Why certain noises drive some people totally nuts

March 21, 2015 11:00 AM

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Why certain noises drive some people totally nuts

A primary care physician recently made an unusual confession in the New York Times: Dr. Barron H. Lerner, admitted that some of the sounds his patients make, like loud yawns and sniffling, bug him. A lot.

He has misophonia—the “hatred of sound”—a condition that causes people to feel irritated, or even enraged or disgusted when they hear specific noises. The most common culprits are eating sounds (think lip smacking), hand sounds (such as pen clicking), and breathing sounds (including any activity in ...

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