It Hurts my Ears!

We made it to the aquarium today and had a decently good time! More to come on that soon, but I wanted to share something about our trip there… Lucas has auditory sensitivities, and he has woken up screaming before, “I don’t like that song!!!” (In response to specifically Zach Williams songs lol… if anyone knows contemporary Christian music- see link below). He won’t go to sleep without his Christian music app playing all night, hence the double edged sword. The very thing he needs to sleep wakes him up furiously from time to time when they play the songs that hurt his ears. This has been so consistent, that for a few months, my husband, my other son, and I all knew that if Lucas was screaming in his bedroom at night, it was 99% likely that the song Chain Breaker was playing… then he hated Fear is a Liar by the same artist.

I happen to love these songs, so we have had many a debate when they come on the radio in the car lol… but today… we were on the way to the aquarium and he was asleep in the car seat. In typical fashion, I was singing along to my playlist, unapologetically, loving the song on, enjoying the peace of his nap…lol when Lucas burst awake yelling, “but stop that song! I don’t like that song!” (One he had never disliked before). Ok… I understand his sensitivities, so I lower the volume and stop singing. Then he proceeds to say, “I don’t like that song, but don’t sing; but it’s too loud! But it bothers my ears. It hurts and it is like broken things are ALL OVER the place!!!” Lol… and just like that, ego blown 💣.. I won’t try to become a singer anymore… 🤣 Just kidding… no ego blown, as I know I don’t sing well.

However, I did take what he said seriously. His description sounds horribly aggravating and painful. I am so grateful that he has been able to learn how to verbally express himself better so I can understand what is bothering him! Because he explained it so well, I was able to help him understand that he can cover his ears with his hands until they felt better. He tried it, and, just like that, drifted back off to sleep comfortably. 😴😴 and I kept singing… but more quietly… 🎼😂

In our world of unpredictable sensory overloads, we love when we understand better what is going on that bothers him, so we can know how we can help make it better. We also love it when we are able to dodge a meltdown and find a, mostly, win-win idea! We are a work in progress for sure, but I’m so glad progress is happening.

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2 thoughts on “It Hurts my Ears!”

  1. I love this post. Sensory overload is a real thing. My daughter who has Adhd doesn’t get overloaded per say but she gets overwhelmed super fast. I find successes when she can tell me what she’s feeling so I can do my best to make the adjustments she needs to do what she has to do and be happy.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! Yes, my older son has adhd as well! Sometimes, if we, or they, are able to identify the triggering thing in the environment, we can adjust it easily. But the longer the environment is set up to provoke their responses, it will escalate their responses! Good luck navigating this journey with your daughter! So glad you and she have been able to make this identifications! That is huge for a happier life!


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