The exact cause of misophonia is unknown and there is no completely effective universal treatment for misophonia. Currently, there are a some journal articles and reports on the treatment of misophonia but more work is being published as research and treatment methods are explored. Misophonia is not yet classified as a discrete disorder in the DSM-5 or ICD-10, so increased public awareness may help encourage more research into possible treatments for this disorder. This website often publishes invitations from researchers to participate in data gathering such as interviews, surveys and questionnaires and hopefully effective treatments 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.
Many people report that paying attention to the basics can help. Those 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.
Here are some of the possible treatments that are currently available: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Neurofeedback (NFB), Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and psycho-therapeutic hypnotherapy. There are other treatment methods as well including the NRT/Trigger Tamer and Sequent Repatterning Therapy. The Support Forum has a section devoted to treatments.
The use of sound machines, ear plugs and sound masking by other methods is a common and often effective treatment and can be very helpful in many 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 plan to help manage the stress and associated problems of misophonia. Don’t give up!
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As new treatment methods are discovered, they will be added to this page. If you have a treatment or symptom management plan, share it!