June 29th, 2004

Lapis

Sound irriatations…

Have I ever told you guys that I’m very sensitive to sounds and easily irritated by them? It’s weird because to a certain extent I’m losing my hearing so a lot of times I can’t hear distinct words if they are spoken in certain tones or volumes. Yet there are sounds that really rub me the wrong way.

For example the sound of whistling ON Key is often to sharp for me. I often want to ask people to stop whistling. Of course I know why that is. My Dad has spent my entire life whistling softly and off key so that's what my ears are used to.

The sound of metal hitting metal is often a problem which is why I don't mix things using a metal impelment and metal bowl. Sometimes this is okay but most of the time it hurts my ears. Yes I know this makes no sense when I'm about to move in with a metal artisian but the shop is not attached to the house and I can deal with it for brief periods and when I can't there is always ways of ear protection.

Unfortunately the worst offender seems to be the office environment. That's where the only defense seems to be turning up the volume on my headphones which I really try not to do because I am worried about my hearing. It's also where such sounds are most common and most irritating.

It doesn’t help that my desk is facing away from the door, which I HATE. I don’t like people standing behind me, even if it is to talk to my office mate. I don’t like them standing in the doorway preventing me from exiting and entering my cube either but that’s another rant.

It just rubs me the wrong way to have sounds happen behind me.

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Most of the time I don’t say anything but today I’m just in the mood to be cranky. Now of course I can’t go to my boss’s boss and tell her to be more quiet but sometimes I wish I could.
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