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  1. So, I've been on the search for ear protectors because I struggle with auditory sensitivity. (whilst I'm sure loads of you, being on the autistic spectrum know of this, but I'm aware that everyone is different and not everybody will have this issue, thus some might not know - pretty much its the heightened sense of sound, everyday sounds bother you, for me, its loud/sudden/repetitive/close noise) Anyway, I've been looking for a long while, i want some that are pretty (because i'm fussy and sentimental) and i saw a news report with a thumbnail image (it was about protecting children's ears at noisy events) you can right click on the image and 'search google for this image' to see it, if youre interested - but, see, this is what i did to try and find the brand in the photo, because they look like they have a nice pretty range of styles. Here's the photo (the ones that the back, in packaging) it looks to me like the brand is 'safe and sound'? I cant find it, though. Maybe I'm not looking properly, i've never been great at research.. if anyone recognises the brand, please let me know! Or any other nice sound muting earmuffs! i know their quality is more important than their aesthetics, i'm not silly, so please be nice.
  2. Hello! So, i thought, for my first post on here, that I'd start a thread that's pretty light. I didn't want to dive in straight away with more detailed, serious struggles. Anyway, I have always been very sensitive to sound - I can deal with loud sound, sudden sound, repetitive sound, certain pitches ect, i can't even have someone whisper around me without hyperventilating. However, I know that there are resources for other people with the same issues. At 17, I've only just been diagnosed, after a 9 year struggle to get someone to listen. I'm looking for some sound cancelling headphones/earmuffs; not whitenoise ones or with cables or anything - I dont want to plug them in, I just want to be able to block sound out when I'm near busy roads and wherever else. But here's the other part - I want some cute ones...I'm really fussy and sentimental (I have no idea if this is due to the aspergers) and although I'm aware that the functions are so much more important that the aesthetics, I was wondering if theres any pretty/girly ones out there? I've seen pink ones, and I've seen some animal ones (but they look funny, i want like a cute bear or something??) I've been looking to see if theres such thing as Rilakkuma themed ones, or something like that? I like Japan and Lolita ect.. So yeah, I hope nobody thinks this is silly - I'm sure that (and hoping) everyone is nice! As I said, I just wanted to start off with something a bit less daunting!