Oh no, Ceiliog, many apologies. Maybe hearing the actual thing will have the opposite effect... It would be great if the research did its small bit for tackling tinnitus too. Sorry my previous comment was in response to MonkeyOverlord.
Julia Gillard's voice, eek (politics apart). Still, there'll no doubt be people who love it and maybe we'll hear from them too. Unless she's in that acoustic range mentioned by Dr Kumar
Blackboards were just evil weren't they? I have upper frequency hearing loss (mainly corrected by HAs), and I've heard people say that lower frequency loss is preferable... not just because upper frequency loss is more disabling from a communication point of view, but because audio at lower frequencies tends to be more grating and annoying.
The sound of a hoover tends to send me towards the pub, also cutlery being carelessly dropped into their tray. That YMCA song in the insurance advert has me reaching for the remote control, also the meerkat advert. My main bugbear has mercifully being removed from breakfast TV, sports presenter Chris Hollins and his smug, self-congratulatory tone, he used to drive me to despair. No offence like.
Response to martinwainwright, 10 October 2012 11:21am
Babbling brook (mentioned in the article) is one of my favourites on my portable sound generator. Also, I like sea waves on a shoreline.
'Action for Tinnitus Research' was merged with 'Deafness Research UK' in April 2009.
Buses. In particular, the sudden, loud expulsion of air from some pneumatic system or other as they pass by barely three feet away from you. The pop and gush of air is preceded by a sudden, high pitched mechanical whine, and the combination of all these sounds is both momentarily alarming, and hard on the ears.
I never noticed this 10 years ago. I attribute it then to either some new and devilish advance in the manufacture of buses, or, more likely, the inevitable degeneration of, and change in my hearing, attendant on life's ceaseless march.
I have wondered before whether these very common noises have ever been tested. It would not surprise me to learn that they peak at a level that is damaging to those unfortunate to be subjected to very close exposure.
I would imagine hearing the alarm going off in the morning would be right up there for most.. reminding you to get up from a comfortable slumber to go out and spend time with a bunch of complete ass-holes, doing repetitive mindnumbing shit so you can feed yourself and crawl back into your little hole each day. Rinse and repeat. Living the dream!
Those might be the most awful noises - but the most annoying noises would have to be - house alarms, car alarms, leaf blowers, cars running for ages outside a house at night when you're trying to sleep, drills and or roadworks near your house, kids bouncing balls of the wall of your house over and over and over... I work from home!
The sound of someone at the next table, or on the bus, eating with their mouth open, slurping and slopping their food. Absolutely intolerable.
Also hawking and spitting. But then I'm a Westerner who's just returned from Asia, where those sounds are common and culturally acceptable, so I may be somewhat over-sensitized. Am still surprised by how prevalent these displays of disgusting (in the West) mannerisms are over here though.
Vacuum cleaners, traffic, city hum, babies crying, washing machines, all washing machines, every washing machine, drills, fireworks, loud typists, mouse clicks, scraping chairs, doors creaking, busses, motor bikes, car exhausts, creaking stairs and baying donkeys and magpies. Slurping, chewing noises, squelching, burping, toilet noises.
Vacuum cleaners, traffic, city hum, babies crying, washing machines, all washing machines, every washing machine, drills, fireworks, loud typists, mouse clicks, scraping chairs, doors creaking, busses, motor bikes, car exhausts, creaking stairs and baying donkeys and magpies. Slurping, chewing noises, squelching, burping, toilet noises. ---if all these noises are combined, amplified and then emitted, a new weapon has been discovered useful during riots and anarchy, good idea, no?.
Yes, they are irritating noises but how often do you hear them compared with the inescapable, brain-numbing, offensively loud “background music” that is played in nearly every shop, shopping centre, cafe and restaurant?
They even have a radio blaring through loud speakers in my doctor’s waiting room.
shrieking, squealing toddlers in a very large hotel lobby recently in Greece. Immediate reaction is for me to put my middle fingers to my ears, which I certainly do. An orchestra conductor recently said, if something unsightly is before our eyes, we can close them. Loudness and irritating sounds are much harder to shut out.