Can’t stand the sound of people eating? You may be a creative genius!

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While no one likes a smacker, about 20 percent of the U.S. population can't stand the sound of mere chewing.

A co-worker chomping on broccoli or a family member slurping some soup, sounds just like nails down a chalkboard to many folks.

That's because they suffer from noise sensitivity to specific sounds. The fancy term is called misophonia.

The bad news - misophonia is a lifelong condition with an unknown cause, which usually affects girls more often than boys, and starts between the ages of 9 and 13.

The good news - according to a study by Northwestern University, those sensitive to specific sounds are typically more creative.

In fact, those with the highest levels of annoyance also scored highest on creative testing.

Misophonia can be difficult to diagnose and is often mistaken for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or bipolar disorder.

Depending upon the severity of their condition, sufferers can manage misophonia through approaches such as counseling, sound therapy, wearing ear plugs or headsets, and antidepressants.

The Misophonia Association also holds annual conventions across the country.

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