As phonophobia is often linked with issues such as anxiety and stress, sometimes the effects can be reduced by some simple relaxation techniques.
Meditation and yoga can go a long way toward giving you a sense of peace, calmness, and balance that can help subdue phonophobia, as well as improve your overall mental and physical health.
The practice of meditation can help you to find your center and bring about some level of inner peace – making it a key tool when battling phobias.
Like with any phobia, getting help from a professional is the best way toget a handle on your phonophobia.
Fortunately, there are a number of different types of therapy that have shown positive results when being used to treat phobias. Let’s take a look at the two most common:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of psychotherapy that concentrates on recognizing negative or unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought.
Known as a “talking therapy”, CBT can help you manage your issues by encouraging you to change the way that you handle certain situations.
It’s commonly used to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety, but it has also proved to be very effective in treating several different types of phobias, such as phonophobia.
The typical course of treatment for CBT consists of between six and 20, hour-long sessions. It is a treatment that concentrates on the here and now, rather than searching for a root cause in the past in the way that many other therapies do.
Exposure therapy, or systematic desensitization, is another type of psychotherapy that is regularly utilized when treating people with phonophobia.
It works by using guided and repeated exposure to the phobia in question in order to desensitize the patient. By being exposed to the source of the fear with no ill consequences, it is thought that exposure therapy can help the patient realize that their fear is unwarranted.
While this type of therapy can be upsetting, it’s also proved to be extremely effective with high success rates.
Don’t worry though – a therapist running an exposure therapy session will use a graded approach so that you’re not instantly overwhelmed.
So for example, if you are afraid of mice, the therapist may start a session just by showing you a drawing of a mouse. Then upping the exposure level as you become more and more desensitized to the stimuli.