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Autism Research and Treatment
Volume 2015, Article ID 369035, 8 pages
Review Article

Neural Mechanisms Involved in Hypersensitive Hearing: Helping Children with ASD Who Are Overly Sensitive to Sounds

1Howard University, Washington, DC, USA
2Advanced Brain Technologies, Ogden, UT, USA

Received 6 September 2015; Revised 14 November 2015; Accepted 1 December 2015

Academic Editor: Roberto Canitano

Copyright © 2015 Jay R. Lucker and Alex Doman. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may find that these children are overly sensitive to sounds. These professionals are often concerned as to why children may have auditory hypersensitivities. This review article discusses the neural mechanisms identified underlying hypersensitive hearing in people. The authors focus on brain research to support the idea of the nonclassical auditory pathways being involved in connecting the auditory system with the emotional system of the brain. The authors also discuss brain mechanisms felt to be involved in auditory hypersensitivity. The authors conclude with a discussion of some treatments for hypersensitive hearing. These treatments include desensitization training and the use of listening therapies such as The Listening Program.