Does the sound of people eating chips, clearing their throat, chewing gum, coughing put you in a rage? You might have misophonia.
Misophonia may cause a reaction to sounds such as dripping water, chewing, snapping gum, or repetitive noises, such as pencil tapping. People with misophonia can become irritated, enraged, or even panicked when they hear their trigger sounds. Treatment might involve therapy or lifestyle recommendations, such as using sound protection or creating "noise-free" zones within living spaces.
A few months ago, the annual Misophonia Association conference took place in Bloomington and it was awesome. 200 people from all over the country gathered. I'll have updates from there.
This is relevant for the tech community because of the need for deep concentration, and the proliferation of "open workspaces".
If you think you have misophonia - this session may change your life.
Also check out my talk on Side Projects.
Engineering Lead at Caterpillar Digital Labs
Founder/Principal at Lab 1908, a startup studio in St. Paul.
Investor/advisor at a bunch of startups around Twin Cities and San Francisco.
Board member at Articulture
Recently moved to MN from San Francisco where I spent the last 15 years in the startup community there.