My 18 months son covers his ears

by Savita
(brandon)

My 18 months son covers his ears many times in a day.i had a doubt that he might have ear infection but he's good. and i really don't why he's doing this. Can anybody guide me ?

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Apr 23, 2012
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oversensitive hearing
by: marjory from glasgow

Hi i noticed another marjory on this site this and comment above are both mine.

Apr 22, 2012
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Need your advice
by: Anonymous

Marjory---

What you describe sounds similar to what my 6 year old is going through. He is very intelligent, being tested for the gifted program. But he has great difficulty concentrating. He stops in the middle if writing a word to tell me about a random thought. He is also VERY sensitive to sounds and is terrified of unexpected events and sounds. We just got back from Disney and he was covering ears in every ride. Even winnie the pooh. Can you offer any insight? What are the listening exercises you mention. I was looking into autism but nothing seems to match up with autism.

Thanks

Apr 13, 2012
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I'm 24....
by: Hannah

Yes, I'm Hannah & I'm 24 years old and I've always gotten really irritated with small noises other people claim they can't even hear.... I have trouble concentrating when taking a test ... when reading ... I can't stand it ... it's like nails on a chalk board but yet it's just someone chewing...

I can't be in the same room with someone while they are eating! It's seriously effecting my life ... I've been seeing a psychiatrist for it ... I'm on plenty of anxiety/depression medicine to help with irritability ... He says it may not be fixable my medication ... yet another doctor suggested I might have ADD but my psychiatrist doesn't want to put me on it until my mood "stabilizes"

People do not like to be around me and I can't even watch TV with my family because they drive me up the wall with all their sounds....
HELP!! How do I cope?

Mar 22, 2012
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An Ear Coverer, Myself
by: Nancy

This is a subject near and dear to my heart. One I am all too familiar with. Having been a Day Care Center Owner as well as one who has SPD, I could offer two possible reasons for your son covering his ears. 1)He likes the sound of covering his ears. I have seen many children go through a phase of covering their ears often. One reason is the cool sound it makes when they cover and uncover. It's like the sound of the "ocean" you hear when putting a sea shell up to your ear. I have seen so many kids discover this and do it simply because they like the sound. 2) There are sounds that bother or even overwhelm your son. With SPD, or as in my case, I hear things that no one else hears. I hear people in the same room breathing. I hear every single tick and tock of a clock, I hear the buzz of fluorescent lights, I can actually hear people chewing their food! These and other noises, combined with the expected sounds that everyone else hears, chatter, Television, music in one of the kids rooms, the dog barking outside... it becomes overwhelming and the only escape I can find is to block it all out by covering my ears.

On the other hand, I can be at the house alone and not have many distractions but that darn clock in the kitchen, tick, tock, Tick, Tock, TIck, TOck, TICk, TOCk, TICK, TOCK, until finally, it reaches a screaming TICK!!! TOCK!!! and I have to either cover my ears, leave the room, or toss the darn thing out the window. Does he seem content when covering his ears? Maybe even have an inquisitive look? That could be a positive sign that he is just enjoying the sound of covering his ears. Does he seem agitated, fidgety or frightened when he covers his ears? If so, please do find a competent OT who is familiar with SPD to evaluate your son. Best of luck to you and your son!

Mar 14, 2012
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Thanks
by: savita

Thank you so much . i really appreciate your advice.

Mar 14, 2012
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oversensitive hearing
by: marjory

Hi my 8yr old done the same. Oversensitive hearing,ie hears far too much and louder than you and i. You may find that he will tend to shout at times rather than talk and not realise this. As time went on i got my laptop out and found out about listening programes ie tomatis etc. It is so interesting, we have just completed our second course of 2hr a day listening for 15days. The shouting has subsided, and holding his ears has gone, being scared of sudden loud noise isnt so bad. By the way find out about sensory issues and autistic umberella. good luck

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