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CleoSombra

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Hi, this is Cleo. I post once in a blue moon on here, every few years.

I have misophonia. . . I think. Basically, I have a strong dislike of some (well, most) sounds and if I can't escape them, I get anxiety attacks. I wear earplugs most of the time, including when I sleep.

Last year (and again this coming year), I will be living on campus in an older dorm room. The walls are thin and I can hear the water run faintly through the pipes in the walls. At first I thought it was the HVAC air/heat system, but I think it's the water in the pipes. It drives me crazy. I either have to wear headphones or have my earplugs in all the time.

Do you have any tips for soundproofing the  walls, even if it's just one wall (there's a window on the wall I'm thinking of). What materials should I use to soundproof and pin it up (and around what cost will it be)? I only live there for two semesters out of the year, so it can't be damaging to the walls or permanent or invasive.

Thank you!
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Johnloudb

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Hi Cleo,

You shouldn't wear earplugs when you sleep, it will make your ears more sensitive. Also you should try using sound enrichment ( a pleasant sound you hear all the time ) and these sounds that bother you will be perceived as less strong.

But, I kind of doubt that will solve your problem, which is your misophonia/phonophobia. You need to work on that. Maybe CBT could help you.

John

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CleoSombra

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vingard - in what way do you mean, do I get worse? Does my hearing get worse when I hear these noises? I'm not sure what you mean.

John - I shouldn't, but I really need to. The only way I'd be able to tolerate it is if I had some other noise that was so loud that it drowned out the other noise completely. One noise will not distract me - I hoan in on whatever noise is bothering me and I just focus and obsess over it. It's the reason I wear earplugs, because once I hear the noise, nothing can distract me from it. Not at home, not in class . . . nowhere. And if I played a noise that was loud enough to mask the water running through the walls, it'd be too loud for me to fall asleep to.
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MM

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Hi, been there done that many times. The best and only solution, imho, is to go somewhere else.

Back in college, I used to find an empty classroom at night to study, where it was mostly perfectly quiet. I left the libraries where there was too much whispering (would have been better just to talk out loud) and paper flapping in the books, or paper crunching when sheets were ripped from notebooks and then thrown away. Not terribly bad, but my concentration was broken.

But, unfortunately, in the empty classroom I too had to deal with all those noisy creaky water pipes, that kind of got annoying after a while. Frankly, I wouldn't classify them in the misophonia department, but they were a distraction to the peace and quiet I wanted for seroius study. (Btw, I found out later by a visit from the campus police that it was illegal for paying students to study in the classrooms during off hours, believe it or not!)

I offer this advice because I've fought that kind of 'battle' many a time. Good luck.
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SkaMasta097

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Cleo,

I feel your pain. I live in apartments and every time my neighbor runs the bath faucet, I can hear a high pitched noise through the walls. I can barely tolerate it. Once I used my decibel reader to see how loud it was, and it was in the 60 dB range. Funny how sounds so soft can be intrusive.

What I do, is close both the bathroom and bedroom doors, and I usually don't hear it after that.
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