I was hanging out with my Asperger and high functioning autism friends at a restaurant after seeing a super hero movie. Somehow the subject went to dog whistles. No one believed My ears were hyper sensitive to sound to the point of hearing dog whistles, so I used a dog whistle app for my iPhone to show them what I was talking about. The non asperger parents were able to hear the 12000 hz and 16000 hz dog whistles, probably not like we did, but they heard them. I then switched to a dog whistle that companies claim only dogs can hear. Yeah, that is a lie. Everyone with aspergers or high functioning autism was yelling “that hurts!!” “omg!!” “turn it off”. I quickly turned it off, because it hurts me too. The parents who are neurotypical looked at us like we were being weirder than usual, because they couldn’t hear the whistle, or more like feel the vibration of the whistle in their ears. What does this prove? Those with Aspergers and high functioning autism have a much more sensitive sense of hearing then the average neurotypical person. This was about 20 autistic people and we all heard the sound and were in pain. I will run out of a room in pain if my dad turns on a show from the 40s where they use high frequencies to emulate something scary, because of the severe pain the high pitched sound causes me.
Sound can mess me up for hours. My friends were really surprised by the dog whistle. We then began debating if the use of dog whistles on dogs is humane. It is more humane then a shock collar, but beyond that, no it is not!! Actually, I recently went on a walk with a neighbor and he used a 16000 hz dog whistle. The dog obeyed, I started yelling and covering my ears. I mentioned the silent dog whistles and how I am on the ground in pain with those, my neighbor replied “good thing I didn’t bring that one today!”
We are highly sensitive to sound, something parents complain about, not in normal earshot, but plenty loud for aspie earshot. You can be 2000 feet away and hear what’s being said just like if you were standing right there. You can hear people say things under their breath when you are in another room. They are usually highly surprised when you reply to what they say since they barely made any noise at all, unless they’re used to your level of hearing.
Just the sound of something banging behind you can totally throw you for a loop. You can hear your neighbors quite clearly, and when they’re yelling for their kid over and over and you both have the same name…. It can lead to what people find as highly hillarious outcomes. My neighbor was yelling for his kid who has the same name as me. My neighbor was inside his house somewhere, but I kept hearing him saying my name. I was in my house, but got so fed up I bellowed “whaaat??!?!?? To him yelling for his kid. Everyone in both houses cracked up histerically; except for me not understanding what was so funny. My neighbors know I am.. Different. They don’t know me super super well, but well enough to know that I can hear them crystal clear & I am not trying too eaves drop!!
Has anything liked this happened to you?
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