Monday, 15 October 2007

Sound Bytes!



Some sounds can be soothing, some stimulating and some very annoying for all of us.


Autistic people may cover their ears or become anxious or withdrawn in noisy places.
This sensitivity can cause a person to try to disregard the noise and can make them appear to be deaf, when in fact their hearing is very good. C has his fingers in his ears all the time. It amuses me at to what people must think when im walking down the street with my teenager with his fingers in his ears!!

Some people 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. I think we all do that! C appears deaf but can hear a crisp packet at 50 yards!!

Some have hypercusis i.e. they find specific sounds distressing, disturbing or even painful.
Some sounds are fascinating, and they want to hear it over and over again.
And some seem to be unaware of the noises they make themselves. C makes really loud high pitched screams!



What are your favourite sounds, or sounds that make your teeth on edge?

40 comments:

Elissa said...

Some of my favourite sounds are those of springtime - birds chirping, a slight breeze rustling the leaves on the trees, bees and other insects buzzing.

Wizzard said...

Birds chirping, an open fire crackling, water lapping, and the crunch of footprints in new snow.

Wx

Pipany said...

Casdok I so agree with you about the variations of individual hearing. Both my sons have had hearing problems; one will always suffer from recurrent bouts of deafness. My own hearing fluctuates and both Sam and I find high pitched noises painful. As for the soothing ones - well, for me it will always be the sound of the breeze through leaves on a tree and the never-ending sound of the sea on its journey xx

CAMILLA said...

The birds singing, and rain against the window-pane. The sounds that baby's make. Crackling of logs on the Hearth.

Camilla.xx

Exmoorjane said...

SOunds I love: birdsong, children laughing, Bodran's windchimes in my porch, plainsong, acoustic guitar, wind in trees, the sea rolling back down a beach.
Sounds I hate: snoring (particularly when people have colds and it's all sort of bubbly!), shrill barking, trumpets (not wild on brass alltogether); yelling; bass thumping from cars (so it's inflicted on everyone else)...the squeaky noise when someone is cleaning windows (though it's OK if you do it yourself). Heck, how intolerant I sound!
Casdok, I have caught up on your last few blogs and I am SO so sorry to hear about your dad. jxxxx

Christy said...

One of my favorite authors is Dean Koontz. Usually he write really horrific thriller stories, but he has a few books which aren't that intense. One of them is "Forever Odd" and one of the main characters is autistic. His older brother takes care of him in the book and it's quite endearing though awfully frustrating at times.

Elizabethd said...

Sounds I hate...a squeaking door that needs oiling, anybody shouting in anger, heavy metal 'music'.
Lovely sounds...water rushing over stones, birds singing in the morning, my grandaughter's voice on the phone from Australia.

FunkyMunky said...

I have always hated the sound of someone whispering into a microphone ... really sets my teeth on edge. I don't really like loud noises ... especially sirens. Sounds I love are laughter, the sea, my daughter's voice and the little tinkling sound my computer makes when someone buys a bottle of perfume from us!

Patti said...

Sounds that are nice: Birds singing, a gentle rainfall or waterfall...
And what others have said: a crackling fire.

Sounds that aren't so nice: someone's fingernails on a blackboard; cars honking in traffic.

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

May favourite sound is waves crashing on the beach, with the wind blowing through the palm trees. I used to wake up to that noise when I was a child, bliss.

I hate the sound of balloons popping. Once again, from being a kids playing pop the balloon games at parties.

Suzy said...

I can't fall asleep if it is quiet-I can't have the TV on- but I need to have a fan going by my bed- white noise I guess it's called.

Love
Suzy

Anonymous said...

My son is disturbed by the fire drill at school; because of sudden loud and pitch. But get this, we took him to the haunted woods yesterday and he went on 5 attractions; he covered his ears but loved going through them (loud sudden noises GALORE!). Then when walking to the car mom and dad make a few spooky noises for fun he gets extremely upset. He hasn't flapped at all since (previous two weeks he flapped almost non-stop). It is so difficult to understand what sets him off. High pitched noises get me.

Canvas Grey

BBC said...

I like the sound of falling rain on a tin roof. Or the music from a river or waterfall. I dislike the jerks that race up the street with squealing tires and loud pipes and revved up engines.

BBC said...

Oh, and the sound of good music:

Chantilly lace with a pretty face, and a ponytail hanging down. With a wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk, makes the world go round, round, round. Ain’t nothing like a big eyed girl to make me act all funny, wanna spend my money, make me feel all loose like a long neck goose……….. Oooooooh, baby, you know what I like. :-)

Casdok said...

Im learning!!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Sounds I hate: fingernails across a blackboard, forks scraping across a plate, teen-aged girls screaming loudly, any kind of alarm or siren, children whining because their parents are ignoring them.

Sounds I love: a cat purring, a baby sleeping, a waterfall, soft music, the hiss of a fire in the fireplace on a cold winter's day.

Beth said...

I find the sound of sirens disturbing - even though I know it indicates rescue in some form.

I love the sound of loons on the lake and a gentle rain.

Rhonda said...

