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For many children, loud noises are a real problem - sirens, fireworks, hand driers, vacuum cleaners, train engines make them cry or they say it hurts their ears. But, a fear of loud noises is perfectly normal in little children and even if it seems unreasonable to be scared of something we know is harmless, we need to deal with any fears as gently as possible so so not to make it worse.
New born babies show a reflex to a sudden noise, so fear of noise is an innate characteristic. As humans, we are "programmed" to be wary of anything loud and threatening so it is normal to have a fear.
Part of the reason children fear loud noise is that is that they simply don't understand what the noise is and they feel scared of that unknown. It also shocks them if it comes out of the blue so that startles them too.
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