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I would be interested to know if anyone else has been left with an intolerance to noise.

I can't stand it, never have the radio or TV on and won't even sit in the same room when they are on. I find it very difficult to concentrate at the best of times and it is impossible with noise.

I will turn round and go home if I go out to the local and the jukebox is on or there is a disco.

I hate noise with a vengeance.

It seems bizarre as I used to work in a school, and they are noisy places, I used to be able to "switch off" and just get on with my work, can't seem to do that now.

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Hi

I'd be interested in hearing other's experiences too. I can't cope with loud noises at the moment, The TV has to be quiet and I haven't got any interest in listening to music (which I did previously). I find that if my family are all talking while the TV is on, there is just too much noise and I get very irritable and have to leave the room.

Am hoping this will pass. My daughter sings in a rock band and we love going to gigs but I can't even bear the thought of going anywhere that may be noisy at the moment.

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Hi Penny,

Can I be nosey what did you do in a school? I was a primary school teacher and there are a few of us on here with an education background.

Its strange I have no problems with the tv etc but I find it really hard to concentrate at work etc when people are buzzing round the office. I am the same in the pub etc, if there are 2 or 3 peopel I can cope but any more i've no chance! But I can go to music concerts -how strange!

I'm just an oddbod obviously :lol:

Laura

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Yes I’m afraid I know just what you mean….noise makes me intolerant, any loud sudden noise (kids squeeling) makes me shout or run!!! It does ease a little, or maybe I’ve become more tolerant. Bright lights also or overloaded senses bring out the worst. I do have the radio on if I’m in the house…but only listen if its calm. I would say noise intolerance has been second to headaches/fatigue and I don’t think I will ever feel differently. Silence restores everything!

Anya

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In the first 7 to 8 months after my SAH any noise used to really bother me shopping was a nightmare and as much as I love my grandsons I couldn't stand being in the same room as them for very long.

It has gradually improved but I do have difficulty concentrating if there is too much noise going on around me. I also can't have my music playing as loud anymore.

Janet x

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I’m glad you raised this issue. It brings back a happy memory…in the first year of my recovery I thought it a good idea to take my daughter, Poppy, to the remote hebridean island of Colonsay for half term end of October. We flew from Southampton to Glasgow, train to Oban and ferry across. Was this marathon journey worth it??? You bet!!! I could have heard a pin drop!! It was like being on the moon…earily quiet. My daughter 16 at the time, has since sworn never to go again as all you could hear was my screaming at her to pedal faster and stop being a complaining brat!! I got my revenge that week!!!

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Hi Laura

I was a senior laboratory technician in a comprehensive school and had to work round the kids all the time. They are even louder and bigger when they reach secondary school.

I thought I was an oddbod, but obviously not, there are others on here that can't stand noise.

I enjoy going to the theatre to see a range of things, even musicals and I can cope with them. It does seem strange though.

In March I am going to see Showaddywaddy, I have seen them in the past several times and found them to be good entertainers but must admit I am wondering how I will fare now, because they are very loud.

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I can't stand loud noises anymore since SAH, I have to put the volume lower when watching tv and when the adverts come on I put the tv on mute. I find when there is so much noise around and people are talking at the same time my head goes on over drive and have to leave the room.

I prefer it now where there is silence, maybe I should visit the library more often!

Myra xx

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Guest Beth1957

Although I've got an unruptured annie rather than having had an SAH, my tolerance to loud noise has definitely decreased! This is a bit of a problem because my husband has problems with his hearing & likes the TV on loud - I tend to only go in the living room for short periods. I like the radio on quietly & still love listening to music though, & go to sleep every night to BBC News programme playing quietly in the background; very soporific!! Like others have said I have problems in busy/noisy envitonments like pubs; I can hear what people are saying but seem to get confused & find it difficult to rocess what they're saying. More than usual, that is :(

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I COULDN'T STAND LOUD NOISES FOR QUITE A WHILE AND STILL HAVE TIMES IT DRIVES ME CRAZY CAOS IS DEFINITLY OUT BUT I NOW CAN HANDLE IT A LITTLE MORE BUT ONLY IF IT IS A NOISE NOT ALOT OF DIFERENT NOISES.

