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Noise Sensitivity: When The World Is Too Loud

December 27, 2013 Paulissa Kipp

Noise sensitivity can be a mental health trigger, but there are things you can do to lessen noise sensitivity (hyperacusis). Get tips here.
Noise sensitivity can be likened to nails on a blackboard. The constant buzz and whir of music, technology, the buzzing of Facebook notifications, ringing phones and loud conversations can be overwhelming. This sensitivity to noise is known as hyperacusis, a condition that arises from a problem in the way the brain processes noise.

 

When a sufferer comes to dread social settings due to the noise, it can become a mental health trigger. Sufferers may feel trapped with no escape, want some place quiet or feel disoriented, as though he or she can hear every noise or conversation in a room. The effect is similar to being in an echo chamber.

Causes of Noise Sensitivity

Hearing loss does not necessarily reduce sensory overload. The way in which the brain processes the sound does not mean that a person with hyperacusis, or sensitivity to sound in general, has better hearing. It's just that he or she is more sensitive to certain sounds: paper rustling, conversations, heating and air system sounds, etc.

Some causes of sensory overload include:

  • brain injury
  • airbag deployment
  • epilepsy
  • ear damage
  • TMJ
  • Neurological conditions such as migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and posttraumatic stress disorder can also be associated with increased sensitivity to noise.

Tips to Reduce Noise Sensitivity

  • Incorporate some white noise into your surroundings - run a fan, invest in a white noise machine, open a window or install a white noise app on your cell phone.
  • Wear noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds.
  • Try positioning yourself in another area of the room.
  • If you are wearing a hoodie, putting the hood up can lessen the stimulation.
  • Using a tactile tool, such as rubbing a smooth stone can provide enough of a distraction to facilitate calming (Using Objects to Reduce Anxiety).
  • Use post-it notes to cover sensors on auto-flushing toilets or automatic hand driers.
  • Visiting during non-peak times and seeking seating on the perimeter can help to reduce exposure to noise.

What do you do when the world becomes too loud? We'd love to hear what has worked for you.

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APA Reference
Kipp, P. (2013, December 27). Noise Sensitivity: When The World Is Too Loud, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, June 5 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2013/12/when-the-world-is-too-loud-noise-sensitivity



Author: Paulissa Kipp

Grace
July, 8 2016 at 12:57 am

35 this year. So maybe im not nuts! Maybe im just sensitive to noise? I've never been able to tolerate loud noise. It makes me physically aick these days. Too much. Ill have to get some war plugs, might get test too check if its real or imagined.. either way is real to me

Withheld for privacy purposes
July, 3 2016 at 2:07 pm

As a highly sensitive person (HSP), I’ve learned to protect myself against loud noises.
Ear plugs are a necessity, to date, I have four pair. Thankfully, the earplugs comes in a case that you can attach to your keyring!
Before I leave the house, they’re in place and the world is a less noisy place.
In my apartment, Marpac noise machine to the rescue, it’s worth the money as I use it every night to keep noises at bay.
The phrase, “there’s an app for that” yes, there are white noise apps, for Android and Mac devices alike.
Simply put, if you’re like me, it’s up to you the individual to take the necessary actions to prevent noise from getting to you. If you leave it up to the noise makers, you’re ultimately giving them control over what is disturbing you.
Take the necessary actions to keep your life quiet and calm--it’s up to you.
My two cents

Michelle
June, 28 2016 at 3:28 am

The loud noises that really wind me up mostly relate to motor vehicles: loud car/motorbike engines, sirens, car horns, lorries with heavy trailers going over bumps in the road too fast, lorry drivers unloading their loads too carelessly (thumping down heavy metal beer kegs on the ground etc.) However, I am also bothered by people talking too loudly or shouting completely unnecessarily. I think what bothers me the most is that all of these noises (with the exception of sirens) are made deliberately, selfishly and needlessly: the angry motorist who honks their horn in annoyance, the car driver or motorcyclist who deliberately rev their engine in impatience or because they want to show off their horsepower, the lorry driver in too much of a hurry, the people with no social skills who think that shouting at each other or shrieking with laughter in a public place is perfectly acceptable. I've lost count of the number of times I've jumped out of my skin while walking along, my shoulders have suddenly tensed and my hand has flown involuntarily to my ear while my anger and anxiety levels have gone through the roof. I know that the world is not going to quieten down any time soon and that I'm going to have to be the one to adapt myself to it, but it doesn't stop me wishing. My dream is that some day the stress - or knowledge of this - that people like me experience from sudden loud noises will become much more widespread, to the point that there will be severe consequences for people who deliberately breach certain noise levels and better still that excess noise will become as taboo and frowned upon as, say, urinating in public. Well, maybe not that exactly but you know what I mean.

