The exact cause of Misophonia is unknown and there is no completely effective universal treatment for Misophonia. Public awareness helps bring the symptoms and difficulties of Misophonia to light and encourages research to be done. This website publishes invitations from researchers to participate in their data gathering. People with misophonia are asked to partake in surveys and questionnaires. In this manner, the search for effective treatments can be studied and hopefully a treatment will eventually be found.

Members of our support forum may have some suggestions to help reduce the intensity of triggers and discuss possible treatments. You can find the Support Forum here

Some people avoid triggers to reduce their stress and others think that exposure to triggers may desensitize one from the negative effects of trigger events.

Paying attention to the basics may help. People who have a healthy and balanced diet, engage in consistent and adequate exercise and manage stress may have less intense or less frequent problems with sensitivity to sounds.

Treatment of Misophonia Some possible treatment are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Neurofeedback (NFB), Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and psycho-therapeutic hypnotherapy. There are other treatment methods as well.

The use of sound machines, ear plugs and sound masking by other methods can help in some cases.

Some people have had success with the suggestions listed above.

More than one treatment method may be necessary. One might try to combine different coping mechanisms to find a beneficial regimen to help manage the stress and associated problems with Misophonia. Don’t give up!

You can find treatment methods that may help you!

In the support forum, there are suggestions of possible methods that can be employed to help people with Misophonia cope with problems they encounter in daily life.

If new treatment methods are discovered, they will be added to this page. If you have a treatment or symptom management plan, share it!

36 comments:

charFebruary 4, 2015 at 5:50 amReply

My daughter was diagnosed with this last year. We have been working on behavior therapy with her since. She can’t stand breathing, chewing ( even her own chewing), and general noise. We discovered if we keep her actively engaged in conversation during mealtime she does better. We allowed her to use headphones at the table but slowly have been weaning her off on days when we are eating more quiet foods. We informed the school of her condition and that has helped. She has stress balls she can squeeze when feeling overwhelmed. She advocates for herself with her friends and they are pretty tolerant. The idea of earplugs at the movie theater sounds great. I understand how difficult it must be. I would suggest people talk about it with their families/friends/coworkers. I would also ask misophonia sufferers to be patient with others. We try to accommodate my daughter but she needs to realize also that noises are a general way of life and most of us don’t hear them the way she does. I hope everyone on this site finds a form of relief.

VickyFebruary 6, 2015 at 4:13 amReply

I would consider myself to be level 9/10.

Typing on a keyboard, eating (surprisingly not the crunch as much as the liquidy sound), low whispers, pen tapping and many others are all triggers for me; many which I can’t escape.

Hearing these noises reduce me to tears on many occasions and make me claw my skin. I lose all concentration and the sound becomes my focus. I shout and swear at the people that I can i.e. Friends but for teachers I have to keep the anger to myself which normally leads to inflicting pain to take the attention from the noise to myself.

What I do to deal with these sounds are not reccomended to others however I like to place one foot down on the ground and kick it with the heal of my other foot as hard as possible without attracting too much attention to refocus myself on me; clawing, pinching and punching are also different methods of doing this. Also, I like to tense up all my muscles as hard as I can which gives me the feeling of a release of energy when I let it go.

SolaceFebruary 10, 2015 at 3:22 amReply

Hello everyone,
I’ts really great to know that I’m not alone in this. I’m 15 and I’ve been dealing with this for at least four years, at this point in my life level nine fits me perfectly. Often I’ll come home from school/ another public area with self inflicted bite marks on my hands and arms that usually bruise and even after that I’ll still be seething with rage. Putting on my headphones and listening to music usually helps, though there are some triggers that I can still hear even after I put on my headphones and turn them up to a blasting level. can anyone give me some advice on what to do for these particular triggers?

