HSP & misophonia: how do you deal with sound sensitivity?

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SP & misophonia: how do you deal with sound sensitivity?

What does it mean to be sound sensitive? How can you take good care of yourself when sounds overwhelm you? What are the reasons why you are dealing with this?  This article shows her search for the deeper meaning of sound sensitivity.

It is a signal from your body that something is asking for attention. When you learn to listen, you can take appropriate action.

Misophonia

When you are highly sensitive, processing all the stimuli and sounds around you can be overwhelming. In that respect, it resembles misophonia. The difference is that in misophonia someone reacts to certain sounds from his or her survival mechanism. This causes well-known fight, flight, or freeze reactions. Daily life with misophonia can be quite challenging.

Coping with misophonia

What do you do to live as normal a life as possible when you have misophonia? I (Marianne) often wondered and came to the conclusion that maybe it is not the intention for me to live a ‘normal’ life. I am convinced that my sound sensitivity actually encourages me to take other paths in life. For example, I alternate living in Amsterdam with living on the island of Mallorca. In nature, I relax and I need that silence to process all the stimuli and sounds that overwhelm me in contact with others.

HSP & misophonia: how do you deal with sound sensitivity?

Daily Challenges

But, what is a ‘normal’ life and what challenges does someone with misophonia face in everyday life? Many sounds give me a strong physical, emotional and mental reaction. For example, sometimes I need to be able to walk away from a sound until I can think rationally again. Depending on where and who I am with, how fit and well-rested I feel that day, the reaction is mild or severe. For that reason, working in the office, shopping in the city or, for example, meeting friends in a cafe is not always feasible for me.

Therefore, instead of just trying to keep trying, I decided to change my life. For example, walking with friends in the park with a coffee to go is a good solution. We don’t sit in a cafe where there are all kinds of stimuli that my brain doesn’t process well but opt ​​for nature, sports, and catching up at the same time.

Looking for answers

HSP & misophonia: how do you deal with sound sensitivity?

Using all kinds of (alternative) therapies, I searched for the cause of my misophonia and what I could do about it. During this quest, I realized that perhaps the purpose of sound sensitivity is to listen to myself better. When I am sitting at the table with someone and we are eating, I may not be bothered by the eating noises at all. When I don’t feel seen or heard in the conversation or when a topic is too exciting for me, I immediately suffer from my misophonia. It’s as if the food is calling to me what I actually want to say to the other person at that moment: ‘Hear me!’. I then immediately listen to the needs that require attention at that moment, I feel needs and then I express them with respect for the other person and myself.

I can imagine that those who are clairvoyant, for example, may have experienced this as a burden in the beginning as well. If you have little experience with a certain characteristic of yourself, it can possibly get in the way. It only becomes your strength when you learn how to use this quality to help yourself and others. You can then use this talent where necessary. You could also see the misophonia that way. It is a signal from your body that something is asking for attention. When you learn to listen, you can take appropriate action. This helps you to make decisions that contribute to the well-being of yourself and those around you.

 

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