Enquirer: Kelly Ripa’s ‘incurable brain disorder’: she hates to hear people eating

Kelly Ripa

You’re looking at a very dramatic cover from the Enquirer that promises salacious details about Kelly Ripa’s so-called “incurable brain disorder,” and that’s just a cruel way to frame what sounds like essentially an anxiety issue. Apparently, Kelly has admitted to suffering from an issue that I suspect is more common than most people realize — a sensitivity to sounds, such as slurping or chewing loudly, that are related to eating.

When I started to think about this story more, I realized that I have a few friends who are also bothered by the same noises (and one who refuses to enter a movie theater on opening weekend because she can’t stand the sound of popcorn crunching). My daughter is also very troubled by the sound of my dogs grooming themselves while licking. So I think this “disorder,” which is really a condition called “misophonia,” isn’t something that should be shouted from the rooftops on the cover of a tabloid. I mean, it’s great that the issue is receiving some awareness, but it’s not the Enquirer’s place to do that because they’re just trying to move some issues off the newsstand. Here’s the story, and I feel awful for Kelly for having to cope with this issue, but I feel even worse that she’s seeing her face on the cover of a tabloid for something that she cannot help:

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa is struggling with a rare and incurable neurological disorder that’s causing a terrible strain on her and her family!

The perky “Live!” host, 42, admits that even the sounds of her family chewing and swallowing make her “insane” and can send her into a rage. But an insider says her devoted husband Mark Consuelos is battling to keep Kelly’s self-diagnosed condition, known as misophonia, in check.

“Kelly says that her anxiety level increases considerably when she’s exposed to certain sounds,” divulged a longtime friend. “Her condition is getting worse and she’s prone to sudden reactions of intense anger and annoyance, usually triggered by a noise made by Mark or somebody close by.

“It may sound funny but it’s not! Kelly can become enraged at anyone for something as simple as chewing with their mouth open. Mark has to remain calm and explain to the people that Kelly isn’t really mad at them. It’s something she just can’t control, but it’s led to yelling and screaming … and tears.”

The beloved TV star says she’s wrestled with the little-understood disorder since she was a child. “As early as I can remember, certain sounds of eating really bothered me,” Kelly revealed in a 2012 interview on ABC’s “20/20.” Although her representative stated that she has never been diagnosed with the disorder, Ripa has talked at length about her aversion to certain sounds.

And things haven’t gotten any better, as she said: “The sounds of people chewing gum can really enrage me.” Kelly, who says the condition has not harmed her career, added that quiet dinners with Mark, 42, and their children — Michael, 16, Lola, 12, and Joaquin, 10 — can be a recipe for disaster. If one of them is chomping, slurping, gulping, or ever swallowing too loudly, “my gut reaction is to yell, but I control that,” Kelly said. “If my husband eats a peach, I have to leave the room.”

Misophonia is a rare disorder that literally means “hatred of sound.” “Dealing with misophonia takes a lot of patience from every member of the family along with qualified help from therapists who understand the disorder,” Melanie Herzfeld, and audiologist from Woodbury, N.Y., who has not personally treated Ripa, told The Enquirer.

While Kelly’s condition is tough on her, other sufferers appreciate her candidness. In fact, the misophonia.com website notes, “Thanks to Kelly Ripa, this condition was noticed by thousands of people in America and across the globe.”

In the meantime, former “All My Children” star Mark has helped Kelly cope by giving her moral support and organizing frequent visits to a getaway in Telluride, Colo., a source says. “He can anticipate the sound triggers that will set her off. He will do anything humanly possible to make sure Kelly avoids them. Mark is doing everything he can to help Kelly combat the disorder so the whole family can live in peace.”

[From Enquirer, print edition, July 22, 2013]

What do I get from this story other than the fact that the Enquirer published a sensationalistic cover only to “reveal” that Kelly suffers from a sensitivity to sounds of eating? If it’s all true, then now I finally know that Mark is pulling some weight in this marriage too. After all, Kelly has already admitted to serving Mark breakfast in bed, and he has admitted that he loves their 1950s-styled domesticity. So while this Enquirer story paints Mark as some sort of beleaguered spouse who is forced to “keep the peace” in spite of Kelly’s neuroses, I think we know better than that. Mark is a good guy, and Kelly is a good woman. They are fine.

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa

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  1. Alexandria says:

    Does she have a sensitivity to eating too?

    • Diana says:

      I am crying!!!! Hahahahahahaha

    • Shannon says:

      Yeah just what I was going to say. She doesn’t eat. Bikini pics really show it.

    • krtmom64 says:

      My thought exactly!!!

    • LadyBird83 says:

      I hate to say it but does this include going “downtown” noises? Cause that’s just sad.

    • just me says:

      EXACTLY! lol! perhaps if she ate she wouldn’t be so sensitive to others who do. But I can understand to an extent because the licking noise from my dog grooming himself drives me bonkers too!

      • Yvonne says:

        Just Me- The “grooming noises” annoy me to no end! It’s to the point where I get up and leave the room rather than listen to it.

    • Janna says:

      Her poor children, not to be able to crunch and munch or slurp. That is part of childhood. I don’t see how she stands to sit next to Michael on her program because he is always making sounds. She doesn’t like many foods and says she gags a lot on food. She is wearing her hair straight on the show and it doesn’t suit her. I used to watch her show a lot but not much anymore.

    • DrM says:

      My thoughts exactly – KR can’t stand the sounds of the chewing and swallowing of food because she does it so rarely herself…it reminds her of what she isn’t getting!

    • Pandy says:

      Exactly what I thought – enabling an eating disorder. Funny how she can stand the sounds of her uber-annoying commercials …

  2. MrsB says:

    My husband suffers from this too. We literally always have to eat with either the TV on or have music playing or he can’t stand it.

    • Garvels says:

      Have you tried inserting ear plugs while eating and then removing them after the main course? He could probably hear people speaking but the slurping and chewing sounds would be muffled. Just curious.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I use earplugs every single night-just to sleep.

        But I actually think that’s a great idea to try using them when eating-the only thing is that when you have them in your ears and you eat, you can hear yourself eating..like I can hear my jaw cracking and it grosses me out.

        They take a bit of getting used to but they help so much, for those of us with sensitive hearing.

      • Erinn says:

        OMG OKITT!

        I have to do that too! I started doing it in Uni, having a bunch of really loud neighbors. Now I can’t quit it. And now, the fiance has a horrible snoring issue, and we have a kitten tearing around the room, and a puppy coming this fall… I don’t think I have a chance of quitting.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I can’t handle noise when I sleep, but earplugs sometimes hurt my ears. I use them in extreme situations! For day-to-day noise control, I have a big fan that I put by my bed facing away from me. After a few minutes my ears get numb to the fan noise and it drowns out everything else. The fan is my lifesaver!

        I didn’t know it was a “disorder” but I can’t handle loud eaters either. My co-worker eats at her desk and smacks her lips SO LOUDLY when she eats, it drives me insane. It literally sounds like my dog when she is lapping up wet food. I do deep breathing and take many trips to the copier when she is having a meal or snack!

