Ugh…Chewing Sounds!

The earliest memory I have of an OCD experience was probably when I was around six or seven years old.  I remember my sister and I sitting at the counter for breakfast.  I have no recollection of what I was eating, but I definitely remember her eating a cherry pop tart.  I remember seeing her chewing and thinking just how loud her lip smacking was.  It was literally painful to my ears, so I had to concentrate on not getting angry.

My sensory sensitivity to chewing still lingers with me and I doubt if it will ever go away.  I feel like my hearing is at least ten times more sensitive than anyone else’s.  I attribute this to OCD, but who knows, it may just mean that I’m totally nuts.

I know my father struggles with this to some degree, but I don’t think it is as extreme for him as it is for me.  I wonder if anyone else out there has these same feelings…


16 thoughts on “Ugh…Chewing Sounds!

  1. I am completely with you! I cannot stand to listen to someone chew. I find it to be one of the most repulsive things to listen to. Mouth open, mouth closed, from across the room – it doesn’t matter. So much so, that when I was younger I used to often ask my Mom if she could hear me chewing. I would chew as quietly as possible and with as little mouth movement as I could manage, so that others around me wouldn’t have to endure what I was listening to them doing. And I would rarely eat around people. After 32 years, that part of me has not changed. If the circumstances allow me to, I still stand off to a corner of the room to eat or turn looking in the opposite direction of people and always have music on in the background when my family sits down for dinner. I too had OCD very bad. It controlled my life and was terrible. It’s not completely gone, but started to steadily decrease in intensity in my mid 20’s. Now it only hits me every now and then, so there is hope. This was supposed to be a comment…sorry for my mini book. 🙂

    1. When I read this, I seriously laughed for about ten minutes straight. This sounds EXACTLY like me. Isn’t this the strangest thing? To me, it sounds like chewing is the most intolerable sound on this planet. It irks me to no end. I can honestly stand nails on a chalkboard more than I can chewing. I also do the same thing where I chew so that no one can hear me, for the exact reason as you: I don’t want others to suffer like me! hahaha. It has gotten less noticeable over time, but if I can hear chewing, I’m still very much irritated. It was so bad when I was a kid that I got in trouble a couple of times for yelling at my brother when he chewed too loudly. Thank you so much for commenting. It really made my day.

      1. You’re welcome. Glad it gave you a laugh. It is neat to find someone with such similar quirks/pet peeves. The part about your brother is funny. I used to either leave the room when my brother would eat or ask my Mom to make him leave.

  2. Uh-oh! Then you better brace yourself when you eat in Korea. Chewing out loud is considered not exactly normal, but pretty acceptable. I don’t like it, however my family members don’t see a problem with it. The thing with Korean food is that it is often crunchy and textured – think kimchi and kakdoogi – and very soup based which people tend to slurp in. I miss them like mad as they are on the other side of the world, but their eating ways, not so much! Love your blog and honesty.

    1. I love this comment! I live with my Korean boyfriend and I often give him a look that says “You’re chewing WAY too loudly!” He is the loudest chewer I know and he doesn’t see what’s wrong with it. Even my brother mentioned it once when we were eating together. I have major issues with chewing and I love him so much, but the chewing is a pet peeve. We have to eat with the TV or music on, there’s absolutely no way I couldn’t 🙂 Thank you for making me smile and seriously lol.

  3. Rather than OCD I think it’s Misophonia… I’ve encountered lots of people like that and I am sometimes the asshole who would piss them all the more but only as a joke. Hahaha!

    1. I was actually told this very thing just the other day and I can say that it definitely sounds like what it is. The fact that my family members have this too makes me think that it’s a bit genetic 🙂

  4. Loud chewers bother me, and MUCH more so if their mouths are open. It’s almost as bad as loud mouth breathers.

  5. Word! This is actually a thing, it’s called mysophonia (misophonia?). I have it too. Also mild OCD. I used to yell at my brother all the time for chewing (or snoring, or breathing) too loudly when we were little!

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