COPING WITH MISOPHONIA
There are ways of minimizing the effects of misophonia on one’s life. Most people with misophonia agree that avoiding triggers is the number one method of coping with the disorder. In line with that, lessening the volume or frequency of triggers is also beneficial.
Accommodations and planning ahead also play a significant role. Normal eating sounds can be masked by having the TV on or by playing music. The use of earplugs and headphones ranks high among coping methods. It is often suggested that one always carry earplugs along when leaving home. On planned trips, one should anticipate problem environments. Bus, train, and airplane rides can all present numerous trigger events. Judicial use of headphones can make all the difference in the world.
Therapists, doctors, audiologists, and other healthcare professionals can also provide support. Currently, there are no standardized treatments for misophonia. But there are ways of getting help with symptoms and coping strategies. When the stress of misophonia interferes with work, education, or social life, the professionals can intervene. They can prepare documents to help formulate school environment accommodations. They can also provide similar assistance with workplace modifications.
Online support groups can provide information and support. The Misophonia Support Group on Facebook has over 25,000 members! It can be validating to interact with others who understand exactly how you feel. The group’s members offer examples of their struggles and discuss how they cope with misophonia. Many ask questions about how to handle specific situations. Reading the responses to these requests for help can provide helpful information about what worked and what didn’t.