Hyperacusis is a condition that can severely impact one’s life. Hobbies which one day were normal, can become very painful or outright impossible for a hyperacusis patient to take part in. In this article, we will attempt to inspire our fellow sufferers to find a new hobby they can still enjoy.
Most video games do not require any sound to be played. If you are able to tolerate some degree of sound, you can lower the volume of your tv/monitor to a level you can handle. Even with the game on mute, fan noise can still be an issue. Properly cleaning out the dust improves air circulation and thus fan noise. Alternately, in some cases you can have a quieter fan installed on your gaming system.
Solo Board Games and Card Games
Not everyone knows that you can play certain board and card games on your own! The website Board Game Geek provides a list of the most popular solo games: 2022 People’s Choice Top 200 Solo Games
You only need paper and glue to make papercraft designs. Tearing and other parts of the activity will introduce some noise. Just be conscious of your tolerance levels. Wearing hearing protection may help while performing the activity.
Bodyweight exercises are an excellent way of working out without needing use noisy machines or dropping dumbbells.
TV with Captions
Similar to videogames, sound is not necessary to watch TV, as long as you use closed captions.
Reading books, magazines or a newspaper is a fairly quiet hobby. You might want to consider buying an e-reader, since turning pages can hurt, depending on your tolerance. E-readers based on e-ink technology are easier on the eyes, but generally more expensive.
Puzzles, Word Puzzles, Sudoku and Crosswords
Challenge your mind and sharpen your cognitive skills with puzzles, word puzzles, crosswords and Sudoku. These brain-teasing activities offer a silent and engaging way to exercise your problem-solving abilities and keep your mind sharp. You can find a wide variety of puzzles, puzzle books or access online resources that provide endless challenges to tackle
Aquariums and Fish
Aquariums offer a serene and visually captivating experience. Setting up and maintaining an aquarium can be a fulfilling hobby that doesn’t rely on sound. Watching colorful fish swim gracefully in their aquatic world can be both relaxing and mesmerizing. With proper research and care, you can create a thriving underwater ecosystem right in your home. Make sure to get a quiet filter and pump and maintain them. Clogging and worn parts can increase their volume levels.
Why stop at reading? You can write your own novel, fanfiction, or journal.
Creating your own game (e.g. RPGmaker)
If you like video games, perhaps you are interested in making one yourself! You can find programs online that allow you to build them from templates.
Drawing and Painting
Take time to develop your artistic talents (like this hyperacusis patient). Tutorial videos can be found online and you can use captions to follow the lessons.
Knitting is a calming and meditative hobby that can be pursued silently. With a pair of knitting needles and yarn, you can create beautiful and functional pieces such as scarves, hats, or blankets. The repetitive motions of knitting can be soothing and provide a sense of accomplishment as you see your creations come to life.
Walking and Photography
If you are able to go outside, taking silent walks in nature can provide a refreshing escape and an opportunity for introspection. Along with walking, you can explore the art of photography by capturing the beauty of your surroundings through your camera lens. Photography allows you to express your creativity and document your experiences without the need for sound.
Additional Computer-Based Hobbies
The world of computers offers numerous hobbies that can be pursued silently. Coding, for example, allows you to learn programming languages and create software, websites, or apps. It’s a mentally stimulating hobby that offers endless possibilities for creativity and problem-solving. You can find online resources and tutorials to help you get started on your coding journey.
Many hyperacusis sufferers may feel a sense of loss or lack of purpose in life. However, this is an opportunity to explore your passions and embark on a personal project. It could be starting a blog, creating artwork, developing a new skill, or even launching a small business. Having a project to focus on can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, allowing you to channel your energy into something meaningful and enjoyable.
Living with hyperacusis may present challenges when it comes to finding enjoyable and fulfilling hobbies. However, by exploring the diverse range of silent hobbies available, you can discover new avenues for joy, creativity, and personal growth. As illustrated above, there are countless ways to find solace and purpose while embracing the silent side of life. Remember, even in the absence of sound, there is a world of possibilities waiting to be explored.