Chalien
June, 28 2016 at 2:49 am

I searched "why does every little noise bother me", because, I can hear a tap dripping somewhere, a cough, a tapping of a pen on a desk, the click of computer mouse the typing of my own hands on the keyboard, it is loud. I am frantic. I hear a bird chirp and it is about my only escape - someone clearing their throat again. The notification light on my cell phone, the electronic clock of the stove, the Wi-Fi light is on again. The dog shuffles and sniffles just beneath my bedroom window. The squeaking of a shoe on a wooden floor. Keys. Aircon. Talking. Wind. Cat wants food. I can hear the voices from the headphones he is wearing. Cabinet opening and closing. The telephones are a bit more quiet today. The revving of an engine. I can hear my own headache and the croaking of my voice and I am close to loosing my head. A door opening and closing. footsteps. breathing. Kettle boiling. I want to escape for a bit to a silent hill with a big shadow tree and a sunny day.

Zulay Ruby
June, 24 2016 at 3:45 pm

Thank goodness!
I thought I was alone. Everything started at work with some of my co-workers, they don't talk, they just shout. They know about my sensitive ears but they don't care and sometimes they are louder on purpose. I'm even thinking on resigning because I can't handle it anymore, it's affecting my way of living and seems like no-one understands. I went to my GP and she sent me for a hearing test, the Ear Technician told me that my hearing is exceptional which does not help and I'm thinking of going back to the GP. I can't even use the vacuum cleaner because I feel nauseas. I even thought that I'm starting with some kind of paranoid, some type of dementia or even a brain tumour. Thanks to all of you for your stories, gave me hope.

jac podevin
June, 22 2016 at 1:59 am

I think it has been a recent thing for me I ma 68 years old now and this past year have had an increased sensitivity to noise - I have D.I.D so it is possible that one of my alters has the sensitivity because i am unaware until it becomes unbearable and then I just have to run away. Sometimes I am shouting myself, a great long NOOOOOO! I came to look at sites to see what I can do but I am already doing most of these things the stone stroking sounds good tip I didnt know about .Thanks.

Velma
June, 21 2016 at 7:00 am

I totally agree with EVERYTHING Leslie Rothwell has written! I also live in the UK & most days I feel totally overwhelmed by general noise.....can't get away from it. People don't spare a thought for anyone else lately. I'm so glad I found this article....I no longer feel alone lol

Leslie Rothwell
June, 18 2016 at 4:32 am

Im really glad im not alone on this, i feel like im going mad with the amount of noise everyone and everything makes these days! if its not people shouting its noisy garden tools with motors or loud music or builders hammering etc.... etc... etc....!!!!! i literally feel like im going to lose control and attack someone as the rage i feel is so intense.... no one seems to have a shred of common decency or consideration any more, i feel like i'm from another planet! Everyone is just ME! ME! ME! i am actually an audio engineer and i know my hearing if very finely tuned but things are waaay out of control with noise levels these days, and no one is doing anything about it, in fact its getting worse and worse....the laws regarding noise are practically a joke! in simple terms you have to be driven insane with noise for at least 12 months and keep a record of it before the "supposed" authorities will even begin to take note of your problem, if you kidnapped someone and subjected them to noise torture for even a week you would be arrested and charged so i fail to see the difference if your life is being made a misery due to someone else's noise??? and yet that can go on for years! I live in the UK and its unbearable here now as this tiny little island is bursting at the seams... I am so fed up with things i am moving to a different country soon that has a much smaller population, i know im not alone on this as some of my friends and family feel the same, something needs to be done about this modern epidemic of noise pollution and unless people take a stand its only going to get worse, i have suffered with this for about 20 years now and most people just "Dont Get It" they look at you like your from Mars when you try to even bring the subject up so i dont bother anymore! all i can say that ignorance and prejudice are very much alive and well.... i wish i could get people to understand what its like to be affected by this but most seem to have a part of their brain missing when it comes to this subject! i live my life actually considering others which seems to be as extinct as the Dodo now, i would be horrified to think my actions were causing others great misery but many seem to think this is a joke and have no reverence for others feelings... a lot of articles about this subject offer help for sufferers which is a good thing of course but what NONE of them address is the fact we are all subjected to too much noise these days and that peoples attitudes need to completely change when it comes to considering other around them, this is the root of many of these problems not the fact that some of us are more sensitive than others, however we all know which solution is much easier to instigate don't we!

