Study: Why The Sound Of Someone Chewing Drives You Crazy

Misophonia is a disorder in which sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking. Over the years, scientists have been skeptical about whether or not it constitutes a genuine medical ailment, but now new research led by 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. 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. Study leader Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar, from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University says, “This study demonstrates the critical brain changes as further evidence to convince a skeptical medical community that this is a genuine disorder.” (Time