Many people with autism choose to wear noise-cancelling headphones. I love wearing mine and they help for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it drowns out a lot of the extra noises that actually cause me pain. When the extra noise like food cooking, other conversations, and chairs moving is removed, I can focus much better. My headphones allow me to focus on the person who is talking to me at a comfortable volume. While they may not look the best, my days are always better when I can have them. There can be a lot of societal and family pressure to keep them off, but I think our society should learn to normalize them.