Anxiety involving difficulties in filtering and processing sounds, which can be a very painful experience for individuals.
Over-sensitivity to sound (hyper-responsive)
A very painful reaction to noises like alarms, bursting balloons, sirens, drills, banging doors, dogs barking and babies crying – even a buzzing insect may cause distress. People may use ear-defenders to block out some of the noises.
Under-sensitivity to sound (hypo-responsive)
Someone may be under-sensitive to sound – or to a particular sound – and may seek to experience extreme volumes of that sound to gain the stimulation they require.
Environmental meaning deafness (auditory agnosia)
Difficulties in processing and understanding sounds even if heard before. Reminders such as “That’s the dinner bell – time for dinner,” can really help.