Crowded supermarkets or busy bars. Social gatherings where there’s loud music and lots of conversations all happening at once. Unexpected noises like fireworks, applause, or a balloon suddenly popping.
Whatever your particular auditory triggers, they can be difficult to deal with. Because autistic people process sensory stimuli differently, it can mean that they have heightened reactions to sounds that might not be bothersome for other people.
That can mean that sounds are overwhelming, which can lead to stress, anxiety or meltdowns. And when there’s lots of background noise, it can be difficult to zone in on any particular one – meaning that it can be challenging to concentrate on conversations, studying, or whatever else you need to focus on.
Wearing earplugs for autism can help to reduce the overwhelm by lowering the level and intensity of sounds that reach your eardrums – meaning you can create a more comfortable environment for yourself. When there are fewer sounds competing for your attention, you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed which can, in turn, help to reduce your levels of stress and anxiety.
And when you reduce the amount of background noise, it means your brain doesn’t have to try to figure out which ones are important. Instead, you can focus on the task or activity at hand without being overwhelmed by all the other noises around you.