        My mom taught me to eat with my mouth closed (for noise and so people don’t see mashed food). Recently I feel like I am the only one who was taught that way!

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        @ Tiffany – I had the same thought — didn’t these people’s parents teach them to chew with their mouths closed?

      • Decloo says:

        I never go to sleep without a white noise machine on (sometimes two). My husband is a light snorer but it drives me crazy. I’m so used to the noise machine that I can’t sleep now without it and I travel with a portable one. PS: I got my husband a $50 plastic mouthguard from some internet site and it really works for snoring.

    • Lem says:

      Hmm. Guess I have a new disorder. Although I’m still going to call it ‘ stop eating so loud, idiots’

    • BLA says:

      I have this disorder and I completely empathize with your husband. My poor partner of almost a decade has come to terms with the fact that I MUST point out the noise that is bothering me or I can’t begin to relieve the anxiety. That means not sitting hear him when he eats a banana and lots of other weird quirks.

      Loud chewing has caused me to leave the table at Thanksgiving, a business lunch at work, and refuse dinner invitations from friends who I know eat like this. But it’s nice to know others also deal with this on a daily basis.

    • littlestar says:

      I suffer from this too. Most of my family members think I am unreasonable about it, but the sound of someone chewing loudly, or chewing gum with their mouth open, and even sniffling makes me feel like my heart will explode (and I am not even exaggerating when I say that). I haven’t been to the movie theater in over two years because I cannot stand the sound of people chewing popcorn loudly either! Glad I am not the only one who is “irrational” like that too lol. My fiancé and I went for sushi on Saturday and of course we just had to sit next to a table where a girl was eating her sushi with her fingers, who then licked each finger after each piece of sushi and made smacking sounds! Ahhhhhh!!! And the sound of her biting into each piece of sushi sounded like squishy grossness.

      Side note, one of my co-workers constantly sniffles all day long (she is a 60 year old woman who should finally learn to blow her nose!). It aggravates/stresses me out so much that I constantly have my ear phones in listening to music so I can drown out her sounds.

      • littlestar says:

        I also have to add, my future father in law constantly swishes saliva around in his mouth and makes sucking sounds with his mouth all day long. It’s an odd habit he has. I have snapped on him many times because I cannot handle it. It really can affect relationships.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        My sister used to chew gum a lot and I couldn’t handle it in the car. I had a policy: Either you give me a piece so I can’t hear you chew over my chewing, or you throw your gum out.

    • Dinah says:

      My sister, too. Although she holds back around people well, she cannot go to a movie theater and does not like to eat out. She & her family use a large table for the three of them. :)

    • RobN says:

      My husband is the same. Cannot eat in a quiet place or the sound of somebody eating is too much for him. It’s a real thing although I had never heard of it until I met him; he was very glad when his doctor diagnosed him and it turned out he wasn’t just a little crazy.

    • Trillion says:

      I have never said or typed this before, but I cannot stand to hear my husband eat. This doesn’t happen to me around others, however. I will actually leave the room if he’s eating and return when he finishes. It’s not even that I just don’t like the sound, I have a very negative, intense, visceral reaction to it that cannot overcome. I guess I’m not the only weirdo. Good to know.

      • Lemony says:

        You are definitely not alone!
        My hubby & his mother both have this, especially when people are eating crunchy things like chips, popcorn, raw veggies, and crunching ice or putting ice in a blender. They both feel like their heads are going to explode.
        It hurt my feelings at first when they would literally run out of the room when I was eating (crunchy foods are my favorite things to eat, not a day goes by that I don’t eat crunchy veggies or popcorn!) But they both told me that I have good table manners, they just can’t deal with the sounds, even when a person is eating with their mouth closed. I try to chew with mouth closed as much as I can, and we also play some classical or jazz in our dining room while we eat. And if they have to run out of the room, so be it. :)
        I definitely learned something tonight by reading this post. Hubby & his mom were both told by doctors that this is a symptom if thier ADD/ADHD (sensory overload) and until tonight I’d never hear of Misophonia. I am passing this info along to them.
        Thank you all for sharing your experiences!

  3. lisa2 says:

    LOL.. as I just clicked back to the site, I’m watching Kelly and Michael cooks a chicken wrap and “eating it”

  4. Marianne says:

    I guess that Enquirer is desperate for a story since Kelly has talked about this a while back.

    I have to say that I’m in the same boat as Kelly. I hate listening to people snore or chew on their food. I haven’t gone around yelling at people though.

    • Rachel says:

      Exactly. It’s not even a story, as she’s talked about it quite often on her show.

      But I love the “INCURABLE BRAIN DISORDER” headline. Sensationalist much??? A lot of people have problems with certain sounds. Especially eating sounds. Like Bedhead’s daughter, I have an issue with the sound of my dog licking. I feel bad when I yell at him because he doesn’t understand, but I just cannot STAND it.

  5. KG says:

    Why is everything a disorder these days. I HATE these sounds, too. Gum chewing with our mouth open or popping your gum is just plain trashy and annoying. As is chewing with your mouth open, it’s called manners. Learn some.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      THe reason why everything is a disorder nowadays is so the drug companies can make money off of the ‘disorder.” In the next while we can expect to see kelly as the poster gal for a new drug called slurpifizil, which will treat this condition.

      • prissa says:

        LOVE THIS COMMENT!! So true about the drug companies. And Slurpifizil – PRICELESS!

      • Nicolette says:

        You totally nailed it on the drug companies. They are constantly pushing the latest pill/vaccine with print ads and commercials that tell you how great it will work for you, and then follow it up with a laundry list of possible side effects. Then sometime shortly after you see the ad for a law firm representing people who have been adversely affected by those miracle drugs.

      • snowblind says:

        There’s no drug or cure for this. It has NOTHING to do with drug companies. Eeeshhh :/

    • laurie says:

      Amen! Interesting that there is a name for this. I’ve banned gum chewing in my house, and when I hear it in public, and the gum snapping, I feel like screaming. I often have to walk away if someone is eating “too loud”.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree. If I’m near someone in a public place who is smacking and cracking gum, I just want to slap them. I think it’s such bad manners and so trashy and it drives me up the wall. Not sure it rises to the level of a “disorder,” though, for me, anyway.

    • RobN says:

      It’s not about hating the noise, it’s not about accepting that some people have bad manners. It’s about not physically being able to be in a room with somebody eating. My husband has to leave a room or he’ll explode at someone. He’s a very calm, very kind person who literally starts to shake. Simply because you don’t know somebody who has to deal with this doesn’t make it any less real.

    • CassT says:

      I agree. Smacking gum or chewing it loudly is just plain old trashy! I get far away from people who do this. Who needs to chew gum anyway? I personally think gum is disgusting.

  6. Evelyn says:

    This happens to me too, if someone is making a smacking sound when they’re eating, if I can hear their teeth touching, or if I hear someone breathing. My skin gets flushed and I have to leave the room, it seriously makes me IRATE. But I don’t tell people, I always thought they’d think I’m being dramatic or bratty

    • Lem says:

      Teeth on silverware? Yikes! Knock it off!
      Do I have a disorder or do they need etiquette?