IF I HAVE HAD A BUSY DAY I NEED AT LEAST 1-2 HOURS OF QUIET OR I GET REALY STREESED. I EVEN PLUG MY EARS IF TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE TALKING AT ONCE.

TAKE CARE EVELYN

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I cant stand noise either, shopping centres are a nightmare! have to have the TV down as well. If too many people talking it sounds like they are shouting - really annoying. Have also developed tinnitus which doesnt help. Where abouts in Derbyshire are you?

Caroline

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Hi Penny,

Yes there is no way I could work with secondary children, they are loud enough at 5!

It is odd with concerts as well, i am now better at music concerts than I was before, beforeI would complain if they were too loud even if they were my favourite artist, now I think that I may never have seen them again had things turned out different so i just try and get rest before and after!

LOve and hugs

Laura

PS Bet showaddywaddy will be fab!

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Hey all

Sudden loud noises still get me and irritate me, but I love having the music on loud in the car and three months after my SAH I went to see Pink in concert - awesome. When I'm concertrating I do find that noise affects me more post SAH whereas before I could shut off and it wouldn't bother me.

Take care

Love Sami xxx

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Hi all

I had/have a real problem like everyone to noise i cannot concentrate when someone is talking and music is playing no matter how low, i get so irratable, childrens voices are really loud and supermarkets a nightmare. Idid find out that i have High Frequency hearing loss and thats why i cannot understand what people are saying on tv sometimes and was told that i am unable to block out other conversations when a few people are talking around me (i jump out of my skin especially if someone laughs really loudly) and i miss consonants out of words thats what the ENT people told me.I have since been back for another hearing test and its much the same with tinnitus and they are trying me with hearing aids.

When i was back in hospital the 2nd time a patients had a blocked drip and the high pitch squeal from the pump was a nightmare i had to tell the nurse to sort, i did come running out of my room with my ears covered she must have wondered whats was up!! :lol:

Love luck and laughter

Michellexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Guest Vivienne

Hi!

I have developed a sensitivity to loud noises too, not so much as the like of the TV or anything, more like sudden noises, like the lid of the bread bin being slammed down! Goes right through me!

Also, today, it's really bright and glaring outside, and I had to shut the curtains as I felt like I was squinting to keep so much brightness out!

Vivienne

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Guest Beth1957

Michelle, my husband has high frequency hearing loss & tinnitus.

He's tried several different types of hearing aid over the past few years with varying degrees of success, before finally settling on some he seems to like. Mind you, he ended up buying them privately, from Specsavers - but I think that was partly vanity as he's very self-conscious about his hearing problems, & these ones are practically invisible.

So the moral is, if the first ones you get don't work all that well, keep going back!

xxx

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Well I am glad I am not alone with not being able to stand noise.

I do feel so isolated at times and people just do not understand, I often think other people believe it is me being awkward and funny about noise.

This forum has certainly made me feel not so alone because I have found others who have been left with the same after effects.

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I was out with Mum in a restaurant we regularly go to last night and I have been unable to tolerate the noise of the chairs scraping on the wooden floor since the SAH and won't go there if it's crowded. I still won't go anywhere crowded or too noisy, but Mum noticed, in spite of her dementia, that I'm not so sensitive as I was even a year ago and I was so glad to realise that this has got better. The visual sensitivity was really overwhelming for the first 6 months / year. Then it gradually started to subside. I still like open spaces and not feeling crowded, but I was a bit like that anyway it just made me more aware of what I'm like. I was amazed when the BSF told me it can take several years to readjust but I think I've had a lot of good quality living in spite of these oddities, now I don't worry about what other people think and that's another good sign for me. In some ways I think that hypersensitivity gives us an insight that we wouldn't have otherwise experienced and I'm grateful for it as it helps me in dealing with Mum's dementia and knowing that an altered state of consciousness doesn't lesser a person in any way.

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