orianna
June, 17 2016 at 8:40 am

when I hear a loud noise, like something heavy hitting the ground, I can feel it in the back of my neck and it sends a shockwave of sorts up into my brain and I freeze and panic. anyone know what I can do?

susanne
June, 16 2016 at 2:55 am

I understand the noise sensitivity. Mine started when a building site 1 metre from my house with workers turning up at 5.30a.m in the morning for 15 months hence now a sensitivity to noise. I moved twice but it appears that noise like motor bikes/ hotted up cars/ planes/ door banging triggers me off to the extent my blood pressure rises and an anxiety. I just want to be in the bush for peace and quiet now. I'm trying meditating and ear plugs an.d am going to talk to my doctor as I feel it has to be bought under control for me to have a better quality of life

David Venters
June, 13 2016 at 6:08 am

I have dyspraxia and thus a lower tolerance to sound and hate everyone talking loudly on there phones on the bus

Lorna
June, 2 2016 at 5:08 pm

just read other comments, amazed that i'm not alone. unless you experience the actual feelings of going mad, or literal panic people think you're just over acting. I would love to sleep in a padded cell, silence!! also, on top of the noise making you mad, it's also the fact that people can be so selfish and thoughtless that gets me psychotic as well

Lorna
June, 2 2016 at 4:58 pm

Thanks for this article, nice to know that I'm not going mad! for me it's the base sound of music and unfortunately in this 'modern' selfish world, I cannot escape it and like the comment above it comes into my flat which feels like such an invasion. The home is the place where I come to escape the world outside and then the music starts and it literally drives me insane, it's like a switch goes off in my head and it drives me mad. other people just say I'm over sensitive but it is a real problem for me, I'm actually in pain with it and I become almost suicidal despite trying the obvious solutions to blot it out. I have moved several times but cannot escape noise. the anticipation is just as bad as well, not knowing when it's going to start up again, my nerves are on edge, I can't relax in my own home. sometimes there are so many noise going on such as traffic, aeroplanes, people that it feels like lots of flies buzzing around my head and I can't stand it. I just want some peace and quiet and I've never found it. please someone say they understand what I mean

D M
April, 13 2016 at 1:30 am

My son was diagnosed when he was in the 2nd grade. His hearing on a normal pediatrician's testing was off the scale as to perceiving high pitched noises that most of us do not so they referred him to the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD where they ran an extensive audiology test on him. It was determined that he had the hearing capacity of a deer, but he had severe hyperacusis as his brain did not decipher any audible noises in loud areas or when 3-5 people were speaking at the same time...he was not daydreamer or ignoring people, he just had no idea what they were saying. There was no cure for this. He would have near panic attacks if we were in a loud restaurant and was unable to eat. I am very thankful to our school system for offering speech therapy at the age of 3 and his pediatrician for getting us to the correct facility to determine his issues. The speech was from the hyperacusis. He no longer has any speech issues. He was given an FM trainer for education and has to wear soft ear plugs in loud arenas like indoor basketball games or concerts. He is now 21yrs old and lives with this daily since it is a function of the brain that cannot be changed.

laura hagler
April, 2 2016 at 9:40 am

I'm so glad I found this website! I also am verry sensitive to noise (among other things. Is there a way to communicate with others on this site?

Tyler
March, 29 2016 at 12:41 pm

It's like people only care about themselves, even when they know it will effect you and your comfort. It's even worse when your in an enclosed surrounding, like a car, and the person controlling the audio does it to just annoy you. I don't know if in the only one, but also when someone starts to sing along, clap their hands, or whistle to the song, it just puts me on edge, feeling like it was stupid.

