Sufferers of Misophonia spend a lot of time wearing either earplugs or headphones, depending on the situation. This makes it extremely important for them to pick the kinds that are the most effective and comfortable to them, to be wearing for long periods of time. I have read many comments on support groups, and tried them myself. These are the best rated so far, and some quick reviews. Keep in mind, that anything you put in your ears must kept clean, or changed out regularly. It is important for sufferers to be knowledgeable of how to take care of their ears, if they are going to be putting things inside them!
Earplugs must be worn for occasions where it isn’t socially acceptable to wear headphones, and/or when the sufferer wants to be able to somewhat hear what is going on around them. It is commonly preferred for them to be more discrete, and still block out as much sound as possible.
These silicone earplugs are commonly located in the fishing department of stores, and are made for sealing water out. They may have a string attached, but it can be cut off. Make sure if you decide to try this type, that you make sure you look closely and make sure it has three tiny cup things, and not two, because it makes a huge difference in sound blockage. They are very easy to put in, and don’t move.
These (also silicone) are moldable, block out sound wonderfully, and are preferred by many. They are usually found in the pharmacy department of stores. These are worth a try, but I urge you to be careful with them. Personal story: once, while taking a test in High School, I shoved a pair so far into my ear canal that I had to get it, painfully, surgically removed. Only seal them around the outside of your ear canal, and not push them inside. They also tend to lose effectiveness and need to be changed out relatively regularly, because they get dirty.
These foam earplugs are cheaper, still very effective, and are usually located in the pharmacy department of stores. they come in all kinds of colors, but sufferers commonly prefer skin tones. Personally, I have found that they irritate my ears after long periods of time, but others have found great success with them. Still worth a try. In the past, I have cut them so that they do not stick out of my ears.
Headphones are life savers in public. Whether a sufferer be going to the grocery store, or sitting in the waiting room of a doctors office, or worse, the dreaded DMV. Shudder Sometimes you just have to blast your favorite music and calm down.
So far, the most comfortable, and noise canceling headphones I have come across, are ones that have the plastic cup buds. They are lightweight, and can even be slept in, if small enough. They can come with a mic, so if you are on your phone, you can still answer calls. They are usually sold at dollar stores, and I would recommend getting the cheaper ones. You can find the Samsung earbuds on Amazon. No matter how expensive it is, with the amount of times a Misophone has to use it, and the frustration that usually comes with having to, they are bound to break often.
I have discovered that the over the ear headphones, can have a lot better quality of sound, and are very useful for blocking out especially intrusive triggers, when coupled with wearing earplugs underneath. Personally, however, after long periods of time, no matter how nice of a pair, they start to bother my ears. They make work for others though.
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