NOTE: This Guide Mentions Specific Misophonia Triggers

Misophonia & Zoom Meetings : A Guide for Presenters & Teachers
Misophonia & Zoom Meetings : A Guide for Presenters & Teachers
Misophonia Needs to be Addressed During Zoom Webinars and Virtual Classes : Image By Cris Edwards at soQuiet

Imagine that you are in a virtual meeting and, while the presenter is speaking, there is a very loud, deafening noise, like someone yelling at top volume right in your ear or like a gunshot going off. You feel instantly anxious, panicked, or angry about the noise and you can’t concentrate on what the presenter is saying. The sound won’t stop, so you mute the audio from the meeting. After a moment you restore the volume and the sound keeps going. …

Misophonia and Creativity — Photo by the Author
Misophonia and Creativity — Photo by the Author
Misophonia and Creativity — Photo by Cris Edwards

If you spend any amount of time following #misophonia online, you may notice something about the people who are posting and commenting about misophonia: many, if not most, are creatives of some kind.

Based on the people who are posting in communities about misophonia online, it would be understandable to draw a correlation between creators and the sensory-sensitivity disorder. Certainly, not everyone with misophonia is artistic, but there is a connection between the two that is presently unrecognized and unstudied.

The connection between creativity and misophonia really hit home for me with the introduction of the MisoList, a site listing…

Misophonia Log Header Image
Misophonia Log Header Image

Living with misophonia, a neurological disorder that causes specific sound sensitivities, is not easy and it’s even tougher to explain to others with anything approaching accuracy. While I’ve covered talking about misophonia in another Medium article, I’d like to share a project that misophones can do to help others — and themselves — understand their daily ordeals with the affliction.

The Challenge: Quantifying Misophonia

Several years ago, I was working at a coffee shop chain that is everywhere and had spoken with the management about how much I was suffering at that position due to my misophonia. …

Misophonia • Image created by Cris Edwards.

One of the toughest things about misophonia, a disorder that causes severe reactions to normal sounds, is talking about it. While some of us can be great advocates for ourselves, most of us are stymied by how exactly to bring it up with coworkers, acquaintances, family members, romantic partners, and anyone we meet who needs to know about our condition.

We may second guess ourselves because ‘unseen’ diseases are, well, less visible than physical impairments. Society is coming around on this matter and you can help by being your own advocate. But, I admit, most of us are not good…

Cris Edwards

Cris is a playwright and artist who lives in St. Louis with his wife and cat. He is the founder of Buy me a tea:

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