Kino
March, 27 2016 at 5:59 pm

I am so glad reading most of these comments that I'm not alone. I've had numerous panic attacks from loud music below me (that is on low but sounds like it's right in my apartment) people above me waking me up and keeping me up at crazy hours. My head pounds. I anticipate when it will happen next it sends me spiralling into severe fits of anxiety and panic attacks. Nobody understands what it's like. I finally stood up for myself and put in my letter to the tribunal. If they can't do anything about all of this and my landlady doesn't become sensitive to my own mental health needs I'm going to start to.withold rent. I told my father this and he said I'm going to really piss her off I said good who would want to live with cold water, loud noises your sensitive to, s toilet that doesn't properly flush and nasty crawlies biting your whole back. I have had a lot of dsir weather friends but I'm glad the ones who are sticking by me aren't going anywhere even if they annoy me guess family does that even if there not blood. Isn't it just great all the amount of sleep were losing because people have no common sense or human decency?

Anita Kuhnhenn
March, 21 2016 at 6:16 pm

Sensory integration was my childhood /bipolar as well in teens... As an adult is became diabetic, fibromyalgia, TMJ, migraines, and a nerve/muscle disorder that's being diagnosed now... It's chaotic at my Dr appts, my illnesses don't play well with each other, gotten worse w/age.. I couldn't work after 45 (always a struggle), and 4 kids / husband have suffered also. Physical and mental health play off one another, as if I'm on the couch watching it all happen.. All is too loud! I ache around crowds, I react in a neurotic, defensive, too loud myself, try too hard w/people (they don't understand it takes that determination to be around people), drive very little, and jump thru my roof with Mt startle response, and overly everything... It's my illnesses and myself shadows them.

Sharon
March, 20 2016 at 6:31 am

I'm surprised no one has mentioned autism or sensory processing disorder as causes of this problem. Of course, in those conditions other senses are problematic, too. Lights, tastes, smells. My children have high-functioning autism, but they don't seem to suffer as much as I do from noise overload. It was a big problem when I was a child, but I seemed to grow out of it. BUT it is back with a vengeance now in middle age. For me, the issue is with competing noises coming from different directions. If I can hear two conversations going on at once, or one conversation plus a tv on...rage and fear. Sometimes I have to leave the room and cower on the floor.

Pavaman
March, 7 2016 at 2:55 am

And I simply loathe people shaking legs. It seems to give them concentration, but it takes away mine. I try to block my peripheral vision with my hand. I hate strong odours as well, whether good or bad. I hate someone intermittently touching me as well, although I dont have sensitivity to bright lights. I think 'Sensory sensitivity' is the main issue, and noise sensitivity is just a subset.

Pavaman
March, 7 2016 at 2:50 am

I am from India where the problem is even worse. I have lived in three different places in the last four years. In one place, even though I was in a suburban area where the traffic is quite low, each vehicle horn used to drive me crazy. Plus there was loud music from neighbours etc. In India, the distance between houses is quite small. You can even hear normal volume TV from the other house.
The second place was in an apartment complex, where somehow furniture was being moved every two minutes everyday from morning to night. In my third place, somehow construction work goes on all day, and my place has a common wall with that place.
So, somehow I am resigned to fate. I dont know whether the problem is with me, or I just end up being in noisy places. The problem started when I was around 14 years old. My noise sensitivity is quite selective. I dont mind continuous noises. It is only the intermittent ones which I loathe. And one more important fact is that I am still a student. Studying is so much more difficult when you have noise sensitivity. You feel you can learn so much more if you just didnt have this sensitivity.
Earplugs help in a closed room, but then you cant get fresh air to breathe. I do have some apps for white noise which help a lot. I have a speaker and white noise keeps playing almost continuously.
And no research would happen on this issue, as people dont die from it like cancer. You just have to wait for a slow and painful natural death. Infact I imagine the moment I am going to die. Maybe when Im old, I get worked up on some noise, and get a heart attack!

Kel
February, 28 2016 at 1:52 am

It's very helpful reading other's experinces. Since last evening and now the last two hours my neighbors idling of their old, horribly loud vehices, maybe the one is diesel with a bad muffler on top of it, has driven me to the point where I wanted to get in my car at 10pm and just escape. It's like I live in a muffler repair shop! My sensitivity to noise is nothing new, the sound of a loved one's chewing, I dreaded when we had tortilla chips, ruined or contributed to the end of at least a few relationships. But, this was my most severe reaction, I looked like the woman's image in this article covering her ears. I even turned off the furnace because that sounded like a rocket preparing for lift off. I've had clusters of mini migraines the last few days and incredible life stressors, but knowing the likely causes doesn't help when I'm doing my best not to open my door or window to shout at my neighbors to shut their ....... cars off. I am out of my silicone ear plugs, in their place I crammed cotton balls in my ears and covered my head with a pillow. I also take an anti anxiety med as needed during times like this. So, I'm exhausted with minimal sleep and don't want to leave my house, so I want to cancel my plans with friends to attend the potentially loud and triggering experience of a film festival. If I don't attend, that leads to feelings of isolation or I do go and risk reacting to something in a way I then regret. Again, experiences like that, have also led to the demise of a relationship. My noise sensitivities can certainly wreck havoc in my attempts to have a fulfilling quality of life. Having understanding friends helps and finding others who are highly sensitive offers that mutually shared living experience that helps to know we are not alone in this.

