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17 Dec 2012, 3:44 am

Hi!

I have extreme noise sensitivity and it seems to be getting worse. When I am around noise I get very tired and sometimes I have involuntary movements in my right leg. Does anyone else experience this? Has anyone been successfully treated for this problem? I would really like to get rid of my noise sensitivity. It is severely impacting my life.

Thank you in advance to all who reply!

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17 Dec 2012, 5:12 am

I have seen quite a few threads about noise sensitivity on Wrong Planet. So there must be many who have similar problems. I don't know if anyone mentioned being treated successfully. As for me, I do have a bit of a problem. Maybe not as extreme as yours. I get annoyed very easily by noise from TV and radio (and some other noises). What's difficult for me is if I complain about these noises (for example, about unnecessary music at work), people think I'm weird or selfish, rather than thinking that some people could have different auditory sensitivity etc. They don't realize that they are imposing stressful noise on me. I've never tried to get this (noise sensitivity) treated. It could be psychological. I don't even know if it has to be treated.



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17 Dec 2012, 1:04 pm

vegankat wrote:
I have extreme noise sensitivity and it seems to be getting worse. When I am around noise I get very tired and sometimes I have involuntary movements in my right leg. Does anyone else experience this? Has anyone been successfully treated for this problem? I would really like to get rid of my noise sensitivity. It is severely impacting my life.


Hi, you cannot treat it or learn how to make it go away because there simply is no cure for it. We have different wiring in our brains and extremely sensitive nerves. The only treatment that works is avoiding the places where the noise usually occurs.

I have, e.g. much bigger problems with the light sensitivity. I feel almost epileptic, though my doctors had made me undergo brain scanning and then told me that they found no epileptic centres in my brain. But the explanation itself did not make my problems go away. There are no drugs for it, and that´s it :-( I am STILL very sensitive to lights and flashlights. Thebiggest problems always occur in the cinema... so I had to buy the darkest dark glasses and I have to wear them when I go to see any movie.


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17 Dec 2012, 2:22 pm

I am not sure what sort of treatments are available, but occupational therapists apparently have ways to help treat sensory overload.



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18 Dec 2012, 5:37 pm

I too have a sensitivity to noise.

The way I deal with it is having earplugs on hand, actually. I use them at concerts and movies, when there are get-togethers at my house, when I have friends that are too loud, and especially when I sleep.



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18 Dec 2012, 6:13 pm

Most of my noise sensitivities only truly rear their ugly head when I'm trying to sleep. They're just enough to keep me awake at night if people are talking or if there's music in the background... both of those things reek of "missing out on something" to me. It's only certain sounds - cars, rain, high winds and even thunder don't bother me (unless the thunder is REALLY close), and in fact rain can help me sleep! It's why "white noise" can work well as well as using headphones and playing music to drown out unwanted chitchat...


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18 Dec 2012, 6:36 pm

Therapeutic listening can help, but can be quite expensive.



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18 Dec 2012, 6:43 pm

I also have an issue with noise sensitivity. It is usually at its worse when I need to concentrate for something important, like an exam, or am trying to think to myself. If a treatment exists, I’d like to find it too. One thing that I do is try to avoid noisy situations as often as possible. When the option is available to me, I also try to find a sound I can stand, such as a fan blowing, and use it as background noise to drown others out.



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18 Dec 2012, 6:59 pm

I think I've been always been easily distracted by noise, but I'm not sure if that's the same problem as being sensitive by noise.

I do know that I've developed very mild misophonia several months after I started my period, which is how non-autistic people usually develop it. It could be that my misophonia only worsened during puberty, or perhaps I was gaining insight into my disability--but anyways...Sudden noises, particularly high-pitched or metallic noises, are hell. So is fluctuating noise levels. Gah!


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18 Dec 2012, 8:13 pm

I have big time noise sensitivity. If someone drops something on the floor or in the sink - I often have to be peeled off of of the ceiling afterwards.

Not sure what you can do about it other than making family and friends aware so that they can be considerate of it.


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18 Dec 2012, 8:17 pm

Noise is awful to me, but it depends on the frequency/pitch. Mostly, I'm probably just as annoyed as any normal person. Irritating noises used to make me want to pee and kill things, but I've grown out of that.

But when there's NO noise, it sounds like a jet taking off all the time because of the roaring in my ears. I just don't know which is worse!



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18 Dec 2012, 8:19 pm

Thanks to everyone who has replied. It seems I am not alone. I have earplugs and an Ipod etc... to block the noise but they don't work super well. If anyone knows of a super amazing earplug brand, please let me know. I have custom-made ones that are very average and I also use Hearos ear plugs which are quite good.



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18 Dec 2012, 9:36 pm

My noise sensativeaty doesnt bother me ok as much as durning the day than it does at night. thats the honest truth, I can honestly say That I have heard the street light outside. and water move in the pipes inside my house, people think I'm nuts but you know what? I dont think so! :pig:



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18 Dec 2012, 9:42 pm

I believe you. I have super sonic hearing.



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20 Dec 2012, 7:26 pm

I broke down again yesterday in the Guest House where I am staying for the past 4 weeks. They are building an extra floor and the 2 shifts Morning and evening are hammering and drilling. Last night I nearly had it, and then when they stop it is the stray dogs turn to howl and bark all over again again.

There is another Asperger here (I swear he is, I noticed, see all kinds of red flags on him) but he is not disturbed by noise, he tells me to just go to bed and sleep. Are there any Aspergers who have no problem with noise, do they exist? :roll:


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20 Dec 2012, 7:41 pm

are you interested in why you have super hearing?

Hypersensitive hearing is an obvious consequence of too much BDNF too soon and hypersensitive hearing or musical leanings are very common in creative brained ASD people imo.

Being sensitive to all stimulus is a core feature for my money.