Can anyone hear noise from florescent lights?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Abbycat, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. Abbycat

    Abbycat New Member

    Or computer monitors or TV's? No, I don't put tinfoil on my head to keep out the aliens, but I'll do that if it helps.

    The lights at work drive me so nuts that I've had half of them unscrewed, which works well for my coworker, who has light sensitivity from optic neuritis.

    But her computer monitor drives me nuts. Some of the time it's quiet and other times it positively screams. People in the IT department think I'm nuts, but they say they can hear it, but not very loud.

    Every time she leaves for any length of time, I turn off her monitor but she gets pretty aggravated at me for this. It's a very high pitched scream kind of sound.

    Does anyone else have this?

  2. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    I've always been able to hear every sound around.Linda
  3. ephemera

    ephemera New Member

    Absolutely fluorescent lights & computer noises are right up there with leaf blowers, jet planes & lawn mowers.

    I've got headphones on now & this is a relatively quiet computer. Sigh...

    Lots of people think it's crazy, just like the reaction to my eyes when I can't see moving text or images morphing into something else. Way too many migraines.

    wish i had an answer for you...
  4. Fairuzas

    Fairuzas New Member

    YES, they drive me nuts. Humming, and when they flicker-I'll go completely batty. Yep TVs too, cell phones...give me a headache
  5. nerdieduckie

    nerdieduckie New Member

    I leave my tv on at night with the picture dimmed so the humming fills the quiet space.

    I've gotten very strange looks from teachers when I've said they've left their TV on and they didn't realize it.

    Can't say I hear computer monitors as much, but I also hear fluorescent lights. Bzzz. So annoying in a quiet room.
  6. Abbycat

    Abbycat New Member

    It's good to know I'm not nuts. Or at least you are all nuts with me! I'm not looking for any kind of cure. I just want to know if anyone else experiences this. I'm usually very calm and when this noise sets in, I'm so tense that I get a physical reaction.

    I clench my teeth, lose my concentration and actually start to sweat. Maybe it's an anxiety response, but I don't have any other symptoms of anxiety. Don't have migraines either.

    Just another weird thing I guess.

  7. Redwillow

    Redwillow New Member

    I have always hated florescent lights. My parents have a lot of them and when we built our house in '79 I insisted that there would be no florescent lights in my house!

    I saw a study years ago about florescent lights in a classroom. The study filmed kindergarten children under these lights and determined that they make kids hyper.... can't tell you who did the study, it was years ago.

    I hate the way florescent lights flicker and hum.

    I get a lot of migraine headaches. When I have a migraine noise becomes magnified and even the sound of a bird outside singing will drive me crazy. I can't stand certain noises at all. Computer monitors don't bother me though.

    I put a fan on in my room at night time every night, even in the winter to block out noise from the rest of my family so I can sleep. Otherwise I heard every noise in the house all night.

    When I am home alone I don't turn on a TV or radio. I want total silence. I live in the country so almost no traffic noises.

    hugs Marion (Redwillow)
  8. meowee

    meowee New Member

    I very rarely go shopping due to those flourscent lights and the high pitched noise they emit.

    Naturally, hubby can't hear them. LOL
  9. saddlebred

    saddlebred New Member

    Yes!! Florescents lights, microphones & speakers. I haven't noticed my computer though.

    They all drive me nuts. At work they just put in new lighting that really dives me nuts, I've told my co-workers I'm going to start wearing ear plugs

  10. Omacarole

    Omacarole New Member

    I certainly do hear the lights and my CPU humming, but now the big ?? or maybe I'm losing it......I can feel and hear my eyeballs moving....anybody else????
  11. Loveyame

    Loveyame New Member

    I have always heard things others could not.

    I get upset when the lights are humming loudly. Actually it was the lights that made me go crazy-and end up in the doctor's office demanding to be fixed- NOW

    I have happy pills now so the lights dont bother me as much.

