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03 Jul 2020, 4:37 pm

I was wondering what other people use. Currently, I only use ear muffs. What do you guys use to help prevent meltdowns and general sensory issues?



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03 Jul 2020, 5:24 pm

Nothing specific and fancy.


All I have for now is a pair of colored tinted prescription glasses...
It's practically my first sensory protective related thing I got.


I've yet to have and test ear muffs.


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03 Jul 2020, 8:01 pm

I can't use noise cancelling headphones because they create an acoustic pressure I find painful. I do use earphones (the in-ear kind) with memory foam tips that help keep outside noise down and help me focus on music, which is very calming to me. When I go to restaurants, I just have to request a seat that's facing away from all TV's. My sensory issues are mostly visual and I can't think if a TV is on.



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04 Jul 2020, 9:26 am

alobaby wrote:
I was wondering what other people use. Currently, I only use ear muffs. What do you guys use to help prevent meltdowns and general sensory issues?


I wear full winter clothing, in season. I'm glad that face masks are in fashion, as they really help in a bitter headwind, but they need modification to avoid fogging my glasses. To sleep, I sometimes use ear plugs, and usually a rag over my eyes.



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04 Jul 2020, 4:25 pm

I have a whole backpack full of supplies I use to head off meltdowns. It includes: noise cancelling headphones, a stretchy therapy exercise band, a bag of chewy sour candy (I mixed sweet tarts, gummy bears and sour straws), a little cat that's filled with kinetic sand, and a willbarger therapy brush.


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04 Jul 2020, 9:08 pm

I'm glad you all have things to help you cope, it's really interesting to hear about everyone's specific sensory needs too! I hope you all take care!!



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05 Jul 2020, 6:01 am

I also have my car fully camperized, so that I can put a lot of distance between me and excess noise. A party yesterday reminded me that I should keep it more ready to go.



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07 Jul 2020, 3:25 pm

StarTrekker wrote:
I have a whole backpack full of supplies I use to head off meltdowns. It includes: noise cancelling headphones, a stretchy therapy exercise band, a bag of chewy sour candy (I mixed sweet tarts, gummy bears and sour straws), a little cat that's filled with kinetic sand, and a willbarger therapy brush.


I never heard of using candy for preventing meltdowns. Thanks for the tip.



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07 Jul 2020, 3:38 pm

My main issue is with noise - volume and multiple conversations going on at the some time. Both disorientate me and make me anxious and agitated. Sometimes I suffer from depersonalisation as a result.

At home I sometimes use noise cancelling headphones but not that often as I don't like the complete or near absence of sound.

The most useful thing I have is a set of silicone earplugs that I carry around in a small aluminium canaster attached to my car / door keys. The cannister also houses a spare ear plug in the lid. The plugs came with three different kinds of valves that are inserted into the middle to fine tune how much noise they dampen. I fitted the set that provides the greatest amount and threw the rest away.

These don't block all sound (well they couldn't just being simple ear plugs) but they deaden things quite a lot. In crowded and noisy surroundings (remember them?) they are pretty good at suppressing other conversations so that I can actually process what the person next to me is saying.

On other days if Im feeling particularly sensitive I may wear them at work or sitting at home when Mrs V has the TV on loud.

They were about 25 pounds from Amazon


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07 Jul 2020, 4:10 pm

Consumer's Report tested many ear protectors, and found that common foam earplugs, when fresh, were equal to the best headphone style cans at 27 db of attenuation.



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17 Jul 2020, 3:11 pm

alobaby wrote:
I was wondering what other people use. Currently, I only use ear muffs. What do you guys use to help prevent meltdowns and general sensory issues?


Ear muffs, noise-canceling headphones, prescription sunglasses, weighted blankets, chewy items, Transitions lenses in my glasses, sensory toys, music, stimming (nature's sensory protective product).



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17 Jul 2020, 3:27 pm

I use disposable soft silicone earplugs a lot. They squash down over the ear opening, instead of going into it- with foam earplugs, I found I was rubbing my ear canals raw and getting a lot of infections. For sunny weather I have a broad-brimmed collapsible hat, as direct sunlight hurts my eyes and I don't deal well with heat either. Could really do with some sunglasses that are just lightly tinted, for use indoors.


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