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March 13, 2017

Auditory hyposensitivity

Dear readers, welcome to another article about one of sensory processing disorders. We’re going to speak about auditory hyposensitivity today. That’s disorder causing we are under sensitive to sound. There’s everything completely OK with our ears if we suffer from this condition. The problem is in our brain, just like it is with all sensory procession disorder issues.

Let’s check the signs of this condition to reach better understanding of the topic.

If we are auditory hyposensitive, we are less sensitive to the sound. It manifests itself in many ways. The world around can seems to us like too silent and dull. We simply need more auditory stimuli. Therefore we love listening to loud music or TV. We often do things very noisily and speak loudly, especially like kids. We can make certain pleasurable noises as well to satisfy our senses. Because this world is too silent to us, we often don’t catch what was said or we don’t respond to certain sounds. Then we often say “What?”, how we are trying to understand what are other people saying. We may not react to our name too. We also experience hard time remembering and processing what was said and have difficulties telling where the sound comes from. It’s typical that we don’t bubble as infants but it’s not a requirement for diagnosis of our disorder.

All these symptoms prompt we may have auditory hyposensitivity. It can be very uncomfortable for us to live in this world which is simply too silent. What can we do to reduce our problems? Always seek sounds that you like to make yourself feel comfortable. You can also listen to music in your headphones very loudly so it doesn’t bother the people around and you can still enjoy it. You have also the opportunity to watch TV with headphones in the volume which is comfortable for you.

I have never experienced auditory hyposensitivity. I’m, in contrary, hypersensitive to sounds so I don’t really have any personal experiences with that. However, I understand very well how it can be distressing to live in the world which doesn’t fulfill our sensory needs. Don’t hesitate to listen to loud music or use other coping strategies anytime.

Do you think you may suffer from this condition? What are your symptoms? Do you want to share your story or ask some questions? Don’t hesitate to write us in our comment section bellow. We are here for you!

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