Cannot Stomach the Purposely Modified Cars with Loud Exhausts Anymore

Discussion in 'Support' started by wreni, Oct 28, 2017.

    1. wreni

      wreni Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/13
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Hello all,

      I do not mean to seem like I'm ranting but this particular issue has been on my mind for months and months and I've never had any courage to confront it

      In my area there are a significant amount of purposely modified cars with loud exhausts. It has got to the point where there is 90% chance I will encounter one whilst I'm outside

      Every time one passes I get an overwhelming sense of despair and anxiety, and naturally, anger. They severely stress me as it takes a long time for my tinnitus to settle, even if the noise is for a matter of seconds. My day will be ultimately ruined and it affects my mood and work

      I'm enourmously anxious to leave my house now for fear of these episodes happening, I come to here for any advice you could generously offer as I'm sure this would be partly the case for some of the users here.

      Many thanks in advance,
      Wreni
       
    2. pathworker2017
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      pathworker2017 Member

      Location:
      Belfast United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012 approx
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      currently unknown, conductive hearing loss suspected
      Hi @wreni, I hear you there, I have an issue whereby, if i am walking , and the road is to my right, any vehicle passing from behind sounds as if it has mounted the pavement( sidewalk if you are in the states or other country that uses the alternative) and is heading right for my backside,, my reaction? I find myself swerving hard left to avoid a collision!! it doesn't help that my vision is not exactly good either.
       
    3. linearb
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      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
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      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      this isn't just a tinnitus issue; urban noise across the board is stressful and makes people feel bad, even if they're not consciously aware of it.

      walking outside in pretty unreasonably loud and polluted urban zones used to make me crazy, so I moved into the woods (25 miles from the closest thing resembling a city, which is still only 90K people). Just bought a house even deeper in the woods, minimum 5 miles from any state roads and triple that to a freeway.

      it took me ~5 years of effort to set my life up in such a way that I could walk away from the city and be done with it, but it was absolutely worth it. In the mean time, work on managing stress.
       
    4. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Out of curiosity, how do you get phone & internet access? Satellite?
       
    5. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      Nah; I work from home full time doing software stuff, so reasonable internet is a hard requirement. Despite being near the end of a dead-end road in a 1000 person town, I can get 100mbit cable. I'm in one of those civilized liberal states, though ;)

      There were some houses we looked at that were cheaper and beautiful with as many or more acres than what we bought, but they were satellite or DSL only. I looked into this pretty hard; DSL is just terrible across the board, and satellite is really expensive, still pretty bad bandwidth, and the latency makes it more or less impossible to do two-way video streaming, so that's out.
       
    6. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Large caliber rifles/machine guns and loud Music/clubs
      @wreni
      I also live in a big noisy city, and ride the subway to work which is the noisiest part -loud horns on platforms etc..

      just use earmuffs (Peltor x series) or plugs - that is the only option if you have sensitive ears

      I had a 8 cylinder car and a large motorcycle both with loud, modified exhaust back in the days and it was fun

      I refuse to live like a hermit because of T
       
    7. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      1999
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      karma
      I agree, and didn't want to give that impression. I grew up in the woods and was never happy in the city, so moving back to the woods is just my life process. I go out on a regular basis, ride motorcycles, shoot guns, etc.

      I'm glad I don't like cities, though -- besides causing hearing loss and increasing your cancer risks, your life expenctancy* gets worse with time spent in urban zones. This, despite more car accidents and less access to ER resources in the countryside...


      * this one is at pains to express that the gap is narrowing, but also calls out higher rates of obesity and smoking in the country despite a still-longer expectancy. So, reading between the lines, healthy living in the county is where you want to be from a math & stats perspective.
       
    8. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Otosclerosis
      Interesting - I wonder why there would be more car accidents in the countryside. It seems counterintuitive to me, as I was imagining that accident frequency was somehow positively correlated with traffic density.
       
    9. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      Higher speeds on two lane highways.

      I grew up in a rural area. Minor fender benders rarely happened. When car accidents did happen, they were often very serious or even fatal. When I was only 17, I used to drive about 30 miles a day to go to school on country roads and highways. Weather conditions could really impact those roads, too. Local snowplows can’t always keep up with keeping all of those roads clear.
       
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    10. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      03/2016
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      Otosclerosis
      Yes that makes sense. The severity of accidents being higher is fairly intuitive to me. The volume however wasn't, but I have no reason to disbelieve it.
       

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