Sensory Sensitivity Issues


Sensory Sensitivity issues (which include listening and the other senses as well as a sense of one’s internal equilibrium and one’s body in space – proprioception – belong to a number of disorders including Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

If someone has only listening sensitivity issues they may be diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) depending on who assesses them since several occupations and services could see someone with listening issues, eg, audiologists who tend to diagnose Auditory Processing Disorder, occupational therapists who tend to diagnose Sensory Processing Disorder, and psychologists and psychiatrists who tend to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorder (if other features beyond just listening sensitivity are present such as hyperfocus, repetitive behaviours, communication issues and social development issues.)

If you don’t suffer from sensory sensitivity, you may want to check out a Youtube video on the UK National Autistic Society website (click here) to see what sensory overload is like. WARNING: do not watch the video if you have a condition that can be triggered by flashing lights or repetitive flickers or noises.