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Peaceful_Wish1

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Hi everyone.

I'm sat at my desk at home with white, brown and pink noise playing from a You Tube channel, earplugs in my ears and TRYING to concentrate. I'm not sure if I have hyperacusis, but I'm extremely sensitive to noise, especially certain noises.

There have been builders working on a house opposite me all summer and even now, though they are obviously nearing completion.  I don't know if the sound of their drills, cutters, radio, etc, at 7.30am has sensitised me more, but I've also got a neighbour with a very loud voice and shrieking laughter that's repetitive (almost every 5 mins for the 5-6 hours that she watches tv in the evenings, I wish I knew what she was watching I could use some of it), what's even more annoying is that she obviously knows the walls are thin and yet she still does it.  I wouldn't make a noise like that repeatedly, maybe occasionally by accident, but not repeatedly when I know it's disturbing others (and if you lived here you'd see that's its obvious she does know).  She also slams her doors repeatedly so that the whole building structure shakes.

Anyway, sorry for my moaning already, lol, I really need some help with getting the world's best earplugs (foam, because all the others make my ears sore) and also I need to get a sound machine....or something so that I can guarantee no noise coming through.  Is there anything available?  It's particularly important when I am working from home.  I don't see why I should go and sit in a library when my home is empty and I want to work there.

I need a sound machine that is loud enough to block out noises (and perhaps even vibrations?), the stuff I play from you tube really doesn't block anything out, not to me anyway.

Sorry if my post sounds a bit irritable, I just feel it at the moment, I've had to do everything I can to block out noise so that I can settle into doing some work.  I'm not sure I'll ever be able to tolerate noise when I'm trying to concentrate.  As soon as I attempt to write something or compose a letter my intellect falls through the floor if there's a noise and I have to start again, I literally cannot get anything done.  (But if it's still possible to train yourself to concentrate with noise I'm open to hearing about it, I just think it compromises the quality of what work I'd produce, but curious on any other thoughts on this).

Look forward to 'meeting' you all here, thanks for reading.  [smile]





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Peaceful_Wish1

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I know people are busy so just quickly, anyone able to direct me to affordable but effective sound machines?  I'm in the UK and want to use white noise or something to take the edge off all the noises (or block them out completely).  Thanks
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Peaceful_Wish1

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If my post isn't appropriate here does anyone know of any other forum I could discuss this on?  It seems it's irrelevant here due to lack of responses.
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Peaceful_Wish1

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Last night I used loud white noise and afterwards I had tinnitus for hours plus the sound of white noise in my right ear.  So I guess using that won't be a long term solution.  Though to be honest I'd be glad if I couldn't hear.  :-(
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Rob

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Maybe this will help. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marpac-Dohm-Speed-Sound-Conditioner/dp/B006Z9V1LM

Rob
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Peaceful_Wish1

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Thanks, this has got great reviews!  Appreciate it.  I think I may have to get this.  [smile]
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Joy

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Dear Peaceful Wish:

You write that you are not sure that you have hyperacusis. Do your symptoms fit the description of hyperacusis on this or other sites?

Let me say that I sympathise with your having aggravating  construction work done around you. I have been been very apprehensive the last three weeks with some brick removal and replacement being done on the house next door, which is really part of the same building but a different owner. Since I stay at home all day, and sometimes take naps, I never knew when some unexpected sound could go off, and very early sometimes like 7am.. And I find it difficult to lie down on my back with  ear muffs to stop any of the unexpected noise while sleeping, because my neck starts to hurt and that pain goes into my ears which then aggravates my hyperacusis sometimes. Luckily, the workers told me today that they will be finished by the end of the week. Phew...what a relief! I did not have to put up with all this all summer like you did. There are always some people in better or worse situations than us, it seems!

Take care,

Joy

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