How to deal with noise sensitivity
Whether you suffer from phonophobia, misophonia, hyperacusis, or a general anxiety caused by loud noises, you don’t need to suffer forever.
You may not be able to completely cure your noise anxiety, but the good news is that there are lots of ways to get relief from sounds that cause anxiety. Let’s take a look at some of the key things you can do to help you cope with auditory anxiety, whatever the cause.
1. Try not to avoid loud places
Yes, you read that right. It might sound counterintuitive, but hear us out.
Noise sensitivity issues often elicit a fight or flight response, so one of the most common effects is for people to simply avoid loud places altogether.
However, not only can this have a serious impact on their quality of life, it can actually make the problem even worse when they inevitably do encounter loud noises.
So, it’s important to try to live life as normally as possible and find ways to mitigate and treat your anxiety rather than completely avoid loud environments.
2. Get more comfortable in loud environments
While it’s important not to avoid loud environments all together, earplugs are a simple way for anyone suffering from a form of noise sensitivity anxiety to live a more comfortable life.
If you feel overwhelmed by loud environments, earplugs can reduce the intensity so you won’t have to avoid social situations, and may also help to reduce anticipatory anxiety. Different earplugs are suited to different situations, so choosing the right earplugs is important.
Earplugs are affordable, small, and effective. It’s important not to become overly reliant on earplugs or completely drown out sounds, as this may make you more sensitive to them over time. However, they can help to filter out background noise and allow you to focus on your work or on conversations when you’re somewhere loud.
What’s more, just carrying them in your pocket can greatly reduce the risk of being caught out unexpectedly, and many people find that this enables them to live without the fear of loud noises.