Misophonia Trigger Sounds

Here are some of the sounds/noises that can trigger a misophonia episode.

They may vary slightly from person to person (a trigger for one person might not be for another).

 

  • Lip smacking
  • Loudly shuffling papers or erratically turning pages
  • People reading newspapers
  • Chewing
  • Crunching on an apple
  • Something dropping on the floor suddenly (like cutlery or a remote control)
  • The sound of a ring pull being pulled on a soft drink can
  • The sound of someone licking their fingers
  • Rustling of crisp packets or anything made of plastic
  • Heels clacking on floor
  • Irregular breathing (such as certain sighs or sharp intakes of breath)
  • Coughing
  • Cutlery being banged or scraped on a plate

37 Comments

  1. Ashley Nikki

    Lord have mercy… i could make you a list prob 10 -pages long of trigger sounds.
    just the clicking of my fingers on the keyboard is bothersome. I hate when my phone rings, so I put it on do not distrurb, I do not like it vibrating either, so Its completely silent, I tell people to text me and I will call them. I am very sensitive to light as well. I do not like the sound of balloons blowing up, the sound of doors opening and closing, like at grocery stores that is a nightmare for me, the sound of the registers is awful, clocks ticking, horns honking, sirens, clicking of pens, sneezing, i feel like the worst mom ever when my kids are sick and up coughing at night because i just want to pull my own hair out. My kids make so many sounds with there mouths im not even sure how to discribe them. I have learned over time how to function in life. somewhat. I also do have OCD and PTSD, so much FUN. I am a double major in college currently, foreign language and criminal justice and will then be doing international studies. It is a challenge at times. I am trying to work on this, but it is hard. I wear an LG bluetooth headset at all times when out, I literally put on music when i am bothered by sound, I tell my kids I will not be able to hear them, and If they need me to tap me. at school I am allowed to wear my headphones as well, and use a quiet testing area if needed. The headphones have saved my life. I did once leave phone without them, I was at school, was panicking and after my first class, I left and went to the store and just bought a new pair. I have had to walk out of classes due to students tapping desks, or teachers playing videos to loudly. I have taken batteries out of clocks at school (dont worry I informed the administration the other day to go pop the batteries back in, in the rooms i popped them out.) the ticking was making me MAD. like insane. LOL.. how fun.. NOT. Do you know how many people suffer from this? I have never met anyone like me ever. People think im crazy. I hate fireworks too. 🙁 i like to look at them though from like my window or on you tube videos. Chuck e cheese sucks too. Ive gotten better over time, I have taken my kids to chuck e cheese now that they are a little older and can play on their own and be responsibile, and taken them to firework shows, and church halloween events, and the etc… its still very overwhelming, I just have to make sure my phone is charged and my headset is charged. 🙁 i would love to hear back from you and maybe get in contact with someone or other who have this “phobia” or whatever it is…

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    • Anonymous

      That sounds rough. My misophonia is a bit more toned down than that, with only a few trigger sounds. Hope yours gets better.

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    • Yasmin

      I too am like this the sounds on the streets motorbikes ambulances people talking loudly
      Or phone ringing
      Water from a tap etc
      I m about to go crazy

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    • Bob

      I am 78 and have had noise problems all my life. Havnt got too long to go now for a bit of peace and quiet. Dogs barking, loud motor bikes, noisy cars, supermarket music, screaming kids, mowers, honking, yelling, loud commercials on tv, any sharp noise, clanging, planes and people biting into apples. And thats just a few! But i really love easy to listen to music. Still i am greatful for my life and try not to let people know my discomfort as it is my problem not theirs. Just hang in the best you can.

