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Topics: Autism Development

Ear Defenders.

I put off buying ear defenders for years and years. I aways considered them ‘too autistic’ for me. To embarrassing. I would just endure loudness or use my hands.

A friend, seeing my slightly insane position brought me a set and they are bloody brilliant.

To say ear defenders have changed my ability to interact with the world would be underselling the change.

Here’s 3 examples:

These are just a couple of examples. My ear defenders have helped with the big things and the little things. Even when riding the tube into the office they have left me feeling more relaxed and alert.

A few times I have slept with them on in my favourite chair. A nice little sensory bubble.

While at first I was rather embarrassed with them, as far as i can tell no one gives a damn. I think people assume they are headphones or simply don’t notice.

If your on the autism spectrum, even if it feels a little much I would encourage you to give them a go!

Published: 19 January 2015 | Categories: Permalink


  1. Bill · Jan 20, 11:06 am ·

    Interesting – are you referring to regular hearing protection, like people use for construction or lawn mowing?

  2. Jamie Knight · Feb 18, 07:54 pm ·

    Hiya Bill, the type from a building site. Mine are the second highest rating and cost my friend about £20 i believe.

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