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Sensitivity to sounds

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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! 

by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM
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PrincessZ20
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

That sounds frustrating!  I'd definitely call the pedi to see who they would recommend seeing...audiologist, neurologist, ENT, therapist, etc.

I hope you get some answers and find something that helps! 

norahsmommy
by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM
This. I don't think I could hear a dog whistle though, but I've never been around one to see. Sounds can drive me up a wall. The sound of an idling Diesel engine is terrible. The cement supplier across from us has big trucks that idle frequently and I have to put in hear plugs or turn on music so I can't hear it.


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.

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Vertical15
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

My 5yo can be like that.  He gets mad if anyone says anything repeatedly, too.  No radio in the car.  He tells me to keep it off, Mom.

My Dad is also this way.  He can't be near people eating unless he can focus on something else.  Don't ever eat ice around him either!  He gets really bothered by it. 

I don't have any advice on it though.  We just always saw them as their 'ticks'

Kmakksmom
by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM
My 4 year old son has a sensitivity to sounds. Our family doc says it's why he likes having loud music on...I suppose to drown out any annoying sounds. She hasn't referred us anywhere, she has just said to keep an eye out, and if he gets worse then she will refer us.

Good Luck!
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jenmay44me
by on May. 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Google search Misophonia! Sounds exactly like it. I have it, so I understand where your DD is coming from. Wouldn't wish this condition on my worst enemy!
psych_mom
by on May. 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

My son most likely has Asperger's and with that comes sensitivity to sounds. I am about to go into all out battle with my insurance company to pay for evaluation because he needs therapy for social issues, sensory issues and emotional processing issues. Super smart kid, but he has become bored with school and now doesn't even try. Small, repetitive noises bother him and loud noises bother him a lot.

jenmay44me
by on May. 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM
By the way, there is currently no real help for this. Noise canceling headphones help, but usually just removing yourself from the trigger noises are the only option. I eat alone usually so I don't get angry at my family :(
sammyreymom
by Member on May. 26, 2013 at 7:50 AM

My dd has sensitivity to loud noises.  We have been to our doctor, an OT and we are now dealing with a behavior doctor.  When we know that we are going to be in loud noise situations, my dd will wear ear plugs or the ear protection.  Good luck, it isn't easy.

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