Hi does anyone else suffer from the inability to block out noise? I hear my neighbours, I hear the traffic, car doors slamming, flat doors slamming, barking dogs and I can’t block any of it out. I live with noise cancelling headphones on all the time, it is now affecting my gait so I’ve been advised to not wear them so much but it is the only way I can deal with the world. I find it is much worse when I don’t sleep and I never sleep well. I feel overwhelmed with the noise around me and lost. Does it ever get better? The older I get the worse it gets. I’m having difficulty dealing with every day life. Does it ever get any better? I feel like if I couldn’t hear anymore, it would be a relief. I’m constantly exhausted. Everyone try’s to take your money by promising this supplement will help, or dietary changes will make it better. Has anyone found anything that makes it better?
Greetings... For some reason I only just now thought of trying to Post this perspective...
For sleeping and to rest, yes, noise-cancelling or earplugs or white-noise (Radios, Fans, Recordings, etc.) is necessary. But while awake, do none of that. Have a go at Focussing upon certain noises, or rather, have a go at just ignoring them all untill a noise *needed* to be heard is heard, or a noise which is not damaging or is liked, is heard (usually birdsong or, um, "children laughing" (...))... Then have a go at focussing upon that.
There is always noise, and block the ears when it is not needed to be heard... Yet noise is as informative and interesting as sight or smell is. Focus upon certain noises to know what is going on, and to predict and see and know what is happening. Have a go/practise using quiet places (Sundays, Parks, or something), and single out the noises which do not cause stress from those which do.
...This post is long enough, now, so I wonder if anyone else knows what I mean...?
(P.S. - For Myself, when People (Children) are SCREAMING, Yes, I do not like that and do leave the immediate area, and I plug My ears at Sirens going past.)
I’ve tried that several times over the years thinking I could adjust to it if I looked at it differently. I was better at it when I was younger but I find it very difficult to do now but I like the approach!