Misophonia Specialist

Kristen Keener, Au.D.

Audiologist located in Central Medical District, Austin, TX

Misophonia is a unique sound disorder that affects individuals across a wide range of ages. Dr. Kristen Keener at IlluminEar Tinnitus & Audiology Center in Austin, Texas can help treat those suffering from misophonia and improve their quality of life.

Misophonia Q & A

What is misophonia?

Misophonia is a particular type of sound sensitivity that is often diagnosed in young patients around 8 or 9 years old, though it can occur at any age. Individuals affected by misophonia have negative reactions to specific sounds; they often violently react to common noises, such as chewing or sniffling. Patients suffering from misophonia are affected at school, work, and home, and the distress can take a toll on the entire family.

How is misophonia treated?

Audiologists, physicians, and other health professionals collaborate on treatment for misophonia. Treatment can be provided on its own or alongside treatment for tinnitus and other issues with sound sensitivity.

Persons with misophonia often undergo a combination of treatments. These can include instructional or directive counseling and sound therapy. Sound therapy helps patients reduce trigger responses to specific sounds. This is achievable by using different devices, including sophisticated ear-level digital sound generators that are used for sound therapy, as well as smartphones.

Managing misophonia can take a good amount of time and energy as it is highly individualized. No two patients with misophonia have the same symptoms. Therefore, a thorough evaluation is necessary before devising a treatment plan for your concerns.

When should I contact Dr. Keener?

While there isn't a cure for misophonia, the right Audiology team can provide treatment to drastically improve a patient’s quality of life. The team at IlluminEar Tinnitus & Audiology Center is extremely thorough and sensitive to the difficulty of living with conditions like misophonia. Each patient receives specialized attention and a treatment plan tailored to their specific condition and needs.

Dr. Keener is proud to head the only Audiology practice in Austin specializing in sound sensitivity disorders like misophonia. If you think you or someone you love may be experiencing misophonia, don't wait to seek treatment, schedule an appointment today. Dr. Keener has had success with even the most challenging cases.

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We are happy to file your insurance claim, regardless if it is in or out-of-network. Please call the office with any insurance or financing questions.

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