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Trapped

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Why is it that I can tolerate the sound of the lawn mower when I use it, but when someone else is out there mowing, IT DRIVES ME NUTS!?!?!?!

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Febrele

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Maybe because when its you doing it, you are in control, and less "surprised"?

I have the same effect with dishes... When I'm the one making sudden noises, it doesn't affect me as much as someone else.

Our brains are playing tricks with us lol
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Rob

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Suggest both of you be evaluated for phonophobia or misophonia by an experienced clinician. 

With hyperacusis, if something is painfully loud in one context then it is equally painfully loud in another context.  With phonophobia or misophonia, a sound that is tolerable when we're making it may be intolerable when someone else makes it. 

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I have the same effect with dishes... When I'm the one making sudden noises, it doesn't affect me as much as someone else. 

Yeah, I often have the same problem. My mom will clank a dishes loudly when puting them away and it tweaks my ear a bit. So, I grab a spoon and start whacking bowl or glass and driver her nuts. I say if you can do it, I can too.  ;-)

After doing that, her putting the dishes away usually doesn't bother me though.
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Stormy

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Doesn't work that way for me.  I hurt my ears and give myself headaches all the time doing something stupid.  I get mad and slam the door, or yell at some other driver while I'm driving, or I clank the dishes.  Just stupid.

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I've noticed that it all depends on where the sound is projected. For example, you can be "behind" a sound instead of "in front" of it. Or the sound can be obstructed by objects. Knowing this, I try to never be directly in front of noises. Instead, I'm usually behind something or far enough away so that the noise travels in all directions.

Here's what I mean. When someone slams a door in the car, I get very hurt. It's because i'm directly exposed to the noise. However, I can be driving next to a construction site with loud noises and if my windows are rolled up, I'm not as bad (although I'm still hurt, so I avoid this). The construction noise isn't as bad because the noise travels in all directions and disperses. Hope that makes sense.
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Stormy

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I know what ya mean jayjay, sometimes when ya see it comin, you can run for cover.

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