Thank you very much for your reply.
I don’t believe that the trigger noises are being made with the intent to upset me or others. But I simply cannot rationalize the behavior. It seems so obvious, to me, that eating with your mouth open/slurping/lip smacking are things that “civilized” people would not/should not do (Why do it? It sounds disgusting and he always ends up choking/coughing because of the way he is eating – I don’t understand this). And what could be the reason for clipping your nails several times a day at work (this is something that should be done at home, unless your nail broke/cracked during the day – but SEVERAL times per day?!). Etc.
How do we deal with our hypersensitivity then? Especially at work where we spend most of our time?
Also, as a side note, I am very sensitive in other ways (for example, I cry very easily, and have a great deal of empathy for others, etc.). Do you all feel this way as well? Is this somehow connected to a hypersensitivity to sound (just a thought)?
Thank you for your time.