The Misophonia Podcast

The Misophonia Podcast

Candid conversations with people who live with Misophonia. Misophonia is a disorder in which there is a strong sensitivity to certain sounds. A person with misophonia feels rage and an inability to focus on anything but that sound. It feels like a fight-or-flight response. Host Adeel Ahmad has misophonia and interviews other "misophones" from around the world. All episodes are edited to be more sensory-friendly including equalization and brown noise. If you'd like to be a guest, go to https://misophoniapodcast.com. Theme music is "jltf" by Moby, courtesy of https://mobygratis.com The contents of this podcast should not be considered medical advice or therapy.

Episodes

February 22, 2024 63 mins

Taylor is a project manager in California. Taylor talks about her home life and how growing up with alcoholic parents may have contributed to her misophonia. She also discuss their hypersensitivity and how it affects her relationships. She shares her experiences in school and the support she received from teachers along the way. She shares how she copes with triggers and the importance of supportive relationships. Taylor also talks...

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This week I'm talking to Bob, from Liverpool. He shares his experience with misophonia and how it has impacted his life. He discusses his early triggers and reactions, as well as the lack of understanding and resentment he felt from his family. Bob also talks about the expansion of his triggers and the sensory issues he faces. He explores the role of the amygdala in misophonia and the challenges of coping strategies. Finally, ...

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February 8, 2024 73 mins

I’m excited to have back on the show, Dr. Jennifer Brout.  We discuss various aspects of misophonia, including family accommodations, coping skills, and the importance of research. Jennifer emphasizes the need for more research on family functioning and children's development in relation to misophonia. We also talk about the role of epigenetics in gene expression and the potential adaptive nature of misophonia. We talk about n...

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February 2, 2024 38 mins

Esther is a student in the UK. She talks about her journey of healing through prayer and the positive impact it has had on her misophonia. She discusses the challenges she faced in school and how she found relief through noise-canceling headphones. Esther emphasizes the importance of supportive relationships and understanding from family and friends. She encourages others to explore the connection between faith and healing in their...

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January 25, 2024 71 mins

In this conversation, Sipora and Adeel discuss the topic of misophonia and the use of coherence therapy in its treatment. Sipora shares her personal journey with misophonia and how she became interested in helping others with the condition. They delve into the concept of memory consolidation and how it relates to misophonia. Sipora explains the process of coherence therapy and its focus on emotional learning. They also touch on the...

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January 19, 2024 48 mins

This week I’m talking to Liz who was actually a guest back in season 5. We catch up and she shares how her misophonia is triggered by repetitive sounds and how it has affected her interactions with others. Liz also talks about her son's autism and how his sensory processing disorder differs from her misophonia. The conversation explores the evolutionary aspect of misophonia and the need for a shift in societal understanding an...

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January 10, 2024 65 mins

Seiara is the host of the Behind the Stigma podcast. She shares her academic journey in psychology and her plans for a PhD in the philosophy of psychiatry. She discusses her early experiences with misophonia and the complexity of the condition. Seiara also talks about cultural attitudes towards mental health in Dubai and Azerbaijan. She shares her family dynamics and their reactions to her misophonia. Finally, she explores the effe...

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January 3, 2024 59 mins

Dan Shay, a visual artist, discusses his experience with misophonia and how it has impacted his daily life and relationships. He shares his journey of discovering misophonia and the challenges he faced in explaining it to others. Dan talks about his coping mechanisms, including the use of earplugs and meditation apps. He also explores the potential of using art to raise awareness about misophonia and the intersection of art and tec...

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December 21, 2023 62 mins

Shaylynn shares her misophonia origin story and how her triggers developed over time. She discusses the impact of misophonia on her school life and the accommodations she received. Shaylynn emphasizes the importance of supportive friends and family in coping with misophonia. She talks about her journey as a misophonia advocate and her involvement with Misophonia International and the Research Network. Shaylynn also discusses her pl...

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December 15, 2023 56 mins

Summary 

In this conversation, Carolyn shares her experiences living with misophonia and offers insights into coping strategies and managing triggers in various environments. She emphasizes the importance of normalizing misophonia and open communication in intimate relationships. Carolyn also highlights the benefits of nature and sensory grounding techniques for finding relief. The conversation touches on the impact of stress on mis...

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December 8, 2023 69 mins

In this conversation, Victoria, a lecturer and misophonic individual, shares her experiences with misophonia. She discusses her childhood experiences and the impact of certain triggers, such as chewing, clocks ticking, and water sounds. Victoria also talks about the challenges she faces as a lecturer and how she copes with misophonic triggers in the classroom. She reflects on the cultural differences in accepting eating in classroo...

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December 1, 2023 49 mins

Mark is a musician from Manchester, now living in Los Angeles. Mark has opened for Queens of the Stone Age and played the legendary Viper Room in LA. A while back, Mark sent me the video to his song about misophonia, that I’ve linked to below and posted on social media. We finally got a chance to talk and get into his life story with miso. We talk about his brother as his first trigger, being the black sheep of the family, the anti...

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November 22, 2023 58 mins

Julia is a grad student on track to be a mental health counselor. She has misophonia and has spent a lot of time thinking about miso from various angles. This is a really wide-ranging discussion. We talk about how the pandemic was really rough with her violinist roomates, occupational therapy, having ADHD and being on the autism spectrum, her experience seeing exposure therapy performed on misos, her experience with medication, cra...

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November 2, 2023 59 mins

Aaryn is an artist based in North Carolina. We talk about marriage and family, art, yoga, the mind-boy connection, the fascia, supplements and medication and much more. Check the show notes for links to Aaryn’s art projects. 

https://www.aarynwest.com
https://www.instagram.com/aarynwest 

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October 25, 2023 50 mins

Victoria is from central Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. We talk about life as a fisheries observer working on fishing boats for days at a time, her sometimes challenging childhood with mental illness in the family, coping methods she’s used like medication and alcohol, how she deals with airplanes and more. 
 
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October 13, 2023 59 mins
Kristina is in Bulgaria. We talk about being a new mom, heading back to a hybrid work environment, being an advocate for misophonia in Bulgaria, being triggered by children and family members and much more.
 
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Paris is a PhD student researching misophonia at the University of Newcastle. She has been making a name for herself already having published papers alongside Dr. Kumar who is very well-known for his seminal papers on the brain basis of misophonia. Here we talk about her work on mimicry, mirror neurons, how she got into miso research, visual triggers and other senses, autism, trauma, how to break into misophonia research, new ideas...

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September 28, 2023 60 mins
Risa lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and has been dealing with misophonia for about 60 years. We talk about being neurodivergent, family life both many decades ago, and in the present day and all the challenges along the way, raising her child while having miso, difficult neighbors, her thoughts on meditation and various psychotherapies, and of course much more.

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September 23, 2023 53 mins

Shane is a broadcaster/podcaster and writer based in London, Ontario, Canada. Shane has just published an ebook based on his mental health recovery.  He’s also a mental health advocate in Canada, working for the national program Defeat Depression. And also he is a fellow misophonia podcaster because he briefly had a show called Fight or Flight. We talk about all those, plus his relationship with his family especially his mom, ADHD,...

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September 13, 2023 46 mins

James is a US military veteran and now a management consultant on a break from his job to deal with misophonia. We talk about how it got really bad during the pandemic, living in a college dorm janitorial closet, coping methods when traveling, life in the military, working with Tom Dozier, and using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Really fascinating and wide ranging conversation. 

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