Best products from r/misophonia

We found 63 comments on r/misophonia discussing the most recommended products. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 142 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top comments mentioning products on r/misophonia:

u/Gravitational_Bong · 2 pointsr/misophonia

I use these right now. They're surely not the best, but they're the right balance of function and price for me.

I just keep a pack in my backpack at all times. I can usually get 2 or 3 uses out of a pair before they get gross, and... I'm telling you, dude, dudette, whatever, when that noise dulls it's like heaven. It's a bit hard to hear the teacher, sure, but you will still rejoice, and you will hopefully perform better. If you need to, explain to the teacher in private (I have done this and it has always gone well enough), and if there's ever an issue your school's disability services (suck it up) will help you.

The earplug thing is easy to play off as "just helps me concentrate" or something similar when people ask (and yes, they ask sometimes). I have told some people at school about having trouble with classrooms and noise, but I am in a very small department. I don't recommend telling people unless you truly trust them. When they ask, you could tell them the truth as I have with, again, a select few: "I'm not able to ignore sniffling and other bodily noises, so I have to wear these earplugs because you are all gross." If you couldn't say that with a smile to the person, I wouldn't recommend saying much of anything.

Best of luck.

u/elephino1 · 11 pointsr/misophonia

I'll share methods that worked for me personally. Feel free to ask me any questions, because I'm going to try to keep this brief (Edit: I failed), but am happy to expand on it if you're interested.

On an abstract level, I learned about C-PTSD and coping with it. This book helped tons. Basically I learned to identify triggers early and remind myself that, although my body was telling me I was in danger with a fight or flight reaction, I was in no actual danger and I was completely in control of my surroundings.

(Full Disclosure - I learned a lot of my triggers came from childhood experiences of a narcissistic parent intentionally triggering me at the dinner table and refusing me the ability to leave. So YMMV with the book.)

I leveraged the concept of neuroplasticity to re-wire my brain to respond to trigger noises as rewards instead of dread.

I'll give you the specific example of someone eating chips. It had gotten so bad for me that the rustling of the bag would trigger me because I knew what was coming. Then, just the sound of the pantry door would trigger me. I'd get stuck in this feedback loop of dreading what was coming, anticipating it, and then becoming hyper aware of it, so by the time it happened the sound was CONSUMING.

So I decided to associate that awful trigger with something positive. Initially I'd hear the chip bag and recognize I was triggered. Then I made the choice to say "Fuck Yeah, I love Chips. Give me some fucking chips!" So I'd have a snack as well.

When that started working, I expanded on it. If I was at work and someone started eating an apple, I'd give myself a break to do something I wanted to do. Go for a little walk. Browse reddit for a couple minutes. Look at some tits on gonewild. Whatever. The point was I started to associate trigger noises with rewards instead of punishment.

Once I learned how to break myself out of those thought loops, they started to get easier and easier to break out of. I got better at recognize being triggered early and turning the event into something positive before it got out of control.

I do admit, at first it was a little fake it till you make it, but eventually it started working. I realized that I was fighting it so hard I wouldn't remove myself form a triggering circumstance until I was too far gone, so I started doing it earlier and earlier and more and more gracefully. I started rewarding myself for awareness instead of punishing myself for being triggered in the first place. I became much more gentle with myself in general.

For example, If i'm in a meeting and someone brings in lunch, I'll excuse myself to the restroom the second I get anxious, go out and remind myself that I'm in control of this, and come back when I feel better. Eventually, just knowing I can leave if I want to became enough to keep me in shape.

For the first time in two decades, I can go to movies again with my wife, I can ride in a car with someone popping on gum, and I can sit at a dinner table without music on. It's been amazing.

Good luck guys, you can do it too!

u/GrandMoffFartin · 2 pointsr/misophonia

Thanks. As you know, it's a difficult thing that is hard to get across. I know exactly what you mean. I'm sorry you had to go through that.