      • Lucky Charm says:

        I absolutely cannot not stand listening to teeth touching the silverware! I work with a guy who just eats like that everday, and I dread the staff lunches when he’s sitting anywhere near me.

  7. Feebee says:

    I have the same problem. I hate myself for it. It makes family dinners pretty painful. Otherwise I have to have the kids eat first then hubby and I later with the tv on. The movies can be really hard if too close to an open mouth chewer, ugh my toes are curling just thinking about it.

  8. truthful says:

    That’s because SHE IS HUNGRY!!!


    Happy Friday!

    no offense to those that may suffer from this, she just annoys me.

  9. Ashley says:

    Huh. I can’t stand the sound of people eating either. Never knew it was a strange “condition” I just thought no one liked it. Who wants to hear someone smacking or chewing? I too like to eat with noise if someone else is around so I don’t have to hear it.

    It doesn’t affect my life near as much as it seems to affect hers though.

    • Tara says:

      Me too Ashley. I think the “quiet” part of their dinners is the mistake. Background sound can mask most of the objectionable noises.

  10. Jen says:

    Like others have said, I hate when people chew with their mouths open or chew gum. Didn’t know it was signs of a brain disorder. I just hate the sound, even in movies. I have really good hearing though, so many loud noises annoy me.

    NE just tries way too hard to find stuff to talk about and put in 60 point type with freaky photos to go with it.

  11. Meg says:

    I always thought I was just really picky or something. I have to physically leave the room when my boyfriend eats chips or popcorn, and I am constantly trying not to do the “angry stare” when I hear people eating in public.
    I didn’t know it was a disorder; I just thought I was kind of a bitch. I’m still not sure if I believe it is a disorder, but if there is help for it I might look into it. The quiet rage attacks are completely unreasonable but outside of my ability to control whenever someone is eating with what I perceive to be an excessive amount of noise.

    • doofus says:

      “I didn’t know it was a disorder; I just thought I was kind of a bitch.”

      I laughed when I read that…thanks!

    • BeeCee says:

      I am 100% with you. When you hear it, it’s so hard not to get angry about it.
      I didn’t know that it was actually a disorder as well. I too am intrigued to see if there is help. Movie theatres are awful since most people tend to start eating before the movie and trailers even begin so you can hear EVERYTHING.

      It’s hard to even be in the same room with my family for Sunday dinners without having to leave the table within 5-10 minutes from being annoyed.

      It sucks but I’m glad I’m actually not the only one out there…

      • Adah says:

        There are thousands of us and we are all over the world. Please join one or several of the many on-line support groups and take advantage of pre-written letters to teachers, doctors, family, etc and look through the archives for research being done by some big names in the neurological community. This is NOT a psych disorder: our brains are wired differently.

  12. GMarchetti says:

    OMG, so I have the same mental disorder! I hate the sound of people eating, chewing, it’s so annoying and it infuriates me. But I don’t lose my sh*t, I just throw a side eye, and they usually get it.

  13. Talie says:

    People who chew their gum with their mouth open… that pisses me off.

  14. Madriani's Girl says:

    I am the same way with loud noises although I don’t know that it’s an actual condition. I have extremely sensitive hearing. As an example, if I’m in the bathroom by myself and I accidentally knock a brush onto the floor, the sound of it hitting the tiles enrages me for a split second because (to me) it’s so damn loud.

    I hate the sound one of our cats makes when he licks his privates but that’s probably just me reacting to the grossness that are animals. I love them to pieces but they will lick ANYTHING!

    • Apsutter says:

      Any kind of animal licking drives me crazy and pisses me off. My mom has shih-tzus and they are always licking and making weird sounds and it makes me nuts.

      • claire says:

        Licking is definitely a trigger for me. So are certain eating sounds and TV static. TV static is the probably the worst of the three to give me major anxiety reactions. It’s so strange.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Me too. I mean, it’s BAD for me. I can’t handle shouting or even loud talking upsets me, loud laughing, any loudness at all.

      I thought I just took after my mom and have ULTRA-sensitive hearing. I’m still not quite convinced it’s a brain disorder…all I know is it sucks because living in a city can be incredibly noisy and I spend a lot of time being irritated.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Add me to the sensitive hearing club. Loud and high-pitched noises in particular drive me bananas. Birds tweeting, tires squealing, the sound of chips crunching, dishes rattling, feet dragging, lawn-mowers, children screeching, pens clicking, blinds rattling, tv static, gulping noises, the sound of rakes, water dripping…I cringe and grind my teeth through it all. The sound of a car door slamming in the dead of night can catapult me out of sleep.

      • guilty pleasures says:

        Agreed, I hate loud noises, when my husband turns up a favorite song on the radio I want to leap out!! And I DETEST the sound of slurpy kissing on TV or in movies, HATE IT!!
        Eating noises are gross and should be against the law!

    • Marigold says:

      I have the loud noises thing too. My husband likes to let cabinets “fall” closed, if that makes sense, so they sort of make a loud whack sound. I try to insist that he gently place the cabinet in place but he always forgets. I have no idea why it makes me so crazy but it does. And that’s just one example.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      Just be happy they clean themselves! I’ve been fostering a special needs kitten and the day she learned to clean her own butt I wanted to throw a flippin’ party! ;-)

      (Not that I am unsympathetic, I am sensitive to noises, smells, and tactile sensations like seams digging into me or two socks that aren’t the same thickness. I’m just glad not to be going through so many wet wipes every time kitten goes into the box!)

    • mayamae says:

      I react to loud noises too. I think I have an exaggerated startle reflex. People I work with seem to enjoy it every time. I also have a hard time with noises like diesel engines, motorcycles – especially Harleys, gas powered week wackers, etc. I get chest pressure and feel an impending panic attack, not that it quite gets to that extreme, but it makes me restless and uncomfortable.

  15. Jen34 says:

    I can’t stand the sound of people crunching in a movie theater. It makes it difficult for me to concentrate on the movie. Nor do I understand the need to eat while watching a movie. Eat before hand if you are starving!

    • shanti says:

      that really drives me crazy too…specially chip packets being crumpled …I only go to movies during the day when they will be nearly empty and I can sit far away from everyone else…

  16. Apsutter says:

    I HATE the sound of people eating. I grew up in a house that was very big on table manners and so we’re all sensitive to people eating like hogs.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      You wouldn’t last a day in my office. The owner and his son literally sound like cows chewing hay when they eat. I mean, not just a little loud, like I can hear them chewing from the other side of the office. Plus they chew with their mouths open and talk while chewing.

      It’s incredibly disgusting.

      • Lady D says:

        If you could bottle those sounds, you would make a killing selling it as a appetite suppressant.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        One time I came into my office, and my co-worker had about 4 or 5 inches of noodles hanging out of her mouth, which she proceeded to let spill onto her plate as she slapped her lips together 4 or 5 times. I think my shoulders literally went up to my ears. My spine cringes when I hear it!

