Noise sensitivity comes in various forms, from anxiety and panic attacks to discomfort and distress – and it often goes hand-in-hand with other conditions like ADHD, autism and misophonia.
And if you suffer from noise sensitivity, it can be tempting to hide away from the world, and all the noises that you find distressing. But this can actually make your noise sensitivity even worse in the long run.
If you actively avoid noises, your brain can find it even harder to interpret and deal with everyday sounds, making them even more distressing and overwhelming – and that can lead to a cycle of heightened sensitivity, social isolation and anxiety.
Noise sensitivity earplugs can help. Rather than avoiding noisy places, you can wear earplugs when you go out instead, to help build up your tolerance and reduce sensory overload.
If you find it overwhelming to socialise when there’s lots of background noise, earplugs for sound sensitivity can take the edge off. That means you can stay fully engaged with your friends, family and colleagues without feeling anxious or exhausted. And if you find it hard to focus when it’s noisy, whether you’re studying in a cafe or working in an open-plan office, earplugs can help by reducing distracting background noise and helping you to get in the zone.
Sound can be stressful at night too. How many times have you been awake in bed, struggling to sleep because there’s a party in the flat downstairs, traffic outside, or your partner’s snoring like a train? Earplugs can help to minimise noise anxiety, help you get to sleep faster, and ensure you have a better quality of sleep by reducing noise disturbances throughout the night.