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  2. Denise

    I have suffered from misophonia since I was 10 years old. I recall the trigger – family members eating. But this developed to include many other triggers. As I grew up I found ways to deal with certain noises; by not eating with the family, closing windows to block out neighbours noises, etc. When I was an adult I would ensure anytime I moved home I went somewhere that would alleviate one of my triggers (move out of a flat and into a house, out of a house in the city and into the country, etc.). However, whatever trigger I alleviated was replaced by a new trigger. My mind simply seeks noise disturbances. Recently I moved to an extremely peaceful place in the world. No traffic, no neighbours, no noise. Ten days ago, for no reason whatsoever, I developed another trigger – aircraft noise. I do not live near an airport, but I do live beneath a busy flight path. However, the planes are usually 5 miles up! But to me they sound like they are in my back yard. I have lived in this place for over three months and for reasons beyond me the trigger came on suddenly, without any previous annoyances with aircraft noise. I am now going crazy because I can hear every single plane, even in the house with all the windows and doors shut, the radio on, etc. I have sought a special type of counselling which begins tomorrow which is suppose to help me to confront the problem that causes these triggers, rather than trying to shut the triggers out with earplugs or headphones, closing doors or windows. I can no longer even go outside for a walk without feeling like I am going to go crazy. This is no way to live. And I can’t move house this time because there is aircraft everywhere, even over the Pacific Ocean! The reality is aircraft noise has always been there. My mind has just chosen to find another trigger since all the others have gone. If the treatment works I will let you know.

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    • Allergic to Sound

      Hi Denise, thank you for your comment. What type of counselling are you signing up for? It’d be very interesting to hear.

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    • James

      Hello,

      I am going through the same thing – it is because they have changed the way they fly in the flight paths – so, although you may have heard planes before you wouldn’t have heard as many planes (they have concentrated the routes – they follow the same line as the one before and so one). I am the same, I can’t stand the noise. I have become depressed over it – I, like you, feel trapped to what I should do.

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    • James

      Hey, I have the same issue. I started to notice aircraft noise around 2014, before I didn’t . It makes me go crazy when I hear it! I hate it so much, I can hear it all the time now. I get so angry when I hear it when trying to sleep. I feel like shouting. I have had break downs because of that noise to. It is making me so depressed,so much I had to leave my job.

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  3. Sreve Wright

    Gulping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Tim Hill

      Thank god!! Literally couldn’t find anyone else who’s triggered by gulping!

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  4. Eve

    Why isn’t my trigger sound on their? Do I just have a really rear case of misophonia? Has anyone ever had a ringtone as a trigger sound?

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    • Allergic to Sound

      Hi Eve, this isn’t an exhausted list by any means and there are several sounds on there which trigger me and other misophones which I haven’t put down. It’s just a guide to give you an idea of some of the most common ones.

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  5. Shelby

    Wow – Thank you so much for putting all this together. I have suffered from this for as long as I can remember but always just thought it was an abnormal thing only I suffered from. Therefore, I never reached out to a doctor about it. However, now I feel comfort in knowing I am not alone, and the confidence to seek treatment.

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  6. michele shingler

    I am so glad i am not alone with this ridiculous condition. mine started when i was about 14 or 15 when i started to notice my mum speaking when eating with food in her mouth which used to fly out, it was disgusting and hated meal times. Then i could hear her breathing when doing her sewing with her mouth open, so she was the trigger in this. When i left home things got better but gradually started to come back. I couldnt stand people licking their fingers whilst eating, or smacking their lips,going to the cinema now i have to sit in the back row cos the sound of people eating popcorn and rustling their bags makes me wanna chuck it over their head lol, so cant have anybody sitting behind me in cinema. We got a dog, the poor dog was only doing doggy things but when he got excited he breathed and panted and i couldnt stand it, i hated hearing him eating. I hate popping noised in peoples throat, its a nightmare, and writing it down sounds so ridiculous, my children laugh at me and say im a nutter, but its only certain sounds, im fine with everyday noises, just people and dogs and their noises.

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    • OG

      Holy mother I hate popcorn! No one understands. I ALWAYS sit in the back row and it always bothers me to hear people rustling in popcorn like cows.

      My misophonia started with my mother’s singing voice. She would sing all the time, even in closed spaces (eg. Her driving me somewhere). And I don’t mean singing along to music. Just singing. Her voice is horrible! She is guttaral and doesn’t care for melody, and had this disturbing tick where she would drag out certain parts of the song. I probably started noticing it in my teens and I swear to God she did it just to torment me. I already had a bad relationship with her (she was kind of abusive) so the noise triggers felt like another kind of attack. She was also fond of picking her teeth with a toothpick (visual trigger!) and rubbing her feet together when seated. I hated my mother for a long time because she was either trying to control me or triggering me with her disgusting behavior. No wonder I’m so messed up. I wonder if I have PTSD.

