What is the Best Misophonia Treatment?

Misophonia Treatment is an important subject. Since sufferers are wrought with a life-altering condition the first question most ask is, “What is the Treatment for Misophonia?”. Unfortunately, we do not have an approved therapy or medication. This means that there is no official misophonia treatment yet. There are only a small number of studies, and none of them include follow up. The IMRN is focused on research, but in the meantime you may find support with the following professionals. It is important that we first assert that there is no official misophonia treatment because some sources may try to sell unofficial or risky misophonia treatment.

There are different kinds of therapists who can offer support, and teach you physiologically based and mental strategies to help you cope with misophonia. You can lead a productive life while we gain ground with research. However, you should be wary of anyone who claims they have “the cure” or who promises high success rates for misophonia treatment, until more research is done and we have more evidence.

Please be wary of false cures, and further-more, if a person is recommending drugs please note that there is no medical basis for this. You may talk to your doctor about medications but do not take unsolicited medical advice on medication via the internet. This is extremely dangerous and your health hangs in the balance.

There is no evidence-based behavioral or device-based misophonia treatment

There are no single specific behavioral or device-based treatments that have been rigorously tested scientifically and shown to efficaciously treat Misophonia. At this point, there only are early small scale uncontrolled and pilot studies that have not yielded definitive results. Accordingly, patients seeking services for Misophonia are encouraged to ask treatment providers to disclose (a) which interventions will be used to help treat Misophonia, (b) the rationale for such approaches in light of available scientific evidence, and (c) any potential risks a particular treatment may pose.

There is no FDA approved medication Misophonia treatment

There is no scientific evidence that any specific medication treats Misophonia. However, doctors are able to prescribe medications “off label,” which means that they can suggest you try medications developed for other problems that they believe may help reduce difficulties related to Misophonia. If a doctor prescribes medications for Misophonia, we believe it is appropriate that patients be aware that such medications are experimental. In such circumstances, we suggest patients ask their doctor to disclose (a) the clear rationale for the use of such medications and (b) any possible side effects and risks.

While there is no misophonia treatment, some professionals may have the ability and training to help you.

Audiologists

Traditionally, Audiologists have been allowed to practice with a Master’s degree. However, students entering Audiology programs in the near future will obtain doctoral degrees. An Audiologist with proper training may help by evaluating if you have Misophonia, although there is no approved “test” for Misophonia yet and it is not in any diagnostic manual. Audiologists may provide you with personally-fitted earplugs that may or may not generate non-offending noise to mask the noises that bother you.

Counselors or Psychologists

Most Counselors have Masters degrees, but some have doctoral degrees. Most Psychologists have a doctorate, as it is required in order to use the term “psychologist”. Some cognitive psychologists feel that Misophonia should be classified under Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (previously termed “OCD” in the DSM-IV-TR) in the DSM-5. While there may be neurological and behavioral overlaps, there is no compelling evidence that this overlap exists, or that OCD treatment will help patients.

Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists can prescribe medication to treat symptoms and conditions that may accompany the condition (such as anxiety, insomnia, feelings of rage/fear/depression, etc.). However, there are no medications that have been tested or considered for the disorder.

Neurologists

A neurologist is an Medical Doctor (MD) who specializes in disorders that affect the brain, the spine, and the nerves, such as Epilepsy, migraine, Alzheimer’s and Tourette’s (as some examples). Neurologists and psychiatrists may sometimes overlap, as they can both treat psychiatric conditions. However, neurologists treat a broader range of disorders. Anyone who has sudden onset of any changes in mood or sensory perception, should see a neurologist to rule out other disordersPeople often confuse neurologists with neuroscientists. Neurologists are MDs; they went through medical school. Neuroscientists are also doctors, but they are Ph.D.s, not Medical Doctors. Neuroscientists study the brain.

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12 comments

Anthony Kraimaty July 20, 2017 - 1:33 pm

so what can be done

Mary Battershill January 14, 2018 - 7:04 pm

HI, I am a psychologist in the Montreal area, looking for information to help a client who appears to suffer from misophonia.
Please be aware that there is mention of a drug treatment called “kratom” on your website
http://misophonia-research.com/
if you notice the paragraph:
What does science tell us so far?

Misophonia appears to be a neurologically based disorder in which certain auditory stimuli are misinterpreted as dangerous. Individuals with misophonia are set off, or “triggered” by repetitive, patterned-based sounds, such as chewing, coughing, pencil tapping, sneezing, etc. Some individuals with misophonia also describe visual triggers.These stimuli, or triggers, cause severe physiological and emotional stress. If you want to fight stress read more about this drug that will help you control it.

You are sent to a site called ‘kratom crazy’ if you put the cursor on the words ‘read more’.
I don’t know what to make of this, but assuming you are not connected to this particular product, I wanted to let you know that perhaps your site has been modified without your being aware of it.
Best regards,
Hilda Mary Battershill, Montreal, CANADA

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Yes, I noticed this too and found it to be worrisome.

