Most Annoying Sound?

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Thank you for taking part in the Annoying Sounds survey. Responses to this survey are still being collected. If you are interested in seeing the results of the survey after enough people have taken it, enter your e-mail address at the bottom of this page and check the box.


Past Surveys Rating Bad Sounds

Here are the top ten least favorite sounds in Britain, according to a survey conducted by Siemens UK in 2006:

  1. Children screaming
  2. Nails on a chalkboard
  3. Car alarm or house alarm
  4. Dental drill
  5. Dog yapping
  6. Person talking with mouth full
  7. Cell phone ringtones
  8. Alarm clocks
  9. Knife grinding on a plate
  10. Person grinding teeth

Topping the list of most annoying noises in New Zealand is: Loud exhaust pipes. (2009 survey by New Zealand's National Foundation for the Deaf)

And in Australia, a 1986 National Noise Survey found the single most highly annoying noise to be: Dogs barking.


Other Factors that Make a Noise Disruptive

This survey focused on what various noises sound like, which is just one of the factors that contribute to making a noise bothersome or nerve-wracking. Other factors include how loud it is, how long it goes on, how often you hear it, how much control you have over it, what you are doing when you hear it, and the meaning you attach to the sound.

 

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