Unfortunately this is more an issue with our building construction than our neighbors themselves. We've already transferred apartments in the same building thinking it was the upstairs neighbors. I've never had upstairs neighbors so I had no idea I would have this reaction! I have other misophonia triggers but this one is constantly in my life.

IDK if you have used noise cancelling headphones but they focus on bass sounds and low frequency sounds like air conditioners. They work perfectly for the bass part of the footsteps, however those sounds are sometimes masking the root sound. So if someone drops something upstairs, I won't hear the bass but I will hear the object hitting, if that makes sense. For that reason I tend not to wear them to sleep. They have a way of clarifying certain sounds that will pull me right out of sleep. During the day though they are perfect. The bass is my trigger so it masks that.

I have two pairs of noise cancelling headphones. Both cheap ones. The best ones are supposedly the Sony WH1000XM3. I have Taotronics over ear headphones and earbuds. Of the two, the earbuds work the best, especially with foam ear tips. The trick is to insert them like earplugs by pulling up on your ear with the opposite hand before inserting. In all, noise cancelling headphones have saved my life, though they may not work for everyone because they are designed to allow human voices and sounds to carry through.

u/8bit_golem · 2 pointsr/misophonia

Hey there fellow New Yorker! I was recently in the market for a pair of noise cancelling headphones, too. Based on a recommendation from this sub, I decided to pick up a pair of Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones.

The price is kind of more than I expected to be paying for something like this, but in the end, they do what I wanted them to do: cancel trigger sounds and grant me sanity.

Some pros and cons that I have found while using them:


  • Extremely comfortable. I have a big kinda head, so finding a pair of headphones that don't press on the ears or on the temples can sometimes be annoying. This pair fits nicely around the ears and has very soft leather padding.

  • Upstairs neighbors are no longer an issue (mostly). The headphones cancel out the low-frequency hoof thuds.

  • Noisy co-workers are no longer an issue. Occasionally a sound will penetrate the noise cancelling effect, but it's rare if the music is at a good level.

  • The noise cancelling effect can be had without listening to music. Just want a little peace and quiet for a bit, just put on the headphones in without a wire. Switch them on and the effect can be felt.

  • Music sounds good. Some people describe the bass as being "punchy" and I kind of agree. That's not a bad thing, though! I'm not a total audio geek, but I know what I like. Nothing about the sound or EQ turns me off.


  • Price. It's a very nice set of headphones, but I needed to wait for some gift money from a special occasion/holiday to purchase them. If they are in your budget, awesome. You may feel the price is worth it in the end, but it was enough for me to hesitate at first.

  • Leather padding can cause your skin to sweat.

  • Headband presses down hair and gives me an odd pattern across the top of my head. This is expected from most pairs of headphones.

  • Some sounds can still penetrate the "noise cancelling" effect. For example: currently I'm typing this out on an extremely clicky mechanical keyboard (cherry mx blue switches) while listening to some prog metal, and I can still hear the keys click every now and then. The noise cancellation effect seems to be better with droning-type sounds or lower frequency sounds rather than abrupt sounds. Stuff like a a cough or a metal object dropping onto a hard floor will most likely be heard depending on the volume level of your music.

  • Runs on a AAA battery. This battery does last quite long (nearly a week with daily use of around 4 hours a day) but the device will not function at all with a dead battery. That is to say, the music will not bypass the noise cancelling effect. I know some headphones have that option of listening to the music without the effect.

  • People will flail about, get aggravated, or possibly attempt physical contact in order to get your attention.

    That's all I can really think of at the moment. If you have a specific question about the headphones, my music preferences, upstairs neighbor situation, co-worker triggers... just ask away! I hope this is of some help for you.

