Are you on the autistic spectrum and have super sensitive hearing?
I was in Mcdonalds this morning having coffee. I could hear every tiny sound so intensely that I could not think straight or relax. The constant jumble of sounds made me feel very agitated.
I could hear the sound of people talking, food wrappers being opened and mobile phones ringing.
It wasn’t that anyone was making anything than the usual level of noise. Most people would not have noticed anything unusual. Its just that for me, the barrage of low level sound was making me feel very uncomfortable.
I have been aware of this aversion to background noise as I travel around on buses and trains. At these times I feel stressed and get angry when someone is turning the pages on their newspaper five seats away, or someone is speaking on their phone at the other end of the carriage. The noise gets in my head and I can’t get rid of it.
Sometimes I switch seats or even train carriages to escape the noise.
When travelling on public transport, I always wear headphones and listen to music, to help drown out the external noise. Even with headphones the noise sneaks in to my ears and stresses me out.
My question to you is: Are you on the autistic spectrum, and do you also have super sensitive hearing?
If so, how do you cope with this? What do you do to ease the anxiety of dealing with noise in public places?
Thanks for reading- Steve