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I remember as a small kid, I used to see people every so often
with what appeared to be cotton stuffed in their ears. I thought
that these people were very strange creatures indeed. I didn't
know if they had ear infections or some medical condition that
required this odd-looking remedy.
Less than ten years later, much to my horror, I had adopted this
very same behaviour. Now I knew what those funny-looking people
were trying to accomplish; they were protecting their hearing
and trying to limit their stress levels.
Today I rarely leave home without arming myself with some form
of hearing protection.
I am a 42-year-old teacher and musician. I have degrees in
Science, Music and Education. I play jazz guitar and classical
violin; music is the love of my life. I enjoy playing tennis,
in-line skating, bicycling and reading.
I don't think that it is a coincidence that many of the people
who have come in contact with our group and the list are
musically inclined. People who are in tune with music are also
unfortunately in tune with noise.
My quality of life is suffering tremendously because of noise. I
attribute this to a combination of being somewhat unlucky with
respect to my choice of living quarters over the years, and my
growing sensitivity to all types of noise. I was driven out of
my previous condominium because of noisy neighbours and nearby
railway tracks. I now have a noisy neighbour on one side of my
home and an unbearable stream of aircraft on a daily basis.
Little did I know at the time, but I had moved directly under a
major aircraft route, many miles away from the airport.
I am presently in search of a new home. I am entertaining
thoughts of moving to a smaller city, although from the reports
that I have been hearing, this may not be much better, noise-
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