Sound Sensitivities and Calmer®: Zarak James
Thanks for your time Zarak :)
I am 32 and work in Banking, and I live in Milton Keynes with my wife and two daughters. The things I enjoy doing are reading and collecting anything comic-book-related, specifically Batman. I like to spend my time outdoors, hiking and kayaking.
I am also a Councillor for West Bletchley Council, where I aim to help the vulnerable in my local community and act as the voice of their constituents, raising any concerns to the Council. I love helping my community and the underprivileged within.
I started to feel Sound sensitivity impacts, also known as hyperacusis, in public spaces, events and school, and later within work and social settings. This became apparent as I was consistently distracted at school, which led me to get a referral for an autism diagnosis at age 11. The school and Council then supported developing coping mechanisms and methods to keep me focused, as they could see a lot of potential talent.
Noises of a particular pitch or volume cause me distress, making it hard for me to concentrate on tasks or mingle. If I’m in a group or surrounded by conflicting sounds, I struggle to process everything and can feel swamped.
How has Calmer helped you?
Before wearing them, I would feel anxiety before crucial work meetings; however, after wearing them for two weeks before critical meetings, I feel less anxious and more confident in myself; the sound felt more manageable. One of the most significant autistic traits was that my mood started to improve, and I felt myself becoming more social and enjoying being around others and being able to bare harsh sounds! Further, I have become even more productive due to my ability to manage the adverse impacts of sound.
Zarak also has his own blog post about his time with Calmer here: Sound Sensitivity and Autism...A solution I needed.
You can also follow Zarak here 👉 @ZarakJames
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