    [edit: formatting, added link to headphones.]
u/sazken · 1 pointr/misophonia


Executive summary:

  1. Headphones + Earmuffs + Music
  2. Find a way to get people to accept your earmuffs
  3. Consider leaving note at co-worker's desk
  4. Consider talking to the person or to the boss

    I have a couple of tips for you - first of all, I always have music going, but I also wear a pair of shooting range earmuffs over them (for lack of a better word). I've never been to a shooting range, but I had the golden idea of buying these once and have never gone back - <- these are my personal fave (after trying a couple of pairs). Carry these at all times. You can stack them with headphones to get this amazing and pretty cheap noise-cancelling effect. In-ear buds work best, and you can listen to music, a white noise generator, or maybe audiobooks.

    The above tip has worked so well for me that I almost forget I'm misophonic most of the time. Sometimes, though, my new boss likes to pop over to my desk, and there's a new Tier 4 Sniffler near me. To get over this, I've tried to have meetings in closed offices or whatnot to avoid that. I've debated leaving a note at the Sniffle King's desk secretly... We'll see about that, though. It's hard to time.

    You may also wonder - how can I get away with the earmuffs? Push for it. I've had people make fun of me for them, but I say "Oh, yeah, I swear by them - they really push up my productivity" and mention I'm an audiophile if people ask. I've established a reputation as a bit of a quirky guy. I don't care - these things help me so much that I'd take that any day. Phrase it in terms of things your office would select for. I work in a place that's all about productivity, so I use the productivity line to communicate this to others.

    Here's the last thing - I've noticed that people who sniffle/chew a lot tend to be either from certain regional cultures (generally East Asian or South Asian) or American subcultures (ie. college athletes - always sniffling for some reason!). I know some peers of mine of East Asian descent have gotten heavy feedback from bosses about sniffling too much in client meetings. You can maybe make a case to a boss that the noises your coworker makes could be bad in client-facing settings - or say that the loud chewing has annoyed a whole group of people.

    I hope that helps. I know how rough this can be, but with a bit of prevention this can be really ameliorated.
u/Neurotikitty · 3 pointsr/misophonia

> As they're soft I tend to tear each plug in half so they're a better fit and if I'm in a situation where I want to block out a lot of noise but still be able to hear a little or converse with friends I'll squish them in but leave a tiny gap so some sounds are still audible.

For situations like that, hi fi ear plugs are amazing. They're technically meant for blocking out stuff like live music - where you still want to be able to hear the music, you just want it quieter. Normal foam plugs make everything sound muddy. But the hi fi ones have a brilliant side effect - you can actually still hear people talking pretty well, but you don't hear as many background noises.

u/Claud6568 · 8 pointsr/misophonia

First of all that sucks. I get it believe me. Right now my trigger is constant small engine planes all day and night over my house all of a sudden. And it’s especially maddening because there is zero I can do about it. But I think you may be able to do something.
Ok here’s what I think you need to do. Gather a bunch of articles about misophonia. Copy paste the best ones that are easy for people who don’t have it to understand. Then go through this sub and find some especially good posts where people describe how they feel. Get all of this into a word document.
Then ask your parents for a time you can talk to them (or if you’re closer to one of them just ask that one). Show them the document. Then show them your post above. Ask for help. Ask for a compromise. Be sure to reiterate over and over again that this is NOT you just being whiny, this is a real condition (hence the documentation).
Please let me know how it goes. I feel for you I really do. My husband doesn’t get it either.

Oh also if you can get yourself some Bluetooth headphones ASAP. I love mine. Hers the ones I got

TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless Over Ear Headset, Foldable Earphones with Powerful Bass (Dual 40 mm Drivers, 25 Hour

u/kevomatic · 1 pointr/misophonia

I bought a box of Howard Leight LL1 Laser Lites a while ago and I'm pretty happy with them. It looks like their NRR is 3 db greater than what you're currently using. I find them comfortable enough to sleep with them in, which is good because my upstairs neighbor works in a bar and comes stomping home at about 3 am most nights. I hope you find something that works for you soon.

u/CuriosityTexas · 1 pointr/misophonia

Hey I didn't realize that misophonia was even a thing until last year. I used to have to leave the table when my dad slurped his soup. You're lucky that you know that it's an actual condition and you're not just being a grouch or something like I used to think of myself.

