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Hearing / Sound Perception

Some people on the autism spectrum are reported to have hearing problems of various kinds but very few autistic people are hard of hearing or deaf.

Some people on the autism spectrum

  • have selective hearing i.e. they do not appear to notice certain sounds, including some very loud noises, but they do notice and react to other sounds
  • find specific sounds distressing, disturbing or even painful e.g. a dog barking
  • find some sounds fascinating e.g. the sound of a bell. seem to be unaware of the noises they make themselves

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