Re-visiting Misophonia: Potential Treatments
In last month’s issue, we covered the onset of misophonia, which literally means “hatred of sound”. People with misophonia have specific symptoms and triggers, and are sensitive to only certain sounds, and are occasionally sensitive to visual triggers as well. These problematic sounds are usually in the background but any sound or noise can become a problem to a person with misophonia. In this issue we’ll discuss some of the various treatments available so those suffering from this disorder so they can begin to make progress on regaining some degree of normalcy in their lives.
According to the experts and editors of the website misophoinia.com, a resource dedicated to providing updated information on research, treatment, and support for coping with this disorder, the exact cause of misophonia is unknown and, unfortunately, there is no completely effective universal treatment for misophonia. Many who suffer from this disorder avoid certain triggers to reduce their stress, while others think that exposure to triggers may desensitize one from the negative effects of trigger events.
Pay attention and be proactive when possible
Many people who suffer from misophonia report that paying attention to the basics can help, such as adhering to a healthy and balanced diet and engaging in consistent and adequate exercise. In addition, being proactive in managing stress may help contribute to less intensity or reduce frequent problems associated with sensitivity to sounds. The use of sound machines, ear plugs and sound masking by other methods is also a common and often effective treatment, and can be very helpful in many cases.
Although there is no one suggestion from the above tips that works for everyone who has misophonia, many people report they use a combination of these to help bring about at least some relief. If you or a loved one is concerned about this or another hearing issue, we encourage you to schedule a hearing screening. For a free hearing screening please contact Sonus® Hearing Care Professionals at: 888.574.6776.