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Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy


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Are you Suffering from any of these symptoms as a result of Misophonia? Call for a Free 15 Minute Consultation.

  • Mild to severe anxiety
  • Rage or Anger
  • Triggered fight or flight
  • Depression
  • Negative thinking
  • Crying spells
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Avoidance of people or places
Moderate to severe anxiety triggered by chewing sounds, including:
  • Nail clipping 
  • Brushing teeth
  • Eating sounds
  • Lip smacking
  • Breathing
  • Certain voices
  • Sniffing
  • Talking
  • Sneezing
  • Yawning
  • Walking
  • Coughing
  • Chewing gum
  • Laughing
  • Snoring
  • Typing on a keyboard
  • Whistling
  • Certain consonants

You may also be affected by visual stimuli, such as repetitive foot or body movements, fidgeting or movement you observe out of the corners of their eyes. 
Intense anxiety, rage and avoidant behavior may develop as a result of misophonia.

woman-misophonia* Do you feel your family and friends don’t understand how much you suffer?

* Do you often feel you can just suffer through a social event where there is eating present only to find that you must “escape” before you have a panic attack?

* Do you find that some people are at first understanding and make some efforts not to make the triggering sounds in front of you, but soon forget and constantly have to be reminded, causing you to feel angry, anxious and depressed?

* Are you avoiding social activities that you enjoy because of the misophonia?

* Are you fearful of losing your job and/or is the misophonia effecting your job performance?

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions or symptoms, then we can help.

You may be a candidate for Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy, or MCRT.

Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R, with over 20 years of clinical experience, a New York University graduate, developed Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy and founded Misophonia Cognitive Center in response to the growing number of people with Misophonia coming to his private practice from audiologists and ENTs. He discovered that by helping people to retrain and reinterpret the thoughts around their Misophonia, anxiety and depression symptoms began to improve. But even more important so did the Misophonic trigger response.

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Misophonia Diagnosis

Misophonia is a very common disorder around the world. Around 20% of the world population is suffering from misophonia. Around 80% of the misophonia sufferers suffer from the same kind of misophonia. Misophonia, in simple words, is hatred towards everyday life sounds. The sound may or may not be repetitive. One similarity amongst all trigger sounds is that they are soft but they can also be loud. Trigger sounds are the phonic stimulus that may integrate a response.

When you talk about misophonia, every case is very different from one another. Every sufferer has a distinct trigger sound as well as distinct levels of response.  Some people have a very intense response towards the trigger sounds, and some respond in a very mild way.



Misophonia Diagnosis: History

Misophonia was earlier called 4S or selective sound syndrome in 1997. Many researchers say it is a better name for misophonia because misophonia is not hatred towards all kinds of sound. It is a dislike of selective sounds.

The Trigger Sounds

Many people do not know this, but misophonia is not only dislike towards the specific sounds but the sufferer might also get triggered by specific visual stimuli. These visual stimuli are mostly repetitive actions. If you have misophonia, the swinging legs, the pendulum motion, constant typing, and actions like that may trigger you.

Disorders Similar to Misophonia

There are many people who confuse between misophonia and hyperacusis. It basically sensitivity towards various volumes, intensities, and types of sounds. You develop Hyperacusis while you’re a child but in some cases, you might develop it in your adulthood years. The healthcare provider will check your hyperacusis with various tests like measuring various volumes and see what volume becomes irritating. There are many treatments given for hyperacusis.

Many people also confuse it with phonophobia. It is when you get scared of certain types of sounds. When you have misophonia, you do not get scared of the sound rather than that the sound irritates you and make you want to go away from the origin.

If your child is unable to tolerate loud sounds, it may be because your child is suffering from sensory processing disorder (SPD). In this condition, the person will have a problem with various sensory stimuli. It may be of touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell. SPD causes high sensitivity towards the stimuli. This is a separated disorder and it has no link with misophonia. in this disorder, your child will react as if he has hyperacusis or phonophobia. When you notice such reactions, you need you to take your child to a health care provider.