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  7. Ian

    Can music (all types) be a trigger?

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    • Tim

      I’ve definitely had times when music is as much a trigger as other sounds. For me it depends on my level of tiredness & mood.

      But yes, some songs trigger the anger response for me too.

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  8. Tim

    I used to wonder if my hearing had been affected by a Cicada (120db) chirruping about 30cm from my ear during a camping trip as a child.

    When I think back, I remember not being able to sit at the dinner table with some other sound source (TV, radio), since the sound of eating drove me nuts. As an adult it’s easier to control the impulse.

    Something which I wonder if other Misphonia folks have – at my age of 40-something, I still have full hearing range equivalent to a child. But when in crowds (bars, restaurants) I struggle to hear the person sitting next to me – because I can hear _everything_ going on in that bar. I can’t tune in on any one thing. I think this exasperates my Misphonia, making it more pronounced in quiet situations.

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  9. Bernadette McConnell

    I too have misophonia. My triggers are bus driving and cars. Chewing and mouth clearing, breathing. I have been looking for this for all my life and only recently found out what was wrong with me. Now I can learn to manage it

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  10. alexandria

    im concerned when anyone is shaking their foot back and forth or tapping or anything remotely similar that i feel a rage build up and all i want most in the world is to make it stop. right now someone in my class keeps moving their leg and have been for the past few hours and all i can think of is how badly i want it to stop. i have been sitting white knuckled since the beginning of class at 7:30 in the morning, my chest feels heavy and my brain feels like its going to explode. I am getting fidgety to distract my self from this person but nothing seems to be working. Am i overreacting? sorry if there is bad grammar or capitalization etc. i am in a furious rage over this

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  11. sowinglight@gmail.com

    My trigger set seems to have nothing to do with food. I can’t handle humming, fake laughing, tapping, whiny pitches to the voice, crying (loud), kids playing noisily. I don’t know if that falls under misophonia, but I do have physiological reactions to these sounds. My stomach starts to hurt, I get nauseated, and my vision starts to get a little fuzzy. I swear, when I hear those sounds, it’s like all the other sounds in th world fade and the trigger sounds literally seem amplified. The ironic thing is that I’m a middle school English teacher. LOL. But my students are fine, for the most part. It’s smaller kids that stress me out. LOL! (Including my own two, ages 4 and 7).

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  12. Christa

    I can’t stand chewing sounds (carrots and apples are the worst). sucking teeth and sniffles. Certain types of music, clocks ticking (other people are not even aware of the clock when to me it seems the loudest sound in the room!!), heavy breathing, alarms, motorcyles…..
    My mood changes instantly from friendly to rude if I can’t manage the sound by either removing myself or making it stop.

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  13. Helen

    I’ve been struggling with misophonia for as long as i can remember. I once tried to compile a list of all of my triggers and ended up with ten pages of listing and had still not named them all. Misophonia, in almost all instances for me, results in intense emotional and physical pain that I cannot hide. In most cases i end up scratching, hitting, or hurting myself in some way to lessen the pain of the sounds.

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  14. Janey

    I have just found this name to my condition!! I control freak family members on slurping tea and slurping soup and god help me, the endless scraping clean of yogurt containers or jam jars. I snapped 20 years ago in an exam due to someone chewing their gum with their mouth open…snap! I can’t tolerate advertising on the radio, drives me insane. I have left restaurant because someone 4 tables aways is sniffing their snot or worse…the noodle slurp!!! I have stopped dead in my tracks walking to let the “Shoe Shuffler” pass far far far away in front of me….

    I wear ear plugs at work at the first sip of slurped tea from another cublice of my highly highdrated co worker. Sigh* One can go nuts…!!! I get agitated amd angry and can’t focus and need to block out the sound… Sorry, so sorry to read about the stories of some with physical pain….

