Page 1 of 1 [ 9 posts ] 

Mephitidae
Emu Egg
Emu Egg

User avatar

Joined: 10 Aug 2012
Gender: Male
Posts: 7

23 Oct 2021, 7:05 pm

First post to this forum in a very long time, but i need some help here...

First, aspie mom is becoming deaf so when she watches TV i can hear it from the other side of the house, then there is her voice which she bellows out at a loud 70db (measured at 4ft distance), she has always spoken absurdly loud but due to the hearing loss it has gotten louder... Add to this a NT brother who loves movies, but i cant stand movies.. why? They seem to have lost the ability to get audio right, im either straining to hear the voices or being blown across the room by an explosion. The days entertainment is usually youtube cos TV, its agreed, is garbage. It has audio problems as well (understatement of the century) but the volume control can be adjusted between videos..

Then it finally broke me, mom pulling dishes out of the sink in a co-effort dishwasher load and the noise of the clanking, banging and grinding of glass and metal made me want to vomit...

As i get older i seem to be getting worse.. while i know my mother is getting louder (deaf as a post) so is the rest of the world it seems...

And noise cancelling headphones? Ha! Tried that but its not useable, why? I cant tell what anyone is saying, this goes for people wearing masks these days as well...

What on earth do i do? This is wearing me down by the day and, i cant.....

Help????

Also, if this is the wrong section of the forum for this, please forgive and redirect me...?



babybird
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 11 Nov 2011
Gender: Female
Posts: 38,850
Location: UK

24 Oct 2021, 2:40 am

Do the ear defenders mute all sound then?



Mephitidae
Emu Egg
Emu Egg

User avatar

Joined: 10 Aug 2012
Gender: Male
Posts: 7

25 Oct 2021, 6:59 pm

sorry for the delay...

the 'ear defenders' mute all sounds equally which makes it to where i cannot understand what is being said.
the masks that many have to wear in this 'new age' i can often not understand even with nothing on my ears...
can i hear them? yes but its just noise inside other noise...

tho i honestly havent tried them in the home... i didn't really think of using them indoors since they weren't needed in the past... its just that... things are getting louder the older i get...

does the 'sensory overload' part of autism get worse with age?!?! i ask that as someone who is knocking on 40.



badRobot
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 18 Jan 2011
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Posts: 824

25 Oct 2021, 7:25 pm

There are protective earplugs for musicians, AFAIK some claim to be tuned to allow certain frequency like speech, I don't know how true these claims are.

I've ordered plugs with custom fit mold from local hearing aid company and use them when I attend loud events like concerts and weddings. It reduces levels to bearable and usually I can still talk to people without removing them. Not sure if this solution would work for long term use.

You can try to create sound proof zone in your room, similar to portable audio recording setup, it doesn't really need to be big, can be as small as a large bucket only for your head to work very-very well.



EEngineer75
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

User avatar

Joined: 5 Aug 2019
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Posts: 80
Location: Texas

25 Oct 2021, 10:16 pm

badRobot wrote:
You can try to create sound proof zone in your room, similar to portable audio recording setup, it doesn't really need to be big, can be as small as a large bucket only for your head to work very-very well.

Definitely: you need someplace safe you can go to get a sensory break--perhaps both someplace outside and someplace inside. Try communicating how important this is to your mom, so she might understand when you say you need a noise break elsewhere.


I'd recommend captions on the TV, but I know lots of folks don't like that.

You could also try talking with your mom about not shouting (although I guess you've tried that.)

At the very least, everyone needs a safe, quiet place. (I liked the library.)


_________________
"Engineer type" w/ ADHD (AQ:35-40, SQ:80, EQ:11-18, FQ:24, Aspie Quiz: ND 103/200, NT 100/200)
-Fan of Dr. Russel Barkley lectures (ADHD), "How to ADHD" toolbox tips, AttentionTalkVideo, Therapy in a Nutshell, and Mark Hutten M.A. (Asperger's) channels on You Tube.


maycontainthunder
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 9 Mar 2020
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,392
Location: Watching the dog watching me

27 Oct 2021, 2:58 pm

Sorry if this response is a little late.

We had problems with the TV volume exactly as you describe. Our solution was to get Dad some wireless headphones. He now has the TV muted and uses them all the time.

Right now I'm listening to music on my computer and he's listening to the TV with his headphones on...no idea if this would solve your issue though.

We did buy a second set of the same headphones for the TV in the dining room but this didn't work. These are now sometimes used so two people can listen to the living room TV with it muted.


_________________
I've decided that Dog V4 should be my avatar. He's waaay cuter than me!

Note to all: My user ID doesn't mean I'm going to explode at you it just means that I may contain...a different kind of thunder.


that1weirdgrrrl
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 19 Jul 2017
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Posts: 920
Location: Between my dreams and your fantasies

28 Oct 2021, 2:47 pm

I have a few pair of over the ear (gun range type) hearing protectors.

Canisters of Regular foam earplugs.

A special (quite expensive) ~10db reduction attenuated ear plugs. (Mine are Eargasm brand).

I change what I use depending on my needs at the moment. I am very sensitive to sound, and yes the world at large does seem to be going deaf :(

I have also noticed that elevated levels of dopamine seem to reduce the sensitivity, whereas low dopamine levels make it worse (this may be unique to me, but I thought it worth mentioning in case it had some universal application).


_________________
...what do the public, the great unobservant public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a compositor by his left thumb, care about the finer shades of analysis and deduction!


Ettina
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 13 Jan 2011
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Posts: 3,796

30 Oct 2021, 11:06 am

Mephitidae wrote:
sorry for the delay...

the 'ear defenders' mute all sounds equally which makes it to where i cannot understand what is being said.
the masks that many have to wear in this 'new age' i can often not understand even with nothing on my ears...
can i hear them? yes but its just noise inside other noise...


Sounds like you lipread to supplement for auditory processing issues. It's pretty common among autistic people - one of the reasons for avoiding eye contact.



Earthbound_Alien
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 30 Jul 2017
Gender: Female
Posts: 631
Location: UK

01 Nov 2021, 1:27 pm

As learning to lip read won't help much right now, what trying sign language instead?

on a serious note I hope things get better for you.