View Full Version : Sensory overload and ear plugs


Fly Away
04-22-05, 08:27 PM
I ordered the ear plugs that someone suggested in another thread. I have had major problems with filtering out sounds. I get on overload and then get wound up something awful. This was really interferring with my kids since I have 3 childrena dn my house is not exactly quiet.

I let the kids have friends over and we were making pizzas. The kitchen was a zoo. The noise level was increasing and I began to feel my usual sensory overload until I remembered my new ear plugs. I put them in and almost instantly I relaxed. The ear plugs filter out enough sound that the background sounds are pretty muffled but you can hear conversations fine. Even now as I type I have 4 boys wrestling in the same room as I am. A minute or so ago I was reading the paper while 3 girls were horsing around in the next room.

Its amazing how this has worked. Usually the noise will set me off and then I become overly sensitive to everything. For some reason stopping the noise short circuits this cycle and I stay relaxed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you whoever recommended these ear plugs- best 12.00 I ever spent!

Dreeza
04-22-05, 08:30 PM
were those the etymotic ones!??

i started that thread :)

i still havent actually ordered mine (im in no rush cause classes are over)

Glad to hear they are working...do you think they would work well in for a class lecture?

-Andrea

Fly Away
04-22-05, 10:28 PM
Yes, those are the ones. I think they would work fine in a class lecture. I find what they advertised to be true. I can hear normal conversation just fine- it sounds just a little like you're underwater but its not too bad- better than the loud noise if you're senstive to it. As I sat down to the computer my kids have the tv on in the same room. I can just barely hear it but if someone talks to me I can hear and respond. I can just faintly (have to strain) to hear my dogs barking in the garage. Normally they would be driving me nuts if they went on for more than just a couple barks.

I think they are worth a try for 12.00. Even if they don't work in the lecture (which I think they would though) they would really come in handy at sporting events. I am even going to try them at Walmart- if I eer get brave enough to go back there after the disaster i experienced the last time I was there. I HATE to shop because it puts me on sensory overload. I don't think of it being so noisy in stores but I think when I have to try to read labels or look for something specific the noise level really bothers me because I can't read or think straight in any kind of noise.

Thank you again for posting your thread. I am happily sitting here relaxed with 9 people in the house, all with their accompying noise - tvs, wrestling, giggling, screaming- well I think you got the idea :)

gadeacy
02-01-11, 04:02 PM
i am looking to buy the ear plugs you have mentioned, but need more information please. My graddaughter is having a very hard time in kindergarten and I am hoping to help her.

Thanks for any information you can provide about the ear plugs.

fracturedstory
02-01-11, 07:28 PM
$12? Damn mine were $90. Well mine are more ear phones with a sort of surround sound. I prefer to drown out noises by music.
I'd still get overloaded by the amount of mess the kids were making.

hypergirl96
02-01-11, 07:36 PM
those would be great durig tests. i might get some and ask my teacher if i can use them.

anonymouslyadd
02-01-11, 08:06 PM
Can you see these ear plugs?

hypergirl96
02-01-11, 08:28 PM
Can you see these ear plugs?

http://www.amazon.com/ETYMOTIC-RESEARCH-ER20BP-Fidelity-Plugs/dp/B000CC1RPS

OrchidVN
02-02-11, 03:32 AM
Interesting that this, too, is associated with ADHD. I go crazy trying to block out noises. Now I usually listen to white noise and wear earplugs when trying to concentrate. Question: will this get better on medication? It's one of my worst symptoms.

Bezuidenthustra
02-02-11, 04:08 AM
$12? Damn mine were $90. Well mine are more ear phones with a sort of surround sound. I prefer to drown out noises by music.
I'd still get overloaded by the amount of mess the kids were making.

You can buy Etymotic ear plugs without having to buy earphones.

Which earphones did you get? Mine completely cancel outside sound even at low volume, but I paid a pretty penny for them. I'm a bit of a headphone snob. hahaha

fracturedstory
02-02-11, 07:19 PM
You can buy Etymotic ear plugs without having to buy earphones.

Which earphones did you get? Mine completely cancel outside sound even at low volume, but I paid a pretty penny for them. I'm a bit of a headphone snob. hahaha

Oh me too. If it's under $50 I don't want them. They're a specific brand, Skull Candy and they are noise cancelling and the ear bud goes right into the ear. I prefer to have music to listen to.
Anyway the ear buds look pretty much the same.


Interesting that this, too, is associated with ADHD. I go crazy trying to block out noises. Now I usually listen to white noise and wear earplugs when trying to concentrate. Question: will this get better on medication? It's one of my worst symptoms.
It's not just an ADHD thing but most people with brain disorders aren't able to filter out sound.
When I started meds my sensory issues decreased but then that stopped as I went on higher doses. I'm back on a lose dose and haven't noticed a change yet.
I think SSRI's actually made mys sensory issues worse.

