Coping with Misophonia
There are ways of minimizing the effects of misophonia on one’s life. Most people with misophonia agree that avoiding triggers is the primary method of coping with the disorder. In line with that, lessening the volume or frequency of triggers is also beneficial.
Accommodations and planning ahead also play a big role. Normal eating sounds can be masked by having the TV on, or by playing music. The use of earplugs and headphones rank high among coping methods. It is suggested that one always carry earplugs along when leaving home. On planned trips, one should anticipate problem environments. Bus, train, and airplane rides can all present numerous trigger events. Waiting rooms are another difficult environment to endure. Judicial use of headphones and earplugs can make all the difference in the world.
No cure yet but… help IS available!
Therapists, doctors, audiologists, and other healthcare professionals can provide support. Currently, there are no standardized treatments for misophonia. But there are ways of getting help with symptoms. When the stress of misophonia interferes with work, education, or one’s social life, the professionals can intervene. They can prepare documents to help formulate school environment accommodations. They can also provide similar assistance with workplace modifications.
Online support groups can provide information and support.
The Misophonia Support Group on Facebook has over 17,000 members! It can be validating to interact with people who understand exactly how you feel. The group’s members offer examples of their struggles and discuss how they cope with misophonia. Many ask questions about how to handle specific situations. Reading the responses to these requests for help can provide useful information about what worked and what didn’t.
Read the quotes from actual members of the Facebook support group (in the orange box). The quotes are real, but the individual’s identity is not listed because the group is private and closed to the public.