Let me start by saying, I hate it when my mom chews gum. Something about the wishy washy smacky slurpy bubbly sounds make me cringe. It doesn’t help that she knows I hate it. I’ll get into the car and immediately notice that she’s chewing gum. I know, I know. I’ve already tried tuning it out. I’ve tried just getting used to it. I don’t know why, but it’s always just been a pet peeve of mine, and at this rate it will be for a long time. I wish I could say that it doesn’t bother me – but that’s just not the case. Also, it’s not just my mom that makes me disgusted. At my old school I had friends that would chew with their mouths open. At lunch I would bring a book to the table and read it while I was eating my lunch, and my friends would read over my shoulder – which was fine by me. The thing that made me ask them to stop was that they would chew with their mouths open – in my ear. This spawned bad memories of chewing, and it just bothered me so much that I still can’t stand it – even at dinner when my parents are talking and food is spewing out of their mouths.
They’re finally getting a taste of their own medicine. I recently had to get an expander put in my mouth. Now my parents are the ones cringing when I eat. I am constantly blowing out of my mouth because food will get caught up in my expander when I eat. When my mom makes disgusted faces, I think, yep, feel the burn.
99% of the time, loud gum smackers like my mom hardly hear themselves. They seriously don’t register what they are doing.
Before you go read mom’s side of the story, I have a scientific reason for hating all chewing sounds. Listen to this. In the early 2000’s, researchers were studying the human ear. While experimenting, they discovered a medical condition in which the person “hates sounds.” They even came up with a name for it! Misophonia, or literally “hatred of sound” is a case where a person has strong negative emotions triggered when they hear a certain sound(s).
I may not have this, as it is generally paralleled with anxiety disorders, but sometimes it can work alone. (So there mom, pop, er, top that food for thought!)
Do you like it when people chew gum loudly?