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.

 

Testimonials…

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.

Read people describe how misophonia makes them feel here.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Taking care of myself is important, especially getting a good sleep. It reduces the impact of the triggers.

Headphones with static are good when triggers are bad at work. I find brown noise is one of the better ones.

How do you cope with misophonia?

I try to either tune out (by focusing on a different sound in the background if available) or drown out sounds that bother me (putting on the TV/Radio) and if it continues I move away from it whenever possible. I’ll go to another room or get as far away from the trigger sounds as I can.

How do you cope with misophonia?

When I can, I remove myself from situation and take quiet time out. If I’m unable to do this I will look for other options such as earplugs or headphones to block (trigger sounds) out. If it’s a visual trigger, I try to avert my eyes and distract my attention.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Managing my stress levels is critical for coping. Also using headphones while at work to tune out noises when trying to concentrate.

How do you cope with misophonia?

I have a fan at my desk to tune out keyboard, mouse clicking, and eating sounds of coworkers in adjacent cubicles. When it’s particularly bad, I put on my headphones and listen to music or a podcast. It helps tremendously. I use the large over the ear, Audio-Technica headphones 🎧 which also make me feel more protected—sort of like a weighted blanket for the ears and head.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Making sure I am getting enough sleep, not overly stressed, and generally healthy helps me cope so much better. For those times when life gets busy/crazy using CBD oil in acute situations helps. I always have background music on. It helps to have something else to focus on. And I sleep with white noise 🙂

How do you cope with misophonia?

If I can’t leave a situation for polite reasons, I’ll put my elbow on the table and lean my head into my hand on the side the person making the noise is, with one of my fingers pressed onto my ear to block the sound. You can then also make a humming noise in your throat like heavy breathing that no-one else can hear. The blocked ear makes this sound much louder in your head and really helps to block out the irritating noise.

How do you cope with misophonia?

I always make sure I have headphones with me . Also, I make sure I have a charging bank, charger wire, and charging case so I’m not going to be without my phone. (Use it to play music and white noise) I use white noise hearing aids whenever I’ll be eating with others.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Block or escape really seems to be the only things we can do. Some people do meditation or yoga to control emotions to not lose it. As I said, I basically run away from trigger and then block with headphones, earphones, or with other sounds.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Ear plugs! And I stay away from most people and situations where I could be triggered.

How do you cope with misophonia?

If I have my earplugs and can put them in, that’s my go to strategy. If I don’t have my earplugs, I plug my ears and take deep breaths. I tell myself “sounds can’t hit me! I am safe! This is not a personal attack! That is a good person! Sounds can’t hurt me! I am safe!” I tell myself his repeatedly. If I can move away from the sound, I do that.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Mindfulness to improve my self-control, earplugs when is it possible, and sometimes get away from it and be alone.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Earplugs, headphones, delta waves. If I can escape the situation I will but my main trigger is unfortunately there most of the time. This week I’ve tried taking a different approach to just sitting with headphones on, in my head I keep telling myself that ‘it’s ok’, ‘the noise isn’t even that intrusive.’ Last night, I just couldn’t face it though, so it was headphones, earplugs and white noise.

How do you cope with misophonia?

I try to focus on thinking that it is not the other person’s fault, they are not doing it on purpose to annoy me, it has varying levels of success, sometimes I can tolerate the trigger for a bit longer, sometimes I don’t even remember to try to focus. I also listen to audio-books with headphones and try to focus on the plot. Sometimes I combine the audio-book with white noise.

How do you cope with misophonia?

CBD, earplugs under Bose Quiet Comfort headphones, portable air-conditioning unit, fan (try different brands), “hear” app for extreme cases (dislocates sound), Sometimes Kava Kava

How do you cope with misophonia?

Earplugs are an absolute must! Leaving the situation is best, but if unable to then music to help drown noises out. Weed helps with the rage reaction and ups your empathy.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Generally, I can cope like a normal person, but when it gets too much for me to handle, I run, very fast , away from everyone.

How do you cope with misophonia?

Removing myself from the situation, earplugs, trying not to take myself too seriously, lots of laughter.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi there
    I am so grateful for your website, as today, at 48-years-old, I finally know why I have been so sensitive to noise for my entire life. And I have an actual term for it! I feel a weird sense of relief.

    I’ve had this my whole life. I remember at age 8 not being able to have an afternoon nap because my mother had the TV on, or was washing dishes in the kitchen. The noise kept me awake and made me angry. My poor mother had to resort to watching TV with headphones to appease me.

    When I was first married at age 28, we lived in an apartment complex with people above us who stayed up late watching TV. The sound of them walking around at night drove me ballistic, and we had to move our bed into the living room. I took sleeping pills every night to cope – we even had the maintenance crew in to fix the creaking floorboard, to no avail.

    Fast-forward to now. It’s getting worse. I work in a building where slamming doors and stairwell noise are commonplace (my colleagues don’t even notice it!). I however get angry, tense and edgy each time the door TWO FLOORS BELOW US, slams. I can’t sleep at night because the upstairs neighbours (who are excessively quiet), dare to walk around. It’s madness. I have tried controlling my environment to make it easier, but it’s a losing battle. I have to just acquiesce to the problem and learn to deal with it.

    I found your site this morning after another drowsy morning of wearing off the sleeping pills just because the floor above my room creaks every now and then at night. Short of living in the woods by myself, I don’t know what to do. I bought a white noise machine and swimmer’s plugs – hopefully they should help.

    My triggers are discordant movements like footsteps and walking – especially at night. Also slamming doors, drilling noises.

    Thank you for being here, it’s so great to know that there are others like me, that I’m not crazy, and that there is support!

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    • I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I also get triggered by foot steps of neighbours above me, that I moved to a top floor apartment, but still suffer from noises of adjacent apartments.I advice you to try wax earplugs, they block the majority of noise, and easily adhere to the inner ear canal. I once tried the silicon & foam ones, but they are not as good.

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  2. Honestly I’m so tired of my Misophonia. I have countless visual and audio triggers, causing panic attacks daily over the smallest things. People need to know about this, research needs to be done, it greatly pains me there’s so little I can do. I’ve tried every coping mechanism in the book, and done so so much research. I can’t have fun. I can’t go to restaurants with people. I can’t go to the movie theater. This is terrible, something needs to be done.

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