Great Headphones For Misophonia

All noise cancelling headphones are not created equal.  If you want to see the real benefit noise cancelling headphones have to offer, you need to try the best.  Traditionally, noise cancelling headphones try to eliminate steady background noise such as the air conditioner fan or the roar in an airplane.  But with misophonia, you need to have single occurrence sounds blocked.  Starting with the Bose QC20, Bose headphones try to block single occurrence sounds, such as speech or chewing.  I tried a pair of Beats headphones that were owned by a client, and I could not tell the difference for a single “thud” sound with noise cancelling on and off.  I can’t say that all headphones except new Bose and Parrot don’t work for misophonia, but I can say that Bose and Parrot work great.

The Bose QC20 (wired) and QC30 (Bluetooth) are earbud style.  They seal against the ear canal and so do not create pain in the ear canal from prolonged use.  A great feature of these is the “aware” mode.  You push a button and you hear as if you were not wearing headphones.  Push the button again, and you go into silence.  Wonderful feature!  These headphones also work with your smartphone, so you can use them to talk on the phone.  This can be terrific if you need to talk on the phone in an open office setting.

One problem with noise cancelling headphones is that they provide almost no protection from sniffing.  The frequency is too high.  If you need to block sniffing, then try the noise isolating headphones like Etymotic MC5.

In any case, you should also use a noise app to supply your favorite noise mix to your headphones.  The combination of noise and these headphones can be a miracle for the person with misophonia.


Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones

  • Man-Made Materials
  • Breakthrough technology lets you control your own level of noise cancellation throughout your day. Trouble shooting steps for poor or no noise cancelling: 1) Make sure the power is switched on. The power indicator should glow solid green. 2) Turn the headphone’s power off and then on again. 3) Charge the headphones. 4) Ensure the proper sized ear tips are being used. If a too small or too large ear tip is being used, the earbuds will not have a proper fit in the ear. As a result, audio quality and noise cancellation may suffer. 5) Be sure the ear tips and headphone openings are clean and free of debris.
  • Bluetooth and NFC pairing so you can connect to your devices wirelessly
  • Calls come in clearer, even in windy or noisy environments, with noise-rejecting dual-microphone system
  • Lightweight neckband design conforms to your body for all-day comfort and wear ability
  • Lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy up to 10 hours of wireless listening per charge

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling – Black

  • World-class noise cancellation makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better
  • Volume-optimized EQ for balanced audio performance at any volume
  • Wireless convenience, with easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing aided by voice prompts
  • 20-hour battery life per charge; up to 40 hours in wired mode
  • Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear calls even in windy environments

Parrot Zik 3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Touch Control Bluetooth Headphones (Black Croc) w/Headphone Bundle Includes,Battery,Bluetooth wireless Music Recvr w/Microphone,Port.Keychain Power Bank

  • INCLUDES BONUS Extreme Bluetooth 2-in-1 Wireless Audio Receiver, Voltix 2600mAh Portable Power Bank for Tablets & Smartphones – Black Twist, AND Parrot Interchangable Battery for Zik 2 and Zik 3 – PF056026
  • ALSO INCLUDES 1 battery Li-Ion 830 mAh, 1 Line-in cable, 1 Micro USB cable, 1 Carrying pouch, 1 Quick start guide
  • NEW AUTOMATIC adaptive noise canceling and stunning 32-bit Audio processing. SMART TOUCH control panel and Bluetooth 3.0 Audio streaming. CHARGE your headphones wirelessly with the included charger or use USB Audio to listen and charge simultaneously.
  • LISTEN for 18 hours with “Flight mode”. CONTROL, share and customize your music with the updated free Zik app.

Bose QuietComfort 20 and 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Apple Devices, Black

  • Noise cancelling reduces surrounding distractions, letting music stand out
  • Aware mode lets you hear what’s around you when you need to, at the touch of a button
  • Exclusive TriPort technology and Active EQ help deliver lifelike, digital-quality audio
  • Stay Hear+ tips provide long-lasting comfort plus stability

Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones, Triple Black – Wired


  • Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between
  • Deep, powerful sound for the music you love
  • Lightweight, comfortable around-ear fit you can wear all day long
  • Control your music and calls on Apple devices with inline mic/remote
  • Premium Special Edition Triple Black

Etymotic Research MC5 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones (Black)


  • Achieves highest output sensitivity in its class with 100 dB SPL sensitivity at 1 kHz at 0.1 mV. 85%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz – 15 kHz.
  • Etymotic’s ACCUChamber technology makes dynamic drivers sound like high-end drivers by inserting a proprietary acoustic side-branch to redistribute energy, smooth the peaks and compensate for weak highs.
  • High degree of noise isolation enables lower-volume listening, protects hearing. 35 dB – 42 dB of noise isolation.
  • High-gloss polished aluminum finish. Kevlar®-reinforced cable for durability.
  • Includes an assortment of noise-isolating ACCUFit eartip options to ensure proper seal and comfort. CUSTOMFIT option available. ACCU Filter(TM) User-replaceable filters that protect the moving coil driver.

