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.
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?