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Highly Sensitive to Noise?

By February 6, 2012

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On our Main Forum, Drop-In Jane writes: "I was wondering, are any of you highly sensitive to noise? I'm moving, and part of the reason is that the walls here are paper-thin. I have a noisy neighbor who likes to have loud drinking parties until 4:00AM on the weekend.

"I'm too scared he'll 'Pacific Heights' me (retaliate) to call the cops. Seriously, i can hear them cough, sneeze and say the F-word over there. They holler when there's a touchdown, as well. I moved my bed into the living room just to get away from him. It's helped a lot for sleeping.

"I've been diagnosed with Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, so my sensitivity might come from that. I'm also bothered by noise on the bus, construction, alarms, loud music that i don't like and even raised voices. ...

"Going Bananas Because of Noise,

"Drop-In Jane."
October 10, 2006 at 1:39 pm
(1) Victoria says:

I am also suffering from noise issues like slamming doors the sound of the elevator and people walking down the hallway where I live. I went through trauma of noise in Long Beach, CA with the neighbors from hell and I am still shook up as for 60 days it was like I live in a disco-tech. It all is very irritating!

October 10, 2006 at 3:18 pm
(2) Julli says:

YES YES YES!!! I feel like sound is one of my super sensitive senses. Sometimes I can tolerate it but other times I have to remove myself from any environment with noises because I feel like I am going to go bonkers. Sometimes just a dripping faucet is enough to send me into another room…the drip will actually “echo”. I have days/nights where I get disturbed by my neighbors, the traffic on nearby streets, the sounds of my own house, the outdoors animals…they all seem to get louder and louder at times. I can’t find silence at those times no matter where I go actually. Then there are times where I can be out in a crowd rootin for my favorite football team and the cheers don’t bother me at all…in fact I will want them to turn the big screen up because the noise isn’t enough for me. That’s being bipolar for ya!!!

October 10, 2006 at 8:00 pm
(3) Barb says:

I have moved so many times because of noise. Right now I have a neighbor who actually harasses me on purpose. He clips the bushes under my window incessantly, because in June we argued about it. He sometimes clips as late as 1 a.m. I’ve called the police, but they said they can’t do anything unless he actually “touches me”. He also rakes and sweeps the sidewalks every single day and clunks his wheelbarrow every morning to wake me up (this is in an apartment complex BTW. He is a tenant). The noise sets me off though. I can’t stand it and I get angry. I’m bipolar.

October 11, 2006 at 1:27 pm
(4) Kat says:

Time for earplugs! They really help. Im super sensitive to sound to. I can totally relate to all the comments. I thought it was just me!
happiness & peace

October 11, 2006 at 9:31 pm
(5) zipit! says:

Boy, can I relate…I can’t even take normal noise most of the time. I used to have the radio on all day & the t.v. on all night until I went to sleep. All of a sudden, like a light switch, all the noise irritated me like you wouldn’t believe. Off went the radio, off went the t.v., for 3 straight months. It blew me away, this change. I tried listening to quiet stuff, like classical music,Winnie the Pooh videos which I always loved…I couldn’t stand that stuff either. Finally about 4 months ago I could take it again, but now I am having some trouble with it again-I can watch t.v. usually but all day long I prefer the quiet. Something I used to hate. Also, loud noises like a door slamming, etc, really, really irritate me. I also can’t take the light, I have dark curtains up on my windows. I don’t understand. Get this, I have a desktop picture of gorgeous falling golden Autumn leaves-I love it & have it on my computer ever Fall-well this Fall I put it on & the bright color hurt my eyes!! I had to take it off. Makes me feel very very weird-can anyone relate to this?

October 13, 2006 at 5:40 am
(6) Dee says:

This was a problem for me at my last job and it seemed to start when I got on a new medication. Music was WAY too loud, though when people I knew popped in to say hi they bugged their eyes out that they couldn’t believe how loud it was as well. Boss and coworker cranked it up constantly. I secretly tried to turn it down every chance I got, but the next time a really cool song came on, up it went again. Ear plugs didn’t help for me because the place was loud to begin with being a dry cleaner’s, but also it drove me nuts to hear myself breathe! I had to quit from osteoarthritis in my foot to where I cannot stand or walk for long anymore, and I was just approved for Soc. Security due to that and bipolar/a.d.d./depression/anxiety all mixed together. But really the noise didn’t seem to bother me much before I got on an additional new med.

October 13, 2006 at 6:03 am
(7) Ansie, South Africa says:

Yes, especially to very low base sounds and neighbours slamming cupboard doors at night, or to people walking on high heels on a floor living above the apartment I found myself in. At the time I could actually hear the music coming from restaurants or clubs miles away, even though my friend was not aware of it untill I pointed it out to him (definately not imaginary). I was on lamictal, neurontin, seroqual and trileptal at the time, and despite all of it I could not sleep but for the sensitivity to these noises. Had to use earplugs at night, although it did not always help. Is it possibly the medication??

October 13, 2006 at 9:23 am
(8) Dobro says:

That sounds like me ,too. I have an upstairs neighbor with whom I have had a lot of problems.He’s a big guy, so the floor squeaks everytime he walks. He has a loud voice (no indoor or outdoor voice)so I can hear him when he’s on the phone. On 2 occasions my husband and I have had to call the police:
(1) when he was having sex for 2 hours after midnight
(2) letting his girl friend’s kid run up and down his hallway for an hour
We also have a daughter who is mentally retarded and has OCD. She becomes upset with when the kid runs in the upstairs apartment. Unfortunately, we do not have the money to move. The good news is that he never repeated the sex again. But with the kid running we have to keep reminding him. My therapist says many bipolars have an extra -sensitvity to sound. But with this guy, the other neighbors have complained about him, too.

October 13, 2006 at 11:14 am
(9) Bluejay says:

I have the same sensitivity, and am especially intolerable of cell phones ringing, or TV. The one thing that calms me, though, is listening to a major league baseball game. Either on TV or on the radio. I’m not sure why, but that’s always helped. It’s hard when baseball is out of season!!

October 13, 2006 at 12:32 pm
(10) Pat says:

Yes! Absoultely but noise is something that usually only bothers me when I am hypomanic. I like to meet with a group of gals every month and find that when hypomanic I CANNOT stand the talking. Same thing when working out, when I am hypomanic the music, the people talking incessently drive me crazy. MY son was diagnosed bp before me and I remember back when he was 10 or so that he would get so mad if his brothers “chewed” too loud! Definitely noise is an issue. Pay

October 14, 2006 at 9:44 am
(11) Becky says:

I love my peace and quiet so much! Loud noise definitely brings on BP symptoms for me – loud music – the TV drives me crazy and my husband is a TV fanatic. Talk about the compromise of the century. We are still working on that one. Why don’t we hear about this in the bipolar literature?

October 15, 2006 at 1:44 pm
(12) Trish says:

I live on a busy road, work from home and am introverted. So I stay home a lot. The noise from the traffic, boom cars, city buses, ambulances, motorcyles, city sanitation trucks at 5 AM – all of these drive me nuts. I am trying to sell my house, but who wants to live on a busy street?
I use ear plugs, a noise machine and a nature DVD with either the ocean or a waterfall that loop, and I turn the sound all the way up to drown out the noise when I sleep. I also take melatonin and valerian root, which knocks me out.

October 16, 2006 at 3:28 am
(13) Sandy D. says:

I have been diagnosd with Bi-Polar and fibromyalgia. Sensitivity to noise has been a problem my whole life. Once,in my twenties, I actually thought I was losing my hearing because I had difficulty hearing people who were speaking to me. I had my hearing tested and found I have above average hearing! They couldn’t even test it fully because they didn’t have the technology to test beyond what I could hear. The technician said that my hearing was so acute that I was hearing everything around me and in the far background, so I could not separate the noise.
My sensitivity to any noise, especially loud noise and certain types of noise, (rap music, jackhammers, t.v.,screaming kids, etc.)has gotten so much worse over the years that I can’t work in the public anymore. In order to adjust the t.v. so that I am not bothered by the loudness, I have to turn it down so low that even I can’t hear it!.
Neighbors are a constant problem and I often fantasize about living alone on a deserted island. Some noises that don’t drive me nuts are relaxing ocean or crickets sounds, a light breeze, soft chimes, and the sound of birds, (as long as they aren’t squawking).I have been under the impression that this was all caused by the fibro until reading your comments. I am so glad to know I’m not alone. Does anyone also have sensitivy to light or flashing lights, such as; a chat room signal, mechanical Christmas characters, halloween witches that pop out from behind counters, etc.? I would be interested to know if this is caused by bi-polar too.

October 16, 2006 at 4:05 pm
(14) Bel says:

OH MY GOD!!! I thought I was going crazy…but it’s not just me. All my life people have told me to shut up because I have a habit of talking too loud but it’s only been at times when there is so much noise in my head I can’t hear myself. I have had hearing tests and even had to wear an aide which only made noises amplified so I refused to wear it…now I’m told I don’t need it….dah!! My dad feels I suffer from some sort of bi polar disorder but I have yet to find a Dr ANYWHERE that has the same opinion but then I’m very good at hiding it all ever since I was little. Just coming to this sight and typing this is my step into seeing if there is something behind what others see.

So Thankyou Drop in Jane for the comment that got the ball rolling…


October 16, 2006 at 11:15 pm
(15) terri lamontagne says:


October 21, 2006 at 3:48 am
(16) Dee says:

I remember going nuts when former boyfriends would whistle, especially if they had a high-pitched SSSSS sound, oh I remember that would make me cringe and it drove me nuts! And I have severe A.D.D. so having moved furniture around the other day, I put all my pill bottles somewhere and CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE~!!!! OMG my son started being annoying tonight and I was very irritable. I have looked everywhere and cannot find those pills. How can I wait for 2 weeks for the Lamictal mood stablizer, and 3 weeks for the Concerta? I was able to refill Buproprion but not knowing where the pills are is enough to drive me insane while I tear the house apart trying to find them. But now I am also noticing I can’t stand to listen to my four parakeets much so I have put them in a different room and shut the door. And another sound I just now had to ask my son what it was, his hamster’s wheel, I think I am about to move him in with the birds!

July 21, 2007 at 5:42 am
(17) josh says:

Yes! I know all about it: get ear plugs & ear muffs from gun shops{the highest decibel ratings} like the ones for shot-guns, then wear them 24/7 … it is the only answer I know of.

April 9, 2008 at 11:15 am
(18) Bella says:

I have been trying to figure out what is wrong with me forever now! ever since i was very young i have been extremely sensitive to noises. they throw me over the edge… People tell me, oh just concentrate on something else. But it is IMPOSSIBLE! if i could i would!! so ahh… it is a bit of a relief to know i am not the only one….. any tips????????

April 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm
(19) Mary says:


April 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm
(20) Diane says:

I too suffer from extreme noise sensitivity – always have. It gets very bad at times-I can’t even listen to music I like. I love silence-especially at home. My Dx is Bipolar 11 and Anxiety disorder. Sorry we have that problem, but glad it is not only me. Makes me wonder how close Bipolar and Schizophrenia are?

May 22, 2008 at 10:58 am
(21) Lorrie says:

This is so awesome I am not alone. I get so upset when I hear noise I just go outside and sit and smoke and smoke and smoke. I was trying to cut down and realized I was doing this because my husband has his keyboard cranked way up my children have the xbox at full base and music is blaring. I even cringe when the phone rings. It makes since because I am bipolar too!

June 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm
(22) miamia says:

When i was young, i had hearing problems. i discovered recently that it is only when there is more than one noise going on at once. i can’t focus on the one noise. It is worst when i am in the back of a car talking to people in the front and i get irritated because i can only hear the noise of the car and get left out of the conversation.
i have had bipolar for as long as i can remember but recently, i am finding that i am more sensitive to noise.
Music and TV are especially “Deafening” sometimes i just feel so annoyed and it messes my head up when things seem that loud.
my family don’t understand that bipolar has so many other symptoms and think i’m just being fussy, but it is scary how loud something can seem at a certain time.
i think my sensitivity to sound is worst when i am in a Mixed State. my mixed states tend to consist of me feeling tearful, awake, anxious, “on the edge”, irritable, easily wound up, sensitive to sound and bright lights (The sun especially, in my eyes can be very painful at times), racing thoughts and just generally feeling confused.
Another symptom i have is confusion with time. It’s like time i going too quickly. Yesterday seems like weeks ago. Does anyone else get this time problem?
Also, i have found that putting earphones in and listening to my favourite music quietly can help to stop the winding up feeling and you can just shut the world out of your ears for a while! i sometimes feel odd without my music on. i find it very comforting. Hopefully some other people with this annoying problem might find it helpful :)
Thanks :) x

July 21, 2008 at 1:13 am
(23) Heather says:

I have problems with eating noises too. I cannot be around people who chew with their mouths open, crinkle chip bags, smack gum, or gulp drinks. The clickety-clack of computer keys, especially when it’s other people typing or on tv. I can’t stand the tappety-tap of shoes clicking, again especially on tv. Water and splashing noises, especially on tv or the radio get to me too. It’s not only that I don’t like them, but they instantly put me into a bad mood. I hate them and will mute the tv or put something in my ears if I’m at work.

August 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm
(24) tina says:

Wow. Thank the moon and the stars. I thought this noise sensitivity was just me.
Especially SAndy D….I have a LOT of trouble hearing people talk to me too but I was also tested and have above average hearing. I am thinking of getting one of those hearing aids the blocks out ambient noise so that you can hear just the voices being directed at you.
I am so glad there are others who understand this crazy noise sensitivity. I have actually burst into tears, put my hands over my ears and begged aloud for the noise to stop. Friends and family think I’m just bitchy but now I know it’s part of the BP disorder.

September 19, 2008 at 8:26 am
(25) Lee says:

I’m about to go into hospital under anesthesia, to have my teeth worked on as I can’t stand the noise of the dentist drill or anything else he puts in my mouth. I’m so lucky to have a dentist who understands and is willing to go the extra mile.
As for the tv and radio, sometimes it’s okay and other times it hurts. I also avoid people who’s voices register in certain tones as I can’t understand a word they say!

October 6, 2008 at 10:19 pm
(26) Angie says:

Wow, I can’t believe everything I just read. For me, I can’t tolerate repetative sounds especially…dogs barking makes my skin crawl!! Even my cat meowing. Every night when I’m outside havin a smoke, I hear someone calling an animals name over and over and over, Toffee or Coffee..something…makes me want to SCREAM!! And I get very irritated and angry, right pissed at times. My husband has sleep apnea..oh ya…I can’t take it anymore! The moment I see him lay down on that couch( he says to stretch his legs! ya right!), I know he’s going to fall asleep, and I get so unreasonably mad at him. I’ve been so angry over the sound of him snoring (which also prevents me from getting ANY sleep at night), that I’ve yelled so horribally at him, and I could never have dreamed of speaking to him the way I have, I feel just rotten over it, but I can’t help it!
As far as things like music, if its music I really like, I can listen to it loud, but usually only for a while, especialy in vehicles, but if it’s music I don’t care for, it’s like nails on a chalk board! I DESPISE my husband’s surround sound!! It’s so loud and annoying!
I also feel like my mind won’t shut up, and It’s like it just can’t stop thinking!! My brain won’t relax!! It’s exhausting! I have the hardest time falling asleep anymore because of it…I have to cover my eyes with my hair to make it really dark, turn off any tv or stereo that is on. Then the fridge starts humming, or a neighbor mowes his lawn, or kids run screaming through my back lane and that’s when my blood just starts to boil! I need to sleep!! Oh yes, and I’m also the mom of a 17 month old baby girl…I need to sleep, lol!
Before she was able to start to communicate better with us, it was really hard hearing her cry or complain, like whine or moan…again it was the nails on the chalk board thing, so I think I got kinda bad for always jumping to her when she needed something or fussed, cuz I couldn’t tolerate the actual ‘sound’ of it. It’s so much better now that she’s older and talking some and comunication is so much better.
I’ve never been diagnosed Bipolar and probably never would have even considered it if I hadn’t stumbled on this page…I googled ‘sensitive to noise, not thinking for a second that it would come up with anything!
I have though, been diagnosed with a few other things..Epilepsy, Anxiety Disorder, Depression, I go through periods when I have bad panic attacks, think I’m honestly going insane and will die from it! Also a ‘mild’ OCD, which often comes hand in hand with Epilepsy and Tourette’s syndrome.
So what’s going on with me?..I see some of you say your similar syptoms could be from your meds, I’m only on meds for my seizures and a thyroid prob. I take Dilantin, Sabril, Lamotrogine and synthroid. Could they have something to do with this, or could I really be looking at another serious issue here??? Any thoughts are appreciated!

October 20, 2008 at 5:41 am
(27) blissfulzen says:

I have Fibromyalgia which is a pain condition. When I first got sick, All noise became intense by 50%. I dont listen to music anymore, I cant live near any noise. Doors banging, next doors door can wake me. Any background noise starts at the normal sound as time goes on my C.F sets in and all noise becomes so loud that iI can jump with a door closing. Im so lucky my neighbours now think about my condition but for a few years they never know. I cant believe how
inconsiderate people can be.I also have sensitivity to strong chemicals, light and can sometime live in a home with my curtains pulled and need almost black out curtains to deal with the light outside or it can bring headaches one. I can relate to you all!

