Getting ear defenders: shutting out noise could help open up my world

Better day today. Even coped with the dental assistant who appeared to be able to create excessive noise from even the simplest of tasks. No bin, no drawer escaped being banged as it was closed. But I made it out with a clean bill of health.

I’ve ordered ear defenders as the noise cancelling headphones I have do nothing to shut out the din that is my constant companion when I’m out. They’re OK for their purpose, shutting out extraneous noise when listening to music, but I need proper headphones designed for people with sensory issues. They should arrive tomorrow so a review may be in the offing soon.

We’re off to the Hay Festival at the end of this month so they’ll be a boon around the site. I needed quite a lot of ‘time out’ last year – and the people there were fantastic – but it’s so much better to be able to soak in the whole experience. With the likes of Jo Brand, Sandi Toksvig, Jimmy Carr; historians, philosophers, writers, and so much more to look forward to I do not want to risk meltdown. Oh no.

Being creative is the mainstay of my life, and poetry, prose, and photography is where I express my deepest emotions. I also enjoy the challenge of design and create jewellery, fabric bags, and garments and home items in yarn. Diagnosed with ASD at the age of 68 after fifty years in and out of the mental health system, I now aim to explore and share my experiences over these years. Apart from blogs and short articles I'll share my life in my verse and images.

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