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  15. Jan

    Tapping, shuffling, clicking, any repetative sounds; children crying, screaming, whining or running around making other “howler monkey” noises. (It’s that high-pitched, nails-on-the-chalkboard sound that will send me instantly to the brink of insanity); loud or repetative music or T.V.; foot shuffling/scuffing; music for which I can only hear the bass portion because someone has it cranked up so loud at a distance; I play online games and I have to turn off the music and really adjust the ambiant and effect sounds to tolerate it. My house is silent most of the time, the radio in the car is barely audible and I can only sleep with a white noise machine. I have a really tough time going to stores that insist on playing loud music. I’ve really got to get some ear plugs or something, because it just seems to be getting worse!

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  16. Tori

    Hello everyone. For once the daily mail was useful – it led me here!

    I had no idea this condition existed but is exactly what I experience every day. I thought I was to be honest pretty bonkers or weird.

    I’m not sure when it started. The odd thing is I’m partially deaf from birth and have worn hearing aids all my life (in my 30s now). My aversions or triggers are more specific to repetition, I become anxious and angry when I hear tapping or someone moving their leg continuously, crisp eating (but more the rustling of packets) rustling of plastics, repetitive coughs and people talking really loudly on the phone and some versions of really loud music. When they occur I am often desperate to find a diplomatic way to let that person know that their actions are really distressing – but we all have a right to live and do as we please, so I don’t say anything.

    Because I wear hearing aids I find it difficult to wear ear phones as the practicalities of taking them in and out especially when I am out and about and need to hear train announcements etc. Most of the time I grin and bear it and feel pretty uptight and down afterwards. I then end up being really tired from being so wound up for that short period of time. It’s refreshing that sadly there is more of us out there and it’s impressive to see research into this, especially when we still know so little about the brain. Thank you for setting this up.

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    • Allergic to Sound

      Hi Tori, welcome! You’re not at all bonkers or weird (or at least no more than the rest of us ;)) Do check at the article on here about misokinesia as it sounds like you may have this too.

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  17. Emily

    Thank you for your amazing website. I am currently 15, but my Misophonia started when I was 13. At first, I was only sensitive to eating sounds. Now, however, I have nearly 40 triggers. I have most of them written down, but some are just now forming. I haven’t told my family about all of my triggers, and the few I have mentioned seem to slip their minds since they are everyday sounds, such as chewing gum or biting nails. I personally didn’t really know what Misophonia was until I started researching a few days ago. For the past two years I just thought that it was something wrong with me. I try to keep silent as much as I can and I constantly have earbuds in. Although I am young, I am very glad to know what it happening in my brain. This website has been extremely helpful for allowing me to learn more about myself. Thank you for all of your hard work! It has helped me greatly and is beginning to inspire me to share my triggers with my family. It will be a long process, but I think it will be worthwhile.

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    • Allergic to Sound

      You are very welcome Emily! So glad you’ve found it helpful.

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  18. Elaine

    Thanks for a great website, i feel a comfort knowing there are others with Misophonia.I have suffered with Misophobia and avoid meal time with “Noisey eaters” for as long as i can remember….All eating noises seem to affect me, Biting, chewing, Swallowing, Gulping, Licking Lips,,,I have reactions to loud breathing, people talking to themselves for example counting or reading in a whisper…I react to repeative movements, moving legs, tapping feet, moving hands, playing with coins in pocket…i do explain to people and no one really understands, family and close friends understand as they see i am not joking and am in alot of pain with everyday noises that others dont even register as sound as it has no impact.i tend to walk away from all situations where i think there might be uncomfortable noise for me or if i hear noise that annoys me i walk away from it….It can be a unsociable phobia as i avoid social gatherings unless i know who is attending and know the way they eat…certain people i now make repeative movements, i cant sit and relax with these persons as it makes me very anxious…so again i walk away…i have never seen anyone change habits to suit me,,i guess i dont give them the chance as i remove myself from the situation!!Anyhow its nice to have this forum to discuss with other people who understand.

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  19. Kate

    This is a fabulous outlet! Even just to know you’re not alone.

    I feel like I have been dealing with this since I was very young – I have always gotten irrationally angry when eating with other – two members of my family are particularly noisy and I would always lash out at them in a nasty way.

    I think I generally have a better control over it now, however I work in an office and when sharing kitchen space with loud chewers I often have to physically remove myself, if I don’t have headphones handy.

