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Welcome to a blog written by an autistic adult woman in her late 30's using words and images to advocate acceptance as well as awareness of those with life-limiting sensory processing disorder and resulting social and behavioral challenges.Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

  Ear protection for a sound sensitive, autistic person

These babies broke the chain off of my being under almost complete house arrest back in 2010. 
I did research on different sound-blocking equipment in June that year. I started my search on Wikipedia.com. I learned that noise-canceling technology was actually making my situation worse. Noise-canceling technology is best used in situations where there is uninterrupted sound (engines). It acts as static to put sounds like jet engines, lawn-mowers and steady traffic in the background. I used Bose QC2 (now retired and replaced with the QC15 model) noise-canceling headphones for 3 years. I wondered why shrieking kids and barking dogs sounded louder. My audiologist, who specializes in tinnitus-retraining therapy (TRT), could not explain this to me, but someone nice at the Hyperacusis Network (www.hyperacusis.net) explained about noise-canceling technology not being right for my situation. The rest was up to me.
I found that passive sound-blocking was right for my situation. It was also my good fortune to find out that it was much cheaper.
 My camera fills with nature images. Being able to get through the 4th of July is crucial to my sanity. The days are shorter, and being a PM person, I know my nature and photography are limited until springtime.
I want to remind those of you also using ear protection, “rest” your ears by giving them exposure -at least to the environment(s) you can tolerate.
Visit the Earplug Superstore www.earplugstore.com
I've had terrific results with them.

I give God full credit for leading me to the earplug superstore 6 years ago. Finding the Pro Ears was literally a Godsend!