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My son "hums" while I am rocking him to sleep and it used to be adorable, but lately in my hypomanic state it annoys the crap out of me. I've even tried stuffing cotton balls in my ears. Soft noises bother me too. And my husband's snoring makes me homicidal.

Do sounds bother you too?

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My son "hums" while I am rocking him to sleep and it used to be adorable, but lately in my hypomanic state it annoys the crap out of me. I've even tried stuffing cotton balls in my ears. Soft noises bother me too. And my husband's snoring makes me homicidal.

Do sounds bother you too?

The sound of the telephone bothers me. Having just bought a new home phone I made it a point today to set it to the most soothing sounding ring tone I could find. Nothing too fast or too intrusive.

Some sounds on tv bother me as well, when I have it on in the background, and I have to change channels just to get rid of the 'noise'. For example motor racing and that US wrestling program with those annoying yelling voices.

Trucks engine braking outside my old house also annoyed the CRAP out of me.

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The TV bothers me most when the really loud car ads come on. We keep the set pretty low in volume, but some of those car dealers are practically screaming on their ads.

Tommy

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Try foam earplugs. My favorite are the Mack's Safe Sound light green ones.

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The sound of people chewing with their mouths open or chomping on gum like a cow make me insane. I can't STAND it.

General loud noises make me anxious. Sudden noises make me jump and scream. I'm very hypersensitive to stimuli.

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I am a teacher and you couldn't begin to imagine all the bothersome noises middle school kids can make. Tapping pencils, drumming fingers, stupid noises, tapping fingernails, throwing calculators across the room....

At home, I have a 5 and 7 yr. old, 3 big dogs, 2 cats and a dh who likes to 1. play racing games on x-box 2. watch nascar for 6 hrs. on Sunday. My dogs barkilng. My daughter's incessant chatter, which is usually cute, but if I'm irritable or manic, get me the earplugs. One of my cats scratches at the window until someone lets him in. The other one bangs on the door. He's de-clawed and the door has just enough space to make it sound like an insane burgular is trying to break down the door. The phone. God, how I hate the phone. I loath the phone.

My daughter eats with her mouth open on purpose just to annoy me. It works. My son makes his "Godzilla" noises. The dogs scratching at the door to get in . Barking.

In my car, my turn signal is so annoying that I usually have to turn it off. Try explaining that to an officer!!

I guess I get sensory overload pretty easily. Especially with sound. But also, I can't stand the sensation of being touched sometimes. It is only when I'm manic. It's like my skin is hypersensitive. It makes my skin crawl to be touched.

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Hi invictus - yeah, when I'm up or down, I get hypersensitive to noises that don't normally bother me. It's horrible. Sometimes gets to the point where I can't be in the same room as other people, because their very BREATHING makes me want to hit them! Also, people moving makes me angry when my mood's not stable.

I'm afraid I don't know the answer though...I just grit my teeth and tell myself it's part of the illness.

xx

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Hearing is my super-power...what I mean is that I am the sort of person who can tell you how many conversations are going on in a room, what the opinions are, what sort of birds are singing and I have even been known to replicate a persons typing word for word based on hearing their keyboard clicks.

It becomes really apparant that something is going wrong when noise bugs the ever-loving snot out of me. There are some noises I can handle...generally the ones I make myself.

I can always tell when I am "having a spell" because I get hypersensitive to noises that I usually embrace. It is extremely frustrating and it makes me very very edgy. This morning was a perfect example...just too much noise for me to handle, I had to run and hide in a quiet corner.

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yes, i am very sensitive to noise.

i feel that loud talk is aguing, and arguing is a big fight, so on, it all just so tightens up my muscles and makes me want to just go hide.

loud tv is one of the worse things, and commercials are the worse, next tv will have the auto adjust for commercials or block of commercials i hope all together, i find them very offensive.

i could never go into parents house stay long for my dad had tv always blaring, he was drunk in the ole laz boy with scotch in hand and the whole surround system blaring through the entire house, so it felt to me.

maybe why tv one of the worse, and sign of me being set off.

I could always imagine myself as teen, early twenties, picking up that huge tv his love, then again later his sanctuary, and just throwing it out the window.

Yeah, I keep tv soft.

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YES! Noise bugs the shit out of me but not only when I'm manic/hypo.

But that may have something to do with the HFA.

Especially really high pitched sounds, like the bats around here that keep me up at night.

The TVs, the microwaves and the like.

Fluorescent lighting is the devil. Not only for the sound but for the horrific flickering thing it does as well.

RAWR!

(a slightly climbing the walls Maddy)

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Maddy, I have that and always did too, to the lighting, those bulbs drove me batshit!

My eyes would start twicthing to the blinking, and headaches so bad!

