Why Does My Child Like to Wear Noise Cancelling Headphones?

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I’ve been asked the question before, “Why does my child prefer to wear noise cancelling headphones?”


Based on my experience within the field of special education, I can tell you that the child likely has a sensitivity to sound, and processing sounds may be difficult for the child to experience at times. Now, in relation to this question, this situation is referring to the child wearing headphones or other hearing protection without any input of sound. For example, a child might be watching television with the sound on the TV and is also wearing headphones to cancel out some of the sound.

If your child tends to have sensitivity to sound, you can always try allowing him or her to use headphones to help cancel out some of that noise.

Trying something like this could have a very positive effect on the child’s stress level and ability to function on other tasks. Give it a try, and be sure to check out my website for other videos on special needs topics, and I also posted a YouTube video discussing this as well.  Do you have a child or student that could benefit from this tip?

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