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The network received this email and it is worthwhile to share it on the message board:

I would like to suggest an article or link to SPD. I think it would help your members better understand that auditory issues are often just part of a spectrum of sensory issues. This could help improve treatment.
I was born very premature in 1948. In most hospitals I would have died, but Ellis Hospital in Schenectady was one of the top hospitals in the country at the time and I survived. Just 68 years later, thanks to Temple Grandin, I finally found out what premature birth and prenatal stress plus my mom’s smoking and alcohol had done to my developing brain. I have sensory processing disorder, worst for sound, but also touch and vision.
Recent brain imaging studies at the University of California, San Francisco have identified the differences in development and brain function that lead to sensory processing disorder (SPD). They can be distinguished from, but may be similar too or occur with ADHD and autism. When the wiring is incorrect or processing is incomplete the sensors (eyes, ears, skin, etc.) send signals that may be correct but the processing is flawed and the brain responses are much too high or much too low. 
I have hypersensitivity to sound, light, touch, smell, and ..... These are revealed in so many things that affect my life. Gaining this insight after 68 years was simply amazing. It explained so many things. In the past, and to some extent, even today, the symptoms are often attributed to “psychological” problems. Taking a simple SPD test I scored 110 while my brother just  23. We grew up in the same house but different worlds.
Sensory processing disorder is relatively common but little understood or appreciated. These sensory processing problems do not go away with age, but many learn, as I did, to cope with them and work around them. I was amazed to discover why I had done many of the things I did in my life and career. One simple example is wearing shorts at all times. This reduces sensory input from touch. Another sign is the seemingly inappropriate irritation caused by cloth labels in clothes or more textured cloth like wool. 
The identification of SPD in a child or adult can help them make better choices about their life and career. Situations and work environments with less stimuli are best for those with hypersensitivity and for those with low arousal a noisy, chaotic, or risky work environment might be best. 
Different groups work on the individual senses, hearing, vision, touch, but they are often all co-occurring to some extent.
David A, Bainbridge
Associate Professor, Retired

"Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow is wood, only today does the fire burn brightly"

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Thanks for posting this. I'm pretty sure I have SPD (but undiagnosed), related to Aspergers Syndrome (diagnosed). My hearing therapist (who has given me a wearable sound generator) is pretty sure this is the reason behind my hyperacusis.
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