Hannah-NoelleFebruary 13, 2015 at 10:15 pmReply

I’m also 15 and have been dealing with this for a similar amount of time. Level 8 or 9 is where I can place myself. I’ve actually resorted to harming myself to keep from lashing out. In school, when someone next to me is chewing gum, I lean my ear on my hand, dimming out the sound. It sort of works, except when your hand starts to hurt or you have to write. Another thing that sometimes works is earplugs. Like musician earplugs, they block out some noises but you can still here people talk to you.

allieFebruary 25, 2015 at 4:55 amReply

I am 19 and have had misophonia for as long as I can remember. We initially believed that it was just part of general SPD(sensory processing disorder) but, while I eventually became more acclimated to other sensory problems related to physical sensations and noise levels, I have not “grown out” of my misophonia. My mother’s breathing is the fist trigger I remember and caused significant stress between us but we have a great relationship now. Every once in while I still stand up and yell at her to “STOP BREATHING!” but the stress goes down a bit and I immediately tell her I love her before I leave the room. It was really hard with my grandparents who chew gum loudly, and they have in general refused to accept a lot of my mental health problems as real and used to blame my parents for, “raising me wrong.” School is really hard for me. I carry earplugs with me everywhere (the purple foam kind you can find at rite aid are the best). I keep pairs in a bunch of different jackets and my backpack just to be safe. I class I almost always have one earplug in usually in my right ear. I’m right handed so if I need to I can cover up my left ear with my hand and continue to write with the right one. When it gets really bad I leave the class and pace for a bit. It’s a huge relief to have a name for this disorder. Knowing that this is a real problem with a name has given me some confidence in actually talking to people I know and asking them to stop certain behaviors around me if they can. I had no idea this website existed and am exited to find a support system and others who understand what it is like!

STFebruary 11, 2015 at 10:56 pmReply

Add to this the word “Huh?” when it’s blurted out in conversation for no reason. Tapping on a bar, or clicking incessantly. Food and gum smacking…it all comes down to simple manners. I realize I have an extreme reaction (the desire to eradicate the offender) but doesn’t some responsibility lie upon the rude smacker, clicker or slurper? My dad was a renowned public journalist and if I dared crunch a piece of ice I was told to “Leave the table!”

DejaFebruary 16, 2015 at 5:40 pmReply

this is definitely me im 14 and have had this problem since i was 6 or 5 my misophonia is getting so close to a 10 right now i usually just hit myself or kick something and start crying but now i want to actually hit the person who makes the noise and 90% of the time people make noises on purpose to make me mad and they say misophonia isn’t real and i am definitely like sabina i always hear water dripping from the toilet clocks ticking and i just want to scream and people at school are always smacking and clicking their tongues and i just want to kill them it always happens during my longest period 7-9th lang arts and i just hate that class so much i can’t focus while hearing them make those noises

BecksFebruary 17, 2015 at 6:30 pmReply

Aidy

From a partner perspective cutting out triggers can be hard if not impossible, but it when it involves simple and necessary things like breathing and drinking.

Having just come across this site it fits my fella perfectly. I don’t exaggerate noises to annoy him, I do some times in frustration suggest he needs head phones. I love him very much but it is hard to live with.

I appreciate the partners aren’t the ones ‘suffering’ from the condition, however I have found that I am now paranoid about eating and swallowing in front of others as apparently I’m so noisy – no one else has ever noticed. We sit as far apart as possible during meals and when at home we never sit at a table. We have walked out of restaurants if they are too quiet, allowing eating to be heard. We don’t go to the cinema… Popcorn, rustling sweet bags, breathing, sniffing, drink slurping etc. I get tutted at during the night if I drink water. I am frequently told to stop fidgeting – never done on purpose. I ensure I close the bathroom door when teeth cleaning and nail clipping – but this is still too loud.

I just wish there was a little understanding and recognition of how hard it is to live next to this problem, when you constantly get negative responses from just living a normal boring life. And yes quite often the emotional response is missing or cold, possibly as trying to refrain from being irrationally angry. Either way it is not fun to live with and if you’re not in love with him Deborah, run away, the condition does not improve or become easier to live with…. Unless you can not breath…

One thing I don’t understand and maybe someone can help with… How come he can not hear me talking in the same room but can hear me clear my throat or eating crisps in another room? And why is it OK if he is heavy breathing or snoring as falling asleep, or eating loudly. Please understand this kind of anomally or hypocrisy makes it even more frustrating and harder to understand.

