active noise cancellation headphones

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Do you wear auditory aids? Either to increase or decrease sound?

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Noise cancellation makes a big difference to Sensory Overload

As many other Autistic people well know, sensory overload can be a truly horrible thing to experience. I know from my own experience it can rapidly change my mood and the overall outcome of my day. I have found that the fear of experiencing sensory overload can impact my day from very early on, for example if I can see we will have nice weather I tend to not want to venture out due to the chance of large crowds.

This has somewhat changed for me this week though, I made the purchase of Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones, these have active noise cancellation. I tend to try and do my food shopping early in the morning or late in the evening so that supermarkets, for the most part, are quiet. I find large crowds and a lot of noise cause me discomfort and disorientation. The noise cancelling on these headphones have been a godsend. Although they don’t completely eradicate the noise, it does take it down to a very low murmur. It has allowed me to feel free to do shopping even at fairly busy times, although crowds do still remain an issue.

I do like to be out and about, I hate being stuck at home for long periods. Earlier this week, with my headphones on, I managed to go out to a local shopping mall and have a coffee. I was able to sit and enjoy it rather than rushing because I almost felt like I was in a bubble. This was an amazing experience, although it seems like nothing it meant a lot to me to be able to experience this.

I can not recommend these headphones enough, they are certainly not cheap but they do make a massive difference to my day-to-day life.

anonymous asked:

For the noise cancelling: Active noisecancelling headphones and ear defenders are super different, its like comparing a AAA battery with a generator. All in ear headphones are noise cancelling HOWEVER they aren't "active noise cancelling". This means that they block noise from entering the ear because the earphone is in the ear (kind of like putting you finger in your ear). ANC (active noise cancelling) however has external mics to record and counteract noise that the mics pic up (1)

(2) So all headphones are noise cancelling but all headphones are NOT ANC. Ear defenders muffle the noise from reaching your ears (similar to blocking your ears with your hands). ANC headphones ARE NOT the same as ear defenders as they use sound to counteract sound rather than physically blocking it. ANC headphones typically only work well when you are listening to music. If you have small earphones you can wear them under some ear defenders, if you want.

Thank you so much for this great explanation, anon. I really appreciate your having taken the time to give a clear description of the difference between the two!

- Mod K.A.

I kinda want to go to pride this year. But I’m autistic so noise and crowds are hard for me. 

I have active noise canceling headphones I could being but idk if that will be enough. Plus what if people judge me for wearing them? 

The group I was thinking about going with is going to be actually in the parade and I don’t think I’m ready for that, so I guess I’m not going with them… 

any advice?