November 17, 2008 at 7:42 pm
(28) Karen says:

Im easily irritated by certain noises… not all noise but quite a list of random noises that make me want to pull my hair out or.. smash things and just get really angry! (i dont do these things but its how i feel inside)

Its like when MOST say “oh i cant stand the noise of someone scratching a chalk board” well THATS HOW I FEEL WHEN : a clocks ticking when the rooms quiet, if someone whistles really high pitched, noise of people chewing, slurping drinks, grinding teeth, SNORING! my boyfriends parrot gringing her FUCKING beak!! and her bloody high pitched *ping* she does, i swear im guna murder her! polystyrene .. etc etc!

Why does it make me wanna explode into a million pieces when no one else takes a blind bit of notice of these things

November 23, 2008 at 10:03 pm
(29) salls says:

I am having a really hard time right now. It is actually annoying to hear myself type. At first, I thought my friend on the phone was just being thoughtless, making a bunch of noise because she was doing other stuff while talking to me. But I can’t handle the sound of the dogs (5!) barking, the vacuum, my phone ringing, extra bubbles in my aquarium…

It makes me want to scream and cry. It isn’t painful, just incredibly annoying, like a dripping faucet in a silent room. My chest hurts and I feel like I’m going to cry. This is annoying.

I’m bipolar, off meds for almost a year and have been okay up until recently. Going back to the doc in a week to get something to reduce my irritation but not make me numb to everything. It’s hard to find the right combo, especially when my case is quite mild. If it makes me feel better, then I probably will have a lot of trouble sleeping. I ended up taking 12 pills a day at one point. No more of that. One or two.

Anyway, not sure what causes this sound sensitivity, but it is absolutely terrible.

November 26, 2008 at 9:38 pm
(30) PJ says:

I found this article for you all (below) because sometimes I feel behaviour and medical ‘specialists’ are all too keen to pigeon hole people into a category without really looking deeply enough to see if other factors play a role in certain behaviours/approaches to living.

Have you ever thought that you may just be a ‘sensitive’ soul with special gifts that are yet to be recognised? This is in contrast to labelling yourselves as ‘bipolar’ and pumping your body with a destructive cocktail of prescription drugs that only help to increase the profits of drug companies and the perks afforded by the companies to the doctors who prescribe them.

Sorry, but I refuse to be written off as having a ‘disorder’ simply because I cannot stand the inconsiderate ‘living’ noises of those around me. Perhaps there is more to it?

This is what I found by Jenna Avery, CLC,
Life Coach for Sensitive Souls, as follows:

Here is a list of qualities of Highly Sensitive Souls that I have developed, based on the work of Dr. Elaine Aron, and on my own experience. According to Aron, HSPs comprise about 15 to 20% of the population.

Characteristics of Highly Sensitive Souls

extremely intuitive
highly aware, keenly observant
attuned to the subtleties of the surrounding environment light, noise, sound, temperature, etc.
emotionally sensitive and caring, easily affected by the energy and emotions of others
often empathic or psychic
experience emotions with great intensity and depth
have a lower tolerance for stimulation than others
need adequate rest, nutrition and time alone to feel balanced
highly conscientious
intense, passionate, emotional
able to concentrate deeply with uninterrupted time
prefer to work independently
process information deeply and from many sources of information
often more right-brained, artistic
often feel very different than “everyone else”
have a rich, complex inner life – often highly imaginative
often seen by others as sensitive or shy
often introverted, though 30% of HSPs are “socially extroverted” according to Dr. Aron
can get extremely engaged with work and ideas
often prefer to avoid news and TV
have an important role to play in society as advisors, sages or prophets
Click these links to find out more about Highly Sensitive Souls and how we show up in the Enneagram and on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Something I’ve Learned

One of the absolutely most important things I’ve learned as Highly Sensitive Soul is to STOP asking myself, “What’s wrong with me?” if I ever felt uncomfortable or unhappy. In my experience, I was so often different than others around me, that I learned to ask myself this question early on. Now I ask myself, “What’s my intuition telling me right now?” What a gift to myself!

About the Name – Highly Sensitive Souls

I’ve adopted the name Highly Sensitive Souls for several reasons.

First, as a spiritual coach, I resonate deeply with the notion that we are all spiritual beings, and this name brings this even more into focus for me.

Second, I think it speaks to the intuitive aspects of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). One of the key differences between being introverted and being an HSP is our sixth sense or intuitive and perceptive abilities. To me, intuition is derived from a connection to a greater knowing that can only be explained by a deep spiritual connection.

And lastly, some of you will likely recognize my pure delight in alliteration!

Copyright 2004-2005, Jennifer Avery, All rights reserved.

Jenna Avery is a highly sensitive coach and intuitive who offers an original coaching program called Embrace Your Essential Self, designed to guide sensitive souls to find a deep sense of inner rightness within themselves so they are inspired to step forward and shine. Jenna is a Certified Life Coach based in Berkeley, California. She can be reached at 510.981.0697. She also offers support for sensitives in business through the Sensitive Professionals Network.You’re invited to take her free online assessment: “Is Your Sensitivity Working For You?” on her website at http://www.highlysensitivesouls.com.

These articles may be published on your website in their entirety as long as the copyright notes and biographical information above are included in their entirety with functional hyperlinks (for “resource box” HTML, click here). Please also send me an e-mail to let me know they have been published, and where. Thank you!

Are You Highly Sensitive?
Characteristics of Highly Sensitive Souls
Are You A Highly Sensitive Newbie?
What’s So Great About Being Highly Sensitive, Anyway?
Work That Works for Sensitive Souls:
Six Steps to Transform Your Career
Living Your Calling: Taking the First Steps
Travel Tips for Sensitive Souls
Holiday Strategies for Sensitive Souls
Beating the Winter Blues: Seasonal Survival for Sensitive Souls
The Power of Morning Pages
Understanding Empathy
Are Those Your Feelings?

Enjoy, and always BELIEVE in yourself! Let no other man or woman tell you who you are and what you stand for. Work is out for yourself. And, if you don’t go WITHIN, you will go WITHOUT!

PJ x

January 31, 2009 at 7:49 pm
(31) Paul H says:

I suffer from a rare condition called Hyperacusis.The sound of running tap water hurts my ears.Everyday is a true challenge.Ther is no cure but noise therapy that could take months if not years to work.

February 21, 2009 at 5:10 am
(32) Catherine Druce says:

I’m 66 and for the past 10 years my hearing sensitivity has become more and more acute. A screach, squeeking wheels, doors, whistling, particularly the one that people use in “appreciation” of a good performance, high soprano (even well sung – I love music) notes, children’s high pitched voices, children shouting. It has become a nightmare to go anywhere because any shop, restaurant, even someone whistle etc.

My hearing has always been more acute than most. I hear music from some houses away that no one else does, etc. But it has now become so intrusive. I react first because it hurts, not because it is annoying. I experience abuse from people because they can’t understand and think I am being intolerant of their childrens’ noise. Although maybe they should be more aware than they are.

Along with most other people, I think, I don’t like the overloud heavy beat stuff that people play in their cars – to the extent sometimes that my house shakes. But that doesn’t hurt like the high pitched noises do.

Light sleeping has also always been a problem because I hear every sound, but nothing compares with the pain of those high pitched sounds.

Does anyone else have this level of pain?

February 25, 2009 at 7:35 pm
(33) Cherîe says:

Hello Ladies,

I have many of the same issues with noise, light, chemicals, you name it anything that is an irritant to my central nervous centre and I can feel it in a big way.

Just something I wanted to add here and that is I found some information that you might all be very interested in reading. And it might put you on a better track to health even possibly getting you off some of the meds you are taking. Im a firm believer everything can be cured and healed but we have to look in the not so conventional means. And this goes for Bipolar, ADHD, fibromyalgia and everything else.
So here is the other info I found that might she some light for a least a few of you.
Many blessings to you all. In love and light!


March 3, 2009 at 1:42 am
(34) Tony says:

I am very sensitive to noise. It affects my whole life and really bothers me. Sometimes I just feel like screaming and moving into the forest away from people. I am really struggling and the quality of my life is horrible. I had a guy trying to open my door one night, which sent me into a panic attack. So from now on, every bit of noise, every click, every person walking in the hallway gives me anxiety and panic attacks. And if I use ear plugs, I get anxiety attacks thinking someone is trying to break in and I cannot hear them. So ear plugs aren’t the solution either. Life is hard :-(

March 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(35) MB says:

I have just recently gotten VERY noise sensitive. People talking in my office (I work in a cubicle environment), cars, ATV’s, loud music (any kind, even the ones I like) ESPECIALLY HIGH PITCHED NOISES like dirt bikes, whistling, women who raise their tone to sound high pitched sort of whining, chewing (me or other people), casino machines (even if I am playing them), typing, slamming doors, high heel shoes, dogs barking, or any of these noises on tv or radio, people who talk really low for whatever reason and they sound like they are mumbling (I don’t want to “listen” to their conversation, I just hate when it sounds like mumbling), loud laughing (especially snorting sound laughing). I went to the Dr and she said it could be OCD. I don’t think I’m that compulsive, I have learned to let go a little, or it could be sleep apnea. I was diagnosed with anxiety and panic attacks a couple of months after my mother died almost 9 years ago. I get depressed a lot, but push through it for my son. When I get angry or irritated for any reason my anxiety acts up and then the noise sensitivity is right behind it. I live in almost an apprehensive state 24/7. I don’t know what to do about all of this. I take 0.5 mg of Xanax when it all hits and I ususally feel better, but I have to kind of wean myself off of it over the next couple of days.

March 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm
(36) MB says:

Could all of the people who have posted try to have a follw up of what is and what is not helping you. Thank you.

March 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm
(37) Tony says:

MB, I can empathise with your message.

I am fairly certain you and I have the same thing that is contributing to our noise sensitivity. I think we both have PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder or some other type of anxiety disorder. That’s my conclusion after years of due-diligence and research into this and why I am this way.

March 9, 2009 at 10:19 am
(38) MB says:

Thanks Tony. I do have anxiety which started after my mother died and my father died 5 years later, and he seemed very depressed. I try to get away from the house more and take my Xanax as soon as I think I may need it, not everyday. It works pretty fast, 15-30 minutes and I can take it without water, it melts on your tongue, that’s how you know you have a good manufacturer.

March 14, 2009 at 9:26 pm
(39) Electric Noize says:

The words written here perfectly summarize my growing battle against sound.

I’m 32 and *highly* sensitive to sounds (especially higher frequency noises). I’m particularly disturbed around eating noises (crunching of chips, popcorn) and thudding/dropping noises (eg., apartment neighbors).

I will be purchasing a house this spring and look forward to at least limiting some of the exterior noise/wall noise. But, of course, that won’t alleviate my partner’s noises.

And, sadly, my reactions to my partner when she makes these noises is less than…
romantic. I find my sensitivities have really caused us sadness as a couple (due to my quickly accelerated anger at her noise).

We’ve talked about it in such terms and I have concentrated as best I can on the movie, tv show, book, etc. as I can. But it’s so difficult to just “tune it out” as so many others will offer as a “treatment”.

Earplugs during sleep is standard. Often I employ white noise (fans, dishwasher, etc.) to provide a basic “cover” for most noise.

I wish I had more tips.

March 16, 2009 at 11:35 am
(40) MB says:

I plan on building a new house soon, particularly to incorporate noise reducing walls. I had planned this a long time ago, but with my noise sensitivity growing, it has spurred me on to action. I have looked into noise reducing supplies, such as insulation and noise barriers (soundproofing). I would put it in now, but don’t want to spend the money on a house I’ll only be in for about another year. I find not having any control over the noise is a ‘big’ part of the problem. I keep all of the doors inside my house closed, it seems to help a lot with the outside noises. I wish I had all solid doors, those really cut down on noise penetration.

April 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(41) Donald Patton says:


I have post-polio syndrome. I have been disaled for about 8 years. Lately I have been noticing that certain noises make me very irritable. Namely the surround sound on the television. If it starts bassing a lot I feel like I am about to lose my mind and attack something or someone.

April 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm
(42) Lisa says:


I just want to say that I have always had a real sensitivity to noises also, and some of the comments I’ve read have made me laugh out loud because I can totally relate to them. Especially the refrigerator humming, the grinding of the parrot’s beak and people walking or talking in another room that you can hear through the walls. I used to yell at my parents when I was a kid to stop talking at night. I always have to have an apartment on the top floor so no one is above me. I have to use something at night as white noise (like a loud fan) to go to sleep. My reason for writing is to tell that some of you could be creative writers your messages are so descriptive and funny!

I also want to tell you that St. John’s Wort can really help and make you feel more at peace and soothed. When I take it, I am much more relaxed and can tolerant noises easier. Please try it if you can. I get it at Walgreens and it’s the Sundown Natural’s brand. I don’t know if I have BP, but I know I have trouble with anxiety. I take Xanax also and the St. John’s Wort doesn’t interfere with it and it lasts longer.

May 1, 2009 at 12:43 am
(43) Griffin says:

Thanks to all of you, I read quite a lot of these comments and it feels we are all in the same boat.
Living as a teacher in China, I put up with the most absurd ammount of noise a person could try to cope with, and on top of it all, i am sensitive to sounds.
I believe it is making me bi-polar (if possible)
and i am so strung -out that I have these mild episodic melt-downs on a near regular basis.
Last night I was working until late, with headphones on, knowing my neightbors were making a lot of noise, even after 2am, but not knowing which apartment it was coming from.
I have had problems with the upstairs neighbors, and they insist it isnt them making the noise.
Last night, tired, exausted, stressed and nervous about the noise, i took of the headphones, and the sound is going strong again, so i went to the apartment building’s night guard. He shrugged me off, and i was forced to confront the neighbors myself.
So long story short, i was assualted by the man upstairs for knocking on his door. And the noise quite possibly is coming from the building set next to my own.
I am literally losing my marbles due to this problem.
thanks to all of you for helping me less alone.
God Bless

May 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm
(44) Brandi says:

Oh my God, it’s not just me! I’m so glad that I found this b/c I am super sensitive to noises that don’t even phase my boyfriend or other people around me…made me feel crazy or like people thought that I was just being a total bitch or that I was just being whiny when complaining about certain noises! I mean at times, I literally feel like screaming! I can look at my boyfriend & say “God, don’t you hear that?” & he doesn’t, it don’t bother him! I also seem to be sensitive to smells…anyone else do that too???

June 8, 2009 at 11:04 pm
(45) savannah says:

Its weird how much I relate. The main things that reallllly bother and make me so irriated/annoyed/mad are:
-people talking loudly on the phone in the same room as me (y do people do that? I dont want to hear their whole conversation, and I dont want people to hear mind)
-chewing. this has been a problem since i was about 12. i used to leave the dining room table and eat int he living room i would get in such a bad mood.
-people talking loudly.
-womens whinney or over excited voices
-tapping (worse if theirs no rythem, just random)
-garbage disposils and blenders (i make smoothies every day and cringe when i have to use the blender)
-dog barking
-annoying whisteling

i dont mind natrual sounds like loud rain, ocean, wind, chimes, rivers, crickets, etc. I actually reall love that sound. It human sounds that bother me. Music doesnt really bother me.

I thing I may have OCD. I am a perfectionist, I am very clean and feel stressed when its messy, wash my hands often and feel I need to wash them again if I “spoil them” by touching touching things that are often touched by people a lot like phones, remotes, door knobes, hand rails, etc.

Do the two maybe have something in common?

What could this be? is there a name? is there something i can take? Im going to try st. johns wart. Im am against antibiotics and stupid shit doctors try to subscribe you just to get money. If it really works and isnt harmful to my body please tell.

June 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm
(46) Barb says:

Hi, I am a mental health professional who also happens to be highly sensitive to sound. I don’t think that my hearing is more acute than others,just that I am more sensitive to the things that I do hear. I call it my blessing as well as my curse. For example, I almost lost my mind when a neighbor encouraged his little Spitz dog to bark nonstop for hours -just feet from my window and the authorities refused to intervene. This went on for 3 years and my sensitivty response increased to where my skin literally did “crawl” and my teeth chattered when I would hear this particular dog even start to bark. I had heard of people feeling their skin crawl and yes- it literally does. I was surprisd to find that the sensation was a crawling inward motion running from the fingers toward the center of the body -and yes it is sheer hell. A teeny dose of ativan was soothing but I do not lke to take drugs as I miss having the energy when I am wantig to do things! I call being acutely sensitive to sounds a belessing at times because when my environment is free of unwanted sounds and I hear soothing sounds such as “waterfalls, crickets, distant trains, treefrogs, the wind in the trees and such-then my body feels a soft relaxing glow and it is pure bliss. So my sound sensitivity is in a way “bipolar” (though I do not have Bipolar Illness to my knowledge) because my “highs” are higher than the norm and my “lows” lower than the norm. Fortunately I now live in an environment that is usually ver quiet and no problems with neighbors with high pitched yappy little dogs. Also- just a word of caution that if any of you have Bipolar Illness that you should know that some antidepressants can cause Bipolars to kick into a manic episode, so if you take St. John’s Wort or anything else with antidepressant properties be aware if you should start experiencing “sleeplessness, mind racing, excitement or irritability and other s/s of mania.

