A high proportion of autistic children suffer from sensory disfunction, particularly hypersensitivity to sounds. Many normal sounds, for instance, from machines and crowded environments, are intolerable to them, causing panic and distress. Hushh is a set of ear muffs designed to calm autistic children when they are overwhelmed by noise, especially in public. When a child panics, press the ear muffs tightly around their ears. Music originating from nature plays automatically, triggered by the infrared ray detector, gradually calming the child. Hushh can also be used as a toy when hanging around the child’s neck when not in use. The smooth, bouncy surface and embossed texture make Hushh fun to touch and play with.

Designed by: Tianhe Zhang of Jiangnan University

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