Once upon a time there was a little boy named Tyler. Tyler was a seemingly normal developing child. The only thing his mom noticed was that he had very sensitive hearing. When he was 3 he went to an air show where he coped with the very loud noise by going to sleep to shut it all out.
After that air show Tyler would run for cover anytime he heard an airplane. Since he lived next to a flight line you can imagine the challenge. He also couldn't stand firework shows and would block them out by closing his eyes and burying his face in his mom's shoulder. He wouldn't cover his ears...just his eyes.
When he was 5 his parents decided to skip the big show and instead do some little things at home. They did go to a festival in the afternoon where someone decided to shoot the canon. The family had to leave immediately due to Tyler's anxiety level. That evening his dad pulled out the ear protection for Tyler while the family enjoyed some small, but loud exploding things. Tyler loved it.
Now Tyler is 6. His mom, wanting to beat the public crowds, went to a nearby AFB on the DOD day for the USAF Thunderbird show. This time she went armed with ear protection. The first time Tyler covered his ears due to the noise she brought them out and Tyler immediately put them on.
After a while Tyler was having a great time! When it got really loud he did tend to put his hands up too, but this may have been more of a habit than anything else. He would also take off the headset when the planes were not flying.
At one point he was so involved at watching (with some cool binoculars from our friends) that he didn't even seem to notice the noise! This picture was taken while planes were flying and he was between two speakers that caused the announcer to be jumbled noise instead on intelligible words.
Most people loved the show that day. Tyler's mom was beaming with the progress that her son has made.