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    Are you becoming noise sensitive as you age ?

    I am finding that as I get older I am becoming more noise sensitive. I think this may be a common occurrence in age, but it seems that some people are not sensitive at all.

    I've just had too much of it in the past : traffic, lawn mowers, whipper snippers, leaf blowers. Not to mention crap pop music blaring every time I go into a supermarket or even some shops (in competition with the howling infants). Now I find that some petrol stations have radio speakers blaring above the petrol pump !

    I'm so tired of it. And it does seem odd that some people are immune to it, or even enjoy the distraction.

    Back in the early 1990s here in Australia, TVs started appearing in doctors' waiting rooms and now they are in some dentists' too. I grumbled at my dentist after being subjected to it in his waiting room, and he remarked that he does not even have a TV at home. And added that he had removed the TV from his other practice but that following this, THREE people had subsequently complained at the lack of one. WTF ???

    How is it that some people enjoy the constant "blah blah blah" of commercials, or just tinny noise ? Do they really have so very little going on in their tiny minds that they need to fill them with atrocious crap ?

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    No issue with me at all LD. In fact when its too quiet it seems strange to me. Only sound that bothers me are yipping Toy dogs . I wanna kill'em.

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    good thing you do not live in Thailand is all I can say....

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    Huh....probably.

    But you know, at the village where my wife's family live, they used to have a really nice piece of music played over the loudspeakers before the brief morning announcements. And the not-so-brief burning of plastic .

    Ah yes....the yipping dogs. I have one near me, and am going to make an anonymous complaint to the local council. I don't want interpersonal animosities.

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    ^^

    Beat me too it.

    Further more, it would drive me fookin insane being up in fuksville surrounded by rice fields, serenity and the sound of the village idiot being a retard.

    More noise the better,

    Love Bangkok.

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    Ever present background noise is another one of those information overload type distractions that prevents or impedes one from intereacting calmly and peacefully with ones own thought processes and slowly but surely turns those constantly subjected to it into anxiety ridden neurotics with minimal concentration spans, bad manners and bad tempers.

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    That's quite good Tax,

    I like it.

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    Where we live there’s plenty of noise from birds, but that’s about it. Actually quite pleasant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Ever present background noise is another one of those information overload type distractions that prevents or impedes one from intereacting calmly and peacefully with ones own thought processes and slowly but surely turns those constantly subjected to it into anxiety ridden neurotics with minimal concentration spans, bad manners and bad tempers.
    Wot e sed.

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    Birds and other natural noise are great....as long as it is not the constant carking of crows.

    I think that city life is turning me into a grumpy old man, as Tax has described.

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    Not really. Took a bad blow to the head a few years ago, so I no longer get stereo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Back in the early 1990s here in Australia, TVs started appearing in doctors' waiting rooms and now they are in some dentists' too.
    I hate the ubiquitous waiting area TV inevitably tuned to some moronic commercial crap like channel9 with a Harvey Norman jingle every 4 minutes. Hopefully this practice will wither and die out now that everyone has entertainment in their pocket.

    There is no such thing as boredom now that everyone has the internet in their pocket.

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    There is no such thing as boredom now that everyone has the internet in their pocket.
    thats even worse, it just enables people to anonymously express their perceived outrage, anger and aggression at some insignificant clickbait news item that doesnt even affect them. (e.g. teakdoor ) reasoned conversation and open minded debate is a thing of the past and human interaction is a thing to be wary of.

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    In the dentists waiting room it is better to exchange opinions and debate stuff on the googles than to sit back like a vegetable and be spoon-fed brain-dead garbage by commercial TV channels.

    The internet is the greatest platform for debate and information exchange that man has ever invented.

    I am infinitely grateful that I live in the age of the internet.

    Life was was duller and more parochial by orders of magnitude before the googles came along.

    People are exposed to a greater variety of opinion and ideas by the googles and that makes people more broad-minded and is the fertile ground on which cultural and moral progress is made.

    It is the second great leap forward (after gutenberg's printing press, which catapulted western society to become the technological, cultural and moral leaders of global civilisation) in the exchange of information and ideas which enriches humans minds and the collective human intelligence.

    And this time everyone gets to join in. There is no escape from progress. Not even China trying to bury its head in the sand behind its great firewall will escape.

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    Yes, folks who yell to communicate really gets on my nerves. Those who play music from phones loudly on public transport- use headphones like a normal human being!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    thats even worse, it just enables people to anonymously express their perceived outrage, anger and aggression at some insignificant clickbait news item that doesnt even affect them
    Case in point.

    https://teakdoor.com/world-news/18131...al-israel.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    good thing you do not live in Thailand is all I can say....

    Depends greatly on one's locale.
    For those who have only been exposed to city life, there are other experiences on offer.

    Might be surprised.

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    My tolerance has severely diminished after the shenanigans of last year. From sometime in March, when my landlord began modifying the ground floor into two separate apartments, which lasted until mid November, to my neighbours having half a dozen large trees chopped down and lots of ground work done, I've had about enough of racket seven days a week.
    The final piss take is my neighbours daughter has taken up residence over Christmas, bringing with her baby, who never wastes the opportunity to remind people there not deaf.
    I'm surprised I'm not on medication (yet).

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    Two things. If you live in a city you can expect background digital noise and traffic rumpus.

