OK, I’ll admit. I Googled Misophonia.
Well, not actually the word ‘Misophonia’, I didn’t even know the word existed until I wrote this post. What I did Google was this:
What is it called when you hate the sound of something?
And then this definition came up on Wikipedia:
Misophonia, literally “hatred of sound,” is a putative disorder of uncertain classification in which negative emotions, thoughts, and physical reactions are triggered by specific sounds.
And then, I found this article on Misophonia which explained that there are actually different levels of Misophonia and I reckon I fit into Level One.
Misophonia Level One: Annoyance with an Edge
Everyone has things they dislike. But the things that bother people with misophonia have an uncomfortable edge to them. The trigger sound could be something like sniffling. When a person with misophonia hears sniffling, it immediately draws their attention. It may not be much more than annoyance, but some other unpleasant quality to the experience exists. If this is as far as it goes, we could call this Level One misophonia.
The thing that drives me batty
Now that Spring is here, I think my misophonia is likely to amp up a bit. It’s not the sounds of the birds that will affect me, they’re lovely. It’s going to be the sound of my husband sniffling. Yes, sniffling. I should also add that the sound of someone eating/chewing bugs me a little too…so chew quietly, OK?
Unfortunately, my husband suffers from sinus problems, particularly with the Spring weather. As much as I sound like a whingey whiney wife complaining about his nose problems, I really feel for him, I do. I’ve never experienced sinus problems but as Mr. G explains them, the pain, the sinus congestion, the stuffy nose…I try to empathise…until the sniffles take over.
I can’t explain why because sniffling is quite a normal thing, I mean, I do it too. But as soon as I hear the sound of sniffling my attention is immediately drawn to it and I cannot ignore it. I just want to hand him a tissue and get him to blow his nose, but that, of course, is not going to fix the problem. Sniffles take over my focus.
I think I’ve found the answer…
For the sake of my husband’s comfort and my minor but stupid disorder thing-a-ma-bobby, I think I’ve found an answer to the sniffling. It’s a Homedics Oscillating Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier. Sounds (and looks) like something that could take off into outer space, right?
The whole idea with this machine is that it puts moisture back into the air, aiding sinus problems and congestion by reducing inflamed nasal cavities. It even helps to reduce the ability of airborne viruses to take hold, like those that cause the flu and sinusitis. Have I also told you the sound of coughing irritates me too? Yeah, I’m a whinger. I’ll admit it.
Now, given the fact that I have a “hatred of sound,” according to the Wikipedia definition of misophonia, I was happy to learn that the Homedics Cool Mist Ulstrasonic Humidifier was not too noisy and the fact that it was cool mist meant there was no bubbling or hissing sounds like a warm mist vaporizer. Even the motorised, adjustable nozzle which oscillates 120° to disperse the air across the room is relatively quiet.
So could this machine see the end of my sniffle fuelled misophonia? So far so good!
Harvey Norman, Myer, Good Guys and all good retailers stock the Homedics Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier. RRP $99 or visit homedics.com.au.
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Would you say you suffer from a bit of misophonia? What sounds do you hate?
Disclosure: I received a Homedics Humidifier in return for inclusion in a blog post. For further information, you can read my full disclosure statement here.