July 14, 2009 at 6:58 am
(47) Rhylla says:

I am so glad I found this page. Like others said, I thought it was just me.
People say I exaggerate when I complain about the noise my neighbours make. Their kitchen is next to my bedroom and I can hear them washing up as the sink is against the wall. They must drop pots and pans in there from a great height. It drives me insane. The noise is so bad it physically hurts me, like I get an electric shock.
I talked to them about it and they said they do not make a noise in the kitchen and refused to discuss the matter further.
My other neighbour talking on her mobile phone outside on the patio drives me nuts.
I can hear her as far away as the bedroom which is the furthest room from where she is.
I feel like screaming just to get away from the noise. Sometimes I go for long walks when my neighbours are ‘active’
I feel I should not have to flee my house because of others and it makes me angry.
I’m looking to move but it’s hard to find anywhere quiet. I need to be on the top floor, and preferably on a corner so I only have 1 neighbour, and then just hope and pray it’s a quiet one.
I can hear a pin drop. I can hear things nobody else can hear. I should not have to live in a big city. It’s very unhealthy for me.
There are lots of noises which don’t bother me, like rain and wind, or even traffic most of the time.

I listen to relaxing nature sounds on my mp3 player and I can still hear my neighbours over that. Same with earplugs. I wear them day and night but they do not block out the noise completely.
Sometimes I wish I was deaf.

I wish I could find people like me so we could all move into a block of flats together and just all be quiet and considerate.
Better still I want to live like a hermit in the woods.

July 19, 2009 at 12:42 am
(48) Kate says:

I don’t think the noise issues are bipolar disorder. I have noise issues but am not bipolar. However, these noise issues can drive me crazy to the extent that I may act bipolar.

The noise issues could be either hyperacusis or an auditory processing disorder. I have an auditory processing disorder. Go to an audiologist and ask for them to check for an auditory processing disorder–specifically auditory figure ground issues.

July 23, 2009 at 2:42 am
(49) Vedic says:

Well done PJ.

I honestly can’t believe that so many commenters think they are bi-polar, I mean honestly.

Noise is incredibly annoying. Repetitive sounds drive me absolutely bonkers. Smoke alarms that go off when I’m only making toast – damn them. Clicking sounds, sqeeking sounds…

I think that those selfish gits that play music or are just totally inconsiderate of others should all be put in the same jail cell where they can make as much noise as they like. They should be forced to listen to noise themselves 24 hours a day….

But wait!

Do most of you not realise that there is a spiritual condition that relates exactly to this? Needing quiet. Not wanting quiet, but needing it.

Unfortunately no one is aloud to say anything spiritual these days. We’re all supposed to deny the existence of God Almighty, work on Sundays, get divorced yada yada yada…

I have not watched TV for the past 9 years because I like the quiet. I could sit in absolute and utter silence and enjoy the peace.

Throw away your television sets. Don’t read the papers that only tell us stories of hate, murder rape and misery.

July 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm
(50) bombayblue52 says:

Finding this website has been a Godsend. I, too, cannot stand the sound of smacking lips, gulping, slurping, etc., however, more than anything, I HATE, HATE, HATE, the sound of wind chimes. I have nightmares about them, cringe at the sight of them, and fear hearing them, because their intermittent tinkling makes me come absolutely unglued to the point I could jump out of my own skin. If I were Queen of the World those #*!#ing things would no longer exist.

July 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm
(51) bombayblue52 says:

One more thing – how in the name of all that is holy hanging a musical instrument that is played whenever the wind blows OUTSIDE of your home to disturb the peace of entire neighborhood ever became popular is way beyond my comprehension. For heaven’s sake, when did the wind in the trees, children laughing, birds chirping, etc., fall out of fashion. Common courtesy would dictate that when one of these noise addicts wants to listen to her wind chime, she would take it outside, then take it back INSIDE when she is done listening to it. But, no, just hang it up and let it play, play, play, whenever the wind blows. It is just about as inconsiderate as a neighbor can get.

August 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm
(52) Jackie says:

Uhhh… I have somewhat similar situation. I am in Clark College, studying English, and I hate when somebody eats food in class, especially crackers, trial mix, chips, etc… It is very irritating… Also car alarms, kids(crying, screaming), dog barking(annoying small dogs), the Hispanic neighbor talking loud outside on the phone, for hours between 10pm-2am, and my class-mates extremely stupid small talks… Those are driving me crazy.

August 25, 2009 at 10:25 am
(53) Suzy says:

I’ve had two ear surgeries to fix an ear drum perforation (hole) and ever since I’ve had that surgery, my hearing, especially in the unaffected ear has become super-sensitive. I can’t go to any fireworks displays, as they really hurt my ears. I hear everything, as our bedroom is downstairs, and our 3 teen’s bedrooms are upstairs and they’re up at different times of the night. I wake up at least 25x night! I am so overtired, I just can’t even sleep anymore!

August 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm
(54) john says:

Yes !!!
It hurts my ears when people slam doors, or cabinets, or clap their hands. I can’t stand raised voices. Or especially children screaming and crying. I find it painful to be within 100 feet of anybody who is washing dishes.
And then people seem to think I’m over-reacting … and frequently don’t believe me when I tell them that my ears are that sensitive.
If I go to an assembly or a concert, I have to wear the strongest earplugs I can find, and then the volume is at a reasonable level.
When I’m having a ‘spell’ (or ‘episode’), it gets really bad.
One of the ways I can recognize when I’m having an episode. I start having to repeat myself to everybody, because they can’t hear me, even though I think I’m talking at a reasonable volume.
I’m also hyper-sensitive to bright light, and small temperature changes. Even my taste-buds seem to be hypersensitive. It seems that only my sniffer is safe, and most of the time it just seems to be off-duty.
Also … DENTISTS … trips to the dentist are terribly agonizing. Even for a general cleaning, I absolutely have to have the nitrous.

August 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(55) john says:

Other things bother me too. Like clocks ticking in the next room, cell phone chargers (or other chargers) that make weird noises when they are plugged in. At times, especially at night, I’d swear I can hear a TV or radio from some un-locatable source, but can just never quite make out the words.
To top that off … would you believe that my neighbors used to wake me up to tell me to turn off my alarm clocks (yes, plural) in the morning?

August 31, 2009 at 1:49 pm
(56) ABC says:

I absolutely cant take loudspeakers, TV, loud-talking. I have no problem with sounds of nature …
birds, water, crickets, darkness, being-alone, eating-alone, sleeping-alone, working-alone, thinking-alone for hours and days. People think I am nuts. I have no argument. I am nuts.

September 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm
(57) John says:

YES!!!!!!!!!! what a relief to find this site, and to read all your comments, I can relate to so much of what you have all said, like a lot of you, I thought I was the only one, I am currently sitting in the quietest room in my house, ear plugs in, doors closed, and just thought i’d google the words “I am sensitive to noise” God bless you, other sensitive souls.

September 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(58) Debra says:

I thought I was the only one, OMG, why can’t any of you all be my neighbors? My neighbors, I’m sure hate my guts because of my constant complaining of their noise, like pounding stereo bases vibrating through walls. I’m really about ready to lose it. I’m very low income, and I’d love to move, but all the waiting lists for decent housing are so long. We’ve got people here who refuse to hook their telephone up downstairs to the callbox, so when they have visitors, they’re constantly coming by, yelling up at the windows, making loud obnoxious whistling sounds, all day and all night, trying to get the tenant’s attention, but thoroughly and furiously annoying me. The neighbor refuses to hook up to the call box because they don’t want certain people calling them, but this annoyance isn’t fair to me. My neighbors think I’m absolutely crazy. I do have bipolar and PTSD, but apparently no one around here understands such things. Everyone gives the same response. Use earplugs. Why should I have to resort to stinking those obnoxious things in my ears all day, and half the time, they don’t even work? We’re supposed to have a right to quiet enjoyment of our residence, but where is it? It’s too bad they can’t make a complete apartment complex that is only for people with noise sensitivities.

September 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm
(59) Cindy says:

Debra, I’ll be your neighbor!!! LOL

Wow, am I glad I found this comment board… I only hope I can get my husband to sit down and read some of these posts – my whole family thinks I’m bitchy and unreasonable sometimes…

Sounds and smells that no one else seems to even notice are usually total mood killers for me. Like so many other posters, human-made noises drive me nuts, but “natural” sounds are always soothing. It makes no sense! Sometimes I will even open our bedroom window so the sounds of passing traffic will drown out the sound of my own family when I am trying to read or get to sleep at night.

The thing I feel terrible about is I usually end up going and asking everyone to PLEASE BE QUIET – but my stepkids have been raised to have fun 24/7 (they were never asked to tone it down before I came along) and my kids think I’m nuts and my husband says the noise they make doesn’t bother him. Just “tune it out” he says.

Well that’s impossible for me. At that point I just get angry with them, and angrier with myself for being angry at them. It’s my perceived lack of respect for my needs (few as they are, trust me) that makes matters worse. And the resentment just piles up on both sides. It’s all very sad.

People who douse themselves in cologne or perfume usually irritate the heck out of me, too. It’s very hard to go out in public sometimes because of these people – I’ve asked to be reseated more than once at restaurants because of (IMO) these totally inconsiderate “perfumigators”, as I like to call them.

Still there are times when the sensitivities seem to sort of go away, which makes me wonder if it’s possible that it’s a body chemistry thing. I thought this article was helpful in linking magnesium intake to auditory sensitvity:


I am going to try to increase my magnesium intake and see what happens. I really wish that the news media would pick up on these kinds of stories and educate the rest of the public as to the personal hell we all live, every day.

Good luck to all of you out there – I hope we can ALL find some measure of peace in our own ways.

September 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm
(60) Francois says:

Ok it is good to find people who are alike myself in intolerance to noise.

I am not going to repeat the statements above, mine is more or less the same.

But there are only few notes on here regarding the solution. One solution mentioned here was “magnesium intake”.

Does anybody have any experience towards resolving this issue other than ear-plugs etc.?

You can leave me a note at code1058 at gmail dot com


October 12, 2009 at 9:29 am
(61) Catherine Anne says:

me too i’m sensitive but when he noise is coming from me , it’s okay. ahahah

October 13, 2009 at 7:17 am
(62) sarah says:

It happened suddenly one day, like a shock, I could NOT tolerate loud noise. That was 5 years ago now. I am now well on the way to having “normal” ears. This is my process and my advice…

- become aware of what stresses you and seek ways to relax and…….

- get rid of the television
- stop listening to ALL electronic music and talking
- avoid nightclubs, pubs, cinemas etc.
- limit or avoid mobile phone and landline use
- stay away from power tools
- use ear plugs whenever need to shut out noise
- where a thick beanie that covers ears in winter, in summer a thick headband over ears

- transfer interest in music to interest in visual arts – drawing, painting, sketching from life
- lots of walks and camping in nature, quiet, peace, relaxation, drawing
- go travelling to a foreign country, visit quiet art galleries, walk in nature, forget your stress

- seek advice from an ANTHROPOSOPHICAL doctor, who will seek to understand your whole person and offer you natural medicine – (Weleda and Wala products)
- become aware of an discuss and seek to resolve ALL your health issues, many of which will stem from STRESS
- Sessions with a CURATIVE EURYTHMIST (Eurythmy – an artisic, anthroposophical movement therapy)
- Meditate – 5 minutes in morning and night – use verse, image or prayer
- Massage – RHYTHMICAL MASSAGE – anthroposophical

- Pay attention to diet – seek organic foods, filtered water, chamomile tea
- Eat slowly and quietly, be creative with cooking
- Be aware of noise sensitivity triggers -
- avoid alcohol and caffeine
- limit refined sugar intake and chocolate
- avoid cigarette smoke
- choose fresh food over canned/packaged
- avoid preservatives/food additives

- create an organic vege garden and live into the changing seasons and mother earth
- get a wood fireplace

- change from being a CONSUMER into a CREATOR
- enjoy with children – sing, tell fairy tales, do craft, garden, cook, play, laugh

- be neither extremely happy nor extremely sad, but somewhere in between
- eat not too much, nor too little
- find a hobby that relaxes you and balance it with another hobby
- sleep not too much, nor too little
- be alone and with other people
- consider your own problems and those of others

- Kahil Gibran “The Prophet”
- Rudolf Steiner/Anthroposophy/Waldolf
- Rudolf Haushka “Nutrition”
- Charles Dickens, Patrick White, Bronte Sisters, Xavier Herbert, Goethe

- Sharon Heller “Too loud, too fast, too tight. What to do if you’re SENSORY DEFENSIVE in an overstimulating world”

October 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm
(63) tazz says:

I live in a busy area with lots of teenage boys. We’ve had tons of issues with noise because of them playing ball in the street directly in front of our house. That finally got resolved after I insisted the city enforce a code violation, but I had to live in chaos for two years. We had a hud house on the other side, which now has new residents. Last night, I realized they have a heavy metal band practicing in their basement, complete with a screaming male vocalist, guitars, and drums. I had finally gotten peace in the house after getting the teenagers to get out from the front of our house, and was looking forward to the winter and getting away even more from the noise of the neighbors. I was panic stricken when I heard the band last night thumping through every room of my home. My husband said I should try to be a little more tolerant, and I became enraged. I feel almost raped when someone imposes excessive noise on me. I’m trying to decide if I should start calling the police when I hear this booming screaming heavy metal playing. My husband said to wait until 10pm. Who is it that decides that loud noise has to be endured until late at night?? Why should someone else be able to effect what you are doing in your house? Your right to think or rest? I hate to make enemies but their loud hobbies literally ruin my mental health. I don’t care if they dislike me, but I worry they will try to hurt my animals if I complain too much, or even at all. Last year
when I reported the ball-games, someone poisoned my feral cats I care for.I realized last night that my noise sensitivity is something I need to respect about myself, even if no one understands. I am simply sensitive as a whole and always have been, I don’t believe it is an illness. If anyone wants to chat, feel free to email me at tazzmainiandevils@yahoo.com

October 17, 2009 at 11:31 am
(64) CruiseAustin says:

I am so glad that this topic was brought up. I have suffered from sound sensitivity for about 20 years. I never associated it with BP. I too have been diagnosed with hyperacusis. Since I have not been working it has gotten better since I am not around as many people or as much noise as I have been in the past. It has prevented me from doing many things like: football games, concerts, going to festivals, sometimes even movies. Best of luck to all of you out there with this affliction!

October 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm
(65) Fangtasia says:

Thank you for writing on this issue. I have suffered for years trying to deal with noise.
I quit a job that I loved because the sound of paper (quickly separating invoices) was too much to bare. My husband cannot use a mouse with his laptop. The clicking of a mouse makes me want to jump out of my skin. I seem to hear things that others have a hard time hearing. ((Sigh))….I am not alone.

November 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm
(66) Milton says:

I’m suffering from the sounds of slamming the door and using a mouse. When I hear the door slams, I begin to waiting for another slam. So does the sound of using a mouse.

I’m also suffering from the noises I regard as illegal. I mean, if I’m reading in a noisy, clamorous market, I won’t be disturbed by the noises, because I think the market should be noisy; but if I’m reading in the library and someone begins to make noises, then I become angry with him, I think library should be a quiet place, without chatting, receiving calls, or eating popcorn. Agony!

December 12, 2009 at 9:44 pm
(67) Jerrie says:

White noise CDs – that’s the way to go. I can’t stand my neighbor’s bass. I think he listens to loud music 24/7. I would like to be able to enjoy my living room without the earth shattering bass, and I think the white noise is working.

January 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm
(68) Cindy says:

I have OCD as well. Four years ago I moved into our first real home with a real back yard, fence, privacy, and what we thought would be peace and quiet in the country. Unfortunatly the neighbor that owns the woods behind my property line, (my fence-line area), decided to plow down most of her wooded tree’s and beautiful shrubs so all the bratty neighbors kids could have a ATV paradise track!!!! I had just fixed up my backyard, purchased a swing to mellow out in, ALL RUINED because now I get to choke on ATV exhaust and thanks to the F* up state of Virginia they can ride to their hearts delight up until midnight! ( I asked a non-emergency cop- and was shocked to find out that the f* hicks can keep me awake at night till midnight. All ATV’s should be banded from condenced residential areas!!!!!!! I hate people who have no concideration for their neighbors!!!

