Environmental Noise

May 30, 2007 at 5:45 pm 2 comments

I think I may be oversensitive to environmental noise. I’m quite good at shutting some kinds of noise out (thanks to the time spent in call centres, probably), but not others. Right now some children in a garden a few doors down are hitting some kind of drum-like object and chanting Living in the centre of a city does mean there’s rather a lot of noise. I’ve mentioned the builders before. They’re still building on top of the flat I live in. So the typical environmental noise that I have to deal with goes:

5am – 8am: Birds singing at the dawn. Crows landing on the scaffolding outside my window and cawing loudly at me through the curtains.

8am – 5pm: Builders hammering, sawing, mixing cement, loudly discussing football, randomly singing things, conversing.

5pm – 9pm: Children playing in the garden down the road.

9pm – 2am: Sirens. Birds singing at the dusk. Police helicopters circling overhead. Drunk people shouting at each other. Sometimes the neighbour upstairs will play music loud enough to shake the ceiling. On particularly annoying occasions I get to hear him having sex.

2am – 5am: Usually pretty quiet.

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  • 1. patientanonymous  |  May 30, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    With me it depends. If I had the ADD hyperfocus in overdrive, I can tend to tune out most things–but the hyperfocus only kicks in if I am doing something that I m very interested in. Sometimes, certain noises can throw me of kilter and I need to shut them down or turn them off. that is if I am in control of them or making them right?

    It’s strange. Kind of a toss up as to how my brain is working and what I’m doing. And perhaps how loud the noise(s) is/are and what they are?

    I can tend to have a very bad startle response too so if anything comes along and is very loud and I am not expecting it, I’ll jump!

  • 2. katm  |  May 31, 2007 at 4:09 am

    Noise tends to really get to me. But when I sleep, I have to have some sort of white noise. I guess that helps drown out the crap going through my head.

    Working as a teacher with young kids… I got more used to noise. I’m wondering how I’m going to react when I start teaching again.

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