“You’re being selfish. It’s like you’re trying to ruin everyone’s fun and make us feel guilty.“
This was in response to asking someone to move their very very loud and distressing show to their bedroom. I live in a 900sq apartment and have sensory processing disorder and auditory processing disorder along with hyperempathy. Loud sounds give me anxiety and alsodemandsmy attention. I can’t have a loud tv in the same room and understand talking, reading, or music as well. Having a loud tv on is like gripping me by the head and forcing my eyes towards the tv no matter what I want. My sister watches grey’s anatomy all the time and the pained screaming on it has repeatedly triggered panic attacks. Asking her to move or turn it down is met with hostility. If I wear noise cancelling ear muffs I’m "guilting” whoever put on the tv. My house is too small to escape the noise and no one cares at all.It feels like the tv is more important than I am.
Get a fold-over beanie with thick fabric and pull it down over your ears. It won’t work miracles, but it will make everything a little quieter on days when you need to get stuff done or you just can’t avoid everyday noises.