    • Lucy2 says:

      Me too. I think mine is more an issue of hating bad manners than an actual brain condition.

  17. CreamSoda says:

    Add to the list of annoying sounds crunching or chewing on ice and ice cubes clinking in a cup. Drives me crazy.

    • Justsayin9 says:

      This is such obnoxious behavior! I was taking a very difficult finance exam in University with about 100 other students. We were spaced out and in stadium seating. This one guy brought a huge cup of ice and sat there in the complete silence shaking the cup, taking a mouthful, chomping the ice down to bits loudly and repeat…repeat…repeat. I could not even concentrate. So, I yelled from many rows up “PLEASE STOP CHEWING YOUR ICE!”. He stopped and I passed. A year later a girl I did not know came up to me and as like, you’re the girl that told that guy to stop chewing his ice during the finance exam, right?! I admitted I was. She was like that was so amazing ….he was driving me crazy too. Soooooo, I think it is much more common and often effects people with good table manners.

  18. Madriani's Girl says:

    The sound of people chewing with their mouths open – including gum – or slurping their food, makes me want to kick them. Show some manners!

  19. mkyarwood says:

    For eff’s sake. You know what would clear that up really quick? Living in any disadvantaged/war torn country and or refugee camp for a few months. Idiotic first world problems.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      Thinking about it this way does put it into a different perspective.

    • Macey says:

      It may sound trivial to those that dont understand it or have to deal with it but when something effects you on a daily basis and you have no control over it, its a different matter. Like some others have posted about the office environment. At work you are stuck and cant always escape it and it really does irritate you to the point you cant think. I agree there are always bigger problems in the world but this is a very real problem for those that have it and have to do deal with it in environments they cant get away from.

    • Bijlee says:

      This. LOL, but they can come to my house it would sound like a war zone to them. We are noisy eaters. Extremely noisy eaters. Utensil’s clacking, slurping, gulping down water (it’s spicy relax), smacking, etc.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      And….I’ve been put in my place. Great point.

      • TrustMeOnThis says:

        Whatever you do, don’t visit Japan (or if you do, stay out of noodle houses). It is considered impolite NOT to slurp noodles! I have to admit it was pretty fun (and surprisingly difficult!) trying to slurp correctly. ;-)

    • nuzzybear says:

      Strange that their response to the horror they live in is not to be completely bitchy. I wonder how they do it!

      • Ericka says:

        i do not understand why so many ppl like to think they lack the self control to help themselves? i admit i need to sleep with a fan on and can get irritated by a lot of noises….BUT! its called deep breathing and focusing on other things. u have to stay on top of your thoughts everyday all day long. its a 24/7 j-o-b

    • meandhim says:

      The condition has nothing to do with being from a developing, or as it used to be called, a TWC. I grew up in a poor country, though not torn by war, and have struggled with this condition ever since I was a child. My biggest fear/anxiety came from people making these sucky noises as they clean food out of their teeth and as I grew older, more noises were added to the list, including gum chewing/snapping, utensil noise against teeth and even continous sneezing or even people eating apples, carrots. I get so upset and my first reaction is anger, as a lot of people here have pointed out. If it bothers me too much I walk away for a little bit until that person is done because I don’t want to be thought as crazy, which is what I tell myself, “your are being unreasonable”, “it is nothing”, but the more I say these things to myself, the more I concentrate on the noise. If it’s a close family member I will ask them to stop (not the sneezing/eating apples, but chewing gum a certain way or especially, making that weird sucky noise to get the food out of their teeth, which to this day is what drives me bonkers the most). I am so glad other people have this. My mom used to tell me that I was crazy when I was little. Honestly, she didn’t know what to do with me and she didn’t know her daughter wasn’t the only one suffering from it.

      I finally have a name for it. Misophonia and I am looking into cures for it, either managing to control yourself through theraphy or other treatment solutions. Trivalizing this condition and making people feel guilty because you don’t understand it or is not important enough compared to severed limbs or living with much bigger fears, is wrong. Please understand this type of attitude is what makes people who live with this condition to withdraw even more.

  20. lisa says:

    or she is a hungry b*tch

  21. Macey says:

    I glad Im not alone in this. I have this too. I dont think ppl who arent bothered by those sounds get this but I can literally start to shake if I have to hear someone eating or gum chewing. I just cant stand it and would give anything to NOT be bothered by it. My mom is same way. I always wondered if it wasnt just us but then I read there is even a name for it and lots of ppl are the same way.
    I have even been turned off of some guys I dated just b/c of their table/eating manners. I really cant believe that the ppl that smack their lips and make so many obnoxious noises when they eat cant hear themselves and hear how disgusting they sound.

    I have a gf that is this dainty, sweet and very attractive girl but she has to be one of the most disgusting chewers Ive ever met. I always used to dread having dinner with her b/c of it. I can deal with it if theres a large crowd and lots of talking to block it out but if its just us I go crazy with her lip smacking and cant wait for the meal to be over. I usually try not to say anything b/c I worry will think Im nuts.

    I also wish the ppl that make those annoying commercials (like Kit Kat) that have ppl crunching stuff would realize this. I literally jump for the remote every time that Kit Kat or Lays chips commercials come on. Ive even boycotted their products b/c their ads annoy me so much. Many other have said the same thing on their FB pages too.

    • KG says:

      AAAh I was about to post that, I hate the Kit-Kat commercials, there’s a chip commercial out with people crunching that makes me want to scream.

      I always attribute it to my parents raising me to have manners, I would get scolded if someone ate improperly. I grew up expecting everyone else to behave the same.

    • littlestar says:

      I had a co-worker who was exactly like your friend! Every time he’d eat he would smack his lips like crazy with each bite/chew. At one of our company Christmas parties, we went to a fancy restaurant, and he sat there whole time “smack smack smack smack” and chewing with his mouth opened. It was hard trying to contain myself to not reach across the table and smack him one! Lol. While noises like this drive me insane, I do think there are a lot of people out there with very poor eating and table manners. Smacking your mouth while chewing with your mouth open is unnecessary. I don’t care how much you appreciate the food you are eating, being gross is just GROSS!

      • shanti says:

        that is so disgusting ..did these peoples parents not teach them manners at all ..yuk

    • Justsayin9 says:

      Yes!!! Those kit kat and chip commercials are enough to make me dive for the remote. I find them so incredibly offensive that I have boycotted them too! Market research people…

  22. Sarah says:

    I have it, the disorder isn’t just contained to eating sounds. I don’t go mad during each meal, but crunching noises or smacking sounds can be triggers.
    For me, any noise that is repetitive sets me off. My bf mindlessly scratches his beard, the sound is maddening. Chewing gum is a top offender, snoring, car alarms.

  23. Bird says:

    I want to kill myself when my husband eats sunflower seeds. I stomp out of the room, shaking my fist.

