Some noises immediately take you to places that make your heart soar and fill you with cheer. However, others put your teeth on edge and give you an instant migraine. We’re going to start with the nasties and end on a high note (but not too high, as that’s not pleasant) with the nicest sounds to grace your lugholes…

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Nastiest noises…

1. Know the drill

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You’re nervous enough as it is and then from your seat in the waiting room, you hear it – the unmistakeable sound of the dentist’s drill. You feel like bolting for the door, but it took all your courage to get there in the first place. So, your teeth, which felt fine as it’s just a check-up, are now really on edge, plus all the hairs on your body are standing up too (what’s that about?!)

 

2. Baby blue

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Waaa-aaaah! That’s the unmistakable wail of a baby crying. The little thing probably isn’t even in that much discomfort, maybe just a bit peckish or damp, but boy does it want you to know about it!

 

3. Board meeting

Remember that iconic moment in Jaws where Robert Shaw drags his fingernails down the blackboard to get the attention of the panicked residents of Amity Island!? Well it stops them in the tracks, with some of them rushing to put their hands over their ears. It’s that bad. Find out just how awful by checking it out for yourself!

 

4. What the fox is that?!

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You’re about to drift off to sleep when you hear what you think is a woman screeching her head off outside. You run to the window with your phone in your hand about to call 999, when you see them. A couple of foxes are making cubs and you can hardly believe how vocal they’re being about it.

 

5. So alarming…

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We’re talking sirens from emergency services vehicles here. Along with car alarms, especially those that continue for hours because the owner is out. Ditto the ones on properties. All types are disconcerting as emergency services rushing somewhere is never good news. As for the others, you always feel like maybe you should go and investigate…

 

6. What the yell?

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Why do children do that?! They’re having fun, we get it, but what’s with the ear-piercing shrieks? And you can guarantee if one screams the rest will join in. The highest decibel levels that children’s screams reach are usually when they’re around water of any kind. Swimming pools, paddling pools, even puddles.

 

7. No feedback, please

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You really enjoy live music, but what you can’t stand is when the speakers omit an awful buzzing noise. Then, to make it worse, the lead singer does that ‘Testing… one-two, one-two’ thing that they do to the microphone which lets out an-awful high-pitched screech. You hope things improve when they start playing. If not, you’ll have to go home and put their album on instead!

 

8. Barking mad

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Once one pooch in the neighbourhood starts barking, it sets off the rest of the dogs in the area. So you end with not a frog’s chorus, but a dog’s chorus. Just as unpleasant to have to listen to, though. Worst times are when you get woken up by barking, or are unable to get to sleep because of it. Rest of the time you can turn the telly up, or go out.

 

9. Out of tune…

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Don’t you just hate that irritating rasp you get when your radio isn’t properly tuned to a station. Or, in the car when you start to lose the signal, because you’re out of your local area. Attempts to retune can be quite interesting, though! We didn’t even know there was a station called Biggles FM, but we do now! It’s based in Potton and broadcast to that area as well as Biggleswade (hence the name) and other cental Bedford locations, so there you go…

 

10. Scrap it!

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Arguments are horrible, you don’t like having them and you don’t like hearing others have them either. So, whether it’s a couple next door who you can hear through the wall, some road rage you witness in the street, a fight breaking out in the pub, or a squabble in a queue… Can everyone just calm down please, it’s not worth it!

 

11. Hell’s bell!

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A doorbell we like, someone’s come a-calling, how nice. But there is a bell that we really don’t like. It’s the one they ring in the pub that signals last orders. How did that happen? Only 10 minutes ago it was 9 o’clock (except it obviously wasn’t!). You’re having fun and aren’t ready to leave. Plus everybody has now rushed to the bar and you’ll never get served before they call Time. Major sulk…

 

Nicest noises…

1. Pop your cork (gently)

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That little pop when you use a corkscrew and open a bottle of wine is extremely satisfying don’t you think? Now where are those glasses? By the way, we’re not done yet…

 

2. Pop your cork (explosively!)

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Yes, you’re right to sense a theme forming! This time we’re loving the sound that a champagne cork makes flying out the bottle and the froth and fizz that follows…

 

3. Cheers, everyone!

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No, we’re still not done with the boozing subject! Next, of course, you say cheers and raise your drinks with your fellow wine-drinking chums… and then comes the inevitable and delightful clink as your glasses meet in a toast.

 

4 Give us a wave…

Stand on the seashore and watch as the waves lap back and forth onto the sand. It’s so therapeutic and calming. Now, just take a moment, block out any surrounding sounds, and listen to the noise the surf makes as it gently rolls in and back out again. That’s why the Calming Seas video is used for relaxing, yoga and meditation. See if it works for you…

 

5. Drop zone

There’s something rather wonderful about loads of coins spilling out of an amusement-arcade machine. You’ve hit the jackpot (or, if not quite that, at least you’ve bagged something), which is brilliant. Then you notice others are now looking in your direction and it doesn’t take long for the: ‘Drinks are on you!’ jokes to start.

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There’s something rather wonderful about loads of coins spilling out of an amusement-arcade machine. You’ve hit the jackpot (or, if not quite that, at least you’ve bagged something), which is brilliant. Then you notice others are now looking in your direction and it doesn’t take long for the ‘Drinks are on you!’ jokes to start.

 

6. Just purrfect

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He’s fat and getting on in years and then he comes and leaps up on your lap. You gently tickle him between the ears, and then it starts… the gorgeous sound of your elderly puss purring. He’s also got his eyes closed and couldn’t look more content. And neither could you because that sound is just so comforting…

 

7. When you’re smiling!

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It could be the cheeky giggle of a small baby, the elated chuckle of a toddler, or the massive belly laugh from your slightly overweight grandad. Whichever one it is – it’s absolutely joyful to hear. And it’s true what they say -‘When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you!’ Same applies to laughing. It’s so infectious and we mean in a good way…

 

8. Do the streak!

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The smell of bacon cooking is one of our favourites – it came second in a 2015 poll of 2,000 UK adults who were asked to name the whiffs they most like. In case you’re wondering, it was beaten by freshly baked bread. We love both, but, let’s face it bread rising is silent, so can’t be in our list. But bacon sizzling in a pan can and is. Put the two together and it’s a wonderful assault on the senses.

 

9. Dearly beloved…

Church bells ringing to celebrate a happy couples’ upcoming nuptials, is such an uplifting and heartwarming sound. Also, as so many weddings are in early summer (June especially) you may well have your windows open, which means you can appreciate those lovely, celebratory peals even more.  Why not hear just how delightful they are..?

 

10. Tinkle, tinkle…

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If you’re lucky enough to be by a harbour or seafront, you may well notice the most wonderful tinkling. That’ll be the small items of a boat’s rigging moving about in the breeze. They gently hit the bigger poles, resulting in the most pleasing tinkling tune that immediately gives you that – ‘I’m on holiday!’ feeling.

 

11. Ice, ice, baby!

Most of the time we’re more likely to be listening to Green Day than Greensleeves – but that’s not to say our ears don’t prick up when we hear that distinctive olde worlde tune in the distance… The ice-cream van is coming! We’ve just as excited by this now, as we were when we 8 years old, and our order hasn’t changed. A 99, please, with chocolate sauce and crushed nuts (oo-er sounds painful)! Why not take yourself back in time by having a listen?

 

What noises do you love or hate? Let us know below…