One in 65 children (1.5%) in Ireland has a diagnosis of autism according to a report issued in year 2017 by the National Council for Special Education. We conducted an online survey during October / November of year 2017 where we investigated the prevalence of sound sensitivity. 700 responded to the survey. The major findings were

  • 90% suffer from sound sensitivity
  • 65% engage in unsafe bahaviour to get away from the offending sound
  • 50% of parents of children having sound sensitivity report they avoid activities or family gatherings where their child might react negatively to sounds