Today, we’re going to talk about something everyone has done. Some people hate it while some people are oblivious to it. But everyone can relate to it in one way or another. When was the last time you were completely put off your meal by the sound of someone’s chewing? Was it a family member at the dinner table or that co-worker a couple of cubicles over? We’re asking because, if chewing sounds annoy you, scientists are claiming you may be smarter and more creative than others!
Misophonia: Do You Have A ‘Hatred of Sound’?
In the year 2000, the term ‘misophonia’ was coined to describe people who have a strong sensitivity to sound. You may have also heard this condition referred to as ‘select sound sensitivity syndrome’ or ‘sound-rage.’[1,2] If you have misophonia, you are what’s called a misophonic. As defined in a 2013 Frontiers in Human Neuroscience study: