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wsjulz

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Hi, thanks for adding me.  I've always had misophonia with eating sounds, but I'm starting to experience additional things.

We had neighbours move in and I have trouble with soft sounds coming through their wall to ours like TV or voices.  It gets to a point where I focus on it and get anxious and just can't filter it out, even though other sounds such as our own TV, traffic and people talking in the street are actually louder, and I'm fine with those.

The sounds don't hurt my ears at all, they are quiet sounds that I can't get out of my head. I feel trapped because I can't escape my four walls and their sounds, especially in lockdown. 

It's turning into such an anxious person over it, that I'm now finding it difficult to stop focussing on TV sounds in other rooms of my own house which previously never bothered me at all.

Does anyone know the cause?  I think it's anxiety more than anything else but I don't know how to overcome it.

Thanks for reading. [smile]
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darryl61

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I understand the feeling. I have thought I would live in a tent in the forest before I could live in an apartment. I have suffered with the symptoms of misophonia for years but did not know there was an actual diagnosis. I become obsessed with sounds, especially sounds humans and dogs make.
I have read that psychological counseling can help. Somehow we have to redirect our minds.
Other than professional help I don’t know what else you can do.

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Originally Posted by wsjulz
Hi, thanks for adding me.  I've always had misophonia with eating sounds, but I'm starting to experience additional things.

We had neighbours move in and I have trouble with soft sounds coming through their wall to ours like TV or voices.  It gets to a point where I focus on it and get anxious and just can't filter it out, even though other sounds such as our own TV, traffic and people talking in the street are actually louder, and I'm fine with those.

The sounds don't hurt my ears at all, they are quiet sounds that I can't get out of my head. I feel trapped because I can't escape my four walls and their sounds, especially in lockdown. 

It's turning into such an anxious person over it, that I'm now finding it difficult to stop focussing on TV sounds in other rooms of my own house which previously never bothered me at all.

Does anyone know the cause?  I think it's anxiety more than anything else but I don't know how to overcome it.

Thanks for reading. [smile]

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Cathu

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Hi wsjulz
How are you?
Hope you have had a bit of rest.  In  te last two weeks I've had a wonderful gadget for my hearing aids.....   It streams  the TV  straight to my hearing aids..     it  s  a  Signia Stream Live gadget.  My government Audiologist  organised it got me.  I find it very helpful!  It  blocks out  most noise.   I live by myself   so     I am very happy it helps.  I rely on   subtitles..  so the sound  straight to my aids  is  fantastic.  .  I can have it very soft  and it s GREAT
I have screaming tinnitus 24/7  and very painful hyperacusis  and can;t stand any sounds  apart from birds...
It s  so good  to get a bit of relief.
Good luck to you.Let us know how you go.
CATH

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wsjulz

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Thank you both.

I've had a better weekend and have noticed the sounds less because of feeling calmer, so I'm now even more convinced it is related to anxiety more than anything else.  I'm actually on a waiting list for psychotherapy because I have complex PTSD and OCD and I'll chat to them about that too.  I think the two mental health conditions I have, I have read that they can come with these kinds of issues.

Other than that, I'm researching ways to block things out with better quality ear plugs when I need them.  My husband brought his noise-cancelling headphones home from work for me to try, and as expected they block sounds out but not the frequency of voices so I decided not to invest in any.  Researching, I've heard that earmuffs and earplugs are the only things that filter out all sound frequencies, so if I can use them on my more anxious days and tolerate the sounds through psychotherapy, that might be a good solution.

Thanks for your replies. [personals_heart]
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Steve2017

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I just want to tell you about when i got close to suffering from misophonia during my H days... There used to be a sound that i was hearing from a family member that was driving me nuts...... So if you bear in mind that I am often saying on here about retraining the brain after any damage that has been caused to ears has been repaired that is - and if you are aware that we are 'the self' as in when our parents used to say look after yourself or behave yourself - so we are the self 'fact'...

Our minds and brains are brilliant when working at 100% - so with misophonia something's gone off track, and many times we the self have to retain our minds/brain that sounds are 'good' - so this is what I did many years ago.

And I'm not saying try this, I'm saying this is what i did, your choice everyone with 'any' noise problem with M or H in some cases if to try it - and if it helps 'one' person then its been worth my while writing it, and maybe ten it helps who knows...

I my 'self' retrained my mind, by saying this sound is 'good' - every time i would listen to this unwanted sound, i would say to myself - i like this and 'its strengthening my mind' which it was - eventually i either wouldn't hear it at all 'or' i would say nice sound that is, and its good for me...

Maybe worth a try - i hope this might help someone.


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I was meeting with my husband's Audiologist last week and when she learned that I had gone through the TRT program, she was asking me if it were more of a psychological problem, Hyperacusis as she has Tinnitius and it comes and goes, she's learned to kind of put it out of her mind. I said well it's actually Hyperacusis which works differently but that TRT comprises 3 parts: increasing non verbal music into your life, a tiny bit at a time over the course of time, wearing hearing generators which is kind of a white noisy thing which are increased a tiny bit of time and cognitive behavioral therapy. I put TRT off for years and tried all sorts of things. I would say and I told her that yes, and no, it's something you have to retrain your brain to think different but honestly the prescription was to introduce noise ever so gently into my life along with everything else. I did tell her that while I am cured, I still have to make sure I watch my ear health by not listening to loud things, etc, the very things that brought this on. We didn't really have a chance to talk about H as it was my husband's appointment but it was food for thought. Yes and no, it's in your brain for sure, this is how we perceive sound but at the same time in my experience, I had to do the other in order to cure. No matter how much you go through though, there are environments that are probably not the greatest and so I just avoid them. It's hard when living with others close around you for sure. 


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wsjulz

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Thank you so much everyone.  I can't work out how to reply to you all individually, but you have given me so much to think about and a lot of things to try, and I'm super grateful. [smile][smile]
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