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Sound-blocking Devices


Using earplugs or headphones can increase focus and comfort. Reducing sensory input can support greater Attention for all learners and can help learners with sensory sensitivity not become overwhelmed.

Use It in the Classroom

  • When students are overstimulated by sound or have high sensory avoidance, sound-blocking devices can support their Sensory Integration for learning in a classroom. Teachers can teach Self-regulation skills and strategies to students so that, over time, they can implement them independently when necessary.
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    Learn how headphones designed for specific levels of sound blocking can support learners with high sensory sensitivities. This example, Califone earmuffs, has over-ear earcups and a noise reduction rating of 27 decibels, which blocks excess background noise while still allowing learners to hear when someone is speaking to them.

  • Noise reduction headphones or earmuffs lower the overall decibel rate to limit background noise and distractions, which supports increased Attention and focus for learning.
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