I have consistently been sensitive to excess noise.
I was raised in the back country and never experienced respected noise pollution until going to see Tampa, FL for the first time at eight years old.
I remember hearing the vast array of street noises like different instruments playing harmoniously together in a symphony. Only this wasn’t harmony of any kind and instead sounded like a chorus of dissonant clamor. The sirens from police and EMTs, the shouting from every direction, and the vehicle horns and brake noises—it all overwhelmed my young mind. I have had years to adjust which has helped tremendously, but I still have problems with sound from time to time regardless of my environment. Recently, I am having problems with the noises coming from my central air conditioner. Typically the only sounds I ever heard it make are the gentle gusts of air the billow out the air vents whenever the component starts to cycle. But now I am hearing a mix of ringing and scraping noises whenever the component runs for its full cycle. I have read through troves of DIY information on the internet, and despite having a general understanding of the problem, I just do not trust myself with working on my heating and cooling system. Instead, I am going to make use of my maintenance contract with my Heating and A/C corporation. I just need to call their office to schedule an appointment. Once the appointment is scheduled, a specialist respectfully swings by in just 1-3 business mornings. Occasionally if I am lucky they arrive the genuinely same afternoon I call. Before I had a maintenance contract, the same repair call took at least twice as long to fulfill.