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08/29/2011 09:33 AM

sensitivity to noise

Posts: 9

Hi does anyone else have over sensitivity to noises? Types of noises I mean are things like:

While watching TV, someone in the kitchen closes drawers and cupboards, washes dishes etc, or hearing someone talking while you are watching tv

While trying to concentrate on research or study, hearing someone else whispering or talking

Hearing babies cry

While trying to rest, hearing family members in other rooms

People coughing, sniffing, biting or picking nails, fidgeting

Even sometimes just the sound of the tv

Does anyone out there struggle with the same problems?

If so, do you know why? And especially how do you deal with it?

Many thanks for anyone's help


08/29/2011 01:44 PM
Posts: 1130
Senior Member

I totally have sensitivity to noises like you describe. I also have constant tinnitus (ringing in the ears) as a side effect from Wellbutrin. So, it actually eases me to have some sort of noise in the background like soft music or a fan or something that blankets the ringing. However, other noises that are more sudden or harsh either "hurt" my ears or scare me or irritate me to the point of anger.

One of the people living above us stomps really hard when she walks, and often it will vibrate the floors and the couch right underneath me! This is EXTREMELY irritating, because the pounding is really jarring and being able to feel the pounding is really unsettling. Thank goodness they are moving this week!

So, I don't really know why, but I am super sensitive to a lot of noises, especially anything that causes a vibration or sudden piercing noise. The only thing I have found that helps is like I said, to have some constant low noise going in the background if I can. Complete silence makes the tinnitus seem worse, as well as any other sudden noises.

08/29/2011 02:18 PM
Posts: 976

I am very sensitive to noises. I get overloaded very easily. If more than one person is trying to talk to me or if there is music/TV/talking all at the same time. I have sort of a sensory overload and I get very irritable.

08/29/2011 02:35 PM
Posts: 7164
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I actually have to have the fan running in my bedroom to help me sleep. I got used to background noise decades ago ell working on Psych wards. I even have tinnitis and it does not bother me. However if I am watching TV I hate it when my wife starts doing the dishes. Very distracting. I have 50% loss of hearing in both ears..That helps...LOL

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