Thunderstorm.
I love thunderstorms.

I dislike greatly, the sound the cash registers make at McDonalds or any other retail place. It's just terrible.

Maybe your son has it down right?
I should plug my ears.

Maddy said...

Ear plugs to you matey!
Cheers

Casdok said...

Have tried ear plugs, ear defenders, you name it weve treid it!

buffalodickdy said...

Pleasant- Wind chimes in a light breeze, songbirds, cat purring, dry tree leaves, still on the tree, rattling in the wind.
Unpleasant- honking horns, fire alarms, someone screaming loudly, babies crying and no one picking them up, anything that's too loud (except fireworks!).

DJ Kirkby said...

The sound of people chewing makes me want to scream! Any background noise and I can't ehar anything else. I like the sound of running water, like rain going down the drain or rain on the roof and the soudn of wind bu tnot the sensation of wind and love the sound of cats purring.

Withy Brook said...

So many likes and dislikes have already been listed. But one I have is the sound of certain materials rubbing against each. Don't mind squeeky chalk though.

vic said...

I like quiet! Up at my allotment, its very peaceful and not a lot of traffic goes by.

Odat said...

Whatever sound water makes, I love: waves, waterfalls, fish jumping, skimming stones...rain.

Hate: loud sirens and auto alarms going off; lawn mowers early in the morning; dentist's drills.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I can't listen to high pitched noises, like whistles or certain kids toys, some of these set my epilepsy off. I also can't listen to loud music or loud chanting when in groups of people like at a party or at the theatre.

Amy struggles very much with loud noises. She covers her ears on many occasions at school when they're singing. She can't stand clapping or birthday singing. One of her ultimate hates is babies crying or younger children wingeing. She shouts at them, whoever they are!

Crystal xx

Little Wing said...

I love the soothing sound of water running over rocks.
I hate the sound of really loud motorcycles, and even wear ear plugs when I ride my own!

Chris H said...

Hmmmm.... not given this one much thought before...I like the sound of silence! And waves crashing, water trickling... I hate the sound of people eating the most!

Justin said...

Sounds, I hear sounds,
And it happens every day when
I'm thinking of Your name.
In my heart when I draw near
And incline my ear to hear
Your voice, take me anywhere,
I will be Your servant, for I long
To share these sounds, I hear sounds.

Steph said...

The sound of rain falling and water flowing are so soothing to me.
Screaching brakes and fingernails down a chalk board make me want to scream.

jen said...

i love the sound of a sitar.

TheBirdman33 said...

The sound of the edges of 2 quarters being rubbed together cuts through me and almost leaves me incapacitated. I really really can't stand it.

TheBirdman33 said...

I like the sound of a woman laying next to me saying " I love you"

Haven't heard it in a while...

Helen said...

I love that questions that you put up in your blog. Since I have ADD, I am very sensitive concerning a certain noise level than other people might be.

I hate sitting in a restaurant, trying to have a chat with my friend(s) and being "forced" to hear the talks from the tables around me. Trying to concentrate on that one talk is hard work for me and on some days I find it impossible. And most of the time I end up stressed, frustrated and tired.

Therefore I love silence or at least a situation in which it is easy for me to focus on "that one thing".

But my very favourite sound is rain and/or thunderstorm. I even open the window at night when the rain wakes me up, since I want to be able to hear more of it.

Chopski said...

I love the sound of someones ipod when they have it really loud, mobile phones going off in the cinema, the people at number 13 fighting at 3am and erm did i say love?

Amanda said...

sounds that make me want to scream (and i sometimes do)
1.people biting their forks....scraping it along their teeth instead of pulling the food off with their lips *cringe*
(why dont some people notice this?)
2. chalk on any surface
3. yoko ono sings. (nothing personal)
4. people sharpening knives

Marla Fauchier Baltes said...

I love the sounds of different voices. Not just singing voices. I find a certain voice to thrill me. Voices I don't like can make me totally freak out.

I also love the sound outside after a fresh snowstorm. An empty silence that makes everything in the world seem at peace.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

Lawn mowers on sunny days please me. Lots of people talking at the one time I find stressful. Silence of night with muted traffic background helps me sleep.

craig andrew said...

Hi casdok,

So, last night I had an experience that happens to me every now and again and I hadn't connected it before, but last night I did, so I thought I would share it.

Not rarely, but not frequently, while settling in when I just get to bed, I experience an electric wave going through my brain. It happens enough that I just ignore it, but last night it made me think of your blog, because it is a sound that initiates the wave; a creek or click in my room.

Last night, in particular, I was able to watch the wave go through my brain, radiating out from the ear that heard the creek first like a ripple in a pond. The sensation is like having your foot fall asleep and go all pins and needles and then trying to move it again. It is not pain necessarily, but it is like all the nerves firing at once overwhelming and causing a light shock.

When it happens I simply shrug it off and consider it a reboot, but I could imagine how problematic it would be if every sound caused such a wave, or even one frequency through out the day.

Anyway, just thought I would share... have a good day. C:)

Casdok said...

Thank you Craig, sounds interesting. Have you ever had an EEG?