Misophonia is still in an infancy of understanding as a disorder so there is no confirmed treatment for Misophonia but that does not mean there is not hope. There are a host of tools that may or may not help someone suffering from Misophonia. There are studies and continued research to understand Misophonia and hope for the future of how to address the symptoms of this disorder.
As a yoga teacher I cannot diagnose or specifically treat Misophonia and can only offer this list of treatments that other professionals in the field of Misophonia have used or we personally have used that I can expand on our experience. Every person is different and one therapy or tool may work for one person but not another. Use this list as a beginning point to conduct your own research for you or your child that suffers from Misophonia.
Yoga, Meditation, & Mindfulness tools. As a Yoga Teacher I can fully understand the benefits of learning yoga techniques and principles as a tool for coping for Misophonia sufferers. It is not as much about the yoga postures or movement as it is what the body can learn from yoga. This is why I have begun a project of creating accessible yoga and mindfulness videos as tools specifically for Misophonia sufferers. Check out Misophonia Yoga.
Exploring Pans/Pandas (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome/Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) as a possible coexisting or causal disorder. Pans/Pandas is a form of Autoimmune Enchephalitis which are a set of autoimmune disorders that cause brain inflammation which result in a host of symptoms. See additional info on Pans/Pandas.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). PMR has been a useful tool in our lives so I can say from our personal experience that it has been a helpful tool. PMR teaches the body how to soften when the muscles are tense. Used regularly it can assist a person with Misophonia by teaching the body how to release tension after a triggering event. It can also be used prior to going into a possibly triggering situation. In PMR you follow a series of holding tension in a set of muscles and then releasing the tension. Progressive Muscle Relaxation videos.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a form of bodywork that is not massage but extremely gentle touch that connects through our cranium and sacral areas and promotes overall relaxation of the nervous system. Due to Misophonia causing a fight/flight/freeze response in sufferers, the nervous system can be in a higher state of dysregulation. Cranial Sacral Therapy can provide reset of the nervous system, calming the limbic system and is highly beneficial for anxiety or nervous system disorders.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (find a provider that treats people with Misophonia). This therapy teaches a person how to have a better relationship with sound and learn techniques to let go of control. In addition, many of the techniques taught with this therapy create a toolbox of coping skills for people with Misophonia. An additional tool with treatment is using Sound Generating Hearing Aids.
Sound Generating Hearing Aids are hearing aids worn that will create a white/pink/brown noise background in the ear that helps someone with Misophonia to dampen triggering sounds. Connected to a smart phone device, they can also play any music of choice. Most often these tools are not covered by most insurance and can be highly expensive. My son has a pair and they can be a helpful tool, giving him the ability to control from his iPhone the sound volume, which sound, and even can layer with calm music or any music. They are barely visible which means most people will not even be aware of them and an easier tool for schools where wearing something like AirPods could be more distracting or not allowed.
Sequent Repatterning Therapy developed by Chris Pearson in the United Kingdom. There have been positive experiences with this treatment and it is treatment specific for Misophonia sufferers. Learn more on Chris Pearson’s website.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)*** or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) from a professional that understands or treats Misophonia. Both of these methods are typically taught by someone in the field of psychology. It can be important to find a provider that already understands Misophonia or one that is willing to learn. Normal treatments on how you approach Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder could possibly increase and escalate a Misophonia sufferer.
Neurofeedback has not been proven to help Misophonia but there are some treatment providers that are beginning to explore this option. Our personal experience with Neurofeedback was very positive. I have a traumatic brain injury from a car accident and Neurofeedback was extremely helpful in my recovery. My son who suffers from Misohphonia completed 40 sessions of Neurofeedback as we were just beginning to understanding his Misohphonia. What neurofeedback did for him was calm down his hyperarousal so that he could learn other tools of coping and he was able to react more calmly to triggers though the triggers were just as severe.
Sound and other tools can be used in the home such as sound/noise generators.
***NOTE: It is my personal opinion and that of many professionals in the field of Misophonia Treatment that Exposure Therapy or Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) may only increase Misphonic responses. Misophonia is differing than Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in regards to habituation so treatment cannot be approached the same way.
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