    There are times that noises bother me so bad that I end up having panic attacks.
  12. shell

    shell New Member

    Yep. I had to switch out my monitor for a more quiet one. Then when visiting a cube of a co-worker I commented about how can she stand all that noise coming from her box and she said she never noticed it until I said something but yes it was kind of loud. Maybe we are less able to tune things out!??!!
  13. MoonChild611

    MoonChild611 New Member

    I'm really sensitive to sound now. Florescent lights especially drive me insane. Unfortunately I have a workshop downstairs directly under my room. My roomies leave the light on all the time. I've told them that it really bothers me, especially when I'm trying to sleep, but they just think it's something that I'm fixating on.

    Also I get REALLY pissed off when my neighbor's start mowing their yards early in the morning... on the other side of the neighborhood.

    The computer and TV only bother me when I'm really exhausted and the sound seems amplified.

    At night I turn on an air purifier to drown out all the other noises in my house. Without it I wouldn't be able to sleep whether I've taken something for it or not.

  14. cindysewstoo

    cindysewstoo New Member

    Me too! I just always attributed it to my Attention Deficit Disorder (as if FM and RA aren't enough!)
  15. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    that I have ever pointed out is that when I get near the refrigerator, it makes my ear vibrate. My Mom told me I was crazy. I just always thought everyone heard all those other ones.

  16. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    Everywhere! I have one bank of lights in my office that went out several months ago. I asked them not to replace them.

    Have you ever entered a casino that has electronic slot machines? The noise is horrible! I can't stand it.

    I hear the clock ticking in my carving room when I am at the other end of the house. My DH hears nothing, even with his hearing aids turned up.

    We went to DH's 40th reunion Saturday night and the noise was really bad. He doesn't do crowds and when people are drinking it really bothers him (he's been clean and sober for 18 years and I don't think most of those people knew that, they just knew him from "before"). We left as soon as the program was over. Also both woke up with a headache on Sunday!

    I've considered ear plugs at night, but DH is deaf with out his hearing aids and it makes me nervous if neither of us can hear at night.


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  17. Abbycat

    Abbycat New Member

    I'm going to print out this thread to show my coworker. She thinks I'm bonkers.

    I have two white noise machines in my bedroom. My husband works nights so he sleeps during the day and he is addicted to them. We even take them with us when we travel.

    I wonder too if it's an inability to filter. My 14 year old is trained to be quiet and so are his friends. If they're too loud, he throws them out! Ha, ha!

    We have cats and fish. We don't own a stereo system or have surround sound speakers. At my office everyone whispers. I have a weirdly quiet life. When I go to other people's homes, I can't stand all the noise and can't wait to leave. Interesting.

  18. Mattie12

    Mattie12 New Member

    I know exactly what you mean by the lights and the computer noises. I can tolerate sirens (I live near a hospital) but barking dogs make me crazy.

    It was interesting to read that so many people use fans, or some kind of white-noise at night. I recently started to do that - because of a barking dog - and find that I am getting a better night's sleep.

    I have isolated myself because of the wear and tear on my system when I have to be in noisy public places. Parties, restaurants, grocery stores and shopping malls are very difficult.

    Does anyone else find that they become very tired and unable to concentrate when cornered by a 'Chatty Cathy' type person or when they are trying to read something complicated?
  19. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I've noticed some florescent lights hum. Some are very loud.

    Are you saying you can hear all of them?

    We live in such a noisy world. The music is stores is way too loud. Plus the sirens, the car alarms, the traffic, the cell phone talkers, the helicopters, the......
  20. lease79

    lease79 New Member

    My screen literally screams at me :eek:
    I've had it seen to because it's so loud, but the tech's tell me that there's nothing wrong with it...

    As for flickering fluro's, I don't think that there is anything more painful on earth. If I am walking down a shopping aisle & one is flicking, I can't seem to see or focus on anything else until I am well away from it.

    That & the buzzing noise that comes through the shops radio/intercom, nearly drives me up the wall. Just like fingernails on a blackboard :x

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