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I would think the more input in this subject, the greater likelihood root causes and solutions might eventually be sorted out. I guess I have "misophonia" dislike for mouth/eating noises, like gum, crunching, gulping, slurping, noisy (motorized) eating on ceramic plates, sniffling, and about 50 others. I still feel, however, though we call this a "condition", there's also what we call manners. SO part of the issue is our own sensitivy, but the other half of the issues is there are a lot of people with bad manners. I've found that virtually everybody to some degree has a noise sensitivity, just with us, it's certain sounds with eating. Others despise white noise for instance, or others who seeming don't have our same sensitivities, really do have them, when the circumstances are exagerrated in their presence. It's not necessarily a "whether you have it or you don't" condition, but rather a degree of how much tolerance to a certain level, before it becomes annoying. That's one possible angle on this anyway that I think is worthy of thought.

 My best recollection of having this condition goes back to being an infant. I think part of the issue might just lie in the fact that before I had teeth, it was annoying that others (with teeth) were able eat (and crunch) around me. I have always had above averaging hearing, I'm told, and that's a trait my mother had. She died when I was young, but there are indications from stories I heard, she also had the same condition. So, perhaps there is a biological connection here, and perhaps environmental circumstances play a factor too. Though I, like everyone else, forgot most of my early childhood memories, I do recall the particular episodes where I was very annoyed by what I considered obnoxious. loud eating habits by others, like the lady ages ago munching away excessively at taco chips like she better consume as many as she possibly can,, and let everybody know it.
I've also noticed that some things began bothering me when I was young that kept me awake while I was trying to sleep, like a neighbor who used to be in the yard (across the street btw) and whistle early in the morning.
So, partly it could be some of us have an inherited sensitivity, and this is realized circumstantially, like when we need sleep and relaxation, but are deprived of it because of someone else's habits.
Perhaps a poor analogy would be someone with genetically alcoholic tendencies. If he was never exposed to alcohol consumption by circumstance, his condition would never be triggered. In the same light, perhaps we have a genetic tendency to be more sensitive to sounds (perahps from better than average hearing) and when certain sounds are repetitive, that distract our minds, or deprive us of sleep, we find those sounds to be annoying thereafter.
Another factor I find interesting, is we can commit those very sounds ourselves, and not find them annoying. It's like trying to tickle oneself- it's near impossible. I think there may be some insight with this. And furthermore, I've noticed when others are eating in what we consider an excessively loud manner, if we make those very same noises, about the same time, or at least in that atmosphere, their noises are not nearly as annoying. It might go back eons ago (for those who study animal behvior), and we have genetic traces. It's a very tough issue, because it seems there's some biological component, yet also it seems conditioned by environment and could be partly psychological.
I noticed also, like someone with a hangover, poor sleep contributes to sensitivity. So, I would think one fundamental bit of research would to determine how well we all really sleep, that is are we really getting the fundamental rest that keeps our minds at ease during the day?

I wonder if the condition might be that some of us have better than average hearing, that perhaps we lack some vitamins that might improve our piece of mind, combined with better sleep are key factors in all this?
I'm throwing out my own observations because whatever tidbits of information we can accumulate, may some day lead to a solution.

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Welcome to the hyperacusis forum board.  You have some interesting thoughts on your experience with misophonia.  

I do not have misophonia, but I was born with both hyperacute hearing and hyperacusis,(a collapsed tolerance for noise, my Loudness Discomfort Level is 50dB, about the level of a quiet conversation in a quiet home). 

I know that the hyperacute hearing runs in my family.  My maternal grandmother was native american and had exceptionally good hearing. 

I am careful to get enough sleep and it does help mitigate the level of sensitivity I experience.  I have the good fortune to live in a very quiet neighborhood, and I use a sound machine at night to provide a soothing sound while I sleep.  I also depend on a reputable calcium/magnesium supplement to keep my nervous system well supported.  I have also found that B vitamins help.

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