January 9, 2010 at 1:40 am
(69) Karen says:

Wow, why didn’t I look this up a long time ago?? Like so many of you, I thought I was the only one!! I hate, hate, hate gum chewing, smacking, and popping!! Even at church, when I hear someone popping their gum I want to slug them! (I love my church, but I am serious!) I hate listening to coughing, sniffing and clearing of the throat! So get this; my husband has allergies and is always coughing, clearing his throat, and sniffing. I can barely be in the same room. Now my 9 year old is getting allergies. I hate the sounds of dogs barking or water dripping. Repetitive sounds is like Chinese torture! It does not hurt my ears, it just irritates me to no end!! I wish there were a cure. I am not bp, but I do take a light dose of anti-depressant. It takes the edge off, but it doesn’t do much else. I prefer to be alone with the radio on or any white noise. I wish I knew of a cure. It’s embarrassing to tell anyone, because everyone just thinks you should be able to “tune it out”. If I could I WOULD!

January 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(70) Jan Smith says:

Wow. I thought I was the only one. I cannot tolerate noise at all, stomping neighbors, gum chewers, gardeners, barking dogs. I still do not know what causes this, as my friends dont mind all of these things. I feel it is an invasion on my privacy and peace.

January 18, 2010 at 11:15 am
(71) G.G. says:

I just read an article that magnesium deficiency can cause sensitivity to noise. Recently I have become very sensitive to loudness. My ears actually hurt. I also have ringing in my ears as well that is constant. I plan to take magnesium to see if that won’t help. If anyone has experience with it, I’d be interested in how it helped/or not.

January 19, 2010 at 12:41 am
(72) Mary says:

I don’t have bp disorder..I have fibromyalgia. I stumbled on this forum though when looking for possible reasons for my noise sensitivity. Its driving me crazy! Especialy at night..low bass sounds. I cant drown them out..even with ear plugs..I can still feel the bass sounds of people snoring..or cars passing by with music or men talking through walls. I can hear it over ambient noises. Living in an apartment complex was like torture! SO maybe bp disorder isnt the commonality between people with this sensitivity…or maybe I have bp and i dont know it! I highly doubt that though.

January 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(73) Marian says:

As many of you say, it is a comfort to know that others suffer from the same “obsession” with noise! I’ve had a very low tolerance to certain noises as long as I can remember! I have a real issue – particularly in the summer months- with kids squealing and shouting. It is normally pretty quiet where we live until the brats (from the house that backs on to ours) are out in the garden. It is quite a large garden and consequently half the neighbour is there on the trampoline, playing football, having water fights, etc etc. Why can’t they play quietly! Can’t their parents control them! This in turn sets off the dogs yapping in another neighbouring house. It’s got to the stage I dread going out in my own garden! Another annoying noise is the sound of our central heating radiators clicking and clanking. Drives me mad!

Another one was at work (until luckily I had to move offices recently)… there is a grate in the road near the office window and every time a car went over it, it clanked and drove me insane! I find it is not so much the noise itself, but becoming obsessed with listening for it. It is this kind of repetitive noises that drive me absolutely mad, yet other people don’t even seem to hear it! And when it is something I have no way of controlling or removing then I really get bent out of shape! It is a real obsession for me to the point it can ruin your life!!!!

January 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm
(74) Donnie says:

There is a yahoo group called s.s.s. or selective sound sensitivity that I belong to. Some of you probably belong there, read some of the older posts and the description and see if it fits. As I sit here typing with earplugs in (normal for me), I only hope someday someone figures this out. I am curious to see how many can relate to the site I posted. We started from a hyperacusis [oversensity to sound] board when we realized we were different and now we are over 1000 strong.


February 2, 2010 at 8:27 pm
(75) sarah says:

I feel like a fool right now, alternating between crying and cramming my earplugs in harder. I am stuck in my bedroom and want so badly to be out in the other room with my husband and kids but they are so NOISY! The minute they came home from school they grabbed food from the fridge and came into my bedroom to say hello. I could barely hug them before I had to send them away, the smacking and chomping and talking with their mouths full was more than I could take.

My husband understands but doesn’t know what to do to help. He, himself, is full of anxious habits that make it truly hard for me to be around him. Tapping, coughing, clearing his throat (or, worse, NOT clearing it), snoring, etc. You get the picture.

I am on meds (effexor) for anxiety, which had seemed to be helping. Recently my noise sensitivity has gotten so much worse, though I have had it since I was a kid and have always been told I am intolerant and bitchy and need to learn to tune it out. If one more fucking person tells me to tune it out, I may LOSE IT!!!!

There are a few things that I haven’t seen mentioned in the thread above, so here they are:

I have noticed this is hereditary in some fashion. There are definitely members of my family who are suffering from this – my uncle, father, brother and cousin to name a few. Also running rampant in this sainted gene pool are alcoholism, bulimia, depression and anxiety. There HAS to be a connection.

The strangest thing I have come across relates to anesthesia and its effects on this noise problem we all have. When I had my tonsils and wisdom teeth out (at different times) my mother noticed that when I came out of my anesthetic I was HYPER sensitive to noise. She became very protective and would ask to stay in the recovery room with me when I was waking up so she could tell the nurses to be quiet. It was clearly excruciating for me. I then endured a bad car accident in 2003 that required 13 reconstructive surgeries to put my arm back together. Needless to say, I have been through hell and back in my adult life (33 now). The surgeries lasted 5 years and now I am busy trying to clean up the mental mess that post-traumatic stress disorder has left behind. MESS doesn’t even begin to describe it – since I had lost my health insurance the month before my accident we had to declare bankruptcy, etc, etc, etc…… But I digress. I have noticed this noise sensitivity thing has gotten much much worse than it ever has before and I can’t let it get me down after all my hard work getting my arm back (100% mobility!!!). The craziest part: Anesthesia is defined as the absence or abolition of sensation. Could it be that my repeated exposure to general anesthesia 16+ times in 33 years has made this problem worse? Or, even, created it in the first place????? Maybe the genetic pre-disposition was already there and all it needed was a trigger, like knee surgery when I was 11. Ironically, that’s the time I can remember my irritability beginning (Everyone thought it was just because I had a new baby brother), who, to this day, still irritates the shit out of me ;) .

Here’s a list of things that REALLY get under my skin: (not that you care, it will just let me feel better…) GUM, GUM, GUM. I think its disgusting and I don’t want to hear people chew it. Popcorn, chips, tapping fingers, fidgeting, WHISTLING (for god’s sake people, keep your songs at home!!!!), snoring, booming bass, coughing, talking with mouth full, etc. Radio is very hard to listen to, as well as television at a level that’s too soft or too loud. All TV commercials must be muted when I’m around. I hear all types of electricity as well as (apparently) a smoke alarm in a dumpster 10 blocks away. Yet, my husband’s MUMBLING makes me crazy because I can’t hear what he is saying.

Migraines are also a big problem for me and I can’t deal with Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, etc because of the lights and overstimulation. I get my groceries and christmas presents through the mail so I can avoid stores and malls altogether. Yet, I work in a noisy pub and LOVE IT! I hardly ever experience noise sentitivity while I am there.

I’d welcome replies to this thread as I will be checking back.

Sincerely, Sarah
(not crying anymore…. thank you….)

February 8, 2010 at 4:43 am
(76) Annie says:

I live on a very busy street with a TA centre over the road. I have to put up with parents in their cars waiting for their children to come out. they sit in there with their engines running, dull bass music thumping away. Then i have the privilige of listening to them rushing out screaming and hollering. It’s so bad that i can’t go to bed until they have all come out which is usually 10pm. I can’t have an early night if i am not feeling too good. Then at the weekend they use the place like a night club using often playing loud music until the small hours, completely ruining my sleep. I really really hate unessesasary noise. Ear plugs do help tho, but i do get fed up of wearing them and do feel that i can’t walk around my own home with out them. and what pee’s me off is the fact these people come for miles to make this noise then Pee off home and leave me with the after math!

March 11, 2010 at 10:16 am
(77) dorij says:

I’ve just been researching this for myself. I’ve found a few sites that suggest trying magnesium. Has anyone tried that? Just curious.

April 2, 2010 at 1:31 am
(78) Marcella says:

Hello I live in Tukwila WA YESSSSSSssssssssssssssss I have the same problem for four years me and my family have lived in these moldy apartments we complain and manager is always trying to save a buck we have appliances from 1985~~ Now slamming of doors they have a step so each person jumps down the step you can hear them snore fart take a crap everything YES I complain and the apartment manager at the time was playing games with me she use to live in the same moldy apartment with ants and moved her family out and the person who owns the property has taken his anger out on us he pulled my sons plant he and this young woman spread lies to make it seem like I’m crazy I’m glad I’m not alone we are leaving in August THANK GOD!!!!!!!

April 3, 2010 at 7:16 am
(79) Leon says:

Just returned from the new house I am busy building and feel like going for an operation to remove my hearing completely. The reason? I rent the the place where I currently stay and the house is surrounded by party animal iron ore miners. Got the opportunity to purchase a stand to build my own house, only to discover today that the jerk moving in opposite me likes playing loud rap music and allows his children to drive like berserk people around his yard with a quad bike. My acute sensitivity to (obsession with) noise (even blocks away) drives me insane. As I sat here reading the articles I laughed and cried at the same time. I am not alone. Even my poor wife suffers as she is also now acutely aware of noise and the aggressive responses it triggers in me. If anyone has a cure (please no earplugs), please post it!

April 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm
(80) anonymous says:

i have had sensitivity to noises (cricket, elevator Bing, loud tumps, traffic, some music, clock ticking, faucet dripping, bubble gum popping), pulsing light, and object going by fast (driving in car and traffic next to you is moving really fast) all my life. I found out at young age that my mom have same condition. all though we both have different triggers. different things make us crazy. over the years my sensitivity to noises have change in sense some noise will bother me and then all the sudden it will stop and some thing that been around me for long time will start to bother me. it is really hard to explain. same thing happen with lights and object moving by as well. sometime it get so bad where i have to plugs my ears and go some where really quite and even then i keep imaging the noise that triggers it. you feel like your going to explode and if you die at that very moment that would not be the worst thing that happen to you (only in that moment) and i know in couple of min i am going to get through this and i will be OK but those couple min takes for ever. My condition comes and goes. anything can triggers it. when i was young i was worse but i feel i learn to control it, understand it better and i just have to get use to my environment. when ever i go to new place or different environment it seems to happen more often. over the years it has gotten little better. but my mom and i still suffer from this condition.

April 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(81) Staceyjw says:

I am so haapy to find out its not just me, as most people think I’m just being difficult.I am BP, but never knew this was related. Just this afternoon I was wishing to become deaf, for real. It would be worth it most days.

I HATE what I call “random, continuous noises”- gum/chips chewing and dog barking are the 2 that will send me into a furious rage. Really, it is very bad- why do people think the neighborhood wants to hear their dogs bark all day? RUDE!

It took me years to figure it out, but there is a difference (for me) between continuing noises that are patterned and those that aren’t. Patterned noise like traffic, schools, constant jackhammering/power tools, etc, are fine- I can tune those out. And sounds that occur once or twice and stop, don’t bug me either.

But if they’re random and continuous (RC)- watch out! I am an animal lover, and very laid back, but when I can’t escape the sound of endless barking, I want to kill the animals (and their rude owners) just to stop the torture. And gum smackers make me wanna choke them. Anything noise that’s RC bothers me to the point of being pathological (silverware hitting plates, flies buzzing, babies screaming).

I do what I can, I avoid bad situations (movie theaters/Mexican restaurants are off limits),hide if I can find a quiet room, and use earplugs, headphones and music. Its not enough though, some days I cannot escape it, and it kills my mood immediatley. Anger and frustration are constant companions and I hate it.

I wish people were even a little considerate of their neighbors, I know I am. If you ask someone to stop their dogs yapping, they look at you like you have 2 heads- as if their dog is allowed to disrupt the block because he’s so special. Most people don’t get it, or don’t care.

I had a house where every backyard that touched mine had 1-2 dogs, so I never got to use it! My neighbor was a lowlife criminal that loved to torment his dogs to bark even more! Even after 5 tickets, it didn’t end until I finally sold and moved. Years of warring with him have made it much worse! I jump and visibly cringe every time I hear a dog, and its terrible, but I hate all dogs now.

I just had to rant, usually I can’t because no one understands.


April 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm
(82) staceyjw says:

There are 4 types of audio processsing disorders. If you hate some noises, but not all, Misophonia is the most likely:


I can’t believe it took me this long to figure out what was wrong.

April 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(83) rosedebleu says:

Having loss part of my hearing in one ear and having a prothesis, i’m still very sensitive to sudden noise, multiple sounds in shopping center, discussions involving many people at the same time…after being out for activities, my home seems like a retreat for me to calm down. I know that there is a “filter” i don’t have being partly “deaf” and it seems that meditation could help to center and calm down.

May 7, 2010 at 6:41 am
(84) Snu210 says:

Hi, can you all be my neighbours and coworkers?

I have sensitivity to noise and smells and occasionally light. I find that I have developed anger towards people who keep infringing my space with noise and smells. I’ve held 40 jobs and still counting because there’s a noisy person in each workplace who seems to like shouting through my headphones. I’m going to give earmuffs a try.

I’m deaf in one ear so sleeping is fine (put good ear into pillow). I’m undiagnosed and don’t worry about it but do have some anxiety. My noise problems first started when my sister played danced music 24/7 next to my room as a teenager for 2 years. Hated noises ever since – I believe because I couldn’t hear my inner voice for 2 years and it made me angry because I believe I have the right to hear myself.

I am definitely a sensitive soul, artistic, love “alone” time etc.


I find that if you can get your inner voice to feel “heard” properly, then noise is far less of a problem. The best way to do this is to have lots of sleep (and let your inner you play it out in dreams). Or, go for hours and hours of silence until your inner voice is finished talking and there is real silence. Then you are ready to face the world again.

I find I have to do these things at least once a week, sometimes more often. Long, long walks in quiet can help if there is nowhere to sleep or relax. This will make you want human company again (but it has to be a marathon walking effort, until you feel you have traversed quite some time with yourself, ie a few hours at least).

You will know you have done these things properly when you will crave some noise and human interaction. Usually when the “inner you” has been validated and recognised (probably the invalidation has caused the issue in the first place).

This works for me – best of luck!

May 7, 2010 at 7:09 am
(85) Snu210 says:

PS – I find fluorescent lights a big problem in workplaces too, after a few weeks you get extremely depressed under them and develop a low tolerance and irritability. Avoid!!!

PPS – I do believe that the main item common to us noise sensitivity people is post traumatic stress syndrome. I used to be a working girl and noticed a major and extreme hypersensations and hypersexuality after years of sexually using my body and developing sexual stress.

After years of too much noise and not enough inner listening, I suspect that we are suffering from noise stress which magnifies irritations and makes us have a low tolerance to noise. Hence my “cure” involves removing the original and current stress (ie the noise) for extended periods to make sure that I catch up on the silence I should have had during years of noise abuse.

If you really can’t go anywhere quiet, consider a special trip to the country for walking once a week – it will help you feel soooooo much better! Noise removal is far more effective than covering up other noise with nature sounds (the other noise is still in the background and still affecting you and you know its there).

PPPS – for interest’s sake, I am also one of these people who “hears” electricity, from the microwave to the standby tv, to the alarm clock (must move), clocks ticking 4 rooms away and computers running two rooms away. Sometimes I think I can hear the powerlines buzzing and it’s an overwhelming and irritating noise. I also “hear” the buzz around lightning storms and while not irritating, it scares me. I only get this hyper hyper hearing occasionally though and like the rest of you, nature sounds are OK except pets.

I’d love to hear more temporary or permanent cures from people!

May 10, 2010 at 8:47 am
(86) Nikos says:

Hi. I am oversensitive to audio signals. I’m also bipolar. I can’t stand noise at work. Conversations taking place nearby drive me nuts cause I loose focus on my interests. My attention is constantly switching in context.

I’m scared to go out for a walk because all those audio signals from the cars, the people, birds, etc…make by brain flip out. I get stressed and anxious.

I’ve just downloaded a 60min white noise audio file. It helps somehow, but sounds of rain, thunder, beaches and such are far more smoothing I think.

Sometimes I am making white noise by whispering and focusing on my breathing. That helps a lot too.

I’m also a musician. I compose musical phrases (patterns) that help me visualize and focus on geometric shapes like circles, hexagons and combinations of them.

In a few days I’m trying out a set of in ear monitors combined with smoothing nature sounds.

I thought I was alone, a rare extremity of an oversensitive personality.

May 11, 2010 at 7:00 am
(87) Becky says:

I do think my noise sensitivity is related to being bipolar. It only happens every so often and usually when I am feeling out of sorts–do I want to call it manic—I am not sure. It is kind of funny cause the TV volume will go up and down, up and down. I live on a main street–alot of trucks so I am very sensitive to those and it is almost a painful sound when they go by. When people talk to me I will put up my hand and say PLEASE don’t talk to loud and whether they are or aren’t really doesn’t matter because to ME they are like screaming at me. I will turn everything off and sit in the silence. Peace. I just started this a few years ago when I noticed how things around me were just making me crazed. The sound of my husband chewing his food. Someone talking to me. It does go away in a while but it depends on my situation and which I am doing at the time. Depression can set it off as well as my racing thoughts/manic time. I hate it. It is painful. So do I think it IS related to my disorder YES. Sorry for those out there that do not. I simply do.