GG ProctorFebruary 22, 2015 at 4:51 pmReply

While reading the biography about a Canadian comedian, she mentioned she had misophonia, and described some of the triggers that I have-I was so happy to learn that I am ” not crazy”- for years I have been telling friends that I am highly dis tractable. The clicking of the ball point pen, the flipping of the pages in a magazine, clipping toe nails, swinging of a crossed leg, jiggling of a foot, clearing of a throat repeatedly, shuffling of cards on an airplane, chewing gum, ticking clocks, water dripping, someone with long hair twisting it around while talking with me , ANYTHING THAT DISTRACTS ME FROM FOCUSING ON THE EVENT AT HAND. Let me say that I have always made fun of my condition telling people it is not them, it is my problem; however, just knowing that there are others out there like me makes me feel a lot better !!

MattFebruary 24, 2015 at 3:52 pmReply

Had no idea. I simply made a few social media comments, and a friend pointed out Misophonia. I work in an office where most of my “annoyances” originate. It does happen in public at times though. I feel like I was classifying or being appropriate, but I do realize it angers me a bit too. For example, I never bring foods to work like apples, chips, etc. I have a co-worker that eats an apple at 9:30 EVERY DAY!! I have to leave or use earbuds/music to drown the sound. On teh other hand, someone eating an apple appropriately is not so disturbing to me. I can hear chips crunching, but open mouth eating is extremely irritating. I don’t sit at intersections with my turn signal on because the clicking gets to me. A woman’s heels poundign on the floor is bothersome. Finger nail clipping is a HUGE one. I had a co-worker that did this almost daily. I waited until after work, and took his clippers from his desk, I was so disturbed.
Most sounds are OK unless they are inappropriate. I don’t notice keyboards at work except one guy who pounds the @%^ out of his and it clicks loudly. Pen clicking is another that bothers me. I had a co-worker that jingled the change in his pocket while talking. It was so severe that I rarely comprehended what he was saying because of the distraction.
Coffee slurping is a bad one. One that really pisses me off to the point of I tend to mimick them in annoyance is when smokers pound their cigarette packs on their hand.
I am a musician, so my sensitivity to sounds and picking out specific sounds is heightened. I hear frequencies that others tend to blend, and can identify them as a certain frequency. Poor signing, bad sound, or a bad chord is noticeable to me and “wrong,” but does not draw nearly the irritation as someone eating or sounds I mentioned.

NanFebruary 25, 2015 at 12:59 amReply

I almost always sit in the last row of the movie theater so there is no one behind me slobbering on popcorn. In live theaters I have not hesitated to ask people sitting around me to stop making so much noise with their gum. Some people are polite and comply with the request but others do the opposite. I find it extremely difficult to be at the table with my husband during meal times and I know it hurts him. Suggestions anyone?

AshleyFebruary 25, 2015 at 1:53 amReply

I just saw this on Facebook today, and cannot believe there is an actual name for what I’ve been dealing with these last several years. I’m a 19 year old college student, and I began noticing that the sound of people eating around me, more so when they chew with their mouths open, drove me CRAZY. Not just a “oh thats annoying”, but in many situations I would have to get up from the table and eat else where, or listen to extremely loud music so I couldn’t listen to my family chew their food. Even people who weren’t super loud chewers made me so irritated. That began in fifth grade, and only got worse as I got older. I can think back to MULTIPLE times where someone by me would be chomping their gum in class, snapping it, etc, and for the rest of the class period I couldn’t focus on anything but that noise. I’ve been in the middle of tests and someone by me would be chewing their gum super loud and I’d quick fill in the rest of my answer sheet, turn it in, and immediately ask my teacher if I could use the bathroom, just to escape that noise for even the SHORTEST bit of time. It’s affected many of my friendships, and definitely my relationship with my family. I can’t even count how many times my dad told me “just get over it”. But it wasn’t something that would ever go away, and it still hasn’t. And people who don’t experience this same disgust and kind of anger whenever you hear someone CHEWING FOOD, they’ll never understand. I’m relieved to know I’m not crazy, this is a real thing, and many others deal with it in some way.