Breanne
February, 15 2016 at 3:41 pm

I don't suffer from anything like anxiety or ptsd, or as I am aware of. I'm a healthy 16 year old girl. I've only experienced the noise sensitivity twice, and I just experienced it about 20 minutes ago. I can't explain it but I'll try. The first time I didn't know what was going on I had woken up from a nap and someone was in the kitchen and I'm in my room and there just doing regular things, making food, walking around. And every noise that came with them doing that made me so uncomfortable, I felt like my body was aching because the sound was too much and made me overwhelmed and I would just beg quietly for the noise to stop and I would cry hysterically, this time was worse and that's why I looked it up. It was the same experience but everything was heightened, the noise, the pain, I couldn't sit still, and it wasn't just the noise in the kitchen anymore it was someone shutting a door, just a footstep noise made me want to rip my ears off, I felt like I was hearing every little thing that was going on and I couldn't do anything about it, I'm just sitting in my bed crying and hurting and I can't make it stop, I literally felt like I had no escape. And now I'm fine, not completely when I think about how painful it was I cry, but the noises don't bother me right now, there just everyday noises I deal with, but 20 minutes ago those same noises had me feeling like I was going to explode.

Meowza Gal
February, 13 2016 at 7:26 am

Between work with printers printing and phones ringing and 7 different conversations going on at once around me, loud tv's and radios everywhere I go, people who talk much louder than they need to, kids screaming and squalling, dogs barking, loud cell phone conversations and just about anything else noise related many times I am to the point of screaming and throwing things. I suffer from major depression and anxiety and noise just makes my symptoms worse. I get so mad because I have to up my med to deal with people who can't just shut up, talk quieter, or keep their kids and dogs quiet. I've installed some white noise apps on my phone so when work noise gets to me I will try them to help drown out some of the senseless noise and curb my nerve overload!! Good luck and wish all of you the best!!

Jammie
February, 13 2016 at 3:33 am

Lately my ears are sensitive to noise.... And the ironic part is that I am a teacher:( Makes me go crazy to teach nearly 70 screaming children in a small room. I like teaching but I can't withstand the noise... Can somebody be generous enough to please give me effective tips how to cope with this??

sathriyan
February, 12 2016 at 1:35 am

Im experiencing a different type of problem...I hold good grades in my studies.But im very much(intense) allergic to noise.my classmates came to know my problem.so they keep on making noises like tapping the benches,clapping hands etc.so i made a complain to my Head mistress.she warned those fellows and i thought i was out of the problem.but some days later they continued to make noise not frequently but for a while.they know that im allergic to noise.they pretended they make noise not to distrub me.so im desperately need a help to resist the noise either by doing mental exercises or some noise cancelling machine..please save me and my life..

Joe Mama
February, 9 2016 at 11:23 am

DOG BARKING makes me fucking crazy! Id like to kill that barking little bastard (and the owner too) if I thought I could get away with it.

AuBurney Tuckerson
February, 1 2016 at 4:42 am

I can't stand loud noises! screaming, people dropping books, my little brother and younger cousins talking too loud, or when someone's clanging or slamming things, or brass instruments at high notes and drums. It just tortures me! I was taken to professionals, and they say my ears are perfectly fine. My mother says it's all in my head, but the noises still torture me. I have to wear earplugs where ever i go, and it's going to need torture if i ever went to school without them! Life's become torture, and it gets me depressed to the point where I'm crying and wishing to go deaf. i don't know what to do! Please, i need help!