Hyperacusis and phonophobia are common autistic children. Loud sounds likewise of a toilet flush, vacuum cleaner, and siren scare them. But then you have misophonia. The trigger sounds annoy you. A simple daily life sound feels like nails on a chalkboard.

Misophonia Diagnosis According to Psychology Guidebooks

DSM is the most prestigious guidebooks for psychological sciences. In the guide book, there is no mention of misophonia. Many people are trying to get it in the book because misophonia qualifies many various disorder criteria. There are many pieces of research and pieces of evidence that support the fact that it is a disorder but DSM looks over it.

There are various reasons for not putting misophonia in the book because, until now, the cause of misophonia is unclear. There are various researches that consider misophonia as a symptom and others say that it is a disorder.

Many researchers say misophonia might become a part of future DSM and ICD editions. The researchers are still researching on the topic. The main issue that arises for putting it in the book is that the researchers cannot decide whether misophonia is a disorder itself or is it a key feature of some other broader syndrome. The psychiatrists are trying to draw a roadmap for its systematic evaluation.

Final words

When it comes to misophonia, the main diagnosis about misophonia is that you dislike certain sounds. The trigger sounds are specific sounds which a person cannot stand at all. Some people have a relatively severe response to the sounds, but some people have relatively mild reactions. It entirely based on your tolerance.

There are many disorders that are similar to misophonia. People confuse them with it. Many people even say that misophonia is a kind of OCD.

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Misophonia Treatments

Do you need information on Misophonia treatments? While there are many people who enjoy chewing, slurping, whispering, and tapping sounds, there are some individuals who do not enjoy these sounds at all. In fact such sounds feel like nails on a chalkboard to them. When you talk to a person with the disorder, they will tell you that the sounds drive them crazy and they need to move away from the sounds as soon as possible. Such people will even respond in an unreasonable way for a relatively simple inconvenience.



Forms of Misophonia

Various researches indicate that around 20% population of the world suffers from misophonia. It is becoming quite common these days.  Misophonia has various forms and levels. In each form and level, you will have a different reaction to the sound and different types of sounds.

In one unnamed form of misophonia, you might get triggered by a repetitive visual stimulus. In this form, you will find it annoying when you see a repetitive action. These stimuli may include tapping of a shoe, headbanging, or finger tapping.

The other form of misophonia is hyperacusis. Negative reactions towards a particular sound characteristic. If you have this form of misophonia, you might react to various characteristics of sound like volumes, types of the sound, or various intensities of the sound.

Phonophobia is a severe form of misophonia, where you will become fearful of some sounds. You might develop the fear because of some traumatic incident from your childhood. If you have this type of phonophobia, you will find more likely to go in a panic mode when you hear the trigger sound.

In the most common form of misophonia, you will be unable to bear with the sounds that come from the mouth. 80% of the misophonia patients experience it. You might get triggered by sounds like slurping, eating, whistling, and chewing.

Misophonia differs from person to person. Some people have severe misophonia, and some have mild. According to that, their reactions also variate. Some give a highly aggressive response to the stimuli, whereas some people might only get annoyed by the sound and not react to it.

Causes of Misophonia

Misophonia is a relatively new discovery. The scientists are still finding reasons for misophonia but they haven’t found any single known cause for the disorder. Some researcher’s say that the disorder is because of some central nervous system has a problem.

Another reason for misophonia might be classical conditioning. The person develops a negative response towards an irritating noise. It is prevalent that they developed this response in their childhood and it has become their habit and they cannot help it anymore.

Misophonia Risks

Like other disorders, if you have misophonia, then it might come along with various other disorders. You might not have the other disorders in the first place but since you have misophonia, other similar disorders and medical conditions might come with it.

Since misophonia triggers you to respond aggressively, you might also develop various heart diseases like high blood pressure and other related diseases.

Misophonia is an anxiety-related disorder. So, when you are suffering from it, you might also develop various mental disorders and hearing disorders. If you are a prepubescent female, you are more at risk of developing misophonia and mental diseases.