CarrieFebruary 25, 2015 at 5:43 pmReply

I have an 11year old son that definitely suffers from this. It’s gradually getting worse and I feel so helpless. It bothers him to the point where everything drives him crazy. Any kind of breathing, chewing, moving around because he can see it out the corner of his eye. It’s affecting his school because I think he can’t concentrate and fixates on things happening around him. He just went with friends of ours snowboarding in the mountains and he came home to tell me that he had a great time, but oh my god mom you should hear them eat, as he’s imitating them, it bothered him so bad he said he had to go to the bathroom till they were finished eating and he couldn’t sleep all night because their daughter was making noises. It’s gotten to the point where it’s affecting his daily living and it makes me sad that I can’t change that for him!! Please help!!!

CatzFebruary 26, 2015 at 9:44 amReply

I really feel for you. You really need to leave the place you are in. I live in a house and had neighbours who used to blare their music loudly. Had many an argument with them to turn it down. One night I threaten to call the police and then they started lowering their music. Just about had panic attacks every time they played their music. Now I have wonderful new neighbours. I still need to block outside noise and use a combination of different tactics to get away from it all – White noise (TVs, fans, air conditioning), ear plugs and construction headphones. I have a wonderful noisy air con in my bedroom that is my sanctuary.

Lisa VFebruary 26, 2015 at 10:24 amReply

Yes! He letapping thing drives me nuts! I always seem to end up with someone sitting next to me at work who taps their leg or foot and it drives me crazy! I have to completely rearrange how I’m sitting so that I can’t see it out of the corner of my eye!

CatzFebruary 26, 2015 at 10:52 amReply

OMG Robyn what you are saying is so true. I too have been able to de-stress by getting away from the noise that now it doesn’t effect me as much. Don’t get me wrong it can return at a drop of a hat. I had a relative stay for 3 weeks who whistled, at first I thought it was cute, by 2 weeks it was turning into a problem for me. That last week was tough for me.

Lucky for me I have quiet neighbours and I love white noise that I use my tv, fans and aircon to get away from it all. I’m also a stay at home mum so no dealing with coworkers.

I agree with you, you need to go back to nature, also exercising helped me when it was really bad.

LauraMarch 3, 2015 at 12:40 amReply

Reading these comments is overwhelming. I am 47 years old and have suffered from misophonia since I was about 10 years old. Until I accidently stumbled upon an article on Huffpost last week, I had no idea this was a “thing.” I am about a 7 or 8 on the scale. Misophonia has significantly affected my life. How? I have spent all this time assuming there is something “wrong” with me; that the people I love and are closest to must have all somehow “let me down,” and I’m taking it out on them in a passive-aggressive manner by being so extremely irritable. My self-esteem has suffered as a result, as I’ve always assumed I was just a bad person, to a degree. I am so envious of friends who have close relationships with their mothers–I can barely stand to be in the same room with mine, even though I love her dearly. But leaving after a visit feels like I’ve been sprung from jail. Needless to say, this has always been a source of great guilt for me. Now my husband is taking the brunt of it. Thank God for this website, and thank God for him–he has taken the time to learn about misophonia with me, and takes it seriously. He is making an effort to tone down the triggers as best he can. I have said to him on many occasions over the years that I would give almost anything to switch off this crazy thing in my brain. I guess I was pretty much on target, recognizing that it was a glitch in my brain! My heart aches for the people whose triggers include sounds their children make–I live in fear that one day my brain will seize at something my 8-year-old son does and I will not want to be near him. My advice to the young people here is to try to NOT let it negatively affect the most important relationships in your life (parents, siblings, good friends, significant others) by sharing this information with them. I pray for your sake that they take it seriously and try to help you. May the support we find here help us all in some small way.

JulieMarch 3, 2015 at 12:17 pmReply

This is like living with a disability. Going to university was a nightmare with the gum chewers pen clickers and sniffers was insufferable. But not everyone does this. If everyone was conscious of the comfort of those around them life would be more bearable for everyone not just sufferers of misophonia. How often have you caught a flight next to someone sniffing chewing gum or someone behind you kicking the back of your seat constantly

MichaelMarch 4, 2015 at 8:33 pmReply

I’m 50 and have had this since I was a teen. I actually know how this started. My sister was walking around the house making a whistling sound and my mother told her to stop it several times so when she did it behind her back I told on her, lol. Ever since then she would make different noises just to get on my nerves, and it worked. Now we both have this condition but at least we’re much closer. I’m not sure what stage I’m at but I have to wear headphones constantly at work and when my girlfriend eats I have to just suck it up and prey for her to fill up quickly.

