Autism Awareness blog hop: Noise Sensitivity


Welcome to my post for the Autism Awareness blog hop. This is a blog hop organised by RJ Scott that happens in April every year. This year the blog hop focuses on how people on the autism spectrum can react quite differently to taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell. You can see the masterpost for the blog hop with links to all the other posts here.

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Autism Fact


Hypersensitive hearing may mean a person with autism won’t be able to cut out background noise, which often leads to difficulties concentrating.

As the parent of two children who are currently on the waiting list for ASD assessments, this is a subject close to my heart. Both of my children are easily distracted by background noise (as am I). As we are also a noisy family prone to accidentally humming, fidgeting and whistling we tend to drive each other rather crazy 😉

As I type this, I can hear so many sounds: the cat crunching biscuits loudly in the next room; my son talking to his friends via Skype at the other end of the house; my daughter upstairs singing along to music in her bedroom; the fridge is humming; there’s a plane flying overhead, water whooshing through pipes somewhere; and the tick of the kitchen clock is a constant irritation because I’m thinking about it.

As I mentioned above, I’m a fairly noise-sensitive person. My sensory filter is a little wonky, but most of the time I am usually able tune out background noises as long as I’m not too stressed out, or as long as the sounds aren’t too loud or piercing (someone whistling within earshot pulls me out of whatever I’m doing and makes me instantly ragey). The sound of the kids’ talking/singing is getting on my nerves right now as I type, and normally I would have shut the door… but I deliberately left it open while I wrote this post in order to empathise. It’s helping me to imagine how incredibly frustrating it would be to be completely unable to tune out that constant tapestry of background noise. No wonder people with autism easily become overloaded with sensory information to the point of a meltdown.


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About Jay Northcote

Author of LGBT romance. Trans (he/him), Parent, cat herder, professional procrastinator.
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8 Responses to Autism Awareness blog hop: Noise Sensitivity

  1. susana says:

    Thank you for the post, Jay! I’m not particularly sound sensitive, in fact I’ve been known for being able to sleep with a very noisy music band playing some metres away. But it really kills me the chatter of some people when I’m trying to concentrate in my job… Specially if the task involves accounting. I’m a not a numbers person, so I really need silence and peace to be able to deal with them! 😉

  2. jenf27 says:

    Most of the time I can tune out reasonable background noise, although I attend a lot of online meetings and it is frustrating when people hold multiple conversations at once in a room where the online meeting is hosted…those online can hear everyone talking. I am also super-sensitive to certain noises, for example when my kids scrape our patio chairs agains the cement, I feel like I am going to vomit.

    Thanks for participating on this great blog tour!

  3. Angela says:

    Thank you for participating in this important blog hop, and by doing so you are helping to raise more awareness 🙂 Thank you!

  4. dejamew says:

    Thanks for the contest and participating in the blog hop.

  5. H.B. says:

    Thank you for taking part in the hop and the interesting fact. I can’t stand white noise or it’s image and I’m also bothered by loud voices.

  6. Rene says:

    Thank you for this post and for your participation in this blog hop.

  7. Trix says:

    If a song I can’t stand is playing somewhere (like in a grocery store), I can’t concentrate until it’s over!

  8. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Thank you for the interesting post Jay I’m easily distracted by music and I can’t have radio on it drives me crazy.

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