my noise sensitivity was diagnosed with my panic disorder. this may sound stupid, but i cant bear to wash the cutlery when i do the dishes because of the noise it makes. i am ultra sensitive to noise- and yet i can go to a concert with 50,000 people and not be bothered. specific noises really set me off.
you are not alone in this. my noise probs increased as i was diagnosed with fibro.
Noise is a huge problem for me! The more noise there is the worse I am and it's like my sensory system just gets over stimulated and shuts down, that's after it peaks and I've snapped at someone. I have learned to leave a room when the kids are getting rambunctious? or the tv is blaring (at least it seems to). My husband makes me leave the kitchen if he is cleaning up the dishes because he knows what it does to me. I think the worst part is when one of my kids is talking to me and I just want them to stop because I can't handle the noise.
When I can feel the tension building from the noise I go and put cotton in my ears to soften the noise, it helps a lot. I have even done that at family parties, if I didn't I would have to leave. I'm not sure what to tell you about your husband, it's hard to explain. I'm not even sure my husband gets it, I think he may just be tired of my crankiness. Does your husband work with or know anyone who just doesn't stop talking and gets annoying? You could relate it to that but explain that unfortunately it happens even when you really want to listen and be a part of things. I would love to enjoy parties again but I know what happens and I never volunteer for events with my kids because I never know how I will feel.
I have used the cotton trick for years. Long before my diagnosis, I worked with an audiologist that made me a professional set of ear plugs. They are amazing when the noise is way too much. I use the cotton for everyday things (family events, work, stores etc.) As one said, their husband sends them out of the kitchen when cleaning dishes. My husband and children remind me to get my earplugs, because I'm craby or when we are off to a family event (his family all yells/talks at the top of their lungs). At loud events, my husband winks at me when I rummage franticlly through my purse for my earplugs. It calms me down instantly, until it quiets down or we leave. LOL.
It feels like sort of an outter body experience. I feel like I'm doing my job on auto pilot (busy Doctors office Receptionist), but it's such torcher at times. I make it through, but not very well.
This is a very troublesome symptom of Fibro.
Noise drives me crazy too. It never used to before Fibromyalgia. I used to love load music and now I can't take it. It grates on my nerves! My husband loves sports and so the TV is on in numerous rooms so he can see the score wherever he goes :) I, on the other hand, turn the TV off as I enter a room (unless it is the room where he is actually watching the game)...kind of an ongoing battle, but he understands. My husband's hearing is not the greatest, so he is on the other end of the extreme...just wait until we are retired some day. He'll be yelling and cranking the TV/Stereo and I'll be going crazy :) Should be interesting.. We are looking into purchasing headphones for the TV so he can hear his show as loud as he wants and I can relax - food for thought!
It's weird, but people breathing heavy can even get annoying - never noticed this stuff in the past. Glad to hear it is not just me that is this sensitive to noise.
It seems like my senses are like a super hero, so to speak. I can hear faint noises and smell things that most ignore.
Have you tried ear muffs? It probably sounds crazy but it might help cut down on some of the noise.
Mamakitty, I can understand why you would assume it was from the migraines. I thought the same thing. If I don't control my sensitivity to the noise or light, then I can bring on a migraine. I need to stuff my ears and stay away from the light and I found this has helped reduce the number of migraines I have. It's just a matter of me noticing the warning signs and controlling the situation if I can.
Oregon mom, I think your husband must be related to mine. I don't think there is a tv in the house he doesn't turn on during a game. He is watching them right now but he is being thoughtful and keeping the noise down. I have been sick with a headache all weekend. We thought about the headset idea to but my husband paces to much, it didn't work out for him. He needs to be able to pace from room to room (his pacing stresses me out but I think he would explode if he didn't).
I hope everyone has a quiet and restful night .