How to loose a serious pet peeve: Seeking advice on dealing with food noise issues [more inside]
Certain noises annoy me to the point of distraction, mostly eating related noises, also crinkling bags, etc. I become focused on the noise and distracted from other things (like a friendly dinner time conversation, or the details of a movie I'm watching). It makes me frustrated, annoyed, and generally less fun to be around. It bugs my wife and I, enough so that I consciously avoid situations like this, or do other things to compensate. I've been coping for 20 some years, now I'm motivated to do something about it.
I've addressed this in 'talking cure' style therapy, but not too much avail. I've considered wearing earplugs to the dinner table. I've found next to nothing regarding this as a specific issue via google.
I've discussed this with an ENT and an audiologist. It's not deafness or frequency sensitivity according to my audiogram. ENT says that this would be a 'central processing' issue, and that the only recourse is 1-2 years of reconditioning therapy. Basically -- "Buck up, get over it."
Various folks have mentioned to me that this is indicative of ADD/ADHD or related issue. I wouldn't necessarily disagree, but other regards I function well.
I've also briefly looked at the work of Dr. Tomatis
, who's promises sound very suspiciously too good to be true, and the "curative" mechanism doesn't make any sense to me. I'm skeptical.
At this point, I'm considering hypotherapy
, or addressing it as an ADD/ADHD issue.
Basically, my questions are:
Anybody else experience something similar to this degree (or more)?
Ever found anything that helps?
Thoughts on ADD/ADHD therapy or the Tomatis folks?