    If you live in the sticks you have to contend with cocks crowing and fucking quarrelsome geese. Other animal noises are available.

    The thing that pisses me off is younger folk shouting to be heard over background music , tv, video and each other. The art of normal conversation has died. If they are not shouting, they are sat in a group ignoring each other, while they play with mobile phones. Social media should be renamed antisocial media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Further more, it would drive me fookin insane being up in fuksville surrounded by rice fields, serenity and the sound of the village idiot being a retard.
    I live in such a place and it's totally opposite to how you describe. The village has a tannoy system that broadcasts twice daily announcements from the Thesseban. Then you've got your funerals, weddings, house parties and temples blasting out music so loud that the air throbs with the beat. When going to the cities they don't seem to have this. Give me the city over the village any day, regarding noise levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I live in such a place and it's totally opposite to how you describe. The village has a tannoy system that broadcasts twice daily announcements from the Thesseban. Then you've got your funerals, weddings, house parties and temples blasting out music so loud that the air throbs with the beat. When going to the cities they don't seem to have this. Give me the city over the village any day, regarding noise levels.
    Every village and local situation will certainly vary.
    Not all are chronicled by the homogeny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Ever present background noise is another one of those information overload type distractions that prevents or impedes one from intereacting calmly and peacefully with ones own thought processes and slowly but surely turns those constantly subjected to it into anxiety ridden neurotics with minimal concentration spans, bad manners and bad tempers.
    Working at sea, you get your hearing tested every couple of years. I asked for the graph last time, and it shows I can hear consistently 10dB to -10dB from 500Hz to up to 8kHz; anything between 0dB and -10dB is apparently good.
    How to Read an Audiogram and Determine Degrees of Hearing Loss

    Sleeping on a ship with the constant rattle of large engines and the occasional alarms and clatters of cranes I seem to have no trouble zoning out, even though others are moaning about the thin cabin walls.
    Having said that, I can still sometimes suddenly hear a high pitch electrical noise come on that others don't seem to notice, and I always have since I was a kid, and it used to do my head in - only if I focussed on it.

    What's not to love about the various different sound textures there are from the insulated silence after a heavy snowfall; a quiet house with the wind whipping outside; rustling leaves; spring birds; the sounds of activitiy in the kitchen with the radio on as you sleep in on a dry warm summer morning; babbling brooks and tiny waterfalls up in the moors; the warm slap of oars into summer riverwater; the gentle ebb of the sea on the shore; the sounds of planes and lawnmowers in summer; the swish and crunch of massive piles of autumn leaves in a beechwood; echos in a rocky crevice in the south of france; the sounds of foreign young ladies giggling excitedly?

    The only things that have done my head in noise wise, were:
    - a Jamaican moron opposite us in a northern conurbation years ago with his incessant irritating shitty banging music - if it were good music I might not have minded, but trying to get kids to sleep wit that shit on is oppressive.
    - an alarm in a flat upstairs in another nothern city even more years ago that was deliberately left on all day because I complained about his skinny ugly bird's ridiculous clonking stilt-like clogs on the wooden floor above, and the blaring tv.
    - an american marching band suddenly deciding to practice in a field by my house at 8-9 in the evening whilst trying to get the little kids to stay in bed in the summer
    - people outside down the street having a loud noisy dinner party - the noise was somehow magnified by the rows of large victorian buildings, so you couldn't leave the window open without a constant tedious racket
    - a dual carriageway wet with rain that magnified the constant sound of traffic 24/7/365 about 3 miles away in what was supposed to be a semi-bucolic nature reserve to serenely bimble about in
    - the sounds of ancient grandfather clocks, or any kind of mechanical ticking clock.

    I don't think it's always the noises themselves, it's sometimes whatever they trigger and the mood you are in and what you're thinking about.

    I can sympathise with the gratingness of a constant yapping dog, and lots of Asia is a noisy (not so much Japan)... if you want to experience headdoing noise, try a large Chinese internet cafe in Peking or a city nearby.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVmkDUkZT4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Birds and other natural noise are great....as long as it is not the constant carking of crows.

    I think that city life is turning me into a grumpy old man, as Tax has described.
    Well Tax said it so eloquently but yeah. Sounds like you are transitioning to that last stage of life which
    includes becoming a grumpy old man.....555.

    Where I live in Lampang is dead quiet at night.

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    The fact is everyone is different and their tolerance to noise varies greatly. Some punters hate the City because of the noise.

    I lived with flashing lights, bells and sirens blasting at all times of the night for 34 years so noise these days is nothing. My handbag has lived in Bangkok for the last 28 years so she's unaffected by noise.

    My last Handbag in Perth was a pain in the arse when it came to noise. Freaked out at the sound of a car horn and nearly gave me anxiety.

    Glad she fooked off eh.

    Bit of quiet is Ok but give me the big city and it's associated noise.

    Love it.

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    There's a certain frequency that hurts my ears.
    The motorbikes with the tinny little mufflers is the worst.
    The hawker at the festivals with the shitty sound system, who has it turned up so loud, it's all distortion. That hurts!
    I live on a quiet street (by choice), and appreciate peace and quiet.
    Not always easy to find here in Thailand.
    I hike up into the jungle a few mornings a week and my goal is to see my sound meter at 0 db. (I've had it down to one, but a mosquito 2 meters away wouldn't let it go any lower)

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