May 12, 2010 at 2:54 am
(88) usha says:

hi all
i,m from india and i really can understand what u say. but i don’t think u all are bp. ur sensitivity to sound and light is also a symptom of migraine. we in india allow for the fact that as we get older, we need to live quiter lives, we call it ‘vanaprasth’ or that stage where a person need te live away from civilization and introspect. so we spend more time in temples and meditation groups.
all of u must try meditation -its the am=nswer to 90 % of our problems.
if interested, look up pss- pyramid spiritual society, pyramid valley, bangalore, india

i suffer from light and sound sensitivity too.i am not bp,but my partner is.

May 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(89) Erica says:

Me too! im not sure about being bipolar… i thought bipolar is when you have extreme high and lows.. do you think that sound sensitivity is an effect of bipolar?

mine started at the end of year 10 so 15… i started getting really bad with sleeping… i couldnt sleep well..trucks that run by my house would wake me up… esp my bros on the computer his comp is right outside and when he plays WOW and clicks like 100 times per minute annoys the shit out of me when i try to sleepp!!! i start getting frustrated and yell at him..and if the tv downstairs is too loud but isnt really i can still hear it i get my parents to turn it down..and also just people talking outside my room..i cant have that..otherwise i cant sleep!!

its really getting to me not having proper sleep..and you get so frust cause u cant get sleep..ppl get mad cause you’re being too sensitive which you are but its more frust on yourself cause your just so tired..and im thinking if my future husband snores..what am i going to do for life?
not marry him cause he snores and i cant sleep?

June 8, 2010 at 3:01 am
(90) bri says:

Im so sensetive to noises its painful to go to school but i go anyways.i hate it when people say to just ingnore the sounds that bug me,but i wish it was that easy but its so painful just the thought makes me cry.sometimes i have thoughts of running away to exscape the pain,but their is no way too.i feel like a prisinor in my own body. feel a little better now to get a liitle out but there is more.i have to deal with everyday sounds like snaping fingers or whisling or hevey breathinor chewing gum …………. i think u get the point.im so miserible does anyone have the same problem please commet

June 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm
(91) Kelk says:

I have a similar problem, but its not really sensitivity, more like when there are too many noises, like when people are talking in the corridirs i start to get really agitated and nervous. It wasnt as ad before but now i think its getting more serious and my parents dont seem to care. My friends think im going insane :( what do i do!!

June 27, 2010 at 7:35 pm
(92) Helga Robertson says:

Im glad i read this page I too am very sensitive to noise, I cannot stand it, I hear everything it is so disturbing. I actually wish i was deaf.

July 11, 2010 at 7:36 am
(93) Joanne says:

I am extremely sensitive to noise – any sort of noise. Normal household noise is terrible. I am on medication (seroquel) it does help to make it bearable. Before I went onto medication, I had to have total silence, and I could not bear any movement either. For me it is 24/7 problem – when the medication wears off I become sensitive again – I take medication morning, afternoon and night.

July 14, 2010 at 11:15 pm
(94) Jan says:

I work in cube city. 45 workers all next to one another in cubes. here are some of my daily noises that I cannot tolerate for much longer. It puts me in such a bad mood. I cannot bear it.

One man whispers quietly to himself which sounds like a whistle.
One woman clears her throat every 2 mins for 8hrs a day.
Another man and woman clear their throats constantly.
One girl types on her nails and 2 other girls are so heavy handed they thump the keys so loudy.

This is all happening in a quiet office. I can still feel my body tingly with a hot sensation from my neck to my back. I know it is stress that is causing this sensation but I do not think there is anything we can do except use our earplugs. Does anyone know ab out these white noise earplugs you can get?

July 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm
(95) jan says:

Oh and I forgot one other noise…..another man snorts very badly it literally makes me jump out of my skin so I know that when he gets a cold or the flu I am in for a real bad time but how can I say can you please blow your noise rather then snorting like a pig LOL!!! HELP

July 16, 2010 at 9:29 am
(96) Catlady says:

I am being charged with disrespetful conduct at work because I talked louder than usual due to the fact I was put in an area with loud noises. I did have ear plugs but loud noises triggers my bipolar. I tried to tell my supervisor that he just said “deal with it”

July 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(97) Susan says:

What a blessing to hear eveyone’s experiences. It’s so good to know such a throng of sufferers have these sensitivities in common

But it’s more than that. Sometimes I long for a place where no noise exists, no barometric pressure changes where friges and lights and chemical smells and sudden sounds and rumbling exists. And yet I enjoy great drumming gigs. Your words ” it drives me crazy, I can’t stand it, it’s more than i can take, life is hell, I feel so alone,I’m such a weird one, I’m a bother to others, my life is unbearable, I’ve got to find relief etc.” are sensible to me.
I get brain tired as the afternoon and evening approach. All these things are magnified. Loud conversation or loudly projected voices seem to shatter my nerves. Lomotril and Effexor and Elavil for sleep are a great help stabilizing the brain and damping the sensitivities. But I have to measure emotional and physical output. That is difficult to do. I’m practicing breathing techniques and doing stretching, lifting and cardio work. Kind music soothes my brain and soul.
Choosing a good way of living is a priority now. Work
is adjusted to the resources in me, and fun is worth finding. A beneficial fun. I cut down on conflict by learning how to express my differences. And sometines I have to remove people and things from MY world.
These are just a few thoughts. I look forwards to listening to you all.

July 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm
(98) Lauren says:

Hi guys. I wanted to let you know, that I think that just because you may be sensitive to noise and light, that it may not mean you have a problem internally but externally. Home should be a quiet place away from noise and the world. We need mental rest. The place we find it is the the secret and quiet place with God. If you can’t move. buy ear plugs. fight for your peaceful place. “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and you will find rest for your souls, take my yoke upon you and learn for me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. God said this verse and he wants to give us rest and peace. I am pregnant and sick and my hormones seem to make me hyper sensitive to light and noise, and very irritated by my family. But I think it is because we need alone time that is peaceful filled with God and his word and praise music.

August 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm
(99) Simon. says:

I’ve just read all these comments and am like everyone else here so relieved to find I’m not alone in being hypersensitive to noise. Particularly, I’m driven insane by hearing people walking around in the flat upstairs, neighbours’ hi-fi particularly if all you can hear is a constant, mindless repetitive bass line vibrating through the celing even if it isn’t all that loud.

Construction sites drive me nuts and I’m living opposite one right now as they are building a new school house in the kindergarten (another thing: kids’ voices when they shout really annoy me. I couldn’t live in a worse place than backing almost onto a kindergarten). Last Friday I’d had it with this construction site. I’d been to the local authority before about it but they were useless. The have the power to issue enforcement notices (I live in England) but hardly ever do when the noise polluters are commercial concerns. I leaned out of the window and swore at them really loudly with frequent use of the F word – so loud even the local dogs started barking and that was above the noise of their power tools.

Also, not to sound sexist I hope, but womens’ voices when they are in a group and talking really loud and high pitched, over excitable, drive me completely insane. Also police, ambulance and fire engine sirens, people talking down their mobile phones, voices outside in the street at night, car alarms, general traffic noise – in short, almost everything, but it’s all human or human produced noise. Animal noises except dogs barking don’t bother me. I can’t stand barking dogs though. The sounds of birds singing for instance, even though repetitive, don’t bother me – the opposite in fact, and I don’t mind the sound of the sea or the wind (unless it’s a very strong and intermittent wind blowing in a very annoying way on my windows). I like classical music, but sometimes for months on end I can’t stand even listening to my own CDs.

I’m getting more and more sensitive to noise and recently had lowered ceilings put in my flat with insulation to cut down a lot of the noise from upstairs and also secondary glazing to cut down the noise from outside. It was expensive, but worth it. I have bipolar disorder and reading all these messages makes me believe there must be a connection between having bipolar disorder and getting rages due to noise. I get rages for other reasons too, in a manic phase, but noise is one of the most persistent triggers.

I’m a lawyer but not working anymore because of the bipolar disorder though I’m trying to think of ways of being self-employed as it’s too much stress being around other people. If going to your local authority or reporting noise to the police hasn’t worked, there is another remedy you could try – a civil remedy in what English law calls ‘Private Nuisance’ (I presume there’s an equivalent in the US). This is a ‘tort’ or civil wrong and you can sue the noise polluters for disturbance to the enjoyment of your property and get damages and/or an injunction from the court to put a stop to further noise.

August 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm
(100) Cat says:

Wow. I can’t believe there are other people like me. It’s almost 3:00 p.m. now. I tried to “sleep off” my noise- related anxiety attack which started earlier last evening at a wedding reception where they had karaoke and was exacerbated by having to listen to the TV. My husband watches TV, I play on the computer or read a book in the evening. I cannot handle the TV. I wanted to destroy it last night. Today I would like to sell it and tell my husband somebody broke in and stole it.

I try to only take one Xanax per day instead of three, so I save it for TV time. I have also recently stopped Prozac, and I do believe I need to get back on it ASAP. Have no extra money for doctor visit or Rx, though, as the extra money is going for more important medical expenses for my spouse (probably cancer), which just makes it more stressful for me. Of course I am not selfish enough to think it’s only me being stressed out; after all, he is the sick one.

I also cannot stand a ringing telephone and people pretty much stay mad at me because I will not turn on the phone or answer it until I feel I can deal with it. I figure the phone is for my convenience, not theirs.

Yeah, I’m bipolar all right. Not crazy enough to collect disability, but just crazy enough to not be able to get and keep a job. (This has just happened over the past five years; I’m in my 50s and before that I did manage to maintain employment. I am just plain shot out!)

I am SO GLAD I thought to “Google” my stupid problem. At least I know I am not alone.

August 26, 2010 at 1:29 am
(101) Paul says:

I can’t go to a movie theater because the noise from people eating popcorn and candy wrappers drives me crazy. I cant stand my neighbors airconditioner noise. When I’m in a quiet room I pickup on noise from the water heater or refrigerator and I can’t help but focus in on the noises and I start to get annoyed. Having an ipod has saved me I wear it all the time and it really has helped. Right now on the computer I can hear a hum and for some reason I can’t ignore it.

September 3, 2010 at 4:27 am
(102) Usman Faruki says:

I work as a software developer. I have been suffering from anxiety for the past few years but this new strange thing has occured from the last week or so. I work in my office room with six other people. Somehow i have develop a phobia for mouse clicks. When ever some one clicks a mouse the noise gets into my head and my mind tends to divert towards the sound and i just cannot take this sound out of my head. I am really depressed.

September 4, 2010 at 3:22 am
(103) Bob says:

Um your neighbours are having loud drinking parties to 4am!! Your’e not sensitive, you are normal. Anyone who isnt sensitive to such a thing is a freak.

September 9, 2010 at 1:51 am
(104) Ryan says:

i became very angry when i heard tv sound,mouse click,and talking people. i feel like i can kill anyone who in front of me..

September 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(105) eno says:

Wow. We should all get together and have a party for “noise sensitive people.” I thought I was the only one. Reading your problems kind of put me at ease. Now that I know others have similar problems. I think mine are extreme though. I literally see a flashing light when I here a loud bang. Yes. a flashing beam of light and I blink. Its almost like lightening strike went through my head. I have told my roomate a thousand times to stop whistling. It almost feel as though my mind has to figure out or guess what note is coming up next from his lips. But funny thing is I’m not sensitive to certain loud sounds. For example. Children playing in the yard across from my apartment but when I hear big thumping bassed, hip hop or men yelling..like in confrontation bugs me. I naturally go into panic mode. Seriously. I’ve moved so many times because of loud neighbors, I ‘ve fantasized living in the mountains or island away from people. My latest one is because of my limited income,buy a small converted van and live in the desert somewhere. Crazy huh? There so many dislikes….sound wise, I’ll stop now. I think by reading your problems have helped me considerably. One more thing. I don’t think I was like this when I was really young. good luck everyone

September 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(106) bipolar says:

I have had to close comments to this blog because it is being attacked by spammers. Sorry!

February 7, 2012 at 10:55 am
(107) Debb says:

I too have problems handling noise. Usually it is screaming or crying children. I work at a craft store and at times the noise unsettles me so much that I become flustered and have great difficulty concentrating. I thought it was just me going crazy LOL!

February 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm
(108) Jenny says:

I am Bipolar and noise is also a big thing for me but it varies sometimes it is the slightest little thing that drives me mad. A clock ticking or someone tapping, noises like that are worst. Its sometimes not about how loud it is its the type of noise. A dog barking at night is another bad one I find repetitive or sudden noises the worst. Crying children is hard too. I often wish my hearing wasnt so good.

February 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm
(109) Rider3 says:

Yes! I really understand what you’re saying about the noise. Even the ticking of the clock pissed me off. I couldn’t really deal with light, either. Meditation helped me somewhat. But even just trying to simply get started to meditate was hard. Little steps is all I can suggest. My thoughts are with you.

February 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm
(110) Trish says:

I know exactly how everyone feels. Some days it’s like i’m surrounded by one loud roar of noise! It’s especially bad when i go into a convenience store or a fast-food restaurant and the tweets, twitters, beeps and other background noises send me running back outside! Glad to know i’m not the only one who is this way!

February 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm
(111) Rabbit says:

Nice variety of comments. I have been alive for 5 decades, now. I have numerous reflections on my childhood days, and symptoms of my present conditions. It makes more sense now that I have experienced all of my years before using some medications, and present-day medications and diagnosis.
Sixteen months ago I was diagnosed with ADHD. And, one year ago I was diagnosed with narcolepsy (without cataplexy). A major problem I have had for years is anxiety, which has always been present, but I did not know that the disorder was a part of my daily fabric. And, I have studied OCD and OCPD extensively because of my perfectionist issues. I fit both of them very well, but have not asked for a diagnosis.
All of this said, the only medications I take are Vyvanse 70 (stimulant similar to Adderall), and a wonderful sleep aid called XYREM, which knocks me out at night because my brain will not shut off.
Yes, I rarely ever had a good night of sleep for nearly 5 decades. I could hear every sound that existed…and my active brain would not drown it out through the fan.
So, I sleep great at night, I have a stimulant to keep me awake during the day (or else I would fall asleep at any given moment), and I still have a very active brain/hearing. Very easily distracted by sounds, and highly annoyed by most of them. But, I attribute much of this to my OCPD. I think that I have a personality disorder that is a big part of my problem.
Just a thought….

February 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm
(112) RodRoddy says:

Loud noises? I can’t tolerate any of them…the sound of someone chewing gum, eating with their mouth open, loud voices, screaming babies, the bus passing by, gas powered lawn mowers all trigger my Bipolar Disorder (Bipolar 1, the nasty angry part of it). I am also ADHD so that doesn’t help — I’m easily distracted as it is — a loud noise is just one more thing to break what little concentration I have and piss me off.

February 7, 2012 at 11:22 pm
(113) R. Rose says:

My personal theory.

We are honestly biologically, physically, and genetically more sensitive:
here’s why
the senses:
a. super taster-more tastebuds than average (Super tasters have more taste buds than the normal person as proven by 1 drop of blue food coloring on your tongue. If a super taster your taste buds will appear as close together as bubble wrap. If not then gaps will be visible between them. Maybe the reason you are more sensitive to “mild” salsa than everyone else?)
b. thick hair – more hair folicles than average
c. super sensitive hearing:more of whatever it is that senses noise in the ear canal
d. touch:heat/cold sensitive, easily prone to goosebumps
e. sight:night driving difficult because pupils let in too much light. Daytime: above average dependence on sunglasses even if the sun isn’t shining but the glare of the sky still bothers you.
g. above average coordination: probably because you have more muscle fibers and nerve endings than normal
h. perceptive:know what people are really all about. Very adept at reading facial expressions.
i. smell: You are usually the 1st person to smell most odors/scents. Everyone thinks you are crazy for smelling smoke until they see the fire (10 mins. after you smelled smoke!).
The people around us seem insensitive and clueless but honestly they probably aren’t being rude on purpose.
These are just my observations of patterns I’ve experienced over the years since childhood. Can anyone else identify with this? If not, than maybe it really is a form of mental illness to come up with such a bizarre theory lol!

February 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm
(114) Rabbit says:

R. Rose, as a reassurance to you, I have heard others say similar things to your comments. As for myself, most of what you said is very applicable. As far a sight goes, that may be an individual thing. I have worn glasses for half of my life, and I require as much light as possible to clearly see. But, I don’t really have to use sunglasses in any extraordinary circumstances.
One keen awareness I have in any visual environment is that I am perceptive to change. I can see things moving, or changing positions from great distances away. Or, I can walk into a room and see all of the things that are crooked or not centered, or simply look out of place. Drives me nuts. My eye sight is not quite like Superman’s, but, using a frame of reference, I can instantly see differences that most people absolutely did not know existed.
The other senses….yes. I am right there with you, pretty much.
There are a couple of sounds that drive me out of a room, or else I cover my ears…. One of them is someone clipping their fingernails. The little ticking sound of the clippers cutting through the nail, multiple times….really spins my head. I can clip my own nails just fine, but I do it in such a way that the click sound is minimal. It is just when others do it. !!! Not a good thing.
Another sound is when someone chomps or sloshes food in their mouth. It is very gross to me. It is like I can visual all the saliva and small fragments of food rotating like a turbine. My ears are very sensitive to it. I try to be sensitive to everyone else and not eat loudly around others….nor talk with food in my mouth.
I think of myself as the strange one….not others as much.