  24. sam says:

    I thought it was just me! I keep my rage in check though… kind of. I tend to put headphones in at work or leave the room at home. Its mainly when people eat with their mouth open – and Im very aware that its my problem to deal with, not to put on others.

    • laurie says:

      One of the people in my office eats cereal daily, and another popcorn. I wear headphones in the office most of the time.

      • juls says:

        Cereal is THE WORST. Sssslllluuuuuuurrrrrrpppp….crunch crunch crunch. Also, the sound of a fork scraping across a plate *shudder*
        Now please excuse me while I go punch a wall.

  25. BeachingIt says:

    Another one here, just thinking about someone slurping on a Popsicle makes my skin crawl. I’m always leaving a room when people are eating.

  26. Tara says:

    I hate to hear people eating too. The chewing, the slurping, the sloshing, the weird throat and stomach noises. Urgh.

  27. JL says:

    Maybe she has an aversion to people with out manners! What ever happened to shut your damn mouth, take small bites, don’t slurp, don’t gulp, talk w mouth full etc…

    OMG I have the same disorder.

  28. JL says:

    Whistling, #1 way to get me to flat take you out.

    Stroking a mustache or beard constantly is #2.

    • Tania says:

      I used to have misophonia really bad. I used to feel rage if someone whistled! I have to leave the room if my husband is eating cereal. Other things that bother me, silverware clinking on teeth, gum chewing, dog licking, chip bag crinkling, fan or clock clicking, one frog or cricket by the window, snoring and even loud breathing at night, and nail trimming. I think it improved dramatically and I tried to figure out why. I realize a few years ago my husband installed a sub woofer in my car and I listen to my music crazy loud. I really think it calmed down my super sensitive hearing.

    • meandhim says:

      Yes! I have this too. Whistling or people humming a song to themselves softly, or off key singing. Grr.

  29. carolyn says:

    While I can’t stand the sound of people eating or my dog licking, I think I’m more HYPERACUSIS (an over sensitivity to certain frequency ranges). POSITIVELY can’t stand wrapper sounds, leafing through the paper sounds, crinkling, the sound of styrofoam. My husband is trained to put chips in a bowl. I also have tennitus. Going deaf would be a blessing and a curse, though, so I don’t wish for it.

    • littlestar says:

      I have tinnitus in my right ear. It’s horrible! I feel for you. I wonder if there’s a correlation maybe between this sound disorder and tinnitus? Hmmmm…..

      • carolyn says:

        I’ve read about 30% of people with tinnitus have some degree of hyperacusis, too. I wouldn’t be surprised with misophonia being under that umbrella,too. An oversensitivity to sounds in general. Wonder if she’s listed to a lot of loud music, I know I have.

    • Relli says:

      Interesting I have always had ringing in my ears but I never knew it was actual condition. I am also super sensitive to things like sharpening knives, shoe skids on a gym floor, any sort of screeching or when my husband picks his nails… all these make my physically shutter and sometimes because my husband is part of a VERY loud family I have to ask him to take his tone down because he is often shouting as he gets more excited. I always thought this just a tick I had maybe there is more to it. Thanks!

    • I Choose Me says:

      Oh God, the sound of Styrofoam esp. those peanut things that come in boxes make me physically ill. Just thinking about it is giving me twinges of anxiety.

      …I am also super sensitive to things like sharpening knives, shoe skids on a gym floor

      Yes, yes and yes!

      • NorthernGirl_20 says:

        I am the same way!! I always thought it was just me. Have always been super sensitive to certain sounds. Knives being sharpened, wind chimes, smacking food (HATE those Kit Kat and Lay’s commercials). People making noises when eating. I’m also very sentimental to touch, hate socks and tags on clothes. My aunt used to call me the Princess and the Pea because if it.

  30. Jessica says:

    I’m getting upset just thinking about eating noises… there are far too many people that have no table manners. I haven’t been able to eat lunch in my office lunch room since 2009. Ok, happy thoughts…. it’s Friday!

  31. UsedToBeLulu says:

    Wow. I’m glad she has been public about this, because reading the comments, I can see many people can relate.

  32. The Original Mia says:

    I have it too to a lesser degree. It is super annoying and people don’t understand it. They think you’re being bitchy, but it literally makes me twitch and feel ill.

  33. Jade says:

    Interesting…maybe it’s an unknown mutation involving enhanced hearing, not a “disorder”.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      That’s an interesting theory, because I also have very acute hearing. My ears are really sensitive to sounds & noise and everything sounds louder to me. I have yelled at my son to turn down the tv in the living room because I can hear it over the one I’m watching in my bedroom, three rooms away with the door closed! To everyone else the tv can barely be heard, but to me it drives me crazy!

  34. Brittney says:

    Kelly’s already talked about this on her show, so I’m not sure what they’re getting at (except revealing their ignorance about psychological and medical conditions).

    Since childhood, this condition has ruled my entire life. I didn’t find out that it had a name until last year, which was a huuuge lightbulb moment for me and stopped it from destroying my relationship. I can’t be in the same room as my own partner during dinner, unless loud music is playing or I cover my ears and shield my eyes from him. I have to listen to white noise 100% of the time at work, because sounds like crumpling of food packages and chewing of food — and sometimes just TYPING — are amplified by my brain and send me into a rage.

    I’m really glad that Kelly and shows like 20/20 and Dateline are bringing more attention to this, because it really can destroy professional and romantic relationships, not to mention families and friendships. I still have to work hard every day to keep my rage bottled up and remind myself it’s irrational to hate my boyfriend for moving his feet in the corner of my eye or yawning without covering his mouth.

    But just like with OCD, there’s an inevitable influx of people who claim they have it too because of one or two specific neuroses. I don’t know if Kelly has it or not — I don’t know her — but I hope this isn’t trivialized and that people take it seriously. It sounds like a joke, but if you watch videos from in-home studies, it’s anything but. It’s very, very real.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      You might also find it helpful to google “highly sensitive person.”
      I think a lot of these sensitivities are connected/related – and like anything, it’s all on a spectrum.

      Learning how to deal with myself has made dealing with the world (in all its chaos) much easier for me.

      Happy friday!

      • cr says:

        “Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World”


        I’m hypersensitive to noise as well. It’s not so much super hearing as an inability to shut things out.

      • Brittney says:

        Thank you! It’s so disheartening when I hear there’s no treatment proven to “cure” this problem, but I’m definitely looking for ways to address all these sensitivities, and I’ll take your advice (and that book!) into consideration.

  35. kim says:

    I get that exactly. The sound of saliva moving in a person’s mouth.Omg my blood heats up at the thought. My bf heard about this thing and threw his hands in the air saying. “T hat seriously explains so much!” Once I even threatened to stab him with a spoon if he couldn’t quiet his mouth. We just put on background noise to cover eating sounds and it’s better. I’m with you kelly!!

    Btw ppk who make orgasm noises while they eat are disgusting. Ya I get u like the food, but really?

  36. Sloane Wyatt says:

    “Enquirer: Kelly Ripa’s ‘incurable brain disorder’: she hates to hear people eating” – This headline cracked me up.