Misophonia Treatments

When you come to treatments for misophonia, then you must know that most of the misophonia treatments do not provide evidence for their effectiveness. Most health care providers will guide you through various strategies and treatment techniques and therapies if you have misophonia. They will suggest you go along with therapies like tinnitus retraining therapy, behavioral therapy and some will as recommend meditation.

Meditation is the safest and most effective way to calm your mind and body. Meditation is going to relax your mind and will help you get patient.



Final thoughts

Misophonia is a very common disorder. You might have it from your birth but it is more likely that you develop the disorder by the age of 12. The disorder has various types and levels.

The best you can do to overcome misophonia is to ignore the sound that is triggering you. Another good way to treat misophonia is by meditation. It will help you in getting more patient.

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Misophonia Cures

Misophonia is a widespread disorder, which is common amongst 20% of the world’s population. In simple words, misophonia is a disorder that refers to hatred or resentment toward specific sounds.

Misophonia was first named ‘Selective Sound Syndrome’ in 1997. Most people say that it is the right name for it because misophonic sound triggers are usually soft sounds, which may seem loud. Trigger sounds are mostly from daily life. The sound may be of a bell ringing, a keyboard typing, tapping, chewing, slurping, and whatnot.



Misophonia Diagnosis

When you talk about its diagnosis, all researches speak differently about it. In a few pieces of research, the researcher considers it as a mental disorder. Some say that it is a hearing disorder, and some even claim that it is an extensive form of OCD.

The most prestigious psychology guidebooks do not acknowledge the existence of misophonia up until now. Researchers are still finding proof that causes the disorder. They are confused if misophonia is a disorder itself, or it is a symptom of some other more severe disorder or mental illness.

Many researchers say that misophonia marks boxes to consider it as a disorder, but the psychiatrists’ community is still confused about the disorder.

Misophonic Reactions

Misophonia reactions vary from person to person. Every misophonia case is very different from one another. There are various forms and levels of misophonia. If you have a more severe form of misophonia, then you would react to the trigger sound more aggressively. You might burst out of anger or start flipping things. If you have a mild form of misophonia, then you would react to getting annoyed. In both cases, you would want to flee.

80% of the misophonia sufferers have hatred towards vocal sounds. In current times almost everybody is a big fan of ASMR the misophonia patients cannot stand the sound of chewing, eating, and slurping. Some people even find it very annoying when someone whispers.

Misophonia sufferers find repetitive sounds very annoying. If you face issues with this type of misophonia, then you will find sounds of typing, pen clicking, loud footsteps, drilling annoying, then you might be suffering from misophonia.

Many misophonia sufferers even get triggered by repetitive actions. If you find it annoying when someone is swinging their legs and sight of constant typing, in that case, you are still suffering from misophonia.

Misophonia Cures

Misophonia is a complicated disorder to handle. If you have this disorder, then you know that simple everyday sounds can trigger you very easily. The people are still searching for effective treatments for the disorder. The health care providers suggest various exercises and treatments for the disorder. The therapies do not entirely wipe out the disorder, but they will help you in dealing with it gradually.

Tinnitus Retaining Therapy

It is one of the most famous therapy suggested for misophonia. In the treatment, the healthcare provider recommends you some exercises which will help you in tolerating the noises better. The therapy has helped a few people, but it did not cure misophonia by any means.

Cognitive Behavioral therapy

It is the type of tinnitus therapy. During the treatment, the healthcare provider will try to replace your negative responses towards the stimulus into positive responses. According to Jhonson, 85% of the sufferers have found relief in the result of the therapy.


No medicine to time has proven to work for misophonia sufferers. Many psychiatrists suggest that the misophonia sufferers should resort to therapy to battle with the disorder. Their families should also volunteer for therapy because the disorder is affecting them as well.

The US Food and Drug authority does not suggest medicine for the disorders, so it is better that you also avoid taking medication for the disorder.

