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Wed Oct 28, 2020, 04:02 AM

14. Matt, I'm what's called a HSP.....

or Highly Sensitive Person, also known as having Sensory Processing Sensitivity. I dealt with this condition all my life but only discovered the condition and science behind it well into my 60s (I'm 72 now) and it is mostly genetic....probably coming from our primitive ancestors that needed to be highly alert at all times.

I would encourage you to read up on this condition, beginning here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_processing_sensitivity

and, if you feel it may apply to you, consider further reading here: https://hsperson.com/

Dr. Elaine Aron's work is what allowed me to discover my problem and start doing things to help. I do have her book and find it highly useful.

Other than certain sounds that annoy the hell out of me (leaf blowers, mechanic's side grinders and certain dog barks for example), two of my symptoms are:

1. Trains and other distant sounds: I live near train tracks and I would often hear trains coming a long time before others in my family. I can still hear the engine and track sounds from many miles away.

2. Anytime there are multiple sources of sound, I am unable to think clearly and my mind becomes irritated and confused. For example, if I'm trying to speak with someone in our living room, the TV cannot be loud or else I cannot concentrate on conversation. Even a loud dog bark outside will cause me to lose focus.

Prior to discovering the HSP condition, I thought my hearing was far more sensitive than most other people. As it turns out, that is not the case. Most people's brains "tune out" low level sounds and they just don't notice them, while my brain hears everything.

Regardless of what your condition is, you are not alone and I encourage you to search until you find your answers. If I can help further, please reply or send me a PM.


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