She had a hearing test and the results indicated she was hearing at 10 times normal volume! A whisper was easy to hear and noises were intolerable. Some high pitched sounds were excruciating. This type of sensory issue is not uncommon among children with autism. How difficult would it be to be actively involved in an inclusive school environment with peers, doing a hands on activity if you needed your hands to cover your ears to muffle intolerably loud sound?
It is possible to have hearing aids made to filter out sound; the reverse of what we normally use hearing aids for. This is certainly a more acceptable way to block loud noise than heavy duty headphones. The latter, worn over long periods or 24/7 can cause ear infections. They also set your child up for kids to make fun of them.
There is no doubt that the hearing aids would be much more expensive………………..but imagine what you would be willing to pay if everyday sounds were 10 times the volume all the time?