I have coworkers here at my office that eat at their desks and the best thing that helps me is putting in my headphones and listening to classical or jazz. It really relaxes me and keeps my minds off things.

I know you can't just walk around with headphones in all the time, but when I get really triggered it helps.

I also found some earplugs on Amazon.

They're a bit pricey but they're an investment and you can tell your parents that they would help your wellbeing.

I know that this sucks because you don't want to be upset, but I get what you're going through and it's NOT YOUR FAULT. <3 <3

u/murd3rmouse · 1 pointr/misophonia


These work great for me. Very isolating and comfortable enough to wear all night.

I suggest you watch some vids on youtube about molding them so you don't waste a pair like I did. But once I got them right they are perfect.

u/Rancid_Bear_Meat · 0 pointsr/misophonia

'Invisible' ear plugs. They can be worn in situations where earbuds are not appropriate and go unnoticed by most people. For anyone who MIGHT notice, just tell them you have a medical condition which requires them, that's it.

I've found great success with low profile versions such as these: ..or one of many others. There are very effective at 'muting' the world without actually blocking it out completely.

For many, the trade-off of being able to hear less vs being tortured by triggers is an acceptable one.

Outside of work or school, you can wear very inexpensive earbud headphones as they are so ubiquitous. No one gives them a second thought. You don't even have to have anything pumping through them most of the time. Just wearing them is enough of a muffle to make life quite manageable.

If you are looking for an inexpensive and effective way to block everything, try the 'Simply Noise' app and use the Brown Noise setting. It blocks both high (whistling, sniffling, chewing) and low-frequency (bass, thumping, etc) sounds around you.

Good luck to you!

u/antarcticgecko · 3 pointsr/misophonia

I can't help you with noise cancelling, but I arrived at a similar solution through a roundabout way. I got bone conduction headphones so I can hear stuff on my bicycle, and paired them with some earplugs that specifically let some sound through. Then I'll listen to music or pink noise on repeat. Can't hear a damned thing and it's amazing.

I use a set of Trekz titanium bone conduction headphones paired with some earplugs that don't render you totally deaf when the music is off. The effect is similar, and if you actually need to talk to someone, you won't have to take off headphones because they don't cover you ears. I can easily hold a conversation with the ear plugs unless the person is very soft spoken.

u/Its_A_Nice_Day · 9 pointsr/misophonia

If other people are still using headphones maybe it's just an unenforced rule.

>. My friend has told me that since I checked 'yes' on the 'I have a disability' section of my paperwork and didn't fill in a specific reason, I can just strongarm HR with that and tell them they're not legally allowed to demand a reason, but we're a small company and HR is already has this overbearing tone of 'but why don't you just conform? It's not a big deal.' and I don't want to create an adversarial relationship with my work

I think you legally have a right to request accommodations for your disability.

There are also earmuffs like these

If you really believe in the company then the push to do what you need to do is important. They just want you to back down but if its a problem that you wont give up, they may eventually give in.

Also, get documentation of all your requests. Put all your requests on paper so that you have a paper trail for everything. You could even get a payout from this. Remember, HR is there to protect the company, not you.

If it was four months ago you're ok bringing it up again. Honestly I'd just wear the headphones again since others are already doing it. If anyone says anything, which they probably wont, Let them know its for your disability.

u/thelakenorth · 3 pointsr/misophonia

Mine were really tight at first so I put them on a basketball for like a week to stretch them out :) hope it helps with your sleep!

u/Meat_Related · 1 pointr/misophonia

I'm a strong advocate of soft-silicone earplugs like this

Not sure where you are based but Boots have some own-brand ones which are a pale pink colour.

