Currently there is no universally effective treatment for misophonia and the search for a misophonia cure is slowly being studied and researched.

However, members of our forum have some suggestions to help reduce the intensity of triggers and discuss possible treatments. You can find the Support Forum here

Some people believe that avoidance of triggers may make the condition worse yet others find stress can be reduced by avoiding one’s known trigger events. People with Misophonia are often engaged in seeking out effective coping mechanisms to use when exposed to problematic sounds.

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 possibilities for MisophoniaSome possible treatment methods to explore 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 generating equipment, ear plugs and sound masking audio may be of use and are worth investigating. Some people have had success with these methods of treatment and symptom management.

In your attempts to find relief and manage symptoms, you may need to explore more than one treatment method. An effective combination of different approaches may emerge. Don’t give up!

You may find a treatment method that helps you!

Explore all the methods other people use to see if they are helpful to you. Many people find ways to reduce the symptoms they experience and in so doing, help make their lives easier. You may wish to review some resources available on the Sound Rage website.

Various treatment methods will be added to this section when they become available for review.  Have you heard of a treatment or had success with a coping mechanism? Share it with others!

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23 comments:

georgia varbleJuly 25, 2014 at 7:22 pmReply

56 years old …. probbly level 5 or 6. Good to know I’m not alone. Hopeful that this web site will offer me methods to cope.

Catherine ZahraJuly 29, 2014 at 1:51 pmReply

Hello. Please help me if you can. My son is 24years old and he has been suffering from mysophonia since he was 10 years old. It is a nightmare not just for him or to live with him but also because I cannot seem to find understanding or acknowledgement of this condition in Malta. consult.Please write to me and tell me if there is an existing help in England where we can come and consult.

He has been wrongly diagnosed with OCD since he was 10years.

I will greatly appreciate any help.

Regards

Catherine Zahra.

LizaJuly 30, 2014 at 6:36 amReply

Catherine,

Try this website. http://misophoniatreatment.com. There’s a lot of suggestions and Tom is very responsive. Good luck!

Laraine PipolyJuly 31, 2014 at 4:27 amReply

I have had this condition since a young age. I am now 70 years old. I didn’t know what to call it. A couple of years ago I found out about misophonia and it’s discription fits me to a T. It seems to be getting worse the older I get.
I live in the Long Beach area of California. I have to plan going out to eat. I have developed relationships with some of the restaurant managers over the years. I go in and explain that I have a hearing problem that magnifies the noises in the restaurant, in particular the music. Why do they feel they have to blast music when people want to visit with the family, friends that they came in. They are NOT at a concert.
This afternoon my husband and I were at a new restaurant near our home. The music was very high with twanging guitars etc. I told them my problem and that when I hear loud music I just want to get up and flea the situation. They were kind enough to turn it down until we leave.
Just before we got ready to leave another waitress came over and asked how our meal was. We begain to talk and I told her they could turn up the music because we were leaving. Turns out that she has had this problem all of her life. She appeared to be about 25 yrs old. She got tears in her eyes when I explained it to her. I wrote down misophonia on a piece of paper for her and she was coming home and getting on the Internet to do more investigation. She says she has had a lot of problems with her family about this. Now she is going to enlighten them.
If anyone wants to talk, please e-mail me @ LFrancone1@aol.com.

LucyAugust 6, 2014 at 9:57 pmReply

Today I discovered this irritation I have has a diagnosis!!.. I have suffered with this for as long as I can remember and I’m 27 now. I have 2 children and I can’t even feed them or be in the room whilst all this chewing ect is happening.. I’m at stage 5 – 6 but I feel more anger towards my partner. I have to sleep with my hands covering my ears! I’m so glad I looked in to it as I thought I was on my own. But now I can explain to people and give them a better understand and maybe they will be less annoying around me

HaydenAugust 9, 2014 at 12:30 amReply

I found out about misophonia just yesterday, I am 22 and cannot think back to a time when I didn’t have an absolute hatred for certain sounds and noises.. I had always been told to “grow up”, “get over it”, “stop being pathetic” but I don’t think anyone can understand unless they suffer it too..
I am a clear 9 on the scale, and I always thought I was very alone in what I was trying in vain to deal with. I never sought psychologist support as was too nervous about the stigma of being labelled with anything, and no one seemed to understand what I went through so why should they be any different.. Although I cannot find a magic cure at least I now have a base to start from, a website to send people to that explains me perfectly, and the knowledge that I am not alone.