February 9, 2012 at 10:12 am
(115) charles says:

noise ? i lived on a boulevard for twenty ¨20¨ long years. i finally moved last year, oh man 10 -15 cars a day drive by now instead of over 2000.

February 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm
(116) SnoopyShorts says:

Apparently an old thread still brings up new responses! High pitched noises are the worst for me. Doctor told me that due to so many inner ear infections as a kid, that low noises don’t bother me as much (lost alot of hearing in left ear).
I have a wonderful loving dog, but the sound of his nails on the floor have me telling him to “settle it” more often that I’d like. He’s learned that whining doesn’t work on me, it just makes things worse. We have both learned to adapt :)
Loud TV, radio, especially women’s voices, make me cringe.
I lived in an apartment in the middle of town. The muffler law around here is useless. It would rattle my front window. With the cop shop down the block, both my dog and I were singing the blues!

February 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(117) Walter says:

Hi my heart goes out to each of you…… I have been preaching for seven years and i belive that some of the problems that we are facing are deep rooted issues that began when we were children. unfortunately dark intities will attach to pain that was cause by trauma of some sort that has affected our sub conscious mind and is now a major problem. however, i believe the problem is due too unclean spirits that can be purged within minutes.

My suggesting would be to find a pastor that is a true man of God that operates by the Holy Spirit and let him or her pray for you and you will be fine. And then establish an unbreakable relationship with God.

The inner voice within you is being manipulated by evil and the Lord will set you free in Jesus name….. if you can’t find a pastor please email me and i will pray with you (w.x.walker@hotmail.com) God Bless

February 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm
(118) 1greensevrum says:

hi i am a bipolar I with sensitivity to noise and also lights. usually i will notice it most when i am in a manic high. lights will seem brighter also the color of o bjects will seem to be much clearer. sounds will become so loud that i cant tune them out and they become a distraction that will annoy me greatly. this is not exactly what you experience but is definetely quiete similar. thanks.

February 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm
(119) Ajax says:

I understand high noise sensitivity(I had it before). But individuals should take responsibility for their own well being and wear earplugs if necessary instead of complaining and inconveniencing everyone else. Deal with the problem in a constructive manner!.

February 20, 2012 at 10:34 am
(120) Marcia Purse / Bipolar Disorder Guide says:

The thing is, Ajax, that earplugs don’t discriminate. They reduce the volume of ALL sounds. It may drive me crazy when my neighbor’s son practices his trombone outside, but that doesn’t mean I can go without hearing the timer beep on my oven, or the doorbell, etc. I once attended a concert where the music was too loud for me, so I wore earplugs – and then was unable to understand the person sitting next to me even though she put her mouth close to my ear.

February 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm
(121) Dennis Teel says:

i couldn’t post my message as there were too many characters involved.please read

February 23, 2012 at 9:57 am
(122) Marcia Purse / Bipolar Disorder Guide says:

Dennis, I wasn’t able to read your blog. Your link took me to a page saying the blog is marked “private” and telling me I had to log in.

February 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm
(123) Dennis Teel says:

@ajax..dude you seem a bit intolerant.in fact you’re pretty much coming off like a troll here.

February 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm
(124) Dennis Teel says:

if anyone has noticed ajax claims posters here are complaining and inconveniencing everybody else..who are all the posters here inconveniencing?? they’re sharing is what they’re doing.also,he says “he had it once”..that makes me laugh.tis ajaz is someone who has had noise complaints lodged against him somewhere.just read is post.it’s obvious./

February 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm
(125) Caity says:

Hello, I live in OH, and I am amazed to find that I am not crazy and/or alone in this crazy noise anxiety thing I suffer from! My husband and I have moved about 10 times in 3 years because I could not deal with the noise in apartment living… thumping up the stairs, doors slamming, peoples’ dogs barking, etc. Once we rented a house and the neighbor’s dog barked 24/7, chained up outside at all hours of the night and day. This was when we lived in NM. I called the city and complained and they sent this neighbor 2 letters, but the barking never stopped until we simply moved away from it after 9 months. Now we just bought a house in Oct. and while I’m so relieved to not hear neighbors’ noise… I hear all sorts of noise in the walls! The chimney, the heater, the wood & pipes expanding & contracting, drippy faucets… urrrghhh it makes me INSANE and sometimes I actually start crying. I’ve gone to hypnotherapy for this but to no avail. I hate noise and wish I could be deaf in one ear, so that I can just press my good ear against a pillow and then not have to hear anything!!!

February 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm
(126) douna says:

OMG!!! here I am sitting upstairs while debating if I should go downstairs with the rest of the family. I flipped out at my twin girls and stepdaughter in the car today. Picture it….3 14 yr old girls talking about boy bands in the car…. one word: LOUD!!!!!

I absolutely hate the sound of someone who eats with their mouth open or slurps.

I cringe when the girls get too loud. I try to control myself and then bam!! I yell at them tone in down. Even the sound of people talking a work (3 different conversations going on around me for instance while I work)

If I am in a crowded house and it starts to get too loud, I get anxious andmy claustrophobia kicks in too.

I was on depression meds a few years back and don’t want to take again. I feel that I may need to consult soon as I really don’t like being the b**** that I am turning out to be in my girls’ and stepdaughter’s eyes.

March 4, 2012 at 10:25 am
(127) Buckeye says:

Yes! I am into my mid-30′s, and for the past decade have really struggled with this! I have not officially been diagnosed with any OCD, but am more than certain of it.

A few years back, due to job stress, I was put on a mild/moderate dose of Sertraline (Zoloft) at 100 mg/daily. It has really done wonders to take the “edge” off, in that I don’t freak out about disorganization or any piles/messes around the house. I have read that this medication has a pleasant side-effect of curbing OCD.

However, one area that has remained is my sensitivity to specific noises. They can set me off into an agitated state. The big ones are:

- the sound of others chewing with mouths open (aside from the poor manners, just the sound makes me want to start punching faces)

- Eating with a metal spoon and ceramic bowl (the “clink/clank” sends me instantly over the edge. I have actually asked my family to use plastic bowls as much as possible, to minimize this).

- Slurping, loud drinking (the gulp sound).

…So then, what suggestions do you have?? Are there plugs I could wear that are less noticeable then the bright yellow conctruction site types?

March 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm
(128) Mz Knight says:

Thank God Ive found this blog! Im bipolar and sensitive to noise also. I live in public housing and have neighbors from hell!! My neighbor on my left feels the need to have her surround sound system on full blast at all times,her son constantly stomp up and down the stairs all day and night! Neighbor on the left is the worst! Music loud, tv loud, her annoying high pitched voice, talking so loud I can hear every word verbatim, slamming doors and constant fights! I have filed complaints and it falls on deaf ears in the rental office. I can’t stand to be home and wish I had money to move!
My meds are not working and I feel like Im loosing my mind! Just recently my sister and I had a verbal confrontation with her about the ruckus she had going on a Sunday morning! Please pray for me

By the way, as Im typing now both neighbors are in rare form! Doors slamming on the left stomping and yelling to my right! SMDH

March 12, 2012 at 3:43 am
(129) RockyBetta says:

Sound problems are so intense for me that I ended up buying an expensive pair (I was desperate) of Bose noise-cancelling headphones. They work very well. I use them on airplanes for general noise and screaming babies. If that doesn’t work, I have a travel sound machine (rain, brooks, ocean, etc.) that I hook up to the headphones. You can also hook up music. That completely blocks out sounds. You have to make sure you turn on the button on the headphones though and not just wear them. I have actuallly been so crazed by leaf blowers and weed wackers that I could barely get the darn things on quick enough. Sometimes I go around the house with my headphones on and the soundmachine in an old CD player waistbelt holder. I am also bothered by things like clanging of utensils, dishes, very noisy restaurants, etc. I try not to complain about it too much and do what might work. Everyone just gets annoyed that there goes”RockyBetta” again. There is actually a name for this condition, which by the way, is very real: Hyperacusis. When I am hypomanic or mixed, every tiny sound gets on my nerves BIG TIME!!! I went to an audiologist who has had about an 85% success rate with fitting a little hearing-aid type device that emits “pink noise” (whatever that is) for a few months. Anyway, it works by just very slightly distracting your hearing from annoying sounds. Just as I was about to try it, my father developed cancer. He lives in Florida and I have been there quite a bit. Quieter. When I try this, I’ll report back. No one has much sympathy. Supposedly, this sound device helps in a relatively short time. Good luck. Hope my suggestions help someone.

March 18, 2012 at 7:09 am
(130) stephanie says:

I also have other health problems besides the bipolar and I thought that was the problem!! My ears are so sensative that I find myself yelling over the children. Crazy huh?? Now I don’t feel so crazy.

March 19, 2012 at 11:01 am
(131) Bob says:

I can’t stand repetitive noises ie: dogs barking, loud music, even the noise when you drop a jar lid or a coin, I have to stop it from wobbling. Someone chewing chips or other crunchy foods. What is this condition called.

March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm
(132) Estelle says:

I thought I was the only one that was sensetive to certain noises. Ironically I’m training to be a CBT Therapist but even knowing what I know doesn’t help my own anxiety about ‘other people’ noise. Even my neighbours windchime is driving me potty. I heard it one day and immediately went snooping and listening for the offending culprit. Dogs barking, music that isn’t my choice, loud parties and talking when I’m trying to relax in my own home. Oddly though, lawn mowers and other power tools don’t affect me. I can feel my anxiety levels begin to sore when I hear a noise not of my choice, and even worry in advance of noises that might happen. I have to sleep with ear plugs just in case. I can listen to cows and sheep and birds all day and never get stressed, dogs though drive me round the bend. For me, its all about other people being inconsiderate of others desire for peace and quiet.

April 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm
(133) jessica says:

Thank you all so much for this. I am also bi polar and noise outside and inside my home bug the heck out of me. At first I thought it a little strange that the sounds increased so I went crazy thinking my husband was having an affair with the girl below us. It seemed I could all of the sudden hear every LOUD obvious slam of a bedroom door, cough and even the very quiet sounds of when they opened their windows (sneakily) It seemed to me every sound followed us room to room. They (she lives with her parents) would literally sit outside to hear us. So I thought! I became aware of every normal and abnormal turn of their water faucet from the bathroom. I am going crazy here suspecting this. After reading this it could be I have really good hearing and just tuned in to every sound that was coming from my neighbors house down below.

April 10, 2012 at 8:12 am
(134) Kay says:

Having read all of these comments, I have to ask, how is it still acceptable to have such a high level of noise in our communities?

I sleep with a $100 fan on (paid for with my own damn money) to drown out the noise of a neighbour’s dog. I asked him to shut it up, obviously doesn’t care and the police couldn’t care less about it. Due to this yapping while I was sleeping (before the fan) I’ve become highly sensitive to dog barking. The problem is, I can’t complain because the neighbourhood is CRAWLING with dogs. Everywhere. There’s always one barking, so it’s not like one is being a particular pest (even the one who keeps me up doesn’t bark too often, it’s just effing loud).

Noise pollution is a serious issue, it affects mental health and stress levels. Why is no one taking it seriously? It baffles me. It baffles me that it’s legal to have an animal that yaps and disturbs the peace but if I put on some loud music intermittently during the day I’ll get my ass handed to me.

I’ll never understand dog owners, and why they are so indignant. Hell, it’s like following your neighbour all day with a cigarette and blowing it in his face. That’s how rude and intrusive it is. But no one cares, do they everyone! We must just wear earplugs in our own houses and buy expensive white noise machines and CDs. UTTER BULLS**T. /rant

April 26, 2012 at 8:52 am
(135) CINDY says:


May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm
(136) Cynthia says:

I have a neighbor upstairs that walks back and forth, back and forth, back and forth – all night (and other bedroom noises) – but I was sick yesterday and was home, the neighbor above me walk all day back and forth, back and forth.
I bought a “noise machine” for when I go to bed and have the rain setting on. It is so helpful along with a lavender scent sleep balm I rub under my nose – I have been doing much better.
I had to do this because I was being awaken at all hours – but with my accessories in my bedroom I have been doing much better sleeping.
I tried earplugs but was afraid I would not hear my alarm. But this is my cure for my problem. You just need to find something that works for you.

May 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm
(137) carl says:

I have a noisy neighbour Or should i say i did!! I called the Anti Social Behaviour Team from my local housing Acsociation and they told her to keep the vey loud music down as it was invading my privacy! So now my neighbour as a cat! & guess what!! She torments the cat with a laser pen or torch i know this because i had 2 cats and a laser pen playing with mine and the pattern of the cat running up and down her floor boards is exactly the same as mine used too! But guess what i have a very high pitched signal of which i recorded on my phone so when the neighbour decides at all hours to disturb me I hit the play button and hey presto it goes very quiet upstairs! So the Moral of my very true story is: Don’t pee up my back and tell me its raining coz i will turn around and bloody drown you!! Up to now its all quiet in my home most evenings! :-)

May 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm
(138) Katherine says:

Thank goodness I ran along this place.I’am very sentive to noise as well. In the start of 2010 I had my ears plug up so bad and my hearing was horbile. I went to an ent and they said it was acid reflux backing up into my eustation tubes! Well I got so meds for it and have been ok but since they every little noise has buged the heck out of me. Rain drops hitting the conditioner drives me up the wall and the fan of my laptop that no one lese can hear drives me nuts too.

May 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm
(139) BigV says:

Wow. It does feel great that I am not alone in this dilemma. I too have loud neighbors, and they live above AND below me. The ones below have their TV on almost all day long, and I can hear it rumbling through the floorboards in my living room the whole time. It drives me up the wall… then my upstairs neighbors allow their kids to run back and forth pounding above my head for hours every night. I just don’t understand this inconsiderate behavior. I feel like I live in the Thunderdome and although everything else in my place is SO AWESOME and beautiful with everything one would want in a home, I feel like I am in HELL. I have had many crying spells and one evening I ran into my super who asked me how I was doing, and I broke down and was bawling hysterically and told him that if these sound issues can’t get resolved that I will have to move. The problem is I DON’T WANT to move, it is so wonderful here other than the thin thin walls :(

I probably have Hypercausis… thinking about it a little, I do have issues with the way people chew and certain sounds…. these are things I can easily avoid, but I can’t leave my home every time those guys turn on their TV!

The thing that gets me most is that it makes me feel SO HELPLESS and TRAPPED, like there is no way out. And as far as I’m concerned there doesn’t seem to be a way out. Pink noise therapy??? I’ve tried listening to that stuff, and All of it pisses me off, I just want silence and peace.

I came across this website that has what they call “Revenge Products” and one device claims to emit a sound that causes nausea… I was thinking of getting it, but I have two dogs and I am sure they’d be really traumatized… has anyone ever heard of this? Here’s a link:


June 3, 2012 at 11:38 am
(140) Red Ree says:

OK there’s a limit to post size so this will go up in chunks.

Noises that bother me the most are barking dogs that go on for hours, intermittent beeps, electronic devices that talk, animals whining close by, home theater style TV with sudden explosive bass and violent dialogue, and rapid bass beats coming up through the floor or walls. Things that don’t bother me include traffic noise and the BART train. Why?

Proximity. Anything within 6 feet or that is “inside my apartment” feels like something I have to deal with. Especially if it’s an animal that hasn’t been taken care of (by its owners), I feel like there’s a rat inside the walls.

Pitch and Sound Fidelity. For some reason actual conversation in another room is not as clear as when a similar dialogue is played over a TV. The TV sound is a lot clearer, and can be transmitted through the wall. Even at low levels I can hear the movie dialogue in my sleep and if it’s unpleasant, I dream about it. Electronic beeps are super irritating because they’re right in the pitch range that humans are already hard-wired to respond to – higher pitch, like a baby’s cry. Meowing cats very close does the same thing.

June 3, 2012 at 11:39 am
(141) Red Ree says:

More comments…

Regularity. With some exceptions a noise that is irregular and unpredictable, but continuous (like a barking dog) is worse because I get keyed up waiting for the NEXT bark. The interval has something to do with it, too though. A neighbor had an answering machine that beeped about once every minute, or maybe it was 70 seconds… just enough to let me fall ALMOST all the way back to sleep. But I couldn’t because I was waiting for the next beep!

Control. If it’s a noise that I am making or allowing to be made it doesn’t bother me, but if it’s a neighbor somehow it reminds me that there’s a stranger nearby. If it’s an unattended animal I start thinking negative tirades about how inconsiderate the owner is, and the thoughts actually make it much worse.

Strangers vs. Friend. Whether the noise is made by someone who’s “one of us” (friend who cares about my welfare) or “one of them” (stranger, neighbor I have no special connection with, indifferent to my welfare) is a big factor. I used to go to Burningman and the first 3 days were full of banging and construction as people got their camps put up. IT was a sea of sound in a community of choice, and I felt surrounded by community, so it was OK – even a vital part of the experience.

