At first, hypersensitive hearing may not seem like a big deal. After all, heightened senses don't exactly require a trip to the emergency room.
However, for children who are still trying to make sense of the world around them, sensitive hearing may well be a living nightmare.
Kids with autism, in particular, are more likely to show sensitivity to hearing than regular kids. And while auditory integration training may sometimes help cure or at least alleviate it, the problem is detecting it in the first place. As common as hypersensitive hearing is, it isn’t always diagnosed correctly.
How then do you know if your child has hypersensitive hearing? Sound Therapy owner Stephanie Borbe shares five signs of hypersensitive hearing:
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- SHE OFTEN COVERS HER EARS.
When your child often covers her ears, it should be your first clue that something is amiss. The sound may not be something loud or obvious, so make sure to observe the environment the next time you catch her doing it.
- SHE'S ADDICTED TO CERTAIN KINDS OF MUSIC.
“They like certain kinds of music because it's predictable,” says Stephanie. So even though your child has been listening to the same Nicki Minaj song over and over again, she’s not likely to tire of it soon. In some cases, she might even turn the volume up in order to “drown out other sounds.”
- SHE SPACES OUT IN NOISY ENVIRONMENTS.
When your child comes home with poor grades, it may not necessarily show a lack of conscientiousness on her part. Her academic performance may be hindered by her hypersensitive hearing. After all, a classroom setting is already noisy enough for those with regular hearing. Imagine your child, who has heightened senses, having to hear her classmates talking and laughing the entire time.
- SHE REFUSES TO GO TO OR THROUGH CERTAIN PLACES.
Kids with hypersensitive hearing may also dislike certain rooms or hallways. According to Stephanie, the sound of the air conditioner alone may upset some children. In fact, she recalls one parent who had had to change the air conditioner in more than one room of the house until the child underwent auditory integration training.
- SHE EXHIBITS VIOLENT BEHAVIOR TOWARD THE SOURCE OF A SOUND.
Does your child often hit her siblings? It may not be due to bad behavior. According to Stephanie, it may be because her siblings are making a sound that your child does not like. Kids who are still quite young and those who have yet to figure out how to best express themselves, may be acting on instinct when they show violence toward others.