TaviAugust 10, 2014 at 4:46 amReply

All my life, I have had a severe hatred of gum chewing/smacking! I never knew it could be diagnosed as anything more than just something that really irritates me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed other mouth noises and bodily noises have begun to bother me, as well. So how do I cope with it? I’m a paramedic! I have to deal with people making all kinds of imaginable mouth noises!! Some smells bother me too…. those are also part of my job description! I find that because my awareness of them is so heightened, I am a better able to detect and discern inconsistencies and subtle changes in my patient’s status. In other words, my misophonia makes me a better clinician! Imagine that….

Randy BAugust 10, 2014 at 9:14 pmReply

Most of my adult life I have had this issue. I never thought I was the only person in the world with this problem. I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one, I wish there was something that could make it go away.

Sabina JackmanAugust 12, 2014 at 12:27 pmReply

I am absolutely at stage 9 when I hear anything repetitive, usually background noise, clocks ticking, pens clicking, teaspoon clinking when stirring coffee, roosters, dogs barking, loud bass/repetitive music. Anything that seems like I have no control over or anything that I feel will never stop. Even when the noise does eventually stop (like roosters crowing, dog barking or music) I can still hear it for hours later, it’s just stuck in my head and sometimes I cannot tell if the noise is real or not which makes me feel crazy at times.

I now use a fan, ear plugs and play rain music or white noise on repeat (which is funny because the white noise, rain and fan are all repetitive noises… BUT maybe it’s because they drown out the noise and I know I can control them myself.

Anyway so glad to know this ‘crazy thing’ I’ve lived with for over a decade or more (I’m 38) is a real disorder and that I can finally find people who get me and understand what I am going through.

MartjieAugust 12, 2014 at 7:51 pmReply

Level 9 :(

I’ve moved 8 times in 7 years due to “noisy neighbours”
Working in open plan I have to listen to classical music on my earphones to calm me down and drown out noise.
I often get enraged and ask people in the office to turn down their music. (Which is a problem as specially since I am a contract worker and not an permanent employee.

I often fantasise about hitting someone when they are making a noise, whether it is a loud chewer, heavy breather, a cleaner polishing the floor or an upstairs neighbour walking to loudly. I unplug my boyfriends fridge when I stay over, and I’m always the one telling people to keep quite.
I used to go to the Cinema twice a week as I love movies, but I can’t go anymore as I always end up confronting someone and then leave feeling stressed and annoyed because people talked or chewed popcorn loudly 3 rows away.

I think its about time I get some help. I always thought i just have super sensitive hearing, but at least there is some treatment options I will look into

HarryAugust 17, 2014 at 1:15 pmReply

I empathise. I quit going to the cinema 30 years ago (in my teens) as it became a trauma. I never understood why no one, it seemed, could get through a movie without a super-sized tub of popcorn that they’d crunch, mostly with open mouths, and make last through to the end. Nevermind the nauseating smell…
My friends weren’t bothered in the slightest, in fact they were often “crunchers” themselves. I wanted to lash out and thump the nearest cruncher.
When asked after the movie for my opinion, I’d rarely be able to provide any reasonable synopsis because I had spent the previous two hours stressed and distracted.
Even though I now realise that there is a reason for my hypersensitivity, I still question whether in the absence of it I wouldn’t be still completely grossed-out anyway by those who bother me the most now. Some people out there have obscene eating habits regardless…
Open-plan offices… OMG, where do I start on that subject? Better that I don’t!

JessicaAugust 13, 2014 at 8:02 amReply

I thought I was just being a b*tch cause that’s what everyone was telling me! I didn’t know I actually had a REAL condition until I saw a friend’s post on facebook from OMG Facts – “Getting annoyed at someone when we listen to them eating or breathing is called Misophonia, and it’s an actual neurological disorder.” It made me curious so I googled it and found this site. Thank Goodness for this site!!!!! :)

On a serious note though, I have auditory processing disorder which makes it hard for me distinguish all of the audio/voices/music/etc. that I am hearing, but I am POSITIVE that I have Misophonia…..
the question that my specialist has not been able to answer is “Why can I not “hear” some things like my husband talking to me from the other end of our 3 person couch with the tv on at an average volume in the living room with the ceiling fan going, but I can “hear” our daughter doing her chore and humming in the kitchen which is two rooms away (with ceiling fans going) at the very same time, and yell for her to stop humming cause it is driving me crazy…..Any ideas??

