My sophomore year of college is the time period I call the “sensitive to sound” era. I’m not exactly sure what got into me, but I was easily irked by sometimes even the slightest bit of noise or the loudest noisemakers of all. Up until then, I was notoriously known for sleeping through just about anything. However, in that year I happened to be living with a broken refrigerator that would make popcorn noises all through the night for a month until we got it fixed. On top of that, I was convinced that my roommate was closing her drawers and wardrobe doors loudly, but that wasn’t true at all! All of my drawers and wardrobe doors just happened to be quieter and may have been greased up more. For some reason, I became much more sensitive to sound that year and I never understood why…until The Frisky clued me in.
[love you banana!]
Misophonia is a newly discovered disorder for people who cannot handle the sounds of everyday life, which can include food and gum chewing, foot tapping, throat clearing – etc. Apparently, there’s not even a cure for it, but a part of me would be a little bit embarrassed if I were officially diagnosed with it.
“Oh hi my name’s _____, I’m taking x because I can’t stand when people (insert pet peeve here) and it makes me want to strangle them. Nice to meet you.”
Luckily for me, I was able to get over it. Now, I’m sure it’s not that simple for everyone because there have been reports of those suffering from the disorder having the urge to …become physically violent with the every day noisemakers so for now…
[as I was in the middle of writing this someone in the room started tapping their hands obnoxiously for about three minutes, but felt like eternity.]
…my best advice for you is to find other methods of dealing. Force yourself to think of something else, have something to distract you from the noise or puts you at ease or that will calm your anxiety.