Ordering earplugs, the Today Show covers misophonia, and more

I ordered some musicians earplugs online yesterday in the hopes that they will be more effective than the foam earplugs I currently use at work. Someone suggested musician earplugs in the comment thread to the New York Times article earlier this week about misophonia.

Musicians earplugs

I should get the earplugs in the mail this week, and I’ll write a review of how they work. I’ve noticed my foam earplugs become less effective over time, and it’s not that hygienic to reuse them over and over again. My hope is that these new earplugs can be washed and reused, and that they will block out a lot of the soft sounds I hate while still allowing me to hear people clearly when they talk to me.

Also, I found a Misophonia Support tumblr (which has linked to my blog – thanks!) that informed me the Today Show did a segment on misophonia this week following the New York Times article. You can watch it here and I’ve also embedded the video below. Please be aware that a lot of the b-roll and natural sounds added to the segment are very triggering — a person eating an apple, a woman chewing gum, etc.

There is a great interview after the segment that filled me with hope to watch. The television journalist was treating the interviewee with misophonia in a respectful way, with belief and understanding. After receiving very little respect and understanding throughout my life in regards to my misophonia, this was an uplifting sight.

I was a little irked by the phrase “for people who think they have misophonia” when the journalist described the Internet support groups that exist. But all in all, I enjoyed the Today Show’s coverage of misophonia. Hopefully this week does not simply represent misophonia’s 15 minutes of fame, but instead is the beginning of a movement to help the medical community realize that this is a serious condition for many people.

Here’s the video on YouTube:

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Today at work, a colleague of mine who sits a few feet away was chomping down on some candy, so I instantly put in my earplugs. Another coworker came over to discuss something important with me. I had to remove my earplugs and talk to the woman who had come over. The entire time, I was agitated by the sounds going on around me, and I think that irritability came out while I was talking. I was short, I didn’t fully listen to what was being said to me and I tried to end the conversation as soon as possible. I was experiencing several emotions: intense anger at the person eating candy, worry and fear that I could not immediately escape the noise, and guilt that I was taking my anger out on an innocent bystander.

It’s just another example of how misophonia can make everyday human interactions difficult.

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5 responses

  1. I finally brought this up to my therapist, and she thought I had an eating disorder (mine is definitely triggered by the sound of chewing, eating and spoons scraping against porcelain. oh well. It’s good to have something like this to point her to, so there is more information. thank you.

  2. I have lived with this for years and never knew it had a name. My wife thinks I am just crazy when I avoid public places like movie theaters, (crunching popcorn), or Mexican food restaurants, (chips crunching). Maybe I can treat this and stop avoiding people.

  3. Im so screwed with this, were are some ear plugs.

  4. Stephanie Harber | Reply

    100% agree with this, I went to the docs thinking Im over angry, over emotional and needed an idea what. So he suggested a Stress Course…..
    Of the 6 sessions, I went twice! There was an elderly gent in there as it was a group thing and he sniffed maybe 15 times during the hour. I found myself compley uninterested in what was being said and spent the entire time waiting for him to sniff again and again. In my head I was screaming at him. It was hideous, I havent been back to the doctors since. But I think I will go back and speak to him about this now I know the name.
    Its so good knowing that it isnt just me and being able to share with others.

    1. Yeah, I think a lot of the medical community isn’t aware of this, and if they are, they don’t know how to treat it. I am thinking of going to a misophonia specialist to see if I can get help that way. I will blog about any techniques/medications I learn about. But I don’t think there is an end-all be-all cure at the moment.

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