“Misophonia” is the feeling some people get when they respond very negatively to certain sounds, such as chewing or breathing. At its worst, it can be a very intense reaction that is difficult for the person to endure. This may sound extreme—but research suggests that between 6% and 20% of people experience some degree of it. A new study shows that in the brains of people with misophonia, the auditory cortex is miscommunicating with other parts of the brain.

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