Misophonia Evaluation and Treatment
Do you experience certain sounds that don’t bother anyone else around you but trigger an over-the-top emotional response in you? If this is the case, you could be experiencing misophonia.
Misophonia, which literally means “the hatred of sound,” can trigger reactions ranging from anger and annoyance to panic and the need to flee. Sometimes called selective sound sensitivity syndrome, misophonia is relatively rare but may affect up to 20% of the population to some degree.
The over-the-top reactions that typically accompany misophonia have the potential to destroy relationships, leading to self-isolation, depression, anxiety, and other physical and mental disorders. Because of its similarities to hyperacusis and how the brain filters sounds, the condition is of particular interest to audiologists and its treatments are often similar to those used to manage tinnitus and hyperacusis.
If you’re struggling with misophonia, you may be wondering, “Is there someone who can evaluate and treat misophonia near me?”
Utah Ear Institute has you covered. Our hearing care professionals at our Bountiful, Tooele, Park City and West Valley City hearing and balance clinics understand your frustration with misophonia and can help provide answers and solutions to help manage it.
Misophonia and Its Causes
Misophonia is a relatively rare disorder that afflicts certain people and makes particular sounds nearly unbearable to them. It causes those who are triggered by certain sounds to experience increased sweating and a racing heart, cause anger or rage, or have the urge to flee from the sound.
While doctors aren’t sure of the exact cause of misophonia, many believe it relates to how your brain processes and reacts to sounds. Sometimes confused with other conditions, such as hyperacusis, anxiety, bipolar, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, it can occur with hearing loss or normal hearing.
Although a specific cause has not been identified, misophonia has unique characteristics, such as:
Because your ears are normal and your hearing is OK, the doctor may have trouble with a diagnosis, especially since it can occur on its own or along with other health, developmental, and psychiatric problems.
Those at a higher risk of developing misophonia also have conditions such as:
Misophonia Signs and Symptoms
Frequently Asked Questions about Misophonia
Is misophonia common?
Can misophonia be treated?
Will misophonia go away on its own?
How do you develop misophonia?
What triggers misophonia?
Triggering sounds can vary pretty widely from person to person but may include:
- chomping or crunching
- loud breathing
- throat clearing
- lip smacking
- writing sounds
- pen clicking
- rustling of papers or fabric
- clocks ticking
- shoes scuffing
- glasses or silverware clinking
- nail filing or clipping
- mechanical humming and clicking
- birds or crickets chirping
- animal grooming sounds
What to do if I have misophonia?
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You should discuss this condition with your audiologist during a comprehensive hearing assessment, which is used to rule out and/or identify hyperacusis, tinnitus, hearing loss, and other disorders with similar characteristics.
Although there is no defined cure for misophonia, several types of therapy, which are often used in the management of tinnitus and hyperacusis, have shown success in the management of misophonia, including:
- Hyperacusis Activities Treatment (HAT)
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Sound Therapy
- Using noise-canceling headphones
- Listening to music, calming sounds, or white noise
- Distracting yourself with a calming mantra or affirmation
To make this most effective, the person experiencing misophonia would use headphones that do not completely block outside sounds so that they can still hear over the ambient noise. The goal is to add background sounds to your environment and avoid silence so that triggering sounds are not as loud or blend in with the white noise sounds, making them less intrusive.
Schedule a Misophonia Evaluation
If sounds like crunching, slurping, swallowing, lip smacking, and/or sniffling trigger anxiety, anger, discomfort, or the desire to flee, you may need to seek help for misophonia. Fortunately, the professional doctors of audiology at Utah Ear Institute have the experience and expertise to evaluate and help you manage misophonia issues.
To get the relief you need and help protect your relationships from the destructive consequences of misophonia, just submit the adjacent form so a member of our team can give you a call and help you start the process by scheduling a misophonia evaluation.
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