Does anyone have problems with these sounds?
I've had panic attacks from thesee sounds for decades.
I hear a buzzer or a ringing sound, I may be the door or the telephone. I panic, my heart starts a rapid irregular beat, I sweat and generally panic/don't know what to do.
I've changed my phone ringtone to less threatening music.
I sometimes wake up instantly at night when I imagine a buzzer or ringing. I check, there is no one at the door! The phone has not rang!
Do others here have these problems.
My first thought would be that this is a learned behavioural response. For example: if the phone goes, you're expected to enter into an interaction (possibly with someone you don't know, and a whole world of unknown variables). Likewise, if the front door bell goes, it means there's another person there that you're forced into social interaction.
Personally, I detest using the phone - as it does make me anxious. I tend to write better than I speak. So for me, there are all sorts of negative associations attached to any noise that denotes the presence of social interaction!
Similarly, I really (really) struggle to concentrate when there is music or the radio on - as even hearing other people's voices tugs at my concentration, and makes my anxiety levels worse.
But, any monotonous sound - like a wind-chime, heating boiler or ticking clock etc - can actually be quite soothing. For me, it's all about what's associated to the sound in question.
Whilst I do not suffer from panic attacks when I hear those noises, I do experience a great deal of anxiety.
Neither do I imagine hearing those noises. I have enough problems dealing with the noises I can hear!
Years ago, I used to wake up in the middle of the night hearing a buzzer. I'm pretty sure it was my imagination or hallucination.
Not as serious as hearing voices
I agree it could be a conditioned reflex. After years of working in offices - where the sound of phones was always stressful - these sounds always automatically trigger a negative response from me. When my phone rings at home, I panic. Likewise with my doorbell. It's extended now to the pieces of music that people use as ringtones. Even hearing a human voice talking into a phone - on a train or bus, or in the supermarket - makes me react.
Similarly, I don't like the radio on when I'm driving. But if I get in a vehicle at work to drive, whichever co-worker is with me will always switch the radio on. How rude! And it's always a crap commercial station, playing commercial pop.
Why is it, too, that some people have to be plugged into noise wherever they go? What's wrong with listening to the ambient sounds of the day around them?
I have problems with these sounds.
I've had panic attacks from these sounds.
I also when I hear a buzzer or a ringing sound, it may be the door or the telephone - I panic, my heart starts a rapid irregular beat, I sweat and generally panic/don't know what to do.
It is nice to know that I am not alone.
Years ago, I used to work in a call centre. There was a particular buzzing tone that would precede the start of every new incoming call - signalling I was just about to start talking to a new stranger. Thus, my social anxiety became negatively attached to that sound, whereby I'd dream of repeatedly hearing the buzzing tone over-and-over of a nighttime.
Never have I felt so much like one of Pavlov's dogs!
Robert123: do you actually recognise the sound at all - is it context-specific?
The sound at night was the traditional shrill sound of a doorbell.
I woke up in a panic, rapid breathing and heartbeat.
Yeah, I’m the same. Even the rattle of my letter box sets me off. I need to get that fixed! I can’t stand alarm clocks, they’re like the height of violence to me. I don’t like clocks ticking and spend most of my time in silence. I can’t understand people who like constant noise. Even the noises that houses make from electricity etc are too much for me. I can’t wait until I’m living in nature in my converted van. I want only to hear the sweet sounds of nature. I’ve just got to figure out how I’m going to make my money to get me from here to there. Well, I don’t have to figure it out, it will be revealed to me.
Greetings. What I mention may seem like a joke, but it is not. There is, amazingly, a thing called "Exploding Head Syndrome"...! To find out a bit more, just type in those exact words into a Browser, etc. etc... I myself recall it because I certainly have it, just like Nightmares and Tachycardia... and, I could Post stories about it but, well, not in this Post, obviously...
With regards to loud sounds or certain sounds in general - *whilst conscious* - then, yes, I offer support at that. It is one of the "Diagnostic Criteria" for ASDs, or something. And I support the fact that if one is "conditioned" to something, then it causes an involuntary reaction. There are, of course, "Therapies" around this, but, of course, their efficiency depends upon individual and physical states...
...This last could invite a lot of technical waffling, which I do not much care for (sorry), and so I am closing this Post now. Fair Play to yourself and to all.
Yes i can't stand anything like that. The phone or door or kitchen timer going, makes my heart beat crazily and makes me shake. It's worse if i'm already having an anxious day for some other reason. I was on the phone recently and the kitchen timer went off and i almost dropped the phone. I think it's partly that these are shrill sounds, so naturally unpleasant anyway. But also Evan is probably right as someone calling me or turning up at the door is always going to make me panic. I remember being in a dreadful state at school on days where they said 'today we will have a practice of the fire alarm' haha! I was a nervous wreck, couldn't hear a word the teacher said, waiting to have to put my hands over my ears and escape!