How To Treat Noise Sensitivity with Tomatis?
It goes by different names in different contexts: noise sensitivity, reduced tolerance to sound, hyperacusis, and the list goes on. What it boils down to is a barrier to many of the things that most people take for granted – things like being able to concentrate in school, follow a conversation or sleep. If you or your child has presented with any of these, it is worth considering that noise sensitivity is at the heart of the issue.
People with noise sensitivity often complain of normal sounds being too loud and even complain of discomfort or pain. The condition is also often associated with tinnitus (a ringing, whistling, or buzzing in the ears).
Symptoms of Noise Sensitivity
There are far more symptoms that can indicate noise sensitivity. See if any of these are familiar or if your child has complained of one or more:
- Sounds at ordinary decibel levels seem too loud or distorted (the most common example is normal conversation)
- A seeming aversion to one’s own voice that makes the person not even want to speak
- Low-intensity sounds (like a refrigerator’s hum) are unusually irritating
- Sudden or abrupt loud noises cause pain or discomfort
- Exposure to prolonged loud noise increases sensitivity over a long period
- Sounds that are too loud result in a popping sensation in the ears
Impact of Noise Sensitivity
Noise sensitivity can affect schoolwork, make it difficult to function in one’s job, and make activities like driving a car or operating a lawnmower exceedingly difficult. In fact, many people with noise sensitivity have difficulty using everything from power tools to household appliances and, in certain acute cases, they can find themselves housebound for fear of the uncontrolled auditory environment of the outside world. Noise sensitivity can even prevent people from enjoying listening to music or watching movies in theatres.
An inability to correctly process sound by the brain and nervous system results in a person’s sensitivity to sound. Many children including those managing ASD, APD and other developmental issues, clearly exhibit signs alerting those around them that they are sensitive to noise.
The Tomatis Method has helped people worldwide to manage or even overcome some of the most challenging situations, including noise sensitivity.
The Tomatis Method
The Tomatis Method is a holistic, non-invasive technique developed to restore, improve, and optimise neurological, sensory and motor functions regardless of age or condition. You can find out more about how the method works and the range of conditions it is used to treat here.
I have helped people of all ages throughout Australia to manage and even reverse the effects of conditions like noise sensitivity through the proper implementation of the Tomatis Method as developed by Dr Alfred Tomatis. Contact me today to find out how I can help you, your child, or someone you know or love who has demonstrated signs of noise sensitivity. You can reach me on 0437 048 833. I look forward to hearing from you.
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