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December 23, 2020 at 9:47 am #1013537Mark
Hello all. I am new to this forum and this is my first post.
I have been aware of my adverse reaction to certain noises for a long time; however, it has only been several years now that I found out that there a others out there who share that same problem. One day I just “googled” a bunch of words like “hatred of sound” and viola! That’s was when I learned what there is to know (or how little medical science still knows) about misophonia. The absolute worst triggers for me are not the subtile ones that we read about most like chewing sounds and candy wrappers crackling. What sends me into a pyrotechnic mood are those wretched leaf blowers that Americans have become addicted to and right next to them are loud riding lawnmowers, any vehicle with a loud exhaust, and the loud booming bass “music” that emanates from vehicles. I now work at home due to COVID and although I enjoy working this arrangement, this summer was hell because of the seemingly endless cascade of landscapers invading my neighborhood at all hours of the day. Next came the leaf blowers and now we ender into several months where these miserable machines will go into storage until the grass begins to grow again. What will not diminish are the “boom” cars. I cannot escape that low frequency hell even inside my house all closed up. It permeates the walls and I “feel” this as well as hear it. To make matters worst, I have a group of punks who rent a house across the street who begin beating on drums after dark. It goes on every night non-stop until way after midnight. I must sleep with earplugs in my ears. I will be sending a letter to the landlord and addressing this with the police. I am not the only neighbor whom this annoys either. In wrapping up this post, I have found that good quality ear plugs (I’ve been buying Hearos at Lowe’s and they help some. Some sounds still get past these such as high pitch leaf blower sound. In many cases, I plug up the ears with ear buds and play music I enjoy yo mask out the crap that infuriates me. I am generally a kind, compassionate, and easy going person but when I am subjected to people’s loud noise, I fantasize doing things to them that are too horrible to describe here. It actually frightens me that I even have such thoughts.January 4, 2021 at 9:38 am #1013581Kat
I also struggle with this, we live in a terraced house with thin walls and can hear the neighbours TV and radio. I don’t think they have it very loud but the bass from the speakers comes straight through the walls. I can handle so many other noises fine, even the busy road outside and nearby railway so I’m really unsure why this gets to me so much. As soon as I hear it I tense up and can’t seem to stop listening for it resulting in me getting increasingly distracted and anxious.February 6, 2021 at 1:42 pm #1013733Amy
yes, I have this too.. It has very much limited me to where I can live. I have lived in a secluded trailer because of this. It’s funny, but every time I go look for a house, inevitably there is either a barking dog, kids trampoline, or bass sounds coming from the neighborhood. NOPEFebruary 28, 2021 at 10:30 pm #1013855Kota
Same here. Loud, bass-heavy music makes me enraged. I’m also a pretty gentle person most of the time! My fiancé and I had an apartment where the upstairs neighbor’s music was so hard for me to take that I moved out until we could sell the place. Cars that play that kind of music are upsetting to me, too – but luckily they usually aren’t around long. Loud music that doesn’t have much bass doesn’t bother me at all.
Loud construction noises don’t bother me, either. We had construction on our building for six months, like jackhammering directly onto the outer walls of our apartment, and I would just roll my eyes and put on my noise-cancelling headphones and try to ignore it. But the moment the guy upstairs started up with his music, my heart would race and my whole body felt flooded with adrenaline and I fantasized about murdering him. It was awful.
Feeling trapped beneath that booming, vibrating sound and feeling powerless to keep it out of my body, was torture. Unfortunately, loud snoring also triggers me, so I sleep with earplugs every night. I have no idea why those are the two things that disturb my peace of mind so much – crying babies, chewing, none of that really bothers me.