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Sensitivity to sounds

Posted by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM
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Does anyone here, or any of your kids, have an extreme sensitivity to sounds? My dd gets extremely bothered by small sounds, sounds that don't bother most people - the sound of me yawning or breathing, the sound of other people chewing, people tapping their fingers, or bouncing their legs, the sound of me typing on the laptop and so on and so on. I have read about some sound sensitivity problems. It might be misophonia, or hyperacusis. I'm not sure. Misophonis typically only involves small, quiet sounds, and sometimes she has trouble with loud sounds as well. Not as much, and she has learned to tolerate the loud sounds somewhat as she has gotten older but the other little sounds have not gotten better. In fact, they are getting worse. 
So, I need help. Where do I go to get her help? I have mentioned it to her dr and we were thinking SPD, which she may still have that, but I'm not sure if this is part of that or something else entirely.We are trying to find a psych dr to get her anxiety and possible SPD evaluated, but I'm wondering if we need to go somewhere else, perhaps and auditory specialist to get this looked at. Would that be an ENT or what kind of dr? And any tips on how to deal with this at home? Lately she can hardly stand to be in the same room with me bc she says the noises are too much for her to handle. Please help! 

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frndlyfn
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 2:41 AM
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Has she had her hearing tested thoroughly?  Can she tolerate wearing ear plugs that block out most noises but she can hear you if you call out?   What is her age?   I would start with a hearing test and then someone who specializes in hearing disorders to test her.

pce68
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

She's 13. She's just had the usual hearing tests that they do periodically at the pediatrician's office. We had a checkup recently and I mentioned it to ther dr but it seems like it's worse now than it was then. She had wanted us to get her anxiety checked out with a psychiatrist first but I haven't managed to find a psychiatrist that I can afford yet. We go back to the pediatrician in a couple of weeks for a check of her asthma. Should I wait till then to talk to them about it or should I try to do something now? Like skip the pediatrician and go straight to an audiologist? Or would I need a referral first?

Quoting frndlyfn:

Has she had her hearing tested thoroughly?  Can she tolerate wearing ear plugs that block out most noises but she can hear you if you call out?   What is her age?   I would start with a hearing test and then someone who specializes in hearing disorders to test her.


poshkat
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I'm sensitive to sounds like that too. I hear sounds people don't, like the high pitched sound the t.v. makes when it's turned on. People chewing makes me angry. I also hear dog whistles and high pitched things like that.
pce68
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Is there anything you do that helps you with it? Sometimes my dd spends hours alone in her room bc when she is with me she hears every little sound and it bothers her so much that she can't stand to be around other people. It makes me feel bad but I can't stop every little sound and I don't know how to help her.

Quoting poshkat:

I'm sensitive to sounds like that too. I hear sounds people don't, like the high pitched sound the t.v. makes when it's turned on. People chewing makes me angry. I also hear dog whistles and high pitched things like that.


poshkat
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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Not really. I just learned to deal with it. I can tune out people chewing, sometimes. It's why I have the t.v or music going while we eat. As for the dog whistles, I can't tune it out. It took days to figure out what "that sound was" before mil finally got the idea that it was the dog's bark off. It made the dog whistle sound to stop the dog from barking. Dh knows I can't deal with certain things too, but we can't stop every little sound so I just ignore it or remove myself from the situation.
pce68
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

She can tune out some sounds. the sound of chewing is easier for her to tolerate if we are both eating at the same time, but if I try to eat something and she's not eating then she can't stand the sound.

Quoting poshkat:

Quoting pce68:




Not really. I just learned to deal with it. I can tune out people chewing, sometimes. It's why I have the t.v or music going while we eat. As for the dog whistles, I can't tune it out. It took days to figure out what "that sound was" before mil finally got the idea that it was the dog's bark off. It made the dog whistle sound to stop the dog from barking. Dh knows I can't deal with certain things too, but we can't stop every little sound so I just ignore it or remove myself from the situation.


new_mom808
by Andrea on Mar. 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM

 I would first get a referral (if necessary) for an ENT, just to rule out anything like that, then begin some indepth conversations with the pedi looking at SPD, and getting a referral to a specialist.

Please keep us posted :)

batjmom
by Sarah on Mar. 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM
I'm not very familiar with this situation. I would talk to your pediatrician and see what they say. They can refer you to a specialist if one is needed.

Hopefully another mom in the group can help you out

Keep us updated :)
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poshkat
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM
Quoting pce68:




It's just something I learned to live with. It can take yearsnto build up a tolerance to sounds.
TigerofMu
by Sonja on Mar. 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Oh wow.  I'm sorry!  That must be so frustrating and upsetting.  I have no idea, but I would start with an auditory specialist.  If that didn't work, you might even try a neurologist.

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