The internet offers different misophonia treatments.
It is sensible to evaluate information before accepting it as fact. Managing one’s misophonia-related issues requires caution. This is because misophonia is not well-studied. It has no definitive cause or standard treatment. At this point, there are early small-scale studies that have not yielded definitive results. A statement released by Duke University said: “There are no single specific behavioral or device-based treatments that have been rigorously tested scientifically and shown to efficaciously treat misophonia.” In other words, buyer beware.
We should expect answers from providers about their proposed treatment plans. One should have some idea about the treatment’s components. For example, which interventions will the provider use? And, what is the rationale for their approach? Is it based on any scientific study or evidence? Lastly, are there any potential risks involved with the proposed treatment?
Documentation is important!
Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD, a psychiatrist, wrote an article for MedicineNet.com. She states: “ Since it is thought that this illness develops at least partly as the result of the misophonia sufferer developing a conditioned response to certain noises, an approach that has had some success is the process of deconditioning people with this disorder.” Since the article doesn’t mention the source of this claim, a search for more detailed documentation on desensitization is in order. The page ends with this ambiguous phrase: “Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on (insert date here).” Also, each page’s footer also contains a disclaimer. It reads: “MedicineNet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Should we discount all the information on MedicineNet.com? No, not altogether. But one may wish to get more detailed information.
Similarly, WebMD.com also states that it does not “provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.” It presents a limited explanation of misophonia using only one audiologist’s opinion. This audiologist treats tinnitus and hyperacusis. But, the information in the article appears to be reasonable. It mirrors suggested treatments found elsewhere. (e.g., psychological counseling, sound masking, use of medication) But this is still only one audiologist’s opinion. It’s not scientific or medical consensus.