Hubby and I recently returned from a long weekend vacation. One evening we were lounging in bed . . . me reading and he browsing the Intertubes. He was also happily munching a snack . . . and it was driving me nucking futz! Despite being engrossed in my book and all the ambient noise in the room, all I could focus on was his chomping, lip-smacking and slurping. It was all I could do to contain myself and not roll him onto the floor and throttle the ever loving snot out of him. I just covered my head with a pillow and did my very best to ignore his infuriating mastication.
Its obvious that it bothered me since I can clearly recall the incident. Thankfully, no one was injured in the innocent eating of the snack.
It's not just hubby's eating that bothers me; as long as I can remember hearing other people eat his elicited an immediate response . . . rage. Most times I can control violent urges . . . mostly.
Hubby already thinks I'm a bit touched . . . perhaps he's right . . . I am mental! But I conceal it fairly well, I’ll bet he never knew that it makes me crazy to listen to him (or anyone else) eat.
Misophonia is little known disorder that affects a person's sensitivity to noise. For most people, it is only specific noises that trigger a powerful response.
For me its hearing people eat . . . **shudder** . . . but other people have different noises that set them off.
My method of self-treatment is simply to serve dinner in the living room and eat while watching television. But, if we’re eating at the kitchen table I have to have background noise like music playing or the television on to cover up any chewing noises. Luckily, I have the added benefit of being deaf in one ear. I can literally “turn a deaf ear” to that which irks me thus sparing hubby and others a sound thrashing.