Rylee
January, 31 2016 at 7:25 pm

I've always been able to hear high frequencies, like the older televisions with the big backs on them. They hum even on mute. Floresant (sic) lights also can be a pain because they hum too. On the bright side, the new tvs don't hum and we're switching the bulbs to LED so those problems are gone.
If the smoke alarm goes off (usually when dad burns something), I drop to the nearest chair or just sit on the floor, cover my ears, and make some moaning sound to try and cancel it out. I've also discovered that movie theaters can trigger anxiety attacks because of the noise.
I don't have a neurological disorder, but PTSD so certain noises are difficult to cope with and can trigger a panic attack. I'm sorry that so many have to deal with this, but I am glad that I am not alone.

Ken
January, 30 2016 at 2:34 pm

I was recently a guest at a special birthday celebration. My hosts offered dinner at a restaurant, then a live music performance in a club. The music was an electric guitar - amplified. The volume and frequency went through me like an electric current. After the first set, a drummer joined and the noise which had made me anxious and which was painful drove me out. I had to leave abruptly. I felt mortified that I had rejected my hosts' generosity. All I could do was send apologies by text. I know they will understand.
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I just came back from business travel. I noticed that everywhere in the hotel: in the lobby, in the restaurant, even in the men's room - there was background music. It was quite loud, and with a lot of drum beats. It meant that any conversation had to compete. I asked the management to turn down/turn off the music. They stated that they couldn't. Nonsense. I offered to wager that if they shut if off for 24 hours, I'd pay them a dollar for each customer who specifically asked that they provide music. I bet I wouldn't pay much, if anything.
People are so accustomed to noise pollution - why? are we afraid to be alone with our thoughts in a quiet environment? Are we using music/ noise as a drug to distract us, the way we use caffeine to stimulate ourselves, or alcohol? Is it an addiction?
Is there any organization I can support to reduce manmade noise in public places? Please help!

Claudia
January, 28 2016 at 3:54 am

Hi.
Since I was a kid, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, and eating with metal utensils and silverware are horrible. I used to play an instrument when I was younger and always had to wear musician-type earplugs when performing. I cant go to concerts or the cinema because it's very painful. I sometimes have to wear the earplugs at public places or school because people talk to loudly. I am pretty sure I don't have hyperacusis because it's not too unbearable. I can also hear way better than most of the people I know. But I don't hear electricity or any of that sort. ( The walls in my house are made of cement. ) I don't fear sound or get annoyed by it. Both my grandfather and my dad (they aren't related) are deaf. My grandmother has to yell at him so he can hear her and I hate it. He screams all the time when he talks and refuses to use hearing aids because they "don't work". My dad has lost some of his hearing in one ear and also talks loudly, but not as loud as my grandfather. Does anyone know what I have?

Vladimir
January, 24 2016 at 12:20 pm

I have a hard time when many people are talking at once, with music, or tv, in the background when I'm trying to focus on something. It makes me really angry, to the point of screaming. I have anger problems as well, and I've found that listening to calming piano music with no words helps a lot.

Heather
January, 20 2016 at 10:25 am

I have lived in my neighborhood for 3 years now. We knew it was a "dog" neighborhood and were great full due to the fact we have 2 ourselves. But I can't get over 2 new neighbors who have dogs that never stop barking. I have been noise sensitive my whole life. Plates claking, children's high shrills etc. I have had to be home for over 3 months due to a heat condition and finally had to call animal control. They have had 16 complaints in the one particular dog. I feel badly for the dog as he is board and monkey. They never play or interact with him. I wire earplugs for a year and it helped tremendously, but ended up with double ear infection as well as siniuistis. The Ent Dr told me no more ear plugs! So I am now having problems sleeping or even relaxing at all. It is affecting my health and mental status. So glad that there are others that feel the same. Good luck to you all and I'll keep praying.

Cat
January, 11 2016 at 10:11 am

I use the most effective kind of earplugs there are, the silicon kind. I started using them 7 years ago when I found myself living in a house with 8 other people. Now here I am again, living in a house with - 8 other people. We have builders working downstairs and they start hammering at 8 in the morning. It gives me a headache - that's another thing I can't stand - builders and DIYers and I seem to have had it non-stop for almost the past 3 years. I want to get an isolated cottage in the middle of nowhere, with a horse and a dog that never barks except when absolutely necessary.
It's torture, but even when I went to stay at my mother's house for 3 days in what I thought was a relatively peaceful rural cul de sac, the din was pretty incredible there too (right in the flight path of an airport/ next to a railway line/ assorted vehicular, people and "country" noises).