I honestly had to quit jobs because of them.

I am so happy to hear about all the way offices are trying to become more light friendly with sunpanels, cubicles that absorb daylight, and so on. They finally are catching on that it does effect ones productivity, and total well being.

Well some corporations, sadly not enough.

Or malls, stores, etc.

I can not touch styrofoam, i hate the feeling and the noise it makes when you pull it out of a package, i just can not do it!

I must cut the entire package all away from it, and remove the styrofoam as if toxic waste so carefully to trash container not allowing any to move, touch so it will not make that god awful sound, and feeling!

Please just use bubblewrap, that is so pleasant, so much fun!

And i do save, reuse!

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I'm with everyone- I can't STAND noise of any sort, even when I'm not in an episode. It gets worse when I'm manic, but is always there.

There is all the noise from our constant, upbeat music at work (I'm a personal trainer), and the clients chatting, and people jumping in the water (the diving sound, when they go into the water, scares the crap out of me!).

Then there is the phone. I HATE the phone. It is probably my worst nightmare when it comes to bothersome sounds. I jump 10 feet and my heart rate jumps sky high when the phone rings. #$^#$^#GFHDSTH!!!!!

Any little noises bother me too.

Oh, the worst (besides the phone) is the music coming from the church behind my house at noon and 5:30 every day. I'm at work during the day usually on M-F, so I don't hear it on those days, but on the weekends or when I"m off during the week, there go those bells. They play for a good 5 minutes! It is LOUD and ANNOYING. I'm not sure why they're allowed to play them. IMO, they disturb the peace more than create it, like church bells are "supposed" to do.

DP78

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Yep--I believe I have SUPER POWERS--

I can watch tv and hold down a conversation on the phone while screaming at 1 or more boys over something they r doing. Yet, I can't stand the sound of the phone ringing or the tv going or 2 or more people talking at once.I do not answer my phone--ever--thats why they make voicemail--yet sometimes I can't bring myself to listen to the messages.I can pick up on the tinyest noises and must go to sleep with a fan on high to get any sleep--else I sit up twitching at every sound. I can smell stuff that no one else in the family does, and usually its not nice smells. I always seem hotter or colder than everyone else. I hate to be touched unless its for sex--then its u better just get to the point ;) no rubby-dubby.Yet when I am manic I run around with my headphones on, music blaring, to drown out all other noises or voices. Go figure...

All of these powers happen everyday, manic or not, but when manic ---it is overwhelming.

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Of course the phone, ugh the phone!

I got that really newest, well been around for year or so, seen in all the movies now, vtech phone, that you just plug in all the cool sleek extensions too, that you can download your own tunes for ring tone, and for each person, and pics for each person, and so on.....

I still turn the frickers volume all the way down to niche!

No way around this, hyper-sensitivity, now is there?

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Since I moved home from school for the summer I am going out of my mind. My family consists of 2 brothers (13 and 11), sister (18), 4 cats , dog, hamster, turtle with filter that runs nonstop, etc etc etc.... The best I can do is shove my ipod in my ears and blast the music.

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Here's the worst noise ever: fire drills at school. Horribly, exceedingly loud clanging paired with bright red flashing lights that make you feel like you are going to go blind or insane, or perhaps throw down and have a tonic-clonic, even if you've never had one.

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The sound of people chewing with their mouths open or chomping on gum like a cow make me insane. I can't STAND it.

General loud noises make me anxious. Sudden noises make me jump and scream. I'm very hypersensitive to stimuli.

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Oh god yes, I'm hypersensitive to tons of noises regardless of my mental state, though it is worse when hypo/manic.

The worst for me...flies buzzing. I really think if forced to listen to that sound long enough I could kill somebody, especially if I'm in an agitated state already. Any kind of high pitched beeping like an alarm will send me into a panic attack quickly, same with anything that resembles a tornado siren (I live in tornado alley). My husband has been sent on missions through the house many times after I hear a slight beep or something to make sure something isn't on fire or anything. ;)

The phone doesn't bother me at all though, weird.

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YES! Noise bothers the crap outta me. I've ranted about it more than once on here. It's one of my biggest issues actually. Even though the tdoc and pdoc don't agree. But it's what sets me off so, it's pretty damn important to me.

I hate low frequency sound. Like the idiots with the bass cars, or loud exhaust, lawn mowers... the kind of noise that penetrates walls and gets into my home. Pisses me right off. Sends me into a horrible state.

I get really annoyed over barking dogs too but usually in my house with the windows and doors closed I can't hear anyone's dog barking. It would be a huge problem if I could.

I don't know what it is about noise that sets me off. I think I could be a lot happier if it didn't bother me so much. It's part of the reason I don't even like spending time out on my own property.... I gotta hear other people's obnoxious noise. ;)

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I thought I was the only person in the world with this super power.

