The #NoGum Pledge is for businesses and organizations and can be helpful for families and other groups who want to help people with misophonia and other sensory sensitivities.

The #NoGum Pledge

We pledge to be mindful of people with sensory sensitivities like misophonia by not allowing chewing gum and other known activators in our spaces and will work to create a serene environment for all. We also pledge to always listen with understanding when someone tells us they are not comfortable in our spaces and take action to make everyone feel at ease within our abilities.

The #NoGum Pledge from soQuiet.org

We ask companies, organizations, or any group to publicly state their commitment to the pledge by posting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. that they are implementing a #NoGum pledge across their organization.

You are welcome to copy and paste the Tweet below, too:

We are taking the #NoGum Pledge to help people with #misophonia and other sensory sensitivities. We want all of our friends to feel comfortable. More information at soquiet.org/nogum.

Sample Tweet Anyone Can Use

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Why is this important?

Anyone who experiences misophonia, a chronic sound and visual sensitivity that is very frustrating and has no known treatment, knows that simple activities like shopping, eating out, socializing, or going to work can take a very real toll on one’s ability to function in life. We encounter activating noises and visuals in many of the places we all go to: restaurants, stores, medical offices, transit stations, our home or place of employment, anywhere. Misophones, people who suffer from misophonia, often find little understanding and support and become deeply isolated due to their avoidance of events that are likely to activate their misophonia, or similar sensory sensitivity.

By taking the pledge, you are stating publicly that you or your organization will take steps to make your business or other spaces into places that your customers, employees, or members can attend and be comfortable. By taking the pledge, you are stating publicly that you value the serenity and comfort of everyone and, when there is an unexpected sensory issue for any of them, your door is always open and you will not only listen but make any reasonable accommodations to help.

Chewing gum is also unsanitary, a mess to clean up, often is against health code for food businesses, and many agree that employees chewing gum presents an unprofessional demeanor.

What are ‘other known activators’?

While each misophonia sufferer has their own set of involuntary activators, common ones are:

  • Eating sounds like food crunching, smacking, or slurping
  • Gum chewing, popping, or smacking
  • Foot or hand tapping
  • Pen clicking
  • Whistling and snoring
  • Change or key jingling
  • There are hundreds more potential activators, but you get an idea of the types of sounds that activate a misophone. They are all common and usually not loud. They are almost ubiquitous, which makes it difficult for people with misophonia to do normal activities.

No misophone chooses to react so strongly to common sounds and sights; this disorder is not one of preference or choice. Most of us would dream of getting rid of our misophonia and gladly do so if we were able. But, we are not. And in the meantime, we must cope as best as we can. We rely on the understanding and help of other people in our lives to get by.