JessieMarch 7, 2015 at 11:41 pmReply

Hi I’m 29 when I was 11 that’s when the sound of eating started to affect my life in the end I would eat my dinner in my room coz the rage I got from hearing my family eating scared me coz I wonted to scream an hurt them ,in2008 I became very unwell I have a auto immune condistion ,an since an small baby iv suffered with recurrent shingles ,I don’t know were to get help iv sat with some of the best consultants an proffesers an I have told them about this problem an it just got laughter at an dismissed as nothing ,if there r any doctors out there that won’t some one to stuffy me An my illness I would jump at the chance ,it’s making my life hell please is there someone out there that can help me xxx

Doris DyerMarch 12, 2015 at 5:57 pmReply

I need help bad I can,t stand to here anybody chewing gum or food sometimes TV gets on my nerves my husband sleeps on the other end of our house I can,t stand to here him breath ,I try to tell my brain not to lison but that’s all I can hear .i can,t set with my sister at church she chews gum all I hear is her chewing my mind don,t hear the pastor .this is offel and with my age it is a lot worse ,,please help me

AnthonyMarch 13, 2015 at 7:06 pmReply

I’m 22, the first time I remember myself getting irritated by the sound of chewing was when I was 17 while I was studying and my mother was eating. Since then, it had happened countless times and it always makes me want to hit something. I found out about misophonia just a week ago. I’m quite happy to know that my problem can be explained and I’m not the only one. I hope a treatment will be found soon enough.

AlexisMarch 13, 2015 at 9:05 pmReply

HEADPHONES! They help me a lot. Especially in my cube farm with the worst human noises I have ever heard in one room.

JKMarch 14, 2015 at 6:32 pmReply

I just started crying when I read this. I have been suffering with this for over 20 years. I didn’t know what it was. I only know this article describes me…down to anger and my intent on stopping whatever is causing the noise. When there is no noise, I’m the most quietest person people know. NOW I know what it is. NOW I can tell my doctor. NOW I can set out to help myself.

Thank you so much for posting this.

I saw an article about this on Facebook today and someone posted the medical name of it which led me to here.

God bless,
jK

chelseaMarch 15, 2015 at 8:54 pmReply

i am 22 years old and just found out that this is real. i always thought i was crazy and so did my friends and family. ever since i can remember i have had a level 9. from clicking of the mouse on a computer and a keyboard to breathing loud i have always had it bad. especially when i am trying to sleep i dont like complete silence but i cant have any noises from Rain to beeping so i have a loud fan.. i hope that helps everyone cause it really helps me. thank you

BellaMarch 16, 2015 at 9:29 pmReply

I have had this my whole life. I always thought that it was my Mother’s fault. She would go crazy over mouth noises and I felt that it was her that brought my attention to these noises. Now I realize that she was suffering from this as well. It must definitely be in the genes because one of my four children has it really bad as well. And as I have always thought that my Mother made me aware of the noises, I have always felt that I must have done the same to my daughter. I carried a lot of guilt over this. Anyone who has this will identify with it immediately. Mealtime has always been an issue for me and my Daughter. The movies, going there makes me crazy. I wanted to start a petition that makes it illegal to eat popcorn and wrinkle the candy bags. The sound would actually become louder than the movie in my head. Hopefully down the road there will be something to help those of us that suffer with this.

JoeMarch 21, 2015 at 4:57 pmReply

…or maybe someone that is actually coughing or throat clearing every twenty seconds is in fact actually annoying…especially when they know it is not appreciated and they could seem to care less…is it you that needs a disorder diagnosis really? Or is it instead a normal reaction from a reasonable person that cannot get relief from an annoying situation? Someone is being callous to you so you need to be “diagnosed as having a problem” that doesn’t seem right to me.

