Sabrina Svirskaya was getting eyelash extensions at a local salon when she suddenly started sweating and feeling overwhelmingly anxious. She jumped from her chair and ran outside.
“I was in the back of the salon and this woman — I guess she was on a break — and she was just slurping her soup,” she recalled. “I had to hang out for 20 minutes to calm down.”
Svirskaya, 21, has a sound sensitivity known as misophonia.
Do you hate when someone smacks their lips, repeats a sound or sniffs? Does it make you want to punch them like Robert DeNiro wants to punch President Donald Trump? If so, welcome to the community.
Researchers recently found that people with the condition have an abnormality in the emotional control mechanism, as observed by brain imaging. The sufferer’s brain goes into overdrive when hearing trigger sounds and the reaction is visceral.