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How Can Autism Affect Your Hearing?

Autism can have a profound effect on your ability to hear things. In hindsight, it was one of the first things I noticed, the inability to hear everything properly in crowded areas. I figured I had a hearing problem, but tests showed I could hear perfectly.

This ‘hearing problem’ emerged in my early twenties, but seemed to subside when I got older. It reemerged a couple of years ago. It can be really annoying, since I can not understand everything – simply because there is so much noise I am not able to filter properly. This also makes me speak loudly. Apparently I can be very loud from time to time; I am guessing as a result of not hearing my own voice in the way I should.

I found this video of BBC Sesh – explaining how autism affects your hearing – on the facebook page of Mysig – a Belgian autistic lifestyle blogger (thanks! @Mysig).

So, how can autism affect your hearing? As you can see in this video, there are so many sounds ‘coming in’ at the same time, it is very hard to hear words distinctively if you are also hearing tons of chatter, traffic, hissing coffee machines, lamps and are unable to filter them out. I have to ask regularly what people are saying to me, because of this.

How about you? Is autism affecting your hearing? In what way?

how can autism affect your hearing

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