Noise cancelling headphones

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Elaine McGreevy


I am interested to learn of any research around the use of noise cancelling headphones and ASD children with hypersensitivity to noise. I understand that prolonged and persistent use can lead to increased noise sensitivity. But is there a case for intermittent use to allow children to escape the relentless exposure to background noises ( if this appears to be having a negative functional impact) ? I'm thinking about the possibility of using them for a period of quiet working in a classroom, or for walking along corridors at busy transition time in school, or for entering a noisy dining hall at school or for travel on planes. I would appreciate any advice and particularly what is current best practice. 

Edited on February 23, 2017 - 9:10am

Nathalie Dick

July 08, 2014 - 4:23pm

Hi Elaine

I am not aware of any specific research on pros and cons of using noise cancelling headphones for children with ASD.  However, this article on sensory distortions by Phoebe Caldwell has a section on the use of headphones which you may find useful.  

Best wishes


Network Autism Team


July 08, 2014 - 9:27pm

Thank you so much. Extremely helpful. I knew Phoebe had recently presented on their use so this is great to have this. 

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