Noise Sensitivity



 NOISE SENSITIVITY : it has to be one of your worst nightmares, with no physiological explanation, little understanding, immense difficulty with interaction on every level and no easy solutions other than to withdraw from contact.

It is, by far, one of the most difficult challenges we face as a couple.
It is heartbreakingly hard to recognise how catastrophic the slightest unexpected sound or movement can be: how, in an awful instant, the person you love and care for can be plunged into a tormented, screaming, agonising chasm, that can last for hours, days, years even.
The torment is indescribable. People may experience it to different degrees. Some can use ear defenders or ear plugs to partially protect themselves. Others may simply not be able to tolerate the pain and pressure of using them.
Massive sensitivity is required. Even the sound of your breath can be too loud, your sudden cough annihilating. Just your walking into the room can torment and cause unimaginable suffering, or even the unconscious action of scratching your head, or clicking your finger nails at the wrong, or any, moment. Your clothes may be too noisy, depending on the material.
It really matters that you are very careful in all you do, especially when it comes to being with someone who is severely ill, with complex hypersensitivities.
(Adapated from More Notes For Carers https://stonebird.co.uk/morenotes/index.html)

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