Cat
January, 11 2016 at 10:01 am

Talking. Any voices, not just high/ squeaky (biggest biggest pet hate by far - probably because people talk so much sh*t). Breathing. Throat clearing. Sniffing. Some chewing. My roommate's snoring, electrical fan, computer and the other 50 odd electrical items they have plugged in at any one time. Traffic sounds. Dubstep music played on a loop (we have 2x music "producers" in our house).TV (particularly football crowd/ sports commentator/ newsreader sounds - Aaarghhh!). Radio. Dogs barking (raspy or yappy). Kids' voices.

Allison
January, 8 2016 at 10:19 pm

It's really refreshing to read about other people that go through this as well. I'm currently 18 years old and have been dealing with sensory issues ever since I came out of my mothers womb. I'm so thankful that I have my mom that understandswhat I go through, not a lot of people really get it. Some of the things that happen to me when a noise is overwhelming I will feel an instant rage throughout my whole body and go into this mode where I can't do anything besides get away from the noise/make it stop. I will hyper focus on whatever is it and get super worked up about it. It's definitely not a fun or comfortable way to live your life, and not healthy either. I'm sure the people commenting on this will understand the pain when you start imagining noises and LOOKING for noises because you're so paranoid to be annoyed and stressed out over some little noise. I think my biggest problem are noises that I'm around a lot. For example, my mom speaking on the phone, the sound of dishes moving around, the sound of the air conditioning, people chewing food etc. the list goes on. Repetitive noises, like pen clicking makes me feel like I could murder someone (obviously I wouldn't do that :P). I also am super sensitive to smells/lights/and movement. It's pretty much all connected so if those things also bother you don't be surprised. If someone is sitting down shaking their leg or moving something over and over I have to block it out of my sight or else I'll feel the same way I do about noises. I still have to work on managing the anger I feel when something bothers me. If I'm home I'll typically run into my room and ball my eyes out and plug my ears before I explode on people for something that they never did. If I'm in public and have no way of escaping, I'll usually sit there dying of stress and feel like I'm on the urge of shooting myself in the head (I obviously wouldn't do that either, but that's pretty much how it makes me feel). I sometimes will wear my sound canceling headset in public and pretend I'm listening to music but really I'm blocking out all of the BS noises and no one notices. It's a tough thing to deal with and never feel like you're crazy, dramatic, or alone. Loads of people deal with this on many different levels. We live in a loud and crazy world :(. We should build one of those worlds quietest rooms into a huge building for us all to live in, it would honestly be great.

Sallyannedavies
January, 7 2016 at 3:01 pm

I can't watch tv or listen to radio and find it hard to cope in shops if assistants are explaining something to me and they have music playing in the back ground, I have to leave the premises as my temperature gets high and I get disorientated. I have M E / C F S

Gladwell Felix
January, 4 2016 at 8:33 am

This was very helpful.

Jeff
December, 27 2015 at 5:02 pm

I just ran across this site today and I'm so relieved. I have been suffering from chronic issues with certain noises for many years. Mostly it is the sound of children's high-pitched voices, yelling, screaming talking loud at any public venue that I may be. The noise sends me into a Instamatic panic attack accompanied by extreme anger often resulting in me having angry outbursts and restaurants and other places due to overly noisy people and their kids. Within the last year I've noticed that any of the noise from my cell phone or computer bothers me the same way . As time has gone by and I've noticed that my anger level has increased more and more resulting in outbursts whenever I hear a noise that causes the anxiety which is extremely painful often with a deep unsettling not in my gut and a feeling of needing to leave whatever environment i'm in immediately. As a result I have become more and more reclusive staying home and being at work or at certain friends homes where these noises don't occur. I'm relieved to see that other people are experiencing similar noise related problems I'm definitely going to talk to my therapist about this and see what she has to say does anyone know if there's any type of medication one can take to help relieve these symptoms?

Anonymous
December, 22 2015 at 4:46 pm

I'm 12, and have been dealing with this for at least a few years. I hate the sound of muffled music, whistling, humming, singing, tapping, and loud talking, so school and even at home is a nightmare. I get really angry or upset, and I've been having a lot of trouble coping. It also doesn't help that in junior high, people think it's perfectly fine to annoy the $#!* out of others (pardon my language). Luckily, I've been living alone with my mother and doge for a while, and it's been heaven on Earth to be away from my poor excuse of a father's loud-ass piano and sister's blaring music. It still is really difficult to have a lack of people around me who are dealing with the same problem. Everyone around me thinks it's getting out of hand, and they think it's not a problem or a big deal, but the truth is, I just need dead silence or white noise to even think straight. It probably started from PTSD or something, I've been having a really rough time in the past couple of years... I don't know. I'm glad my mom is there for me (at least somewhat) in this situation, but do I need therapy or will this eventually pass?
Well, I'm relieved it isn't just me. Maybe I'll meet someone with the same problem, who knows?