Bezuidenthustra
02-02-11, 07:55 PM
Oh me too. If it's under $50 I don't want them. They're a specific brand, Skull Candy and they are noise cancelling and the ear bud goes right into the ear. I prefer to have music to listen to.
Anyway the ear buds look pretty much the same.


My experience with Skull Candy was that they didn't seal well, but that could've just been my wonky ears.

tipoo
02-03-11, 12:24 AM
My experience with Skull Candy was that they didn't seal well, but that could've just been my wonky ears.


Skullcandy is for hipsters who care more about the looks of headphones than the sound. And they will NEVER get back to you on a warranty claim :rolleyes:

I have a pair of Klipsh Image S4 headphones, they are very good at passive sound cancellation and the sound quality is great. A few reviews say that despite being under 80, they are hard to beat until you get to 200+ dollar headphones.

Bezuidenthustra
02-03-11, 01:33 PM
Skullcandy is for hipsters who care more about the looks of headphones than the sound. And they will NEVER get back to you on a warranty claim :rolleyes:

I have a pair of Klipsh Image S4 headphones, they are very good at passive sound cancellation and the sound quality is great. A few reviews say that despite being under 80, they are hard to beat until you get to 200+ dollar headphones.

Hey, I was just looking for some cheap workout earphones. Take 'er easy. I'm not exactly a fan of Skull Candy, but beggars can't be choosers. hahaha

I have Shure 420SE in-ears which are amazingly accurate and still have warmth (although I'd prefer a touch more bass, but if contemporary mp3-player manufacturers would start including graphic equalizer applications, this wouldn't be an issue). Of course, they're also expensive.

I like Klipsch. If they had a good pair of in-ears at under $60 I'd jump at it, but I haven't found any in a store near me. I still need a new workout pair.

Lunacie
02-03-11, 02:32 PM
http://www.amazon.com/ETYMOTIC-RESEARCH-ER20BP-Fidelity-Plugs/dp/B000CC1RPS

In reading the reviews, I seem them mentioning that they can be uncomfortable and that they come in at least a couple of different sizes. My question is: how would a person know before ordering what size would work best?

fracturedstory
02-03-11, 07:09 PM
Skullcandy is for hipsters who care more about the looks of headphones than the sound. And they will NEVER get back to you on a warranty claim :rolleyes:

I have a pair of Klipsh Image S4 headphones, they are very good at passive sound cancellation and the sound quality is great. A few reviews say that despite being under 80, they are hard to beat until you get to 200+ dollar headphones.
Hipster? Riiight.
I think they've got great sound and because I'm prone to breaking them all the time before the warranty expires I've got about two pairs back for free.

I'm no hipster. I just like that I can buy my headphones from the same shop. And I can block out the world while listening to my ipod. OMG I have an ipod?!! I must be a hipster!

tipoo
02-03-11, 07:11 PM
Hipster? Riiight.
I think they've got great sound and because I'm prone to breaking them all the time before the warranty expires I've got about two pairs back for free.

I'm no hipster. I just like that I can buy my headphones from the same shop. And I can block out the world while listening to my ipod. OMG I have an ipod?!! I must be a hipster!



Yikes, I didn't mean to be insulting or anything...I just find they are more about bling bling than quality sound. To be fair on the lower end models they are fairly competitive sound quality-wise, but the further up you go the more they fall away from the competition.

Bezuidenthustra
02-03-11, 07:46 PM
Yikes, I didn't mean to be insulting or anything...I just find they are more about bling bling than quality sound. To be fair on the lower end models they are fairly competitive sound quality-wise, but the further up you go the more they fall away from the competition.

This is correct. It's a sound-snob thing. I'm a sound-snob, and there's a huge difference between the more expensive models of Skull Candy and their competitors. Not so much at the lower end, though - the value for money is there, but I'd still prefer something better, as can be deduced from the fact that I have not yet bought my new exercise pair.

Vinda-lou
02-23-11, 09:46 AM
I've been very noise sensitive my whole life. I'm interested in getting earplugs, but am looking for something very discrete - so no one knows I'm wearing them unless they look closely. Any suggestions?

ralenth
04-25-11, 03:24 PM
My son has sound sensitivity, and I've been looking for ear plugs for him. He won't wear the ones you can find in a drug store because they are uncomfortable, and you can tell he's got them in. Does anyone know how comfortable these are? And can other people really see them?

wsmac
04-28-11, 06:24 PM
You can find similar earplugs to the Ety's in some music stores. One brand called "Hearos" worked for me when I had a drumkit in my house.

I went to an audiologist and got custom fitted earplugs that had silicone ring glued to them into which the standard Apple iPod earbuds fit. They worked well on their own for general noise reduction as well.
Unfortunately I lost them... cost me around $120, so I'll wait to replace them.

I was at a gunshow years ago in Arizona and got fitted for custom earplugs that were solid... no music anything... and they fit extremely well and work really good too.