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Scared of loud sudden sounds?

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kazurengan

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Well i'm not sure if this is a phobia or if my ears are extremely sensitive.
I can't stand loud sudden sounds as they scare me and i start to get really anxious
and sweating. so i have to hold my ears

e.g

-thunderstorms
-fireworks
-ballons

and other type of loud sudden sounds

but if i go to a concert or cinema i can handle the loud sound
I find this is really strange, but annoying.
this isn't something that started now i always feared those.
is this a phobia or something wrong with my hearing??
 
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Kazurengan, I am sorry to hear that you are suffering in this way. From your descriptions it sounds like you should be checked out for possible 'ligyrophobia'. This is a fear of loud sounds, especially sudden and unexpected ones that can quite often result in symptoms frequently associated with 'panic attacks' (i.e., getting really anxious and sweating ).
 
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I don’t think it’s a phobia but it could be linked to anxiety. But a lot of people jump at unexpected sounds like thunder or your phone pinging. I know I do. I think the majority would jump if someone popped a balloon even if they could see it was going to be done. As for loud music it because it’s continuous so your ears get used to it.
 
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Kazurengan, I am sorry to hear that you are suffering in this way. From your descriptions it sounds like you should be checked out for possible 'ligyrophobia'. This is a fear of loud sounds, especially sudden and unexpected ones that can quite often result in symptoms frequently associated with 'panic attacks' (i.e., getting really anxious and sweating ).
i see, is there anything i can do to fix this?

I don’t think it’s a phobia but it could be linked to anxiety. But a lot of people jump at unexpected sounds like thunder or your phone pinging. I know I do. I think the majority would jump if someone popped a balloon even if they could see it was going to be done. As for loud music it because it’s continuous so your ears get used to it.
yea but i get scared everytime there are these sounds. somehow my ears don't get used to it
like they do in cinema or concerts. :( would love to know how i get rid of this fear
 
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Yeh it’s like I said concerts and cinema the volume is constant your phone might only ping 4 or 5 times an hour. But if it was going 60 times a minute I’m sure you would get used to it’s noise
 
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There are three reasons why I suggest seeking medical advice - the first is the level of 'fear' you now feel, the second is your level of anxiety/panic response to these events and the third is the level of continuing anxiety that you are experiencing about this. These are responses that go beyond 'normal levels of jumpiness'. There are auditory conditions that result in hypersensitivity to particular decibel ranges and these can be investigated. However, the 'audiological' management of these hypersensitivities does not in itself address any arising psychological outcomes such as fears, anxiety/panic attacks, etc.
 
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Have you tried earplugs in cases where you know that loud sudden noises such as thunderstorms? I put them in if I need to help my dad with something and he has to use his air hammer which is extremely loud.
 
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I thought everyone has this, I don't know anyone who isn't startled by sudden loud noises
 
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sorry for the late replies everyone. i've been trying to forget this phobia, but i am still struggling with it.

There are three reasons why I suggest seeking medical advice - the first is the level of 'fear' you now feel, the second is your level of anxiety/panic response to these events and the third is the level of continuing anxiety that you are experiencing about this. These are responses that go beyond 'normal levels of jumpiness'. There are auditory conditions that result in hypersensitivity to particular decibel ranges and these can be investigated. However, the 'audiological' management of these hypersensitivities does not in itself address any arising psychological outcomes such as fears, anxiety/panic attacks, etc.
i start to feel very anxious whenever i see the first lightning of the thunderstorm
then i'll feel anxious until the thunderstorm stops.

Have you tried earplugs in cases where you know that loud sudden noises such as thunderstorms? I put them in if I need to help my dad with something and he has to use his air hammer which is extremely loud.
i have some ear plugs that i tested, some time ago there was some fireworks
a bit far from where i was, i used the earplugs but sometimes i could still ear loud explosions
it startled me. man, this sucks, i do feel a sissy for having this phobia

I thought everyone has this, I don't know anyone who isn't startled by sudden loud noises
i don't know, most of the people seems to handle this loud sudden noises pretty normal.

Could it be the pitch of the noise that is causing you problems? :hug:
I don't know, but i really would like to find a way to get rid of this, it's annoying and
i don't like the anxiety i get from it either.
 
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i forgot to mention one thing
i get scared everytime i listen the sound and not just once
it's like my ears don't get used to the sound pitch or something
 
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