Worst Sounds to Phonophobic Ears

Metal curtain rings sliding across the metal shower rod is the absolute worst sound when a migraine makes my ears ultra-sensitive to sound. My fingers clattering on the keyboard is pretty unpleasant, too.

What sounds make your ears cringe and head scream?

14 Responses to Worst Sounds to Phonophobic Ears

  1. Kerrie says:

    Teeth brushing. Listening to Hart brush his teeth last night was torture.


  2. Sue says:

    The squeak and groan of our garage door opening and closing.

    Also the sound of a fork hitting certain types of plates/bowls. The most problematic brand is the one that never breaks. We’ve given ours away in favour of natural pottery which doesn’t make the same kind of sound.

  3. Cory says:

    A newborn’s scream on a crowded airplane.

  4. Katrin says:

    Hi, someone just sent me the link to this blog, great stuff thank you so much for having it.

    For me the worst is electronics that are in ‘standby’ mode or on ‘mute’. That high pitched, vibration niose. And hush machines/white noise machines. Ugh. Makes me nuts even when I don’t have a migraine, 100x worse when I do.

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  6. Spud says:

    The organ at our church is too loud. I’ve had to stop going to church because it brings me to tears.

  7. Laura says:

    Any noise that a human can make- snorting, nose blowing, chewing… you name it and it hurts.

  8. Christy says:

    The automatic toilets at work. What makes it worse is you don’t know when they will flush, so they startle you too! I try to get out of the stall before they flush when I have a migraine, but it usually doesn’t happen.

  9. Susan Mc says:

    I’m particularly bothered by sounds like a fan on high, the barking of the two miniature Dachshunds two doors down (they bark ALL day when I’m home with a migraine), garbage trucks, anyone cutting their lawn or cutting down a tree. They make an already horrible situation even worse.

  10. kate says:

    My GOD – the COMMERCIALS!!!
    What is UP with that????

  11. Mary says:

    Fire Alarms! twice now I have been inside a store when they decided to test the fire alarm. The high pitched sound sent me right into a migraine.

    Oh, and teeth scraping against a fork, can’t stand that either

  12. David says:

    This is great – I just found this website! I read someone’s entry above about having to stop going to church because the church organ was too loud. At my church it is the DRUMS that are too loud! I’ve complained over and over again and told them I can’t come to church because the drums give me a migraine. They finally put the drum set inside a clear plexi-glass box up front with the other musicians. It is better, but still, no matter how far back I sit, I still can’t get far enough away from the “muted” drums!

  13. Maggie says:

    Gum chewing and the sound of someone writing with chalk, I don’t know why but those two make my head explode!

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