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Sharon DeGreeff June 26, 2018 - 5:13 pm

I have suffered from this condition for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until my adult years that I actually told people about my reactions. People either made fu. Of me, laughed and joked about it or they acted like I was trying to control them. My experiences have always ended in some sort of laughter and or shame. No one can really know what it feels like to be affected by misophonia.
I am a psychotherapist and have never really received an official diagnosis but there is no doubt in my mind that this is what I have struggled with all of my life.
My husband and I travel frequently and when we’re waiting in airports for our flights to board, I look around for people smacking and popping their gum. I feel a sense of terror that I’ll be within hearing g distance of that person chewing their gum. And when I spot or hear that person popping their gum, I watch to see if they are going to get rid of it before we board, I feel irritation and anger, rage and want to run. I have ear plugs that I plan to use on our next trip and see if that is helpful. I’m not sure though because sometimes just seeing a person chewing gum a certain way is triggering also. Oh my gosh, it’s so exhausting!

Claudia July 22, 2018 - 12:23 am

I have been suffering from this condition for as long as I can remember. People chewing gum and making that popping sound freaks me out,if they ever need a chewing gum police detector….I am the one !! I work in a very noisy environment,open plan office,lots of talking , telephones ringing,doors banging,and more! Let some one open a packet of chips at their desk and I can hear it from a mile away…I have to find destractors or walk out untill they are finished,it’s very annoying. At home it’s even worse and I feel sorry for my family because I know I sometimes just snap at them like a rabid dog! I try very hard to control myself,by walking away , eating alone,avoiding situations . My 14 year old son has braces on his teeth,in the morning after he has eaten his cerial I can hear him coming down the passage smacking his lips teeth toungue whatever he is doing to get those bits out from between the braces…on his way the bathroom to brush his teeth. I could list a whole lot of other sounds that freak me out,even certain sounds in the far distance can bother me , especially the early hours of the morning!

Damon December 26, 2018 - 7:40 am

I’ve had this since about 4 or 5 years old; 45 now at time of writing. Currently feeling soooo much stress as it’s the Christmas period (also my birthday) which I have to share with family. I say that I would rather. It eat with the family as I get highly stressed and then get guilt tripped into saying yes. Five more days to go. Suicidal thoughts are in my mind all the time – I’m not actually gonna kill myself and this isn’t a cry for help. Just adding to the illustrations of how shit this condition is

Amy January 7, 2019 - 11:44 am

I just found out this morning through some random news blurb on twitter there is a name for this “condition” and now I do not feel so alone! I also don’t feel like there is anything necessarily “wrong” with me (or all of you) who have these reactions to certain sounds, as nobody is perfect. I always considered myself just highly sensitive and easily annoyed, but wow – the descriptions of triggers and reactions are so very accurate! It is true that any eating-related sounds, if made by a 4 legged animal, does not bother me at all. I feel more compassion and love toward animals, as well. Humans in general, not that much. The sounds of people eating, smacking lips, crunching, chewing/snapping gum has always brought up instant anger and almost driven me to the brink of rage, feeling so much disgust and disdain that I have to leave the room, or just suffer in silence. In recent years (I’m 46) loud breathing and certain types of voices are also nearly unbearable to hear, although this all began during my teenage years. Someone crinkling a bag, crunching chips near me actually feels like a form of torture, as well as when a person constantly clicks the top of a pen. The horror. Thank God I have a sense of humor and can talk myself off the ledge when need be, or I’d probably be arrested for assault.

Dave February 26, 2019 - 2:25 pm

Thank you for the information. Our daughter suffers from Misophonia. However, she is coping pretty good and I believe she is in the mild to moderate severity level. Her triggers cause a flight response by just wanting to get away from the sound. We plan meal times and other activities very carefully that may have triggers. Also, we are working to develop a circle of support with close friends and family. Being a teenager makes it tough at school and church. So having close friends for support will help her cope during trigger times. One thing that seem to work is noise canceling headphones. We purchased the Sony WH-1000XM3 and it really helps her. One feature we really like is she only needs to take her right hand and place it over the right ear phone and it cancels the sounds for her to have a conversation. Then when she is finished speaking or listening to a conversation she only removes her hand and whatever she was listening to returns at the previous sound levels. We are also attending counseling to develop coping skills.

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Jamie April 28, 2019 - 12:34 am

I had no idea that there was a name for how I feel and react to whistling. I instantly feel agitated and my ears even hurt when someone near me is whistling. I begin to get angry and will verbally lash out to those around me, usually my family. Once I hear the trigger it lasts for a long time after it has stopped and other sounds as chewing can become irritating as well. I can absolutely not be in a room with someone if they are eating and that is the only sound. I even have a rule in my house that when watching tv no one can start eating a snack until something is playing. I finally decided to look this problem up online and even just reading about made me feel irritated.

Don July 28, 2019 - 8:27 pm

My 15 year old son is suffering with misophonia and I am struggling to get him help with it. Our GP has referred him to different agencies and they keep passing the buck as it all seems too difficult for them. Has anyone actually received treatment for this that helped and if so what was it?

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