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practical ways to cope with being highly sensitive to noise while studying - May 22nd 2015, 01:09 AM

Hey all,
So as the title says, I need practical tips. I know I can try adjusting and tolerating noise better-and that's something I might be able to accomplish in the long run but I'm afraid day-to-day studying is going to continue to be super painful to get through. Homework/schoolwork is a nightmare and has been since 2nd grade or something!

I get distracted/bothered and lose focus by the ever so slightest noise. From people typing on the keyboard near me, to the clock ticking, to people humming, cracking knuckles, tapping, yawning, droplet sounds, etc etc the list goes on. I can't concentrate if I'm too cold, so I put a shawl over me and them there is something else that's the problem. I get discomfort on my stomach or chest. The light is too bright, the computer is hissing. I can barely see but I can't stand the feeling I have on my face from wearing glasses so I keep switching from wearing them to taking them off.

I don't know what to do with myself. I already feel incredibly guilty when I ask my family members to not talk, play music out loud, sing or watch T.V, walk behind my chair, stomp their feet, eat loudly, and to be all around super careful while I'm doing school things. I think it's about time I stop controlling people, and I learn to adjust. But how?

So far I have been wearing bulky headphones with no music playing but it helps drown the outside noise. I also tried putting instrumental soundtracks on low volume. Both seem to be fine, but I still get really irritated by feeling people walk behind me and yawn repetitively. I have to shut my ears as much as I can with my bare hands because even headphones don't that precisely.

Also I have trouble working on school computers because I feel really trapped from lack of space and the temperature being either extreme.

I have survived this far (third year of college) and I don't have all that much time left but right now I'm working on a huge paper and am trying to make it a learning experience, by reflecting on why I am so frustrated. I've noticed that several times over the course of these 3-4 days working on this paper vigorously, I have been so frustrated to the point of wanting to SH which I stopped myself from doing by kicking under the table with my feet instead.

I also noticed that staying at a computer is highly stressful for me. That I need breaks every now and then so I go to my room and relax on my bed and also write things out with pen because I prefer it much more but this is incredibly difficult with a 7-10 page research paper. Then I return to the desktop in the living room and I find that my sister is waiting on me to finish and I feel super rushed and even though I make it clear that I need the computer for school work and when I'm done she can have it for leisure, the feeling of being pressured looms over me the entire time.

My most productive moments is when I'm at home and no one else is home but I know asking for that is unrealistic.
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Re: practical ways to cope with being highly sensitive to noise while studying - May 22nd 2015, 01:34 AM

I recommend going out to study, to a library or such. The study rooms that you can book out at the library where I live have thick, reinforced glass and literally the only thing you can hear is the air conditioner. Turn that off and you are in silence. You can also try going outdoors to study, to a park or somewhere. I don't know your particular triggers, but unless birds or such get you going, author John Green described nature sounds as being a "loud quiet" which can sometimes help when you are trying to study.

Try printing out your notes ON MASS. There are printing stores in most cities that can print out 100-200-300 pages at a time, and I mean journal articles, certain chapters of books you might find awesome and also your lecture materials. That way you can analyse your readings, with an actual highlighter, in the aforementioned silence and then start to write your essay by hand. It might sound drastic, but the mass printing was adopted by my cousin while he was here (probably not on the same scale, but I like to do things big ) and it was awesome.

Once you finish your essay, you can try type it yourself, with the knowledge that you aren't going to be there as long, OR you can get a friend to type it. Computers can be very irritating sometimes, because the light they emit is a very strong, drastic blue colour, and that can fuck up your eyes, and such. Make sure you have the correct seating position as well, that can sometimes help when using a computer.

In conclusion, try formal study rooms, outdoors or other places and consider using paper means of writing essays and analyzing sources. Good luck with the essay, and I hope the irritations get better for you some time .


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Re: practical ways to cope with being highly sensitive to noise while studying - May 23rd 2015, 01:00 AM

Thank you so much. I hope I can implement this for my summer courses as going outside will be perfect timing. The winter is a concern though and so is the fact that I have limited number of printing opportunity before my "free pages" run out. In terms of printing electronic sources.

I finished my paper. Took me long enough. But I'm done and relieved and sent it in before the 11:45 pm deadline.

Thank you again.
   
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Re: practical ways to cope with being highly sensitive to noise while studying - May 23rd 2015, 02:03 AM

WOOHOO, no dramas .


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Re: practical ways to cope with being highly sensitive to noise while studying - May 24th 2015, 02:35 AM

Hey there!
I'm the exact same way. Sometimes in my school library students will talk in normal voices in groups and it's so distracting. I also can't sleep without ear plugs because the little noises bug me. Have you tried ear plugs? They can be uncomfortable at first, but they are relatively easy to adapt to.

I was going to say the study room and the outdoors as well, but to add: Do you have a friends house or someone you're close to that has a quiet room for you to study in? My good friend offered the guest bedroom of her home to me to study in because it's just her and her husband, so it's quiet. Maybe consider that too?


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Re: practical ways to cope with being highly sensitive to noise while studying - May 29th 2015, 10:50 PM

I've tried ear plugs for swimming because I would get extreme pressure underwater. I haven't tried it to block out noise. If I find my pair I'll definitely try that. I don't really have anyone who could offer me a place to study but hopefully I'll manage without that.thank you so much :3
   
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Re: practical ways to cope with being highly sensitive to noise while studying - May 29th 2015, 11:15 PM

Oh! They have ear plugs connected to string, and those are A) more comfortable b) last longer. C) a bit more expensive but are worth it


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Re: practical ways to cope with being highly sensitive to noise while studying - May 29th 2015, 11:23 PM

I have the ones with string . I begged my dad for a pair a year back and he got them at the discount store. Didn't really help with the pressure from swimming though <.<
But I remember people talking to me and not being able to hear them too well so it is worth a shot.
   
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