Some healthcare providers will tell you to take Lyrica for the disorder, and many sufferers even find it very useful and Klonopin is also coming across as a helpful medicine for misophonia.



Take Outs

Misophonia is a widespread disorder around the world. It is hatred towards specific everyday sounds. Misophonia cases are very different from one another. Every person has a different trigger sound and a different level of responsibility towards the sound. There are various treatments introduced to deal with misophonia. 

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What is the cutting edge science on Misophonia?

What is the cutting edge science on Misophonia?

All I can say about Misophonia is the fact that it makes me want to punch people in the face’ says, Olana Tansley.

Tansley was eight years old when she first discovered her unbearable annoyance towards ordinary every day sounds like chewing. She was not able to sit through meal times with her family because of the irritating sounds.

Diagnosing Misophonia

Due to the advancements in science and technology, know-how about a rare condition like Misophonia has also increased. With the help of Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scans, it is now possible to examine the effects Misophonia has on the sufferer’s brain. These scans show how the brain responses to triggering sounds and how it sends signals to the prefrontal cortex. Misophonia tends to activate the areas of the brain that are responsible for restoring memories and other emotions. Hence, the intense and extreme reactions of rage and aggression.

All thanks to science and research, there are plenty of treatment options available today and future treatment options are in process. Doctors are now more aware of this condition and the intensity of it. They now know more about the brain science of misophonia. Previously sufferers used to complain that their doctors fail to understand the consequences it has on the brain and how it comes in the way of their everyday activities.

Effective Techniques to Fight Misophonia

Currently, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seems to be working best for Misophonia patients since it helps straighten out thoughts and makes one think rationally to avoid any chances of outburst. In some cases CBT is followed by Hypnotherapy which is used in many other disorders as well. It is used to cope from phobias, fears and anxiety. Misophonia also makes the person anxious and develops in them a sense of helplessness. In order to get rid of such negative feelings and thoughts, you need proper treatment and medical consultation.

Moreover, the future holds more effective options like behind-the-ear projectors. These aim to drown out the background noise so that the sufferer can calm down and focus on their own work. Sound proofing your home is another great option that recent technology has to offer. You can sound proof the walls of the room of your house you are likely to spend most of your time in. It may be a costly option but it is worth the investment if you are looking for a solid solution.

Experiments have detected hyper-myelination between the areas of the brain that process emotion and arousal and the auditory stimuli. Meaning these sounds directly affect the sufferer’s mood and frustrates them to a great extent. This explains Tansley’s urge and desire of wanting to punch the noise maker in the face. Now that awareness of such rare disorders is increasing, scientific research and treatment options are also increasing. When she first discussed this issue with her doctor, Tansley failed to explain it to him but now if someone complains of misophonia to their doctor or therapist their problem would not be disregarded or ignored.

Bottom Line

Getting to know about your health thoroughly and seeking proper medical help is extremely vital. You maybe thinking that nothing can be done to solve it and that nobody can relate to it. But my friend, that is most definitely not true! All you need to do is, schedule your appointment with the best Misophonia Specialist in NYC today! Don’t give up!

What Causes Extreme Sound Sensitivity

extreme-sound-sensitivity-misophonia-01Are you suffering from extreme sound sensitivity? You can go through intolerable pain if your ears are sensitive to sounds. You might be surprised to discover that people believed sound sensitivity to be a myth back in the day. However, with the progress of science and technology in the medical field, professionals have finally discovered that sound sensitivity is a thing. If you happen to know someone who suffers from sound sensitivity or you are a victim to this problem, don’t worry, there is a common cause that we’ll discuss in this article that might help you overcome this trouble.


Some particular sounds that can trigger psychological or emotional responses from people. People often deem these reactions to be unreasonable as they aren’t aware of the triggering element behind these seemingly irrational behaviors. Panic, annoyance, and anger are some common reactions of people facing sound sensitivity, also known as Misophonia. People suffering from this problem often find oral sounds like chewing, breathing, or eating to be extremely triggering. The sound of fingers tapping, windshield wiping and keyboard typing are some other sounds that cause sound sensitivity in people facing misophonia.