June 3, 2012 at 11:40 am
(142) Red Ree says:

Continued from previous…

Dead Quiet Hours. I used to live on a street in San Francisco that had a huge rumbly street car every 5 mins from 5am to 2am. It shook every light fixture in the house, and was like having a mini-earthquake every 3 mins. The schedule left only 3 hrs of blessed silence. Not enough. Here, BART runs from 5:30-12:30 and having a longer quiet time is almost enough. Plus the sound of the BART, while a bit of a whine, is less troublesome and doesn’t shake my dishes.

Learned Response. Sometimes I think that sensitivities can be acquired. And once I’ve learned to distinguish yet another annoying sound that I can’t control, I notice it a lot sooner and get a lot angrier.

Bass through the Floor. Unlike most other sounds which are transmitted through the air, deep sounds like bass come through the floor and walls. It makes the sound feel more pervasive and of course it’s completely inescapable. If it’s a fast beat, my heart rate speeds up whether I want it to or not. The fast beat is of course the appeal of that type of music and if I’m out at a club it’s just the thing, but I’m not at a club, I’m home – maybe trying to play my OWN quiet music.

June 3, 2012 at 11:42 am
(143) Red Ree says:

Let’s see if the remainder will fit in one more post…

Solutions. White noise fans are a help and I’ve been very fortunate that my requests to my neighbors have actually been honored (knock on wood here!). I got them to agree to quiet hours (in our lease anyway) and I can endure the bass because I know it will stop at 11pm on the dot.

My neighbor with the beeping machine was a nice guy who didn’t live in that studio, and had hearing damage. He never realized it was a problem but shut the machine off as soon as I approached him about it. He had another habit which was getting up at 5am for photo shoots (he was a pro photographer) and blasting the news radio for about half an hour. What did I do? I bought him a set of wireless headphones, a model I had myself, and begged him to use them. Which he did, very kindly. The fact that I baked him brownies along with this request probably sweetened the deal.

My neighbor with the bass (different one than the beeper) also explained that he’s a DJ and has to test the beats sometimes in an open room rather than over headphones. And, it was somewhat intermittent, didn’t go on for hours at a stretch. Somehow knowing that he was WORKING and not just smoking pot and listening to music for fun made me feel differently about hearing him work. I respected his need to do that. Plus he moved his speakers far away from my wall and adjusted the volume levels to a bearable level.

Bearable Level. I don’t have equipment to measure decibels but there’s definitely a level below which I *can* screen it out or it becomes background.

Causes. I’ve read that sound sensitivity can be caused by bipolarism, anxiety, fibromyalgia, ADHD, inner ear damage, other audio processing issues in the brain, magnesium deficiency, and menopause. It’s definitely true that I’m a lot more sensitive now that I’m getting older.

June 3, 2012 at 11:50 am
(144) Red Ree says:

I forgot one thing: PTSD. Some sounds like a slamming door remind me of old incidents from childhood days, when the slamming of a door heralded a day of hellish behavior from someone who was normally quiet and eager to please. The slam said to me that 1) the dragon was loose and 2) it was too late to escape.

For some of us, PTSD is a lot worse than that! I never saw anyone get killed thank God. But I could see even very innocent quiet sounds, certain patterns of clicks for example, causing EXTREME anxiety in someone even years after the traumatic events.

June 13, 2012 at 6:45 am
(145) shefali says:

i feels the same i have a very noisy person staying on the top floor i hear clearly the noises when they walk move the bed and often i hear noises of banging the door , windows and hammering , it makes me very irritated.

June 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(146) rosyblue says:

Hi, WOW, been thinking I am bonkers here, I see not alone. I can’t handle being around people very much, or for very long, spent alot of years isolated because of. If someone has a loud voice, I have learnt to tell them to bequiet please I’m getting a headache. I am on med.s, thank God, my life has improved, was finally diagnosed with P.T.S.D. But I still have a very hard time accepting myself the way I am, wish I could function at a higher level. Being alone has always been my way of coping, but gets so lonely. I have to sleep with a fan beside my head, or else every little noise would drive me bonkers. Don’t watch news, don’t care what’s going on, too overwhelming for me. The only way I function is getting 12 hrs. sleep, really laidback, slow at doing anything, limit my social activity to very minimal, don’t listen to others problems or negativity, walk away allllot! Anyways, I feel I have less than 1/2 of a life, but I think before med.s I had no life, so I guess 1/2 a life is better than none, LOL. rosyblue.

July 6, 2012 at 9:55 am
(147) tb2448 says:

so is there anything we can do about it? Is there anything that works? A pill? A vitamin mineral concoction? A voodoo incantation? Catholic and / or pagan ritual? ANYTHING??? Cuz I can’t stand it anymore!!!!!!!

July 15, 2012 at 12:37 am
(148) Sky says:

I have severe noise anxiety. I can’t even be in my own yard without the 25+ dogs surrounding my home barking. These dogs all moved in after we purchased our place. And now there is no peace and quiet and when they start barking it drives me absolutely nuts, I would like to go around and take out each and every last one of them! Worse yet their owners do nothing to quiet their obnoxious yapping fool dogs, because their dogs are extra special and apart of their family so they lovingly let their little animal family members bark away, and don’t even care at all about their surrounding neighbors feelings. We don’t love their dogs, we don’t want to hear their annoying constant barking, it’s HORRIBLE.
I also can’t stand birds, water noises, beeping, clocks ticking, bass in cars driving past that shake my house, the tv when it’s loud. I’ve become a prisoner in my home, not being able to have my windows open, or go out in my own yard. My family doesn’t understand. I’m glad that I’m not alone, that there are others out there that feel the same way as I do.

August 22, 2012 at 9:59 am
(149) Ray Mainiero says:

I’m so glad to see that I have company. I’ve been a quadriplegic for the past 25 years but have always been sensitive to noise, even before I was paralyzed. My wife and I moved into her neighborhood. 46 years ago when it was surrounded by pine trees and quiet. We have one acre zoning I thought I was in heaven. Seven years later a major highway was put in 2 miles away from our home.all the private lots were bought up as people moved up from the Bronx. Goodbye quiet.

My biggest problem is BARKING DOGS!! I go absolutely bonkers. my frustration builds up higher and higher then I lose all control. I’ll scream at the top of my lungs; “Shut those f…ing dogs up!! Of course, this is embarrassing to both my wife and kids who think I have a screw loose. But I can assure you, I’m quite sane. Otherwise, generally I am a very happy person, despite my paralysis.I also have a huge problem with loud, pounding music, screaming kids(, despite having four children and four grandchildren, whom I adore), chainsaws and motorcycles.

Thanks for letting me share my frustrations with you.

September 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm
(150) Secret says:

My teacher is so loud my ears hurt all day it is so distracting.

October 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm
(151) maria says:

Sound sensitivity is also called Misophonia. You can take a look at http://www.misophonia.info

October 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm
(152) JANET says:

i am on here tonight as i am struggling particularly bad with neighbour noise.. I have always had a problem with coping with neighbour noise and when we moved yet again to a semi detached, things were good for a while with next door until they had a baby. The father makes stupid babies sounds most of the evening in harmony with the baby crying and i cannot stand it. I go to bed with ear plugs and i have tried everything. We now have out house on the market, and just looking at the sale board makes me feel better. We will hopefully end this problem by moving to a detached i have had 25 years of it and my nerves are so bad.. Does help to read all these articles and know you not alone, pity we cant all live on the same street together .

November 1, 2012 at 11:59 am
(153) Becky says:

I too suffer from extreme sensitivity with my hearing. Repetitive and bodily noises are the most frustrating for me. I have actually had to eat alone in a separate room to avoid hearing other people chew, or ask someone to stop doing something, like tapping or humming. It’s been a curse, but also a blessing.It seems that my sensitivity and my reactions to it seem to depend on my monthly cycle. I’ve noticed that at times the typical “triggers” don’t bother me at all, but theres at least one week a month those “triggers” make me want to lock my self in a quiet room and not come out. I can’t separate noises when I’m in a crowded place and it can be frightening. One of the worst is that I can hear someone chewing over any other noises. I’m over all a very content, happy person, just seems when my hormones change with my monthly cycle, my irritation to certain noises can be insane! One way I deal with it is to remember that as irritating as it can be, it could be worse. I could be deaf and never hear my childrens laughter, never hear them say “I love you”, never hear my fiancee sighs of relief and comfort when I hug him. So when you’re extremely bothered by a certain noise, find one noise that makes you happy and seek it out, smile and hear that over what is upsetting you. Also, make sure people who are around you often know what you’re going through.
Good luck to everyone out there who suffers from this and if you’re like me and have trouble sleeping cause of people snoring or other nightly sounds (not that the sounds irritate me, I just can’t sleep cause I’m so sensitive to sound that the noises keep me up at night), wear a pair of those foam earplugs, the ones you twist up and put in your ears, they block out the softer noises and you’ll still hear your alarm clock! you’ll sleep so much better at night and you will be able to deal with your daily irritations a little better having gotten a good nights sleep!!!!!!

December 26, 2012 at 10:01 am
(154) Joey D says:

I can’t stand traffic noise…tire noise on asphalt roads..Loud 4 wheel pick up trucks and car music..Low bass sounds drive me crazy..I bought a set of ear protection headphones..rated 33NR..it works for me..although i have to wear them just about all the time..in and out doors..at night i use ear plugs to sleep with it..31NR…i’m beginning to hate being around people..at least the people where i live…happy my wife puts up with me..anybody else would probably think i’m crazy…

January 1, 2013 at 7:07 am
(155) Small Tip says:

RYOBI TEK4 Headset is what I use. It covers my entire ears and is designed for construction workers / shooting ranges. I can even hook my mp3 player up to it directly and it has a microphone to amplify my voice and the person I am speaking to IF I CHOSE IT. You can modify the volume or turn it off as far as hearing peoples voices. Helps a lot. I usually play nature sounds from my mp3 player and the combination of adjusting voice sounds does wonders.

There is a microsecond delay between the sounds recorded and being fed to you through the headset, so even though a loud sound might still be recorded and transmitted to you, you can switch it off, adjust the volume etc, and it gives you a sense of control.

The only problem is that my ears are 50% too big. They hurt after a while. I have also put on ear plug or other ear phones on underneath my massive TEK4 headphones. Also a different combination of course.

I live in a sort of retirement community even though I am very young with family. I have a super solid door/window blocker whatever its called. Shields light and some sound. But the newspaper lady throws newspapers at the garage at 6 am every day. Gonna get that stopped. Who can handle getting woken up??? No body could handle that.

I am gonna get a white noise machine for the bathroom, since I can’t wear my headset when showering etc. Just in case.

My shower sucks too, since I am visiting. It only goes from off to FULL BLAST. Might get that replaced.

Repetitive sounds drive me crazy. It only got worse and worse. Maybe now, that I have a little peace I will recover.

January 1, 2013 at 7:08 am
(156) Small Tip says:

I replaced 6 ticking light timers in the living room to digital and silent ones. Every room I ever go into, if there is an old school clock, I immediately remove the battery. People are usually too lazy to replace the things. Been months since the one in the kitchen has been out :) muhahaha. Winning!

I bought a backup mp3 player in case my first one goes dead for emergencies sake. Needed it today. Winning!

I put my cell phone on absolute total SILENT forever. Nothing ever will ring again. I had family call me at 8 am! Woke me up 5 hours too early. I will turn down the land line in this house in the near future. Got to be sneaky about that.

Had two broken toilets. One kept refilling itself 24/7 and the other one began whistling so loud after flushing you could hear it for 30 seconds with the doors closed at the total opposite side of the house! Ahh.

Next step is to see about sound proofing the room more, just in case.

I also need to work on my light sensitivity. I will put a door bottom cover on my door, so light doesn’t seep through. I will get a few nightlights. Sometimes I use my ipod/phone to illuminate my path at night so I don’t need to use room lights.

I put paper towels under plates before I put it on the counter or in the microwave.

I might put some stickers/pads on the doors so that they will never slam shut. I easily unscrewed those slam guards on the doors. They were attached to the doors like springs and I kept stepping on them and rattling them. Now they are up against the wall. Still do their job, but I never step on them.

I have had animals move into my roof. That must be dealt with ASAP. Had family members with loud annoying cell phone ringers. Had to move out. Lived near a firestation (could have been a problem). Noticed a heater/ac fan (could have been a problem).

January 1, 2013 at 7:08 am
(157) Small Tip says:

Shower curtains that are metal on metal. Ouch. Replaced those with plastic rings for $1.

No dogs, no kids, no problems with neighbors. No job. I hope I have it all covered. I am going to try to keep getting ahead of the game, but I hope I took care of everything. Thank goodness for rich family that live in great areas.

Bouncing and flying objects drive me nuts too. TV’s in businesses. Beeping pallet movers at Home Depot or construction sites. Clanging metal on metal awnings at restaurants. Blenders / mixers at bars. But my headset helps with everything.

I might buy some goggles / eye covers eventually.

Hope all that helps.

I can go to the bathroom in peace. Go to the kitchen and cook in peace thanks to my headset. I can sleep and hang out in my room in peace. And best of all, even if I forget to wear my headset at home, I seem to be semi safe! When in public I take my headset. Wish me luck that I can regain my life.

The problem is that stress ruins me more than sounds. Sounds are just a symptom. Hang in there people.

January 6, 2013 at 1:36 am
(158) ConstanceMysticiqe says:

Hello. I am also of what you speak. Every day it becomes a constant battle to stay calm. Between the noises of barking dogs, honking vehicles, clearing throats, children crying, every other sound thought of and obnoxious people talking on phones it is unbearable. My ears hurt over the smallest of sounds and in the result I try any thing to stay within silence. I dont know what I have but it seems very serious to me.

January 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(159) always up says:

Though I have never been to a doctor I’m pretty sure I’m bi polar I’ve had these issues since I was a kid. My mother is BP as well as most of my sisters. I’m 20 and in college so I live in a dorm with roommates, and at night when I’m lying in bed it seems my hearing gets amplified. Any noises my other two roommates make I get instantly angry, when the door opens,when I can hear them walking around,opening and closing drawers and cabinets, flushing the toilet,snoring,grinding their teeth, and even talking outside of the dorm instantly sends me into a rage. I also have problems with going to sleep so I’m usually up for 3 days straight with no rest inbetween and those days it gets worse I’ve actually left my dorm for a week just to be away from the noise. I honestly don’t know what causes me to get so angry to the point of wanting to cause bodily harm to them. People chewing loudly also sends me into a rage. I generally sleep very lightly so anything wakes me so when my roommates come in late from class I can hear them dropping pens and pencils. The only reason I have never gone to a doctor about this is because I’m worried I might actually be BP like my mother and sisters and I don’t think I could handle the stigma of that right now.

March 26, 2013 at 10:39 am
(160) kala says:

Yes, I have the same problem. I was also diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar. It gets so bad that one meow from my cat “outside my front door” wakes me up. High pitched noises also drive me insane. Earplugs are my best friend at night. You are not alone!

March 26, 2013 at 11:58 am
(161) April says:

Wow! I thought I was alone in this! Many of the comments sound like those of HSP’s (Highly Sensitive Person), being sensitive to sound, smells, and lights. I find loud sounds actually hurt my ears, and small noises irritate the shit out of me. Namely, my husband eating or drinking, the noises from the dog, barking, sniffing, snorting, snuffling (he’s a scent hound), the cats or the dog grooming, licking, drinking. It makes me want to scream! I know it’s irrational, but this awareness does not reduce my irritation at the noises. I found wearing earplugs when I walk the dog helps me not get irritated with him. I feel bad for getting so irritated and angry at these noises. Oh, and my husband is just a noisy dude. He seems to be always singing or whistling or talking. It’s like whatever pops into his head comes out his mouth. Please shut the fuck up! I just grit my teeth, try to hide it, and hope it goes away. I see some posts mention magnesium supplementation as being helpful, maybe I’ll try that.
I used to be a regular marijuana user which helped reduce my irritability, but I’m abstaining right now and the irritation at noises is terrible.

March 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(162) Debra says:

I absolutely can’t stand screaming kids, gunshots, firecrackers, and dogs barking. I am very jumpy. Kids screaming just make me want to scream at them to shut up. That must be why I don’t have kids.

March 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm
(163) Rider3 says:

Oh, noise! I could hear everything/anything, and it drove me nuts. I have a quiet room that I keep dark and cool and would go in there when I needed it. Though lots (and I mean LOTS) of therapy, I’ve gotten better with the noise, though sometimes it’s hard. It’s a daily struggle. Some days better than others. Hang in there!

March 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm
(164) Ponderbeth says:

I get hypomanic lately if i go to a noisy restaurant. I don’t watch TV anymore, except for netflix, and any action movie always cranks up the volume when the guns ect is happening…I have gotten more sensitive to noise as i age.

