At Greater Learning, we often hear parents tell us that their child is bothered by loud noises. While true, a child’s sensitivity to loud noises can unfortunately cause problems in social settings like school, family gatherings or anywhere in public. Noise sensitivity makes it hard for children to remain seated in noisy restaurants, participate in parties, or truly pay attention to what a
teacher is saying. Some children can be so affected they avoid using restrooms in public due to the noise from flushing or hand dryers.
An increased reaction to auditory input, can indicate hypersensitivity with auditory regulation. A child’s hearing is responsible for interpreting/processing input heard in the environment. If your child displays aversion with loud sounds or settings with multiple voices or conversations occurring at the same time, it may be impeding their social participation and sensory regulation.
Auditory sensitivity can be debilitating to a child, and it can be a huge concern for parents as they see their child anxious and avoidant of typical social situations that they should be able to enjoy.
If your child is bothered by loud noises or shows signs of auditory sensitivity, you may want to consider working with a speech-language pathologist or occupational therapist. The therapists at Greater Learning also work with The Listening Program (TLP).
TLP is a Music-Based Auditory Stimulation method that is an effective approach for supporting development of the auditory system to allow children and adults increased ability to process auditory input and decrease auditory sensitivities.