    Kelly probably just gets hungry when she hears people eating. Judging by the looks of her, eating is not something she allows herself to do much of.

    (Not a Ripa fan, but for everyone else who’s struggling with this, I sympathize.)

  37. Relli says:

    As I am reading this my cube mate is crunching really loudly, she may have a point.

  38. Jackie says:

    I go nuts when I hear people using nail clippers. The sound irritates me so much that if I can hear it through the bathroom door I run to get away from it. I don’t know what it is but it drives me crazy.

  39. Kel says:

    I have to say I feel the exact same way. I never knew this was a disorder. I just can’t stand to hear someone eating like a cow. It’s called manners and sadly most people don’t have them. I gag when people talk with food in their mouths (the commercials for food nowadays make me sick) or don’t close their mouths while chewing. I can name a few other distasteful sounds I can’t stand either. I guess I have the disorder too. :P

    • Izzy says:

      +1. Who knew it was a disorder? All this time, I was just calling it “I REALLY don’t like rude people with lousy manners.”

      Can they prescribe a pill for it, I wonder? :D

      • gg says:

        Oh, I’m sure they can, Iz. LOL

      • Brittney says:

        It’s a disorder (or a problem worth discussing) when it crosses the “REALLY don’t like” line and ventures into “feel inexplicable rage that can only be ended by escape or violence” territory.

        Sure, it’s all on a spectrum… but I take it you’ve never ended a relationship or quit a job or been estranged from a family member because of the effects that others’ noises and habits have on you.

      • Marianne says:

        Its not just people with “Bad manners”. Trust me…even people who breathe loudly make me enraged.

        I have to go to bed with a fan on or listening to music cause I just cannot stand the sound of someone snoring. My friend and I went to her grandma’s cottage when we were about 17 and we stayed in the same room. She awoke in the morning covered in crumpled paper balls…because I threw them at her in the night in an attempt to get her to stop snoring.

    • catt says:

      But is it really a disorder or are they just sensationalizing it? There has to be a million people who get irritated and angry when people eat and make noise… Are we all disordered?!!

      • cr says:

        It’s one thing to be annoyed by slurping, loud music, etc. That’s common.
        It’s at a whole different level from annoyance when it interferes with your daily life: relationships with family, friends, etc.
        It’s like ADD, everyone gets distracted at some point. Not everyone gets distracted to the point of interfering with their life.

      • claire says:

        I think you can separate it out by the reactions. Like cr said above, to be annoyed is one thing. To have panic reactions, unproportionate anger, sweating, skin crawling, inability to block it out, a desire to flee, can’t think straight, feel trapped is another.

        It’s hard to describe but it’s like you’re fine one second, then you hear the noise, and you have this sudden onset of what I described above. The world stops until you can get away from it.

  40. Lexi says:

    I can stand listening to people eating loud foods, when they take the first bite with their mouth open, drives me nuts! I hate food noises, i hate loud eaters!

  41. MorganM says:

    Same here. I can’t stand hearing people eat, especially if they are wolfing their food down or chewing real fast.

    And gum smacking is not just annoying, but I think its trashy behavior.

  42. pnichols says:

    I feel the same way when I watch her or hear her voice.

  43. moo says:

    does she think that if she starves herself, everyone else should too?

    I think she’s got Bulimia myself… I’ve never seen an extended belly-button like hers before…. gross.

  44. Denise says:

    The other day I was this close to threatening my husband with divorce if he continued to blow his nose. He had bad hay fever (is there any other kind) and he sounds like an excited Canada goose on the best of days, but that day it was constant and it actually enraged me. Also, he eats with his mouth closed but I can hear it for some reason, and I just sit and look at him while grimacing in disgust. I suppose I’m a horrible person…oh there he goes again blowing it right now!!!!

  45. Alexandra says:

    They are adorable – I hope nothing nasty or weird ever comes out about them because I like them! And I kind of understand that whole sensitivity to different sounds – I kind of have that too – a lot of people that I know do actually come to think about it – especially the sound of someone chomping gum! Keep your mouths shut people!

  46. Meg says:

    ‘I feel awful for Kelly for having to cope with this issue, but I feel even worse that she’s seeing her face on the cover of a tabloid for something that she cannot help’
    celebs are on the cover of tabloids for things they can’t help all the time, cellulite, acne, etc. why is this any different?

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      Because that is ok? That horrible butt shot of someone who was just trying to go swimming? That’s all ok? No, no it isn’t. Now you could throw shade on celebitchy for paying attention to the trashier tabs (not that there would be many daily articles if they didn’t) but how can you say we should be unsympathetic? It’s brainshaming (similar to bodyshaming, but even worse).

  47. Asdfg says:

    It’s a very common “disorder” aka pet peeve. Growing up I wasn’t allowed to chew with my mouth open, slurp, smack, etc and had to learn my manners at a young age. It’s affected me my whole life. One of my biggest pet peeves. It’s caused problems and has ruined my relationships with family and friends.

    LOL. Sad, huh? Luckily for me i’ve never had any friends with manners. Maybe 1 or 2. I usually mock people when they eat like pigs. It can be difficult though. Chewing with your mouth closed your whole life then chewing with it open makes you wonder how the hell people can keep their food in their mouths? Gross.

    I’ve even tried to mock the “sounds” and it’s nearly impossible for me to make the sounds some people make when eating. Practice makes perfect. LOL. :)

  48. Emily says:

    Nahhhhhh this is totally me.
    There is a name for every single habit people have. It’s not like there’s something ‘wrong’ with you – it’s just how you are and they gave it a name.

    I go into inside raaaage listening to people eating for sure but also other very very annoying repetitive sounds like people whistling (THIS MAKES ME WANT TO MURDER!) or tapping things etc.

    • Lisa says:

      omfg, I want to climb the walls when I hear whistling. My dad does it when he’s roaming around the kitchen making meals, and I steel my nerves every time. It doesn’t bother me in songs, just when people whistle idly.

    • gg says:

      People sniffing in a waiting room that won’t bother to blow their nose. Now that makes me crazy but it’s only annoyance at the person for not just blowing their damn nose and being gross.

  49. Leslie says:

    I have a good friend whose jaw pops when she eats. It drives me nuts. There are a few other sounds that drive me nuts: scratching a chalkboard, that whirring sound when having my teeth cleaned, people slurping drinks… The Enquirer is really reaching to call that type of thing an “incurable brain disorder.” That’s just over the top crazy. They must have run out of gossip over there.

  50. Mindizzy says:

    I can relate I get bothered by sounds sometimes it’s weired and I definitely don’t understand it.. but it’s definitely a pain in the ass. And messes with my social anxiety mainly ://

  51. Lisa says:

    Her own yappy Chihuahua voice doesn’t bother her?

  52. gg says:

    Excuse me but how is this a “neurological” disorder like the clip says? It’s a phobia, nothing more. I have many friends that hate the sound of smacking, but I put it down to manners and lack of tolerance to bad ones.