March 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm
(165) Vicki Wilkerson says:

Checkout Misphonia it is a medical condition that covers a lot of the symptoms mentioned. I have had it almost all my life and just read about it last year at age 60. There is no cure, but CBT, white noise ear aids and other things can help.

March 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm
(166) Morgan says:

I have been diagnosed with PTSD as well, but I never associated loud noises with that one condition, but it makes sense to me. I’ve also been tagged with anxiety disorder, depression – it all makes being bipolar more difficult. I can’t think to write if the TV is not at a whisper of white noise in the back ground, however, when another conversation is going on in the background forget it. I get nothing done when the noise is, in my opinion, ‘over the top’. So now I am HSP? At least there’s a label for it. Highly Sensitive Person. When I’m in school trying to study the least little noise would make me crazy. While a lecture is going on, so much as someone whispering drives me to a rage (inside). I’m all over the board with this post. I won’t apologize…hopefully you’re only taking time to read the first and last sentence. This isn’t shaping up to be the best day of the week. I’ll hit a Zumba class and my mood will change. If , IF I can get myself out the door. One more thing to mention. I got this woman to join the gym so we can get each other moving when needed…SHE HUMS. She hums all the time. I’m kind of stuck with it. Dang. Off the wall humming out of tune. OMG. What more can a person ask for?

March 29, 2013 at 10:24 am
(167) Debbie says:

Yes!!! Some noises drive me to distraction!!! I work as a cashier and crying kids set my teeth on edge. Add cranky customers to the mix and I want to run screaming from the room! I thought it was just getting older that made my patience shorter – never thought of BP!!

April 1, 2013 at 11:11 am
(168) Meghan says:

I need my quiet. I go nuts if I don’t get plenty of quiet. I MUST be able to get a break from people and the world, have no noise to remind me of their existence. I have a brother that is the opposite. He needs noise all the time, radio in the care, tv while he sleeps, hates being without someone to talk to. He stayed with us for awhile and got into a heated arguement about it once because he needed the radio on and I needed quiet.

April 9, 2013 at 12:23 am
(169) Carol Duvall says:

Yup, it sounds (no pun intended) like you guys have Misophonia, or 4S Soft sound sensitivity syndrome. Let’s get the word out; it is actually very common; google it!

April 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm
(170) Heather C says:

I am so happy I found this post. I am BP , was diagnosed years ago but I do not like to talk about it because of the stigma, because I don’t talk about it nor take meds any longer, I think I honestly forgot. The last few months since going med free have been pretty good but the last few weeks my noise sensitivity has gotten really bad. I have always been really aggravated by noises; mainly opening and slamming of doors, the beep of my house alarm, tvs, phones especially , the sound of my mothers voice; ect. I usually keep my phone on silent because I cant stand it and of course this gets people angry at me because I miss my calls. I am to the point that I think Im going to get ear plugs but then I dont want to call attention to be being annoyed. I feel really bad for my family, they dont deserve this but at the same time cant understand my misery either.

May 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm
(171) Will says:

I think the best we can do for ourselves as people who are highly sensitive to noise is to live on the largest piece of land we can afford to rent or buy with the greatest space buffer possible between our house and the next. I also like the idea of soundproofing the house or at least the bedroom.

I, too, have considered getting a van and putting a mattress in the back, so I could drive somewhere quiet to sleep at night, or living in an RV so when it gets too noisy I can easily move somewhere quieter.

As far as work noises, it might be worth trying to get a private office or quieter section to sit in as an ADA reasonable accomodation for disability at work. I’m sure this would require some sort of documentation from a doctor or mental health provider.

I have neighbors that intentionally make noise at night to bother me after we clashed on noise issues in the past. Police reports have been useless. I have now had some success by rigging up webcams placed in my windows and run at night. I set them up as motion detection cameras using a free open source program called Dorgem. Apparently my neighbors don’t want to be recorded doing what they’ve been doing!

May 20, 2013 at 2:41 am
(172) C says:

There’s a young girl, cute, unemployed, rich, living with her boyfriend, cute, an artist…. They’re next door. They slam the building door literally 60 times a day. The vibrations go through my body, like, you know that feeling if you were going to jump off a cliff? That sick “thrill” that flips through your gut? Well, that’s the feeling I get EVERY time they slam the front door. (Yes I’ve talked to them 4 times and it has done no good). I’ve been trying to brainwash myself to believe I share sound space. Tonight I was watching TV when I started feeling a vibration in my bones. I walked to my front door, put my ear to the door, and indeed: tunes cranked. I imagined my spoiled, pretty, happy neighbours in their suite grinding to the rhythm in joy, having a glass of Merlot and I go back to my living room and just start crying. I’m actually SCARED to walk through my apartment cause that base rhythm makes me SO ANGRY. Pathetic beyond all belief. My feelings. It is so psychological. I think my pain is the sacrrifice for their pleasure And it could all be worse. They could be louder. I do know this. I’m cool with dishes banging and cupboards closing and cars driving and lawnmowers and all the regular stuff when it’s not done to excess. What I’m zero cool with is individuals making decisions to make EXTRA noise. Music, laughing, yelling, loud sex, talking on balconies all seems like extra noise, and I FEEL like these bullying extra irresponsible noises should be illegal. I WISH quiet people would fight for the right for reasonable quiet in their homes. Noise should be as illegal as planting a tree in your neighbour’s yard. As illegal as keying the paint of someon’es car. As illegal as smoking in a non-smoking restaurant. As speeding. As public nudity. Just illegal. I’d work another job to pay twice the tax to support doubling the police force, a team, a squad on call 24-7 to deal with reckless neighbour noise.

June 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(173) Aaron says:

Oh my god I totally relate to and identify with everything you wrote! I’m 43, male, and am so sensitive to the energies and noise of others that I have all kinds of wacked-out physical sensations (and crazed pissed-off emotions) as a result. I’m triggered pretty much all the time I’m home — and I work at home so it’s not a good thing! Particularly weekends when the neighborhood’s so active.

I’m lucky enough to live in my own house with a yard, so there’s some buffer. I’m sure my responses are out of line with reality — why should i care if kids are screaming or doors slamming or jays scolding or crows cawing or dogs barking? Or bass incessantly thumping or Harleys revving? Well, I do. I feel like a sensitive in a completely insensitive world.

From a more objective perspective, though, I am rather nuts. And (to be totally honest) severely sexually repressed. And constantly tense in myself. So even if there were silence (never; nature abhors a vacuum apparently, and humans love their noise-makers), I would still have this inner discontent/discomfort. It seems they parallel each other — the outer cacophany and my inner repression and holding. And the physical symptoms — twinges of pain in different parts of my body, or ripples of unwanted energies coming over me, or spaciness/difficulty focusing — I suppose it’s all my doing on one level. Unfortunately it’s built up over time, gotten chronic, and evidence and history show there’s not that much hope of shifting it at this point. Putting my faith in plant medicines like ayahuasca at this point! They at least offer a total energetic reboot and new perspective, if only temporarily. It’s my life challenge to work this out.

Looking forward to the meek inheriting the earth, and the boors getting the fuck off it. :)

June 17, 2013 at 2:25 am
(174) CLEVERLIFE says:



June 18, 2013 at 1:37 am
(175) GOD's Creation says:

God Created us to live in this world to be dependent of Him. Trust all things created by Him is of no harm but peace. All these sounds of dog barking.. cats meowing is so natural. traffic sounds.. etc…..

All you guys here to violate God’s creation. If you can’t live with all these sound, then die la… why so particular and bias.. certain sound can and certain sound cannot.. It has all got to do with your being easy person.. BUt if you dislike someone and dont like whatever that person do.. Then that;s a different thing

Life is so short. take it with strike. Unless it is some one who provoke you in midnight. THen , you have to confront them

THe DOctors over classified the term Bi Polar…. If everyone is angry of some one making noise in mid night then they are bi polar? Stupid!!!! Psychologist or therapist are all idiots.. They are simply psycho themselves and they took medicine with easy accessibility..

All the psycho medicine causes more harm then anything..

Seek God and he will give you PEACE!!!

June 18, 2013 at 1:44 am
(176) God's Creation says:

What doctors want is to ask you to spend more$$$$ and got addicted to their Medicine….. and ask for higher dose…. Wake up and grow up…

Americans… you guys are in danger,, dun live in this lies..

June 25, 2013 at 4:20 am
(177) Dennis Teel says:

i have delayed sleep phase syndrome disorder and anxieties on top of it.
i also have acute hearing in most cases and am intolerant of noise as most people commenting.i have to wear earplugs to sleep.to those posters that are obviously ant-psychiatrist,you don’t do anyone any good by bashing medication and ‘labels’../keep your anti-psychiatry and anti- prescription medication to yourselves.I’ve seen people like you do more harm than good by talking people off of their medication and with your lame notions ,for example ,that bipolars are just ‘different’,not ‘bipolar..people are just different,not manic depressive’,etc..you’re a danger to people who have serious illnesses!!and to those religious nuts with the notion that bipolars and people that have illnesses don’t have jesus in their lives,you’re the biggest morons of all.i’m a minister by the way,and have only harsh words for religious nitwits that ,with glib,tell people with illnesses that they just need jesus./that’s what a religious nut(not a christian) tells people./there’s a difference between christianity and religion and above ,you’ll read some post by a religious nut,NOT a christian..jesus used an analogy once ,showing he is not against doctors as a treatment..when jesus was accused of dining with sinners ,he said . They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. ” he used this analogy when he could very well have used another.but he didn’t.don’t let the church fool you.jesus created people and people become doctors.god is not angry about it.religious people are.now that i got that cleared up..i moved into a 55plus senior living community to escape the noise./boomcars,kids screaming,traffic humming,neighbors bassing my walls,hanging outside at all hours of the night..it’s quieter here..but it will never end for most of us.why? even the managers in the senior living communities,have this attitude,”well of course you’re going to hear your neighbor’s tv and music.

July 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(178) Madi says:

I wonder if anyone else specifically deals with this. High pitched REPEATED noises make me very irritable. For example, when the fire alarm’s batteries run low and it beeps over and over to remind you to change them. It makes me grit my teeth and I get so blindly angry that I feel like I could hurt someone! I even have a pet duck [I know, weird] that I love dearly, but when it chirps constantly and loudly, I want to throw it! [I don't]. Snoring, too. I guess it is really just repeated noises. Water dripping bugs me, but I also don’t like wasting water or anything. What is the deal? I don’t believe I”m bipolar at all, but is there something else to explain it?

July 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm
(179) Robert says:

Roderick Usher was also highly sensitive to noise, to tactile sensations, to odors, to taste, to light – and to the dead coming back to life, viz. his sister, Madeline!

July 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm
(180) CayC says:

I’ve always been over-sensitive to sound, due, evidently, to damaged nerve(s) along my spine from congenital scoliosis. Loud, sudden noises are the worst, such as barking dogs. They will actually make me cry–and I’m an 82-year-old woman! Awkward! Cannot visit some people if they don’t keep their dogs contained. Most people have no empathy with such as I, so can be difficult coping.

July 20, 2013 at 11:37 am
(181) Leo says:

I am becoming this way because of others forcing their poor respect for community standards on others. Booming music, loud talking and doing stuff way to loud with a lack of common sense 24/7, liberal cops and judges think its Okay for a law abiding citizen to be bullied and terrorized buy loud people. I never use to be this way until the county got way, way to liberal. Need to move into the county or another planet.

July 24, 2013 at 1:47 am
(182) Ricardo says:

You can actually buy Noise Suppressing Head Gear. They look like headphone but they contain circuitry that creates a “cone of silence” around your ears. Look on eBay.

September 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm
(183) J says:

Hello fellow noise sufferers,

I’m an artist, 38 and my sensitivity to certain noises has recently worsened. My house is very quiet, perhaps too quiet, unfortunately my neighbors aren’t. At first the noises from my new refridgerator were causing me grief and I nearly replaced it; it took some time to adjust to it. Even the barely noticeable buzzing of ultrasound pest deterents would bother me. But the prize winner is my neighbors dogs, which I somehow tolerated in the past but are severly untolerable now. The incessant barking and whimpering awakens me every effing time! And not just a simple awakening; it’s a startled awakening where my heart is beating fast and my adrenaline is pumping. I’ve already threatened one neighbor with the city’s noise ordinances for animals, and that seemed to do the trick. The other neighbor’s dog whimpers at such a high pitch it feels as though it goes right through my body. I pounded on their door and asked “Do you not hear your dog!?” Immediately I start thinking about how I would take such delight in killing their obnoxious dogs.

Oddly, TV’s and radios don’t bother me.

Maybe earplugs from the gun shop would work, as one person recommended.

October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm
(184) Janel says:

I know I am replying late and this thread is old, but it helped to know other people have had problems with noise like me. I am tired of it. I really get annoyed with low bass and boom boom bass music sounds. I moved in this apartment buiding with my husband last fall and he just renewed our lease because he didn’t want to move yet and we’ve only been here a year and we are going to buy a condo after the lease is up next fall hopefully! And because we can’t afford to move right now anyway.
But I have had problems with bass sound from neighbors twice since we lived here. And the second one is still on going. At least when we pinpointed who the first person making the noise was we got them to shut up(or the management did). These second people must have just moved in not to long ago because after the first people we got to be quiet it was quiet here and i was fine. sometimes i would hear doors slam out in the hall or we live by the parking lot so somebody would sit in the car and play their bass music or drive by loudy or drive by with the bass blasting in their car but at least that passed.
I am not bipolar but this crap gives me panic attacks. And we can’t afford to move yet but want to buy a condo(and i will check if that is quiet too next time or sound proof the walls!) next fall. Peace for us all!

October 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm
(185) liz says:


November 3, 2013 at 2:54 am
(186) Sydsider66 says:

Hi all

I have it pretty bad with a lot of sounds. Especially eating, lip smacking,crunching sounds. Its called Misophonia. There is a site in Australia called “Misophonia Support” and has a forum with others explaining their sound sensitivities.

Hope it helps to understand what it is.

Hope it helps out a little.

December 21, 2013 at 8:26 am
(187) Toby says:

I am very sensitive to noise and wear ear plugs a lot of the time. I used to wear the foam ones but they became itchy and fell out all the time so I bought some of these. They are molded individually to your ears so are far more comfortable and stay in your ears better.

December 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm
(188) Rachel says:

Yes! I can’t stand noise and get incredibly irritated, angry at other people’s noise. Whether it be people talking on the street outside my window, doors slamming, kids running through the house, distant music. I crave peace and quiet. I don’t mind noises like birds or rain, love them in fact, but noises made by other people drive me nuts!

I kind of think it’s because I’m not happy in myself though and that I’m hypersensitive due to things I’ve been through. Sometimes I’m really friendly with strangers and people really like me, but most of the time I can’t stand any social contact. I hate sitting on the bus next to a stranger, especially if a part of them is touching me. I hate being jostled by passing strangers in the street. And why is it that although I kept to the side as I walk, people who come toward me on the same side always expect ME to get out of THEIR way?

Oh dear, rant :-( I just wonder how many other people feel like this? I know when I’m feeling really good in myself that these feelings go away, but that doesn’t happen very often.

January 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm
(189) ihatenoise says:

i can relate so much!

my neighbor keeps on singing on their karaoke that is mega loud from morning until night time. ithought it was only during the xmas & new year season. but hell, its already jan. 2, 2014, and they’re still singing their lungs out, as if there’s no tomorrow.

ithink this will go on everyday. God… i hate them.

and yeah, i just use earplugs to sleep, coz i sleep mostly during daytime.

if this still keeps on going on, i would really need to find a new place.

for now, i’m keeping with my patience, since im still too lazy to transfer residence..

February 9, 2014 at 10:31 am
(190) lizzie says:

Hi, I am so affected by noise, even down stair neighbours shutting doors and windows. I think now it’s me that has an issue but don’t know what to do and do not want to fall out with them.

February 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm
(191) lizie says:

like lizzie, my down stair neighbour driving me mad with shutting doors and windows loudly and tried to reason with her to no avail. Shakes my whole house.

March 4, 2014 at 10:05 am
(192) placidmoon says:

wow yes relate I will save this page to refer back to . have ptsd,anxiety d/o autism spectrum

March 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm
(193) lizie says:

Just to say thancks for recent help about banging doors and windows shut. At least I know it is not just me! Don’t think I have BP but perhaps I might have and not been diagnosed. I am 58 years old!

March 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm
(194) lizie says:

How do you know how many times I have visited this site? That concerns me!

March 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm
(195) lizie says:

oops, sorry about spelling mistake! Just noticed it. Anyway, I find this sit e a comfort that others have same feelings as myself about neighbour noise. Perhaps I am too considerate and should just bash around as they seem free to do?

April 28, 2014 at 9:52 am
(196) Bob says:

I can’t stand to hear a coin or jar lid wobble when dropped, I have to stop it. I can’t let the water run while shaving or brushing my teeth. Dogs continually barking or loud music( loud bass especially) drive me up a wall. Loud exhausts are cause for real anxiety. I sometimes feel like going into the woods and being a hermit. I love being around people( small crowds please) but when it gets too noisy I have to leave.

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