FROM THE EDITOR
If there’s one thing guaranteed to set my teeth on edge and incite irrational rage it’s the sound of other people eating.
Nothing – and I mean nothing... not even pedestrians who walk at a snail’s pace in front of me at the lights or a kid kicking the back of my chair on a plane – has quite the same effect on my patience as the sound of someone crunching, slurping or chewing loudly in my vicinity.
I’ve been known to change train carriages (I mean, what kind of person eats cheese and onion chips on public transport anyway?!), move restaurant tables and even eat my dinner on the other side of the room from my partner – especially when the corn chips come out on Taco Tuesdays! Sure, I’m an irritable person, I’ll hold my hands up, but I’m not the only one. Such is our collective irritation, there’s now a name for it: misophonia (AKA a ‘hatred of sound’). Our health report on page 10 delves deeper into the issue, the key triggers and treatments. It’s a must-read!
Elsewhere in this issue we kick off our ‘Get into’ sports series ( page 8). With footy finals weekend only a few weeks away, what better time to learn to love a new sport? Whether you’re interested in playing, coaching or just getting to grips with the rules so you can cheer on your kids, it will give you all the info you need, with a focus on a different sport each week. Enjoy!