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Before ds1 was dx'd w/autism, we did a BAER hearing test. He had to be sedated for it b/c he was freaking out any time they tried to put something near him. Hearing came back fine at that point (right before he turned 3)<br><br>
He now just turned 5 and the past month or so, he's been holding one or the other ears. I don't think he has an infection, it's not red and he doesn't appear to be in pain. He seems to be listening to himself- or the echo of his voice.<br><br>
Any ideas what he's doing or why he's doing it. He still freaks out if we're in a medical office, so just doing a screen won't help, we'd have to put him under again. If he's got hearing loss, would doing another BAER catch that- he's non verbal, so he can't tell what he hears or not. I know he does hear some things but don't know how well/clear.<br><br>
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I like to cover my ears to hear myself talk. I also like to listen to music this way sometimes. It sounds a lot different. I have a feeling that's all it is. But if you're concerned, talk to his doc about it.
 

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Yeah, he hums or talks while covering his ear. I think it's just to hear it sound different, but wanted to know if anyone else had any experience with it.
 

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When singing you hold your ear because it helps you hear yourself so you can maintain pitch better. Is it possible that it helps magnify the sounds he is making so that his brain is able to process the signal better? sort of like how some kids do a better job writing with a weighted glove because they get more feedback so they understand where they are in the world.
 

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He has apraxia, so I was thinking that's what he's doing. I'm also wondering if there is anything else I can do to help him accomplish this. I just wish he could tell me what he's thinking/feeling.
 

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I noticed you called for SLPs in your title...I am not an SLP, just a mom who has done some time in SLPs offices. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I just saw the question and my mind immediatly went to singing because I have to work to maintain pitch and that is the trick I learned to help.
 

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i work with kids with autism and it seems to be a common thing to cover their ears.
 

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It's usually only one ear and it's a relatively new thing. He's also getting new language recently.
 
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