I am surprised now at how loud noise contributes greatly to my stress levels. At our old apartment there used to be a constant rattle of police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, cars and motorcycles. We have much quieter place now and I have started elimating other sources of loud noises.
For a long time I had the bad habit of really pumping up the volume on my headphones. Now I am finding I can appreciate turning the volume way down to about 1/3 or 1/4 and let my ears adjust. It’s nice too because the sound is less distorted and I notice things in music I missed before. I also have some noise cancelation headphones that work well at filtering out the fridge and air/heat fans. At 52, I can still hear up to about 13kHz which I guess is average for my age and proof that I didn’t usually have money to attend a lot of loud concerts.
It’s odd how when I was younger and sicker I really craved loud noise to drown out the auditory hallucinations and paranoia but now I appreciate and seek silence and quieter tones more.