The Loud Noise Anxiety Makes Inside My Head

A dear friend asked me, recently, if I think that I am a good listener. The answer is that I have great listening skills, but that I can’t use them, sometimes, because the noise inside my head is too loud to make listening possible. At the time she posed the question, I was being a terrible listener. I had just come from the BlogHer 2014 conference, which was literally quite loud, with a few thousand people in attendance, and there was so much noise in my head about the expense of the hotel, the food, about everything I had seen and heard, about the people who had been there, and the people who had missed it. I was exhausted. But I wonder–would I be able to put aside exhaustion and listen, if the anxiety didn’t turn up the volume so darn loud?

It sounds like an airport in my head. I realized this while watching my son point at every plane with toddler glee and yell "Pay!" (No, the realization did no take away from my joy at watching his new love for airplanes.)
It sounds like an airport in my head. I realized this while watching my son point at every plane with toddler glee and yell “Pay!” (No, the realization did no take away from my joy at watching his new love for airplanes.)

[BlogHer recap post and other thoughts coming soon. I can’t even listen to myself after yesterday’s solo flight home with all that adorable, well-behaved, snuggly, but eventually also heavy, toddler on my lap.]

3 Comments

  1. Laurie said:

    Looking forward to reading more on this. I have very sensitive hearing and feel that contributes to my anxiety. Now I’m pondering if it’s the other way around. Good topic.

    July 31, 2014
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  3. Cindy said:

    Oh my word – I know this is a few years late for a response but I have so much noise in my head all the time – my anxiety is always on the thresh hold – I talk louder when the noise is louder so it bothers those that I converse with. I have tried earplugs but it doesn’t help when it isn’t external noise. I don’t have “voices in my head” except when my brain decides to play some music. Those days are usually better. My Neurologist said it is not uncommon for those with a seizure disorder to hear music. Finally I had someone not think I was imagining things. I have had a husband and a boyfriend listen for me and they never heard a peep.

    March 31, 2016
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