Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? How every Celestia-damned sound in the world has to be a high-pitched, ear-piercing beep. Sirens, car horns, microwaves, smoke alarms, cash registers, f*ckin' every notification sound of any kind has to be an ear-shattering beep. I know I've already done multiple noise-related entries, like restaurant music and screaming children, but I wanted to take a moment to complain about the broader problem of high-pitched beeping everywhere.
I have super sensitive hearing, and these kinds of sounds are so painful to me. It's especially obnoxious in fast food type restaurants that have alarms that sound when ovens are done. They're always like f*ckin' smoke alarms. I've had to walk out of so many restaurants because I can't even stand there long enough to order. I can't go frickin' anywhere, I swear. Why does every sound have to be like that?!
And here's the thing--many lower octave sounds are much louder, but they don't hurt my ears at all. The quintessential example for me is a thunderclap. I used to live in a region notorious for violent, daily thunderstorms, and I have been outside on several occasions when lightning struck directly overhead. That's a helluva lotta sound, I'll tell you. You feel it in your chest. But that doesn't hurt my ears at all. Why can't they make alarms and sirens just have a lower register like that?
Like, here--okay, take the example of the beeping oven alarms in fast food restaurants. How about this--y'know the sound that the lowest key on a piano makes if you hit it as hard as you can? Make that the sound effect for the alarm. Or a low-pitch tuba blast. You wouldn't have any trouble hearing those, I'll tell ya, and they wouldn't hurt my ears at all. Why's it always gotta be this f*ckin' needle-in-your-eardrum screaming beep?! Drives me insane.
And, like, how 'bout, make emergency vehicles do this:
That wouldn't bother me a bit.