The Science Behind Misophonia

extreme-sound-sensitivity-misophonia-treatment-02After conducting several tests on a human brain, doctors concluded that there is a part of our brain known as the anterior insular cortex (AIC) causes high activity in brain parts of people with misophonia when they hear triggering sounds. The brains parts that are responsible for emotions, fears and long-term memories became active as soon as hearing the sounds. People suffering from this problem are prone to having strong reactions of an emotional nature, which goes on to prove that there are certain parts of the brain that causes these traumatic experiences.

Essentially, you can categorize misophonia as a neurological disorder that is caused due to auditory or visual stimuli. The range of severity is not similar in everyone. Some people have mild sensitivity, while others have extreme sensitivity.

Following are some feelings that mild reactions can bring about in misophonia patients:

  1. Disgust
  2. Wanting to run away
  3. Uncomfortable
  4. Anxiety

Severe responses bring about the following reactions:

  1. Emotional distress
  2. Fear
  3. Panic
  4. Hatred
  5. Anger
  6. Rage

Sadly, misophonia can severely cramp social lives. Anticipatory anxiety is the main reason why people facing this sound sensitivity problem find difficulty in social situations.

People commonly develop sound sensitivity during their teen years. It is a rare disorder that can happen to anyone. If you happen to be a misophonic or know someone else who is one, do not worry, there are a few therapies and behavioral changes that you can practice to make sure that you do not struggle with your day to day life.

People before the 90’s were not fortunate enough to receive treatment for this problem.  However, we are lucky enough to live in an age of progression and scientific development as there are numerous clinics present in America that work specifically towards improving the lives of misophoniacs.

It’s your lucky day if you are looking for a reputable clinic to treat your misophonia as misophonia cognitive center is here to help you with your problem, allowing you to live life happily without any fear of triggering sounds. Contact us to book an appointment as soon as possible.

Symptoms of Misophonia

symptoms-of-misophonia-top-specialist-01Misophonia is a neurological auditory (sometimes visual) condition that causes extreme irritation and annoyance towards sounds produced by ordinary human actions like chewing. The central nervous system of a misphoniac’s brain tends to misinterpret and has trouble processing specific sounds.

An Understanding of What Is Misophonia

Misophonia is not a psychiatric disorder, it is a form of anxiety. It causes one to panic and become anxious. It is mostly auditory but sometimes it even involves visual triggers. Meaning,not being able to resist the sight of constant and repetitive actions.

For example, nodding of head or jiggling of foot. It can also be both audio-visual. As in, looking at someone snapping their fingers non stop and hearing the sound of the snaps at the same time. People who have this condition typically have excellent hearing skills and are very sensitive to sound and its volumes.  To sum up what it feels like, imagine someone scratching the wall with their sharp finger nails. The sound produced by this action makes the sufferer’s blood boil and gives them goose bumps.

Common Symptoms of Misophonia

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of misophoniainclude not being able to toleratethe sound at all and wanting to flee the scene. Aggression towards the origin of the sound and expressing discomfort by angrily telling them to stop. Mimicking the same sound in an attempt to block it out. The intensity of reactions can vary tremendously; some may try to sit through it and distract themselves by listening to songs.

Some can even go the extent of skipping parties, important social gatherings and avoiding any social contact altogether, which can make it harder for them to achieve goals and enjoy interpersonal interactions.

When Symptoms Are Evident

symptoms-of-misophonia-annoying-sound-specialist-02People usually start showing symptoms in their late childhood or early teenage.  However, it can be developed in both males and females at any age. People with Misophonia know that the intensity of their reactions is excessive and sometimes they also feel like everything is falling apart and that they are losing control. Another major symptom that can be prominently seen in individuals with Misophonia is the fact that when they try to look for solutions and simply think about encountering the triggering sounds, they feel stressed out and anxious. Just the thought of it gets them all sweaty.