  53. homegrrl says:

    oh puhleeeeze. Another example of wealthy people with overblown entitlement issues.
    I dated a rich guy who claimed to be allergic to dust, mold, etc. No Sh*tola. Eveyone is “sensitve” to random things.
    But the little guy can’t pull a diva fit over gums chomping or a dusty shelf.
    This is just pure stupidity. I’m sure every teen is going to try to copy this “disorder”, and I secretly laugh when their smart mammas say put up or shut up!!

    • jwoolman says:

      You’ve never heard of dust allergies and mold allergies? They’re very real. My trachea swells up on exposure to mold, meaning nausea for hours and sometimes vomiting. At least I can breathe, which is a problem for asthmatics who are allergic to dust or mold. Also leads to long-term bronchitis (I’ve been coughing for months now, hard to get enough sleep). Mold is hard to avoid in houses with carpeting- it is embedded in the fibers and gets kicked up whenever someone walks on the carpet. I felt a lot better when I got rid of carpeting. A major problem is mold from the crawl space, although placing electrostatic air cleaners at strategic spits where air from there enters the house helps. Electrostatic air cleaners seem especially helpful for mold, although there are some non-electrostatic germicidal units that can help in small spaces like the bathroom if they definitely deal with mold spores. With dust allergies, the culprit is actually usually dust mites and their accompanying crud, very hard to get rid of if you have carpets, upholstery, etc. Dust covers, daily vacuuming with HEPA industrial-level vacuums, and frequent washing of bedding in very hot water can help. Neither mold allergies nor dust allergies are “rich people’s diseases” although being rich would sure help since then other people could be hired to deal with the problems…

    • meandhim says:

      Did you just skip through all the comments of people who live with the same condition and are nowhere near as wealthy as Kelly?

      Dust and mold allergies are also very real. My husband has to live with both and takes madication on a daily basis to control his condition and to sleep better at night. We are not wealthy or even rich for that matter. Please educate yourself before you spew off bullshit and pass judgement.

  54. Lucky Charm says:

    I thought I was the only one bothered by the noise of certain foods being eaten! I’m glad that it’s not just me. And my poor dog & cat, I yell at them to stop and then they wander into another room to finish grooming themselves. :(

    • Marianne says:

      I admit that I have woken up my sister’s cat before just because the snoring was bothering me.

  55. Anne o'neame says:

    As someone else mentioned, noisy eating (noises in general) can be culturally specific. I’m Korean American, and my family considers it a compliment if you slurp and smack your lips while eating. Not to mention belching. And talking with your mouth full is fine.

    Thankfully my husband pointed out my poor manners, and now I’m very self conscious about making noise while eating.

    • meandhim says:

      My sister in law is Chinese and she slurps so much when she eats soup. Her tables manners are very very good otherwise so it’s kind of odd that she slurps, but I also understand it must be the way she was raised and that’s how she enjoys it. It does bother me at the table but I don’t say anything and try to block it out of my mind. I will tell my mom if she’s slurping and I encourage people to tell me if my table manners are deteriorating in any way. I am very careful when I eat but didn’t realize, until my husband pointed out, that I tend to talk sometimes during dinner when I still have food in my mouth. So now that I know, I am more careful about that too. I understand how it can gross people out.

  56. Penny says:

    Oh, yes. The clicking of high-heeled shoes on tile are agony at my job. My husband, bless him, is getting very good about hitting the mute button during commercials where liquids are poured or candy bars crunched. He’ll even wear headphones when watching a western because the horses’ clippety clopping makes me crazy. I wish this problem didn’t seem so irrational. I appreciate Kelly Ripa spreading awareness about it. Because when I first read online that there are other sufferers, it was like discovering long-lost family. We understand each other. It’s typical that a tabloid would distort the problem in such an extreme way.

    • Hakura says:

      I’m still really surprised that there are that many of us out there. I guess it’s just easier to talk about online, & reach out & share experiences. (Although there’re many negative things that come from the internet, this is definitely one of the good ones.)

      What really gets on my nerves is when someone w/long fingernails taps them on a hard surface. Click, click, click ARGH. & when something is squeaking, like wheels or the ‘turning’ part of a chair (especially office chairs). It’s hard to explain, but those kinds of shrill noises actually make my back teeth hurt… I end up clenching down on them trying to stop it.

      We feel your pain, seriously. <3

  57. ramie says:

    I hate listening to people eat too. Does anyone actually like this sound? Plus I’ve had 2 exes with jaws that clicked while they chewed.

  58. Donnie says:

    she talked about it before, there are quite a few f/b groups and thousands of us who have found, we’re not alone in this, it’s sound sensitivity but listed under misophonia. i’m 59 and i’ve had it since i was about 10, worse now than then, way worse.

  59. Anguishedcorn says:

    While I totally agree that everything need not be a disorder, I also suffer a lot from this and wish there were some way I could “turn it off.” I literally can’t be in the same room when my husband is eating. If my dog or cat starts licking, my skin crawls and I feel like screaming. I guess the difference is, I can control my behaviour. Screaming or breaking into tears is another level all together.

  60. Adah says:

    Just like most things in life, Misophonia is on a continuum. Some people have it worse than others (eg: bothered and avoidance vs rage and disgust) and it does tend to get worse with age. Please look into the Misophonia Activation Scale for more information. And no – this is not a made up disorder or a phobia. If it was, many of us would be cured by now. This is a neurological “brain wiring” issue. There are people with misophonia all over the world and it’s crazy stories like this that give us more publicity. Welcome to all the newcomers. Please find a support group on line for information and great resources.

    • meandhim says:

      Thank you. This is so true. This disorder has nothing to do with economic status or the place where you were born. People all over the world suffer from the same condition. I am so glad I found other people like me and today, through this article, I found a name for my condition and maybe support groups and possible treatment for it, such as cognitive behavior therapy. I seriously thought I was crazy. Maybe I am, but at least I don’t feel so alone now.

  61. Jody says:

    OMG I’ve got that disease too!!! I can’t stand eating with my kids, I hate people breathing hard through their nose and people rubbish their feet together or twiddling their thumbs. Some things really annoy the crap out of me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. snowblind says:

    To the folks who somehow think this is humorous… let’s try this… I’ll tap you in the middle of your forehead with my finger until you feel like punching me in the face. After you do (punch me), I’ll continue tapping until you start to cry and won’t stop until you want to kill yourself. THAT’s what misophonia feels like. Any questions?

  63. JulieM says:

    I’m late to this discussion, but, boy, howdy, I have it too. So does my daughter. She told me a few years ago what it was called. She would literally dissolve in tears if she had to listen to what we called “smackey mouth” noises.

    And it really does impact your life. If I go to the movies, I must sit in the back row because I can not tolerate popcorn chomping, chair kicking (which is probably some other disorder- I’d make a great test study subject), and people who take 20 minutes to unwrap candy, crunching the plastic the whole time. What the hell takes 20 minutes to unwrap! Gum snapping, I want to kill. My brother lets his dog lick his arms and legs and I simply have to leave the room. Eating with mouth open so you can watch and hear the half chewed food slosh around. There is a crisis in table manners. It’s just really surprising how otherwise polite people eat like pigs at a trough.

