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Sensitive Hearing

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  • Posted By: SaRaHy
  • January 25, 2007
  • 07:46 PM

Hello, I am 18 years old and have suffered from sensitive hearing for as long i can remember and would like to know if anyone knows any ways of getting over this. Examples of noises that annoy me: heavy breathing, eating, a ticking clock, beats and base of distant loud music. If anyone could help i would be very grateful


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  • Hi -- I have always had the same sort of sensitive hearing that you describe, and I don't know of any "cure" for it, since it isn't a "disease" in the first place. Some of us are just more sensitively "wired" neurologically than others. You didn't mention this, but I've also noticed I can hear certain high frequencies (alarm systems, certain cellphone frequencies, etc.) that aren't supposed to be audible by humans. You probably can't do anything about it (in 49 years, I haven't found anything to do about it), but you can try to minimize your exposure to the sounds that drive you crazy. I sometimes just have to walk out of the room. If you're stuck listening to something, try to consciously take deep breaths and relax, and think "what an interesting noise that is", instead of being bothered by it. There's also a really good book, called "The Highly Sensitive Person", by (I think) Elaine Aron, that may put your "condition" in better perspective for you. Good luck!
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    • February 4, 2007
    • 07:37 PM
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  • hii was just wondering if you have any other problems as my son has this and has just been diagnosed with aspergers syndrome (mild high functioning autism) he gets very stressed and certain noises can even make him quite aggressive.....just wondering
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    • February 8, 2007
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  • Hi, just found your post and I'm glad I'm not alone! I find my sensitive hearing can be a problem as it can mean I get antisocial. I need complete silence in order to sleep and get very angry if I hear even the slightest noise. I once went to ask my brother if he could turn the TV down and realised when I saw him that I was actually hearing his personal stereo, two closed doors away. I got him and my other brother to try and hear it from that far and they couldn't, but it was very clear to me! I've had many arguments over this with my family. I also understand what you mean about hearing high frequencies - the world is quite loud really! Luckily my boyfriend goes to sleep early so there's no chance for arguments there, but our neighbour plays Spanish guitar (all very nice in the day, but stressful at night) and he can't understand how I can't just sleep through it. I've had very strong violent tendencies as a result of this problem, and it's not good. I also actually fell out with a previous housemate over it! It annoys me as much as it annoys everyone else...I get stressed and exhausted from lack of quality sleep. As for the autistic link, I've heard that before, and whilst I can tick many boxes to do with symptoms of autism (as I'm sure many people can) I couldn't say that some of the key symptoms were true. At the moment, the best method I've found is to use ear plugs at night (and it didn't always work in my student house, where I stupidly had the room facing the main road). Whilst I'm not sure I want to 'get rid of' it (maybe it could be useful??) I'd like a way of sleeping at night without sleeping pills. Lucinda
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