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