Mike VMarch 24, 2015 at 6:56 pmReply

Finally! I found people with a similar condition as mine. For as long as I can remember (probably all my life) I’ve been annoyed by certain sounds: chewing, lip smacking, straw slurping, coughing, pets cleaning themselves, kids fighting, just to name a few. I seriously thought my hearing was over-sensative (like the bionic woman’s) only to discover that I would actually get angry at the source/person/pet who was making the noise. OMG, there are times I feel like crawling out of my skin. I am even sensative to moving/swinging limbs or my daughter bouncing on her exercise ball.
Headphones work for me at the office but it’s not practical to wear them at home. Many times I must physically remove myself from the vacinity of the irritant or walk around the house with my hands cuppoed over my ears, yelling “I can’t take this any longer!”.
My wife and I thought I was losing my mind. Now, I have a name to hang on my affliction.

cheyenneApril 9, 2015 at 8:54 pmReply

i’m a level 10…I cant go to social gatherings because of it

George CheungApril 18, 2015 at 4:24 amReply

I just hate my dad chewing out loud and my sister coughing. I also hate when my dad snores. I can’t believe i am not alone! Unforturtunately my parents doesnt believe in this “gimmick”, they just tell me to bear with it. and good to know that I am only group 3. thank god.

MichelleApril 28, 2015 at 6:23 pmReply

Who can do the diagnosis of this condition? I am going to occupational therapy tomorrow for ways to deal with this condition but my health providers aren’t sure who can diagnose it. Any suggestions?

LydiaMay 2, 2015 at 12:16 pmReply

Something that is the best treatment for me is listening to ASMR on YouTube! Type in:
Fairy char ASMR.
It soothes your misophonia. It helps me go to sleep and just calmed me down and it is the one thing that helps a lot!! I really think you should go on YouTube and listen to videos but turn it up load and pop head phones in and let the relaxation begin!

MichelleMay 2, 2015 at 12:50 pmReply

Stephen I am the same way it’s getting worse I dread Friday saturdays and school holidays incase my neighbours might play their music in all honesty they don’t play it really really loud but I can hear it when they do they also don’t do it all the time but I am always waiting tonight I nearly had a breakdown I can’t keep living like this or I will go mad has hypnosis worked for you I am so very desperate for help

MeganMay 17, 2015 at 5:13 pmReply

Hi everyone. I am 16 years old and im almost positive that I have misophonia. I haven’t been professionally diagnosed but I have all the problems. I used to share a room with my older sister and I HATED the sound of her breathing because she has allergies and was always stuffy and breathing heavily. I had to sleep listening to music, i went through headphones like crazy and my ears would hurt all day from having them in all night. I can’t be near my mother when she eats an if i am i get really angry and sometimes i start crying and it makes her mad as well there have been times that she would scream at me and tell me to control myself but i cant. but theres also certain people that dont bother me as much like my dad and some of my friends… its really confusing for me. i need help.

Cassandra BirdMay 23, 2015 at 9:09 pmReply

My daughter has this and takes it all out on me. Its so very difficult to live with. I’m disabled and at times I can hardly breathe without inducing extreme sometimes violent or self harming reactions from her. She’s nearly 11 and this has been getting worse for several years. Yet she loves me most and feels safest with me, often not leaving my side so I’ll often go hungry. I heard her father on the phone a few weeks ago and he seemed to purposefully exaggerating the sounds of eating whilst talking to her. I felt so angry at him. He thinks its funny cos she attacks me and he hates me but the poor girl can hardly control herself and feels awful for being this way. She says she holds in all the stress from hearing sounds all day at school and will come home and pour it all out. Its truly awful for her and I so wish I could help her overcome it. When everything is calm at home and we all work towards supporting her it doesn’t affect her as badly. Under pressure she literally screams and kicks at me not to breathe. It can hurt so much x

AliceMay 24, 2015 at 6:05 pmReply

Glad to know I’m not alone. In relationships I try to handle the problem by moving a little farther away when the noise is bothering me. But I don’t get to see my significant other very often so his noises don’t have much of a chance to bother me.

At work I use headphones and listen to music or books on tape depending on how distracted I need to be. Mild is music, serious is a favorite book. The speaking in my ears of my favorites kind of cancels out the annoying stuff.
The beauty of living alone is I can avoid most of my triggers at home.

It is nice to have a name for this and I too wonder if it is linked to tinnitus in any way.

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