need patterns. For some people, visual patterning is more important; for some musical patterning is more important. Perhaps the various annoying repetitive sounds are so annoying because they don’t fit into a harmonious pattern and/or are ones that don’t blend well with other ongoing sounds.

    For myself, I don’t mind too much if I hear a microwave timer ding; but it drives me nuts, if it continues to ding at random intervals. Same thing with a timer. I think that the initial timer ding isn’t the best sound, but expecting it to attract a person’s attention makes it temporarily okay. If it were to not be turned off – immediately – I would find it extremely irritating to the point of feeling stressed.


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