I had no idea what misophonia was until a coworker explained it to me. I was relaying to him a story about my time in Summer camp as a child and how I would lose my mind at the various noses other campers would make at evening while I’d try to fall asleep. Granted, insomnia is enough to provide anyone frustration or rage, especially if it’s rampant and the triggers go unchecked… However, my reactions were more than that. My coworker said that people with misophonia have a strong emotional reaction to sounds that they find unpleasant, often being extreme, uncomfortable rage. Knuckle cracking, lip smacking, pen clicking, whistling, and finger drumming are all examples of sounds that used to drive me crazy before I started seeing a therapist over my potential misophonia. She told me that lots of people experience it, especially in response to environmental noises. Recently I had extreme symptoms when listening to a noisy cooling system through the wall my home office shared with my garage. The ambient noise from the cooling system cycling was so loud and annoying to me that I had to find a modern cooling system that made a lot less noise. At the same time I wanted a machine with a better SEER rating as well. Thankfully my Heating and Air Conditioning supplier was able to find me a good cooling system with not only a good SEER rating but also whisper quiet while cycling. It’s a phenomenal machine and I never hear it when it runs, even if my home office is dead quiet with no other noises present.