I tend to tear each plug in half in to 2 smaller pieces, as they're a better fit for my ears that way and are more discreet.

u/meredith_ks · 1 pointr/misophonia

Okay, this is expensive but it seriously SAVED MY LIFE when living in an apartment with roommates (also a college student). It seems loud at first but you don't notice it after a few minutes. I've actually accidently left mine running for days sometimes, it's just that good of white noise. If your main problem is studying, I highly recommend it. I know they sell a similar model at Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond too, and if it doesn't work, return it!

u/Jdban · 1 pointr/misophonia

I bit the bullet and got these noise cancelling headphones:

The noise cancelling is great, whenever i get annoyed I just put em on, turn it on, and listen to music. I haven't tried them with earplugs inside, but you could do that too, for some peaceful quiet :)

u/Iamcolleeflower · 1 pointr/misophonia

Hi! I want to recommend these for you to experience the with. I use them all the time and I have a feeling they will block out the stomach growling. I personally use the small size, but they have medium and large (I think the link I sent is the medium or “regular” size). They are great because they don’t block out all noise and you can still hear people talk perfectly and you yourself can talk normally. I really think they might help with this trigger.

I personally don’t get triggered by bodily noises but I get horribly triggered by chewing noises and mouth noises.

u/zeppelinfromled2 · 1 pointr/misophonia

My wife and I have two of these in our bedroom, and they seem good. We also don't want an actual fan that blows air because it gets cold in the winter here.

u/8-BitBaker · 1 pointr/misophonia

I personally recommend these. I have this same issue and I've tried countless ear plugs... These are comfy and hands down the strongest I've found.

u/guavabread · 1 pointr/misophonia

I use these for sleeping in and they muffle noise but do not block it out entirely. I have used them in meetings when I know there will be noises and they seem to work well. They can be adjusted by pulling them out slightly if they are blocking too much. You can get them at places like CVS, Walgreens, and Target.

u/-grell · 2 pointsr/misophonia

These are what I use. They're comfortable enough for me to sleep in.

u/tuba_man · 1 pointr/misophonia

If you're in the US, it may be worth calling my audiologist. They've got a lot of connections with other misophonia practitioners and therapists. They might be able to direct you to someone local.

I'd also recommend a white noise machine for quiet areas, meal times, wherever the situation's worst. (That and make sure she knows she can leave triggering situations)

Based on my own experience and what my audiologist has found, please don't have your daughter cover up sounds entirely (like ear plugs or super loud white noise), just cover up only enough to take the edge off. As much as it sucks and as much as you want to retreat from it in the moment, covering up entirely tends to make misophonia worse over time as the brain re-trains itself to hear through the noise)

u/Harionago · 1 pointr/misophonia

Get something like this from Amazon

I've been using them for years. I can't sleep without them.

u/2501King · 3 pointsr/misophonia

There are not many noise cancelling earbuds out there most have noise isolation. I currently have a pair from etymotic and they are good but not great. Active noise canceling is terrible at blocking random noise it does much better with things like engine noise.

Best thing I have found is headphones + white noise+ ear plugs. I have worn it for 8-10 hours a day for the past 5 years.

For white noise I use

And I have a tab for each color full blast.

For ear plugs

For headphones

u/stevewilsony · 2 pointsr/misophonia

I use this one, love it. I spend a lot of time in hotels. I think sound-wise you couldn't tell the difference from your mac playing white noise though.

u/cvltivar · 5 pointsr/misophonia

Get a white noise maker. Not a white noise app on your phone or computer - it's not the same as a real white noise maker with a fan. I use this one.

I get triggered by car and motorcycle engines revving. I live near a military base with tons of idiots revving their idiotmobiles down the street - the sounds aren't loud, but if I can hear them (usually when I'm trying to sleep at night), I'm very uncomfortable. The white noise maker has made a huge difference in my quality of life.

u/okcomputerface · 2 pointsr/misophonia

>She was nope.


Check out these earplugs as well. That company primarily make headphones. I have a pair of their headphones with that same triple flange-style insert. That style takes a little getting used to, but I found it worthwhile. Might be good for wearing at home.

If she listens to music to drown out sounds, they also make some kids' headphones with 300 ohms resistance to keeps the volume low. For me it's very tempting to just blast music and disregard my hearing.