AndrianAugust 25, 2014 at 8:57 amReply

Jessica,
I absolutely know what you are talking about. I am the exact same way. I went so far as to have an evaluation with an audiologist to try and diagnose hearing loss as I too have a hard time hearing my husband, low frequency sounds, etc.. yet I can hear the small friction sounds of fingers rubbing. This was before I found out what misophonia was and found it fits me to a tee- level 5. The audiologist did say I have mild hearing loss but nothing to do for it as I am young- 30 years old. But all my life I have struggled with tolerating various noises and never knew there was an actual diagnosis/condition. Wish I had some insight for you but just wanted you to know you are not alone.

Tarren CAugust 13, 2014 at 5:39 pmReply

I am 19. I’m also an auditory learner when I started noticing certain sounds instantly impacting me (I was 10 or 11) I assumed it was a packaged deal. My family has just told me to stop being a grouch. I never could understand why these sounds would make me so irritable, but they never noticed that they were even making the sounds in question. I’m so glad to know I am not alone. Something that helps me is to focus on a song I like until it is stuck in my head, it doesn’t make the trigger sound go away but it gives me something else to focus on until it has stopped.

HeatherAugust 13, 2014 at 6:17 pmReply

I am absolutely gobsmacked! I am almost 40 years old and have dealt with this for at least 30 of those years. I had NO idea that others have this. I knew things irritated people but to me I seemed over the top. I have felt like such a nit-picky bitch for soo long. I am a SAHM of 5 boys who are always loud. My youngest is almost 5 and I am at the end of my rope. He goes to Mother’s Day Out 4 days a week now largely due to the fact that I want to scream from hearing sound effects he makes while playing with toys. People who don’t have this totally do not understand and I am sure think I am just being selfish. I love my boys absolutely. I do not love noise. LOL

My husband has a leg bouncing thing he does. As you know, I’m sure, it makes me crazy. I have to cover my eyes so I can’t see it. I get so frustrated because we have been married 17 years, he knows it irritates me, yet he still does it. I know, rationally, that he can’t help it. But oh does it kill me. Now I am showing him this and hopefully it helps!

One more thing. I am in absolute awe of anyone who has this and has to work with other people. I truly do not know what I would do. The whole open office thing is all the rage now for several years. I cringe just thinking about it.

DebbieAugust 14, 2014 at 8:16 amReply

Good Day all .

I come to you all today to ask for your dear help and adivce. what better way to do it than to ask someone who has that problem too.
Im 25 years old “I DONT SUFFER FROM MISOPHONIA” but my boyfriend i think does.

He burst his eardrum on a water ski fall on his ear.

we started dating about 8 months ago and know each other 3-4 years now.
my realtionship with him is getting verry hard.
the othe day he posted on his wall on facebook this qoute: Getting angry at people when we listen to them breathing or eating is called Misophonia, which is an actual brain disorder.

and i immidiatly thought to myself something is up with him,he really hates it when i chew chips and ive also told him that its not such a big deal but now i know more of this disorder looking it op on google.
he also stuggles with alot of the socializing aspects..he doesnt show emotion easy and weve been fighting alot about this.. i just need some advice first hand on if this disorder can complicate emotional attachment to a person and if this problem can have an effect on relationship. his way of handling things are not normal its in a way of not caring what the other person asks and wants or needs. and if i show emotion it doesnt seem to have an impact on him. is this anyhow related to misophonia? any advice will be highly appreciated,.

deborahp@voltex.co.za

AidyAugust 28, 2014 at 3:05 pmReply

Debbie,

I have suffered from Misaphonia since I can remember. I’m 28 years of age and have been in a relationship for 1.5 years now. I have to be honest, it must be tough on my partner. After reading your comment regarding lack of emotion I have to admit that this is how I am most of the time. Misaphonia can be so emotionally draining for sufferers, sometimes I tend to just close myself off from others in an effort to not feel stressed or any of the other negative emotions which come from certain triggers. Its difficult to offer any advice as Misaphonia (as far as I’m concerned) is such a complex condition. Just try to remember that your other half is suffering from this and that deep down inside he doesn’t want to hurt you (emotionally of course). You need to know the exact triggers that he cant cope with and to make sure you don’t do any of these things around him! Literally, kick them all to the curb! This is the only way things will become easier for you both.

