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   Posted 11/15/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Does anyone else have sensitivity to loud noises?
We live in a condo.complex right near a Home Depot store
for about a year now and every night there's a street cleaning
truck complete with flashing lights and beeping sounds that drives
around the large parking lots(front & back).

I wonder, I mean ,I can't be the only one in the complex that
this bothers? I don't see a lot of neighbors come and go and
I rent there,don't own it so I'm not privy to association meetings.
Today was a beautiful day, in the mid. 60's ! in the Northeast
in November! I opened the windows to bring in the fresh air and
come 8 or 9 o'clock tonite the vehicle showed up. He does'nt
finish until 11 or 11:30.

OMG! He takes out some kind of leave blower! Please someone
tell me why this service needs to be done almost every night.
I know I sound like a whiner,i think it just adds to my all ready
overwhelmed state. My son does'nt report any annoyance when
I asked, about the truck noise but then he wears ear phones so
he does'nt have to hear me make my screeches and animal sounds
when i'm struggling to be painfree or at least comfortabler....Help??!!

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   Posted 11/16/2009 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I hate really loud noises. I find my self turning the T.V. and stereo down all the time. When my daughter has friends over I always have to ask them to keep it down. I make them play in her room with the door closed. I can listen to music loud ocasionally, but not for long periods of time. I really love when I get those rare moments of silence. I also sleep very light. The least little noise startles me. My husband always laughs, because he tries to tip toe past me, and I always jump up like I heard a loud noise. You may want to try To get some head phones, and listen to some relaxing music during that time of night. You can also try some ear plugs if you are trying to sleep. I use ear plugs sometimes, and an eye mask it is actually very relaxing. Good luck I hope you get some peace soon.

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   Posted 11/16/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Spicey,

I am always in sensory overload mode. Oh my, loud noise and bright light are my worst enemies. I can jump when a loud unexpected noise arises. I live in Florida much of the year and cannot stand the sun anymore. I just LOVE a cloudy day. Never thought I would feel this way. I am also sensitive with touch but not quite as bad as many of us. Treebo makes good suggestions with ear plugs and mask. Unfortunately all the ear plugs I have tried bother the dickens out of me. Maybe we'll get other suggestions to help.

Good luck, Patsie

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   Posted 11/16/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
We lived in VA Beach for 13 years before moving back to NY.  The hubby taught on the military bases there.  We moved three times to get out of the jet patterns...I mean, non stop after burners roaring over our roof 12 hours a day, every day.  People kept telling me they didn't even notice it was just a way of life.  I couldn't stand it and even with ear plugs I would feel the vibrations.  We finally moved to a ' level one, no jet zone' and within a month they changed the pattern again and ran 'touch and goes' over our house to a monster naval vessel anchored off the beach which was about a half mile away.  Not that I don't appreciate our military and I know they have to do these things to keep us safe.  But for a fibromite...OMG.  I jump when the hubby closes a cabinet door. 
I have neighbors that run all kinds of cleaning equipment, mowers, leaf blowers etc at the crack of down during the summer.  I know how you feel!
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   Posted 11/16/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Noise does not bother me as much as odors and now the sunlight is getting to me at times too but I live a pretty quiet life. Wait til all my grandchildren are here for the holidays and I will probably have a different story.
Donna, they do this exercise called touch and go with jets on military bases to practice landing and taking off and it does drive you crazy, I for one could not get use to the noise.
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   Posted 11/16/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
You might want to call city hall and see if there is a time these noisy things need to stop.  I know, where I live, you can't start mowing your lawn until 8 AM.  I'm sure there are laws on the books about this going on that late at night.  Many people are trying to get to sleep.
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   Posted 11/16/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I am VERY sensitive to loud noises. I think my husband is losing his hearing, although he refuses to admit to it. There are many times he is in one room and I'm in another, watching different TV programs and I find myself turning the volume up on my television in order to hear it over his TV. Drives me INSANE. Yes, I ask him to turn his down, doesn't seem to matter. I also become startled so easily. He can walk into the room and scare me half to death! By the way, my hearing is very good and I think that is a curse at times.
Donna, that jet noise would have driven me out of my mind, no question about it. We live about 15 minutes from O'Hare outside of Chicago, and there are times we are in a landing pattern and if my windows are open it can be quite nerve wracking.

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   Posted 11/16/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Add me to the sensitive to loud noises, smells and bright/direct sunlight. It is inconsistent - on rare occasions these things hardly bother me.
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   Posted 11/17/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have become very sensitive to loud noises over the years and I use to enjoy concerts when I was young, there is no way I would even consider going to one now.   But even not so loud sounds will send me jumping out of my skin at times.  Smells also get me.  But worst of all for me is bright light and sunny days, as someone else had mentioned.   Even if it's not that "bright" out I am reaching for my sunglasses.  I have used ear plugs in certain situations, but they are really not that comfortable.  Wish I had more to offer you on this.

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   Posted 11/18/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your sharing! I know about sensitivities to bright sunlight too!
And what's weird is that it's not consistently annoying or sometimes it's not
as troublesome.

The truck came around again last night,about 9p.m. until 11:30-11:45! It even
makes me suspicious that "can there be something else going on over there?"
Drug deals? ... who knows? I mean, why is it even necessary for this "service"
to be done this often, not to mention the lousy time they chose?!

Just sooo annoyed...ear plugs are so uncomfortable. So it's a big tradeoff...

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   Posted 11/18/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Spicey...maybe you should go over to the Home Depot Store and ask the manager why this is done every night.  He/she might be shocked!  I have a friend in Syracuse (snow belt) who has a contract to plow the parking lots of some of these big night.  He goes there with his equipment even if it isn't snowing and the pavement is bare and bulldozes around...throws a little salt salt...'rearranges' the snow banks that are all ready piled up.  Why? Because he gets paid for every night he shows up.  Maybe that's what's going on here and home Depot doesn't even know it. Just a thought.



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   Posted 11/19/2009 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a huge amount of trouble with loud noises and ear sensitivity, also tinnitus. If I take my migraine meds and feel strong enough to go to the movies I have to wear earplugs and sunglasses. The loud noise thing is really distressing to me because I used to LOVE going to see shows and live music and concerts - I mean, as one of the absolute joys of my life - and now find them unbearable and too much stimulation, aurally and visually.

In fact, noise is going to be what breaks up me and my BF (the final straw, anway!). He is the noisiest person on the planet and, despite six years of asking him to use his inside voice, turn down the music, etc., I am finally fed up. He stomps around, he is just noisy. I can't stand it, especially now when I'm having a flare. He feels bad for me but has just refused to accept that I need quiet. I mean, QUIET. Sorry, that part's just a vent, but I know what you mean. Your resting time should be a restful time and when it's not, it's not fair. I would also talk to the manager and see what can be done. Before you do though call your local non-emergency number for the police department and ask them about public noise laws. Then let the Home Dept manager know that these noise laws are being broken. I'd go in person first and then follow up with a letter, documenting the what-where-when-how-how long, copied to the police department. That should get some results.

I just wish I could do the same for my BF :) Good luck!
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