Moreover, individuals suffering from misophonia also experience physical reactions including, immense pressure throughout the body, mainly the chest. Muscle tightness and fluctuating blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and high body temperature are the reactions that can be very dangerous if not taken care of at the right time. If the heart rate and blood pressure stays high frequently and nothing is done to lower it down, then there are high chances of cardiac problems.


Cognitive behavioral therapy is a good option for misophoniacs. It helps individuals identify thought patterns that lead to certain unpleasant behaviors. If they become more self aware, they would be able to handle their emotions and triggers in a better manner. For instance, not expressing rage and  explaining the problem to the noise maker instead.  This will have a direct effect on their heart rate as well. Since now they would know how to be calm and avoid outbursts.

Therefore, if you have noticed these symptoms in yourself and you are not able to manage the emotional or physical reactions of misophonia on your own, then you must seek medical help as soon as possible.

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Steven Geller Katz LCSW

Sound Disorders: Misophonia

sound-disorders-misophonia-01Do you have a sound disorder such as Misophonia? A person munching or chomping, a friend yawning with mouth wide open, a classmate coughing, or sneezing, or your sibling who snores while sleeping –all may drive you crazy. These sounds may cause you discomfort, anxiousness, or disgust. The intensity of hatred for a specific sound may even urge you to fight or run away.

If certain sounds like these frustrate you, you are likely to have Misophonia – a sounding disorder compelling you to hate or dislike selective sounds.

What is Misophonia?

Every day, your auditory senses perceive thousands of sound signals –possibly beginning with a buzzing alarm. Some may be pleasant to your ear, but certain sounds may be intriguing; this happens when you have Misophonia –in such condition, selective sounds trigger you emotionally or physiologically.

Sounds as common as sniffing, coughing, walking, or even brushing teeth that usually go unnoticed, may cause an overly emotional response from you. Despite trying hard to overcome the annoyance, you may end up fighting with the producer of the sound or develop a desire to escape from the scene. The emotional distress to specific sounds is also called Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome.

Researchers have found that a person may react to the visual stimuli the sound accompanies. They suggest that your brain may have trouble filtering the repetitive sounds if you are misophonic. The repetitive stimuli may then lead to other auditory problems.

What Causes Misophonia?

Sounds are more likely to trigger you emotionally at the age of 9 or 12 –but you may feel irritated to a sound at any stage of life. In some cases, anxiety may be lifelong. What exactly causes a disliking to a specific sound is not known. It is difficult for doctors to classify misophonia, as they are often unaware of the condition.

The doctors believe that being misophonic is not a hearing impairment –your ears are not the problem –it is your brain that is affected and triggers the emotional response. The condition of a misophonic person may be confused for obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety. Some doctors also suggest that misophonia, itself, is a new disorder.

Your Brain Has A Part in Misophonia

sound-disorders-misophonia-02A recent study has revealed that the brain plays a key role in emotions like anger and assimilating the outer inputs (sounds) with the internal input from organs like lungs and heart. The parts of the brain taking care of long-term memories, fear, anger, and other emotions also cause one to experience misophonia.

How to Cope with Misophonia

  • Do not isolate yourself. Try to overcome the stress you experience due to selective sounds. Breathing exercise is effective in releasing stress.
  • Relax your mind with sounds that please you. Keep your headphones around and enjoy your favorite music or podcast to tune out the triggers.
  • Sound therapy sessions with audiologists and counseling and support from friends and family may also help. Talk to people; it helps to solve problems.
  • Regular exercise and proper routine sleep will also help to overcome annoyance.

Bottom Line

The struggle with Misophonia is real. It may have some serious effects on your daily functioning, your social life, and ultimately your mind peace. If you are misophonic, we are here to help.

Contact us and book an appointment with Misophonia Cognitive Center in NYC.

Steven Geller Katz LCSW

Misophonia Treatment: What are the options?

Misophonia Treatment: What are your options? If you have noticed symptoms of Misophonia in yourself and are confused as to what your next step should be, worry no more. There are several treatment options available that can help reduce your symptoms and give you relief. All you have to do is get in touch with our Misophonia specialists. We will educate you about this condition in detail and also guide you by sharing effective ways to deal with it properly.

