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kinglizard
04-13-11, 11:47 AM
Hi,

My family recently moved into a smaller house with very little insulation and I'm finding that my noise sensitivity has been reignited (I live with two younger brothers, as well as two small dogs).

Unfortunately, since I also have OCD, I'm finding that my noise aversion is beginning to become phobic and that I will go out of my way to avoid even the slightest aural intrusions.

What I'm curious about - since I was planning on speaking about this with my therapist tomorrow, who is an OCD specialist, but knows little about ADHD - is whether exposing oneself to the noise is a viable tactic, as I'm anticipating that's what he'll recommend? Or does coming in contact with loud noise do very little to reduce the sensitivity?

I am also wondering if deliberately avoiding noise via earplugs, etc. could potentially worsen an existing sensitivity?

Thanks

salleh
04-14-11, 01:16 AM
I think that lots of ADHDers have problems with noise .... you might want to try using a fan.......I know several of us have a fan going all the time, it blocks out other sounds pretty well....and you get to bhave air moving around too !

sarek
04-14-11, 02:47 AM
I have problems with noise but I feel the cause may only partially lay in oversensitivity. I feel that too much noise drowns out my ability to keep situational awareness and thus makes me nervous.

So in that case, using a fan might be counter-productive.

Fortune
04-14-11, 03:29 AM
Temple Grandin has talked about slowly exposing one's self to noises to acclimate to them. I think she discusses this in her TED talk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn_9f5x0f1Q

She's focused mostly on autistic people, but people with ADHD also often have similar sensitivities.

fracturedstory
04-14-11, 07:23 AM
Let me just warn you using ear plugs too much can greatly increase your sensitivity.

Occasional exposure can help if you can do it in a controlled way. But I still find at random moments noise can irritate me more than other times.

salleh
04-14-11, 07:39 AM
it's weird, the sound of a 2 stroke motorcycle engine can turn me homicidal the instant I hear it , the instant it goes away, so do my homicidal feelings ! that noise gets into my brain and makes me crazy.......I want to chase that motorcycle down and run the driver over and back up and do it again ad infinitum........


.....and, hee hee, one of my nick names several years ago, was 2 stroke, cause I went as fast as a 2 stroke engine .....

Fortune
04-14-11, 12:20 PM
it's weird, the sound of a 2 stroke motorcycle engine can turn me homicidal the instant I hear it , the instant it goes away, so do my homicidal feelings ! that noise gets into my brain and makes me crazy.......I want to chase that motorcycle down and run the driver over and back up and do it again ad infinitum........

Look at this:

http://www.misophonia-uk.org/the-misophonia-activation-scale.html

Lunacie
04-14-11, 12:59 PM
it's weird, the sound of a 2 stroke motorcycle engine can turn me homicidal the instant I hear it , the instant it goes away, so do my homicidal feelings ! that noise gets into my brain and makes me crazy.......I want to chase that motorcycle down and run the driver over and back up and do it again ad infinitum........


.....and, hee hee, one of my nick names several years ago, was 2 stroke, cause I went as fast as a 2 stroke engine .....

Me too! Not the nickname, but the way some noises make me feel.

Top of the list; motorcycle engines, followed very closely by loud mufflers on cars, bass thumping on car stereos, a vacumn cleaner being run by anyone else, the sound of a small dog yapping, anything that squeaks, and whining voices.

I just want the noise to go away immediately - because if it doesn't I begin to slam doors or hit things with other things. Full on rage the second I hear the noise.

And one of the main reasons I don't shop in stores like WalMart ... loud speaker systems that are just too loud. I had to go there this morning and when an announcement came over the speaker system it was like someone had walked up behind me and yelled in my ear while slapping me on the head. I was in tears just that quick. Must remind myself that I don't really HAVE to go there - I can go somewhere else or shop online.


Look at this:

http://www.misophonia-uk.org/the-misophonia-activation-scale.html

Misophonia eh? I had to look that up. Those noises I listed above? My reaction starts at level 5 for the last things on the list. The first three things on my list cause an immediate level 8 response, and if the noise continues, it progresses very quickly to level 9. Unless the noise stops or I am able to move away from the noise, I have begun self-harm.


I do have tinnitus as well. Do most people with misphonia have tinnitus?

Fortune
04-14-11, 05:09 PM
I think tinnitus is related to a lot of things, so probably, but they appear with other stuff like sensory processing disorder, central auditory processing disorder, and hyperacusis.

Jacstar10
04-14-11, 05:33 PM
I moved into a new apartment a few months ago, and there have been a few noises that have been really, really getting to me - the people above me, and more particularly this constant soft humming coming from underneath the building.

Since moving in though, I've started sleeping with my fan on, and this has helped considerably! I hope it can help for you too...

Interesting points about ear plugs... I'd better not use them every night - thanks for the pointers.

All the best everyone.

:)

kinglizard
04-15-11, 02:57 AM
Thanks for your help everyone. As anticipated, my therapist recommended that I try not become overly reliant on ear-plugs/headphones and expose myself to the noise whenever possible.

Unfortunately, I just find that I have this visceral, full-body reaction to certain sounds, which I absolutely cannot control. I then become angry/irritated, and will abandon what I'm doing because I feel that the noise has 'spoiled' the experience for me, which, I suppose, is the OCD side-of-the-coin.

The trouble with OCD is that you lose sight of what actions and behaviours are appropriate and take everything to the extreme. So while I may have a genuine noise sensitivity, I feel like my phobic avoidance of noise might be inappropriate .. but I don't know..

Does medication - e.g. stimulants or anxiolytics - help with a) the noise sensitivity and/or b) the frustration/irritation it causes?