MISOPHONIA 4S Provider Network USA

Treatment Options

Currently there is no treatment available that will cure misophonia.

There are effective management approaches that can help.

There can be divided into phsyiological methods and psychological methods.  Some approachs combine these two aspects.

The field of misophonia was developed in the 1980s are Drs. Pawell and Margaret Jastreboff, neuro-physiologists, began to recognize it in their clinical study of tinnitus.  Dr. Marsha Johnson, audiologist, coined the term Selective Sound Sensiitivity Syndrome or 4S, in 1999 in her clinic in Oregon.  In the early 2000s, it was renamed misophonia by a friend of the Jastreboffs.

The first approach to misophonia was retraining therapy, using ear-level sound generating devices that made a white noise and patients wore these units most of the time.  It was not found to be effective at eradicating the symptoms, however, but did help significantly when worn, to mask out noxious trigger noises.  It did not address the visual triggers however.

The 2011 article in the NYT by Joyce Cohen sparked an enormous flood of interest in the field and Dr. Johnson subsequently appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and many other programs to talk about misophonia.  At that time, other audiologists who were seeing these patients in their clinics were invted to form the Misophonia Provider Network, and this site was created.  The purpose of this site is to help individuals obtain diagnosis and assistance with school, work, home, and social life.  

Over time, other very helpful management approaches have been discovered and used, including counseling therapies, psychotherapy, mindfulness, functional neurology, hypnosis, and much more.  The psychologist and psychotherapist roles in these cases is very very important for the sufferer and the family.

Other therapies and approaches have been described by individuals as helpful but with little research yet to support those claims, however to mention them here, neurobiofeedback, hypnotherapy, behavioral science, and even exercise regimens.  Dietary changes, medications, and much more has been used to assist or improve the degree of distress.

Many of the professionals listed here are doctors of audiology, who can assist you with diagnosis (Abnormal Auditory Perception), devices to reduce the impact of triggers, and helpful support.  Please be sure to inform them, you saw their names here.

We hope to add many more hopeful resources here as time passes.  Thank you for visiting.
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