Misophonia Diagnosis & Treatment Options

There is no definite way of diagnosing Misophonia. Your therapist will talk to you about your symptoms and triggers. You may even be asked to fill questionnaires or appear for interviews for a better understanding of the severity of your condition.

Misophonia Treatment Options

It is important to note that there is no medication or drug that helps cure misophonia. However, in some severe cases, anti-anxiety medication can be prescribed to ease and cool down your anxiety symptoms. Options that mostly work best are therapeutic ones. Conversations that straighten out your scattered thoughts are extremely effective. The brain science behind the irritating feeling is the fact that your Central Nervous System is not able to process the sounds that also mess with the area that is responsible to process emotions. That explains the frustration caused by the noise. That is why clearing your head and talking things out with a good listener is the best option.

It is possible that your family or friends may not understand what you are trying to say so it is best to consult a Misophonia specialist. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seems to have been very successful for many. It is a very goal oriented therapy that makes the sufferer reflect on their thoughts and helps fix distorted thinking. CBT sessions aim to teach techniques such as relaxation, mindfulness, resilience, stress and anger management. By the end of your CBT sessions you will be able to handle Misophonia and the aggression that comes with it in a better more focused manner.

In addition to that, there are ways to temporarily drown out the sounds. You can do that by wearing ear plugs or listening to soothing music. Listening to ‘brown’ sounds so that the background noise can eliminate or fade away is also a very good option. Other than that, music therapy and meditation helps soothe their minds from all the chaos that misophonia brings.

Tinnitus retaining Therapy is a special kind of therapy that deals with sound sensitivity and auditory problems. This therapy is mostly used to help patients who are sensitive to specifically ringing and buzzing sounds. But, it has also proven to be successful for sufferers of Misophonia as well.

After therapy you will hopefully be able to cope with the symptoms of Misophonia. You will sense the  improvement because there will be increased tolerance towards the sounds you once found extremely irritating and unbearable. Your therapist will teach you ways to distract yourself and may even recommend you to join a support group where you will get to learn tips and tricks from fellow Misophoniacs.


Now that you know that all these treatment options exist, take help from a Misophonia specialist, who will guide you towards what would suit YOU best depending on your condition and make a tailor made plan to treat your Misophonia. Schedule an appointment with the best Misophonia Specialist In NYC today.

Stephen Katz LCSW

Misophonia In 2019. Are We Closer To A Cure?

Misophonia In 2019. Are We Closer To A Cure? Is it intolerable for you to sit in the office because your co-worker is popping chewing gum for the past 10 minutes unstoppably? Do you get scared while crossing the road when you hear a honking bus? Do you feel like punching your sibling when he/she is munching popcorns in the TV room? Does the sound of typing feel like hammering on your head?

If you get annoyed by some common sounds, including sneezing, coughing, sounds produced while eating, sleeping, or even breathing, you are affecting from Misophonia –a hatred for sound. It is a selective sound sensitivity syndrome that means not all sounds you hear drive you crazy; some specific sounds do.

Why Misophonia Happens

There is no explanation as to why you react so strongly to certain sounds, or what triggers the emotional or physiological reaction? You may feel discomfort, outrageous, or anxious to some sounds or may start panicking with a strong desire to fight-or-flight.

This hearing disorder may be lifelong and tends to appear mostly in the pubescent period –especially among girls. Some doctors associate misophonia with anxiety or bipolar diseases.  A study has established that Misophonia is a neurological disorder; the problem does not lie in the ears but between the pair of ears, i.e., your brain. Part of the brain responsible for long-term memories or evoking emotions also triggers the reaction to certain sounds.

It’s 2019. Is There Any Cure For Misophonia?

The intensity of your response to selective sounds may have affected your mental health. You may have developed the desire to escape and distant yourself from the triggers. Do not let fear, or anxiety control you –do not give up so easily.