Sonxtronic XDR-8000 Sport vertical headband in-ear headphones (Black)


  • Ultra comfort sport design (with polished smooth surfaces)
  • Vertical in ear headband: Best stay in place design for running and sports
  • Lets in some air and sound for ear breathability and personal saftey
  • Ultra lightweight extended wear comfort for gaming and active sports
  • Sonxtronic extra high performance magnetic drivers deliver great sound

SONXTRONIC WHITE ICE Xdr-8001 Vertical in Ear Ultralight Headband Headphones


  • Ultra comfort vertical headphones ( with in ear comfort design and smooth surfaces )
  • Vertical in ear headphones have best stay in place design for serious running and sports
  • Lets in some air and sound for ear breathability and personal saftey
  • Ultra lightweight extended wear comfort for gaming and active sports ( mdr-w08l style)
  • Sonxtronic extra high performance magnetic drivers deliver great sound

Sony MDRAS200 Active Sports Headphones (Black)


  • Lightweight clip-on headphones for active lifestyles
  • Loop hanger for secure fitting
  • Water-resistant design prevents sweat from leaking in1
  • 13.5 mm high sensitivity drivers for premium sound
  • Angled earbud structure for stable fitting

Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700, with Alexa Voice Control, Black


  • Keep your phone in your pocket and your head up to the world with easy access to voice assistants for music, navigation, weather, and more
  • Turn any space into a workplace — with powerful noise cancelling, astonishing sound, unrivaled voice pickup
  • Personalize your environment with 11 levels of noise cancelling control distractions or let ambient sound in
  • Access Alexa with the push of a button, or use the wake up word
  • Optimized for the Google Assistant; Access your voice assistant with a simple button press
  • Listen comfortably for hours a streamlined, lightweight stainless steel headband and angled ear cups make for a perfect fit
  • Get up to 20 hours of wireless battery life and time based power information
  • Stay connected to the world without reaching for your phone; Intuitive touch controls on the ear cups keep everything simple
  • Bose SimpleSync technology allows you to pair your Headphones 700 with the Bose Soundbar 500 or 700 for a personal listening experience

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headset with Mic for phone-call and Alexa voice control – Industry Leading Active Noise Cancellation


  • Digital Noise Canceling: Industry Leading Anc Lends a Personalized, Virtually Soundproof Experience. Phone Call: a built-in mic enables you to take hands-free calls.
  • Voice Assistant: Alexa Enabled for Voice Access to Music, Information and More. Activate with a Simple Touch.
  • Quick Attention Mode: Cover the Right Ear Cup to Turn Down Your Music for Instant, Easy Conversation.
  • Smart Listening: Adjusts the Ambient Sound to Your Activity to Give You the Best Noise Cancellation.
  • Touch Controls: Control Music Tracks and Volume, Activate Your Voice Assistant and Take Phone Calls.
  • Long Battery Life: A Single Charge Provides Up to 30 Hrs of Playtime for Reliable All Day Listening.
  • Comfortable to Wear: Ergonomically Redesigned Foldable Earphones for Easy Travel / Listening Comfort.
  • In the Box: Foldable Headphone, Carry Case, Charging Cable and Audio Cable for a Wired Connection.

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHXB900N: Wireless Bluetooth Over The Ear Headset with Mic for Phone-Call and Alexa Voice Control – Black (WH-XB900N/B)


  • Feel the power of EXTRA BASS.
  • Next-level digital noise cancelling technology.
  • Enjoy the convenience of hands-free calling thanks to the integrated microphone and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Get up to 30 hours of battery life.
  • Touch Sensor controls to pause play skip tracks control volume activate your voice assistant and answer phone calls.
  • Quick Attention Mode for effortless conversations without taking your headphones off.
  • Activate Alexa the Google Assistant or your voice assistant with a simple touch.

Sony WI1000X Premium Noise Cancelling Wireless Behind-Neck In Ear Headphones (International version/seller warranty) (Black)


  • Digital Noise Cancelling with Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing.
  • Connect” APP for Android /iOS to use Smart Listening technology to control your ambient sound settings.
  • Ambient Sound mode to hear essential sound without taking your headphones off.
  • Battery life up to 10 hours (with wireless noise cancelling) / Hands free calling with vibration notification.
  • Wired cable solution let you connect in-flight entertainment.

Apple AirPods Pro


  • Active noise cancellation for immersive sound.
  • Transparency mode for hearing and connecting with the world around you.
  • Three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips for a customizable fit.
  • Sweat and water resistant.
  • Adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear.
  • Easy setup for all your Apple devices.
  • Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”.
  • The Wireless Charging Case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life.