Wednesday, February 10, 2016



I am having a really bad day.

I know that I'm more sensitive to noise than most people and it's been a problem for me all my life.

I've owned three houses and four condominiums in Toronto and every time I've moved the reason has been not being able to tolerate any longer noise produced by other people.

Someone has been renovating in this condo building and this is now the fourth week of drilling and banging and I feel as though I'm nearing the end of my rope.  Even though they're limited to 9-5 on weekdays, when that noise is combined with the noises I hear at other hours I feel like I'm never allowed a moment's quiet.

The neighbour across the hall seems to incapable of closing his door without banging, certainly he's incapable of remembering to try not to do it.  

During the evening I hear various clunks and bangs and starting around 5:30 in the morning someone is up and again I hear sounds until around 7 to 7:30 when presumably they leave for work.   Saturday the sounds start a little later and on Sunday I think they sleep in.

The last few days I've been woken up at least once during the night but a really loud bang - it sounds like someone has dropped a concrete block on the floor.

Then there's the dog down the hall that goes into a yipping frenzy whenever they open their door.  There's no place in my condo where I don't hear it.

I run the fan on the heating unit non-stop. I have white noise machines, I have white noise software on my computer, I have different kinds of earplugs, I have noise-cancelling headphones.  None of them totally work.  Even when I use them all together.

I just don't know what to do.  Or where to go.

I know most of the people in this world live with far bigger problems than this.

But I'm exhausted and harassed and lacking sleep and I just don't know what to do or how I am going to go on.


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