Auditory hyposensitivity (hypoacusis)

What is Auditory hyposensitivity?
IN BRIEF

Auditory hyposensitivity is when the brain takes longer or needs more information to process input from the sense of hearing, and this can make it difficult to hear and listen. Autistic people have hypersensitivities or hyposensitivities more often, but people without any particular developmental diagnosis can also have these conditions.

What is auditory hypersensitivity?

Auditory hyposensitivity, also known as hypoacusis, is a sensory hearing disorder. It occurs when there is an insufficient response to auditory stimuli, and the brain is unable to correctly interpret the information coming from hearing. This can lead to difficulties in hearing in general, filtering out background noises, grasping certain nuances in sounds such as speech, and localizing sounds.

Caution

It's essential to differentiate between hearing loss and auditory hypo-sensitivity. If in doubt, consult an audiologist.

Symptoms of auditory hypersensitivity

Consequences of auditory hypersensitivity

The consequences of auditory hyposensitivity vary greatly from person to person, depending on age, skills, environment and tools available.

Caution

A person who is hard of hearing needs to be aware of this and act accordingly. They won't be able to rely on their hearing to warn them of certain dangers (alarms, vehicles, or other auditory warnings). They must prepare themselves accordingly.

What to do if auditory hyposensitivity is a problem?

You have to be creative and proactive, identify the problem and find ways of mitigating its effects.

Sensory research

The brain may need to create sensations since it’s not getting enough. Auditory sensory seeking can include tapping on objects, making noises with the mouth, tapping on the ears or any other form of auditory stimulation.

Important

Important In case of distress, or if the solutions put in place don't work, it's imperative to consult someone who specializes in sensory hypo-sensitivities.

Valérie Jessica Laporte

WRITER SPECIALIZING IN AUTISM (FRENCH)