Can loud environments trigger anxiety?

Of course, yes. It happens, especially when one does not expect.

How does this happen?

Too loud sounds can cause distress to people, making someone get negative emotional reaction like irritability, exhaustion, or fear. It is probably because the noise disrupts their daily activities, rest, sleep, or thoughts.

What are some of the signs that you might be experiencing sound sensitivity?

  • Breaking into a sweat
  • Fear
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nausea
  • Fainting

Why might it be beneficial to wear earplugs or headphones while in a loud/anxiety inducing environment?

Earplugs can prevent ear damage, thus lowering the risk of hearing loss.

And very important: why is it buffering/quieting the loud sound with headphones or earplugs, so effective at keeping us calm?

Earplugs can absorb triggering sounds, helping control noisy environment. As a result, you can gain calmness and peaceful mind your business.

Anastasia Filipenko

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

MS, University of Tartu
Sleep specialist

Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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