  64. Becca Stricl says:

    Well….unless any of you suffer from Misophonia or have someone in your life who does this has NOTHING to do with weight or anything else like that. I have lived in HE** with this for over 41 years and it is NO walk in the park. I must wear earplugs from the time I walk in my house and they stay in until I leave (YES…I change them!). And for someone who have 27 “trigger” noises it makes it hard when all you haters do NOT understand what we are going through. For those of you who remember blackboards, think of each trigger as being fingernails on a blackboard. Those of us who suffer with this have to deal with EVERY DAY. So unless you know what this is ALL about please watch what you say. You have NO IDEA what we go through EVERY SINGLE DAY of our lives. For many of us we were told to “get over it” and it was an “attention” thing. NO…it is not. And for MANY of us we have just recently learned what we have is also something others have (which MOST of us grew up thinking we were the only ones and could not figure out what was wrong with us). So PLEASE educate yourself before mouthing off about something MOST of you don’t even know what it is let along suffer with. Thank you

    • brumhildawayne says:

      Thank You! It’s so hard to explain to people who don’t deal with it how debilitating it is — and that it manifests itself in ACTUAL physical discomfort.

      • Marianne says:

        Thank you.

        Some days the sound of people eating makes me want to punch something. I try my best not to say anything as I don’t want to be rude. I usually either eat in my room, listen to my ipod or put the TV on when I eat.

        Or if I’m in the car and someone is breathing too loudly I have to roll the window down. My mom thinks I’m irrational about it.

  65. Bobbi says:

    Omg Metoo I can’t hear ppl eat. I feel so rude but it makes me sick
    To listen to. I hate it

  66. stinky says:

    cannot BEGIN to imagine what it must be like to be married to that one. seriously.
    good luck dude… keep on keepin on. he’s there for the $.

  67. kristiner says:

    I have this for smacking. There is NO reason to smack when you chew and it’s so annoying to eat around.

    It’s not a brain disorder or anxiety just a really bad annoyance.

    If ANYONE can tell me what Mark Conseulous does for a living I’m all ears. Have they ever talked about him being the stay at home/Mr. Mom while she brings home the bread? He did host that cougar/kitten dating show with the tennis player but that’s it. He doesn’t act. He doesn’t do anything and didn’t for years except what felt like constantly getting Kelly pregnant within like 5 years

  68. Sarah says:

    Telling someone with misophonia to ‘get over it’ is the same as telling someone with depression to ‘just cheer up’, doesn’t work like that unfortunately.

    I don’t care if you don’t like the word ‘disorder’ but the fact is that every day sounds cause physical and mental symptoms that are not normal, affect my daily life, my relationships with friends and family, where I socialise and how I feel in my own home.

    If you do not suffer with this then how fantastic for you, but do not think for a moment that you can belittle me or my feelings because of something I cannot change, no matter how much I would love to.

    • Hakura says:

      I really agree with the comparison you made, regarding depression & just being told to ‘cheer up’. I have severe depression (& have to be treated for it), & when I first started to show signs, received that maddening response to just ‘get over it’.

      Same goes for this problem. There is no OFF BUTTON to the severe noise-sensitivity problem, either.

  69. FartSack says:

    The sound of my dog licking his balls makes me irate! Not funny!

    • Trillion says:

      My friend describes that sound as being like “Clydesdales trotting down a cobblestone street”. Lol.

  70. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    There are specific eating noises that drive me nuts too. Some are remedied by asking the person to please chew with their mouth closed, which is a common courtesy to be done anyhow.
    The way my husband power chews his chips, another one that irks me to no end.
    I think the one that darn near sends me over the edge is people smacking their lips while eating.

    I firmly believe that Kelly being a celebrity has intensified this condition a thousand-fold. Being accustomed to having a swarm of lackeys that jump when one snaps their fingers tends to greatly over inflate egos which in turn greatly decrease a person’s tolerance to even the slightest of irritants.

    So, suck it up, buttercup. You’re not a pretty-pretty princess and you don’t own the world. Grit your teeth and leave the room, as the rest of us must do when we have to face life’s irritations.

  71. Mary Kline says:

    All of you who are snarky or dismissive of this condition just don’t get it. the terror of Rippa’s emotional response is obviously beyond what you have ever experienced in regards to sound. Better hope and pray you or someone you care about never suffers from this.

  72. homegrrl says:

    If our nerves are frayed, if we dont eat, sleep, relax or laugh enough, we’re going to overblow our “sensitivities”. It’s not a “disorder” that requires meds, people. Getting freaked out by a normal human function such as eating is psychological.

    Have we gotten so entitled as a society that we collectively hop on the ‘IT’S A DISORDER” boat?
    We blame the doctors for charging so much and running up insurance costs, but then we RUN TO THE DOCTOR FOR EVERY NORMAL THING.

    My son tries to tell me he has an allergy, or he wants one cause all the other kids in his school have one. I’m like, no honey, her mamma’s a hippy farm girl, and we don’t do allergies around here. Sure I’ll dust, sure i’ll serve natural whole foods, but we don’t self indulge.

    • Lemony says:

      It is a real condition, I’ve known people who have it, & there are many possible causes and/or triggers for it.
      My husband & his mother are very bothered my food noises & ice being crushed. They were told it was a symptom of their ADD/ADHD. Let me guess, you don’t believe in those disorders either?
      After reading your comment here & the one above about not believing in dust or mold allergies you just sound like someone who doesn’t like to clean the house. ;)

    • Mary Kline says:

      Yes, calm surroundings,and a healthy lifestyle can dial down the rage and anxiety but the problem with someone who really has this is deeper than a “lifestyle change”….maybe “healthier choices” can ease the PTSD-like response, but for those with full scale misophonia, the solution is not so simple. You’re not getting it.

  73. Mary says:

    OMLord!! I know EXACTLY how Kelly feels and what she is going through and it can effect one’s home life.

    I have the same issue, never thought of it as a rare disorder, more of my own sick quirk. Mine too is certain noises such as slurping coffee, or the rattling of paper………like at the movies with the popcorn bags, my boyfriend getting a cracker out of a pkg., or out of the box, or potato chips out of the bag, I make him dump them on a dish so I don’t have to listen to the paper crackling because it drives me insane and has since I was a small child. Trust me, I wish it didn’t, It’s as much a pain for me as it is the people I get onto for making the noise.

  74. colleen says:

    I have the same thing drives me insane .. So certain sounds make me want to scream …. It is very real

  75. MeMe says:

    OMG I didn’t know this had a name. I can’t stand the noises either. There are certain people I could tell that they are loud, but others I can’t. I love going to Mexican restaurants, but OMG the chips and salsa at the tables drive me crazy. I don’t want to be like this!!!! Don’t start me on sunflower cracking or gum chewing or snapping. I also prever to see movies at home than the movie theatre because of the gum and the candy wrappers.

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  77. Mary evans says:

    she is horrible