Leon
December, 20 2015 at 9:59 am

My biggest problem is dogs and opening and closing doors, I lost my rented garden flat because my neighbours dog didn't want to shut up, it angers me so much, and eventually I totally lost it, the day after the caretaker gave notice, people really don't understand what we go through, I eventually realized that dogs will bark at anytime and bought a decent set of earphones for my tv and a box of high noise damping earplugs for sleeping, I'm living 4 months now in my new place and didn't even realize my new neighbour had a dog, I just pity the other neighbour who has to endure.

Rose
December, 19 2015 at 2:48 am

I Feel Really Encouraged.I Thot I Am Going Through This Alone.Its Especially Difficult When You Have A Brother Like Myn Who Survives On Loud Music.

Galla
December, 18 2015 at 3:53 pm

I live near a shipyard I can hear all the different fans day and night, I can hear next doors fridge and fish tank all these noises are ruining my life. I get no peace and no sleep. My husband hears all these noises but manages to blank them out, I can't. I feel so desperate. I want to go to sleep and not wake up.

belia cavazos
December, 13 2015 at 4:40 pm

Rilly need HELP

Rose Mary Denney
December, 13 2015 at 7:47 am

I am almost 70 years old, and noticed my hearing seemed to be freaky! I heard light bulbs warming up, and if they were about to go out, they would start to ring, often hours before the scream of their blow out. I was often annoyed that I was the only person who heard electric wires in the walls! It has saved me from a few fires until my husband refused to take my warning seriously. However, I noticed problems by the age of 7, when people talked, played, or just plain made pointless noises. Yes, I did, and still do attempt to shut it out. Ear plugs are helpful. Sirens put me in panic mode, even when I am the passenger! I have lost some of my hearing and am grateful that the walls are now quiet.
I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses, and twice a week, attend meetings at the Kingdom Hall. The dreaded chatter at the end of meetings is disorienting, but the lessons and happy faces make the panic worthwhile.

Nikki
December, 9 2015 at 12:06 am

Walls are thin in house
And the water pipes go off
Like an airport and a horrible
Shaking loud grinding landing
With knocking sounds
My brain nerves are sensitive and irritated
To where my eyes squench tight
And it goes off randomly all through
Late to early mornings
Sleep hours
And the owner says it nothing can be fixed
How do I escape this horrible nerve wrecking sound
So so bad I have no peaceful rest
No matter what day or time because it goes off and I'm a bit angry, depressed and nerves in my head don't feel well....

Hope Miller
December, 7 2015 at 12:43 pm

My issue is the fan on our bathroom. It's very low, but to me it sounds like a jet. Hurts my ears so bad , I can't concentrate if it's in and no one else in my family even realizes it's on. I can sometimes here the electricity in the walls too. But that was worse in my first home that had older wiring, not so bad or as often now. Thank goodness. Makes me feel crazy ! Glad I'm not alone.

Greg Couick
December, 6 2015 at 5:13 am

Unnecessary loud noises are a trigger for me as well. I've been a medic for almost 30 years and the sirens blaring on the top of our trucks used to do it. Thank goodness, the are now on the front of the trucks which does help. But things like churches with loud music, air shows, or even loud movies agitate me. I have to keep ear plugs with me and apparently, the problem is hereditary! My 12 year-old daughter is already experiencing the same thing.

Jazmin
December, 4 2015 at 7:30 am

I just started to stardle and I jump easily when the dog barks or the tv goes on loud. Recently was prescribed Gabapentin for anxiety. Im not sure if this medication has anything to do with it. This sensitivity to noise adds stress and I get upset with others. It feels like they do not understand me.

Lil
November, 27 2015 at 3:56 pm

I think I might have something like this...Whenever I hear something like a pan drop in my kitchen I get extremely scared and angry and I freeze up. Worse than that usually is at lunch in school when I suddenly feel overwhelmed by their voices around me and I get nervous and feel irritable, violent, and trapped...

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