Sarah did a great post on shopping sound sensitivity at Meijer. I am very sound sensitive as I was born blind so have had to use my ears to make up for my poorer vision. Plus I’m likely on the spectrum so have sound sensitivity due to that. Here are some tips on how people can improve the lives of people like us:
Produce speakers with directional sound. Right now the technology is in its infancy and I only ever experienced it at a video game demo display at Best Buy but boy was it glorious. You could hear the ad for the game but then if you walked a foot away you couldn’t hear it any more. Imagine if TV sound bars had this technology to point the sound only at the people actually watching. This would particularly help in small houses like I’ve lived in for the past 20 years where the living area is open plan so sound coming from one place fills up the entire floor.
Provide better options for sound proofing windows. Many of us sensitive to sound are bothered by the whine of neighbors’ heating and central air unit. They have heavy curtains and other things but I don’t see a solution that could really block off the sound well.
Make equipment produce gentler trouble tones. This is actually a hard one because the beeps machines make when they alert you come from simple cheap sound hardware and for them to produce gentler tones they would have to upgrade said hardware. It’s like how the default beep tone on the Super Nintendo was gentler than the one on the original Nintendo (because the Super Nintendo had better hardware).