Autism and noise sensitivity

November 14, 2017

Living with Autism and noise sensitivity

dB Blocker Brie testing out her new dB Blockers

High and intense noises can have a severe impact on people living with Autism. Autistic children are very sensitive to specific sounds and pitches that others are not affected by. The downside to sound sensitivity is that noise quickly becomes painful and can even trigger a panic attack. When a person hears multiple sounds simultaneously, it becomes almost impossible to pay attention to the task at hand. Separating and prioritizing sounds will drain a person’s energy, and the constant assault of noise may cause a person’s anxiety level to escalate.

Types of sensitivity for people with Autism

According to the Blog article, following conditions are the 5 most common types of sensitivities.  Keep in mind that a person may be affected by more than one issue.

  • Hyperacusis is an intolerance of everyday environmental sounds and is often associated with tinnitus, a ringing in the ears.
  • Hypersensitive hearing of specific frequencies is often (but not always) associated with autism. A person can tolerate most sounds at normal levels, but certain frequencies are intolerable, especially above 70 decibels.
  • Recruitment is directly related to sensorineural hearing loss. It is defined as an atypical growth in the perception of loudness. Hair cells in the inner ear typically “translate” sound waves into nerve signals.
  • Phonophobia (also called ligyrophobia or sonophobia) is a persistent and unusual fear of sound, either a specific sound such as an alarm or general environmental sounds.
  • Misophonia is an emotional reaction, most often anger or rage, to specific sounds. The trigger is usually a relatively soft sound related to eating or breathing and may be connected to only one or a few people who are emotionally close to the affected person.


A little Help from CPE with Noise Sensitivity

Brie is a vibrant young girl living with a mild case of autism, and Custom Protect Ear is happy to help her manage her sensitivity to noise. Brie is a proud owner of her own personalized dB Blockers that assist her in coping with noise in her environment.

Brie dB Blockers

“I cannot thank you enough for the custom pieces you made for my daughter’s ears.  

I often ask her how she likes certain books, food, music, shows, etc. and she will respond indifferently with “fine”, “ok” or “meh” – when I ask her how she likes her earplugs she has consistently responded enthusiastically “AMAZING”. She has mentioned independently while at the park or for walks that “those earplugs will be GREAT for assemblies” at school. I didn’t realize how stressful a simple assembly could be in her special condition! Your product has truly made an impact. Looking forward to trying out in a variety of situations “


~ Michelle (Brie’s Mother)


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14 Responses to “Autism and noise sensitivity”

  1. yvonne black

    my grandson has hearing whn people swallow or drink he says it is loud even when no one else can hear things he can what do you think l can get him he gets angry when he hears small sounds he has autisum

  2. Dawn knipe

    My son struggles with Autism. And def high pitch sounds affect him…birds are my enemy, crying babies but he can work through it…high pitch screams…sadly my so. Will engage in self injurious behavior and lately try to hit me or head butt! I need to help him besides drugging my baby up! He is 16 and hormonal as well:(((

  3. Ricky Moore

    The sound of people breathing or vaping infuriates me instantly. I hate background noise. I don’t like music. I’m definitely autistic. What i hate even moor us having to explain it to normie scum.

  4. Arlene Regos

    I have always had sensitivity to kids screaming with high-pitched voices at the grocery store and extremely loud televisions at the doctor’s offices. I am so debilitated and it feels like someone pounded on my eyeballs with a baseball bat even 3 days later. If I am subject to a lot of noise from a restaurant all of my muscles are in pain and I feel lethargic. I was just recently told by someone in the medical field that I may have autism if I am so debilitated by the screaming kid at the grocery store the night before. I had to leave a memorial service early because the kids were screaming in the loud echoey restaurant and the Sun hurt my eyes. So I googled “why am I so debilitated by noisy situations” and this article came up. I would like to know if you can please contact me so I can get some hearing protection to protect my mental physical and psychological health. Thank you so much.

  5. Hey team, thanks for sharing such an informational post.
    Children with autism are extremely sensitive to certain sounds and frequencies that do not bother other children. The drawback of sound sensitivity is that it might cause pain that can even result in a panic attack. It is nearly impossible to focus on the task at hand when a person is hearing many sounds at once.

  6. Noise sensitivity is a common challenge faced by individuals with autism, and it’s crucial to understand and address this issue to create a more inclusive environment. The heightened sensitivity to noise can significantly impact the daily lives and well-being of individuals on the spectrum. Implementing strategies such as providing quiet spaces, using noise-canceling headphones, and raising awareness about noise sensitivity can make a significant difference in supporting individuals with autism and ensuring their comfort and participation in various settings. Thank you for shedding light on this important aspect of autism.

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