For as long as I can remember, I don’t like sounds that are too loud, especially if these are rock and roll music, as well loud conversations. I especially despise it when I have to shout just to hear my voice when I am talking. It strains my voice as well as my head. Needless to say, loud sounds give me a sore throat and a headache.
I am not sure if this is a health issue but I would rather stay in a quiet place. I hate those places, like the mall or a restaurant, that have very bad acoustics. After a while in such places, I would get a headache. Sometimes I would forget that it is already the weekend and then I would decide to go to the supermarket in order to buy some things only to find out that there is a mall show going on. With the Dynasty Percussion and other instruments banging loudly because of the poor acoustics, I would get irritated to the point of being in a bad mood. Then I would get a headache. Then I would regret not checking the calendar before going out. Gee.
I remember that I had an office mate in the past who was really hyper. When she is nervous, she talks a lot, very fast, and very loudly, too. Then she would vent her frustrations during lunch hour. After I am done eating, I get a stomachache from indigestion because it seems that my digestive system is not working properly with conversations are too loud. It seems that when people are talking loudly when I am eating, my ears are doing the chewing and not my mouth. Tsk tsk.
But in contrast, I love soft music being played while I am dining. It is relaxing so it helps me digest better.
How about you? Do loud sounds affect you as much or you’re just fine with them?