I cannot stand chewing noises.
It started when I was very young- maybe six years old. My family thought I was just being silly or picky. My mom bought me earplugs to wear at the dinner table. Now my family never eats dinner together, and I dread eating near others.
Many don't understand. They think, "Oh, well I hate chewing noises, too, but I don't make a huge deal out of it."
It isn't like that. It gets so horrible. I will be in my room and just hear the noise of silverware clinking against a plate and get really angry. So angry I will think about how STUPID this family member is, clanking their fork like a retard, just to annoy me. I find it hard to concentrate at the movie theater, too. If someone is slurping or chewing or crinkling their wrapper, I won't be able to concentrate on the movie. It will ruin the whole experience. If I'm stuck near someone chewing loudly, I have to block them from veiw and hold my ear so I don't see or hear them. In class, If someone lifts their water bottle, I have to block my ear and turn because I know they will make a gulping noise. And if I hear gulping or chewing or loud breathing directly, I get this feeling like I need to rub my ear afterwards.
Sometimes it's so frustrating, I just want to cry. I showed my Mom the website for 4s (soundsensitive.org) and she laughed and said "You're not that bad." Since when has she been inside my head?
I've been told it could be related to OCD. I was in treatment for anorexia, and for the first time I met a girl who felt the same about these noises, and she had OCD. I have a few OCD-like issues (the eating disorder, not stepping on cracks, having to have things arranged in "symmetry") but have never been diagnosed. There is a history of it in my family, though.
Whatever the case, I wish it would go away. I hate asking people to chew quietly. I hate having to avoid situations where these noises are involved.