Phones don't bug me but most other sounds do. It's so bad that I wear headphones all day to listen to music so I don't have to hear other people's tapping, rapping and clapping sounds. At night I have a air purifier that serves as "white noise" and a fan next to my bed. They drown out the sounds coming from outside so I can sleep.

What really bugs me is when people scratch themselves. It's like I can hear it in supersonic mode. The scratching sounds like claws on a chalk board. Weird, huh?

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Wow! OMG. I can hardly believe what I've read- you mean all this time there are others like me? Tdoc just commented on my supersonic hearing.

My biggie has got to be the high frequency sounds, you know which ones, the florescent lights sure. What really gets under my brain stem are electronics, computers, t.v., etc.. and I mean Even when they are turned off but still plugged in. Now anything loud will usually push me into mean mode, the tv or radio usually. I can relate to the parent visit, the t.v. Is so loud that I am shoving earplugs into my ears just to think. But wait theres more, bass thumping, dogs barking, clicking fans and just about any noise will infuriate me when I'm trying to sleep.

Right now I'm having a shit time at work. I share a 15x6 space with 2 other people. This might be a bipolar's nightmare! Talking, phones ringing, chairs squeaking, keyboards tapping, then there are all the interuptions!!! I need a cubby hole to crawl into.

Thanks for posting this xxx100

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It's really great to read that other experience the same thing that I do. I'm generally very open about the state that the noises put me in, but my family, friends, and boyfriend all think that I'm just "too sensitive" and need to "get over it". I really can't get anyone to understand the physical and mental state that the noises put me in.

Lately, the problem has been at work. I share 250 sqft with quite possibly the worst offender of noises that I've ever encountered. It starts immediately, coffee slurping with the satisfying "ahhh" after every drink, foot tapping, mouse clicking to the point that it's really just absurd, screaming on the phone as if the "phone" concept is foreign, smacking food, and CONSTANT gum chewing, I'm talking wet gross gum chewing.

I've always been pretty hyper sensitive to noises. Popcorn, sunflower seeds, pretzels, all drive me crazy. But, generally it was just food noises. Now I'm stuck 8 hours in the day. I also get really anxious when I'm in a car with really loud music, especially rap or anything with loud bass. Or the TV is too loud.

My chest gets tight, and I feel like I'm going to absolutely break down right then and there.

Is this a disorder? Or something associated with something else? I've never thought to seek medical attention regarding it, but I'd love to hear some feedback on the situation.

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Someone knocking on the door strikes fear in my heart like nothing else. Even if it's just my nephew fooling around and pounding on something else, I freak. Ringing phones, Music from someone's too loud car or house. People chewing, especially ice. It goes beyond just not liking it, it is extremely stressful to have to listen to it. People on the loudspeaker at stores.

I had no idea other people felt the same way about sounds.

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I guess I get sensory overload pretty easily. Especially with sound. But also, I can't stand the sensation of being touched sometimes. It is only when I'm manic. It's like my skin is hypersensitive. It makes my skin crawl to be touched.

I get hypersensitive when I'm turning manic... having crackhead neighbors who would scream and fight and pound their music through the walls at all hours literally almost triggered my own suicide. Literally. I had a small party when they were evicted.

I work with sound all day (in both my professions), there's no escape. So sometimes I'll come home and not be able to do anything at all except sit, because the sound of the TV in the background, the computer fan, my own footsteps on the creaking floor- they turn into a cacophony of grating torturous noise, even if the volume doesn't break 10 decibels.

And the touching thing too- yeah, for the love of all things holy please don't hug me, or pat my shoulder, or touch me at all when I'm on overload- it makes me want to crawl out of my skin too...

Edited by lostinthoughtandjaded

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i have had this problem since i was 6 years old. i can remember yelling at my little sister for the way she chewed her food. not to mention, my moms boyfriend discusted me as well. Soon after that, my mom's food chewing noises literally ate away at me. Now i am 20 and its gotten worse. I failed a class my junior year because the girl who sat next to me cracked her gum the whole time. I've always said gum was the worst invention on the planet. I hate it. But even pen clicking drove me nuts. Every little noise bothers me and completely distracts me. In college, there was a guy who was chewing gum really loud in class during a test. That was all i could focus on. it was like tunnel vision. i couldn't see or hear anything around me exept for his gum chewing. it has always caused anxiety for me. my blood boils and i feel a lot of anger towards the person committing the offenseful noise. i cant go to movie theaters because people crunch their popcorn so loud, i cant even hear the movie. my mom says to block it out, but she doesn't understand. I also hate loud breathers and people with the sniffles. its embarrassing

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