AllenAugust 14, 2014 at 3:22 pmReply

Coping with Misophonia is the most difficult part of my life, but I seem to build more tolerance as I get older. For me, avoidance is the best treatment. I went from living miserably with 4 people at a young age to living by myself for two years. Now when I experience a trigger sound it’s still annoying but not to the same extent. I’ve read that avoiding trigger sounds may make it worst but for me its simply not true. Exercising seems to take a little stress and anxiety off the top. I’m especially annoyed if I lacked physical activity that day. For advice if you know someone with Misophonia, just simply don’t do those trigger sounds around them. Gum is the worst because the chewing never stops!

AdamAugust 17, 2014 at 5:21 pmReply

I am not sure if I have misophonia. I have the symptoms of misophonia — I become very angry, sometimes enraged, by the sound of people eating (especially with their mouth open), drinking, slurping, and opening soda cans. I feel awful for having such negative feelings toward friends and family, when I know they can’t help it!

I am 19, and have only begun to notice this within the last few years, which is why I am hesitant to say I have it (seeing that many people began noticing symptoms much earlier). I am very reluctant to fall into the hysterical self-diagnosis that many people fall into today simply because I have a few symptoms. I am hoping that, despite the gradual worsening of the symptoms, it too shall pass.

I have told my parents about this problem, in hopes of finding ways to manage it, but I’m only told to “get over it.” Once I was able to put a name to this condition, I told them about it, but was only told that misophonia doesn’t exist (my dad, who is a doctor, has said this many a time, yet has never even heard of it before) or that I am just being sensitive and need to get over it.

ASorryHeartAugust 18, 2014 at 7:34 amReply

I’m SO glad a friend shared this link. My 5yo most definitely suffers from this disorder, and bc he also has ADHD/OCD it’s really affecting every area of his life, and in turn all of ours as well. He started kinder last week and it’s TORTURE for him. We have to find our way, somehow :( This is very, very real and traumatic. Thanks to those who shared!

PattyAugust 21, 2014 at 3:27 pmReply

Thank you. It is good to know I am not alone. I criticize myself for this, thinking I am a bad person for getting so stressed by seemingly innocuous sounds. People do not understand this. I do not understand this. But it has gotten to be an issue n the last 10 years or so (I am 57).

MeaghanAugust 29, 2014 at 12:37 pmReply

Until about a month ago, I never knew this was a thing! I’m 16 years old, and at a level 6 already. What gets me going the most is loud breathing, or chewing. Scrapping and the pen clicking are pretty bad as well. I always thought it was wrong that I got so upset by the breathing thing! Nice to know this has a name and that I’m not just crazy!

NinaSeptember 12, 2014 at 2:04 amReply

I’m a 59 year old high school teacher who didn’t know that this was an actual disorder until I happened upon the term “misophonia” when I googled “low tolerance for noise” tonight. Yesterday after school I went to my principal, nearly in tears, and told him I was having a nervous breakdown because I was trying to mark papers in my room and there was a group of noisy students in the hallway outside my door. Today in one of my classes I asked a student to stop cracking her knuckles. One of my classroom rules is that if I see or hear gum I will ask that it be thrown away. When students click pens I get agitated and ask them to stop. My intolerance has been getting progressively worse and I’m turning into a cranky old lady. Last night I called my employee assistance program and have a counselling appt. next week. And I have an appt. with my family doctor next week. Also, I’m a perfectionist and that tendency is getting worse the older I get. Has anyone found that medication such as Zoloft helps? I have 2 years and 3 months until I can retire without a penalty and would like to make it until then. Right now every day is a challenge. I’ve been telling friends that I’m struggling with the school environment but they don’t understand. Thanks to those of you who posted. It’s a relief to know that I’m not the only one trying to cope with this.

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