How is Misophonia Treated?
A simple treatment for misophonia is not available currently. Many times, ear level sound generators can help. When hearing loss is present, the use of hearing technology allows the brain access to sounds, letting it receive the necessary input. Identifying triggers in your environment and associating them with a positive thought or image can help. Some may find it useful to avoid the triggers when something positive cannot be associated with it. Having extra sounds around the house may also be beneficial to the brain. These extra sounds can give input to the brain to distract it or bring attention away from the misophonia. When sleeping or sitting in a quiet space, turn on some sort of noise like a fan, humidifier, television, or music. There are sound machines and some free cell phone apps that are also available. Some of the misophonia apps will play nature sounds, white or pink noise, breathing exercises, and also visually provide some relaxing images.
Mindfulness techniques and slowing down the neural pathways may also be beneficial. Activities like meditation or yoga may calm down the brain and also your reaction to the misophonia. Small actions like closing your eyes and breathing slowly can also help. For more mindfulness techniques, inquire with your audiologist.
Other times, the misophonia may require some lifestyle changes. Try eliminating the exacerbating factors and slowly reintroducing them one-by-one into your life. If you see the misophonia becomes worse with one of the factors, then it may be beneficial to completely eliminate the factor if possible. If you feel the misophonia is associated with your medications, discuss this with your primary care physician to see if there are other medical alternatives.
If more extensive misophonia treatment is required, discuss this with your audiologist. If you feel that the misophonia is getting to a level where self-harm may be inevitable, then immediately contact a medical professional.