Do nails on a chalkboard make you cringe? Imagine if a sound could make you panic or fly into a rage. This is the case with misophonia — a strong dislike or hatred of specific sounds.
Misophonia, also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome, starts with a trigger. It’s often an oral sound – the noise someone makes when they eat, breathe, chew, yawn, or whistle. Sometimes a small repetitive motion is the cause – someone fidgets, jostles you, or wiggles their foot.