Living with APD creates challenges for Kai, especially in crowded places like schools & shopping centers. Watch the video above and learn how IQbuds help him cope.
Hi, I’m Kai Green, and I’m 12. I’ve had IQbuds in the past, but these are the new ones.
He’s a fun-loving boy, loves being outdoors, computer games or anything to do with computers, coding, or fixing computers.
I got into the Curtin FIRST Robotics. I just became interested in them because of how they work. Also, it gives me time to stay away from my brothers that are very annoying.
Is there anything you like doing with your brothers?
No, not really.
Kickboxing, yeah. I’ve been doing it for about 10 years, and it’s quite interesting.
He has autism and ADHD. He also has auditory processing disorder, so him actually hearing what’s going on around him with background noise makes it very hard. Going to the shopping centers and school was a very big nightmare for him.
I really couldn’t focus on anything, really. I couldn’t hear my mom from my room to the kitchen. Plus, these things I try and do, I just can’t do it. Like, I just pull back as soon as I’m about to do it.
I was googling around. A friend of ours noted that she had someone that was starting up Nuheara. They had an interview with Kai and said, “Let’s try them out.” We put them in his ears.
The first words I said was, “I can hear,” as soon as I put them in for the first time.
“I can hear.”
His teacher noticed that he was concentrating more.
I could actually listen to the teacher properly, or I was able to focus on one thing, not everything around me.
In the shopping centers, he could block it out completely– “I can’t hear anything,” which is good. All the things that we would normally do, he would actually go to and enjoy it rather than hearing all the background noise and get drained. Once we got the IQbuds MAX, there was a few things that Kai liked about them.
The active noise cancellation has really helped.
He likes blocking me out. Well done.
Or he’ll tell me at the shopping center, “Mom, I’m blocking everything out now, so if you need to get in contact with me, tap me on the shoulder.” OK? Or he’ll put his music into them, and he’ll just play his music the whole time because that keeps him calm as well.
What sort of music does he like?
A lot of techno.
[TECHNO MUSIC PLAYING]
Yeah, I really like them.
It’s just got me through the years that I’ve had them.
Without them I don’t think he would have been able to walk into the shopping centers as well as he can, go to school as well as he can now, and he can be in his own world if he needs to.
It’s just brought my ears a new life.
It’s made life for us, and him, so much better.