If you’ve ever been tempted to throw a loud laugh to distract yourself from a particularly bad day, you know how hard it is.
It can even become an addiction, and is responsible for up to 80% of all social anxiety disorder.
But why is it so hard to get rid of the sounds?
Some people, like myself, like to find a way to cope.
For some, it’s just the sounds of the world, others have found ways to get in the zone by listening to loud noises, which can include music, music apps and even video games.
The problem is, not everyone can find a solution that works for them.
“The biggest issue with loud noises is that they’re all related to eating,” said Sarah Storck, a clinical psychologist at the University of New South Wales.
“It’s a little bit like trying to get the best out of a bad sandwich by just eating it.
So it’s important to have a strategy that will allow you to eat healthy, exercise and have a sense of belonging to your community.”
So what’s the right way to deal with loud sounds?
First, it all comes down to personal choice.
Some people find it easier to just listen to them and move on, while others find it more difficult to do so.
Some even find the sound distressing.
“You’re constantly worrying about whether it’s going to cause any harm,” Dr Stork said.
“The idea that you’re going to hear it for 10 minutes, and that it’s probably going to be the last thing you hear, that’s a bit scary.”
Dr Stonk said it was important to find ways to help reduce the volume, to get more restful sleep and to avoid using the sounds in a crowded setting.
While it may seem like a strange idea to be eating loud noises while walking down the street, Dr Stojanovic said there are many ways to do it.
The best solution is to find something that’s loud enough to be a distraction, and then listen to it again and again, she said.
Other solutions include simply ignoring the noise, turning down the volume to reduce anxiety, or using a loud speaker.
If you’re unable to control the noise level, then you can use a device like the iHeartRadio Headphones, which automatically cuts off the noise when the device is switched off.