Chomp. Slurp. Snort: Sounds that drive some up the wall

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Just about everyone shivers at the sound of a fingernail scraping across a blackboard or piece of chalk running against slate. And cringes innerly at the high-pitched hum of a dentist’s drill. But there are common sounds that hardly bother most people, if at all, yet drive others absolutely up the wall. The scientific name for this is misophonia, derived from the Greek for “hatred of sound.” Typical triggers are sounds of other people eating or nose/throat sounds, such as chewing noisily, slurping, lip-smacking, throat-clearing, gurgling or sniffing. Other sorts of sounds can set people off to…

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