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, ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’, or someone shoving their Christmas dinner in their gob.
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.
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.
Aldi launches new ‘bargain hour’ where prices are slashed by 75%
All 912 Aldi stores across the UK will take part in the scheme
Aldi has announced it’s introducing a special ‘bargain hour’, where shoppers will be able to save 75% on certain goods.
Aldi customers will be able to grab a proper bargain on things like bread, meat and fruit, the supermarket confirmed.
All 912 Aldi stores across the UK will take part in the scheme, marking down perishable products such as fruit, vegetables and meat on their last day of life, just before stores close.
The retailer is doing this to stop fresh produce from going to waste, and it’s part of their wider pledge to halve food waste by 2030.
While at the moment Aldi does reduce the price on certain products when they reach their best-before or use-by dates, it will now be offering bigger savings on products marked with a red sticker.
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, said: “Aldi is already known for its low prices, but these discounts will help some shoppers to cut their grocery bills even further – all while helping us reduce food waste.
“Customers should look out for the red stickers when shopping at Aldi, but shoppers need to be quick as I’m sure the products will prove popular.”
It’s worth remembering that items will be reduced at different times at different stores, and of course reduced produce is sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meanwhile, Aldi has teamed up with Marcus Rashford to launch a brand new campaign to help feed hungry kids across the UK.
Marcus has been busy over the past year, highlighting the shocking food inequalities in our country and holding the government to account, and he’s been doing a fantastic job.
And while one in five children in the UK currently live in food poverty, the Man United star – who experienced food poverty when he was a kid – won’t stop on his mission to help end this tragedy.
To help tackle the issue of child food poverty, Aldi has confirmed that it will donate 10 million meals to feed families in need across the UK during 2021.
The supermarket has also released a short animation that personifies ‘hunger’ through a child’s eyes, to mark the collaboration with Marcus, with the footballer narrating the emotional poem that accompanies the short film.
The video explores a young kid’s relationship with hunger, using a poem by Giles Andreae, with illustrator Lisa Stickley bringing the story to life via the animation.
MP calls for teachers to be given the vaccine next so schools can reopen
He’s called on Matt Hancock to give teachers increased priority
An MP has called for teachers to be given the Covid-19 vaccine so kids can get back to school.
Richard Graham MP is asking Matt Hancock to vaccinate teachers, following the news that Education Secretary Gavin Williamson can’t guarantee schools will reopen after the February half term as was originally planned.
Mr Graham said vaccination was the only way forward, confirming that he has asked the government to make sure teachers are included in the next round of vaccinations, once the 13 million most vulnerable have had their jabs.
He told GloucestershireLive: “If we want to give teachers, parents, pupils, families real certainty on schools, I think there’s only one way to do it, to vaccinate all the teachers.
“That way schools will know their staff will not have to go off and self-isolate, and are not going to catch the virus.
“Parents will also know their pupils are not going to be either infected by teachers or infect them.
“That would be a huge step forward. It doesn’t rule out all the risks. Pupils can still spread it amongst themselves and then back to their parents at home.”
A teacher from Derbyshire has created a petition asking for teachers, school and childcare staff to be prioritised for the coronavirus vaccine.
Charlotte Appleyard’s petition has already gained more than 470,000 signatures, which meant it was discussed in parliament on Monday.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s emotional message to Marcus Rashford as he’s honoured for his charity work
The footballer was honoured at the Football Writers’ Association annual tribute awards
Marcus Rashford has been in the news a lot over the past year for his valiant efforts in fighting child food poverty in the UK.
The Manchester United star has now been honoured again for his efforts, becoming the youngest person ever to receive an award at the Football Writers’ Association annual tribute awards.
Sir Alex Ferguson sent the 23-year-old an emotional message after he was honoured in recognition of his hard work tackling child poverty during the Covid-19 crisis, praising the ‘wonderful person’ he had become.
Marcus has been busy highlighting the shocking food inequalities in our country and holding the government to account, and he’s been doing a fantastic job.
And while one in five children in the UK currently live in food poverty, the striker – who experienced food poverty when he was a kid – won’t stop on his mission to help end this tragedy.
The footballer campaigned for free school meals to be extended during holidays, and more recently has raised awareness of the ‘woefully inadequate’ meal parcels some families have been receiving this week.
Marcus has been working with charity FareShare to help deliver food to hungry kids who are no longer getting free school meals, and yesterday it was reported that he’d teamed up with Aldi to donate 10 million meals to families in need.
Sir Alex said: “I would like to congratulate Marcus on his achievement and presentation (of the FWA Tribute Award) tonight.
“I have known him since being a kid of 7 years of age, and seen him develop through the ranks of Manchester United into a truly wonderful person.
“Apart from his football life, what he has achieved in the last few months is quite astonishing, how he has helped the people in need is a truly amazing achievement.
“I would like to congratulate him on that. He has shown to young people in particular there is a different way of dealing with life.
“He has shown great humility, he has shown courage to do what he did, so this achievement is well deserved and should be recognised with what he has done.
“So Marcus, well done on a fantastic achievement.”
Marcus responded by thanking the legendary United manager, saying: “He has always, from the beginning really, backed me with what I am doing.
“Probably when other people in sports were telling me not to do it and just focus on football, he said if I believed in that, and I believe it is the right thing to do, then he is behind it.
“Those words from him are an amazing feeling to hear that.”