    I also share a desk with a person who not only chews gum like a cow, but bashes the keyboard in a frantic way that makes me feel sick. SO typing has become a new problem for me. He also has a horrible habit of scraping tupperware when he eats (again, furiously fast and like a cow). Thank goodness for headphones!

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    • Allergic to Sound

      Great Kate, glad you find it helpful. Yes, headphones are our saviour!

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  20. Aaron

    Finally, there’s a name for bring bothered by noises! I’m not triggered by eating noises, music, vehicle or mechanical or repetitive fidgety noises, but children making sudden noises, conversation echoing in public places, and throat-clearing and coughing set off panic attacks.

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  21. Jake

    I have suffered from misophobia for as long as I can remember, that being primary school. I’m almost twenty by the time of this comment. First it was whispering, specifically those whispering to me. At first it was a cause of frustration and discomfort but now it is a major trigger and has me feeling genuinely violent. We are all aware that it is an overreaction and unreasonable. I sometimes fear that I am a danger to myself in these scenarios as the desire to hurt both myself and those making the noise is so strong and I’ve often verbally lashed out at those who whisper at me or make chewing noises. I cannot eat with my young brother in law as he does not eat with his mouth closed, not only do I find it gross but I have to excuse myself from the room as the thoughts that go through my head exposed to that noise are so disturbing when the subject is a child. This condition is without a doubt an impairment on my social life even though I consider myself extroverted. I’ve been hesitant to seek treatment as this condition has not been “officially recognised” or something like that.

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  22. Emily

    I have suffered from misophonia since 9 years old. Words and sounds that particularly trigger me are chewing sounds, and people going ‘shhh’. I remember when I was in class as a kid and kids were talking, the teacher would go ‘shh’ and I would feel like screaming or pulling my own hair out. I had no idea it had a name until now, I just thought it was something that happened to everyone. Thanks for making this, it’s nice to know other people have this too and to be able to talk to them.

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    • Allergic to Sound

      You’re very welcome Emily, I hope it helps. Remember you’re not crazy, or weird or bad and we’re all here for you. With the right mindset and coping mechanisms you can thrive with misophonia.

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  23. John Stormnoiser

    Hello
    I read lot of the comments, but can’t read everything, I identify myself with this.
    Since kid I have misophonia and i don’t even knew this was a thing, people began to talk to me about my overreactions, I’m never phisically agressive, but sometimes i throw objects in certain noisy things, and i jump and roll and even bite things when certain noises trigger me.
    Its a pain to me, lot things triggers me, its exhausting to live with people and in public spaces, more if you count i’m a schizoid person and whatever more disturbs i have.
    Things that trigger me mainly (still there is more):

    * I hate loud bangs and clicks (like doors, firework, objects falling and etc);
    * Repetitive rhythmic monotonous sounds (not if it is an harmonic music);
    * Why people yell when they are entertained? I hate yelling, i hate people drunk in street talking loud and yelling;
    * I hate a lot machine noises and mostly alarms, sirens and things like that, this is the ultimatum of my rage;
    * Certain packages and plastic sounds, squeaks;
    * Repetitive dumb sounds like some they put on youtube videos or cartoon or dumb musics (I mean those musics that were propositionally ridiculous, like when someone do some thing on tv and plays that small descending line “fonfon-fonfon”);

    I could write almost an infinite list, this is painful, its exhausting…
    And nobody understand this, and they barely talk about this in my country, so when i say i have misophonia, people don’t even consider and think i’m those guys that instead of “getting better” keep being annoying and defending himself with this “i’m misophonic” excuse, i gave up >:(.
    Nobody understand me and this makes my rage double, because i’m not just annoying with sound, i’m annoyed with how people lack understanding that two persons can have completely different reactions to reality, and i don’t listen sounds like they do.
    Animals sleep in extremely quiet and dark places to feel security, if that thing is genetic, i believe i have a genetic that makes me feel like old times survivors and wild animals, that, in the middle of forest, any small tic you hear could be a tiger going to kill you so you wake up in “danger mode”, but modern noises trigger this tribal gene on my, my theory, just theory.

    Thanks.

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