Medical science has not provided a specific prevention measure for misophonia yet, but some ways can surely help.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

It is an ear training therapy designed to improve the hearing tolerance level of people with misophonia. The idea is to recondition the subconscious reflexes associated with a certain sound. After eliminating the negative response to a sensation, and a positive emotional connection is established.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a psychiatric practice aimed to restructure how a person thinks and behaves when exposed to certain triggers. Perceiving a sound in a different way than you usually do may also help.

Adding Background Noise

You can not eliminate the sounds you dislike from the world. If a sound is disturbing you, how about tuning it out with your favorite song? A pair of Earbuds may protect you from getting into stress.

Another way to reduce the annoyance is to add background noise to your environment. Fans and generators may produce enough noise to reduce triggering noise. However, these sounds may also cause you to freak out.

Therapeutic Approach

Isolating yourself will only aggravate the problem and may evoke suicidal thoughts in rare cases. Work on yourself, voice your feelings,  talk to people.

Control your anger and not let it control you. Breathing techniques, meditation, regular exercise, and adequate amount of sleep will be helpful.

Bottom Line

If you feel lonely and no one understands your frustration to certain sound triggers, if the fear of embarrassment is taking over your self-confidence, know that there is a way out. Misophonia is a real disorder, and you deserve to get the best help. Contact us and schedule an appointment with Stephen Katz at the Misophonia Cognitive Center in NYC.

Common Misophonia Triggers

What are some common misophonia triggers? Misophonia is a disorder in which people suffering from it have anomalously strong negative reactions to sounds like chewing, pen clicking or loud breathing. They tend to get extremely irritated by such sounds and often display their discomfort by exiting the room, wearing earphones or even yelling at the source of the sound in an attempt to stop them from doing so.  This condition is also called selective sound syndrome. Common reactions of misophoniacs range from mild annoyance to extreme rage and anger.

Common Misophonia Triggers

It is interesting to note that the source of most sounds that trigger misophonia come from a human. The sound of a dog licking itself will not be as annoying for them as the sound of another human’s chewing.

Some of the most common triggers of misophonia include oral sounds, i.e., breathing or chewing — keyboard tapping, pen clicking, scratching nails against the wall or the sound of windshield wipers. Sometimes a small repetitive motion can be the cause as well — for instance, someone sitting next to you wiggling their foot.

According to a research in Amsterdam, eating sounds affect 81% of the subjects being studied. Loud breathing or nose sounds affect 64.3%. Finger or hand sounds affect 59.5%. While some even said that they get irritated by the sight of someone repeatedly shaking their knees. This means that misophonia has to do with visual triggers as well.

Since misophonia is a newly identified disorder; proper treatment options are still limited. Some doctors even confuse it with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Individuals suffering from it usually develop coping mechanisms to give themselves some relief. Using headphones or wearing earplugs to lower down the effect and when possible, leaving the room where there are triggering sounds. Practicing self-care, meditating and seeking a supportive therapist is a great option.

Avoiding social gatherings because of it can be a little problematic for the individual’s social growth. They can even lose friends, which is most definitely not a good thing. Social interactions are extremely important for one’s healthy personal growth. What they can do is, explain to their friends in a polite manner that they suffer from this condition and that they are sensitive to certain sounds.

Moreover, one should not simply tell misophoniacs to ‘ignore and focus on their own work’. It would be very similar to telling a depressed person to be positive and move on.  Disregarding someone’s problem and telling them to ignore it and snap out of it is a very insensitive thing to do. It can be very hard for them to focus on their work if the constant triggering sound is annoying them and messing with their head.

Bottom Line

To conclude, misophonia is real. It is as real as depression or any other disorder. If you get triggered by sounds that humans make and you feel like punching the human who’s making it, then my friend I’m afraid to let you know that you may be a misophoniac. Do not worry or panic, look it up in detail now that you know that it exists and it has a name. You may even want to discuss this matter with a Misophonia specialist if you think that it is beyond your control and needs proper treatment. Good luck.

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