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08:50 pm: shhh
I've learned to ask about noise when I check out a possible apartment. I lived in a thin-walled apartment building on Mass Ave, across the street from a high school, for 10 years, and I didn't think the noise was that much of a problem. Sure, it was annoying sometimes. But I didn't realize how much it had been bothering me until I moved to a quieter neighborhood. My blood pressure dropped abruptly, and stayed down, even when I was having a lot of trouble with the move or the landlord or other related problems.

Maybe it's living in Somerville, or having a housemate, or something else unrelated to traffic noise. I joked with my doctor that she should recommend Somerville to all her patients with high blood pressure. I can't afford to have "quiet" be anything like a deal-breaker. But I do ask if a place is quiet, or what the noise is like around here.

"Oh, this is an old building, so the walls are very thick--it's very quiet."
"It's an old building, so of course we can hear the neighbors moving around, but they aren't real noisy."
"I only practice the violin between noon and 10pm."
"This isn't a neighborhood with a lot of parties...the cops only get called 4, maybe 5 times a year."
"We're a couple of blocks away from [main road], so we only hear the fire engines, not the regular traffic. But the fire station is right on the corner."

The one about the police really surprised me. I mean, it's a useful answer. It just wasn't quite the kind of answer I was expecting.

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From:fjm
Date:January 8th, 2014 06:29 am (UTC)
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I so hear you. I'm deaf. It shouldn't be an issue yes? Unfortunately I'm also on the Asperger's spectrum and one of the ways ole high functioning little me demonstrates this is by extreme sensitivity to sound. It doesn't have to hurt to weary me: once, on holiday with a group of friends, we all had turns to choose the background music. When it came to mine, I asked for a few hours of none.
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From:adrian_turtle
Date:January 8th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
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I don't think of myself as deaf, but my hearing is not as good as it used to be, and I think I have something similar going on. I hadn't parsed it as "extreme sensitivity to sound," so much needing a lot of work to sort out wanted sound from background noise. Which makes background noise awfully tiring. (And, increasingly, putting in all that work to sort them out and being unable to do it after all.)
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From:chienne_folle
Date:January 8th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Wow. It's really interesting how people's definitions differ.

Best of luck in your search, dear lady!

*hug*

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From:adrian_turtle
Date:January 8th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.
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