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Being annoyed by loud chewing is a genuine psychiatric disorder

And you’re not alone!

Alex Watson

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If you can’t stand the sound of someone chewing you actually might have a condition called Misophonia. 

We all have noises that make our blood boil, whether it’s the uncomfortably loud beep the tram makes when the doors open, or ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’.

But most of the time we have a minute of discomfort, brush it off and move on with our lives. Until the next stop at least, anyway.

Some people, however, end up feeling violent anger, disgust and in some cases anxiety. If this is you, you might have a condition called misophonia – which literally translates to ‘hatred of sound’.

Misophonia was thought to be associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but since 2000 has been recognised as its own condition.

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Most common triggers include chewing and throat-clearing, but other symptoms that can produce effects include humming, tapping or pen-clicking.

In some misophonia sufferers, breathing sounds can be highly disturbing, triggering elevated heart rates and sweaty palms.

Some bad news for sufferers is that it could be genetic. 23andMe – a personal genomics and biotechnology company – have found one genetic marker that is associated with the rage felt when you hear other people chew.

The genetic marker is just one of the factors that play a role in the phobia meaning that the environment also matters, though.

Now this doesn’t mean it’s down to bad parenting as the old nature/nurture argument goes, but a field of science does explain that if you’re born with a gene the environment could, in effect, ‘turn it on’.

Another study found that the brain plays a significant role in those with misophonia. Those who suffer from misophonia have strong emotional reactions to common sounds. They also have higher amounts of a fatty substance that wraps around nerve endings in the brain called myelination, however, they are not sure if this is an effect or the cause of misophonia yet.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this disorder but many researchers have provided a long list of tactics to help living with misophonia more comfortably.

For instance, many people dine alone at restaurants so they can comfortably wear earplugs, or noise-cancelling headphones and listen to calming music. Other people find mindful breathing or taking a walk to redirect your attention to something else really helpful.

Misophonia is a relatively new condition that is not fully understood and much more research is needed to help find treatment methods.

Scientists who have recently been working on a new questionnaire to help measure misophonia have added other triggers. For instance, this research found that sources of triggers are usually human, but a number of newer reports now show that all kinds of sounds can provoke reactions in people with misophonia. 

But one things for sure, if you or someone you know has misophonia, just eat with your mouth closed. It costs £0.00 to eat with your mouth shut so do us all a favour.

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Holidaymakers in Ibiza and Majorca will have to wear a face mask at all times in public

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Holidaymakers who are jetting to Majorca and Ibiza will have to wear face masks, it has been confirmed today. 

The Balearic Islands have confirmed that they are tightening the rules of mask-wearing. The news comes just hours after Catalonia revealed it will be making face masks obligatory at all times in public. 

It has yet to be confirmed if wearing a face mask will be mandatory on the beach.

Only yesterday did Catalonia extend the exceptions of their rules on making people wear face masks on the beaches.

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If you fail to follow the rules, meaning wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, you will be hit with a hefty €100 fine.

Until now in Spain, face masks have only been obligatory in public places such as shops, and public spaces where social distancing of 5 feet cannot be maintained.

The change means tourists will be expected to wear masks also at any point outside, although practising sport or children under six are exempt. 

For those living under the same roof, wearing a face mask while travelling in the same car is not compulsory. 

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Police are expected to provide advice to foreign holidaymakers who may be unfamiliar with the new rules before they start issuing fines. 

News regarding the rules in Costa del Sol are yet to be announced. 

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Free TV licences for pensioners will officially be axed from August

It’s expected it will effect 3.7 million pensioners.

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It has been confirmed that millions of pensioners will be stripped of free TV licenses from August 1st. 

The BBC has announced there will be no extension to the two-month stay-of-execution that was triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. 

It is estimated that 3.7 million over-75s will now have to pay £157.50 a year to watch their favourite TV shows. 

In the 2017 Conservative election, they pledged to protect free licenses for the rest of Parliament, which was set to run until 2022. 

However, the BBC had been responsible for the lifeline from June 2020 following a deal agreed in 2015. 

The BBC says keeping licenses free for all over 75s would cost £745 million. Instead, the corporation is introducing restrictions that mean only over-75s who receive Pension Credit will be eligible. 

BBC chairman Sir David Clementi said: “The decision to commence the new scheme in August has not been easy, but implementation of the new scheme will be Covid-19 safe.

“The BBC could not continue delaying the scheme without impacting on programmes and services.

“Around 1.5 million households could get free TV licences if someone is over 75 and receives Pension Credit, and 450,000 of them have already applied.

“And critically it is not the BBC making that judgment about poverty. It is the Government who sets and controls that measure.

“Like most organisations the BBC is under severe financial pressure due to the pandemic, yet we have continued to put the public first in all our decisions.

“I believe continuing to fund some free TV licences is the fairest decision for the public, as we will be supporting the poorest oldest pensioners without impacting the programmes and services that all audiences love.”

Shadow Culture Minister, Chris Matheson, issued a last plea for the government to take responsibility in the Commons today. 

He said: “The BBC is cutting jobs and content to pay for the cost of the licence dumped on them by the Government – and pensioners are forced to choose between eating and watching TV.”

Culture Minister Matt Warman said: “The fact is that the BBC has had a generous licence fee settlement and it is deeply disappointing that they have chosen to go down the path that they apparently are going down.

“I would, of course, hope that there is yet time to reconsider that because he is right to say that television has been vital comfort for many people in the last few months.

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Boots to cut more than 4,000 jobs due to ‘significant impact’ of coronavirus

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Boots has said that more than 4,000 jobs are to be cut, about 7% of its workforce.

According to Boots, the company is consulting on plans to restructure its head office and store teams, as well as closing 48 Boots Opticians stores.

A Boots spokesman has said the move was part of action to mitigate the ‘significant impact’ of coronavirus, and will particularly affect staff who work in the Nottingham support office.

Some deputy and assistant manager, beauty adviser and customer adviser roles will also be affected across its stores.

As well as the job cuts, 48 Boots Opticians stores will also close, the Mirror reports.

Sebastian James, managing director of Boots UK, said: “The proposals announced today are decisive actions to accelerate our transformation plan, allow Boots to continue its vital role as part of the UK health system, and ensure profitable long-term growth.

“I am so very grateful to all our colleagues for their dedication during the last few challenging months.

“They have stepped forward to support their communities, our customers and the NHS during this time, and I am extremely proud to be serving alongside them.

“In doing this, we are building a stronger and more modern Boots for our customers, patients and colleagues.

“We recognise that today’s proposals will be very difficult for the remarkable people who make up the heart of our business, and we will do everything in our power to provide the fullest support during this time.”

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